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Castello di Montegufoni
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Montegufoni
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Stowmarket, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“would love to come back”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2012

Ourson was married here - and it was beautiful, especially at night when the site was candlelit and magical. We then stayed on as a large family group in one of the dependances. This was spacious and comfortable, the hotel bar and restaurant were very reasonably priced but we often chose to cook and then eat al fresco.
If you choose to come here, bring a full range of insect repellants. If you plan to self cater stock up at the big supermarket at Montelupo and save yourself a lot of money. The hotel is a great base for touring Tuscany with friendly helpful staff and yes, rather faded elegance. Better that than a souless modern monstrosity. Despite the flying pests, we'd come again like a shot.

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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Ann K
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London
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113 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2012

Staying in the Castello was a wonderful and very different experience. If you love old buildings with a sense of history and romance then this self catering apartment hotel is for you. We stayed there to celebrate a magical family wedding and spent two nights in an apartment inside the castle and the next five nights in a cottage 40 yards from the main gate, where there is a cluster of self-catering apartments and houses, all with their own particular character. The atmosphere is very laid back and the staff are helpful and friendly and speak very good English, if like me your Italian is non-existent. The Castello is set in lovely peaceful grounds with a small secluded swimming pool and relaxing area. There are magnificent views in all directions over the rolling tuscan hills and vineyards. There is a restaurant that serves a set evening 4 course meal for 25 Euros if you don't feel like cooking yourself. Although the Castello is only 30 mins drive from Florence I would recommend that you hire a car if you want to explore the area.

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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Footlooseatlast
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Detroit, Michigan
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2012

As stated in previous posts on this site, this place is not the typical western hotel, it is better!

If you enjoy old historical places, and wonderful people, and wonderful views, and wonderful food...did I say wonderful food...and wine, lots of red wine, great local wine...you must stay here. May weather was wonderful, cool nights, warm days, sleeping with the windows open, the sounds, the smells (fields of grapes and olive trees as far as the eyes could see), and no insects.

We stayed in Tuscany for 6 nights, visiting; Florence 25 minutes away (2 times); Lucca/Pisa (1hr away - 1 day); Venice (3hrs away - 1 day), relaxed on the grounds when we had time, it was lovely.

We were running late, beyond 7PM, due to Air France temporarily misplacing two pieces of luggage for 13 hrs. I called the office and the woman had no issues with us being late. She told me that the caretaker would show us our apartment. The villa apartment was a two bedroom, two bath unit, which was also wonderful. We arrived and there was nobody around, so we walked around a bit and found the registration office, it was closed. We then explored and proceeded around the castle and down to the Ristroante. Here where we found some great people, including the Chef. The Chef called the caretaker and then after a few minutes we met Giuseppe.

The ladies in the office were great, helpful and very nice. The caretaker, Giuseppe, and his wife were wonderful to us. I am very sorry Giuseppe for not knowing any other Polish language than 'duppa". I know you were looking forward to having another Polish person to talk to. Please pass this message to Giuseppe, it is the best I can do with Google Translate. “Dziękuję bardzo Giuseppe za pomoc naszej rodziny i że czujemy się w domu z uśmiechem i wdziękiem. Nicole i Chelsea jak ty bardzo.”

Our first night we dined at Castllo di Montegufoni. We paid 25 euros each for a 5 course traditional, and awesomely wonderful, meal. It was so great we will never forget the experience. The waitresses were very kind and attentive. The food was the excellent and the place, who could not love eating on a terrace of a castle. I would recommend this experience without hesitation. The chef also served the little counter of the small store, selling pop and wine. We purchased wine, were given glasses and would just sit outside, relax, stare at the landscape and live life, lovely.

The previous posts, including the greatly detailed post from Larry Vermont, provided a bunch of great preparation recommendations, Garmin GPS (OMG this was a lifesaver), the COOP for food, the phone, internet connection, etc. If you like to use wash cloths (wash rags) when you shower, bring them. We also carried extra toilet paper, based on other posts below, although I suspect if we asked we would have been given more, but we didn’t need to ask.

Light breakfast, I woke up at 6am (habit) and drove down the hill to the gas station. Where I learned to order ‘American Coffee’ (watered down espresso) and I would choose one of many sandwiches (Capocolla, Pancetta, Mortadella and cheese) to eat while I people watched. Then carried back food and coffee for everybody, it was fun and relaxing. There is also a bakery down the hill and a few other places for coffee and light sandwiches. We couldn’t find a place to eat bacon and eggs, but we were not at home, so when in Rome…(literally later).

My wife and I will be returning for many years in the future, we found a new home

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Vermont
1 review
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2012

The Castello was great. Very laid back, no pretense. The rooms were spacious. Dining space and utensils to prepare your own meals, but why would you when great food is walking distance in both directions. The grounds are well kept and varied with many quiet places to sit with great views.
The staff and grounds keeper where always helpful. Valencia in the office was very helpful and always kind. Almost all of Italy is within driving distance. We drove to Venice and back for the day.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank LarryVermont
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Alexandria, Virginia
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55 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2012

As some reviewers have stated, this is a different experience than staying at a hotel. We were there in early April and the temp was around 60 as a high each day so we did pay extra 14 euros a day if we wanted heat. Also there is a 50 euro cleaning fee. No maid service throughout the week which was fine with us. The Castle has a great history, make sure to pick up their very nice free brochure when you check in, the staff is friendly and helpful, and the location is simply spectacular. We had a small apartment since it was only my husband and I and there is a small kitchenette with the very basic stuff. No toaster and no American coffee maker. But you can make espresso with an Italian device they had. Rooms were clean, water was good pressure, not many toiletries so bring your own. No elevators and no bellmen so be prepared to haul whatever you bring up and down many stairs unless you get a room on the ground floor. Location was perfect for exploring the small villages in addition to Florence. Take time to explore the grounds, very beautiful and relaxing. Did not eat at the hotel restaurant since their hours did not match our schedule very well.

