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Relais San Pietro

near Castiglion Fiorentino, Southern Tuscany

Facilities

  • Decent-sized pool on a lawned terrace below the hotel – and loungers which lurk under bushes in sheltered corners of the garden

  • Reception-cum-lounge furnished with white sofas, books, magazines and a large open fire

  • The evening turn-down service – while you’re out, your room is pepped up with fresh towels and linen mats laid on the floor beside the bed

  • Luigi Protti is a charming, hospitable and helpful host and is always on-hand to offer advice about the area

  • Medieval Castiglion Fiorentino, a 15-minute drive away, offers handy shops, cafes and restaurants

  • A snug little hut in the garden, perched on the edge of the hillside, is available for smokers in this otherwise non-smoking hotel

  • Six hectares of land and 500 olive trees surrounded by woodland

  • Relais San Pietro’s own virgin olive oil is offered for sale

When to go?

In spring or early summer for the gardens (heavenly scented jasmine); in autumn to avoid the heat and the crowds. It is, however, a good high-season choice – the pool, the gardens, and the quiet location offering a welcome respite after a day of tourists and hilltowns in the hot summer sun. The hotel is closed from November to the end of March (subject to annual review).

Features include:

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Garden
  • Outdoor pool
  • Off street parking
Save to favouritesPrintMailRelais San PietroWhen Luigi Protti retired from industrial Milan to Tuscany, he set out to find ďa beautiful house in a quiet place, for the relaxĒ, to share with others. He found the perfect spot: on the crown of a steep hill, a tumble-down farm overlooking woodland and olive groves. From the upper floors, you could even see Castiglion Fiorentino - his wife's home town. The 17th-century farm, with its priests' house and stables, has since been restored to offer 10 comfortable [rooms:IT048:rooms] and a pool-with-a-view. Still home to the Protti family, who live upstairs, itís all brick arches, white-wash, terracotta and old timbers - traditional to the point of old-fashioned, and run like a well-oiled machine. Neat paths meander between stone buildings through gardens of fig trees, jasmine and potted geraniums; there are lawns trimmed with rosemary. And you can watch the sunset from wicker chairs on a terrace overlooking the green slopes of the Chio Valley. Heaven indeed.

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