La Torre alle Tolfe is a private villa with 17 beautiful bedrooms, set in a Tuscan garden, amongst vineyards and olive groves, with far-reaching views across to Siena (only a few kilometres away) and out over the hills of Chianti.
The Villa is regularly rented to groups from around the world, many of whom come for holidays based around activities such as art history, painting, and music. It is also a popular venue for weddings, anniversaries, and alumni gatherings, with comfortable space for 29 guests, and additional apartments available on request. An on-site chef is available to prepare meals, from simple pizza evenings to wedding feasts, while the modern and well-equipped kitchen has also been designed to accommodate cookery courses.
The Villa was furnished by the Castelli family over several decades, and their love for the Tuscan history and art is reflected in the furniture, art and artefacts throughout the Villa. Spacious rooms on the ground floor include an elegant dining hall and two comfortable sitting rooms. Upstairs, guests can enjoy a large billiards room with views over the garden. Each of the 17 spacious bedrooms has been named after one of the 17 contrade (districts) of Siena. The rooms are spread over three floors, with lift access. The traditional, thick, stone walls help to keep the house cool through the summer months. By contrast, in the winter the central heating and a large open fire create a warm and welcoming atmosphere.
Alongside open air and covered outdoor locations, two large rooms, Limonaia and Tinaia, are available for use for activities, conference or meetings. Both are in quiet, separate locations. These versatile spaces are variously used for choral and music practice, yoga classes, meetings and presentations, wine and oil tasting. The centrally-located Limonaia, can be opened up to the surrounding patio and gardens. The Tinaia, situated near the wine cellars, can be more easily accessed by car. It is cool, spacious, has great acoustics. We use this space for wine-tasting, and it provides the starting point for visits along remarkable underground medieval and Etruscan passages which are part of the estate’s historical heritage.