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Last updated: 24 December, 2023
Expert travel writer: Nicky Swallow

A recent revamp has given this hotel a fresh, modern feel – albeit in the context of a storied, aristocratic 12th-century Tuscan castle.

Terraced gardens – scented with lavender, roses and jasmine – overlook the timeless Tuscan landscape of olive groves, vineyards and tall slim cypress trees.

The fabulous Shambhala Retreat is the main reason why many guests book into (and return to) the castle; it offers Asian-style spa treatments, meditation and yoga classes plus thermal pools, saunas and hammam.

The Michelin-starred La Torre restaurant offers a sophisticated take on local dishes, while La Taverna, housed in the old castle kitchens, serves up vast bistecca alla Fiorentina and the like.

It’s in an ideal location for a Tuscan countryside retreat, but close enough to Tuscany’s top attractions. Downtown Florence is a 30-minute drive; Siena is a little further (a shuttle bus service runs regularly to both). Many Chianti wine estates are nearby offering tours and tastings.

Surrounding area

The huge 750-acre estate is immersed in classic Chianti countryside, with olive groves and vineyards covering gently-rolling hills and the odd mellow villa and farmhouse on the horizon.

The approach is along quiet country lanes; the peace is total.


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General amenities

Key facilities

Airport transfers*
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Kids club
Parking: On-site (free)
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room amenities

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Hot tub (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

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