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AMAZING PIANETTOLE CASTLE

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Excellent 5/5 15 reviews

New above ground pool for summer 2014

Chateau | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8

Key Info
  • Swimming Pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden
  • Car essential

NEW FOR 2014 - ABOVE GROUND POOL!!!

DISCOUNT FOR LAST WEEK OF AUGUST.

The Castle of Pianettole was first mentioned in texts in the 11th century - it served as a Fortress and a Monastery. The stone tower and wonderful grounds will set the stage for your Italian holiday. A wonderful new above ground pool (30ft long, 6ft wide and 3ft11 deep) has been added late summer 2013 and you will love cooling off after a day's sightseeing or just relaxing nearby. ALSO NEW FOR 2014 included in the price is a lunch or dinner in a local restaurant (10 mins drive) in the village of Caprese Michelangelo (la buca di Michelangelo)!! We can only offer this with a minimum of one week's booking.

We can also include entry to a local health SPA which gives you use of thermal pools etc. We can also organize a cooking course at a wonderful school in florence (see www.intavola.org).

You can do wine tasting of local Arezzo wines in a agriturismo farm just 30 mins drive at 15 euros a head with snacks. Help with car hire also possible.

In the past the castle served as a refuge to the Knights Templars and it is dotted with mysterious symbols such as the knot of Solomon. It lies on 25 hectares of land comprising forests. Adjoining is our vineyard and orchards with fruit and olive trees. For complete privacy and tranquility we have a private road that leads to the castle - a really unforgettable stay in the gentle Tuscan countryside at extremely reasonable prices. You will be the only guests on the property as the other parts are not rented out. PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO READ OUR NUMEROUS PAST GUESTS' COMMENTS. Most people book after having read these!!

Within the inner walls of the Castle, we have charmingly restored the original lodgings of the Castle's military commander. The house has four tastefully restored and furnished bedrooms and all the modern necessities for a comfortable, unique and relaxed stay. Wireless internet insures you can keep in touch so bring your PC. Please note that internet is a little slow as works by satellite and not suitable for downloading large material - there may be periods of the day with linking up is harder.

The house is designed to comfortably accommodate a maximum of seven/eight guests (8 are possible as we can add a single bed in third bedroom) and is laid out over 2 floors, on the first floor is the living area which combines the modern kitchen and dining area comprising dining table for 6 or more people. On this floor there are two large double bedrooms both with TVs. The second floor comprises one double bedroom and the large bathroom with shower. The very thick walls of this centuries old property keep the house cool in summer. Just outside there is a pool just for your use and private patio with table and chairs and is illuminated for alfresco dining in the evenings. The fourth bedroom (smaller than average) with an ensuite bathroom has just been added in the basement of the property but can only be accessed from the outside.

In an environment where special attention is given to service and hospitality (Mario and his wife live in the houses nearby), we include a selection of fine local wines and one from the Chianti Classico, olive oil from our olive groves, along with delicacies from the local area to make your experience at the Castle of Pianettole unforgettable. Within easy walking distance is our vineyard from which you can admire the breathtaking panorama of the surrounding countryside. Every window has a panoramic view over the Tuscan countryside.

A five minute drive away is the stunning medieval walled fortress town of Anghiari. It sits on the top of a hill overlooking the valley of the River Tiber. Listed as one of the ten most beautiful hilltop towns of Italy, it has fascinating winding streets and wide choice of specialist shops and fantastic restaurants. Every turn of each corner provides another subject for a photograph. You can spend hours exploring the medieval passageways and ramparts of the town or just eating there - there are many fantastic restaurants within the village. From the centre an amazing long (7 km!) straight road (almost intact after 5 centuries) leads to Sansepolcro. The scenery from the top of this road is breathtaking!

At the bottom of this road lies Sansepolcro. Birthplace of the great artist Piero della Francesca, whose works such as The Resurrection can be seen in the town museum. With markets on Tuesday and Saturdays, it is wonderful place to buy local produce. Within the medieval town walls you will find cafes, restaurants and bars to suit all tastes. In addition, there are 4/5 large supermarkets and an amazing Olympic size swimming pool set in enormous pine woods with slides your children will love. There are many events, festivals and concerts held throughout the year in the close vicinity. The South Bank Symphonia play in the main square every July. Not to miss is the wonderful antiques fair that takes place in Arezzo on the first weekend of every month. September see the famous 'Palio della Balestra' - the medieval crossbow competition held in nearby Sansepolcro. A weeklong festival of flag-throwing, medieval parades and open air banquets precede the palio (second Sunday of September).

