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 $659.22 (€536), 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. Sant'Andrea church comes alive with the sound of music in regular music concerts; the Incontri in Terra di Siena festival, of which the hotel owner is a patron, occasionally hosts performances in the hotel's grounds.
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 Sant' Andrea and Aenas suites have in-room air-conditioning, but portable units are available for other categories on request; the hilltop hotel gets enough of a natural breeze that air-conditioning isn't needed through most of the hotel.
Our favourite rooms
Do you want a romantic private garden, a supply of logs or 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. Designed by Ilaria Miani, the rooms evoke rural romance: wood-beamed ceilings, elegant, slender-framed four posters (in some rooms), original artworks and agricultural knick-knacks hanging on walls, and fresh flowers from the hotel's gardens.
The glittering turquoise infinity 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, Santa Maria Novella. 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.
Walking shoes and sketch books for afternoons in the Tuscan campagna.
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 cost €25 an hour.
Babies, and older children who can run around in the gardens or splash about in the pool.
The villas offer families more space. The two Aeneas suites share a living space making them suitable for a family of four. The Pietas and Vergilius (which can be a twin) luxury rooms can be interconnected.
Ask staff about organising a trip to one of the local farms included in their culinary tours, where your little ones can pet the animals and learn how cheese is made. Guests staying in a villa can arrange children’s cookery classes with the hotel's chef.
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 €25 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.