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Hotel Highlights

  • A relaxing rural hideaway with spectacular scenery
  • Set on a working farm and winery
  • Intimate and homely ambience

Overview

Presiding over a swathe of rolling green Tuscan lands, Conti di San Bonifacio hotel is a restored stone villa whose surrounding farm and vineyards provide most of the ingredients for your meals. Taste wine straight from the source and revel in relaxed rooms with designer-pedigreed polish. If you're feeling especially Italian, hire the whole five-room farmhouse and make like a master vintner.

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Here's what you get for booking Conti di San Bonifacio Wine Resort with us:

Two glasses of Conti Di San Bonifacio Estate prosecco and a platter of cold meats

Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

Seven, including three suites.

Check–out

11am but flexible. Earliest check-in, 3.30pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $377.49 (€282), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €1.30 per person per night on check-out.

More details

Rates include Continental breakfast.

At the hotel

Free WiFi throughout, outdoor pool, CD/DVD and book library. In rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD player, Tiziano Terenzi bath products.

Our favourite rooms

We love Room 1, a Suite, for one simple reason – it’s huge. Three of the walls have windows, there’s a huge four-poster bed delicately draped in muslin and a huge bath in the huge bathroom. For lots of natural light in a smaller space, pick Junior Suite, Room 3 – plenty of windows, and a freestanding claw-foot bath tub in the black-, gold- and silver-speckled bathroom. Olive Grove Suites 4 and 5 both open directly onto the garden.

Packing tips

Your sommelier’s nose for sampling the wine; some chic linens you won’t mind getting a bit dirty in the Tuscan countryside.

Also

Dogs are welcome in the Junior Suite, which has direct access to the garden.

Children

Extra beds are €50 a night; cribs are €30. Babysitting with a local nanny can be provided with 24 hours’ notice. The restaurant has a children’s menu.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

Chef Elisa Barsotti creates classic Italian dishes – osso buco, wild boar alla cacciatora and tortelli Maremmani (a Tuscan dish with ricotta and spinach) – using organic ingredients. Food is presented in Mondrian-esque arrangements, or are scattered about the plate like a Miró painting; they're amost too pretty to eat, but you'll find it hard to resist. The candlelit tables are dressed with crisp white linens and stemware, and you might be seated on a Bauhaus chair from the Twenties. Your hosts will take any dietary requirements into account when considering the daily menus – and requests are welcome.

Hotel Bar

The cosy Wine Library bar sits between the hotel's living rooms, and it lives up to its moniker with an impressive selection of vintages. Alternatively, head to the Vineyard Bar for cocktails made with fresh ingredients and timeless Tuscan views.

Last orders

Dinner is served until 9pm.

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Dress code

There’s no need to dress up for dinner – this rustic retreat will feel like home.

Top table

All of the tables have views out to the pool and vineyards through the arched windows; in summer, gather around the large wooden table outside on the veranda to enjoy them even more.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

You’ll be staying at a wine residence, so indulge in some of the super Tuscan wines served on site; the hotel holds wine-tasting events and can arrange a trip to Montalcino, which is famed for its Brunello wine. They’ll also teach you how to make traditional Tuscan food with a cookery class. Castiglione della Pescaia beach is around half an hour from the villa. Bicycles are available for hire from the hotel – set off on a tour of the hilly countryside (or do it on horseback). The hotel can also help to organise boat trips, sailing lessons and diving. Fishing trips sail from Piombino, a 40-minute drive away. The nearest golf course is Punta Ala Golf Club, but it’s members only at weekends. The hotel has a guide on hand to take you on personal tours of cities including Florence, Pisa and Siena.

Local restaurants

Dine within the fortress walls in Grosseto at Il Canto del Gallo on Via Mazzini (+39 05 6441 4589). Canapone on Piazza Dante lays on a menu of meat and fish dishes for lunch and dinner (+39 05 6424 4546). And for pasta freshly made on-site, head to Il Tordaio on Via Batignonese (+39 05 6440 2081). In Gavorrano, try Il Fanta on Via Terranova for an unusual menu (+39 05 6684 4995), La Colonia on Pian del Castagni for pizzas straight out of a wood-fired oven (+39 05 6684 4015) or La Vecchia Hosteria on Via Marconi for classic Maremman dishes, including meat and game specialities (+39 05 3351 4980).

