Need to know
12 rooms, including six suites. There are also three self-catering villas (a two-bedroom, a three-bedroom and one with six bedrooms).
If staying in the hotel: 11am, but flexible, subject to availability; check-in 4pm. If staying in a villa: check-out is 10am, check-in 3pm.
Double rooms from $544.13 (€500), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €1.00 per person per night on check-out.
Rates usually include a generous Continental breakfast.
Have a yoga class (€40 a person) in the herb gardens.
At the hotel
Spa, gardens, gym, library, stash of CDs and DVDs, Wii consoles (on request), free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TVs, iPad (on request), locally made bath products. Villas have kitchenettes. Only the three Sant'Andrea suites have in-room air-conditioning, but portable units are available for other categories on request.
Our favourite rooms
Do you want a romantic private garden, or a supply of logs and your own wood-burning fireplace? Book your spacious Suite accordingly. The villas are an excellent option for families, with plenty of space (ranging from two–six bedrooms), cosy living rooms and neat kitchens. All rooms are designed to evoke rural romance: wood-beamed ceilings, elegant, slender-framed four posters, agricultural knick-knacks hanging on walls, alcoves dressed with colourful pot plants and straw hats hanging on hooks.
The glittering turquoise pool surveys the verdant Val d’Orcia and is surrounded by lavender.
The spa brings the rustic surroundings indoors; trees snake through tables, baskets of fruit and fragrant herbs are dotted throughout the lobby and treatments use wholly natural lotions and potions, sourced from a 13th-century Florentine farmacia. Facials to soothe and illuminate, rose-scented moisturising treatments, massages, and scrubs are some of the heavenly offerings; however, the signature treatments are rather special, whether you're submerged in a perfumed bath, slathered in Etruscan mud, or opt for the full shebang, the Full Monteverdi, a 30-minute soak followed by a 75-minute massage. The gym is a four-minute walk away.
An interest in wine; trousers that allow for pasta consumption.
The hotel hosts artists in residence and decorates bedrooms with their work: if you like what you see, buy a print or painting to take back home.
Very welcome: extra beds for under-12s (free) and cots (also free) can be added to rooms. English-speaking babysitters are around €20 an hour.
Babies, and older children who can run around in the gardens or splash about in the pool unsupervised.
The villas are best for families: more space and access to extra perks, including children’s cookery classes with the chef and trips to the local markets. That said, the Deluxe rooms have space for a sofa bed in a corner of the entrance hall.
Take your little ones to the local farms (ask staff to point you in the right direction), where they can pet the animals and learn how cheese is made.
The pool doesn’t come with lifeguards, so keep an eye on less confident swimmers. Ask staff for floats and pool toys if you need them.
The chef will happily adapt menu items for younger palates, or – for villa guests – conduct a cookery class with junior Jamie Olivers.
Babysitting can be arranged with the concierge: sitters are English-speaking and charge around €20 an hour.
No need to pack
Staff will provide games, pool toys, footballs, skipping ropes and croquet kit. Children staying in the villas can borrow a Wii.