Castiglion del Bosco
“This is traditional Tuscany at its best - we journeyed out of the beautiful but busy environs of Florence, through vineyards, rolling green hills and pretty pastel farmhouses until we finally arrive at the 800-year-old estate that is Castiglion del Bosco. Set in 4,000 acres, it is a idyllic countryside retreat. There is a fantastic infinity pool, set amid flower-filled gardens, a modern spa with organic therapies and two restaurants (both very good but we preferred the lighter food at the more casual Osteria la Canonica in a former priest’s house).
Design throughout is sensitive and slick with perfectly thought-out design details - well, what would you expect from an owner whose father is Salvatore Ferragamo? There is plenty to do from horse riding to cookery classes, but we liked simply relaxing in the grounds or exploring the vineyards: the hotel is one of the biggest producers of Brunello di Montacino reds and a tasting tour is a must.”
- Trusted Friend: Guilia Brioli, Lausanne
(Date Experienced: Octobre 2012)
An Italian country retreat with good food, good wine and plenty of opportunities for exploring the pretty pastoral surroundings.
Best for couples - or rent the entire property for a special event.
Spotting several wild boar on a hike around the estate - an amazing sight if a little nerve-wracking!
Best time to go
The pool is heated to 28 degrees, so you can still swim and sunbathe in the quieter shoulder months.
If you are driving it can be a little tricky to find - ditch the GPS and look out for the signposts.
Price From €410.