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Castello di Velona - Luxury holidays to Tuscany

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  • About this holiday

    The Castello di Velona is a thermal spa and winery set near the distinguished wine village of Montalcino. Perched on a hilltop overlooking the rolling Tuscan countryside, this hotel allows its guests to get a real sense of authentic Tuscany. The magnificent views from the pool terrace, and the beautifully historic rooms make this hotel perfect for longer stays exploring Tuscany, though it makes a fantastic addition to some of our Italian touring holidays.

    Client testimonial:
    "What an absolutely wonderful two weeks honeymoon we have just had at the Mezzatorre Resort & Spa and the Castello di Velona. Both were just perfect, with wonderful rooms, food, and service all round. Your recommendation to go with the Castle Balcony Suite at the Castello di Velona was spot on. It was really out of this world with the most fabulous view from the thermal pool. Thanks very much once again to you and your team for your super suggestions and arrangements." - Mr and Mrs E, September 2016.

    The journey and how you get there

    Fly from London to Pisa, followed by short hire car journey.

    Complimentary

    Wifi, Spa access, outdoor valet parking.

    Included in your holiday

    Expressions Holidays includes scheduled flights with British Airways from London to Pisa in Euro Traveller, hire-car and bed and buffet breakfast.

    Holiday prices

    Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Castle Junior Suite
    From £1570 per person for 7 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% discount for long stays in suites 2020
      Book a stay of 4 nights or more in a Castle Suite, UNESCO suite or Luxury suite and receive a 5% discount off our contract rates for stays in 2020. This offer is not combinable with other offers. Restrictions apply.

    Hotel code

    IE118

    Our opinion

    The Castello di Velona is an enchanting hotel and a perfect place from which to explore southern Tuscany.

    Hotel description

    Situated just south of the lovely Tuscan town of Montalcino, in the Val D’Orcia Natural Park, the Castello di Velona perches on a small outcrop amidst the gently-rolling Siennese hills. Built in the 11th Century, the castle’s original function was to protect the road from ancient Etruria and Rome and was also the scene of many clashes between the warring rulers of Siena and Florence. The oldest surviving part of the hotel is the 12th Century watchtower and the rest of the buildings date back to the Renaissance when the castle was converted into a residential villa.
    After significant renovation, the hotel re-opened in 2011 offering 46 rooms and suites and a new restaurant with a beautiful panoramic terrace. The emphasis here is truly on relaxation in beautiful Tuscan surroundings and the spa offers any treatments using local produce and olive oils. The natural hot spring water in the spa flows at 50 degrees, the hottest in Tuscany, and is classed as ‘hyper-thermal’, rich with minerals and salts. There are two outdoor panoramic pools, two indoor thermal pools with Jacuzzis, five treatment rooms plus a treatment room for couples, two steam baths, and a sauna.
    All the guestrooms are individually furnished with a blend of modern design, period furniture, and antiques, and, as an added luxurious touch, have thermal water running from the bath taps in the en-suites. There are two restaurants: the Il Vignale, or ‘inn’ which is a cosy trattoria serving delicious Tuscan dishes, and the Abbazia fine dining restaurant, which serves regional food with a slightly more refined flair. The wine list is topped off with Brunello di Montalcino and Rosso di Montalcino produced on the hotel's own estate. Both restaurants serve meals outside, on the beautiful terraces, in the summer months. Guests can also partake in cookery classes, wine-tastings, astronomy lessons, yoga classes, painting classes, horseback riding, trekking trails, and bike rides through the Val d'Orcia hills. There is also an informal pool bar which serves lunchtime snacks and drinks. If you can tear yourself away from this beautiful hotel, then there are numerous places to visit nearby, from the internationally renowned wine villages of Montalcino and Montepulciano, to the historic Siena and San Gimignano.

    Location

    Montalcino

    Official star rating

    5

    Annual opening

    14 February to 7 January.

    Distance from airport

    Closest airport

    Pisa, Florence or Rome.

    Room types

    Castello di Velona offers 44 rooms and suites with bath or shower and wc, satellite television, air conditioning, internet connection, hairdryer, mini-bar and safe. Rooms are divided into the following categories:

    Deluxe Room
    Balcony Junior Suite
    UNESCO View Terrace Junior Suite
    Suite
    Family Suite
    UNESCO View Terrace Suite
    UNESCO View Terrace Royal Suite
    Pool Terrace Suite
    UNESCO View Terrace Royal Apartment
    Pool Terrace Apartment
    Pool Terrace Villa

    Hotel facilities and services

    2 Restaurants, Bar, Lounge, 2 outdoor swimming pools and 2 indoor swimming pools, Pool bar and restaurant open seasonally, Thermal Spa with 5 treatment cabins, 1 couples treatment room, Steam room, Sauna and emotional shower, 24 hour room service and concierge service, Winery and wine tasting of the property's wines Rosso and Brunello di Montlacino, Baby sitting (must be booked in advance), Dry-cleaning and laundry service, Complimentary outdoor valet parking, Sightseeing tours and Limousine service on request.

    Water sports

    Land sports

    Out and aboutnearby/local interest

    Cooking classes on request, Wine tasting, Olive oil tasting, Siena, Pienza, San Gimignano, Sant’Antimo Abbey. Monte Amiata, Chianti.

    Sports nearby

    Cycle hire, Horse riding.

    Children

    Children are welcome and those under 11 years are accommodated for free when sharing a room with their parents.

    Minimum stays

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