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Castello di Ripa d'Orcia
Boise, Idaho
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“Delightful location”
Reviewed 18 October 2011

We stayed at the Castello for three nights. Had a great view, it is centrally located in Tuscany, quiet, private, and off the beaten path, but close to so many Tuscan towns. The rooms are large by European standards, the bathroom updated. The breakfasts are very much above the norm and the restaurant provides well prepared, delicious meals - including the best wine we had on our 2 week trip. We enjoyed the pool, which has a spectacular view of the d'Orcia river valley and surrounding countryside. I would definately return, and it also has long term apartments available for those wanting a longer stay in the best part of Italy.

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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 September 2011

The castle is located about 50 mins from Siena. There are limited rooms and we were lucky enough to score the Valley View room. It had beautiful views of the valley below from every room- including the toilet!! The room consisted of bedroom, dining room, kitchenette and bathroom. All very clean and spacious. Even though we were on our honeymoon my husband and I woke up early each morning to take in the beautiful view. The pool is amazing and just what you need. The restaurant is lovely, it's a set menu but food is beautiful. The staff were very friendly and helpful. We can't wait to return!

  • Stayed September 2011
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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed 21 September 2011

We stayed her in September on our honeymoon. The hotel room was overall very nice but the it has very strict rules.

Room: Decent bed and nice sitting furniture. There is no TV but if you come to a castle to watch TV then you probably should look for a holiday inn. The shower was great high pressure with lots of hot water. The views of the Orcia river valley are incredible. Just remember that there are rules. No eating in the room, no wet clothes in the room are just a few in a laundry list of rules. Check in and check out are super prompt. If you are not checked in by 6pm they will cancel your reservation and take your money. Also check out is 10am they will push you out the door at 9:59am. Also no internet.

Grounds: The castle seems magnificent from all the pictures on tripadvisor, but just realize now that you will never take a tour of the castle you will stay in a building below the castle and when we asked about a possible tour they replied that the castle was private property. Big Bummer. The pool is amazing with giant views of the vineyards below, as well as Castiglione D'Orcia a nearby town with an amazing fortress. Only problem here is that the pool closes at 6:30pm so don't plan on watching a sunset here.

So all in all this is an amazing establishment that has a large amount of history and beauty attached to it. Just make sure you understand the rules before you embark on a trip to Castello Ripa d'Orcia.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a good view otherwise you might get a pine tree blocking your view.
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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ginobiro, Proprietario at Castello di Ripa d'Orcia, responded to this review, 24 September 2011
SORRY, YOU ARE NOT IN THE CLUB REAL FRIENDS OF LA RIPA.

First of all for this and other reviews on T.A. we do thank you the public administrations of San quirico d’Orcia and Castiglione d’orcia, owners of the road that leads to the castle. Thanks to them and to their politics and ideology made of social hatred and envy, ideas defeated by the History, we are forced to work and invest money to keep this precious medieval fortress up without any possibility to update our touristic offer with more flexible services.
The funny thing is that they talk about “cooperation” and “public use” of the castle … with the money and the commitment of the others!

Secondly, we have to thank this gentleman for his anonymous review made after his departure : in fact he never complained or shown any problems while here with us. Open and honest people, in our opinion, should tell their ideas and critics in person and not hiding behind the home computer.
Anyway we must specify some details :

We don’t understand why this gentleman put the title “Amazing HOTEL …” given that nowhere (in our official site, in other sites, in our emails to him) we refer to us as an hotel, never! On the contrary, especially in the emails, we write “Ripa d'orcia is NOT a hotel : therefore we don't offer services generally found in standard hotels. The owners offer the carefully restored old houses of its little hamlet for rent to vacationers seeking a quiet country atmosphere. The old houses are turned to rooms on b&b basis (2-night minimum stay) and selfcatering apartments for a longer stay. No A/C, tv sets and phone/wifi etc. in the lodgings. Internet point in town (S. Quirico d’Orcia). Children welcome in apartments only, not in the B&B's rooms.
For your privacy & relax access reserved to resident guests only. TOWER’S VISITS/TOURS ARE NOT AVAILABLE.”
What we can offer for the rate (135 euro per night per room on b&b basis) is well described both in the first reply email and in the confirmation notice. So we hardly catch the reason why this gentleman decided, despite he knew and disliked the offer, to confirm his request. Maybe he dreamt about a 4/5 star hotel in a medieval castle at 135 euro/night? If so, we wish to remind him that his expected and beloved services in a real castle in Europe (not a American fake one) generally are offered starting from a rate of 200/250 euro.

