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What We Love

  • Breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
  • Owner Jeanette Thottrup has filled the property with sumptuous one-of-a-kind antiques
  • The organic gardens provide many of the ingredients for the sophisticated Tuscan menu
  • Homey and welcoming vibe
  • Near the stone pool, there is a small manmade lake with a few beach chairs
  • All 13 acres of gardens are artistically landscaped
  • Free WiFi throughout the property and gardens

What To Know

  • The property opened in 2008; an addition of four guestrooms is scheduled for winter 2012
  • The outdoor heated pool is open from about mid-May to mid-September
  • Although it’s a little more than half an hour from Siena, it’s in the wilder western section, the Maremma, not the better known central Chianti region; the views are wooded hills, not vineyards and cypress trees
  • To get there from the main road, you have to travel narrow, winding roads — not for nervous drivers
  • Dinner is delicious, but be ready to spend
  • The decor in the main villa and eight bedrooms is luxurious, but more French than Italian; the three garden rooms are simpler

Amenities

  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Kids Club
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pet-friendly
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Overview

The Review

When Danish owners Jeanette and Claus Thottrup bought Borgo Santo Pietro in 2001, the 13th-century villa was in ruins. In the old days, it was a humble stopping point for pilgrims from across Europe on their way to Rome. But they wouldn’t recognize the place today.

Besides spending seven years on exacting restoration, the owners filled it with rare French antiques and paintings, giving it the look of a mini Versailles. In the music room and living room and in the eight bedrooms in the main house, you’ll find tufted sofas, oil paintings in gilded frames, elegantly cut crystal chandeliers, silk drapes, hand-carved gilded bed frames and other exquisite pieces found in French and Italian antique stores. (The three Garden Suites have a simpler, more local style.){“type”:”img-inline”,”src”:”/static/images/product/properties/editorialreviews/11039/pgal-92545-1311195102-full.jpg”,”width”:”275″,”caption”:”Within the manicure gardens is a small manmade lake that invites summertime lounging.”}

Despite the formal appearance of the interiors, the atmosphere here is relaxed and familial. The first meal of the day is taken in the rustic open kitchen, or out on the deck in the summer months, but to get there you pass through the kitchen, where you can discuss your culinary requests with the chef. (And generally he’ll make what you want, whether it’s on the menu or not.)

Dinners are extravagant affairs, with starters like roasted quail with morels and main courses such as roasted monkfish in black olive puree. There’s also the classic (and pricey) bistecca alla Fiorentina, a grilled T-bone of the local Chianina beef served with grilled vegetables from the organic garden.

Apart from supplying ingredients to the kitchen, the 13 artfully designed acres of garden also contain bits of whimsy — a small stone pool, a trampoline for younger guests — along with a tennis court and bocce court. If those sports require too much energy, the 800-year-old stone building that was once the bakery now houses an intimate spa, decorated in the same style of pure elegance as the rest of the estate.

How to Get There

Relais Borgo Santo Pietro
Loc. Palazetto
Chiusdino, 53012 Italy

Reviews

Beautiful property & wonderful cooking school
tlclg

The property is absolutely gorgeous. You will not be disappointed.
We also thoroughly enjoyed the cooking school with Matteo. The class is held in a private large kitchen out in their garden area. It’s a beautiful space and a really lovely experience. Matteo is darling, and he made class so much fun. We cooked some lovely dishes and ate till we couldn’t eat anymore! LOL You go home with an apron and the recipes.

*The only negative we experienced was advice from the Concierge. He sent us to a “family winery for tasting for dinner” (just outside of San Gimignano), and it was absolutely the worst food of our entire trip!
DO NOT spend your valuable vacation time or money there. The person who showed us around and gave us the wine tasting was a very nice person, but the wine wasn’t terrific (it was decent) and the food was absolutely awful. (Tenuta Torciano)

Still Pining for Borgo 6 weeks on
katebD2403UX

Stayed here with a work group incentive back in September. I'd researched the place for months and was worried it wouldn't live up to expectations... It absolutely did, and some! From the minute we pulled up despite the rain the welcome was so warm and memorable. Being walked down to my garden suite set the tone for the level of service and the attention to detail. I loved my garden suite Dina Ferri, I still dream of waking up there, a real disappointment when I don't ???? having the fires inside and out lit and enjoying the luxury of the room was a real treat.
The food was as you would imagine of this calibre, excellent, but what really made dining and socialising was the genuine care of the team and Borgo, every single person I encountered were so friendly, professional and helpful. Like others have said nothing was too much trouble but they were also so good and remembering names and individual likes etc. They genuinely seem like love their jobs, but then who wouldn't... I'd of stayed on and helped in the garden or in the kitchen if they'd of offered....
The cookery school was great fun and the Nonna was so great to be around. The facial was OUTSTANDING the Seed to Skin products are divine and so effective. I usually go red and look awful after a facial but just felt glowing and continued to for days after despite the wine consumed. I was so sold on the products I bought some there and then just had a follow up at Liberty's in London. I absolutely love the fact that on the info leaflet I saw the Nonna (Olga I think she's called, sorry too much prosecco) skipping happily in one of the photos. Gives me all the feels.
Again what an amazing few days in a stunning setting with attention to detail in every nook and corner looked after by an amazing team. I won't be happy until I manage to return to Borgo one day. Til then I'll have to make do with the memories and the Seed to Skin miracle potions!

Simply Phenomenal
WildcatGuy

We stayed for 4 nights in September at the Borgo Santo Pietro, and although it is in the middle of nowhere, that’s part of the appeal and charm. If you want to visit wineries in Montalcino, Montepulciano or Bolgheri, you have to have a car or a driver. Most of these areas are about an hour to 90 minutes away by car. We had a car and enjoyed driving around the Tuscan countryside. But, you are captive at the Borgo - there is nothing around - nowhere else to eat - but when the food, service, atmosphere, lodging, etc. is as spectacular as this place, you don’t need or want to go elsewhere.

The Trattoria was our favorite, and the food, views, service and ambiance is thankfully still stuck in my head two weeks later. We ate there 3 nights and ate at the signature restaurant Meo Modo the other night. Everything we ate was a treat. You just could not go wrong with anything. Meo Modo probably needs a filet on the menu, as it is a bit fish heavy, but it was an incredible dining experience. The outside terrace overlooking the farm is indescribable. We are not easily impressed, but this place - Wow.

The grounds are gorgeous and the rooms are unique and art in and of themselves. We stayed in the Vecchio Forno room which is a separate cottage near the main entrance. It’s amazing. Pictures do not do this place justice. Just go. We will be back.