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How would you describe Castello di Vicarello in a nutshell?
Amidst the rolling green hills of Tuscany you will find yourself in a boutique stone castle with seven guestrooms, two infinity pools, and a spa. Castello di Vicarello is close to the village of Poggi del Sasso and has a 360-degree view of enchanted gardens with roses, ancient olive trees, and lavender bushes. Owned by a world-class chef it makes absolute sense that they also have a restaurant on site, where you can delve into a daily-changing menu of Italian delicacies. There are four suites overlooking the courtyard and three outbuildings in a verdant garden. You will love the original stone and brick walls, vaulted ceilings, huge fireplaces, and the graceful mix of antique and modern furniture. Come here for a taste of luxurious Italian life.
What is the history of Castello Di Vicarello?
When we bought the castello in the late seventies it was an absolute ruin. We came here permanently in ’98 and opened in 2003. Before, we lived in Indonesia. When we came back to Italy, we lived in Milano for three years. Then we decided to change our life radically and here we are.
What is your philosophy at Castello Di Vicarello?
We are who we are. We did this place because we fell in love with it. We put all our energy into it, our past life, our experiences. The approach to the guests is easygoing, not formal. We like guests to feel at home although we don’t like people to go around naked! Basically, we want people to feel at home, relaxed and happy.
What’s the secret of being a good host to your guests?
It’s never easy to do things to a very high standard. You always have to keep an eye open, if not two. To give more service and become better every day is a lot of work. You have to be used to having people around; you always have to be aware of their needs.
The interior design of Castello di Vicarello is really beautiful. Were you responsible for the interior design?
Yes, my husband and I did everything with the furniture that we had. It’s like my home. We put in what we like and when we feel a room is okay for us then I think it’s fine for our guests.
Castello di Vicarello is also a working farm, you are producing your own wine and olive oil.
Yes, absolutely. The vineyards lie at the heart of the rolling landscape close to Castello di Vicarello. Though the vineyards are still relatively new, our two organic red wines have already won several plaudits from specialist publications.
The olive oil that we are producing here is also one of the most sought-after in Tuscany. We have century old olive trees surrounding the property and guests can actually participate in the harvest between the end of October and the beginning of November. It is a true Tuscan experience.
You also have a wedding licence at Castello di Vicarello?
Yes, we do. And we can also take care of the planning, the food, and help with music, flower arrangements, table settings, tents and any of the other details to compliment the special day. We can do the civil ceremony on the property, or for a catholic ceremony we can provide details regarding nearby churches.
How would you like your guests to remember their stay?
Well of course I want them to be very happy at Castello di Vicarello and to give good feedback to us! We have books full of the beautiful things that they write.