Need to know
16, including eight suites.
12 noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from $599.45 (€486), excluding tax at 10 per cent.
Rates include a bottle of prosecco, cooked breakfast, fruit and flowers. You can also rent the villa in its entirety, fully staffed, for €44,500 a two-night stay (including tax, but excluding food and drinks).
At the hotel
Spa; free WiFi throughout; 13 acres of grounds; hot tub; cookery school; tennis, badminton and basketball courts; bocce pitch; small playground; bikes to borrow. In rooms: plasma TV, DVD player, iPad 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.
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.
Truly feel like a Contessa on a country retreat in the rustic splendour of the on-site spa. Built using natural stone, and accentuated with exposed wooden beams, chandeliers and Buddha statues, the delicate floral perfume of the surrounding gardens drifts through. Plonk yourself down on a taupe sofa, by the ornate fireplace, in the huge reception room, while you wait to be whisked to one of four treatment rooms (two indoors, two in the garden). Treatments are concocted from organic herbs, oils and plants (and Santa Maria Novella products are thrown into the mix), and massages and facials are tailored to each guest (the signature Bee-Sting Facial and BeeSlim Ritual are both dreamy). Ayurvedic treatments, mani-pedis and tip-top primping and preening are on the menu too.
Broad-brimmed sunhats and sleek swimwear for lounging by the pool. Digital cameras for capturing your expeditions. Leave your iPad and walking boots at home: both are available to borrow.
Bounty from the on site bio-dynamic farm is used in the hotel's restaurant.
On request, little Smiths can stay in some guest rooms. Please request when booking.
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.