Italy - Castellare di Tonda

  • Open Apr-Oct
  • Set arrivals
  • 7 nights / 5 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: 6

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. Previously a leading Quarterhorse stud farm, some of the homebred horses are still used for pleasure rides around the estate.

There are three alternative riding itineraries.

Medieval Tuscany is a seven night itinerary comprising full and half day rides. The week includes approximately 20 hours of riding and is suitable for intermediate and experienced riders.

The Heart of Tuscany offers a more relaxed holiday and is an ideal itinerary for families and groups of mixed ability. The week includes 12 hours of riding which can be a mixture of lessons and trail rides. You may also be able to join a full day ride subject to ability and availability, and additional riding can normally be arranged locally.

For those wishing to learn more about reining, the Castellare Train & Trail week can be run in conjunction with other itineraries. This week is suitable for strong intermediate and experienced riders and includes approximately 15 hours of riding (five reining lessons and five trail rides).

Each trail has been designed to include a variety of landscapes. Ride through a medieval village, visit ancient castle ruins in the middle of a forest still inhabited by wild boar, or perhaps enjoy taking your horse for a paddle in the estate’s own private lake.

The Wellness Centre is open each day. The estate also has a golf driving range, tennis courts, and bicycles which can be reserved at reception. There is a lake for fishing and many hiking trails through the surrounding hills. Ceramics classes and cooking classes are also arranged on the estate during July and August (minimum numbers apply). Just 3 km away on a neighbouring estate is an 18 hole golf course with equipment available to hire. Hire cars and taxis can also be booked at reception.

The riding style is Western. There is a herd of over fifty horses used for riding and breeding.

The trail horses are a mix of breeds including Criollos imported from Argentina, Fjord horses and Quarterhorses. Horses in training include some of the best international reining bloodlines.

There are horses gentle enough for novice riders to join the Heart of Tuscany. This itinerary is at calm pace, enjoying the landscape on sure-footed horses.

There are also more spirited horses suited to experienced riders on the Medieval Tuscany. The pace is varied and riders can enjoy some lovely canters. Please note that this is not a fast ride.

The Castellare Train & Trail itinerary requires riders to be confident and in control at walk, trot and canter. This is the ideal choice if you are looking to learn or improve your Western reining technique.

On each of the itineraries the riding includes steep mountain trails and riders may be required to dismount for small sections of the trail 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 12 years and over who are competent riders are welcome to join their family on the trail rides. Children aged seven years and over can enjoy Western lessons in the arena.

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

Couples will normally have a one bedroomed apartment, whilst friends can have either a twin room or a single room each in a two bedroomed apartment with a shared bathroom. Families can have 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.

 

 

Accommodation Gallery

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Upcoming Dates

Open April through October. The Medieval Tuscany ride is on set dates arriving Saturday from April to mid-July and from mid-August through October. The Heart of Tuscany and Castellare Train & Trail rides are on set dates arriving Saturday from April through October.

Short breaks are available for a minimum of four nights (arrive Saturday depart Wednesday) except not from mid-July to mid-August. Please ask us for prices.