We can’t understand why he invites the readers to read the negative reviews on T.A. This gentleman believes to know the truth reading those reviews? Did he meet, as we unfortunately did, that bunch of reviewers with their bad manners and unbearable grins? (by the way reading T.A. it seems that the bad reviewers are almost one third of our guests : in fact they are a dozen out of 20000 satisfied guests… This is the truth! Let’s see who are these … (here we are obliged to call them) “Gentlemen” : they were people whose attitude is “I have money hence I have the right to”, “I pay, so I want and I’m on the right side” and “consumer is always right”; those who deal with the workers as if they are slaves, those who demand with arrogance and rudeness services never offered and promised.

We can’t understand why this gentleman is annoyed by the fact that he couldn’t enter the main tower. No one has ever written, offered or promised the tower tour: in fact both in our official site and in the emails sent to the guests (in English language … maybe in the Usa it’s no longer used) we write : “TOWER'S VISITS/TOURS ARE NOT AVAILABLE”. Maybe this gentleman dreamt about a tour included in the same rate of 135 euro per night.

It’s absolutely untrue that if a guest gets here after 6 p.m. he loses the room and the money. We ask for the good manners and we say : our office is open between 3 and 6 p.m. ; if you are going to be later than 6 p.m. please let us know the time of the foreseen arrival. We don’t think this is a strict rule, it’s just a matter of good behavior and respect for the work of the others.
It’s not true that the guest is thrown out if he doesn’t leave the room by 10 a.m.. As in any other place, we inform the guests (both by email and on site) about the check-out time. We have only 6 rooms and as per our location and organization check-out time is at 10 a.m.; in other places with other rates and different location it can be at 11 a.m. or at 12 … we don’t force anyone to this; anyone can choose freely the place most suitable for its own needs.

Regarding the fact to eat foods in the rooms we wish to say that the Real Friends of La Ripa are different and they have the right habits : after a relaxing time next to the pool surrounded by the secular Tuscan cypresses ( not pines!!!) up to the 7 p.m. or so, they use to join the other Friends for the dinner. Alternatively, if they like to have a more independent holiday the Real Friends book a selfcatered apartment where they can prepare their own meals. The Real Friends of La Ripa don’t make a fuss for these or other puerile and meaningless aspects; The Real Friends of La Ripa come here to enjoy this rare treasure with its unique setting and landscapes. The Real Friend of La Ripa are smart people, intellectually amazed by the history and the emotions that spread out from every angle of this hamlet; The Real Friends of La Ripa are so pleased to be part of this fascination so to forget about these not so important things.

In the end we thank you anyway. We regrettably have to inform you that you are not entitled to join the Club “Real Friends of La Ripa” that counts over 20000 satisfied guests. In case you wish to give to yourself a second try please read the comments written in our official sites where some Real Friends left some righteous thoughts.

P.s. : for those who read these reviews and think that this dozen of dreadful comments are right, please don’t show up and don’t try to join the Club. Thank you.
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Tampa, Florida
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Reviewed 17 July 2011

We will be going back. Quiet, rural, great views, wonderful hiking, superb food and wine.

Family owned and operated. Family is very friendly and helpful. They speak great English.

Truly an amazing experience.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with family
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Anchorage, Alaska
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67 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 July 2011

This place was amazing! We drove down from Florence and it took a little longer to find the place than I expected, so I recommend allowing extra time and planning your arrival around 3 pm, since they close the reception at 6 pm. Our GPS tried to take us down an impassable dirt path, so beware! The next morning, we hiked around the area for a couple of hours before breakfast. We were absolutely alone, and the 360 degree views of the Tuscan countryside were enchanting. The pool has a nice view, but has a lot of bugs in it. Our room was comfortable, clean, and very quiet. The place makes no pretensions to be a full-service hotel, but the quality of the room and the friendliness of the staff exceeded our expectations. The continental breakfast was delicious and nicely presented. Dinner was excellent. The location is a good base for visiting Montalcino, Pienza, Montepulciano and Cortona.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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ginobiro, Proprietario at Castello di Ripa d'Orcia, responded to this review, 7 July 2011
CUT A PINE TREE CLOSE TO THE POOL .
Dear Guest, thanking for your review we need to inform you that, during your stay, our pool robot at the end of the day checked and found only 5 pine tree leaves (maybe due to the water refraction the view was deceived), 2 Tuscan cypress berries, 1 poppy flower and one butterfly. In order to prevent such an unbecoming event we had to, regretfully, cut the guilty pine tree.
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 29 June 2011

We are the other couple that was with the reviewer turtlefly below, and wanted to put our input in on the situation, and tell the truth. We can not speak on room cleanliness but the area we did see was average, which is what 3 stars is... Next, they lied about offering help to find another place.... stay in town! Please, We spent twenty minutes in the parking lot making phone calls in order to find another place. They only said we do not take babies and when we inquired why, they only said it was because of our insurance and then became noncommital... There was NOTHING about in certain rooms for babies on their website. We looked again later and still could not find anything about babies permitted in certain rooms.