The Castle provides an ideal base for touring and visiting many of Italy notable destinations including Florence, Siena, Arezzo, Cortona, Perugia, Gubbio, Assisi, Caprese Michelangelo, La Verna. Rome can be reached within three hours by car or less if you take a fast train from Arezzo (1 hour, 10 minutes). The surrounding countryside has ancient woods dotted with monasteries and archaeological sites. We can also meet you in Anghiari when you arrive and lead you to the Castle.

The Castle of Pianettole will deliver everything it promises and more! Please take the time to read our previous guests' comments - we can provide you with emails if you wish to write to them for their views.

DAMAGES DEPOSIT CAUTION OF 200 EUROS FOR FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN.

PLEASE ASK BEFORE BOOKING ABOUT PARTICULAR REQUIREMENTS SUCH AS BIKES (NONE AVAILABLE) HORSES MOTORBIKES, LAKES, TREKKING.

AIRPORTS : ROME 3 HOURS

FLORENCE OR BOLOGNA 1HR 20 MINS

PISA : 2 HOURS

FORLI : 1HR

PERUGIA : 50 MI

Size Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms
Access Car essential
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Bologna PISA Rome 200 km, Nearest railway: arezz0 38 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Internet access
General Central heating, TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites
Furniture Double beds (4), Dining seats for 7
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Private garden
Access Parking

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Review 1-10 of 15

14 Jun 2014

5/5

"a perfect springboard for southern Tuscany"

We were four women (55-81). We each had a bedroom and shared two bathrooms. As one of my fellow travelers put it: "In my dreams, I never conceived of anything as idyllic as this experience. T… More

14 Nov 2013

5/5

"A Hidden Gem in Tuscany"

Pianettole Castle is for you if you value great hospitality, friendship and a wonderfully peaceful and beautiful place to stay.We stayed for 8 nights and used anghiari as our base to travel Tuscany vi… More

3 Oct 2013

5/5

"The Return of Mario's Hawaii Friends"

We first visited Pianettole in the summer of 2008. We were so impressed with the genuine hospitality and what Mario and his family have done with the property that we said "if we ever get back to… More

3 Oct 2013

5/5

"The Return of Mario's Hawaii Friends."

We first visited Pianettole in the summer of 2008. We were so impressed with the genuine hospitality and what Mario and his family have done with the property that we said "if we ever get back to… More

29 Sep 2013

5/5

"Incredible Experience!"

My wife, my parents and I all stayed for 3 incredible nights at the castle this past September (2013).Mario and his wife were very welcoming, personable people who took every opportunity to ensure we … More

29 Sep 2013

5/5

"Amazing!"

My wife, my parents and I all stayed for 3 incredible nights at the castle this past September (2013).Mario and his wife were very welcoming, personable people who took every opportunity to ensure we … More

24 Sep 2013

5/5

"Fantastic stay - could not have asked for more"

We stayed with Mario for two weeks in the summer of 2013. The castle is everything that is promised and more! We were amazed by the view, the cleanliness, the hospitality and the quiet comfortable a… More

22 Oct 2012

5/5

"Once in a lifetime experience"

Myself, husband, son, daughter-in-law and three grandchildren stayed for a week at the castle. The castle was everything that was promised. The accommodations were extremely clean, pantry was well-s… More

30 Aug 2012

5/5

"Best home away from home!"

I highly recommend this home away from home. I made my first trip to Italy in May with three other friends. I was completely surprised at the amenities for an 11th century castle. We each had our own … More

27 Jul 2012

5/5

"Amazing Experience!"

This place was so special! It is a little hard to find, but once you are on top of that hill and see the amazing view, it is worth it. Mario is welcoming and helpful. He is happy to tell you the his… More

Review 1-10 of 15

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