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Hotel Highlights

  • Beautiful accommodation with frescoed walls, hand-carved beds and ornate chandeliers
  • Stunning Tuscan location: handy for exploring for Chianti, Siena and Florence
  • Luxury spa, fine wines and gourmet cuisine cooked with home-grown organic produce

Overview

This boutique hotel in Tuscany captures all that is good and great about the Italian way of life: refined furnishings in a restored 13th-century period property; gorgeous grounds punctuated by cypress trees and stone fountains; fabulous food and wine; warm family welcome; and a pleasing menu of gentle outdoor activities and sensual spa diversions. Borgo Santo Pietro is perfect for bone idle aristocrats and bohemian urban escapees.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Borgo Santo Pietro with us:

One 40-minute massage per room

Special offers

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Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

15, including eight suites.

Check–out

12 noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $482.20 (€359), excluding tax at 10 per cent.

More details

Rates include a bottle of prosecco, cooked breakfast, fruit and flowers. You can also rent the villa in its entirety, fully staffed, for €39,000 a two-night stay (excludes food, drinks and tax).

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.

At the hotel

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.

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.

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.

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

Small pets can check in with you, for €30 a night.

Children

Warmly welcomed; extra beds (€90) and cots (€30) can be supplied to suites. Nannies and babysitters (€25 an hour) can be arranged with advance notice, and little ones even have a secluded playground to romp around in.

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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.

Food & Drink

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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).

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.

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).

Smith Insider

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.

Local Guide

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

Worth getting out of bed for

Borgo Santo Pietro can arrange cookery lessons, wine-tasting sessions and other activities. Watch out for open-air opera performances in the roofless remains of the Cistercian abbey of San Galgano (www.sangalgano.org) – tickets are scarce though, so book in advance. There are many legends associated with the abbey and its hermitage, including fanciful knights' tales – there's even a sword embedded in stone (reputed to predate the story of Excalibur) preserved in the neo-Etruscan hermitage, where there is also a wonderful fresco cycle by Sienese master Ambrogio Lorenzetti.

The coastal plain, spa towns, and beautiful beaches of Maremma – Tuscany on sea, if you will – constitute a secret corner of the country that's largely bypassed by the crowds that flock to Florence and Siena. It's within an hour's drive of Palazzetto. Maremma is also becoming a popular golfing destination, with a very attractive course at Punta Ala.

You're also perfectly located for exploring the vineyards of Chianti; see our Tuscany destination guide for more ideas.

 

Local restaurants

The village of Palazzetto is only a five-minute walk away, where you'll find a local pizzeria with a wood-burning oven at the Albergo Ristorante il Palazzetto (+39 0577 751160). Otherwise, your best bet dinner-wise is probably the town of Monticiano, or Siena, a half-hour drive away, where there are some fantastic restaurants. For more suggestions, see our Tuscany destination guide (or ask staff at Borgo Santo Pietro for their recommendations).

Local bars

On the walking route between San Galgano and Monticiano is Salendo Wine Bar, a local place serving cold Tuscan specialities and wine – perfect for a lingering lunch on a sunny day.

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Enchanting formal gardens

Borgo Santo Pietro

Loc. Palazzetto 110, Chiusdino, Tuscany, 53012

Planes

The closest airport is Florence Peretola, an hour and 40 minutes away. It'is served by BA and Meridiana from London Gatwick. Perugia and Pisa airports are both two hours away.

Trains

The closest train station is Siena (35 minutes away), which can be used to reach both Florence and Pisa with just one change. For information on trains in Italy, see Trenitalia (www.trenitalia.it).

Automobiles

The hotel can pre-arrange car hire on request; it's a good idea to have your own wheels, as the nearest town, Monticiano, is almost 9km away by road. The hotel can organise transport or a guided tour with a local expert; they can even arrange to drop you off at the beach in the morning and pick you up in the evening. The closest motorway is the E78.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

by Giuseppe Mascoli , Pizza-loving philosopher

Review featured in our 'Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel Collection Italy' guidebook: Candles burned from every end, we’d been mixing hard work and benders. Our break in an elegant villa with spa in the middle of the Val di Merse was perhaps undeserved, but certainly needed. Moments after arrival, Mrs Smith and I are ushered onto a scenic terrace blushing with lemon trees and offered our first Ne…
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Borgo Santo Pietro

Anonymous review by Giuseppe Mascoli, Pizza-loving philosopher

Review featured in our 'Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel Collection Italy' guidebook:

Candles burned from every end, we’d been mixing hard work and benders. Our break in an elegant villa with spa in the middle of the Val di Merse was perhaps undeserved, but certainly needed. Moments after arrival, Mrs Smith and I are ushered onto a scenic terrace blushing with lemon trees and offered our first Negronis. It’s like an injection of pure, instant relaxation.

