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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:
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.
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.
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 Quarter horses.
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. This itinerary is not offered in July or August due to the heat making all day rides unpleasant.
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.
Four night short breaks are available on all three programmes (except not in July or August).
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 superior apartment. Two friends booking together normally have a two bedroomed apartment and so have a bedroom each with a shared bathroom. There is no single supplement for this option.
Families can book a two or three bedroomed apartment.
Single travellers will have a one bedroomed 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 by paying a supplement locally. Lunch is not included on any of the riding programmes, except for the picnic lunches on the all-day rides in the Medieval Tuscany itinerary. If you do not have a rental car to go off-site to shop then you can order a light lunch from the bar which is open each day.
Castellare di Tonda is open from the beginning of April through to the end October. All riding programmes start on Saturday.
The Medieval Tuscany is not available in July or August. The Heart of Tuscany and Castellare Train & Trail run throughout the season. Four night short breaks on any programme are not available in July or August.
|Holiday||Experience LevelExp Lvl||Arrive - DepartArr - Dep||Price||Itinerary||Availability|
|Heart of Tuscany||7 Oct 2023 - 14 Oct 2023||7 nights 7 ngts||$1,397.59||Book|
|Castellare Train & Trail||7 Oct 2023 - 14 Oct 2023||7 nights 7 ngts||$1,580.75||Book|
|Medieval Tuscany||7 Oct 2023 - 14 Oct 2023||7 nights 7 ngts||$1,702.86||Book|
|Castellare Train & Trail Short Break||7 Oct 2023 - 11 Oct 2023||4 nights 4 ngts||$966.88||Book|
|Heart of Tuscany Short Break||7 Oct 2023 - 11 Oct 2023||4 nights 4 ngts||$832.56||Book|
|Medieval Tuscany Short Break||7 Oct 2023 - 11 Oct 2023||4 nights 4 ngts||$1,085.66||Book|
|Medieval Tuscany Short Break||14 Oct 2023 - 18 Oct 2023||4 nights 4 ngts||$1,085.66||Book|
|Castellare Train & Trail Short Break||14 Oct 2023 - 18 Oct 2023||4 nights 4 ngts||$966.88||Book|
|Heart of Tuscany Short Break||14 Oct 2023 - 18 Oct 2023||4 nights 4 ngts||$832.56||Book|
|Castellare Train & Trail||14 Oct 2023 - 21 Oct 2023||7 nights 7 ngts||$1,580.75||Book|
|Heart of Tuscany||14 Oct 2023 - 21 Oct 2023||7 nights 7 ngts||$1,397.59||Book|
|Medieval Tuscany||14 Oct 2023 - 21 Oct 2023||7 nights 7 ngts||$1,702.86||Book|
|Castellare Train & Trail||21 Oct 2023 - 28 Oct 2023||7 nights 7 ngts||$1,580.75||Book|
|Heart of Tuscany||21 Oct 2023 - 28 Oct 2023||7 nights 7 ngts||$1,397.59||Book|
|Medieval Tuscany||21 Oct 2023 - 28 Oct 2023||7 nights 7 ngts||$1,702.86||Book|
|Medieval Tuscany Short Break||21 Oct 2023 - 25 Oct 2023||4 nights 4 ngts||$1,085.66||Book|
|Heart of Tuscany Short Break||21 Oct 2023 - 25 Oct 2023||4 nights 4 ngts||$832.56||Book|
|Castellare Train & Trail Short Break||21 Oct 2023 - 25 Oct 2023||4 nights 4 ngts||$966.88||Book|
|Heart of Tuscany||4 May 2024 - 11 May 2024||7 nights 7 ngts||$1,397.59||Book|
|Heart of Tuscany||11 May 2024 - 18 May 2024||7 nights 7 ngts||$1,397.59||Book|
|Medieval Tuscany Short Break||25 May 2024 - 29 May 2024||4 nights 4 ngts||$1,201.10||Book|
|Medieval Tuscany||1 Jun 2024 - 8 Jun 2024||7 nights 7 ngts||$1,876.03||Book|
|Heart of Tuscany||1 Jun 2024 - 8 Jun 2024||7 nights 7 ngts||$1,570.76||Book|
|Medieval Tuscany||15 Jun 2024 - 22 Jun 2024||7 nights 7 ngts||$1,876.03||Book|
|Heart of Tuscany Short Break||21 Sep 2024 - 25 Sep 2024||4 nights 4 ngts||$832.56||Book|
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 accommodation; half board; wine with dinner (half bottle per person); riding as per programme; twice weekly apartment cleaning. The Medieval Tuscany also includes picnic lunches (3 on the 7 night stay and 2 on the 4 night stay).
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.
|2023||Single Supplement||Single Supplement|
|7 nights||4 nights|
|9 Sep - 31 Oct||$527.29||$348.56|
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.
We can arrange transfers from Pisa or Florence airports. Alternatively you may prefer to hire a car at the airport. A rental car is 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'.
Located in the hills of Tuscany midway between Florence, Siena and Pisa.
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.
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 YorkshireOverall rating: 4/5