We had a wonderful week at Castagnatello. The Ulivo apartment is spacious, and simply but beautifully furnished. It has two entrances onto the large garden, allowing our 8 and 9 year old boys a real sense of freedom and space to roam, and the window of the master bedroom has a lovely view across the garden to the pool. In other words, the garden feels very much like a natural extension of Ulivu, which suited us perfectly.
Supermarkets are within easy driving reach and the roads are nowhere near as tortuous as others we've come across in Tuscany. There are also plenty of beautiful places to see within an hour's drive, but we would recommend Castagnatello first and foremost as an idyllic, peaceful getaway, where you can read, play in the garden or fantastic pool, and enjoy the rich and varied wildlife. Nathan and Gaia are perfect hosts – there if you need them, not if you don't. Thoroughly recommended. more