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CASTELLO di VICARELLO, near Grosseto, Tuscany

At-a-Glance Guide

7 bedrooms inc 5 suites, minimum stay may apply
restaurant, cooking classes
library
spa, sauna, steam room, outdoor hot tub, treatments
courtyard, extensive gardens, 2 outdoor pools
civil wedding licence
Exclusive rental available
Check in/out: 3pm/12 noon


CASTELLO di VICARELLO, near Grosseto, Tuscany

THE PAST:

Perched on a hilltop, with distant views – on a clear day - of the sea, Castello di Vicarello would have been a fortress of some importance in the early 1100s, when it was built. When Aurora and Carlo Baccheschi Berti bought it as a summer retreat, it was ruin and there were cows inside. Little by little, they rescued it and made it a holiday home where they entertained family and friends. In the 1990s, they decided to extend their warm brand of hospitality to paying guests, and the Castello became a hotel.

THE PRESENT:

With its unique and charming blend of rustic luxury, that hotel has since won many awards, and earned countless accolades. Yet, despite its transformation, echoes of the past are ever-present, and Castello di Vicarello retains its ancient grace and timeless tranquillity. It has, as well, a magnificent sense of place. Surrounded by gardens filled with with flowers and fragrance, terraced olive groves, orderly vineyards, acres of unspoilt forest, it rises like a fairytale tower from a billowing quilt of undulating hills.

THE PLACE FOR YOU?

This hotel is the perfect choice for an escapist getaway far from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, or for a spa break. It will also suit those with a love of fine food and wine, and organic produce – with the option of Tuscan-kitchen cookery classes. And, with Siena, Montalcino, Pienza and Montepulciano within driving distance, it also makes a good base for a touring holiday in southern Tuscany. (Scroll down to end for GETTING THERE details.)

Castello di Vicarello is licensed to perform civil wedding ceremonies, and is also available for exclusive-use bookings and can accommodate 14 people, if rooms are shared, or a maximum of 20 with the use of extra beds.

THE PROPERTY IN DETAIL:

RELAXING
There is a comfortable library in the main building; all suites have spacious living rooms, most with fireplaces, and there is also ample outdoor seating in the courtyard, gardens and pool area. In winter, fires are lit to create a warm welcome. In summer, sea breezes refresh the outdoor areas.

EATING & DRINKING
Food is a passion at Castello di Vicarello. Guests enjoy Tuscan meals, based on local and seasonal ingredients, using herbs and vegetables grown organically in the kitchen garden of the Castello - which also produces its own olive oil and wine.
Meals are served house-party style – indoors in winter and in the candle-lit courtyard in summer - with private tables available on request. (During aperitif and dinner time, guests are requested to please respect a smart casual dress code.)
The kitchen is always open to guests, who are welcome to watch - and perhaps get an impromptu lesson.
Tailor-made cooking classes, hosted by Aurora Baccheschi-Berti, the owner of Castello di Vicarello, or her head chef, are offered in the 11th-Century kitchen. Guests can elect to create a menu - usually consisting of an entrée, a first course, a main course and a dessert - or learn how to make fresh pasta, breads and focaccia. Recipes chosen for the classes are based on Aurora's internationally acclaimed, inaugural cookbook: My Tuscan Kitchen - which is available for purchase at the Castello, or from Amazon.
Please use the Make an Enquiry button to request further information, or to give advance notice of your interest in cooking classes, so that a seasonal menu, based on your tastes and needs, can be planned.

As well, guests can take a private tour of Castello di Vicarello's vineyard and enjoy a wine-tasting. Encircling the castle and rolling odwn towards the Macchia Mediterranea woodland, the vineyard presents a panoramic landscape. Both the original vineyards and the new, experimental vines are explored on this tour, hosted by owner Carlo Baccheschi-Berti or his assistant, and guests will be guided through the various processes which have led to the production of the award-winning Vicarello wines. Tasting takes place in one of the castle's medieval kitchens, and will feature two or three wines, served with selected products such as wild boar salami, prosciutto and pecorino cheese.
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SLEEPING
The five suites and two bedrooms have been sensitively restored and tastefully decorated with an elegant combination of antique and modern furniture - including some unusual pieces from Indonesia, where the owners spent many years.

The Chinese room is on two-levels, and set in the courtyard of the castle, with windows overlooking the valley. It sleeps 2, in an antique bed from China. The bathroom has a shower only.
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Vicario suite, sleeping 2, located off the castle’s courtyard, is a very large and full of light – which turns to gold at sunset - with beautiful views of the Tuscan hills. The living room features a four-poster bed facing a stone fireplace, with books and soft lighting creating a relaxed, welcoming mood. The bedroom contains an eclectic mix of ‘70s designs and antique furniture. There is also a large kitchenette and minibar, and a large bathroom with bathtub. This suite is a good choice for honeymooners, as its first-floor location affords privacy.
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I Sprone suite, sleeping 2, is off the castle’s courtyard and is set on two levels, with views over the garden and surrounding hills. The bedroom has design influences from the 50’s and 70’s; the living room features an antique four-poster bed and an 18th-Century table near a very modern fireplace. There is a kitchenette and minibar, and a bathroom with bathtub.
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On request, I Sprone can be connected to the adjacent Il Giardino Segreto suite to make a family apartment.

