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Just a few minutes‚Äô drive from San
Gimignano in the heart of Tuscany ‚Äď with easy access to Pisa,
Siena, Florence and the Tuscan
coast, this wonderfully restored farming estate of over 200 hectares, has
been owned by the noble Strozzi family since the Florentine period.¬† It offers a wide selection of self-contained
apartments with wide rural vistas to suit everyone's needs.
Working with the finest craftsmen from across
the region, twelve traditional old farmsteads have been lovingly restored
and converted into tasteful, fully equipped and self-contained 1, 2 and
3-bedroom apartments, each with access to a swimming pool / barbecue area.¬† Daily or weekly rates are available all year
round.¬† With quality accommodation and fittings, this is an ideal base for
your family holiday, or for a group of friends, exploring Tuscany and nearby coastline.
The twelve farmhouses on the estate are
Tuscan Renaissance themed, combined with the comforts of modern life. The
floors and ceilings in Tuscan ‚Äėcotto‚Äô, the aged wooden ceiling beams and the
furnishings create a warm and homely atmosphere. All apartments are provided
with modern facilities including spacious bedrooms, modern kitchens, laundry
facilities, en-suite bathrooms, quality bed linen and towels.¬† Room servicing
is available at an extra cost.
At 300 metres above
sea level, Castellare di Tonda is set in a typical undulating hillside
landscape. ¬†Within the estate there are
plenty of activities and amenities available; a golf practise field, a fully
equipped riding stable, massage and wellness centre, a beautiful landscaped lake
for fishing and boating/canoeing, a traditional Tuscan restaurant, vineyards
and wine tasting, olive groves and over 30 kilometres of walking or mountain
biking trails within the estate.
A professionally staffed children‚Äôs club
provides a large indoor and outdoor play area and daily activities.
Prices start from
AU$1045 per week for a self-contained 2-room apartment - ideal for 2 adults
& 2 children - which includes the
use of the apartment and all facilities, heating/cooling, domestic appliances,
cutlery/crockery etc, linen (changed weekly), water, gas, electricity,
(non-fenced) swimming pool, BBQ facilities and public areas.¬† Cleaning
costs and activities are available at an extra cost.¬† There is a small
supermarket on the estate and nearby shopping if required.
Long-stay discounts are available: Bookings for one week
or more, which are paid in full at the time of booking, are eligible for a 7
nights for the price of 6 nights discount offer (not applicable to the
Outdoor Travel is the booking agent in Australia for this wonderful accommodation centre right in the
Pisa, Florence, and Siena heartland.¬† Our staff have stayed there so do call us if you have any questions.
CONTACT OUTDOOR TRAVEL FOR MORE INFORMATION & CURRENT PRICES
1800 331 582 (within Australia)¬†¬†¬†¬† +61 3 5750 1441 (from outside Australia)
TWELVE FARMSTEADS ON A UNIQUE TUSCAN ESTATE - THE RURAL IDYLL
Pietrafitta -¬†farmstead near the lake:¬†
Once you have entered the gates of the property you will be surrounded by the relaxed scenery of the Pietrafitta farmstead.¬† Recently restructured, the building offers every comfort and enjoys a privileged position with a beautiful view of the lake where wild animals ‚Äď including deer - can be seen at sunrise.¬†
The complex is composed of two farmsteads divided into 6 elegant apartments, each with its own private lawn area.¬† There is a beautiful swimming pool that overlooks the lake, ideal for relaxation and meditation.¬† A separate area of the complex offers barbecue facilities and a children's playground
Casanuova - in the vineyards:
Enclosed by walls, Casanuova is in a prominent position dominating the surrounding valleys and vineyards. Its cypresses and leafy trees in the garden provide a shade on hot summer days.
An old village dating back to the first half of the 19th Century, the Casanuova farmstead complex is composed of two, three and four-room apartments.¬†
There is an unfenced swimming pool for adults, another for children and also a small play area.
Campiano:¬†High on the ridge - ideal for nature lovers
There are three separate units, a swimming pool for adults and one for children, as well as a children's playground.
From here, at sunrise, you may watch deer, mouflons (a type of wild sheep) and other wildlife coming out of the wood on the grounds nearby.
