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Castello di Potentino
Luxury Bed and Breakfast
Tuscany, Italy
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Castello di Potentino

Dating from the mid-11th Century, Castello di Potentino is an ancient castle built on an Etruscan site. It lies in a secret valley in one of the last undiscovered corners of Tuscany – Monte Amiata.  The medieval building is surrounded by unspoilt countryside, dotted with the vines and the ancient olive trees used for the estate’s small production of high quality wine, grappa and oil.

Over the centuries the property passed through the hands of many well-known Tuscan families of noble descent - the Tolomei, the Bonsignori, and the the Salimbeni, whom in the company of Contessa Bianchina, received Saint Catherine of Siena as a guest at the castle. At the end of the 16th Century it became a centre for the charitable works of the hospital order of Santa Maria della Scala. After this period of religious activity, the Medici Duke Ferdinando I conceded the estate to Marchese Giovan Battista Bourbon del Monte, famous commander-in-chief of the infantry of the Venetian Republic. His descendants finally sold the castle to a gentleman from Switzerland, Antonio Hemmeler, in 1906. 

Bought and restored in 2000 by the Greene family, today the castle is operating as a dynamic cultural centre. Agriculture and viticulture are about growing and living, so eating and drinking well are an important element in the Potentino ethos.

 

Your Hosts

The Greene Family have owned properties in the Tuscan Maremma for over 30 years. Starting with a farmhouse near the coast, they gradually moved inland. Castello di Potentino is their second major project in the Grosseto area. 

In 1989 the family purchased their first ruined castle – the Castello di Montepo, Scansano. Restoration was completed, vineyards planted and a winery established. After 10 years it was sold to a well-known wine producer from the Biondi Santi family.The next castle, Potentino, was discovered in an old guide book. Abandoned, dilapidated, overgrown, the potential was still apparent. It was for sale but had to be bought from 22 different people. Negotiations took a year and agreement finally reached with all the owners. In 2000, work commenced. 

Charlotte Horton has been making award-winning wines in Tuscany for over 20 years. She has restored two Castles in Tuscany. At Castello di Potentino, she has revitalized an abandoned estate, planting new vineyards, bringing back olive trees into production and recreating the castle as a cultural centre and a bed and breakfast. She and Alexander have been running food and wine pop-up events in London, Ireland and France since 2010. She is currently working on a book about Potentino Life with photographer Michael Woolley. Before moving to Italy, she worked for Vogue Magazine, Secker and Warburg Publishing House and then as a freelance journalist. In 2013, she was recognized as one of the Barclay’s Women of Achievement.

Alexander Greene was part of the team that set up the Frontline Club, a members’ club and restaurant in Paddington that specializes in Independent Journalism, hosting the likes of Wikileaks and Litvinenko. He then went on to work at the book publisher Little, Brown Book Group whose authors include J.K. Rowling, Stephenie Meyer and Patricia Cornwell. He is now a director at Castello di Potentino and Raymond Chandler Ltd. He is currently developing the Winemakers’ Choice App and Website.

Charlotte has been living at and restoring Potentino since 2000 when the family purchased the ruin. Alexander gave up his job in publishing in London 2011 and moved to Potentino. After a tearful goodbye, he hasn’t regretted it once and loves working with his sister. 

Address

Castello di Potentino
Seggiano 58038
Grosseto

Castello di Potentino is here: Tuscany , Italy

The Green Room

King sized. Beautiful trompe l'oeil columns decorate the vibrant Green Room which has spendid views of the valley. The bathroom, just next door down the corridor, has a free-standing bath with shower. This room is one of our favorites and Charlotte's first room when she moved into the castle before the restoration. It is on the first floor in the Piano Nobile. 

Accommodation Available

Up to 2 Guests can sleep here.

King Size Bed [151 to 180 cm wide]

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The Baron's Room

Four poster bed. Eau de Nil walls with a passionfruit stencil, the Baron's room has the four poster bed which belonged to the Barone Sergardi which came from our last castle Castello di Montepo. The bathroom is ensuite and has a generous shower. The room is on the first floor with stunning views of the valley towards Montegiovi.

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Four Poster Bed [150 cm wide]

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The Yellow Room

Double with ensuite bathroom with shower and bath. Etruscan-themed motifs and earthy colours from the Monte Amiata were used as a backdrop to the yellow silk Baldachino bed which came from an 18th-Century Villa near Lucca. The bathroom is ensuite, with a free-standing bath and shower. The room has lovely views over the castle's vineyards and olive groves. It is on the first floor. The paintings and prints belonged to a Norwegian great-grandmother.