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Tumbling Tuscan hills

Conti di San Bonifacio Wine Resort

Societa' Agricola Poggio Divino , Localita' Casteani 1, Gavorrano, Italy, 58023

Planes

The nearest airport is in Pisa, 100km from the hotel.

Trains

Grosseto is the closest train station, 25km away. Trenitalia trains will connect you to the rest of the country (www.trenitalia.com).

Automobiles

The hotel is around 25 minutes from Grosseto. The drive from Florence should take around two hours; plan for three hours from Rome. There’s free parking.

Other

Pick up a helicopter at Rome airport and land in the hotel grounds.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

by Daven Wu , Epicurean word-slinger

Some places in the world have such good advance publicity that before you even get there, you’re already in love with them. Paris is one such place. New York is another. And Tuscany? Cue some serious sighs. Let’s just say that if you ever had to imagine what heaven looks, smells and feels like, Tuscan countryside would be quick to spring to mind. There’s something so incredibly e…
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Conti di San Bonifacio Wine Resort

Anonymous review by Daven Wu, Epicurean word-slinger

Some places in the world have such good advance publicity that before you even get there, you’re already in love with them. Paris is one such place. New York is another. And Tuscany? Cue some serious sighs. Let’s just say that if you ever had to imagine what heaven looks, smells and feels like, Tuscan countryside would be quick to spring to mind. There’s something so incredibly evocative – and a little unreal – about that landscape of long twisting roads and mediaeval towns, ancient olive groves, vineyards bathed in extravagant sunshine, and flat plains studded with handsome piles of farm-houses. And afterwards – long after you’ve come home, unpacked your bags and loaded up the images onto your computer – there’s still a sense that the whole thing was a dream.

Conti di San Bonifacio Wine Resort inspires that same reverie. The two-hour drive south from Pisa is pleasant enough. It’s pretty much a straight road through an alternating mix of pretty countryside and hair-raising autostrada until you turn off into a long narrow dirt track, clatter over a little bridge and then, just when you’re convinced you’re lost, the resort looms into sight. Sitting high on a knoll with commanding views of distant hills and that glorious vista of cypress, stumpy olive trees, private vineyard and blue horizon, the wine resort was, certainly for these Smiths, everything an Italian holiday should be. And then some.

Let’s start with the owners: a real life Italian count (that’s his name on the resort, and yes, he’s unreasonably gorgeous) and his statuesque satin-skinned English wife. The house itself is a 100 years old and when the San Bonifacios first stumbled on it 10 years ago, it was a wreck. A lot of restoration work, patience, sheer willpower and money later, the place has been transformed into a bijoux resort that feels less like a hotel than a very tastefully decorated, cosy, intimate home that just happens to have a few house guests in for the weekend.

Credit for much of this intimacy goes to the Conti’s wonderful manager, Amanda. Brooklyn-born and trained at the Culinary Institute of America, she delivers old-fashioned hospitality, charming company and terrific home-cooked meals with good humour and an infectious laugh. Our first dinner of asparagus risotto, and thick loops of bucatini flavoured with pancetta and softly caramelised onions set the tone for an Easter weekend of laid-back calm, unobtrusive service and lots of lush Syrah and Cabernet Franc produced in the San Bonifacio’s small private vineyard.

And because there are only five rooms, it’s so easy to slip into a state of mind where you actually believe that you own the place. The best rooms are in the east and west corners of the house. Here, it’s all very shabby chic, as if Martha Stewart had dropped by recently and edited out anything that might either seem contrived or detract from the illusion. Maybe that’s why there are no clocks in sight anywhere. Or room numbers.

Instead, soft colours seduce the senses. Taupe and linen frame blonde wood beams and tiny beaded chandeliers. Great pelts of cow hide soften the stone floors while the artfully aged desks, armoires and bookcases are stacked high with design magazines, travel books and photography opuses. And like a Merchant Ivory moment, shuttered windows open out over the terracotta-tiled roof where in the morning mist – serenaded by a soundtrack of gentle cooing of doves – the distant cypresses march across the landscape like arboreal supermodels. 

