Castellare di Tonda - Italy

Medieval Tuscany

5 star rating   4 May 2024

Julie (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Well trained and cared for horses, a great guide, fabulous food and scenery! | Tuscany is green and beautiful in the spring! The rides out into the forests and vineyards were amazing with lots of significant ups and downs but many smooth spots as well. The picnic sites and food provided on the picnics were amazing. We had significant rain and were offered reining lessons in the covered arena in place of a couple rides. Great instruction on well trained horses.

The Riding

How well were you matched with the right horse for your ability?
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How would you rate the variety of riding, pace or terrain?
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How would you rate the overall standard of the horses, tack and stables?
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The Accommodation

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How would you rate the standard of the food?
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Do you have any comments about the accommodation and food?

The food was amazing- the restaurant on site was excellent with friendly staff. The food provided for the picnics was amazing and included seasonal dishes typical of the region with wine, coffee and dessert. My favorite was a tortilla espanol , proscuitto and chicken, buffalo mozzarella with apricot jam and almonds, fresh strawberries. All of it was delicious.

Not a problem for us but the wifi is pretty limited in our room and continuously cut off. Again, not a problem but it would be difficult to plan to accomplish any work while at your room.

Before Your Holiday

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Plan and prepare for your holiday?
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Feel comfortable about your transfers and what to expect?
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How could we improve the quality of pre-holiday information that we send?

I've traveled with a number of outfitters for horse riding related travel and found In the Saddle to go above and beyond. Enjoyed the final send off email and contact info as well as the binder with details about the trip that I received in the mail.
[Becky from In The Saddle replies: Thank you very much for your kind feedback, it was a pleasure to help arrange this holiday for you.]

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Ailsa was amazing as a guide and person! She went above and beyond to accommodate and make sure we were taken care of with recommendations for sites to visit on our free day, restaurant help, an umbrella and breakfast to go on our last day. This was a great experience!