This vast estate was first settled in Etruscan times and has the most commanding of views over Tuscany. On a clear day you can spot Corsica shimmering on the horizon. Its roots are firmly in biodynamic practices with an organic farm, beautiful olive groves, orchards and woodlands to explore. The main villa is home to 14 elegant rooms and suites; there are also cottages dotted around the estate with kitchen corners and two private villas with heated pools. Views are over the verdant landscape, the herb and rose gardens, and the enticing infinity swimming pool hewn from a limestone quarry. Think terracotta floors, high ceilings and warm linens with exquisite Travertine marble bathrooms. La Canonica, the 13th-century Priest’s house, adjoins the ancient church of San Bartolomeo and contains exceptional original features such as medieval stonework, archways, columns, vaulted ceilings, terracotta floors and restored medieval frescoes. It has its own courtyard garden draped in vines and can be used as one large, three bedroom house or independently divided as two separate suites.
Dining at Borgo Pignano is a true treat. Seasonal produce is gathered from the fields fresh each morning and adorn plates later that day. Breads, honeys and olive oils are all made on the estate, and the wine isn’t half bad either! Villa Pignano is the fine dining option and where breakfast is served in winter. Restaurant Al Fresco offers casual Tuscan dining with fresh catch of the day and tasty pizzas. The Florentine steak on the open fire in the winter is a must, as is the fresh pasta made from home grown wheat.
In the old well-house one will find the spa with Turkish bath. Natural spa treatments and wellbeing therapies have been created using organic ingredients grown on the estate. Head to Wadi Rum, the outdoor spa area, for a massage accompanied by Tuscan birdsong. The estate is also home to its own laboratory using the herbs and flowers gardens to provide natural organic ingredients for each bathroom. A small, purpose-built gym features all the essential fitness equipment. The beautiful heated infinity pool beneath the main villa offers spectacular views; its limestone terrace is dotted with chaises-longues and parasols, and an outdoor bar can be found on the lawn. Children under 12 can enjoy their own pool and during the summer months, a children’s club operates offers outdoor painting, sculpture, clay modelling, colouring and creating dyes with flowers and spices.
Couples and romantics
Families of all ages
THINGS TO DO AT THE HOTEL:
Explore the organic farm, biodynamic kitchen gardens, olive groves, orchards, meadows, lakes, waterfalls and woodlands by 4X4 with Enzo the chief farmer, or on foot with Lisabetta the resident herbalist
Try your hand at a Tuscan cooking class using old recipes for making bread, focaccia and pizza
Delve into the hidden valleys and hunt for truffles on the estate
Paint the Tuscan landscape, and make use of the artistic heritage of the Borgo
Taste organic and biodynamic wines
Browse the art gallery and sculptures throughout the estate, or take an art tour of the main house
Play on the five-a-side football pitch or the basketball court
Make herbal soap in the estate’s laboratory
Meet the resident horses and ride through the woodland, stopping for a picnic lunch or an aperitivo at sunset
Soak up the country air with a yoga or Qi Gong class
Drink sundowners on the Belvedere to enjoy the captivating beauty of a Tuscan sunset, overlooking the silhouette of Volterra
THINGS TO DO NEARBY:
Visit the wine growing areas of Montepulciano, Montalcino, Castellina in Chianti, Radda and Gaiole
Explore the walled medieval castle of Monteriggioni
Seek out James Bond film spots in picturesque Siena, or attend the Palio horse race
Cycle along winding Tuscan country roads
Delve into the Uffizi Museum in Florence
Head to the coast and take a dip in the Mediterranean
Run or hike the trails of the two neighbouring natural reserves: Berignone and Castelvecchio
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