Borgo Santo Pietro is an ancient building dating back to the 12th century, carefully restored by the energetic Jeanette Thottrup and her husband Claus, an elegant, understated Danish gentleman. The renovation of the building must have been a hell of a job, but it has been worth the effort: the villa and its estate is perfectly restored and fully functional – with well-stocked frigobars.

The Borgo has just eight suites – large, inviting bedrooms that overlook manicured grounds mazed with long hedges and gravelled paths. Once we were installed in ours, a plate of fresh fruit arrived along with delectable squares of white coconut ice and an excellent bottle of Franciacorta. Suitably refreshed, and it being sundown, we wandered out, falling upon an Eden of secrets – a herb garden here, a fountain there; pergolas under which divans were scattered; peacocks appearing and disappearing. Further along, there were prepared courts for outdoor diversions such as pétanque and lawn tennis. We strolled under a portico, beside a rockery and swimming pool. A pervasive feeling of peace and warmth accompanied the fading day.

Our first night, we dined at the hotel, and had an excellent meal. Friendly and attentive service is helped along by the high ratio of attendants per guest. The cellar is looked after by the young sommelier Mirko Favalli, equipped with knowledge and a desire to please, as well as chutzpah in choosing some obscure and pleasantly challenging wines. We had much to discuss. It is hard to recall the number of courses (well, they were numerous), but I will never forget the 1995 Faccoli sparkling wine; Mrs Smith, meanwhile, took great interest in the prized Manni olive oil and triple choice of salts on the table: a black variety from Hawaii, pink from a river in Australia, and white from Trapani.

After a meal like that, we needed a bit of a lie-down. Thankfully, good-sized, classy rooms are further enhanced by an impeccable choice of mattress – a line specially flown in from Denmark. The following day, after a reviving slumber and an energising breakfast in the garden, we hit the area’s less-beaten tracks, steering clear of Siena and San Gimignano, where lightning-bursts of flash photography could be seen from afar.

We embarked on a round trip from the mediaeval village of Chiusdino – the first part on a panoramic road on the top of hills, passing ancient settlements and alpine forests. Next, Radicondoli, another mediaeval village; a few miles further is Mensano. This picturesque town’s 12th-century church has 14 column capitals and a Romanesque sculpture cycle by Pisan master sculptor Bonamico, and Mrs Smith is intrigued by a labyrinthine pattern set into the diminutive piazza outside its main entrance. A small family trattoria in the ancient centre here – Osteria del Borgo – serves honest, inexpensive Tuscan food at tables outside. Perfetto.

Casole d’Elsa, the livelier of the small towns we saw, holds communal barbecues on Sundays in the summer. It is also home of the excellent Osteria del Caffè Casolani, which has a pleasant rustic space inside and tables outdoors. There is no written menu, and the verbal offering is limited, but impeccable. Home-made pasta with wild pig ragu and a selection of local cheeses and charcuterie together with pulses made a perfect alfresco lunch. After two glasses of vernaccia, when we asked for a refill they casually gave us the rest of the bottle. ‘It is nearly finished – have it.’ A quick reminder that we were a thousand miles away from our home city of London.

From here, the old blue Lancia (driven by our guide Alfonso) crossed the valley and segued into gentle hills and isolated old farms, and we headed to Scorgiano. This settlement of just a few huts is the only point of sale for the Montagnola farm, which has 1,500 acres of land and forest, mostly dedicated to the organic raising of Cinta Senese. These pigs are cured in a similar way to Iberico ham. Great for us – not so mouthwatering a fate for them.

Back at base, a pianist playing West Coast jazz on a 19th-century rosewood Steinway eased us into our evening while we, in considerate undertones, discussed the inscrutable selection of art. What seemed the bust of a stern schoolmistress we deduce in fact to be someone’s elderly aunt. Another portrait of an old dame had these Smiths agreeing that there was something teasingly exciting about it: perhaps a reminder that brains plus money is always sexy.

On our last day, before lunch, Mrs Smith paid a visit to the spa for a one-hour massage that ended up being two; then she disappeared to the nearby river for a skinny-dip. I opted for a seat by the pool, plunging in occasionally – a preliminary ritual before the next Negroni. Too quickly, though, our driver’s car wheels were crunching their way down the gravel drive. As we glided through the Borgo’s gates, we looked up at the two enigmatic sphinxes guarding the entrance. Unlike them, we were grinning from ear to ear.

 

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel with us, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Borgo Santo Pietro's Guestbook below.

 

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

This is an absolutely stunning boutique hotel in an idyllic Tuscan setting, with immaculate details, beautiful bedrooms and great food, spa and service.

Rating: 9/10 stars

GoldSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I had been to BSP before last year and liked it then, but absolutely loved it on my second visit. It's just so relaxing, and the atmosphere is fairly laid back so you could choose to do whatever you wanted and are not constantly hassled by the staff. Food has improved and is of a very good standard. I will return!

Don’t expect

The food is fairly expensive for every-day dining, and if you do not have a car there are no local options. Mind you, it is of a very good quality.

Rating: 10/10 stars