The small apartment (1 bedroom, 1 1/2 bath) was lovely, not overly furnished, just as one would expect a farmhouse to be. Everything was adequate and comfortable. There is even a laundry to use if needed. The bed was great and the birdsong was delightful. We stayed in a building within walking distance to the Reception area and restraurant, where the food was excellent, fresh and very local. The morning waiter Colegga could not have been nicer and brought the most delicious cup of cappuccino to start the day with. The desk girls in reception were very kind and willingly helpful, most spoke some English. There is also a small store for simple basics and a deli/bar for lighter fare with a wonderful little seating area that had a small fire going all of the time. Everything we needed was pretty much available. There were beautiful and very clean pools at each farmhouse, but we didn't use them since the weather wasn't cooperative.
Castellare di Tonda produces an excellent array of wines, their Chianti was most enjoyable and very reasonably priced, as was their Casalone. I also bought some of their locally produced honey and wished I'd been able to bring more back home to enjoy. They also produce a fine olive oil. As a working and producing farm, Castellare di Tonda incorporates agriculture with tourism for a fine balance. It is somewhat isolated, while that is also it's charm. But it is also quite close to many wonderful hill towns like San Gimignano, Volterra and even Siena was not that far, nor is the sea. All of which made great day trips. It would be very useful to have your own auto for flexibility, (which we did not), however a friendly local driver named Peitro was provided who took us to many of the local sites at a reasonable rate. Since he didn't speak english and we didn't speak italian there weren't a lot of long discussions, however we did communicate adequately to get along fine. In the horse stables, Jessica helps visitors enjoy their equine experience, and being from New Zealand, was a helpful interpreter when we needed. There are lots of riding trails that we used for walking.
The spa treatment facility was divine, with heated seats in the foot baths, wet and dry steam rooms, a ice room, a hot tub (altho a bit on the coolish side), a resting room and beautiful views. All the fine amenities one would expect. The massages Rajiv provided were top rate and great for working out the muscles from all of the walking we were doing. We also took a very fun cooking class at the La Piazzetta del Borgo in nearby Iano, which was very hands on and then we got to enjoy the delicious handmade cheese and sage ravoli and tiramisu we had prepared for lunch. Overall, my experience at Castellare di Tonda was perfect. Not sure I would have changed a thing. (Well, maybe the weather, it could have been a bit warmer, but that's Spring time anywhere!) It is not posh, but it is lovely. The dining was delizioso! The grounds, spaciuos. The staff were all genuinely helpful and kind, which seems to be a part of how Stefano and Alessandra Scotti do business. One of their employees commented on how Stefano treats everyone with true respect, which I found to be reflected in the positive behavior of every employee I encountered in my week long stay.
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