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King Size Bed [151 to 180 cm wide]

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The Rust Room

Double ensuite with bath. One of the grandest rooms in the castle. Off the main sitting room, the Rust Room takes its name from the deep rusty pigment used to decorate the room. The four poster bed was copied from the bed of the Baronessa Sergardi at Castello di Montepo. The room has an ensuite bathroom with a small vestibule. The room has vews over the vineyard and olive groves of the castle and towards the village of Seggiano.

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Double Bed [131 to 151 cm wide]

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The Visconti Room

Double room with ensuite bathroom with bath and shower. Features bed used in Visconti films.This room was named after the glorious Golden bed which was bought from the auctions of Cinecittà and was used by Visconti in a number of films. The most famous occupant of the bed was Anna Magnani in a film called "Abbassa la ricchezza." The room has a small enuite bathroom with bath and shower. One can look out over the valley from the bath. The room is on the second floor and is under the eaves of the castle's roof. The windows give out over both sides of the castle, looking towards Seggiano and across the valley towards Montegiovi.

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Up to 2 Guests can sleep here.

King Size Bed [151 to 180 cm wide]

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The Red Room

Large twin/triple with private shower and bathroom next door. This is a large triple room with two single four-poster beds draped in red, 19th Century, French provencal printed cotton. The room has its bathroom next door- with a free-standing shower and a bath tub. It is on the second floor under the eaves of the roof. It is a good room for a family in conjunction with the Visconti room.


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Up to 3 Guests can sleep here.

Twin Beds [2 x 90 to 130 cm wide]
Single Bed [90 to 130 cm wide]

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The Tower Room

Twin/Triple with ensuite bathroom with freestanding bathtub and separate shower. This is a large triple room with an ensuite bathroom in the old castle's tower. The bathroom has a free-standing bathtub and a huge shower. The room has wonderful views over the valley towards Montegiovi and over the vineyard.

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Double Bed [131 to 151 cm wide]
Single Bed [90 to 130 cm wide]

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The Princess Suite

Double ensuite with bath. Large sitting room. The Princess Suite has a huge sitting room with a wood-burning stove, and walls covered in books.

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Castello di Potentino: Gallery

Accommodation

  • Choose from one of eight unique, stylish bedrooms and live the dream in a castle with views to die for 
  • Staying at Potentino is like being invited into a private home. Guests are encouraged to join in any of the castle's daily activities and in-depth wine tastings of wines made at Potentino are offered

Food and Drink

Inhouse Cuisine:  A self-service breakfast is served in the old castle canteen. There is fresh fruit, a selection of cereals, local Tuscan bread and pastries and, if there is any left, some homemade cherry jam. Cookery classes, cheesemaking classes and wine tasting tours can all be arranged. Castello di Potentino can organise lunches and dinners at the castle with local cooks or arrange tastings and meals at other estates on request.

Eating Out: Alexander can recommend a choice of good local restaurants to dine in the evening.

Where is Castello di Potentino?

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Location

Seggiano and the Maremma Region

Seggiano is a town passionate about its olives. Sitting high in the Val d'Orcia, it is surrounded by a rugged mountain landscape that is so apt at growing olives that it gave its name to its own variety known as the olivastra seggionese. This variety is grown by farmers across the countryside and by locals  in their private gardens, and it makes the best olive oil you will ever taste. The sight of rows and rows of olive groves encircling Seggiano is so beautiful that 18th Century poet Giorgio Santi immortalized it in this romantic prose: "La collina è guarnita di belli uliveti, che nutrono olivi di vecchiezza e grandezza straordinaria" (The hill is topped by beautiful olive groves, which give life to old and extraordinary-sized olives).

With a history dating back to the 11th Century, Seggiano complements its tranquil and lush countryside with a wealth of impressive military and religious buildings that have survived the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, two world wars, and an endless array of different-minded leaders and dictators. When not admiring the exquisite and understated beauty of Seggiano's churches and monuments, most take to the kilometres of walking and biking tracks that wind around the countryside and up into the surrounding mountains.

Maremma is a large area in southern Tuscany. It is a perfect microcosm that stretches between the provinces of Livorno and Grosseto. In the Divine Commedy, Dante Alighieri identified its borders from "Cecina to Corneto" (Tarquinia in Lazio). Maremma is unique because of the variety of its territory: blue sea, long beaches, black rock, hills covered with woods, marshes and flat lands, green hills and natural thermal baths.

