a new concept in holiday accommodation
- a private hotel -
The ease, services and infrastructure of a hotel...
....but you just happen to know all the guests
A Private Hotel
accommodating a maximum of twelve people
Renting a private villa is wonderful, just you and your friends and family
but how does the coffee machine work and why does the wifi keep cutting out?
A hotel can be sheer luxury
but there's a large group checking in at reception and the lounge area has a corporate event.
i Castagni offers you the ease and services of a hotel combined with the privacy of a villa
a private hotel
which functions as a hotel
but feels like a home
come on in
Your Tuscan Village
Your Tuscan Room
Your Tuscan Pool and View
a hotel just for you
there's no wait at check-in because you are the only guests, you can go straight to your room and start relaxing
the entire hotel is yours; all the bedrooms, the eating area, the gardens, the terraces, the pool, the staff
you are in a stunning medieval village in southern Tuscany, between Montepulciano and Pienza
In your own, private hotel
what a great decision
the village has
a welcoming community living here all year round, not just in the warmer months for tourists: this is the real Italy
great amenities: restaurants within walking distance, a small grocery shop, a coffee shop and bar, a chemist/pharmacy,
a bank machine/ATM, and amazing far-reaching views.
your bedroom has
a big comfortable bed, ensuite bathroom with a powerful shower and organic toiletries
crisp quality bedding, thick fluffy white towels, air-conditioning, mosquito nets at windows, high-speed hairdryers with long cables, and USB plug-in points for re-charging and using your IT
All rooms showcase the beauty and character of an old Tuscan building but they are totally up to date in all other areas. Muted colours and a careful blend of antique and modern furnishings create elegant rooms which are luxuriously comfortable and perfect for unwinding in. Beds are big and comfortable, bathrooms have powerful showers (some have tubs too). All toiletries are organic. The property is fully air-conditioned and there are also mosquito nets at windows if you prefer the cooling valley breeze. There is heating and a roaring log fire in winter. The kitchen and eating areas are fully equipped, as are the gardens.
We have things to make your stay easier; USB plug-in points for your IT, powerful hairdryers with long cables, and universal plugs so that you don't have to pack your adapters.
i castagni translates as the chestnut trees
HOW DO I BOOK?
This price includes your exclusive use of I Castagni, supported by the basic infrastructure you would expect in any good hotel; a daily maid service for your room and for the breakfast and other interior areas, a daily
tidy-up of the grounds and pool so that everything is in good order for you each morning. We also include the supply of basic breakfast goods and bottled water so that you can help yourself when you want.
The Roots and Trunk
This price is for everything in our Level One package, plus some stronger supporting help: a staffed breakfast each morning so that you don't have the hassle of laying the table and making the coffee; a served aperitivo (all items included) each evening; assisting you with restaurant bookings and excursion/tourism tickets. We are also on hand to offer guidance and advice on the local area.
The Roots, Trunk and Branches
This level includes all parts of Levels One and Two but extends further to provide the personal service and assistance you need to help your holiday reach an added level of relaxation and enjoyment. We will work with you in advance of your arrival to structure a programme for your stay and we will make all the necessary travel, excursion and restaurant bookings for that programme; we will also organise and book private transfers from/to your point of arrival/departure in Italy; action any requests you might have for a private chef to come in and make and serve lunch or dinner; arrange private in-house or vineyard wine tastings, guided tours, shopping outings etc. If you want it, and it's available, we can do it.
there are three booking options
We are open whenever you need us to be. Please refer to our
contact form below
to discuss your dates.
This page is updated regularly to reflect bookings
8-31 May BOOKED
1-25 June BOOKED
11-30 Sept BOOKED
1-15 Oct BOOKED
Please contact us
Our breakfast goods are healthy and use organic ingredients only.
We purposely don't have an in-house restaurant. They are noisy and who wants to stay in the room above the kitchen?
Tuscany has an abundance of fantastic places to eat. We have three within walking distance, so you don't even have to get in a car. We can arrange private dining at the hotel for guests booking our Level Three package.
Our gardens are the perfect place to wander and relax. We have sunny spots, shady corners and stunning views across the Val di Chiana valley.
Come back to a plumped up bed and a pristinely clean room every day.
A turquoise square in the middle of a medieval village? No.
Our elegant shallow pool is based on a design used in Tuscan country villas and is therefore completely in harmony with its surroundings. The perfect place to sit, refresh, and enjoy a glass of something chilled.