Downstairs, the French doors of the vast living room – tastefully decorated by the Countess in a low-key mix of pale colours, deep sofas and vintage furniture rescued from fleamarkets in London – open out into the swimming pool, pretty patios and lawns bordered by lavender and blue-flowered rosemary bushes. All this I in fact note only in passing. While two guests signed up for an in-residence wine-tasting class and one learned how to make pasta with Amanda in the vast kitchen, I spent an unapologetically significant amount of that weekend curled up on the sofa alternating between languid naps and watching a Nigella Lawson cooking show that I’d picked from the huge collection of DVDs and CDs. ‘Are we seriously watching Nigella cook? Mr Smith murmured. ‘We’re in Italy!’  ‘But she’s cooking risotto,’ I countered. ‘It couldn’t be more appropriate. And I’m so incredibly relaxed right now. That’s what a holiday is all about. Go see what’s for lunch…’

Happily, the weather behaved during the weekend but such was the spell of indolence, we rarely ventured beyond the pool deck much less moved a muscle unless a meal or a drink was involved. One afternoon, Amanda served a lunch of rigatoni flavoured with nothing more than slivers of zucchini, olive oil and lemon. So simple and, like so much of Italy, so good. We ate in silence, trapped between the hypnotic view and the occasional cascade of notes from the wind-chimes. In the distance, a late afternoon breeze ruffled the olive leaves with a silvery shimmer. That night, we shut the shutters, drew the drapes and climbed into the soft white-linened bed and slept without any dreams. But that was probably because we were already in one.

The Guestbook

Reviews of Conti di San Bonifacio Wine Resort from Smith members

Whenever you book a stay through us, we’ll invite you to comment when you get back. Read the Guestbook entries below to see what real-life Mr & Mrs Smiths have said about this hotel…

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked everything — the excellent service, the gracious staff, the amazing food, the lovely people, the great wine, the warmth, beauty and fabulous decor of the entire place sets the stage for an absolutely perfect stay. We loved everything about it and will return as soon as possible. Laura and her staff are extraordinary!

Rating: 10/10 stars

GoldSmith

Stayed on

We loved

We stayed in room 1 and had a great view, excellent bathroom and a great open fireplace. The staff was absolutely tremendous.

Don’t expect

The food was good but there was no choice at all for dinner. They did, however, cater to our non-meat-eating but you should definitely tell them in advance about any dietary restrictions.

Rating: 10/10 stars

GoldSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Fabulous food, and what a view!

Don’t expect

It is a fair drive for any of the main airports, but cannot fault the location.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Loved the peace and quiet of the winery. You hear no traffic as it’s so remote. The organised tours they provide are amazing. You can do anything from going on a hot-air balloon to scuba-diving. Amazing.

Don’t expect

The food could be better. I thought we'd be served beautiful local cuisine – but it tasted more like a menu that had been cooked during the day and then reheated before serving. If they are going to command a high price for their food, they need to make sure it's prepared freshly.

Rating: 8/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Beautiful countryside. Welcome glass of prosecco on arrival. Loved the decor in the main house and communal areas. Large bedroom – we were in room four. Extremely helpful staff. Unfortunately we got a parking ticket in Montalcino, which they offered to pay for us, adding the amount to our total bill.

Don’t expect

Decor in the bedroom was a bit dark – we preferred the style of the main house. No hair conditioner provided (I had forgotten mine). The four-course dinner was set in the beautiful grounds and was usually quite good, although definitely not as good as the food we had elsewhere in Italy. A few of the dishes were really quite disappointing. It would also be nice to have the option of fewer courses. Unless you have a car (and even then, unless one of you is prepared to forgo the delicious wine available in the area) you really don't have any other option for dinner and we felt a bit like they were taking advantage of this. The excursions seemed very expensive. We had a car so didn't book anything through the hotel, but we were surprised to see that a tour of the vineyard cost as much as it did – €90 per person I think. At other places that we have been to, similar tours have either been free or available at a minimal cost.

Rating: 7/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Fabulous food, superb service, divine location — a little bit of paradise! If you want a total recharge this is the place to come. Sitting on the top of a hill with views across the rolling hills of Tuscany, everything is here for you: beautiful rooms, discreet service, staff always willing to provide you with whatever you require, a good range of breakfast foods with requests catered for, a set lunch and a dinner menu provided early in the morning (in case you had other ideas for dinner!). The food was lovingly prepared and presented and the staff would set up a table for you wherever you wanted outside — by the pool, on the terrace or at the front of the house, watching the stunning sunsets! As the resort produces its own excellent wines these were given priority on the wine list, but there was a good selection of others to choose from. Conti di San Bonifacio gives you the impression of having your own little bit of paradise in Tuscany — if only for a few short days!

Rating: 10/10 stars