 

  • Less than an hour and a half from Seggiano is Siena, perfect for a full day trip.  Any exploration of Siena should start with its historic centre, the Piazza del Campo and the surrounding maze of medieval alleys
  • Standing high atop a hill in southern Tuscany not too far from Siena and famed for its wonderful red wine, Montepulciano is a medieval town of rare beauty highly recommended visiting in Tuscany. Full of elegant Renaissance palaces, ancient churches, charming squares and hidden corners, Montepulciano boasts vast panoramas all over the wonderful Val d'Orcia and Val di Chiana valleys that surround it.  Combine with a visit to the thermal village of Bagno Vignini
  • Explore Montalcino, another hilltop village which sits at the heart of vineyards that produce Brunello, one of Italy's finest red wines. You can sample it in the Enoteca (wine shop), situated in the 14th Century Fortezza with its impressive ramparts
  • Only 9km away from Montalcino is the wondrous Abbey of Sant'Antimo, one of the most beautiful Romanesque churches in Italy
  • Visit Pienza, a delightful village whose intimate centre was almost completely redesigned by Pope Pius in the 15th Century
  • A trip to Pitigliano is a must.  A stunning medieval town in the Maremma of Tuscany, Pitigliano is dramatically perched atop a tufa ridge. Etruscan tombs dot the cliff face and valley. Pitigliano is also known as Piccola Gerusalemme, or Little Jerusalem
  • Southern Tuscan Hill Top Towns have ancient origins, from the Etruscan period until the current medieval villages, where it is a pleasure to get lost through the narrow streets and little squares, and to admire the peculiarities and richness of the ancient buildings.  Among the Hill Top Towns, don’t forget to visit Sorano

 

Directions

On the map: Castello di Potentino lies in a secret valley nestled in one of the last undiscovered corners of Tuscany - the Amiata. The nearest villages are Seggiano to the east and Montegiovi to the west.

By car: We recommend that people coming to Potentino come by car as it gives the maximum amount of freedom and there are no local taxi services on Monte Amiata. (Download detailed driving instructions here.)

By train: Grosseto is the nearest mainline station (50 minutes by car) although Chiusi/Chianciano Terme is also an option. There are also nearer stations at Buonconvento and Paganico but the trains are infrequent and transport can be difficult to arrange from there.

By air: Nearest airports are Pisa (2hrs 15 minutes), Florence Peretola (2hrs 30 minutes), Perugia (2hrs 15 minutes, but difficult driving) Rome Fiumicino (3hrs) and Rome Ciampino (3 hrs 30 minute)

Address

Castello di Potentino
Seggiano 58038
Grosseto

Castello di Potentino: Around

  • Castello di Potentino
  • Breathtaking countryside of southern Tuscany
  • Entering the Castle
  • Picking the grapes
  • Relax by the pool
  • The Cinquecento
  • Dramatic skies
  • Castello di Potentino

Out and About near Castello di Potentino

  • Abbey of San Galgano
  • Abbey of Sant'Antimo
  • Anghiari
  • Arezzo
  • Artimino
  • Bagni di Lucca
  • Barberino Val d'Elsa
  • Basilica di San Miniato al Monte
  • Carrara
  • Castellina in Chianti
  • Castello di Brolio
  • Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore (Duomo)
  • Chiusi
  • Cortona
  • Crete Senesi
  • Duomo and Baptistry
  • Duomo di San Martino
  • Duomo di Siena
  • Elba
  • Fiesole
  • Florence
  • Gaiole
  • Galleria dell'Accademia
  • Garfagnana
  • Greve in Chianti
  • Il Camposanto
  • La Rocca di Staggia
  • Lucca
  • Lucignano
  • Lunigiana
  • Massa Marittima
  • Montalcino
  • Monte Argentario
  • Montepulciano
  • Monteriggioni
  • Museum of San Marco
  • Palazzo Pfanner
  • Palazzo Piccolomini
  • Palazzo Piccolomini
  • Palazzo Pitti
  • Palazzo Publico
  • Palazzo Vecchio
  • Panzano in Chianti
  • Parco Naturale della Maremma
  • Piazza del Campo
  • Piazza della Santissima Annunziata
  • Pienza
  • Pisa
  • Pistoia
  • Pitigliano
  • Prato
  • Radda
  • San Gimignano
  • San Lorenzo
  • San Miniato
  • Sansepulcro
  • Santa Maria Novella
  • Sarteano
  • Siena
  • Sorano
  • Sovana
  • Torre del Lago Puccini
  • Uffizi
  • Versilia
  • Viareggio
  • Vinci
  • Volterra

Events near Castello di Potentino

  • 2nd July 2017
    The Palio of Siena
  • 13th July 2017
    Cortona on the Move
  • 30th July 2017
    Cortona Mix Festival
  • 16th August 2017
    The Palio of Siena

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