This 16th-Century mansion is a great-value base for independent exploration of Tuscany.
Set amid olive groves, cypress trees and vineyards in the small village of Montaione, this historic hotel offers traditional charm and modern comforts. It’s located right in the heart of Tuscany, with Florence, Siena, Pisa and Lucca all around an hour’s drive away so it’s perfectly placed for a self-drive holiday. Soak up local life by strolling around the village and explore the beautiful scenery by hiking or hiring a bike before relaxing by the attractive pool. Arrange wine and olive oil tastings at local farmhouses and vineyards or learn about Montaione’s long history of glass-making – which dates back to the 13th Century – at the small museum.
The original Palazzo building is full of character and the restaurant offers a beautiful setting in a historic olive oil mill. Enjoy contemporary cuisine inspired by traditional Tuscan dishes as you dine under vaulted ceilings and arches. The buffet breakfast includes a choice of Italian favourites – croissants, cakes, jams and espressos – and typically English dishes such as eggs, bacon and sausages. Book a romantic candlelit dinner or wine-tasting session in the Wine Cellar or learn how to recreate a typically Tuscan meal during a cooking class with the chef.
The individually designed rooms are located in the main historic Palazzo building or in a modern annexe set just across the road and accessed by an underpass. The Double Classic Rooms are characterful – some feature wooden beams and terracotta floors while the bright and airy new rooms are more contemporary in style. Upgrade to a Superior Room to enjoy extra space or choose one of the Junior Suites in the Palazzo building.
In the charming hilltop medieval village of Montaione, just a short walk from a small supermarket and a handful of shops and restaurants
Good to know
A tourist tax is payable locally at the hotel. Transfers are not included.
47 rooms and suites
• Tee off at the nearby Castelfalfi Golf Club* • Enjoy wine-tasting at a local farmhouse* • Visit the 14th-Century Sacro Monte di San Vivaldo (The Holy Mount of San Vivaldo), a religious site which is known as the ‘Jerusalem of Tuscany’ • Book a truffle hunting tour in the nearby village of San Miniato* • Visit the enchanting nearby medieval town of San Gimignano (a 30-minute drive away).
Restaurant, pool bar, bar
Breakfast at Restaurant Mannaioni.
Meal upgrade options (per person per night)
Half Board from £35 • Buffet breakfast and dinner at Restaurant Mannaioni.
*Denotes local charge