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Relais San Pietro

near Castiglion Fiorentino, Southern Tuscany


In the farmhouse there are 5 rooms (3 doubles and 2 suites); in the Canonica, a converted priests’ house, there are 4 more (2 doubles, 2 suites). They come in a variety of shapes and sizes but they are basically of the same style, each named after a flower (Clematis, Rosa Antica, Orchidea - denoted by flower-sprigged straw hats hung on the walls). All have beamed ceilings, shutters at the windows, white cotton bedspreads, wrought iron headboards, kilims on glazed terracotta floors, white-washed walls, hand-painted doors and matching furniture. The look is classic Tuscan farmhouse – simple, uncluttered, hand-crafted – but with an extra layer of comfort.

As in most old farmhouses, some of the rooms are a little dark, with small windows and sombre colours, but dark means cool – though they are all air conditioned except for the single (Mimosa) and the smallest of the doubles (Charming). Each is provided with mineral water, fresh fruit and flowers (there was a huge vase of fragrant longi lilies in our room); some have sunny aspects and lovely views. The bathrooms (most just have showers) are clean and white-tiled, with bathrobes and L’Erbario Toscano toiletries.

Our choice would be Peonia (a sunny Deluxe Suite in the Canonica, with a little living room and views of the hills), Rosa Gialla (a spacious Junior Suite) or Rosa Blu (a double in the farmhouse).

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Features include:

  • Phone
  • WiFi Internet
  • Air-Conditioning
  • Central Heating
  • Fan
  • Bathrobes
  • Minibar
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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