Castello di Vicarello
Style Mediaeval castello in the clouds
Setting Hidden hilltop olive groves
Castello di Vicarello has had 900 years to cultivate its air of mystery, so it’s no wonder that it can seem like a building stolen from a dream or a fairy tale on your first approach. Despite the ethereal air, however, aspects of this rustic-luxe boutique hotel couldn’t be more down-to-earth: authentic home-cooked, Tuscan cuisine straight from a traditional farmhouse kitchen, a working vineyard and olive grove, and one of the warmest welcomes in central Italy.
Need to know
- Rooms Six suites.
Double rooms from $455.13 (€355), excluding tax at 10 per cent.
The price shown represents the lowest nightly rate for a double room available at this hotel over the next 21 days. Any price conversions from the hotel's local currency (€355) have been conducted using today's exchange rates from xe.com.
- More details Rates include home-made breakfast of jams, cakes and breads.
- Facilities Spa, gardens, pools, library. In rooms: minibar. Some suites have open fireplaces and all but La Grotta have kitchenettes.
- Poolside With unforgettable panoramic views of the valleys of Tuscany rolling out before you, swimming in either of Vicarello’s two infinity pools is a delight. The pool beside Suite Chiesina is lined with travertine and overlooks the hills, forests and coast.
- Check-out Midday, but flexible, subject to availability.
- Children Warmly welcomed; cots for under-threes (free) and extra beds can be provided (€100 a night for ages two to 12; €120 for over-12s) for children staying in parents' rooms, excluding breakfast (€15). Babysitting can be arranged for around €25 an hour.
- Also There’s no shortage of activities should you tire of relaxing: cooking classes and wine-tasting can be arranged in the hotel’s kitchen, and horse riding, hunting and fishing can all be enjoyed in the nearby area.
Food and drink at Castello di Vicarello
Aurora, the owner, cooks up a daily-changing menu of authentic home-grown, home-made Tuscan cuisine, served in the candlelit flower-filled courtyard in summer and by the fireside in winter. Aurora’s pigeon pâté is a firm favourite, as is the steak.
- Dress code Rustic and relaxed: skirts for sprawling in and shirts all a-billow.
- Top table The round table in the corner by reception overlooks the whole dining area and the gardens – perfect for a romantic tête-à-tête. The owners will also arrange a secret spot in the gardens to dine in if you request.
- Last orders Aurora’s Aga starts to cool at around 22h.
- Room service Fruit and snacks are always available in the kitchen, and you can have food brought to your room from 08h to 21h.
Although there’s no bar as such, Castello di Vicarello’s courtyard and gardens are replete with nooks in which to secrete yourself with an aperitif or a glass of the hotel’s own vintage red.
Also worth knowing
- Weddings This property is suitable for weddings. More...
Castello di Vicarello Via Vicarello, 1, Poggi del Sasso, Cinigiano, Tuscany, 58044
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Our favourite rooms
Farthest from the main castello building, secluded Suite Chiesina is a beautifully decorated outbuilding with two floors and two bedrooms. Louis XIV-style beds and colourful antique Persian rugs complement the original artworks lining the walls, but the most impressive visual aspect is the views from every window – on a clear day you can see the sea over the hills and a seemingly unending swath of forest. There’s also a full barbecue and pergola-shaded dining area outside by the pool – ideal for supping cocktails and swooning at the sunset. Smaller, but more romantic, Suite Sassi has a private terrace with a full frontal countryside outlook – one of the best views in Tuscany – and an air of lightness, thanks to the floor-to-ceiling windows.
Ditch the stilettos – bumpy stone paths and root-riven forest floors are no friend to wayward heels. Trainers or Timberlands will stand you in sturdier stead.
Castello di Vicarello’s spa uses ingredients sourced from the hotel’s gardens, including sage, rosemary and lavender; there’s a sauna and steam room too. Yoga sessions are held throughout the day (for a suggested contribution of €30 a person).