Cookery school, spa, gym, tennis courts, football and bowls pitches, winery with an enoteca (tasting room), a little church, extensive grounds, an organic orto (Italian kitchen garden), book and DVD library, free WiFi throughout and a boutique selling clothes, shoes and local delicacies. Guests can also access the private golf course between 8am and 10am (subject to availability). In rooms: flatscreen TV, CD/DVD player, iPod dock, Nespresso machine, minibar and bottled water.
Special Rooms, Junior and Borgo Suites, all in the main house, are decorated in traditional Tuscan shades such as ochre, burgundy and cypress green; furniture is traditional, sturdy and glossy, and beds are often four-poster. With ground-floor access and pergola-shaded terraces, Terrace Suites in the former Winery and Stables buildings are nice for young families.
There are two heated infinity pools, each set on the crest of a lavender- and bluebell-graced hill, with breathtaking views of the rolling fields and the village of Montalcino in the distance.
The spa is an earthy-hued escape in the estate's former wine cellars. There's a sauna and steam bath, and a lavender-scented garden where you can sip herbal teas and smoothies made from garden-plucked ingredients. The menu of holistic treatments using Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella potions is delightfully indulgent.
A sketchpad and watercolours to capture the scenery (or, failing that, a camera); a notebook for scribbling down recipes; sportswear for the sleek, glass-walled gym, which surveys the Tuscan countryside.
Four-legged friends can come too, at no extra cost; a bed, bowl, grooming products, and a little leaving present are provided. Just let the hotel know when booking. See more pet-friendly hotels in Tuscany.
The Rosewood Explorers kids club will keep little Smiths in raptures. A free cot or extra bed can be added to larger rooms for under-13s (€220 a night for older kids; €440 a night for villas). Babysitting is available on request.
Children are welcomed with a snack on arrival. Babysitting starts from €45 an hour, and there's a kids' club for 3–12-year-olds.
Kids of all ages, although the landscape and cuisine might be wasted on fussy toddlers or easily bored teens.
Special Rooms will take a baby cot but an extra bed is a squeeze. All suites are one-bedroomed, with a separate living room. CdB Suites are super-chic, but with ground-floor access and pergola-shaded terraces, Terrace Suites are best for toddlers.
There's no crèche, but you can book a babysitter to look after your teeniest Smiths anywhere on site from €45 an hour (book ahead). The Rosewood Explorers Club provides childcare for kids aged 3–11 daily from 10am–6.30pm (there is a supplement if you'd like them to have dinner there) – you’ll need to book places when you reserve your room. Most of the weekly-changing kids club activities are free, including treasure hunts, crafting or cookery fun such as painting classes or biscuit baking, but some are charged.
With more than 5,000 acres, the estate is one huge outdoor playground, criss-crossed with hiking and biking trails that wend through olive groves, orchards and forests, and lead you past streams, waterfalls and hidden ruins. Enjoy a game of table tennis or entertain little ones at the playground, which features a swing, slide, climbing frame and sand pit. For older children, there's an extensive choice of extra activities, with private classes offered alongside pony rides and tours of the farm. Over-4s can have tennis tuition; there are oil-painting courses for art-mad over-6s (with a parent's supervision) and astronomy sessions for over-12s; and the cookery school has classes that older children can join with parental supervision. The hotel’s playroom is a weatherproof treasure, stocked with toys, board games, DVDs and computer games.
The heated infinity pools are family-friendly with breathtaking views. Entrance to the pool is gated, there is a shallow end and pool attendants. Your kids can borrow inflatables and floats, plus you can book private in-villa swimming lessons.
Highchairs and booster seats are available at all-day eatery Osteria La Canonica, where the menu of light Italian stapes, salads, pasta and pizza lends itself to easygoing family meals, and items can be adapted to suit their tastes on request (staff will also happily heat up milk or baby food). Toddler-friendly snacks and baby purées are available to buy. Children are also welcome at all three bars, but best catered for at the pool bar, where there's also a simple menu of bar snacks and pizzas.
The hotel can organise a babysitter or nanny from €45 an hour (prices differ depending on age and number of children): allow at least 24 hours' notice.
No need to pack
You can buy nappies and baby wipes at the hotel, and they have plenty of basic kids' kit to borrow, including changing mats, baby monitors, stair gates, simple toys and books.
The hotel’s playroom is a weatherproof treasure, stocked with toys, board games, DVDs and computer games.