The main reason I am writing this review is to say that your experience could be completely different than any negative review on here, and it may not. The place is cool looking and we were excited to stay here before our experience. However, they formally lied in their response... for this reason I say STAY away. Yes, it could have been mentioned on the phone about our group having a baby, but there was nothing on their website about baby issues, so we never thought of it as an issue. We have since learned different.... They may have had over 20000 satisfied customers in the past, but if they continue this way then they will have 20000 dissatisfied customers as well (This is common sense if they want to speak of it). Just look at how confrontational they are in their responses. Tuscany is a big place and all of it is beautiful! Find another castle with less baggage.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with friends
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ginobiro, Proprietario at Castello di Ripa d'Orcia, responded to this review, 30 June 2011
PLEASE DO NOT FORGET THE BABY …AGAIN !
At this stage we are anxiously awaiting for the review of the baby who certainly will tell the whole real truth!

Since 20 years now and after 20000 satisfied guests, in order to respect and to preserve the peaceful rest of the guests we don’t rent the b&b rooms to people with babies.
Both in our official site (under the page “ Hospitality & Rates” it is written that: Children welcome in apartments only, not in the B&B) and in our reply emails ( it is written that: children welcome in apartments only, not in the B&B’s rooms ) we always write in English (your language, we guess) that babies are welcome in the selfcatered apartments only. In our opinion when someone intends to book a room and he is asked over the phone how the party is composed by and if the party has some special or peculiar need (double or twin beds, extra bed, adjoining rooms etc.) the right and educated way to answer it should be to specify the number of people in the party, informing the receptionist about the presence of babies in the party. Following this simple rule of common sense it would avoid troubles or awkward situations at the arrival. As we told you in person if you informed us about it we would have confirmed (as stated in our website) that we welcome babies in the selfcatered apartments only. And that we couldn’t offer you other accommodations because the apartments with independent kitchenette (more suitable for families with babies) were already fully booked. In addition we offered you another place in the nearby, but you decided to move closer to the city.
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Philadelphia, PA
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Reviewed 19 June 2011

This is a special place, and it's not for everyone (see negative reviews). Don't come here if you are looking for a luxury hotel, or even the accommodations of an ordinary hotel. As the owners clearly explain on their web site, you won't find such services here. Instead, come here if you want exceptional natural beauty, peace, and quiet in an unusual and charming setting, and are willing to accept basic accommodations in exchange. True, the beds are hard, but we found them that way across Italy and Spain. We enjoyed simple, if not gourmet, meals with the excellent wine from the estate. The rooms are a bit austere, but the view from the ramparts of the valley of the Orcia with a full moon rising trumps that for me.The staff member with whom we interacted, while not effusive, was kindly and went out of his way to accommodate our needs (e.g., my husband's gluten-free diet). We would be eager to go back and stay longer. Other guests with whom we interacted during our stay also loved the place.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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ginobiro, Proprietario at Castello di Ripa d'Orcia, responded to this review, 26 June 2011
WHITE COUNTRY ROADS AND DEVELOPMENT.

In order to get a further development of Castello di Ripa d’Orcia so to satisfy - with more and more qualified and competitive services - a smarter and more demanding tourist, both as on the museum attraction side and regarding the Hospitality side, we, as owners of this unique place, are waiting - since 20 years now! – that, after many empty vows and promises never accomplished, the local politics may understand the importance of the road that leads from San Quirico d’Orcia down to the Castle. Maybe it’s just an illusion if we regretfully think that this is the same kind of politics that took away in the 60s’ – arrogantly and without any compensation – more than half of the land and about 20 farmhouses always belonged to the castle.
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Property: Castello di Ripa d'Orcia
Address: Loc. Ripa d'Orcia | 5 km to S.Quirico d'Orcia, 53023 Castiglione D'Orcia, Italy
Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Siena > Castiglione D'Orcia
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #22 of 33 Speciality Lodging in Castiglione D'Orcia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Relax among the great wines. The Castello di Ripa d'Orcia in the center of Val d'Orcia, from 1990 opens its doors to travelers and tourists who want a unique experience in the heart of Toscana. You can sleep in and spend the night in history ancient environments ex-Olivier, now converted into comfortable bedrooms, or rent an apartment with a kitchenette for residents feel Ripa d'Orcia. ... more   less 
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