1A - sleeps 6
Castello di Pastine
- English, Italian
About Mr. Guido
Ciao! I am Guido, the manager 'factotum' here at Castello di Pastine. I was born in Florence on 1975. I spent all my childhood in Firenze, growing up with my brother Nicola, who is now a priest. After High-school, I had the opportunity to go abroad and study in Boston, at Boston University, School of Communication, where I got my bachelor on 2001. Back in Florence, I felt in love with an Italian girl, who is now my wife. We got married on 2005, in a beautiful Church, near by Pastine. Now we have 4 marvelous children, who are our joy. Among my greatest passions/hobbies are: board games and theater (I am an impro-actor, and I have an amateur theater company). *** I am behind Castello di Pastine since 2004/2005. And I love my job.
Mr. Guido purchased this Apartment in 1989
Why Mr. Guido chose Barberino Val D'elsa
Castello di Pastine is like an island. Being on top of an hill, and surrounded by its private park, our estate offers breathtaking views that can not be described in words, and can not get in their entirety in a single photo. You need to come to understand what I mean. The atmosphere is particular. The estate is surrounded by a forest that works as a big lung, offering fresh air every day. The main building is very old, and dates back to 1500. But there is the evidence of Etruscan architecture (700 b.C.), as well as many prehistoric fossils (shells), that reminds us that millions of years ago, Pastine was about 15-30 meters underneath the sea level. *** Castello di Pastine was an investment made by the old company of my father, back in the late 80s. At first it looked like the 'sleeping beauty' castle, since it was was surrounded by brambles and ivy-covered. It took many years to restore it. It was open to holiday rentals starting from the mid 90s.
What makes this Apartment unique
When you get to Pastine you cry two times: when you arrive, and when you depart. You cry when you arrive, because things are different here...we are not perfect, I have to be honest; there are many things here that could work better (in Pastine, and in Italy), or that could be treated in a different way, with a different system. But this is part of the discovery, I guess...of the beauty of traveling, and knowing something different from your home. Then you will cry when you depart...because after a while you get used to all these little differences and imperfections ... and you begin to love them, since they are the very ones to make this place unique.
Pool / Spa
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Perfect location with the ambiance of Tuscany
We traveled with another couple and rented apartment 1a for a 3 night stay. The drive up to Castillo Di Pastine is breathtaking, the property has spectacular views and the peaceful quiet is perfect for any holiday. The property is comfortable, clean, and located with just the right amount of privacy and "off the beaten path" right in the heart of Chianti. Guido is fantastic and very helpful, responsive and informative. One couple cooked out on the outside grill and enjoyed a quiet, peaceful dinner on the grounds. It's an easy drive from Florence, to San Gimignano, to Siena, to wineries in the area. Tavernelle is a short 10 minutes from the property for shopping, restaurants and any supplies you may need. Learn to use a french press coffee maker before you go and settle in for a lovely, restful stay at Castillo Di Pastine.
Castello Di Pastine is a perfect setting for a truly relaxing break. My family ( including 2 teenagers) had a lovely time exploring Tuscany and even Rome and Venice, but Pastine was always a welcome retreat after a days sightseeing. The pool overlooks the Tuscan countryside and the loudest noises are the cicadas.
Guido was an excellent host who gave us advice on travel and restaurants. The tennis courts came with racquets and balls, the laundry room came with washing detergent! We wanted for nothing.
My favourite part of the trip was sipping a glass of prosecco and watching the sun set.
My 3rd time in Pastine's Castle......
Abbiamo scelto di ritornare ancora una volta in questo luogo incantevole per potere godere del rilassamento e della quiete che offre la tenuta con i suoi prati e la splendida varietà di alberi e fiori. Oltre alla magia del castello, fin dalla prima volta, abbiamo apprezzato molto la cordialità e l'ospitatilà da parte della famiglia Materi, proprietaria del posto. Sicuramente una vacanza al Castello di Pastine, aiuta a riconciliarsi con i ritmi quotidiani e non abbiamo alcun dubbio sul consigliare questa esperienza a chiunque voglia provare il vero relax, sapendo, eventualmente, di poter lasciare i bimbi lliberi di muoversi e giocare in un ambiente idoneo.
Grazie mille Giuliana per le Sue bellissime parole! Vi aspettiamo presto al Castello di Pastine...dove troverete tante nuove sorprese (abbiamo da poco sostituito gli ombrelloni con delle bellissime pergole in legno).
Castello di Pastine is situated in an excellent position a little over 30 km from Florence and Siena, both of which can be reached within half an hour. About 11 km away is the fascinating town of Certaldo, a medieval fortress and the native city of Boccaccio — one of the fathers of Italian literature and the author of the Decameron. San Gimignano, the well-preserved medieval city of towers is just 15 km away, while Volterra, a historic Etruscan city, can be reached driving along 43 km of the most beautiful roads in Tuscany, part of the Volterrana: the legendary road for people who love to drive through the countryside, by car or by bike! Then, if you want to taste or buy some excellent wine, you don’t have to go very far to visit the wine cellars where the most famous red wine in the world is made, Chianti Classico. Throughout the year the Tuscan towns are animated by fairs, festivals, theme-celebrations and historic re-enactments with street markets, suppers, tastings and fireworks.
Other Activities: cooking class, volleyball, sightseeing, air ballooning, wine tasting tours