a new concept in holiday accommodation

- a private hotel -

friends tuscany

The ease, services and infrastructure of a hotel...

....but you just happen to know all the guests

  A Private Hotel 
   in Tuscany  


six bedrooms
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

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


you arrive

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

all yours


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



The Roots

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

for 2023


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.


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 start to unwind

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 with a glass of wine in one han

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

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 breakfast outside

start the day with a healthy breakfast outside

and a proper cup of coffee

and a proper cup of coffee

wake up to this energising sunrise - bring your yoga mat

wake up to this energising sunrise bring your yoga mat

restaurants are all around; from traditional humble recipes to Michelin stars

restaurants are all around; from traditional humble recipes to Michelin stars

Bite into fresh, seasonal food.

bite into fresh, seasonal food bursting with flavour

Enjoy long lunches with friends - old and new.

the opportunity to enjoy long lunches with friends and family

Hire a Vespa and get around the Italian way.

want to hire a vintage vespa or car? we can arrange that for you

Majestic Montepulciano, our neighbouring town (10 minutes by car)

majestic Montepulciano, our neighbouring town (ten minutes by car) great wines and beautiful architecture in a thriving town

perfect Pienza (10 minutes by car)

perfect Pienza (ten minutes by car) - art, history, views and shopping

Stunning Siena - 45 minutes by car.

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

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

a photographer's dream the simple beauty of Tuscany

wonderful fresh air and stunning views on a local walk

wonderful fresh air and stunning views on a local walk

beautiful in wintertime too

beautiful in wintertime too

Rome - we can easily  arrange private transfers to and from the city and/or its airports

Rome - the eternal city we can easily arrange private transfers to and from the city and/or its airports











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.

Vip Ride

Social Media










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.   

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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

  please contact us with any and all questions 

email helpful@icastagnituscany.com




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.