Free wifi? Of course.
A GUIDE TO COSTS
Prices depend on the season and your booking level (see 'How Do I Book' above).
The price is not affected by the number of people in your group. If you wish, you may book the hotel for two people.
The maximum number of guests, including children, is always twelve.
Our basic (Level One) cost is in line with renting a luxury private holiday property. Levels Two and Three are obviously more expensive, but less expensive than booking a luxury boutique hotel.
Our satisfaction comes from your contentment, providing you with a first-class experience, and welcoming you back the following year, not from looking at our end-of-year spreadsheets.
Check in: from 1400 hours
Check out: the hotel is yours until 1100 hours on the morning of your departure
We guarantee flexibility on timings when possible
POSTCARD GALLERY - a flavour of what to expect
open the door to your elegant room, drop your bags and begin to unwind
relax by our pool and enjoy the beauty and silence of Tuscany maybe a glass of wine in one hand and a book in the other?
one of our gardens - find a quiet corner and enjoy
bathrooms have powerful showers and organic toiletries some have tubs too
start the day with a healthy breakfast outside
and a proper cup of coffee
wake up to this energising sunrise bring your yoga mat
restaurants are all around; from traditional humble recipes to Michelin stars
bite into fresh, seasonal food bursting with flavour
the opportunity to enjoy long lunches with friends and family
want to hire a vintage vespa or car? we can arrange that for you
majestic Montepulciano, our neighbouring town (ten minutes by car) great wines and beautiful architecture in a thriving town
perfect Pienza (ten minutes by car) - art, history, views and shopping
stunning Siena (45 minutes by car) - bursting with culture, art, world-famous museums, great places to eat, elegant shopping, and myriad opportunities to sit and watch (Italian) life go by
get to know the wines produced in this beautiful landscape - we can arrange private wine tastings at the hotel or at a local vineyard
a photographer's dream the simple beauty of Tuscany
wonderful fresh air and stunning views on a local walk
beautiful in wintertime too
Rome - the eternal city we can easily arrange private transfers to and from the city and/or its airports
THINGS TO DO
AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Tuscany produces some of the world's best wines. Some you will know, and some you won't. Widen your knowledge, or learn the basics from the very beginning. We have a qualified in-house expert and a list of contacts we've drawn up over years of tasting, twirling, swirling, and talking over glasses of white, red, and rosé.
Culture and Places to Visit
Tuscany offers you a culture shock in a good way. It's packed full of things to see and places to visit. We are between majestic Montepulciano (above)
and the Renaissance jewel of Pienza (both 10 minutes by car). Siena, with its world-famous piazza, is 45 minutes by car; so is amazing Arezzo. The splendour of Florence and its world-class museums, such as the Uffizi, is 90 minutes by car. Rome is 120 minutes by car. We can arrange private drivers for you.
There's lots of it, ranging from simple recipes handed down through generations to fine dining and Michelin stars. Our visitors are amazed when they don't gain weight but, you can't argue with the facts, Italians are officially the slimmest Europeans and the food here is full of seasonal goodness, not sugar and additives.
Peace and Quiet
We have an abundance of this
and, when you are with us, you can truly relax and recharge.
Our Concierge Service
We love doing that little bit extra to make your stay with us special and can arrange airport transfers, restaurant bookings, private wine tastings, private tour guides, massage, yoga lessons, accompanied walks, bicycle hire, your favourite novel to be placed by your bedside. Please refer to our booking levels above for more information.
We are a private hotel in both senses of the word, so we don't do any social media. If you'd like to, that's absolutely fine.
We have been to Tuscany before but this place is special. No crowds and no tourist restaurants, at least not in the village. We arrived stressed and departed refreshed and renewed after a wonderful week. A beautiful village and a beautiful place to stay. Ideally located for Tuscany's delights although, once we had arrived, we stayed where we were and switched off. Completely.
we look forward to meeting you
and welcoming you to Tuscany
A WORD ABOUT COVID
We continue to offer hand sanitising posts throughout the premises so that our guests and staff can easily and regularly clean their hands.
We continue to adhere to a strict cleaning procedure inside the property.
Bedrooms and bathrooms are cleaned and disinfected thoroughly; bed-linen and towels are laundered in-house by us, so that we can be sure they are washed on a high temperature setting and handled by our staff only.
Surfaces which are frequently touched are regularly sanitised.
Please do not hesitate to ask if you require additional information or want to check something with us prior to, or during, your stay.