Need to know
Midday, but flexible, subject to availability.
Double rooms from $573.64 (€487), excluding tax at 10 per cent.
Rates include a home-made Continental breakfast of jams, cakes and breads.
At the hotel
Winter spa with sauna and steam room; open-air summer spa; terraced gardens; two pools; library; free WiFi. In rooms: minibar, air-conditioning. Some suites have open fireplaces and all but La Grotta have kitchenettes.
Our favourite rooms
If you’re really looking to indulge, book the secluded Spa Suite, which is a short walk from the main castle. This modern, chalet-style suite has teak-clad interiors and floor-to-ceiling windows that look out across the Ombrone valley and river at the bottom of the hill. There’s an indoor hammam and sauna, and a wooden ‘barile’ hot tub on the sun deck, which has been positioned to perfectly catch the Tuscan sunset.
There are two infinity pools with sweeping views across the tree-clad hills and valleys. Each sits on a secluded terrace – one by the main castle, the other a little further down the garden. Both are set into clipped lawns and surrounded by the hotel’s fragrant ornamental gardens, which give off a heady perfume after they’ve been warmed by the day’s sun. The pool closest to the main castle has a small bar and outdoor lounge area, making this the spot for sundowners.
In spring and summer, you can have organic beauty treatments at the open-air garden spa, which is set up on a quiet terrace overlooking the hilly forests of La Maremma. The winter spa, which is open the rest of the year, sits on a terrace overlooking a long stretch of rolling vineyards. This modern, timber building houses a sauna, steam room, therapy suite and a yoga studio. Outside, there’s a massage tub fashioned from an original barrique (oak barrel) – the perfect spot to revel in the Tuscan sunset. There’s also a fitness coach on hand for private sessions.
Ditch the stilettos – bumpy stone paths and root-riven forest floors are no friend to wayward heels. A solid pair of flat-soled shoes 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 – 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.