Il Giardino Segreto, sleeping 2, is on two levels, and situated off the castle’s courtyard. This intimate, romantic and cosy suite has its own private , south-facing garden - peaceful and warm even in winter. It overlooks the surrounding hills – a view which can be enjoyed even from the bathtub. The bedroom has a four-poster bed; the living room features a terracotta, wood-fired stove and comfortable, old, leather armchairs and a couch. There is also a kitchenette and minibar.
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On request, Il Giardino Segreto can be connected to the adjacent I Sprone suite to make a family apartment.

Sassi suite, sleeping 2, is in a separate building - making it perfect for honeymooners. Its living room, bedroom and bathroom share the same panoramic view of the Tuscan hills down to the sea. There’s a small fireplace, a kitchenette and minibar, plus a large bathroom with bathtub and shower. This suite is very Mediterranean style and, surrounded by lush gardens and located close to the travertine infinity swimming pool, it is a place to relax and immerse yourself with nature.
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Villa Chiesina combines two accommodations. These can be rented separately, as a suite and a de luxe double, each sleeping 2, or together, to create a large private home for 4 people:
Suite Villa Chiesina is a large, two-storey cottage furnished in an 18th-Century style. It has a living room, grand master bedroom with balcony overlooking the Tuscan hills, fully equipped kitchen, and full bathroom with bathtub. There is a panoramic terrace off the living room where one can sit in the evening underneath the stars; and during the day, you can enjoy tea underneath the pergola in the gardens. The suite is near the travertine infinity swimming pool, and is the perfect choice for those seeking privacy and relaxation.
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La Grotta is a large double room, plus bathroom with bathtub, small kitchenette and minibar, nestled in the lower level of Villa Chiesina. Its walls are made of stone and the furniture is in Italian Venetian style. The room has a private, outdoor sitting area hidden in the gardens. With its two large double beds, this room can be perfect for friends (and perfect for families when rented with Suite Chiesina to create Villa Chiesina).
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All rates include a welcome drink on arrival, continental breakfast, free wi-fi internet, free access to the sauna and steam room, soft drinks throughout stay, including from the mini bar and VAT.

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In order to confirm your reservation, a valid credit card number and expiry date are required. Payment can be made by American Express, Visa or MasterCard. Wire Transfer are accepted minimum 20 days before the arrival, but in this case reservations are NON REFUNDABLE.

CANCELLATION POLICY: Notice of cancellation 60 days or more before arrival date, no penalty charged; notice of cancellation 30-60 days before arrival date, 50% of the stay charged as a penalty; notice of cancellation less than 30 days before arrival date, 100% of the stay charged as a penalty. No-Show, entire stay charged as a penalty. Reduction of stay: same conditions as cancellation. It is possible that your credit card will be charged according to the cancellation policy terms.

SPA
Occupying a natural wood and glass new-build of startling modernity - which nevertheless blends beautifully with its rustic surroundings - the privately owned spa at Castello di Vicarello is a secluded retreat, and ideally suited to those seeking take time out, relaxation and regeneration. It offers age-old ayurvedic treatments, reflexology, shiatsu and a range of massages. Infinitely inviting is the outdoor hot tub, situated on the spa’s spacious outdoor terrace, which commands breathtaking panoramic views. There is also a relaxation room, as well as a sauna and steam room. Yoga teachers with their own groups are very welcome at Vicarello.

OUTDOORS
The flag-stoned courtyard has seating in both sun and shade. (Access to main courtyard is not allowed in swimming wear.)
The extensive gardens - with views of the Tuscan hills from all points – are lavishly planted with lavender, jasmine, mimosa and over 1,000 rose bushes as well as a fragrant rosemary and thyme. There are two chlorine-free, fresh-water swimming pools.
Bicycles are available to hire.

CYCLING TOURS IN THE MAREMMA
With its breathtaking scenery, numerous natural reserves and medieval villages, the Maremma region of Tuscany offers bike tour opportunities suited to all levels. Mountain bike guides will lead you along roads with no traffic to explore this unspoilt area. It is also possible to combine your ride with a visit to a winery, where you can take a walk through the vineyards before enjoying a tasting of local products and a glass of wine. Offer includes taxes, membership card, insurance, guide and technical support. Helmets MUST be worn; children under 18 must be accompanied by at least one parent. Please use the Make an Enquiry button to request further information; or to give at least two days' advance notice of your interest in a cycling tour, so that a tailor-made offer can be prepared for you. Additional costs for visits to parks and museums, for winery visits and tastings and for lunch, if required, will be advised and must be agreed at the time of booking. No charge is made for cancellation up to 1 day before the excursion.

GETTING THERE
Appromimate driving times from:
Rome Fiumicino - 2 hours
Florence Vespucci - 1 hour 30 minutes
Pisa Galilei - 1 hour 30 minutes
Siena Ampugnano - 1 hour
Grosseto Baccarini - 45 minutes

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