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“Idyllic retreat” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Castello di Tornano
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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“Idyllic retreat”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2013

We stayed here for three nights and it was a highlight of our Italian adventure.
The castle itself is lovely and the setting in the rolling hills is just gorgeous. Its location makes day trips possible to San gimignano and Pisa but I'd recommend sat nav.
Meals are all prepared to a very high standard and served out on a terrace. The staff were all very helpful and friendly throughout our stay but a special mention has to go to Singh and the chef Manuele.
If you have a chance the cooking class is a must. Manuele is a great teacher and is clearly passionate about the food he serves. We learnt to make 4 dishes from scratch and had a lot of fun both making the dishes and eating them. Classes are flexible- when someone commented how much they liked pesto he amended his original plan so we could learn this.
We also had a chance to go horse riding which was fun and gives you a good view of the castles grounds.
We stayed in the cottage behind reception which was quaint and peaceful but didn't have the views others mention on here.
The swimming pool was nice and refreshing but don't waste your time going to the tennis courts as these are extremely poorly maintained.
Overall a great escape between the hustle and bustle of the big cities and highly recommended.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2013

Very special and beautiful and tranquil place and location, nice swimming pool and if you like horse riding this is the place to be! Tennis court however needs an update. Superb wine!

Beautifull and spacious rooms

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Defiance, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2013

We stayed here for three days and enjoyed every minute of it! The view is spectacular which is only surpassed by the helpfulness of the entire staff. The rooms are very comfortable and beautifully decorated. My husband & I enjoyed getting up early to watch the sunrise from the terrace at the top of the tower. We look forward to coming back again!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2013

what a wonderful place! We are loving our stay here. The staff is so helpful; the castle is lovely; our accommodations are charming. But then I spent the day in cooking class with Chef Manuele and I was in heaven! I will amaze my friends at home when I make and serve them an authentic four-course Tuscan dinner!

Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Phoenix, Maryland, Usa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2013

We stopped here for a few days during our vacation in Italy. The property was beautiful and the staff was very helpful. The first room we were assigned to had a bit of trouble with the air conditioning, but the staff immediately moved us to a new room. The grounds are lovely, the food was wonderful, and the scenery is breathtaking. We took a cooking class with the chef; that was my favorite part of our stay. He was so much fun to work with and we learned a great deal. We would definitely plan to stay here again.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Fort Salonga, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2013

We stayed here from May 26 to 30. We had the the room at the suite top of the tower "Monaca Di Monza" The views from this room are only surpassed by going to the terrace at the top of the tower. Warning - if you are not able to climb steps, do not take this room. It is several different flights up and there is no other way. All of the staff, Fabiola,Victor and even our waiter Singh, could not have been nicer or more helpful.
The on-site restaurant is very good. The breakfast buffet has a good selection and the coffee is great. For dinner, every night the small menu changes. The food was very good and I highly recommend their wine and Grappa. I had a case sent home!
The castle is centrally located in Chianti. It was a easy drive to Sienna,Radda and other towns that you would want to see.
We stayed here after touring Rome,Venice and Florence. It was the perfect place just to relax and just enjoy the country.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2013

we had a fantastic stay here - we initially stayed in a well appointed flat and were upgraded to a stunning castle room when another guest was noisy one night and we asked for somewhere quieter.

Fantastic food, staff all great and very accommodating

Looking forward to visiting again!

THANK YOU!

Room Tip: the castle is better than the flats.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Castello di Tornano
Address: Localita Tornano SNC | Siena, 53013 Gaiole in Chianti, Italy
Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Siena > Gaiole in Chianti
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 37 Speciality Lodging in Gaiole in Chianti
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Castello di Tornano 3*
Number of rooms: 17
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