Need to know
Midday, but flexible, subject to availability.
Double rooms from $337.47 (€320), excluding tax at 10 per cent.
Rates include a home-made Continental breakfast of jams, cakes and breads.
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).
At the hotel
Spa with sauna and steam room, gardens, pools, library, free WiFi. In rooms: minibar. Some suites have open fireplaces and all but La Grotta have kitchenettes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Small dogs are welcome by arrangement in Suite Giardino Segreto and Suite Villa Chiesina. Just let the hotel know when booking. See more pet-friendly hotels in Tuscany.
Over-12s are welcome.
All fruit and vegetables used in the kitchen are grown organically in the hotel gardens. Vicarello produces its own wine and olive oil, and a large amount of meat is hunted on the hotel’s grounds.