This strikingly beautiful 17th-century castle, located between the rolling hills of Tuscany, Latium and Umbria, allows its guests to come in to contact with the surrounding nature, splendid setting and the best views of central Italy. With its fairytale style turret, the castle is a romantic but comfortable setting for those wishing to explore the culture and history of the land in a relaxing way. Located just one and a half hours from Rome, the castle has been the property of the noble Caterini family for generations. The family have lovingly restored the cottages and farmhouse, once used by local farmers, to comfortably house their guests and they offer a warm, friendly welcome to all. Those keen on horse riding will be delighted with this certified equestrian centre and the quality of the horses, trails and equipment.
The castle is situated on the Tuscany border and guests can experience one of the largest lakes of volcanic origins in Europe, Lake Bolsena. This is a unique and strikingly beautiful area, rich in olive trees and vineyards, charming villages, ancient churches and artistic monuments. Just 3km away lies a fascinating village of Etruscan origin, set deep into the hillside, so there is plenty to be explored! The castle was once the residence of a Cardinal who housed the Vatican's treasure here to keep it safe during the revolution in 1848... needless to say it is crammed full of fascinating artefacts. He chose the castle to be his personal residence and now his descendants, Count Antonio and his family, use this enchanting place as their country home.
The castle's equestrian centre is home to a herd of quality horses who are cared for to a high standard. There are two spacious outdoor arenas and lessons are available in both flatwork and jumping with all levels welcome. There is also a small cross country course on the estate which experienced riders can enjoy when the going is good. There are three instructors/ride leaders who between them offer a wealth of knowledge and experience from many different sectors of the equestrian industry.
Miles and miles of trails surround this magnificent estate and are a sheer joy to explore on horseback with the company of the guides. The pace of the rides are matched to the ability and preferences of the riders but don't worry, experienced riders can enjoy fast canters and interesting terrain on a forward-going horse! In the summer you can reach out from horseback and pick fresh figs, peaches, apples, pears and blackberries or even ride to the waters of beautiful Lake Bolsena for a typical Italian lunch. In spring and autumn, you can make the most of the perfect riding temperatures, verdant scenery and good ground for riding.
Your holiday can be as active or sedate as you like as you can choose one of their flexible packages or we can even tailor make something to meet your needs. Non-riders can enjoy mountain biking which is another of Count Antonio's passions - there is a selection of bikes (including electric mountain bikes!) with well-marked trails and even the chance to meet up with riders at lunchtimes. The castle also has a heavenly pool and tennis courts, a spa nearby and opportunities for wine-tasting, golf and fishing as well. Lake Bolsena is fifteen minutes by car and is host to the carp fishing world championships. Needless to say, this is a superb base for all sorts of holidays!
The castle was visited by Holly from Far and Ride in September 2014 and she could not fault a thing. Please do not hesitate to give her a call if you'd like to know more about this super destination.