Holiday Experience LevelExp Lvl Arrive - DepartArr - Dep   Price Itinerary Availability
Medieval Tuscany 4 Apr 2020 - 11 Apr 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,541.95 View (.pdf) Book
Heart of Tuscany 4 Apr 2020 - 11 Apr 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,276.54 View (.pdf) Book
Castellare Train & Trail 4 Apr 2020 - 11 Apr 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,428.20 View (.pdf) Book
Medieval Tuscany 11 Apr 2020 - 18 Apr 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,598.25 View (.pdf) Book
Heart of Tuscany 11 Apr 2020 - 18 Apr 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,332.84 View (.pdf) Book
Castellare Train & Trail 11 Apr 2020 - 18 Apr 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,484.50 View (.pdf) Book
Medieval Tuscany 18 Apr 2020 - 25 Apr 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,541.95 View (.pdf) Book
Heart of Tuscany 18 Apr 2020 - 25 Apr 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,276.54 View (.pdf) Book
Castellare Train & Trail 18 Apr 2020 - 25 Apr 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,428.20 View (.pdf) Book
Medieval Tuscany 25 Apr 2020 - 2 May 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,541.95 View (.pdf) Book
Heart of Tuscany 25 Apr 2020 - 2 May 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,276.54 View (.pdf) Book
Castellare Train & Trail 25 Apr 2020 - 2 May 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,428.20 View (.pdf) Book
Medieval Tuscany 2 May 2020 - 9 May 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,541.95 View (.pdf) Book
Heart of Tuscany 2 May 2020 - 9 May 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,276.54 View (.pdf) Book
Castellare Train & Trail 2 May 2020 - 9 May 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,428.20 View (.pdf) Book
Medieval Tuscany 9 May 2020 - 16 May 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,541.95 View (.pdf) Book
Heart of Tuscany 9 May 2020 - 16 May 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,276.54 View (.pdf) Book
Castellare Train & Trail 9 May 2020 - 16 May 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,428.20 View (.pdf) Book
Medieval Tuscany 16 May 2020 - 23 May 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,541.95 View (.pdf) Book
Heart of Tuscany 16 May 2020 - 23 May 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,276.54 View (.pdf) Book
Castellare Train & Trail 16 May 2020 - 23 May 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,428.20 View (.pdf) Book
Medieval Tuscany 23 May 2020 - 30 May 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,541.95 View (.pdf) Book
Heart of Tuscany 23 May 2020 - 30 May 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,276.54 View (.pdf) Book
Castellare Train & Trail 23 May 2020 - 30 May 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,428.20 View (.pdf) Book
Medieval Tuscany 30 May 2020 - 6 Jun 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,541.95 View (.pdf) Book
Heart of Tuscany 30 May 2020 - 6 Jun 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,276.54 View (.pdf) Book
Castellare Train & Trail 30 May 2020 - 6 Jun 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,428.20 View (.pdf) Book
Medieval Tuscany 6 Jun 2020 - 13 Jun 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,541.95 View (.pdf) Book
Heart of Tuscany 6 Jun 2020 - 13 Jun 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,276.54 View (.pdf) Book
Castellare Train & Trail 6 Jun 2020 - 13 Jun 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,428.20 View (.pdf) Book
Medieval Tuscany 13 Jun 2020 - 20 Jun 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,541.95 View (.pdf) Book
Heart of Tuscany 13 Jun 2020 - 20 Jun 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,276.54 View (.pdf) Book
Castellare Train & Trail 13 Jun 2020 - 20 Jun 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,428.20 View (.pdf) Book
Medieval Tuscany 20 Jun 2020 - 27 Jun 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,710.86 View (.pdf) Book
Heart of Tuscany 20 Jun 2020 - 27 Jun 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,445.44 View (.pdf) Book
Castellare Train & Trail 20 Jun 2020 - 27 Jun 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,597.11 View (.pdf) Book
Medieval Tuscany 27 Jun 2020 - 4 Jul 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,710.86 View (.pdf) Book
Heart of Tuscany 27 Jun 2020 - 4 Jul 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,445.44 View (.pdf) Book
Castellare Train & Trail 27 Jun 2020 - 4 Jul 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,597.11 View (.pdf) Book
Medieval Tuscany 4 Jul 2020 - 11 Jul 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,710.86 View (.pdf) Book
Heart of Tuscany 4 Jul 2020 - 11 Jul 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,445.44 View (.pdf) Book
Castellare Train & Trail 4 Jul 2020 - 11 Jul 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,597.11 View (.pdf) Book
Medieval Tuscany 11 Jul 2020 - 18 Jul 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,710.86 View (.pdf) Book
Heart of Tuscany 11 Jul 2020 - 18 Jul 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,445.44 View (.pdf) Book
Castellare Train & Trail 11 Jul 2020 - 18 Jul 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,597.11 View (.pdf) Book
Heart of Tuscany 18 Jul 2020 - 25 Jul 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,686.73 View (.pdf) Book
Castellare Train & Trail 18 Jul 2020 - 25 Jul 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,838.40 View (.pdf) Book
Heart of Tuscany 25 Jul 2020 - 1 Aug 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,686.73 View (.pdf) Book
Castellare Train & Trail 25 Jul 2020 - 1 Aug 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,838.40 View (.pdf) Book
Heart of Tuscany 1 Aug 2020 - 8 Aug 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,686.73 View (.pdf) Book
Castellare Train & Trail 1 Aug 2020 - 8 Aug 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,838.40 View (.pdf) Book
Heart of Tuscany 8 Aug 2020 - 15 Aug 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,686.73 View (.pdf) Book
Castellare Train & Trail 8 Aug 2020 - 15 Aug 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,838.40 View (.pdf) Book
Medieval Tuscany 15 Aug 2020 - 22 Aug 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,710.86 View (.pdf) Book
Heart of Tuscany 15 Aug 2020 - 22 Aug 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,445.44 View (.pdf) Book
Castellare Train & Trail 15 Aug 2020 - 22 Aug 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,597.11 View (.pdf) Book
Medieval Tuscany 22 Aug 2020 - 29 Aug 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,710.86 View (.pdf) Book
Heart of Tuscany 22 Aug 2020 - 29 Aug 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,445.44 View (.pdf) Book
Castellare Train & Trail 22 Aug 2020 - 29 Aug 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,597.11 View (.pdf) Book
Medieval Tuscany 29 Aug 2020 - 5 Sep 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,710.86 View (.pdf) Book
Heart of Tuscany 29 Aug 2020 - 5 Sep 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,445.44 View (.pdf) Book
Castellare Train & Trail 29 Aug 2020 - 5 Sep 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,597.11 View (.pdf) Book
Medieval Tuscany 5 Sep 2020 - 12 Sep 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,710.86 View (.pdf) Book
Heart of Tuscany 5 Sep 2020 - 12 Sep 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,445.44 View (.pdf) Book
Castellare Train & Trail 5 Sep 2020 - 12 Sep 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,597.11 View (.pdf) Book
Medieval Tuscany 12 Sep 2020 - 19 Sep 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,541.95 View (.pdf) Book
Heart of Tuscany 12 Sep 2020 - 19 Sep 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,276.54 View (.pdf) Book
Castellare Train & Trail 12 Sep 2020 - 19 Sep 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,428.20 View (.pdf) Book
Heart of Tuscany 19 Sep 2020 - 26 Sep 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,276.54 View (.pdf) Book
Medieval Tuscany 19 Sep 2020 - 26 Sep 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,541.95 View (.pdf) Book
Castellare Train & Trail 19 Sep 2020 - 26 Sep 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,428.20 View (.pdf) Book
Medieval Tuscany 26 Sep 2020 - 3 Oct 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,541.95 View (.pdf) Book
Heart of Tuscany 26 Sep 2020 - 3 Oct 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,276.54 View (.pdf) Book
Castellare Train & Trail 26 Sep 2020 - 3 Oct 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,428.20 View (.pdf) Book
Medieval Tuscany 3 Oct 2020 - 10 Oct 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,541.95 View (.pdf) Book
Heart of Tuscany 3 Oct 2020 - 10 Oct 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,276.54 View (.pdf) Book
Castellare Train & Trail 3 Oct 2020 - 10 Oct 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,428.20 View (.pdf) Book
Medieval Tuscany 10 Oct 2020 - 17 Oct 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,541.95 View (.pdf) Book
Heart of Tuscany 10 Oct 2020 - 17 Oct 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,276.54 View (.pdf) Book
Castellare Train & Trail 10 Oct 2020 - 17 Oct 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,428.20 View (.pdf) Book
Medieval Tuscany 17 Oct 2020 - 24 Oct 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,541.95 View (.pdf) Book
Heart of Tuscany 17 Oct 2020 - 24 Oct 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,276.54 View (.pdf) Book
Castellare Train & Trail 17 Oct 2020 - 24 Oct 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,428.20 View (.pdf) Book
Medieval Tuscany 24 Oct 2020 - 31 Oct 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,541.95 View (.pdf) Book
Heart of Tuscany 24 Oct 2020 - 31 Oct 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,276.54 View (.pdf) Book
Castellare Train & Trail 24 Oct 2020 - 31 Oct 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,428.20 View (.pdf) Book

