Tuscany castle apartment in Siena, Italy. `Castello Caldana` may be traced as far back as 1100, well before the Duomo and Palazzo Publico in Siena. Originally the main tower was constructed as a granary, where local farmers stored their harvest, with Sienese sentries protecting it from attacking Florentines. In the 16th century, the property was converted to a country estate. The family owning `Castello Caldana` held close ties to Rome, having furnished the Vatican with a number of popes. Thus the family also commissioned the beautiful, nearby private chapel, which is still in use today.andnbsp; The estate originally had extensive vineyards.... Enormous andnbsp;" barriques " , reminders of these vineyards, can still to be found in the basement of the larger tower. Today the owners are re-planting the vast vineyards to match the magnitude of years gone-by. `Castello Caldana` sits deep within a winding country road, in the unspoiled countryside just west of Siena. Fields of sunflower, grape, wheat and olive surround the area. A sand road winding through the estates` fields, through the olive orchards, the riding ring and vineyards leads to the apartments. The formal garden at the front of the castle is currently being re-planted in the style of a medieval garden. The west entrance gate leads to the apartments and is separate from the owner`s. Through the gate, guests find a large swimming pool, terrace, pergola and garden.andnbsp; Over the past twenty years, `Castello Caldanna` has been lovingly restored with the decor carefully selected to equal the style of the buildings themselves. The larger apartments sleep four persons each. There is exposed-beam ceilings, brick arches, antique terracotta floors and antique Tuscan furniture. The kitchen and dining area are shared. The kitchen has all modern appliances, hand-made tiles, marble countertop, hand-made wooden cabinets and fine ceramics and glasswares. A CD player, CDs, coffee-table books about the region are found in the living room. One bedroom has a double bed while the second provides two twin beds. Fine linens can be found in the bathroom with shower.andnbsp; `Castello Caldana` estate produces wine, oil, cheese, honey, jam and garden vegetables. All may be purchased for tasty Italian dinners throughout your stay. An English-language newspaper is delivered daily. Occasionally, dinners are organized in the courtyard of the castle for the guests. Alternatively, the estate staff can prepare your meals, using the freshest estate-produced ingredients, for an additional charge. Set amongst the splendours and serenity of the Tuscany countryside, `Castello Caldana` is still conveniently near larger cities such as Siena and Florence. Take daily excursions to see these wonderful cities and tourist sites, then return to the tranquility of `Castello Caldana`.andnbsp; The apartment is only rented in High Season as there is no central heating. There are two apartments that can be rented for groups of 8 people. There is also a very cute cottage on the property for another 2 people.andnbsp;
Additional amenities include: private chef, laundry, hair dryer, horse riding on estate, cot on request, satellite connection, view.Read more
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