Borgo Santo Pietro
- Style Classic-luxe Tuscan villa
- Setting Enchanting formal gardens
Perfect for idle aristocrats and escaped urban bohemians, hotel Borgo Santo Pietro is a restored 13th-century country manor that conjures up fairy-tale Tuscany with period interiors and a cypress tree-filled gardens. Grounded by its delicious dining and warm family welcomes, this merry manor will introduce you to all that is charming and spot-on about the Italian way of life.
Need to know
- Rooms 15, including eight suites.
- Rates Double rooms from $492.15 (€359), excluding tax at 10 per cent.
- More details Rates include a bottle of prosecco, cooked breakfast, fruit, flowers, and freshly squeezed juice all day. You can also rent the villa in its entirety, fully staffed, for €69,000 a week (excludes food, drinks and tax).
- Facilities Spa; free WiFi throughout; 13 acres of grounds; hot tub; tennis, badminton and basketball courts; bocce pitch; small playground; bikes to borrow. In rooms: plasma TV, DVD player, preloaded iPod and dock; most rooms have fireplaces.
- Poolside The organic lines of the free-form freshwater infinity pool help it blend in with the graceful contours of the landscaped grounds. Wicker and wood sunloungers, canvas parasols and a pool bar demand sun-soaked lazing.
- Check–out Midday, but flexible, depending on room availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Children Warmly welcomed; extra beds (€90) and cots (free) can be supplied to suites. Nannies and babysitters (€20 an hour) can be arranged with advance notice, and little ones even have a secluded playground to romp around in.
- Hotel closed 1 November 2012 until late March 2013.
- Eco‐friendly The restaurant menu features fresh produce grown in Borgo Santo Pietro's own organic fruit orchards and vegetable garden; most other ingredients are locally sourced. The hotel recycles as much as possible.
- Also Small pets can check in with you, for €30 a night.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms Dedicated Danish owner Jeanette has kept the essence of the original building intact without scrimping on modern luxuries. Flat-screen TVs are discreetly hidden behind paintings and touch-sensitive controls keep the lighting just so. Rooms feature hand-picked antiques, open fireplaces, bespoke hand-carved beds and exquisite views. In the Valle Serena Suite you can look out across the valley from a fireside roll-top bath; the suite also has twin marble sinks and a huge, Rococo-style bed. Honeymooners will love the lavish Santo Pietro Suite – French doors open out onto a vast private balcony from the living room, and there's a Roman steam bath and shower as well as a roll-top soaking tub in the ensuite bathroom. We also love the feminine bathroom of the Via del Pellegrino junior suite, with its white and silver claw-foot bath and glass chandelier.
- Packing tips Broad-brimmed sunhats and sleek swimwear for lounging by the pool. Digital cameras for capturing your expeditions. Leave your iPod and walking boots at home: both are available to borrow.
- Also Set in what was once a bakery, the now-sumptuous spa offers an excellent selection of top-to-toe pampering treatments. Kick off with a Vital Legs treatment to combat post-flight puffiness, then move on to a massage ritual or anti-ageing facial.
Food and drink at Borgo Santo Pietro
- Hotel restaurant Breakfast is served in the open-plan kitchen, with a cosy crackling fire in winter. Later, the chef whips up an Italianate storm of Mediterranean seafood and handmade pasta in the elegant dining room. Try the superb seven-course tasting menu (€105).
- Dress code Loose linens (nipped-in waists + Italian cuisine = lengthy spell on the fainting couch).
- Top table For lunch, we recommend a table overlooking the Lemon Tree garden for the best views of the Serena valley, and for dinner, a candlelit table in the romantic Rose Garden.
- Last orders Lunch is served 1pm–3.30pm; dinner, 7.30pm–10.30pm. Drinks are served until the last guest retires.
- Room service Breakfast can be brought to your bedside from 8am–11am; a lighter snacking menu of antipasti, salads and sandwiches is available from noon until midnight. Items can be ordered from the restaurant menu (they'll cost 25 per cent more, though).
- Hotel bar Take drinks at the poolside bar, or anywhere in the hotel grounds: you'll be given a mobile so you can summon something to sip wherever you are. Try a signature Borgo cocktail of champagne and white rum over fruit-flavoured granita.
Also worth knowing
- Weddings This property is suitable for weddings. More details