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“Beautiful, special, wonderful Lupinari - we miss you!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Tenuta di Lupinari

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Tenuta di Lupinari
Ranked #13 of 23 Speciality Lodging in Bucine
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“Beautiful, special, wonderful Lupinari - we miss you!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2009

My husband and I chose to get married at Tenuta di Lupinari in August 2008, and we secured the rental of the entire village for the week of our wedding. We were joined by our family and friends for the most amazing and wonderful week, everyone without exception fell in love with Lupinari and we had a perfect stay and a perfect wedding day. Our wedding photographers (who live in Italy) were blown away by the location and the beautiful buildings and gardens, and declared it one of the loveliest wedding spots they had visited.
Tenuta di Lupinari is owned by the Pellegrino family, who have lovingly renovated the buildings over the years with a labour of love, and still manage the property all year road. The grounds are impeccably maintained with beautiful gardens and flowers. The pool area is spotlessly clean and so quiet and peaceful, with views across the valley.
Antonella Pellegrino was our wedding planner, and she was on hand all week and did everything possible to accommodate our many requests and our over excitable guests. She got married herself at Lupinari, which says a lot about the perfection of the place!
The reception is open during set hours during the day, and happy to provide you with restaurant bookings, day trips, help with car hire, bike hire, spa bookings, supermarket directions, post or fax or literally just about anything you need or want.
As you approach the Lupinari village on a long cypress lined road, you can see the tower of the castle in the distance. It is very quiet as you drive past the vineyards and the old farm buildings at the bottom of the estate. The Pellegrino family still make their own wine and there is a fishing lake on the estate too.
Arriving in the little car park, you are immediately struck by the peace and the quiet & the feeling of immediate relaxation. Being completely set in its own grounds, there is no traffic noise for miles around (of course, you need a car to be here as it is not possible to easily walk to nearby village or restaurants).
The apartments at Lupinari used to be the servants/farm workers accommodation adjoined to the castle in years gone by, and are now beautifully and sympathetically renovated. As other reviewers pointed out, this means that some apartments have shared bathrooms (so more suited to families) but just check the apartment details before booking your selected our apartment. My husband and I stayed at La Loghetta which is set back, very private and a lovely terrace. We visited each apartment (obviously, as all our friends and family were living in them!) and they each have individual charm and appeal depending on your needs. The style is rustic and authentic Italy, spotlessly clean and well maintained and with everything you need for a relaxing stay. Each apartment has its own terrace with seating area. Some terraces are more private than others - so make sure you ask if this is something important to you. La Terrazza is a fantastic apartment for friends sharing, with 2 huge living areas and a massive terrace with elevated views. La Belvedere is beautiful with a huge ground floor terrace area and garden (but one bathroom, as another reviewer pointed out). La Granaio is our favourite apartment for 2 sharing, with a gorgeous beamed bedroom and quiet sitting terrace overlooking the pool.
Within the reception building there are B&B rooms, which are spacious and beautifully appointed. On most nights of the week, Lupinari provides the option of a set menu dinner at fixed price, which was welcome for many guests who didn't fancy cooking in their apartment and the food is lovely and wine is provided. Its not "mind blowingly fantastic" but at the price you are not expecting it to be! Sitting out on the terrace with candles and smelling the flowers & a slight breeze in the air with no sound for miles around...absolutely bliss.
The castle area itself is still owned and lived in by the family, although we believe there may be plans to turn it into further B&B rooms. The nearby town of Bucine has everything you need in terms of banks, supermarket, pharmacy, bakery, although it is not a "pretty" Italian town in the way Montepulciano or San Gimignano would be described. It is a functioning Italian town with a lot of heart and body. But you are in a very central location here for reaching a zillion beautiful locations in Tuscany and Umbria, yet away from the super-touristy areas which often put you near busy auto strada links and main roads. We loved and adored Lupinari for the very fact that it is off the beaten track and like a perfect oasis.
Sigh...I could go on for hours. I have attached photos including some of our wedding day, but even the photos don't do justice. In case you were left in any doubt....we highly, highly recommend Lupinari for a relaxing, beautiful, quiet and authentic Italian stay. Ideal for couples and families and groups of friends alike. Enough room on the estate to find your own space and enjoy the peace and quiet. Close enough to all major attractions to allow easy day tripping. Perfect and unobtrusive service for anything you need. Great comms and easy booking, excellent value prices for rental.
Please message me through TA if you have any questions, very happy to be honest and help as I know how stressful it is when searching for the perfect place for your Italian vacation.
Big thank you to Antonella and Salome, and to the Pellegrino family. We had a perfect stay and a wedding we shall treasure forever. R&R xx

  • Stayed August 2008
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2008

Two couples rented the Belvedere suite for one week. We thought we would each have our own bathroom, but did not. There are 2 bedrooms. One is exquisite, but the bath is down the hall. The other is small and dark and has its own bathroom. We signed up to eat at Lupinari one night and found the food to be only average. The grounds are beautiful, but can be noisy if there are many guests.

  • Stayed May 2008, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2007

What an amazing place! We (my spouse and I) stayed at Tenuta di Lupinari for a week in early-mid October. We used it as a base to explore the hill towns of central Tuscany, putting on 1500 km in our rental car, which is essential of course. The reception was mid afternoon, pleasant with a choice of two apartments. I think the overall reaction of most travelers for the first few hours is something like a semi-stunned trance as you take in the scenery, the immediate facilities and your rooms. Large and well-laid out on 2 floors with utensils and satellite TV. Bathroom was fine and the suite had clean-up service daily. We did break something but were not charged.

