This 14th century barn converted into a contemporary B&B is located in the quiet, lush Tuscan countryside, only a short drive away from Florence, Arezzo, Siena and Chianti wineries.
How would you describe Casale Sterpeti in a nutshell?
The B&B Casale Sterpeti is an authentic Tuscan farmhouse that’s been restored with a modern touch, but without losing its authentic feel. We want our guests to enjoy the experience of staying in an old, rural property in Tuscany while being treated to modern hospitality and amenities.
What was the inspiration/story to open Casale Sterpeti?
In late 2015, we began looking for a property to transition into hospitality and wanted something that was surrounded by countryside while not being too far from the coast. We understood that most people visiting Tuscany want to experience its landscapes of rolling hills, cypress trees and historic villages but would also appreciate being within close proximity to the coast during the hot, summer months.
When we found Casale Sterpeti, it was like an abandoned ruin, but we could immediately see its potential. It combined a quiet setting with beautiful panoramas of vineyards, olive trees and the Mediterranean sea. So when we started renovations, we tried to find a balance between this atmosphere and giving it a modern touch.
How would you describe the atmosphere of Casale Sterpeti?
We’ve tried to retain the quiet, natural atmosphere of Casale Sterpeti and guests often comment that they feel blessed to be staying in a place that’s so full of history and tradition. The property is surrounded by farmlands where there are livestock and wild animals, many of which you can see and hear from the garden.
Sterpeti translates roughly as "wild vegetation”, which is what we found when we arrived at the property in 2015. We worked very hard to create a Mediterranean garden where a variety of herbs now grow, with chairs and chaise lounges provided so guests can contemplate the panorama. It’s a place where they can enjoy the scents wafting from the garden and spot wild animals such as foxes and deer that sometimes pass through. We have people visit from all over the world who are happy to share in this experience while being within easy access of the coast and charming villages.
Do you welcome family/children or is the B&B best suited for couples?
We have two rooms that can accommodate families of three, with an extra bed that can be supplied for one child. But none of the rooms has a kitchen for self-catering and we don’t have a common kitchen available for guests to use.