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What We Love

  • Bags of character with lots of original features and arty furnishings
  • Terra-cotta terrace and secluded garden for alfresco dining
  • Huge airy suites dressed with antiques
  • Top location for coastal visits and hillside walks with views
  • On site stylish spa with hammam

What To Know

  • A car is recommended; the nearest train station is a 20-minute drive away in Massa
  • Intimate eight-room pad might not be to everyone’s taste
  • Breakfast (well worth tucking into) costs extra
  • Lunch service stops at 2 p.m. but the kitchen is more than happy to rustle up a selection of Italian cold cuts
  • WiFi is free

Amenities

  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
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Overview

The Review

In the sleepy village of Montignoso, surrounded by hills that tumble down to the swanky resort of Forte de Marmi on the Versilian Riviera, Il Bottaccio is an egg yolk-yellow country pad that’s as charming as it is typically Tuscan.

Among the traditional trappings at this Relais & Châteaux property, built around a 17th-century water-powered olive mill, you’ll find sculptures cut from marble from nearby Carrara, thick stone walls adorned with oil paintings and tapestries, ancient wooden beams and terra-cotta flooring.

Owned by a music producer with a keen eye for art, the suites and public spaces are crammed full of statues, antiques and Persian rugs. The higgledy piggledy series of rooms could double as a small gallery. With just eight suites, it’s an intimate property where service is first name-friendly and nothing is too much trouble. The staff are full of suggestions for making the most of the local area.

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On-site restaurant, Sala Piscina, is open to non-residents and has an excellent local reputation. Positioned around a pool, with arched glass doors leading to an outdoor dining terrace, the eatery has an award from the Italian Academy of Cuisine for blending innovation and tradition. Authentic Tuscan dishes feature on the menu, often spiced with African or Eastern flavors: roast pheasant with mango chutney, crispy red mullet with saffron. The impressive cellar stocks 200+ wines, with an Italian bias.

The garden is a highlight at Il Bottaccio, lit by antique street lamps with sculptures hidden among the trees. The giant wooden wheel of the original olive mill takes center stage and provides the perfect spot to sit and linger over a glass of wine or a cappuccino.

How to Get There

Il Bottaccio
1 Via Bottaccio
Montignoso, 54038 Italy

Reviews

A Special place
JAF32LSq

This is a wonderful small hotel, with magnificent art and beautiful objects everywhere. The welcome is warn, thoughtful and friendly and one is plunged into a little piece of heaven. Such food as we had was delicious and beautifully presented.

Everything is in the best taste and has a style which only the Italians can produce.

Maybe a location from which to visit the many surrounding attractions - but everyone should be fortunate enough to spend at least one night there

Fantastic Hotel in Tuscany
alecbromley

We enjoyed 3 nights at this hotel, beautiful quality food excellent and service second to none. The rooms are beautiful and the swimming pool is lovely.

The gardens where lovely and enjoyable in the Tuscan weather.

A Dream come True
tom17cd

A long time Relais et Chateau , is bottaccio lives up to a high standard. Nino the chef/manager is a culinary artist while Aldo and Irina make you feel special and at home. This is a special day place and a good base to explore Lucca Pisa cinque Terrell etc