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Ancient Castle Estate beautiful cottages, Super Horse-Riding and cycling holiday - Firenze (3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6)



Updated: 09-Aug-2015
Cottages and Apartments, Grotte di Castro, Lake Bolsena, Grosseto, Tuscany - Enchanting Location Between Rome and Siena, only 9km from Lake Bolsena Beach

Located in Southern Tuscany only 10 mins away from the beach of Lake Bolsena and 45 mins from the sea, 1 hour 30 mins from Rome, halfway between Orvieto and Siena, closely bordering with the regions of Umbria and Lazio, the jaw-droppingly splendid 17th century castle, Castello Santa Cristina (complete with fairy tale turret) has been the property of the noble Caterini family for generations and still is. Over the recent past, the castle’s nearby 18th Century ivy-covered farmhouse and outbuildings have been sympathetically restored to retain their authenticity and styled into 8 cottages for guests, mostly furnished with original pieces. A large terrace overlooks the main pool where catering service is available on previous request. Perfect location for relaxing, sports and cultural sightseeing. Many activities on the spot such as cookery courses, horse riding centre with English speaking instructor, tennis court. Ideal place for horse riding excursions. A golf course near by.

Details for holiday cottage Firenze (3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6), 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, 4 Bathrooms

Once one of the service buildings of the farmer's compound of the castle, this nicely restored cottage is extremely charming villa made by 3 double rooms, suitable for a family or for a group of friends.

The 3 bedrooms have large windows giving from the inside a full view of the garden and the swimming pool.

  • Sleeps 10
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Hello my name is Antonio Mancini Caterini, S.Cristina castle and the estate belong to my family since 1700. The Caterini family came to this area around 1200 and they moved to the castle several centuries after. Only few know that this is one of the less inhabited areas of Italy, so we benefit of enchanting countryside only 1hr and 30min from Rome and 1 hr and 15 min from Siena. From our place you can explore mountains, lakes and the sea. My wife is half English and we have 2 sons (9 and 18) and a daughter (21), we are all bilingual and happy to meet new guests at S.Cristina every year. I have a passion for sports, I used to be a triathlete and still like to bike around or swim long distance in the lake. But my real passion are horses that is why we have a riding center on the spot.

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Speaks English, Italian

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi Antonello, We had a fantastic holiday and found everything so relaxing. I would appreciate it if when you get back from Italy that you can contact me so that we can book 2 weeks for next year! Martin Bagley.

Just a short note to say how much we enjoyed our stay at Santa Christina. A beautiful location, excellent facilities and very comfortable accommodation. The pool was a real plus point especially as we were blessed with such good weather. We had a wonderful time during our stay in Italy.

Hello, I would like to thank you for your help and assistance. I would also be grateful if you would pass on our thanks to Antonello, Christina and Paola Steve Robins.

Dear Antonello We had a fantastic time at Santa Christina last year and would really love to return in August 2008. We are trying to sort out our annual leave, provisionally we would be interested in 2 weeks beginning 10 August. Could you advise on availability? Very best regards and Happy New Year.

May 2008
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1 holidaymaker review

harpenden hertforshire

Lovely place, wonderful people, family fun PERFECT

  • 5 of 5

I've never booked a holiday with Owners Direct before and I was a little nervous. What you see online isn't what you always get. Well I have to say you get more than whats shown online. The people who own this property(Christina and Antinello) and their staff cannot do enough to make your stay wonderful. Its true when people say the Italians love families they were very attentive to ALL of our needs. They also all spoke perfect English, as I don't speak a word of Italian this was important. The accommodation isn't what I'd call luxury, but I didn't want luxury. I wanted a place that was comfortable for a 2 week stay and a place where I could cook. This apartment ticked both box's. We didn't take up the horse riding option (truth be told I didn't really notice how much a part of the estate the riding was ... A little slow of me I admit) as I'd spent most of my money getting there. However I am horesy and would say if you are looking for a riding holiday this would be a great place to do it. The instructors were excellent and you could do lessons or trekking, children were not restricted to being lead only. However, don't let the horse side of things put you off as it makes no difference to your holiday one way or the other. The estate has a "restaurant" that is for family and guests only so you must book in advance if you want to partake. The owners also have a welcome drinks night when they will give you a tour of the castle which is beautiful. They also organised a trip by horse (it takes all day by horse wish I could have gone) or car to Lake Mezzano which was WONDERFUL. Its on offer to all the guest. I'm not really into socializing with the other guest but this was so relaxed and magical I'm super glad I didn't let my shyness put me off. We drove to the lake, which is in the middle of nowhere, had a lovely swim in warm lake, then a super lunch at the restaurant ... but not really a restaurant more like a farm house with a lovely terrace and a great cook who served big bowls of pasta, salad and tiramisu. Menu is set. The owners (Christina and Antinello) and their children join you on the trip to ensure you have a great time. Christina and Antinello are wonderful hosts. You must have a car to stay here and don't expect to have much Wifi you can get it at reception but thats it - I wanted to be cut off so this suited me perfectly. If touring and sight seeing is your thing then this place is in a pretty good central location. I highly reccommend here

