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Last updated: 19 January, 2023
Expert travel writer: Nicky Swallow

A mellow old farmhouse, set in beautiful countryside in the UNESCO-protected Val d’Orcia, lovingly restored by its owners who run it as a laid-back, intimate agriturismo, albeit with the style and feel of a boutique hotel.

The 200-year-old stone building is set in delightfully informal organic gardens brimming with lavender and climbing roses, where friendly family pets and chickens, geese and the odd sheep roam freely. Vineyards and olive groves provide the wraparound backdrop.

The retro interiors reflect the simple, Tuscan vernacular rural architecture, but not at the expense of comfort; beds are firm and made up with beautiful linens, the spacious bathrooms have rain showers. There’s a superb home-made breakfast that includes freshly-baked bread, homemade cakes and jams, free-range eggs and in-house honey.

A perfect choice for those who want an authentic Tuscan experience, this is an ideal launch pad for exploring the beautiful Val d’Orcia and its lovely hilltowns. Siena is an hour’s drive to the north.

Surrounding area

The setting is utterly peaceful; the approach is via several kilometres of unpaved road and views are of olive groves and vineyards. The quiet, pretty medieval village of Montefollonico ­– with a couple of restaurants and a bar or two – is just up the road.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers: Not available
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 types


Room facilities

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

Bedding options

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

Bucket list experiences our writer says you must do in this destination, closest first

A day in the Val d’Orcia

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One of the most beautiful areas of Tuscany, the Val d’Orcia is a ravishing expanse of open, undulating farmland, dotted by atmospheric hill towns and dominated by Monte Amiata, an extinct volcano.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free

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Walk from Montalcino to Sant Antimo

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Best for ages: 13+ | Free | 3 hours

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Made famous by Frances Mayes’s Under the Tuscan Sun, Cortona is a delightful hill town perched above the Val di Chiana packed with sights (the Duomo, the Museo Diocesano, the Palazzo del Popolo) and excellent restaurants.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free

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panorama of the Brunello wine lands in the spring with hills covered with soft green grass in the town of Montalcino

Montalcino Wine Region

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Known for its highly-prized (and often expensive) DOCG Brunello wine, Montalcino is one of the most famous wine-growing areas in Tuscany. Many of the local wine estates are open for tastings; among the best are Casato Primedonne, Casanova di Neri, Biondi Santi Tenuta Greppo and Castello di Banfi. Visits must be booked in advance.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free

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The astonishingly beautiful region of Tuscany has it all: art cities and ancient hill towns, high mountains and long sandy beaches, alongside luxurious hotels and some of Italy’s best food and wine.

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