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.

2020 Single Supplement
4 - 11 Apr $315.97
11 - 18 Apr $429.72
18 Apr - 20 Jun $315.97
20 Jun - 18 Jul $402.15
18 Jul - 15 Aug $615.86
15 Aug - 12 Sep $402.15
12 Sep - 31 Oct $315.97

 

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 at a cost of €30 per person, each way from Pisa or Florence (payable locally). These transfers may be shared with other guests arriving at a similar time.

For the Heart of Tuscany we recommend a hire car. We can also arrange transfers from Castelfiorentino train station, about a 20 minute journey.

 


Getting There

We can arrange transfers from Pisa or Florence airports, €30 per person each way, payable locally. Alternatively you may prefer to hire a car at the airport.

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

Please note that the reception at Castellare di Tonda closes at 19:00 so we recommend your flight arrives no later than 17:00 so that you will arrive at Castellare di Tonda around 18:30 at the latest. Check-in is from 15:00 and check out on the day of departure is by 10:00.

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

For Heart of Tuscany Short Break

For the Heart of Tuscany we recommend you hire a car at the airport. Alternatively, we can arrange transfers from Pisa or Florence airports, €30 per person each way, payable locally.

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

Please note that the reception at Castellare di Tonda closes at 19:00 so we recommend your flight arrives no later than 17:00 so that you will arrive at Castellare di Tonda around 18:30 at the latest. Check out on the day of departure is by 11:00.

For Heart of Tuscany

For the Heart of Tuscany we recommend you hire a car at the airport. Alternatively, we can arrange transfers from Pisa or Florence airports, €30 per person each way, payable locally.

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

Please note that the reception at Castellare di Tonda closes at 19:00 so we recommend your flight arrives no later than 17:00 so that you will arrive at Castellare di Tonda around 18:30 at the latest. Check out on the day of departure is by 11:00.

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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

Macro and 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
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...

Castellare di Tonda Riding Specialist

Chris says

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

My 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: chris@inthesaddle.com

Chris Day
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