  • Review Submitted: Aug 11, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : fiumicino Rome airport at 150 Kilometres Nearest Train : orvieto at 35 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : orvieto at 35 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : da roberto at 4 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Lake Bolsena at 8 Kilometres Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

We organize horse riding weeks as well as cooking, photography and painting holidays for more details please contact us through the website or call us on the phone.Cycling is going to be an important activity at the castle from June 2016, with a new organization and guides.

The area has a lot to offer about history and archeology with Etruscan and Roman ruins everywhere as well as renaissance palaces, but any given period of history is well represented here with incredible art and architecture masterpieces.

This land was once the border between the Vatican state ruled by the pope and the dukedom of Tuscany ruled by different families through the centuries like Medici, Orsini etc.

Siena is only one hour away by car. The magnificent duomo and enchanting town of Orvieto is only 40 mins drive away and the eternal city Rome can be reached just for the day by train via Orvieto.


Lake Bolsena the biggest volcanic lake in Europe is only 10 mins drive away, nice sandy beaches, little restaurants and bars are available all along the north side of the lake, that is the nearest to us.

On the Capodimonte beach you can rent a motor boat and head off to the 2 islands in the middle of the lake where remains of the renaissance past are still visible in the shape of a convent with a beautiful XVI cent. church.

The best beach by the sea is only 45 min. drive away.


Nearest airport is Fiumicino Rome airport, driving distance: 1 hour 40 mins away.

Ciampino Rome airport is 2 hours drive away.

To Hire a car is highly recommended.

Nearest train station is Orvieto 40 mins drive from the castle. From there it is easy to reach Rome or Siena.


Nearest villages:

Grotte di Castro 4km.

S.Quirico 10 km.

Acquapendente 14 km.

Driving distances from important cities or towns:

Orvieto 40 min.

Siena 1 hr.

Rome 1 hr 45 min.

Viterbo 40 min.

Most of the other places of interest are within a range of 30/40 km from the castle.

Further Details:

Shops and supermarkets are easily reachable from the castle. You can find plenty of them in the two villages of Grotte di Castro (4 km)and Acquapendente(14km). A selection of the best restaurants is available at the castle reception for all the guests.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 4
3 Sep 2016 - 8 Nov 2016
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Rate 5
9 Nov 2016 - 20 Dec 2016
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Rate 6
21 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
For booking and further information please contact us below.

Changeover Day:
Saturday is the preferred changeover day, still we try to be most flexible when we receive other requests. It is difficult though that during the peak season other solutions can be accepted.

Notes on prices:
special discounts for the early bookings.

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Updated: 09-Aug-2015
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Property Type

  • cottage

Accommodation Type

  • Guest House


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine


  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • Table Football
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool


  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets considered

Location Type

  • resort
  • rural


  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
  • tennis


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom 4 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4


  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis
  • 4 bicycles


  • Booking Possible
  • Booking Possible
  • Booking Possible
  • Catering available

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Notes on accommodation: This place is a great facility for those who love to do sports in beautiful natural context. At the same time the castle estate and the park of the castle itself are extremely suitable for children and throughout the year many families come to the castle because of its children facilities: children's riding school with ponies, children's playground, babies pool, mini-football pitch, ping pong, billiard table and table football. All cottages have gas central heating for the cold winter nights, although, even in late November it can be warm enough not to need heating. Of course, for the off-season guest, as Santa Cristina is in the heart of the forest, there is plenty of wood to burn to enjoy a cosy fireside evening with a glass of local wine and a good book. Outside: The estate around us is approx 250 acres. The premises of the castle offer many facilities for adults and children to enjoy themselves, the most important are: a) 2 sw pools for adults (not heated), of which 1 available for everybody (size 16m x 6.50m) and 1 private for the cottages Marta & Capodimonte (size 4m x 8m); a children/babies pool(size 2m x 2m);Around the sw pool there are a good number of sunbeds and deckchairs as well as some gazebos to provide a shaded area. b) BBQ area with 2 grills for memorable summer evenings. c) Tennis court (cost €15 per hour needs reservation, new balls can be purchased. All at the castle reception). d) Riding school for children and adults: 16 horses and ponies available with English speaking instructor at €35 per hour. 2 sand arenas available and amazing trail riding centre with incredible countryside and views of the area. e) Terrace overlooking sw pool with 5 gazebos with outdoor tables and chairs. f) Mini football pitch.

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