DRIVING
Our package with Sceptre tours came with a rental car which we loved because it gave us a lot of freedom. If you are used to driving in large cities in the US, you should be fine driving around Tuscany. If you drive into Florence, parking at Stazione de Firenze Santa Maria Novella is very close to the Duomo but pricey, 3 euros per hour or fraction thereof without any daily maximum. If you plan to be in Florence all day, we found the parking at Piazza Beccaria very reasonable with 1.5 euro per hour with maximum of 18 euros for the day. About a 15 minute walk to Duomo and center of town. As others have suggested there is also the bus and taking the train in but given that it rained a lot when we were there, having the convenience of a car was better for us.
CAN'T EMPHASIZE enough that having a GPS made the world of difference for us. Many streets are poorly marked or not at all and the Castello gives their longitude and latitude on their website so very easy to get to with GPS but can be easily missed otherwise. Also on pedestrian mode, the GPS can be used to help you get around Florence or any city especially in getting back to where we parked the car. The addresses can be very confusing so "marking" the spot as a "favorite" on the gps will give you accurate directions on how to get back. Also great for finding restaurants, etc.
Street parking also quite simple, if you see blue lines you have to pay at a park stand, make sure you have coins. If it is white lines, it is free.
GROCERIES
The Coop is their equivalent of a Safeway or Giant, so we bought provisions from there. They appear to be in every city. My husband is vegetarian and gluten free so we learned those words in Italian and surprisingly they had pastas that were gluten free and in some of the better restaurants, they can substitute for gluten free.
FIRENZE CARD
Highly recommend spending the 50 euros for the card which allows you access to 50 museums over 72 hours in Florence and free rides in the busses and metros. We ended up going to about 8 museums so it was worth it and best of all, you just go to the front and skip the hundreds of folks in line to get in!
WIFI
Castello Di Montegufoni has free wifi in the main hall adjoining their reception office. Very nice room and has the beautiful terrace overlooking a spectacular countryside. Open pretty much 24 hours. We prepaid with Verizon about 30 dollars for our wifi hotspot which came in handy to help search parking garages, opening hours of museums, restaurants, etc. My husband also pre-paid another 30 dollars to get limited wifi on his phone so we could communicate via email when we were separated. Voice calls were way more expensive. For those of you who have poynt and Voxer apps on your iPhones, it works there.
MONEY
We found the most convenient way is to use the "Bancomat" which is their ATM. Our bank charges about 2.7 percent but that is about the same charge with our credit cards. Make sure to notify your bank for the ATM card and your credit company for your credit card before you leave the US about you using it overseas- include all countries you will be visiting even if it is a connecting airport.
DINING
One thing to note is that unlike the US, Italian restaurants (even those in tourist areas), seem to have limited hours. For lunch, they tend to serve between 12 and 2 pm then they close until dinner. Many nice places are only open for dinner which can be 7 to 9 or 10 pm. Check hours in advance to avoid disappointment and make reservations if you want to be extra sure you will get in.
OUR itinerary
Florence - 2 and half days of touring (Uffizi, L'Academia, Bargello, Duomo, Palazzo Vecchio, Palazza Pitti, Museo de Galileo).
Pisa and Lucca- 1 day
San Gimignano and Voltarre- half day
Montespertoli- 2 hours, really close to Castello, good place to get groceries
Sienna- half day

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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Newcastle, Australia
Level Contributor
6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2012

Six of us stayed at the Villa Osbert. We drove from Venice & had no trouble finding it, BUT we did have a GPS, which is necessary in my opinion to get there & around the area. The villa was clean & supplied with the basics for self catering - but no condiments. There are two small villages nearby with very small grocery shops - very sporadic opening hours. There is a large supermarket in Montespertoli - 10mins drive away. We had a wonderful time, The staff were very helpful & I definitely recommend the Pasta Making Class in Tavarnelle, booked for us by the castle staff. Exploring the nearby walled towns & villages was a highlight. Walking through to countryside around the castle is a must, especially in the early mornings.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank parios1703
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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535 reviews
85 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 209 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2012

Castello di Montegufoni is in a beautiful setting and day trips all over Tuscany are easy. The nearest small towns are very delightful. The Castello has a staff very eager to be helpful. We were there in cold weather and our room was very, very cold but they tried to respond, eventually giving us a space heater; unlike many places they did not charge us for electricity and heat even though we were there a week. Rooms are atmospheric but lighting is very low. If you like to read, bring your own. They have the problems of an old place (power, water temp) at times. Gardens would be beautiful in summer. Would want AC in the hottest periods. But not a nightmare as another review stated and not hard at all to find.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank CarolinaBecky
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Property: Castello di Montegufoni
Address: Via Montegufoni, 18 | Montagnana, Montegufoni, Italy
Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Montegufoni
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