Fornace: Top class and exclusive - great location
Fornace lies 200m away from the main complex and it is made up of three separate buildings. The apartments are really the most exclusive on the estate offering all the comforts that you would expect.
Thanks to this central position, the estate's main reception area, restaurant, mini-market, church and bar are just a short walk away.
San Carlo San Tommaso: place of¬† the holm-oaks
A double line of cypress and fruit trees leads to this farmstead where one can enjoy a beautiful view of the surrounding fields and of the thick vegetation with the oldest holm-oak tree on the estate.
In the middle of a spacious clearing shaded by trees is a large swimming pool for adults, one for children and, just a short distance away, a tennis court with synthetic grass.
Casina: I deal for the Golf enthusiast
Situated in a small farmstead grouping at the edge of the estate perhaps the furthest from the main reception area.¬† Beside the practice golf course and putting greens this accommodation is always popular.
Palazzina: The Tuscan dream
A line of cypresses leads to the farmstead called Palazzina with just six apartments. From the top of this hill you can enjoy a stunning view taking in the surrounding vineyards, woods and valleys.
The air here is fresh and on¬†clear days you can see as far as the Tuscan¬†coast (about 60 minutes drive away). The swimming pool offers complete relaxation in¬†a beautiful location surrounded by open meadows, fig trees and vineyards.
with a feeling of seclusion, Palazzina is only a few minutes walk¬†from the tennis courts and the restaurant.
San Nicola: A corner of Paradise
In an island of green lawns, these¬†well located yet¬†secluded apartments, will allow you to sunbath whilst¬†admiring the wonderful Tuscan landscape.
The swimming pool overlooks the wildlife reserve, where at dawn and dusk you may even catch sight of mouflons (wild sheep), fallow and roe deer, crested porcupines and even badgers.
The Estate's¬†lake is also just a short walk away.
Redine: A breathtaking view from the hill
From its truly unique position on a prominent hill, the Redine farmstead offers visitors a breathtaking view of the woods that frame the surrounding valleys and hillsides.
Enjoy the stunning colours at sunset right down to the coast.¬† A swimming pool and children's play area are located beside the apartments.
Mezzacosta: Just as hundred years ago
For those looking for peace and quiet, this farmstead is composed of only two apartments, each with three renovated rooms.
Secluded and with its own private swimming pool, there are splendid views of the nearby woodlands on the edge of the estate.
Castellare: The original Farm:
The restored¬†farm buildings are divided into three apartments perched high on a¬†natural terrace overlooking the valley.
There is a swimming pool, a children play ground and, just a few step away, the all weather tennis court¬†and¬†stables.
This is an ideal family base to relax or explore
Aietta:¬† A look back to the past
The Aietta complex is located on slightly raised ground among the hills of the Chianti just a short distance north and east from the main Estate.
Framed by olive trees and productive vineyards, these former¬†village¬†buildings have been wonderfully restored in the¬†architectural style¬†of the mid 19th Century.
The swimming pools for adults and children overlook the valley, tennis court and the children‚Äôs playground.
Riding School and Horse Centre
Here horses are the owners passion.¬† The fully equipped and well-appointed Riding School and Stables - run by¬†a team of professionals - has a stud farm with purebred Quarter Horses, a comfortable club house, indoor ring, breeding area and two¬†arenas (one covered of 50 x 26 metres and an outdoor training arena of 30 x 50 metres).
Rides¬†(both inside and outside the estate) are available daily.¬† Riding classes for beginners (including children's classes) with multi-lingual instructors can be arranged offering the maximum in competence and safety. The Estate breed and train horses in many other disciplines.
Full day guided horse-riding excursions can be arranged as can a half-day or a couple of hours.¬† Take a short ride to the lake for a picnic or ride further to discover ancient Etruscan ruins and a host of Tuscan wildlife.
Restaurant: Typical Tuscan Cuisine
The restaurant¬†is open for guests
and visitors in the evening from 7.00pm onward, and lunch from 1.00pm during holiday
periods.¬† The restaurant serves a variety of reasonably priced hot and cold dishes including traditional Tuscan pastas and soups.
A highlight of your stay, guests
may join in with a traditional Tuscan cooking course - with the pleasure of
tasting all the food you prepare.
Group or specialist cooking courses, banquets
and special dinners are available on request.