Relais Borgo San Faustino
What We Love
- A country retreat in one of Italy's most beautiful regions, with breakfast, discounts and moreThe serenity and beauty of the hotel’s location
- Making the most of your dining discount to savour traditional local food
- Zoning out in the infinity pool, followed by an afternoon of utter bliss in the spa
- Toasting to your rural getaway with a complimentary bottle of wine
What To Know
- This rustic-chic farmhouse dates back to the 1800s
- There are two outdoor pools and a hot tub for relaxing
- The spa has a sauna, Turkish hammam, hydrotherapy showers and a relaxation area with herbal tea
A calming landscape of stone houses against a hilly backdrop, the Umbrian countryside is truly idyllic. A drive along winding roads will lead you to Relais Borgo San Faustino, a series of restored farm buildings surrounded by hectares of woods and pastures.
An elegant rural abode dating back to the 1800s, it has a superbly serene atmosphere throughout. Communal areas combine rustic country charm with antique furnishings, and inviting bedrooms are cosy and welcoming. Enjoy its peaceful setting to the fullest, dine on regional cuisine created from homemade ingredients, and take a dip in the infinity pool to complete the experience.
This is a farm holiday that can be as action-packed or as peaceful as you choose. Hike or bike to reach lush rolling hills and hedgerows, or simply relax on a sun lounger to while away an afternoon. Take the 30-minute drive to Lake Corbara and the cavernous depths of the 16th-century Pozzo di San Patrizio well in Orvieto. Relais Borgo San Faustino wears its TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence with pride.
How to Get There
A beautiful drive into the vine and olive-covered hills above Orvieto takes you to a charming hotel where one is pampered mercilessly. At first the room appeared a little basic but as we became used to it the spaciousness and comfort became apparent. The supporting service was always excellent and the the quality of food was outstanding and beautifully presented. The menu was the same for all four days, which was disappointing.
I would definitely visit again but would explore local food options if staying for more than a few days.
The spot is nice and the view is precious. The staff at the reception is also nice and helping. But the room that we had was very small and uncomfortable. The smell was awfull. Before going to the trip I read about the terrible smell of some rooms at this hotel in someone else's review but I could not believe that it's so much. It was the smell of the cleaning fluids, like they would want to cover some other smell by it. We felt like sleeping in the pot of detergents, it was so strong that I got the strong headache. The day we arrived and when I noticed the smell, I went to the reception and asked for another room. The receptionist was kind and he showed us another room, much better, without the smell, and offered us to stay there for no extra charge. It was very kind but at the end we did not decide as we stayed only one night and we did not want to move all those bags and things. Anyhow, the position of the hotel is nice, breakfast was very average, dinner we did not have there, so I don't know how it is, the pool was ok.
When we first arrived we were a bit puzzled, as the staff member who showed us to our room didn't really explain how anything worked e.g. eating at the restaurant, towels for the pool, ordering drinks. After a bit of prompting we got everything we needed, but I would say that generally the staff are not very visible here and you have to go and ask for what you want. Once you do, it is never ANY problem and they are delighted to help. e.g. serve drinks, seat you at a table outside for dinner. The towels for the pool have to be rented from the spa and this was frustrating as the only spa staff member was in a treatment for a couple of hours and therefore we couldn't reach her to get our towels.
The room in the beautifully renovated farmhouse was large and nicely decorated but quite dark and had one external window with no french doors / balcony etc. Next time I would probably try and book a specific room to ensure a better view or more light. The minibar fridge did not work for some reason and never got fixed.
The Relais is connected to a working farm and offers tours of the farm by appointment. Their own wine (three varieties only - red, white, sparkling) is delicious. On our second day we asked if it was possible to eat lunch down by the pool and they produced the most amazing array of antipasti for us, which we devoured with a bottle of sparkling.
We ate dinner in their restaurant both nights and this was excellent (reviewed separately).
Once we realised this place was quiet and laid-back and needed to be treated like a home from home, we liked it more and more and were quite reluctant to leave. The pool is lovely and has the most AMAZING view over the landscape that you can just sit and watch all day.