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Holiday homes in Tuscany. Large swimming pool and gardens. Tennis, BBQ - La Francigena

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Bedrooms 2
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Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights

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Barberino Val d'Elsa Apartment Rental Photos and Description

Self-catering with swimming pool, hot tub, tennis, BBQ, garden, terrace, lawns.

Upon a hill which commands one of the most stunning views of Tuscany stands Castello di Pastine,a XIV century residence. Located in Tuscany, between Florence and Siena, the castle offers charming holiday apartments and villas for rent (sleeps up to 32) in a 14 hectares park with ample lawns, olive groves, and large wood. The property offers a large swimming pool with a panoramic view of San Gimignano, an outdoor Hot Tub, a tennis court/five-a-side football pitch, a large area for BBQ, a playground for kids with swings, slide & volleyball net. The particular position of the estate, as well as offering tranquility & privacy with its unique panorama which has been unchanged since 1300, also makes it the perfect starting point for excursions in the surrounding area; historical cities of Florence and Siena are about half an hour drive away. The unique atmosphere Pastine will enchant you, making you forget the stress of everyday life & providing the peace & relaxation you're looking for.

Itinerary: How to reach Castello di Pastine by car. Address: Strada di Vico N° 2 – 4, 50021 Barberino Val d’Elsa (Firenze)

Leave the A1 motorway at Firenze Certosa and take the Firenze-Siena dual carriageway on the right, come off at Tavarnelle Val di Pesa, and continue towards the town, going past it towards Barberino Val d'Elsa, in the direction of Poggibonsi - Siena. Once you have gone through the town of Barberino Val d'Elsa, take the provincial road no. 50 on the

right and follow the signs for Vico d'Elsa-Sant'Appiano. At the next intersection, about 2km further on, turn left and follow the signs for Pastine taking the right turn-off at the first fork in the road and turning right again into Strada di Vico. After about 200 m, once past the sign for Pastine, the gate giving access to the property is at no. 2 – 4 on the right. Castello di Pastine, with its genuine Tuscan style offers you peace and tranquility at the right distance from the places of major interest in Tuscany.

Other amenities: The estate is inside a private park which, with its romantic paths and breathtaking perspectives, provides the opportunity for pleasant walks immersed in nature. The 9x18 m swimming pool has areas reserved for each apartment, fully equipped with deck chairs, sun beds and private tents. The tennis court yard is in synthetic grass and has goals for soccer; close by there is also a ping-pong, a volleyball net, child's swings and slide. The panorama from the lawns is heartbreaking. Trekking trails in the woods of the park are reserved exclusively for the use of guests. Not far from the castle there are excellent restaurants, trattoria where you may enjoy dishes that have made Tuscan cooking famous throughout the world, or even attend a cooking class. Just a few minutes away by car are supermarkets, shops and sports activities (golf, horse riding, bike hire etc…) which our staff will be pleased to help you choose.

Other Activities: At Castello di Pastine you may swim, play tennis, soccer, table-tennis, volleyball, and enjoy nice walks inside the private park. The playground for kids is located on a nice, quiet area of the private park. Nearby Castello di Pastine there are many activities such as: horse back riding; golf; bowling; cinema movie theater; pubs; live music. In several

periods of the year in the nearby towns there are many 'sagra' (typical town festivals with fireworks, live music, medieval representations). There are typical family owned restaurants close to us (in Vico d'Elsa, S. Appiano, Petrognano, as well as Barberino Val d'Elsa, Tavarnelle and San Gimignano) where you may taste the Tuscan food, or even take a cooking class, if interested. Wine tasting tours are a must! In our House book in the apartments there are addresses and directions to all of them as well as other interesting information on things to do in our area. Castello di Pastine is the perfect place to start excursions in Tuscany!

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Details for La Francigena 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, 1 Bathroom

150 m2 apartment that sleeps 4 people (+1). Located on the first floor of the Castle, it is our most charming unit. It offers a modern, semi-professional gas kitchen, complete with 5 rings, large oven, 2 sinks, fridge with freezer, dishwasher. The large dining/living room has decorated wooden roof, dining table with chairs, sofa and armchairs with TV/DVD area. It has a spectacular Master Room, very large, with wooden roofs and red tinted walls; the second bedroom offers 2 single beds. All rooms have nets on their windows. Bathroom has shower, sink, wc, bidet and offers 2 entrances: one from the master bedroom, the other from the living room and opens to an antechamber with an additional sink and mirror. Both the Master Room and the kitchen have a door-window which opens on a 125 mq private terrace, with chairs, table, sun beds, etc. to be able to have breakfast/dinner/lunch or just enjoy some sunbath. Private pergola with furniture around the swimming pool. Centralized laundry.

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Property Manager
Mr. Guido
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english, italian
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Calendar last updated:
September 3, 2016
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About Mr. Guido


I am Guido, the manager 'factotum' here at Castello di Pastine.

I was born in Florence on 1975. I spent all my childhood in Firenze, growing up with my brother Nicola, who is now a priest. After High-school, I had the opportunity to go abroad and study in Boston, at Boston University, School of Communication, where I got my bachelor on 2001.

Back in Florence, I felt in love of an Italian girl, who is now my wife. We got married on 2005, in a beautiful Church, near by Pastine. Now we have 3 marvelous children, who are our joy.

Among my greatest passions/hobbies are: board games and theater (I am an impro-actor, and I have an amateur theater company).


I am behind Castello di Pastine since 2004/2005. And I love my job.

