Fontelunga Hotel and Villas
- Style Grand guesthouse
- Setting Glamorous gardens
Starck and Jacobson accents have found a home in the soft rolling hills and serene olive groves near Siena and Florence at the Fontelunga Hotel and Villas In rooms, vintage Italiana blends flawlessly with modern details for the ideal mix of style and comfort. In the restaurant, rich and traditional cuisine pairs perfectly with beautiful gardens in full summer splendour.
Need to know
- Rooms Eight rooms, and a junior suite in a separate cottage. Three self-catering villas in the area can be booked through the hotel.
- Rates Double rooms from $299.17 (€219), excluding tax at 10 per cent.
- More details Rates include Continental buffet breakfast.
- Facilities Gardens, tennis courts, mountain bikes to borrow, library of books, DVDs and CDS, free WiFi in all rooms and communal areas. In rooms: iPod dock, CD player, bottled water. Every room has double-aspect views and the junior suite has a TV and DVD player too.
- Poolside There’s a sun-warmed saltwater outdoor pool amid the olive groves overlooking the valley and the nearby town of Cortona.
- Check–out 11am, but may be flexible, depending upon availability; earliest check-in, 3pm. Reception closes at 8pm, so let the hotel know if you’re arriving later.
Children Children are welcome – there's a cot and high chair and babysitting is available upon request.
- Hotel closed November to early March.
- Eco‐friendly The owners avoid the use of pesticides, deciding to grow organic produce, including its own olive oil.
- Also A minimum stay of two nights is usually required. Well-behaved little dogs are welcome.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms Fontelunga’s bedrooms are simple and classic, with white walls, terracotta tiled-floors and oversized damasked headboards. The Oro room (a Superior) has wonderful views of the secret garden. Flashed with silver tones, the Junior Suite, Diamante, is in its own separate cottage with a private terrace that looks out across the Val di Chiana.
- Also Be schooled in la cucina povera (peasant cooking) with a cookery class at the villa. Learn how to make traditional treats including stuffed tomatoes, pasta al ragu, beef in truffle sauce and so on; then toast your new found skills at the celebratory dinner that follows. A session costs €120 a head (for groups of one to four) or €100 each (groups of four to eight). Remember to book your session at least a day in advance.
Food and drink at Fontelunga Hotel and Villas
- Hotel restaurant The guests-only dining room serves up Continental breakfast, and light lunches and dinners can be prepared if you book them at breakfast. Twice a week, on Tuesdays and Fridays, owners Paolo and Phillip host a four-course dinner party, including prosecco with fried vegetables and crostini, a bottle of wine per couple and bottled water. The kitchen is closed on Saturdays.
- Dress code Country-appropriate casual, with a flamboyant frisson.
- Top table Ask to eat outside in the gardens, and catch the sun setting, resplendent, over the Tuscan countryside. The twice-weekly dinner party is served at a communal table – outside, if the weather permits (and it usually does).
- Room service Not available. If the villa is rented, a concierge service and grocery shop is included in the rates.
- Hotel bar There is a 24-hour honesty bar and the staff have a nifty way with a cocktail shaker. You can also sit in the dining area with a tipple or two.
Also worth knowing
- Weddings This property is suitable for weddings. More details