We stayed at Castellare di Tonda in September 2012 to review the property for some North American equestrian publications. I, for one, was delighted with the experience! It is my mission to spread the word about this wonderful place. I heartily suggest you plan a stay here for the upcoming vacation & holiday season.
Castellare di Tonda earns 5 stars on its own merit, in a rustic way. The key to enjoying a stay here is to understand what the experience entails – and what it does not. This is rural Tuscany with farms and vineyards. Castellare di Tonda itself is part farm, part ranch. The accomodations are comfortable though small and rustic, just like a farmhouse (imagine that)!
Guests may dine at the central complex where there are a variety of options. There is a café/bar/general store that is open most of the day. You can buy supplies for your apartment, order some paninis for lunch, have gelato and espresso drinks, and order formaggio, salumi, and wine for a late afternoon snack.
The restaurant is open in the evenings and typically provides buffet-style dining with food arranged by Italian multi-course standards. Wine is to order. Digestifs with dessert. The breakfast area is upstairs.
There is a large variety of activities at Castellare di Tonda. It is difficult to mention them all. Indeed, the website in its current configuration (February 2013) may give the impression that the Wellness Spa is a primary feature. Although the spa is lovely it is not, in my opinion, a major reason to visit. Travelers seeking only a 5-star Wellness Spa & Resort experience may be disappointed. However, the spa is a fantastic way relax after a long trail ride or other activities!
Trail riding here is amazing. The owner is a former reining champion and he breeds Quarter horses. Also, some beautiful Fjords. The wranglers are multilingual and can provide instruction or accompany you on trail rides on the vast, hilly, forested Tuscan countryside. I'm no horse expert, but I know a good operation when I see it!
The popular Tuscan hill towns of Volterra and San Gimignano are nearby: a 10-15 minute drive. Castelfiorentino (also nearby) has the nearest train station for going farther afield to Florence, Lucca, Pisa.
Anyway, long review. Thanks for sticking with me. Can you tell I'm enthusiastic about this place?
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- Castellare Di Tonda Hotel Montaione
- Castellare Di Tonda Resort & Spa Montaione, Italy - Tuscany