Need to know
23, including nine suites.
11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.
Double rooms from $386.65 (€327), excluding tax at 10 per cent.
Rates usually include buffet breakfast (à la carte options cost extra), WiFi and taxes.
The hotel has an artsy side: there’s a little on-site gallery; rooms are packed with art and antiques; the summer kids’ programme includes painting and crafts sessions.
The hotel closes from 1 November 2017 to 23 March 2018.
At the hotel
Extensive grounds; stables with resident horses; art gallery; gym, spa and yoga room; parking spaces; free WiFi throughout. In rooms: desk, free bottled water, black-out curtain, organic bath products, fresh fruit on arrival. The Maisonettes and Cottages have air-conditioning (all rooms will have air-conditioning by 2018), a mini fridge and tea- and coffee-making facilities. Cottages come with working fireplaces and kitchenettes.
Our favourite rooms
The Villa Suite with Breathtaking Views are knee-weakeningly lovely, thanks to their winsome views, polished piano (go on, have a tinkle) and fresco-adorned bathroom.
The picturesque unheated pool was carved from an ancient limestone quarry. A cluster of sunloungers and parasols dot the surrounding limestone terrace; adjacent to the pool area, there’s a pop-up bar and a manicured lawn where guests can flop and relax. Smiths aged 14 and above can use the pool; a family-friendly pool is being built for summer 2017.
Borgo Pignano Spa has a hammam, sauna, gym, and fitness classes, including pilates and yoga. Treatments champion organic ingredients that are grown on the estate; a trained herbalist uses flowers, herbs, plant extracts, oils and honeys. Relax with a home-made herbal tisane post-treatment and admire the setting: a converted medieval well-house.
Bring something you can hike a forest or ride a horse in.
The hotel’s public areas are suited to wheelchair-users but its bedrooms are not. Spa treatments can be enjoyed in-room. Borgo Pignano has a stash of plug adaptors and Wellies for guests to borrow.
Pooches weighing in at 10kg or less can come too, as long as you book a Maisonnette or Cottage. Pets have restricted access to public areas, restaurants and pools (there’s buckets of space for them, though). See more pet-friendly hotels in tuscany.
Little Smiths aged between three and 14 are welcome. Extra beds (€60 a night) can be added to rooms (on request, for Signature Suites) and cots can be added to select Villas. Babysitting is available for €25 a night; book a day ahead.
Little Smiths aged three and over can come too (the hotel reckons it’s best for children aged six and above).
Families with little ones should book a Maisonnette or Cottage for maximum space. The Borgo Maisonnettes have two comfortable bedrooms with separate bathrooms and a handy living area with a kitchen corner. The Cottages have a similar layout.
None, but special ‘Kids Agents’ are on hand from June until early September. They organise a free activities programme from 9.30am until 12.30pm, then from 6.30pm until 10pm.
Little Smiths can play on the lawn and in the gardens and grounds; there’s also an indoor play area by the main pool called the Little Wooden Hut. Art and education play an important part in Borgo’s seasonal activities. In the summer months, staff work to foster little ones’ creative impulses through outdoor painting, coloring and creating dyes with flowers and spices, clay modelling and creating sculptures from natural materials. A family-friendly pool is being built for summer 2017.
At present there’s just an adults-only pool, but the hotel is building a family-friendly pool, set to open in summer 2017.
The main restaurant has an adjacent dining room designed for families with Smiths aged six and under. There’s a kids menu and a stash of highchairs. When the Kids Agents are around (June–September), they can arrange a Kids’ Table dinner at 7pm (for an extra charge). A trattoria is being built; this will welcome little Smiths at all times.
No need to pack
For very little Smiths, the hotel can provide travel or foldaway cots/crib, changing mats, bottle sterilising kit, stair gates, high chairs, puzzles, crayons/paints and paper, U-rated DVDs, baby swing, arm bands/swimming aids for infants and bicycles.
For less little Smiths, the hotel has arm bands/swimming aids, children's books, U-rated DVDs, PG or 12-rated DVDs, board games, puzzles, bicycles and bike helmets.
Eco-conscious concerns shaped this hotel, whose villa, farmhouses and apartments have been restored and decorated using locally sourced stone and slate, organic plasters and eco paint. Traditional farming methods are used as much as possible. The team are working to improve the soil conditions; they’ve also successfully experimented with swales: a natural system for retaining rainwater and preventing soil erosion, which has never been used before in Tuscany. The villa’s heating and hot water are fuelled by solar panels and wood-fired boilers, fed by wood harvested from the estate’s forest. Filtered harvested rainwater is used in the gardens; natural and manmade lakes supply irrigation for the farmland and other areas of the estate. The restaurant relies on seasonal, organic produce, much of which is grown on site.