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Castello Banfi il Borgo - Luxury holidays to Tuscany

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  • About this holiday

    Castello Banfi – il Borgo is a luxurious hotel comprised of the stone houses of a converted 17th century hamlet. It sits under the brooding stare of Castello di Poggio alle Mura, less than half an hour from Montalcino. The vineyards of Brunello di Montalcino extend around it, beside olive groves and orchards. With the authentic touch of its own winery and cookery classes, this historic hotel is exceptionally comfortable and a real taste of traditional Tuscany.

    The journey and how you get there

    Complimentary

    Welcome drink upon arrival, reserved parking space, WiFi, In room welcome gift.

    Included in your holiday

    Expressions Holidays includes scheduled return flights with British Airways from London to Pisa, Group B car hire, and 5 nights’ accommodation on bed and breakfast.

    Holiday prices

    Sample prices are based on two people sharing a Deluxe room.
    From £1760 per person for 5 nights
    The prices displayed here are a guide only for this hotel and each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect the actual flight costs and all up-to-date special offers.

    Special Offers

    • 5 nights for the price of 4 spring and autumn 2019
      Book now and receive 5 nights for the price of 4 on stays from 28 March 2019 until 18 April 2019, and from 26 October 2019 until 10 November 2019. Restrictions apply.
    • 7 nights for the price of 6 summer 2019
      Book now and receive 7 nights for the price of 6 on stays from 19 May 2019 until 25 October 2019. Restrictions apply.
    • Low season free night offer early spring 2020
      Stay between 26 March and 24 April 2020 and stay 3 nights for the price of 2 nights. Restrictions apply.
    • Low season free night offer late autumn 2020
      Stay between 25 October and 9 November 2020 and stay 3 nights for the price of 2 nights. Restrictions apply.
    • 6 nights for the price of 5 nights late spring 2020
      Stay 6 nights for the price of 5 nights between 25 April and 14 May 2020. Restrictions apply.
    • 7 nights for the price of 6 nights summer 2020
      Stay 7 nights for the price of 6 nights between 15 May and 24 October 2020. Restrictions apply.
    • Italy 2019 autumn early booking offer
      Book a holiday of at least 7 nights to Italy by 31 August 2019 for stays between now and 31 December 2019 and receive a reduction of £50 per person.
    • Italy 2020 early booking offer
      Book a holiday of at least 10 nights to Italy by 30 September 2019 for stays between 1 April and 30 September 2020 and receive a reduction of £100 per person.

    Hotel code

    EXH2026

    Our opinion

    This is a truly beautiful hotel in a sought-after wine region in Tuscany, best for wine-tasting and rural relaxation holidays.

    Hotel description

    The boutique Castello Banfi – il Borgo is comprised of the houses built outside the medieval Castello Banfi’s fortified walls in the 17th and 18th centuries. This pretty network of buildings sits at the heart of a prestigious 7,100-acre estate of vineyards, olive groves, fruit orchards, grain fields, and natural woodland. The hotel has been lovingly preserved by the Mariani family, and the interiors and gardens have been designed by Federico Forquet of Cetona, one of Italy’s most renowned interior designers. Enter the property through the main reception area, which was originally a meeting place for residents to share news. Just 14 rooms, hidden in the original houses of the hamlet, capture a real sense of intimacy and paint the picture of a classic private estate. All are exceptionally spacious, and many have characterful additions, such as high vaulted ceilings, terracotta floors, and tall, draped headboards. Each has been individually appointed, with specially and carefully selected furnishings, fixtures, and fabrics. The unique colour schemes are reflected in the curated artworks on the walls. Guests can dine in the castle’s restaurants: La Taverna is set beneath the castle, with high vaulted ceilings, and serves dishes unique to Tuscany and Montalcino crafted out of fresh local ingredients; Sala dei Grappoli stands just outside the castle, but maintains the elegant refinement of its neighbour, serving Mediterranean cuisine with a modern twist. The hotel’s reading room remains exclusive to hotel guests, offering a courtyard with porticoes, chairs and tables with traditional games, and a small library, stocked by the Mariani family’s travels, complete with fireplace. A garden with pergola, courtyard, and river and valley views provides a serene place for an afternoon stroll. On the hillside, on the west side of the castle, is a heated outdoor swimming pool. Lunches and drinks can be served by the pool, but the location is most beautiful at sunset.

    Guests of the Castello Banfi – il Borgo can explore Italian culinary traditions alongside the hotel’s chef in a morning cookery class. Prepare and then dine on a four-course lunch, accompanied by wines produced on the estate. Indulge in the ambience of an authentic Tuscan wine shop with a tasting at the hotel’s Enoteca. Artisan food and crafts can be bought alongside extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, honey, fruit, pasta, and grappa. Your choices can be paired with the sheep’s cheese and Tuscan ham produced at the Castello di Poggio alle Mura next door.

    The hotel’s concierge can assist in organising hiking, cycling, and touring excursions, as well as yoga classes and spa treatments. During the summer, Castello Banfi hosts special performances as part of the local Jazz & Wine Festivals. The proximity of the castle means that the Wine & Glass Museum and La Balsameria are just a few steps away.

    The Castello Banfi – il Borgo is a charming and historic option for stays of a few nights to a week amidst the vineyards of Southern Tuscany.

    Location

    Near the town of Montalcino in the Brunello di Montalcino wine region, Tuscany.

    Official star rating

    no rating

    Annual opening

    March 25 to November 11 (2019)

    Distance from airport

    112 miles

    Closest airport

    Pisa International Airport

    Room types

    14 rooms with high-speed internet connection, telephone, flat-screen television, safe, complimentary soft drinks and snacks minibar, Nespresso coffee machine, hairdryer, towel warmers, rainfall shower. Some include an additional bathtub, dressing area, or breakfast table.
    Deluxe Room Riserva with vineyard or castello views
    Junior Suite with borgo and vineyard views
    Classic Suite with vineyard views
    Suite Riserva with vineyard views and 2 bathooms
    Poggio all’Oro with vineyard views and 2 bathrooms

    Hotel facilities and services

    La Taverna Restaurant, Gourmet Sala dei Grappoli Restaurant, heated swimming pool, small gym, reading room, formal gardens, parking, Enoteca and wine shop with tasting, and cookery classes.

    Water sports

    Land sports

    Cycling, yoga, and hiking.

    Out and aboutnearby/local interest

    The main points of interest on your stay at Castello Banfi will be the castle and surrounding vineyards. Several excursions further afield are worthwhile if you have a hire car, however. The wine town of Montalcino is just a 20-minute drive away. The famous historic city of Siena, home to the Palio, is just an hour away. Florence, where many of Michelangelo’s best works are found, is just an hour and a half away. A drive of two and a half hours will bring you to Rome. The biggest delights of your location, however, will be exploring all that your hotel has to offer.

    Sports nearby

    Children

    Children 11 years and under sharing their parents' room stay free of charge on B&B basis. Each room has a king-sized bed, while some suites also offer a queen-sized sofa bed in addition. The king-sized beds in three of the rooms can be separated into twin beds to accommodate children. Cots are provided on a complimentary basis.

    Minimum stays

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