Here at Il Castagnolino you will stay in a true Tuscan agriturismo just 2 km from the fascinating historical town of San Gimignano. With cosy accommodation in a peaceful and countryside location you can experience an authentic Tuscan holiday surrounded by vineyards.
Here you can spend long hours enjoying rural life from the swimming pool or the terrace, perhaps with the company of a bottle of local white wine - Vernaccia di San Gimignano perhaps? Alternatively you can take a scenic walk on a historic trail since Il Castagnolino is located on the ancient way called "Via Francigena" where the pilgrims used to walk. From the grounds at Il Castagnolino you can enjoy a unique view over the towers of San Gimignano and the Valdelsa valley. It is also a bio-farm where the hosts produce a fine extra-virgin olive oil and organic saffron. They grow aromatic & medicinal plants and the delicate Certaldo red onion, and then produce tasty jams and marmalades with their fruits and vegetables.
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With all these fresh ingredients grown on the land, it's fortunate that you can also taste them all at Carmela and Ivano's own restaurant. You can enjoy the flavours of meals cooked with typical Tuscan genuine products coming directly from their own organic farm and from other farms in the area. During summer, dinner is served outdoors under a loggia with panoramic views over the Val d'Elsa and the Chianti Valley, and in Autumn and Winter in a small pleasant dining area also with a beautiful view.
Just 2 km away you will find the historical and enchanting town of San Gimignano with many options for dining, shopping and discovering history. The town remains largely unchanged since the Middle Ages and you will find a 10th Century castle at the heart of the town. Although it is most famous for its towers of which fifteen are still standing tall today. The countryside around Il Castagnolino lends itself well to people who love country and rural surroundings and perhaps like to take peaceful walks and bike rides and enjoy nature. Of course in this area there is no shortage of vineyards and opportunities to take a guided wine tour which can also be a wonderfully authentic Tuscan experience.
Agriturismo Il Castagnolino is a great place and particularly suitable for couples (since we don't recommend that you add extra beds in the rooms). There is outdoor furniture for dining and relaxing outside when the weather is good, and there is a cosy common room/lounge to enjoy inside for the colder months. The six bedrooms are not large, and the beds are therefore "only" 160 cm wide (in single rooms 120 or 140 cm), but they are cosy and with their characteristic exposed beams in the ceilings, their floors tiled, the stylish furniture and walls all painted with natural colours. The rooms all have a private entrance and a bathroom with a toilet and shower. Wireless internet is available in the rooms and there is private parking for guests.
Very nice accommodation about 3 km away from San Gimignano. Unfortunately there wasn't any good paths to the town, so you had to walk on the road, which was pretty busy. Tasty breakfast with home baked bread and cakes, 4 courses. Tuscan every day food, which was cooked by Carmela, was offered in the evening, and it was really good. Hard to find without a navigator, use the coordinates.
Nice location, with a nice over the Tuscan countryside, surrounded by olive trees and cypresses.
Very kind and helpful hosts. Lovely breakfast. We ate dinner there most days, always 4 course menu, which always tasted heavenly.
A warm greeting and the feeling of a great hospitality from our hosts. They were so kind and friendly.
Very delicious breakfast - very local and 4 courses every day. It could be nice if we could have the possibility to make an order of fewer courses, because 6 days with 4 courses can be a bit overwhelming.
The location was amazing.
The only thing we missed was a nice arm-chair or couch that we could relax in after a day of sighseeing.
Very nice location, nice room and great food. Very kind staff and lovely atmosphere. Close to San Ginignamo, that is highly recommended