As one of the last few groups to arrive, we blew into the castle late at night to a most comfy atmosphere, a table filled to the brim with people and laughter, too many bottles of wine, a HUGE silver pot of the most delicious soup that had a giant ladle to match it, and it was the best way to settle right into the weekend. My second Girls weekend!
After we had a couple bowls of soup, and a few glasses of wine to catch up, we gathered our bags which we had unceremoniously dropped right inside the front door and climbed the steps up to the next 2 floors, which we would have all to ourselves for the weekend. Yep, we rented this place on Airbnb. In fact there’s a whole slew of castles for rent on Airbnb. Who would have thought?
From the moment I stepped inside I fell in love with the place. It was eccentric and there were things strewn about to give the place a most charming touch. Plus, there were all kinds of bookshelves laden with books. LOVE. IT.
As all the girls ran about exploring nooks and crannies, choosing beds and rooms, screaming with glee, I poked my head in here and there smiling. Finally the hustling and bustling calmed down and we all adjourned to the “library” upstairs with all of the extra wine from dinner.
As the music started and games began I slipped out for a few minutes and went straight for my camera so I could take photos of our rooms before everyone jumped into bed for the night.
QUICK LET ME TAKE YOU ON A TOUR OF THE CASTLE
If you know me, then you know that one of my all time favorite movies is Pride and Prejudice. I felt like I was staying in a house similar to the one they had in the movie, and I was ecstatic.
Meanwhile upstairs, everyone was chatting it up and then we decided we were going to tell Ghost Stories. Never a good idea to get me scared out of my wits before staying in a foreign place I don’t know, because then I’ll end up in your bed freaked out the whole night.
Luckily the ghost stories were way funnier than scary. If only my dad would have been there, he was so good at scaring the living daylights out of all of us kids when I was growing up, he would have had everyone screaming.
In the morning it was all yawns as we tried to get moving for the day. We could grab breakfast at our leisure so a few of us went outside for a short morning workout to begin the day. Plus, I was able to get a few snaps of the grounds and see what I had missed out on when I had driven down the lane in the dark the night before.
18 QUEENS ON CASTLE GROUNDS
In addition they have a group of kids from WWOOF— World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms who get to work for room board and food. A pretty good deal if you ask me.
They were in the process of harvesting olives. At this time in October, the grape harvesting is in full swing, so many people are busy harvesting grapes for the wines that will sit and settle over the coming months.
The grapes have just been taken off the vines but that is only the beginning. It’s not an easy thing to make wine, as most will say, its a fine art.
But alas as I said before the wineries are very busy harvesting grapes for wine so were unable to come to the castle for a wine tasting. What’s a girls weekend without a wine tasting? So after all the girls were up, had eaten breakfast, and dressed for the day, we set off in search of wine.
PODERE FORTE WINERY
We had 2 shuttles come and pick us up so nobody would have to drive and miss out, and they were waiting for us right at the bottom of the entry gate to the castle when we walked out.
You may not believe it, but this was the wine storage cellar where they come to get more wine when they sell out at the shop. We had to bust in here for extra bottles, we did have 18 women and the majority bought
a few bottles cases of wine, each.
After lunch finished and the wine was loaded into the back of the van, one group went on to the next winery and the rest of us headed back to the castle to enjoy the afternoon hanging out.
Falling even more in love. Alexander and his sister actually opened a different castle before this, which was very large. This one had been abandoned and they decided to fix it up and move in. They hold wedding’s and all sorts of events here.
What all can be done in one afternoon you ask? Why whatever accomplished women can dream up. Piano playing, stroll about the castle grounds, browsing the books in the library, swinging, drinking wine. We were most definitely at our leisure.
Where did we end up you ask? Napping in the living room with a blazing fire in the hearth.
When the rest of the girls arrived back it was almost time for dinner and we had a Michelin star chef coming to make us dinner at the castle. Everyone opted for a third wine tasting from the castle vineyard, as dinner was being prepared.
Here ya go. To meet every expectation, when a group of girls get together for the weekend, a pillow fight always ensues. Believe it.
This night carried on for quite some time. After the pillow fight, there’s only one possible solution to the conclusion of the evening. DANCE PARTY!
It was another late evening / early morning until the last of the ladies found their beds.
On Sunday morning I tucked into the window seat with a book I found on one of the shelves. We had a long drive back and intended to stop at a truffle festival a bit farther South of Naples so would have to hit the road early.
It was the perfect closing to a fairytale weekend in the Tuscan hills. I desperately wish to go back.
THANKS SO MUCH LISA for all the planning you did and MEGAN H for finding this lovely castle for us to stay at!
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