Italy - Castellare di Tonda

  • Open Apr-Oct
  • Set arrivals
  • to nights / 3 to 6 days of riding | 2 to 6 hours riding per day | Nearest airport:Pisa
  • Weight limit: 15st 9lbs (100 kg) (219 pounds)
  • Usual maximum: 8

Your base for the week is Castellare di Tonda, a country resort and spa in the heart of Tuscany. This wine estate dates back to the Renaissance period when it was owned by the Strozzi family of Florence. The current owners Stefano and Alessandra are passionate about their horses and riding and have invested extensively in the equestrian centre.

There are three alternative riding itineraries:

Medieval Tuscany

This is a seven night itinerary with 3 full day and 2 half day rides. The week includes approximately 20 hours of riding and is suitable for strong intermediate and experienced riders.

Heart of Tuscany

This itinerary offers a more relaxed holiday and is ideal for families and groups of mixed ability who want to do more than just ride. The week includes 12 hours of riding which can be a mixture of lessons and trail rides. Subject to your riding ability and availability you may also be able to join a full day ride. A rental car is strongly advised if you book this itinerary.

Castellare Train & Trail

This week is suitable for strong intermediate and experienced riders and includes approximately 15 hours of riding (five western riding/reining lessons and five trail rides).

 

The trail rides are designed to include a variety of landscapes.  You ride past Chianti vineyards, through pristine forests, through medieval villages and past ancient castle ruins.

The Wellness Centre is open each day.  Each farmhouse has a swimming pool and there are tennis courts and many hiking trails through the surrounding hills.

The riding style is Western. The horses are trained to neck rein and are ridden with a loose contact.

There is a herd of over fifty horses used for riding and breeding. The trail horses are a mix of breeds including native crossbreeds and Quarterhorses.

The Heart of Tuscany itinerary includes 12 hours of riding which can be a mixture of lessons and trail rides. Beginner riders will start off in the arena and join trail rides when the instructor believes them safe. Subject to your riding ability and availability you may be able to join a full day ride (but note that day rides are not available in July and August).

The Medieval Tuscany is a seven night itinerary with 3 full day and 2 half day rides. The week includes approximately 20 hours of riding and is suitable for strong intermediate and experienced riders. There are opportunities for walk, trot and canter, but please note that, due to the terrain and riding style, this is not a fast ride. The trails are diverse, so every day you can experience a different style of ride: take a canter alongside the river at the bottom of a beautiful canyon; discover medieval castles and abandoned churches; ride through vineyards and open pastures; stop for picnics in shady groves whilst the horses graze nearby.

The Castellare Train & Trail itinerary requires riders to be confident and in control at walk, trot and canter. On five days you have a western riding/reining lesson in the morning and a two hour trail ride in the afternoon (or vice versa). This itinerary is for those looking to learn or improve their Western riding techniques as well as practice the more refined reining techniques of sliding stop and spins.

On each of the itineraries the riding includes steep trails and riders may be required to dismount for small sections to walk with the horses. The pace of the ride will depend on the heat so if it is very hot then the pace is likely to be a little slower. In the hot summer months, particularly late June, July and August, rides set off earlier in the cool of the morning.

Children aged seven years and over can have Western lessons in the arena. Children aged 12 years and over who are competent riders can join their family on trail rides within the estate. Children aged 14 years and over who are experienced riders may join their family on the longer rides outside of the estate.

Accommodation is in Tuscan-style self-catering apartments built into each of the twelve restored farmhouses on the estate.

Couples normally have a one bedroomed apartment. Friends can have either a twin room or a single room each in a two bedroomed apartment with a shared bathroom. Families can book a two or three bedroomed apartment.

Single travellers can guarantee a single one bedroom apartment by paying a single supplement. If you are willing to share a two bedroom apartment (one bathroom) and a sharer is available, then there is no single supplement. The supplement is payable in advance and refunded when we find you a sharer.

Each farmhouse of apartments has its own swimming pool which is usually open from mid-May to mid-October. If the weather permits they may be open at other times.

The restaurant is open for breakfast and dinner each day and lunch on Sundays. Dinner from the half board menu is included in the riding programme although it is possible to upgrade to the a la carte menu at any meal. Other than the picnic lunches on all-day rides, lunch is not included on any of the riding programmes. If you do not have a rental car to go off-site to shop then each evening you can order a lunch for the following day which the restaurant will provide for you at breakfast the next day.

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Upcoming Dates

Castellare di Tonda is open April through to end October. The riding programmes start on Saturday.  The Medieval Tuscany runs on set dates from April to end June and from September through October. The Heart of Tuscany and Castellare Train & Trail run throughout the season.

Four night short breaks are available except not in July or August.


Prices

The above prices are 'sharing prices' based on two people in either a one bedroom superior apartment or a two bedroom classic apartment with a shared bathroom.

INCLUDES Seven nights accommodation; half board; wine with dinner (half bottle per person); riding as per programme; twice weekly apartment cleaning. Medieval Tuscany also includes picnic lunch on three days.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT If you are willing to share a two bedroom apartment (one bathroom) and a sharer is available then the per person sharing price applies.

If no sharer is available you will have a one bedroom classic apartment and the single supplement will apply as below. We will refund the difference if we find you a sharer.

2022 Single Supplement
18 Apr - 13 Jun $308.83
4 Jun - 15 Jul $393.64
16 Jul - 15 Aug $602.43
16 Aug - 9 Sep $393.64
10 Sep - 1 Nov $308.83

 

PAYABLE LOCALLY Lunches; drinks; optional tips; spa treatments; other activities; transfers; tourist tax (€1 per night).

NEAREST AIRPORT Pisa or Florence.

TRANSFERS We can arrange transfers from either Pisa or Florence airports (c. €120 each way for 1 - 2 pax and €150 each way for 3 - 5 pax).  Since the apartments have self-catering facilities you may wish to consider having a rental car to give you independence during the week. A rental car is strongly recommended if you book the Heart of Tuscany itinerary.


Getting There

We can arrange transfers from Pisa or Florence airports. Alternatively you may prefer to hire a car at the airport. A rental car is strongly recommended for the Heart of Tuscany programme.

Please note that some transfers may be shared if there are other guests arriving at a similar time.

Check-in to your apartment is usually from 16:00 and check out on the day of departure is by 10:00. Please note that the reception at Castellare di Tonda closes at 19:00 therefore we recommend your flight arrives no later than 17:00.

Collections/Drop offs are also possible in Florence and Pisa city but not in the 'restricted areas'.

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Location

Located in the hills of Tuscany midway between Florence, Siena and Pisa.


Weather & Climate

Spring and autumn are pleasantly warm; winters mild and summers hot. Rain is possible at any time of year but unlikely during the summer months.

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Guest Review

Franco and the team at the stables were helpful and kind. It was an amazing experience, would definitely go again. Beautiful views, splendid food, and fabulous horses.

Rachel ,North Yorkshire

5 star rating Overall rating: 5/5

Ride Report

Rebecca Clarke
In May 2017 I visited Castellare di Tonda and joined a four night short break. What I think is great about Castellare is that there are different itineraries to choose from depending on your level of riding and what you'd like to do whilst there.

What the Press Say

NagMag March 2014 says...

In The Saddle says

We expect great food and a warm welcome when visiting Italy, but the fabulous riding out and great horses are a real bonus.

Our Top Tip

In between the trail rides try a reining lesson with the resident instructor Franco Vichi, one of the top Western trainers in the country.

Email: rides@inthesaddle.com

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