“A delightful hotel on a Tuscan hilltop, with a poetic pool and enticing views”
Once a medieval borgo, Lupaia's old stones, rafters, beams and tiles were renovated with consummate care. Today it is owned by a young Austrian couple and the hotel's 11 rooms and suites ooze comfort and relaxation. The overall impression is one of rustic luxury and space - a charming mix that seduces from the word go.
- Rustic yet luxurious interiors, and each room has a private outdoor space
- Decadent breakfasts, made to linger over
- Guests sing the praises of the lovely owners and delightful staff
- Only 20 minutes from the A1 autostrada that links Florence and Rome
- A glorious infinity pool and Jacuzzi with a view
- It's a drive to the nearest restaurants, a normal compromise when staying at a peaceful rural hotel
- No alcohol in minibars; drinks need to be asked for and served, though there is a pool bar in summer
- All ages are welcome but the refined atmosphere is squarely aimed at couples
- We're yet to personally visit since the hotel came under new ownership in 2016, but we can't wait to stop by!
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- Boutique Hotel
- Restaurants and bar (open daily)
- All ages welcome.
- Open all year
- Outdoor Pool
- Spa Treatments
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
- Bicycles Available
The 9 rooms and 2 suites are spread out amongst several rambling ivy-covered stone buildings, with lots of space and privacy for all. Each has a terrace or garden with wisteria, carefully tended flowerbeds or a stretch of lawn with a view.
Inside, rooms are unique and the attention to detail is extraordinary. Luxurious fabrics and rustic touches daringly combine; stone basins and antique mirrors were rescued and restored; little lamps and pictures carefully chosen. All share beautiful original rafters and terracotta floors.
We stayed in a Deluxe Room with chunky standing beams, a gorgeous mosaiked basin and an elegant chaise longue sprinkled with silk cushions. It was cool and dark, a perfect summer respite. For the best views, book Deluxe Room Turco, Alma or Tadema, as all have frontal views of Montepulciano across the valley. Turco's bathroom also has an attached Turkish steam bath.
Of the Standard Rooms, Aurora is brighter one, with windows on 3 sides and a private garden facing Montefollonico. Bosco has a private terrace with a view towards Montepulciano and a bedroom with light green accents.
Top of the pile are the Suites: over-the-top Montepulciano is perfect for romantics with its high ceilings, large living area and far-reaching views from the terrace. On the other hand, Nido has 360-degree views, an open fireplace and a large bathroom. All very tempting.
- Air conditioning
- Central heating
- Complimentary minibar (soft drinks)
- Cots Available
- Extra beds
- Handmade toiletries
- Safe box
- Satellite TV
- Terrace or garden
Lupaia’s kitchen is the heart of the hotel, a warm, inviting place with copper saucepans hanging from the ceiling, rainbow pottery, and delicious smells wafting from the oven.
Dinners are served on the lovely patio (or indoors in cooler months). A typical menu spans 4 courses; perhaps crispy crostini with chicken liver, handmade fettuccine with ragu, roast pork loin with veg, cheese from the neighbouring farm, and a dolce if you still have space. Wines come primarily from the local Montepulciano and Montalcino vineyards.
Breakfasts are a delight: fresh feasts elegantly served out on the terrace. There are homemade fruit tarts, cakes and croissants. Fruits, cheeses and cold cuts are sourced locally. Cereal and fruit are on offer too, but we went all-out on sweet indulgence and savoured every mouthful.
Light lunches are available anywhere: poolside, in the restaurant, or on any of the numerous seating areas.
If you’d prefer to eat out, nearby Montefollonico (10-minute drive) has a couple of nice places. We tried Osteria La Botte Piena, a winery and deli with a bustling little restaurant upstairs, where the local pici was fantastic. Alternatively, there's no shortage of superb restaurants in nearby Montepulciano and Pienza - ask the team for their latest recommendations.
- Drive to restaurants
- Organic produce
- Explore the narrow streets, ancient squares and glorious palazzi of Montepulciano (4km away), the highest of the classic Tuscan hilltowns. Don't forget to sample a glass or two of the famous red vino nobile - there are a couple of wine cantinas at the lower end of town
- Sitting just below Montepulciano is the exquisite church of San Biagio, considered one of the most significant structures of the Renaissance
- Treat yourself to Pienza (5km away), a utopian Renaissance town and World Heritage site. It's small but perfectly formed and crammed full of churches, palaces and museums honouring its founder, Pope Pius II
- If you’ve been there and done that, check out the quiet but lovely Montefollonico and Montichiello
- Borrow a mountain bike and follow quiet tracks over undulating hills
- Golf, tennis, pilates, aerobics and yoga are close by
- Pamper yourself - reception can arrange for a masseuse to come to the hotel
- Loll by the split-level pool, drinking in the rolling views
- Wine and pecorino tastings can be organized
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Cooking classes
- Historical sites
- Plantlife / flora
- Wine tasting