The Big Six: Tuscan hamlet hotels

view gallery VIEW GALLERY

Featuring vine-draped landscapes, imposing towers and former cigar factories

Castello di Gargonza, Monte San Savino

Count Salviati began restoring the 14th-century Castello di Gargonza, his family's former ancestral home, in the 1970s. The hamlet, where Dante Alighieri was once a guest, is set on a hill between Siena and Arezzo, encircled by sturdy walls with an imposing tower poking up through the pine and cypress trees. Now run by the count's son, it offers houses and apartments that can be rented on a daily or weekly basis, a Tuscan restaurant just outside the walls, and a pool with sweeping views of the Val di Chiana.

Castello di Gargonza, Monte San Savino, Arezzo (00 39 0575 847 021; gargonza.it). Doubles start at €150, including breakfast.

Borgo di Pietrafitta, Castellina in Chianti

This borgo is set in the wine-producing region of Chianti just outside its unofficial capital of Castellina. The village was once a toll stop on the old road between Florence and Siena, but now the estate and adjoining hamlet are home to 12 country chic apartments and a further eight hotel-style rooms set in the main villa. There's also a pool and lots of open spaces to contemplate the views over the surrounding vine-draped landscape.

Borgo di Pietrafitta, Castellina in Chianti (00 39 0577 741390; borgopietrafitta.com). B&B doubles from €125. Apartments from €110 per night.

Il Borro, San Giustino

The Ferragamo name is synonymous with style – thanks to couture cobbler, Salvatore. But as well as shoes, the family has an enviable portfolio of boutique hotels. Set in the rolling Tuscan landscape between Florence and Arezzo is the charming Il Borro, run by Ferruccio Ferragamo. Celebrating its 20th year, the estate has suites, apartments and villas, a café and restaurant, spa and a winery whose vintages you can sip while admiring the gorgeous views.

Il Borro, San Giustino, Valdarno (00 39 0559 77053; ilborro.com). Doubles start at €290, including breakfast.

Castel Monastero, Monastero d'Ombrone

This 11th-century village and former monastery near Siena was given a no-expenses-spared makeover three years ago. It's now a hotel with 76 rooms and suites, two restaurants overseen by Gordon Ramsay, a diminutive church and pretty piazza for alfresco dining. Its spa regularly hosts wellness and health retreats and there are no fewer than three outdoor pools to choose from.

Castel Monastero, Monastero d'Ombrone (00 39 0577 570 570; castelmonastero.com). Doubles start at €415, including breakfast.

Castelfalfi, Montaione

The estate sits on a wooded ridge not far from Siena. At its heart is an 800-year-old village whose houses are being restored to rent or buy. For now, guests can stay at Castelfalfi's newly opened 31-room boutique hotel, La Tabaccaia, housed in the estate's former cigar factory. The historic borgo has a traditional trattoria, two golf courses and, as of next month, a restored public pool. Further plans include villas, two more luxury hotels and a spa.

Castelfalfi, Montaione (00 39 0571 891 000; castelfalfi.co.uk). Doubles start at €108, including breakfast.

Monteverdi, Castiglioncella del Trinoro

One of the attractions of a stay here is the chance to mingle with permanent residents. Most visitors congregate around the diminutive square amid the sublime scenery of the Val d'Orcia. Monteverdi is a labour of love for its American owner, who in 2004 began restoring a portion of the village into three luxurious villas and a stylish seven-bedroom hotel, which opened last year. Monteverdi, Castiglioncello del Trinoro (00 39 0577 570 570; monteverdituscany.com). B&B doubles start at €325. Villas from €5,500 per week.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Travel
ebookHow to enjoy the perfect short break in 20 great cities
Independent Travel Videos
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Amsterdam
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Giverny
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in St John's
Independent Travel Videos
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs Travel

    Recruitment Genius: Bid / Tender Writing Executive

    £24000 - £27000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: With offices in Manchester, Lon...

    Guru Careers: Marketing Executives / Marketing Communications Consultants

    Competitive (DOE) + Benefits: Guru Careers: We are seeking a number of Marketi...

    Recruitment Genius: Marketing Executive

    £20000 - £27000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This well established business ...

    Ashdown Group: Management Accountant - Manchester

    £25000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: Management Accountant - Manchester...

    Day In a Page

    Where the spooks get their coffee fix: The busiest Starbucks in the US is also the most secretive

    The secret CIA Starbucks

    The coffee shop is deep inside the agency's forested Virginia compound
    Revealed: How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Loch Ness Monster 'sighting'

    How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Nessie 'sighting'

    The Natural History Museum's chief scientist was dismissed for declaring he had found the monster
    One million Britons using food banks, according to Trussell Trust

    One million Britons using food banks

    Huge surge in number of families dependent on emergency food aid
    Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths 2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

    2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

    Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths trove
    The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey, 25 years on

    The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey 25 years on

    The space telescope was seen as a costly flop on its first release
    Did Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

    Did Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

    A document seen by The Independent shows that a week after he resigned from the Lords he sold 350,000 shares in an American company - netting him $11.2m
    Apple's ethnic emojis are being used to make racist comments on social media

    Ethnic emojis used in racist comments

    They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
    Sir Kenneth Branagh interview: 'My bones are in the theatre'

    Sir Kenneth Branagh: 'My bones are in the theatre'

    The actor-turned-director’s new company will stage five plays from October – including works by Shakespeare and John Osborne
    The sloth is now the face (and furry body) of three big advertising campaigns

    The sloth is the face of three ad campaigns

    Priya Elan discovers why slow and sleepy wins the race for brands in need of a new image
    How to run a restaurant: As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food

    How to run a restaurant

    As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food
    Record Store Day: Remembering an era when buying and selling discs were labours of love

    Record Store Day: The vinyl countdown

    For Lois Pryce, working in a record shop was a dream job - until the bean counters ruined it
    Usher, Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert as part of the Global Poverty Project

    Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert

    The concert in Washington is part of the Global Citizen project, which aims to encourage young people to donate to charity
    10 best tote bags

    Accessorise with a stylish shopper this spring: 10 best tote bags

    We find carriers with room for all your essentials (and a bit more)
    Paul Scholes column: I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England

    Paul Scholes column

    I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England
    Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

    Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

    The heptathlete has gone from the toast of the nation to being a sleep-deprived mum - but she’s ready to compete again. She just doesn't know how well she'll do...