- Style Italian fairytale
- Setting Mediaeval Montefollonico
Surrounded by some of Tuscany's most picturesque vineyard-rich countyside, hotel Follonico riffs on its habitat and history in a mix of dreamy details. An ancient typewriter atop a hand-carved table waits for the next novelist; a wedding dress hanging in a room is ready for an impromptu romance and whimsically mismatched crockery hints at past and future feast-making.
Need to know
- Rooms Six, including four suites.
- Rates Double rooms from $203.79 (€150), excluding tax at 10 per cent.
- Facilities Gardens and free WiFi. In rooms: organic Lorenzo Villoresi bath products.
- Check–out 10.30am; check-in from 4pm to 8pm.
Children Little Smiths are welcome and cots are free.
- Also Keen to bring your dog? Speak to the owners in advance to arrange.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms Stake out Rosso Tramonto for inspiring views from its three windows. Alternatively, if you crave space, spread yourselves across Verde Intenso’s three rooms, each on a separate level, with an original stone staircase.
- Packing tips Wellington boots for Follonico farm life; Giambattista Basile’s Italian fairy tales, known as the Pentamerone; a shirt or dress in one of the hotel’s intense Crayola colours, such as aquamarine, rose or violet.
Food and drink at Follonico
- Hotel restaurant There’s no restaurant – all the more reason to explore the area’s bounty of dining options – but cooking classes can be arranged for a minimum six people (€75 for four courses and wine) and cold meals of meat, cheese and garden-grown veg are available between April and October. Breakfast is pretty special though; all the treats – cheese, meat, yoghurt, jam, fruit, and so on – are sourced within 15km of Follonico, and a selection of freshly baked breads are delivered daily from a bakery in Pienza.
- Dress code Be inspired by the suites’ shots of vivid colour and the beautiful frocks (hand-picked by owner Suzanne) that hang on the rails in rooms. Channel your inner prince and princess with a silk shirt or dreamy dress.
- Top table With these views, you’ll be enjoying breakfast outside in summer; at a table by the patio windows in the breakfast room, come winter.
- Room service None, so raid the delis in Montefollonico and Montepulciano for supplies. (Panforte, cantucci and orange-infused riciarelli biscuits, or local cheeses and cured meats will whet your appetite.)
- Hotel bar There’s an honesty bar in the breakfst room, with beer and soft drinks, including a few local wines: Brunello di Montalcino, Nobile di Montepulciano and Chianti