Breakfast was 10 euro each and quite nice with bacon and eggs cooked for you if you wanted. We didn't try the 35 euro set course dinner but guests that did raved about it. The owner was eating with them as well. One night they hosted an art exhibition and the guests were invited to partake of the food and drink provided for the event.

The tail-end of the grape harvest was in progress while we were there and we were free to explore the fields and the original 16th century buildings in partial ruin. Very quiet except for the morning farming operations.

Would definitely like to go back.

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  • Stayed October 2007, travelled with family
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2007

We stayed at Lupinari for a week in May 07. Found the site through trip advisor and did lots of research. We thought that it was worth paying a bit more than the usual 'lead in' places that travel agents offer.

We were not disappointed either. One word of caution however - following the simple directions (we thought) saw us hopelessly lost in roadworks in Florence as we came from Pisa. The website directions werent quite enough and with the many roadworks, saw us 3 hours late getting to Lupinari in the dark

We recovered from this and arriving so late, asked the lovely young girl who helps there (she is doing a languages degree and was so wonderfully friendly & helpful) if we could have some bread and cheese as we had had no dinner. She came back with that and pruschetto, salami and spicy bread sticks. We were happy to pay the 20 euro it cost.

We didnt eat in the restaurant as it was a set menu and at 35 euros each (adult & children) was a bit expensive to eat at each night. Instead we went to the local camping ground and bought food - it had everything you need.

Need to be aware if you arrive late on a Saturday like we did - nothing is open shops wise except this camping ground and yes you definitely need a car to get around in as you are out in the countryside! There was a couple who arrived without any transport and were stuck until the owner sorted out a car for them after the weekend !!

Unfortunately the children (our daughter and 2 other little americans girls) were quite frightened by the manager when she very sternly told them off for being in a garden belonging to another customer- they tried to tell her they had been invited in to look for a lizard but she was very angry at them and this really dampened things for the children after this as they were very worried they would do something wrong and get into trouble.

You can use the internet in the lobby free of charge especially if you have your own laptop, that was great as we kept a travel blogpage and could go online each day.

We stayed in Il Granaio- the old granary and it was lovely- the huge doors opened onto the manicured grounds and you had no traffic past your door as we had a stone wall next to us.

The pool was fantastic, no expense has been spared!! The grounds are immaculate and the elderly owners invited a group of us to go through the ground floor of their castle- a real treat to see, it was amazing and they were very lovely people.

All in all a wonderful week, only issues we had were with paying the deposit - asked the lupinari manager and our bank then followed instructions re wiring money as you cant pay with a credit card online.
However, we didnt know that additional fees in the Italy bank saw us NZD $100 poorer. Both our bank and the owner said the other should have known. Setting up online payment as with other properties in europe would alleviate this added expense to the customer if you are caught out like we were. Once there, you can pay via credit card however.

Overall, a most beautiful place to spend your 40th birthday!

  • Liked — setting- The hamlet/ borgo was amazing
  • Disliked — manager seemed pretty stressed
  • Stayed May 2007, travelled with family
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Alpharetta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2007

This spot was a dream. The location was excellent and the quality of the property was even better than we hoped. The staff accommodated our request sand the apartment was well equipped.
We are trying to figure out how soon we can arrange a return trip.
Fantastic! The website photos show it as it really is.

  • Liked — the quality of the accommodations and the views
  • Disliked — no washer/dryer
  • Stayed September 2007, travelled with friends
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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2007

Tenuta Lupinari is a lovely place to have a quiet, scenic vacation in the middle of the Chianti area. We stayed for a week with two children (10 and 5) and my parents in Il Limonaia. The pool area is beautiful, and it was so hot that week that we really needed the it. The kids spent the whole week trying to catch lizards. We took day trips to other towns in the area, but didn't go as far as we had planned. The roads are so curvy that it took longer to get places than we had anticipated. But, we were happy with the trips we took, and always happy to get home in the late afternoon to relax at the pool. We enjoyed cooking for ourselves, and exploring the offerings in the nearby markets. We ate one night in the restaurant. We went for a walk each evening through the property, sometimes with the friendly dogs that live there.

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  • Stayed May 2007, travelled with family
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Northampton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2006

Tenuta Lupinari was magical. Spent a week there with my wife in October. Not much to add. I agree with all other reviews. Requires a car. Easy train ride to visit Firenze for the day. Visited a different hilltown each day. Check out the hot springs in Terme Rapolano (San Giovanni Terme) for something different. Dining everywhere was great. We found Rick Steves book to be the best guide for finding things.

  • Stayed November 2006, travelled as a couple
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Property: Tenuta di Lupinari
Address: | Lupinari, 52021, Bucine, Italy
Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Arezzo > Bucine
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 23 Speciality Lodging in Bucine
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 31
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The ancient village Lupinari situated in the heart of Tuscany among the hills Siena & Arezzo, in one of the most beautiful parts of Chianti, has been lovingly restored using carefully chosen, traditional materials and finishing to an exceptional standard. The Village lies in the heart of 750 acres of woods, vineyards and centuries old olive trees in a area which has miraculously remained intact trough the centuries, a striking oasis of peace and serenity. ... more   less 
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