6F - 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 Cottage 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 Cottage 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.
Check-in: 5:00 pm
Check-out: 9:30 am
Castello di Pastine is not an hotel, it offers holiday homes(Case appartamenti Vacanze): they are not official tourist structures, but private houses.
We don’t offer all services offered by hotel. We do not offer a regular front-desk service. Coming to us is just like renting a furnished apartment.
We provide all the linen for bed and bathroom, and the furniture for living. Coming with a car is mandatory: there are no public transportation to us.
No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
This property is an exceptional holiday find. The hosts are super welcoming and friendly and maintain a beautiful property with a mixture of woodland, pool, tennis court and other facilities. We rented the largest villa which was spacious and secluded. We loved our time there.
We enjoyed a wonderful week Castello di Pastine. We loved the 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom cottage with spectacular vistas of the Tuscan countryside. Perfectly located for day trips throughout Tuscany and midway between Florence and Siena. Beautiful, authentic, restful....just perfect.
my stay at castello di pastine
This wonderful house is the former fornace for firing bricks ages ago, converted into a lovely 3br 3ba home. The place is tucked in a slope at the end of the property with a lovely rooftop terrace overlooking the scenic valley. The view of the grounds is equally incredible. The sense of privacy about this place leaves it so special in my memories. Guido is more than helpful
Thanks for your kind words about Castello di Pastine. I am so glad to read that you enjoyed your Tuscan Vacation.
We love to share the beauty of our properties with enthusiastic people like you!
Séjour familial au mois d'août 2012
Nous avons séjourné 2 semaines dans la maison située dans le parc du Castello de Pastine. L'environnement est sublime et la maison très agréable. La vue sur San Gimignano depuis la terrasse est magnifique.
Nous avons beaucoup apprécié la piscine de belle taille et l'équipement mis à disposition. L'accueil des propriétaires est très agréable et le book fourni sur les bonnes adresses très précieux.
Thank you Guido for these 2 nice weeks. We'll come back with pleasure to Pastine. Vincent
Mille fois merci! :-)
Wunderschönes Haus mit herrlichem Blick
Wir (4 Erwachsene und 2 Kinder, 7 und 11 Jahre) verbrachten zwei sehr schöne Wochen in diesem geräumigen, gut eingerichteten und sehr sauberen und gepflegten Haus. Es liegt etwas abseits des Haupthauses und bietet absolute Ruhe und sensationelle Ausblicke auf das Tal und besonders auf San Gimignano. Die Dachterasse ist leider nicht direkt vom Haus aus zugänglich. Man muss einen kleinen Weg benutzen, der etwas vom Haus entfernt liegt. Der Blick von oben ist aber gigantisch! Wir waren leider immer etwas zu faul, das Essen hinauf zu tragen. Die gesamte Anlage ist super gepflegt und bietet sehr viele Möglichkeiten (Pool, Tennis, Fußball, Spielplatz etc.). Besonders angenehm war die Gestaltung des Poolbereichs, da jede Wohneinheit einen eigenen Bereich mit Pergola, mehrern Liegen, Stühlen und Tisch hat.
Der Vermieter Guido und seine ganze Familie sind super nett und hilfsbereit. Guido gibt sehr gute Tipps und hat eine sehr umfangreiche Mappe mit Restaurantempfehlungen, Besichtigungstipps und vielem mehr zusammengestellt. Außerdem spricht Guido hervorragend Englisch. Der Ort ist ein guter Ausgangspunkt für Besichtigungen der tollen Städte der Toskana.
Wir können dieses Haus sehr empfehlen und kommen bestimmt wieder her!
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