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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

5.0 Excellent 414 Reviews
Wonderful place
Reviewed 1 week ago

The property is exceptional. We stayed for 4 nights in the Unicorn suite. It's an absolutely beautiful room. The service and upkeep of the room and gardens and property as a whole are outstanding. The hotel gardens are beautiful and seemingly never ending. The treehouse bar/trattoria was very nice. We had a few meals there and drinks every night, and were not disappointed. The staff are very welcoming and attentive to any request. They have several different activities you can join in such as cooking class, and wine tasting, we ended up not trying those because we really just wanted to relax. We did do one thing though, the hot air balloon tour, and it was amazing. We launched right from an open field on the property. Yes this place is expensive, but sometimes you get you what you pay for, if you want to stay at a beautiful Tuscan location that will pamper you, then you need to come here. Thanks

Always surpass my expectations
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have been going to Borgo Santo Pietro for the last four years. For little holidays, a family wedding celebration and also to enjoy meals. I have deeply enjoyed every visit and I have tremendous respect for the owners’ vision, dedication and attention to detail. We have just left today and have been treated so beautifully by the staff, in particular Mattia was excellent he is extremely friendly and interesting and creates a wonderful atmosphere. The waitress who serves us last night at Meo Modo (24th April) was lovely and she and Mattia were brilliant at helping with our food choices. This time we slept in the villa and both slept very well in a very tasteful and spotlessly clean bedroom and enjoyed the gorgeous products and the strong water pressure. The dvd library offered was a nice way to relax. Today we were served a beautiful gourmet breakfast and surprise fresh cake for a upcoming birthday (the reason of the stay) very classy and appreciated surprise. The spa is the most beautiful I have seen and I was treated wonderfully by a extremely nice lady who gave a fantastic massage and helped me choose the speciality face serum to buy. Very impressed by all your staff, quality, food, gardens and we we’re very pleased with the final bill too as found the quality truly deserved it. Many thanks and we shall visit from Florence again soon! - Amy

Spring Getaway
Reviewed 1 month ago

Relaxation and serenity abound at this beautiful Tuscan villa and grounds. The service, the facilities and the food were impeccable. Try the pasta cooking school, it was loads of fun. We cannot wait to get back perhaps this time in midsummer!

Tuscany with my wife
Reviewed 1 month ago

Ive been to a lot of amazing hotels in my life with my wife but this is the first where I was actually sad to leave, we were there for 3 nights and the staff made us feel like family where we had to go around and say goodbye to all the staff individually.

It’s a beautiful place and just amazing that people came up with this vision, you won’t understand it unless you go.

The place is beautiful, well kept, service excellent, food amazing.

Go there to relax, unwind and enjoy the loved one you go with.

Get absolutely nothing unless you pay for it
Reviewed 6 months ago

It has taken me a long time to write this review as I just didn’t know how to put it, I eventually come to writing it after staying in another, much cheaper hotel this week and realising I am right in how I feel about this place.

We stayed here for our honeymoon and looked forward to it for over 2 years. I think the first mistake we made was staying here for 10 nights, I don’t think it is designed for this, people seem to only stay for 1 or 2 which makes me understand the high scoring reviews.

We stayed at a much cheaper hotel in Rome for the first part of our honeymoon and were made to feel so welcome and special. We arrived to petals on the bed and a huge bouquet of flowers, then a bottle of fizz on ice the following night, at Borgo no one even said congratulations (and I had put everywhere that it was our honeymoon, on the booking and on every communication thereafter). It is the type of place where you don’t get any more than you pay for, which is really quite rubbish considering the price of it.

The staff are very professional, but lack any warmth, it almost feels robotic. The price of the place is absolutely extortionate. We saved for years so we could go and indulge on everything, so we did the wine tasting, cooking lesson and had a massage each. The massage was the best I have ever had, definitely worth the money. The other 2, well, definitely NOT worth the money. Both were very awkward and we both just felt very uncomfortable. The wine tasting had some stale bread and a bit of cheese and you got a sniff of about 3 wines, not at all worth the hundreds of pounds we paid. The cooking lesson only cooked 3 dishes (despite advertising 4) for over £500!! I also use the term cooking very loosely, the chef did everything and we stood awkwardly trying to learn something. The recipes were very basic and I honestly didn’t learn a thing. Our only solution to this is people who are that posh that they can afford Borgo have staff to cook for them so a cooking lesson is more of a show and tell.

There is no denying that the place is absolutely beautiful, and everywhere smells lovely and everything is very clean; however I did not feel our San Pelligrino suite was worth the £750 per night price tag. It was very small and overlooked (needed the curtains closed when in there) and the wardrobe door would swing open all the time due to the uneven flooring.

The location is absolutely in the middle of nowhere which is another reason more than a few nights probably isn’t a good idea. We had a car so were able to go out, but the roads are so windy and everywhere is at least an hour away so we kind of got sick of the travelling. What I would recommend if you do go is using the bikes to ride to the local monastery ruins, that was lovely. There aren’t really any nice restaurants nearby which left us feeling a bit trapped in Borgo.

We didn’t try the Michelin star restaurant, we had initially planned on doing so but just didn’t feel it would be worth the money due to our experience. We did the farmers market and found it very overpriced and disappointing (there’s definitely a theme here). We tried the lower level La Trattoria restaurant and it was nice, but massively overpriced (also the menu in the room is a lot cheaper than the one when you actually arrive, which is naughty). What we used most often was room service as it was the cheapest food option. The choices were limited and it left us eating in our little room, but we just couldn’t justify all that expense or stomach the stuck up, uncomfortable atmosphere every night.

When I say you get nothing unless you pay for it, I really mean it. No water or refreshment by the pool, no nice little extras because it’s something as special as your honeymoon, and EVERYTHING is just ridiculously over priced.

I would say only go here if money is genuinely not an issue for you and paying £50 for a pizza and a bottle of water seems normal to you. Don’t expect anything other than a robotic, stuffy atmosphere.

My reviews are always honest and I very rarely leave negative reviews (please check my page). I haven’t written this for a long time because I don’t like being negative, but I just feel I owe others out there like my husband and I who are considering saving up to go to such a special place an honest reflection of how this place is. It is safe to say we will never pay this price again and will go to places more suited to our budget where they are actually grateful you attend and welcome you with open arms. We found this stay very disappointing, although there is no denying the building and the grounds are beautiful, it’s just a shame it is so pretentious.