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You want to have a relaxing break after the crowded and buzzing tourist hotspots in Tuscany? You'll find it there. A calm and peaceful spot with a great view in the hills around the Riparbella village. Relax in the jacuzzi after a nice dinner in Riparbella or an one day trip to Siena or Volterra. And if you want day at the beach don't worry, it's just half an hour to drive. The guys who run this place are very friendly, no just awesome! Some book at chic retreats I prefer Casale Pundarika!
I was already stunned by the astonishing views out into the surrounding woods and the apartments decorated with extremely stylish Indonesian wooden furniture when I arrived. What really made the week I spent at Casale Pundarika unforgettable, though, was the very special atmosphere of the whole place - it truly breathes meditation and I can absolutely see how it was blessed by a Buddhist monk before its inauguration and why the Dalai Lama has already visited it twice. The heart of everything that happens there these days are the owners, Daniela and Giambattista - just meeting these two, in all their loving peacefulness, and experiencing their incredibly professional yet easy-going way of running the Casale is worth the trip up the hill! Their love for the place and dedication to offering hospitality also becomes very palpable in Daniela's delicous, vegetarian/vegan cooking. If your idea of la dolce vitta is peace, simplicity and beauty in a very well-organized place in amazing natural surroundings, go stay at Casale Pundarika!
We spent two nights at Casale Pundarika while on a round trip in Tuscany. The place is located in the middle of a unique natural scenery and offers magnificent panoramic view of a postcard-like landscape.
I truly enjoyed the fact, that despite being close to the other towns around, you are at the same time so close to nature and feel from the first moment a great sense of relaxation.
We had a spacious, clean and perfectly equipped apartment with access to a huge terrace.
The guys managing the place, do great work! They took really good care of us; are amazingly helpful and made us feel just like home!
Since the Casale is strategically very well located, you can combine your stay with making different day trips to the area around, like for example beautiful Bolgeri for some wine-tasting or San Vincenzo at the sea-side.
Please note that as like everywhere more or less in Tuscany, it is favourable to have your own means of transport.
Casale Pundarika was for me like a little piece of paradise on earth, and will definitely come back by first chance!
We spent 2 nights in Casale Pundarika during our visit in Tuscany countryside... Am speechless... This magic place existed only in fairy tails for me... After the village of Riparbella, we took a narrow street and we drove in the middle of the forest for like 7 minutes, you feel you arrived by the nice mimosa flowers on the first entrance, then Peggy, a beautiful puppy, will jump of joy welcoming you. The managers of this place are a very nice couple, Giamba and Daniela, that will make everything to make your stay a pleasant one. There are 7 rooms I guess, our room was very spacious with a fully equipped kitchen and a very nice bathroom. If you are searching for peace on earth, this might be the place with its enchanting green panorama...It is definitely a place to visit while enjoying Tuscany...