Mr. Guido purchased this apartment in 1989

Why Mr. Guido chose Metropolitan City of Florence

Castello di Pastine is like an island. Being on top of an hill, and surrounded by its private park, our estate offers breathtaking views that can not be described in words, and can not get in their entirety in a single photo. You need to come to understand what I mean. The atmosphere is particular. The estate is surrounded by a forest that works as a big lung, offering fresh air every day. The main building is very old, and dates back to 1500. But there is the evidence of Etruscan architecture (700 b.C.), as well as many prehistoric fossils (shells), that reminds us that millions of years ago, Pastine was about 15-30 meters underneath the sea level.


Castello di Pastine was an investment made by the old company of my father, back in the late 80s. At first it looked like the 'sleeping beauty' castle, since it was was surrounded by brambles and ivy-covered. It took many years to restore it. It was open to holiday rentals starting from the mid 90s.

What makes this apartment unique

When you get to Pastine you cry two times: when you arrive, and when you depart. You cry when you arrive, because things are different here...we are not perfect, I have to be honest; there are many things here that could work better (in Pastine, and in Italy), or that could be treated in a different way, with a different system. But this is part of the discovery, I guess...of the beauty of traveling, and knowing something different from your home.

Then you will cry when you depart...because after a while you get used to all these little differences and imperfections ... and you begin to love them, since they are the very ones to make this place unique.


1 traveler review

La Francigena
average rating of 5.0 based on 1 reviews
Antwerp (Boechout)

A fantastic holiday in the beautiful Tuscany

  • 5 of 5

The stunning Castello is situated on the top of a hill with fabulous views of the surroundings (this includes San Gimigniano!) and in between the cultural cities Florence and Siena. A tiptop jumping off point to visit the rest of Tuscany. The owners are most friendly people. The customer service is perfect. We found a very helpful housebook in our appartment. Our holiday appartment was spatious and very clean (we tried already three different appartments!). The castello domain owns beautiful olive trees, a fantastic pool area; and other recreation facilities (tenniscourt and a safe playground for children).

Castello di Pastine offered us a restful holiday for away from the 21 century rat race.

A contented Belgian family.

  • Submitted: May 14, 2009
  • Stayed: Aug 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you dear friends! Looking forward to welcome you all again this Summer. Guido
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Nearest Airport
34 Kilometres
Firenze Peretola
Nearest Barpub
4 Kilometres
Barberino Val d'Elsa
Nearest Ferry
84 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
36 Kilometres
Ugolino or Castelfalfi both at about
Nearest Train
4 Kilometres
Barberino Val d'Elsa
Nearest Motorway
8 Kilometres
Superstrada Firenze-Siena
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Sant Appiano or Petrognano both at
Nearest Ski
120 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
82 Kilometres
Car: necessary

Castello di Pastine is situated in an excellent position a little over 30 km from Florence and Siena, both of which can be reached within half an hour. About 11 km away is the fascinating town of Certaldo, a medieval fortress and the native city of Boccaccio — one of the fathers of Italian literature and the author of the Decameron. San Gimignano, the well-preserved medieval city of towers is just 15 km away, while Volterra, a historic Etruscan city, can be reached driving along 43 km of the most beautiful roads in Tuscany, part of the Volterrana: the legendary road for people who love to drive through the countryside, by car or by bike! Then, if you want to taste or buy some excellent wine, you don’t have to go very far to visit the wine cellars where the most famous red wine in the world is made, Chianti Classico. Throughout the year the Tuscan towns are animated by fairs, festivals, theme-celebrations and historic re-enactments with street markets, suppers, tastings and fireworks.

Other Activities: cooking class, volleyball, sightseeing, air ballooning, wine tasting tours


Rates & Availability

Barberino Val d'Elsa Apartment Rental Rates

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Highe Season
Jun 24 2017 - Sep 1 2017
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $22 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Stay tax €1 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the manager upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 14 years.

Castello di Pastine offers holiday homes (Case appartamenti Vacanze); they are not official tourist structures, such as hotels, residences, etc. but private houses. Being such, they do not have standards or categories that are internationally recognized, indeed they reflect the local traditions and the personal taste of the owner.

Payment via Credit Card (VISA MASTERCARD) or by swift transfer (only from Europe, and with no charges to the beneficiary): 30% advance payment; balance is due within 30 days prior to arrival. Precautionary deposit on arrival in cash. Extras: extra charge for less than 1 week rentals; use of the laundry room; use of hot tub; possibility to rent swimming-pool towels.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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Barberino Val d'Elsa Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment (terraced)
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • castle
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 150 m²
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Sunbed
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet
  • Baby plastic Tub may be provided upon request. Bed and bath linen are supplied.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Master - 1 king
    Prince - 2 twin/ single
  • Baby cots, high chairs and small baby plastic tub available upon request for no additional charges. Bed and bath linen are supplied. It is possible to add an extra bed in the second bedroom (additional charge may be required, please ask).
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • Tennis Court
  • Terrace
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa Whirlpool
  • Whirlpool
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Usually weekly rented with arrival/departure day on Saturdays - other combinations upon request. baby cots , child's highchair and baby plastic Tub may be provided upon request. Large washing and ironing room equipped with washing machine, drying machine, iron and ironing table -- besides a washing basin and a toilet with shower -- in dedicated building in share with other apartments. Centralized laundry facilities, BBQ area, tennis court yard, playground for kids with swing and slide, table tennis, volleyball net. All rooms have rolling anti-mosquitoes nets at the windows. Bed and bath linen are supplied.

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