Castagni d'Oro means golden chestnut trees, reflecting the hillsides in Autumn covered in leaves in beautiful golds and yellows. Built around 1670 in traditional Tuscan design with thick stone walls, huge chestnut beams and floors of terracotta tiles, it has never been ruined, re-built, restored or modernised, just simply lived in by 9 or 10 generations and improved only when necessary, so retaining most of the original features!
These Medieval villages were built on tops of hills to make life more comfortable throughout the year by catching cooling breezes in summer and sitting high above the bad weather in winter. The breathtaking views and fresh, clean air are a happy bonus!
Traditional green shutters keep the sun out and let the breeze in, making the rooms cool and comfortable when the summer heat is on, so you should always get a good night's sleep in the hills, unlike lower down in the hot and humid valley bottoms.
The house appears much as it did in centuries past, apart from the requirements of modern living, including central heating and of course electricity! Recent renovations have provided en-suite bathrooms, and a large, double-sided, wood-burning fireplace making the house warm and cosy for winter breaks!
BEDROOMS: We have two bright and spacious double / twin bedrooms, simply decorated and comfortably furnished, complete with en-suite bathrooms with shower, quality towels, complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. Firm mattresses and quality British bedlinen for a sound night's sleep.
We have a child's cot and two extra folding single beds, free for the under-10s, and a little extra for 10 and overs and adults. Please ask for prices for using both rooms, extra beds, families, etc.
The guest rooms have hospitality trays with tea and coffee-making facilities, biscuits and water. LCD TVs have English channels and guests are welcome to join us in our sitting room if they like.
FREE WI-FI throughout the house and outside.
OUTSIDE: There is a sunny stone terrace with table, chairs and parasol and a large garden with flat and level lawns that has spectacular views over the valleys to the mountains, ideal for sunbathing. You can watch the eagles soar in the blue skies above and in the evening, chill out with a glass of wine, listening to the crickets sing in the background.
MEALS : simple evening meals with wine and coffee are only €18 each, but we do need a day's warning, please. Packed lunches are available at €4 and restaurants are only 15minutes drive away.
PARKING: Private driveway for 3 cars. Secure garage for motorbike parking, storage of bikes, trailers and roof-boxes.
CHILDREN: A cot, 2 high chairs and 2 single beds are available.
SMOKING: OUTSIDE ONLY, as It is now illegal to smoke in public places, including guesthouses, (and the fire alarm may operate)