“Stylish boutique hotel, restaurant and 3 villas for 4-12, set in an authentic Tuscan village high above the Val d’Orcia”
The hotel rooms sit in 3 beautifully restored buildings. All are unique in layout and décor but have the same simple sophistication. Soft palettes, subtle lighting and the finest linens sit against stone walls and rustic beams, while hand-dyed fabrics and furnishings from Italy, Egypt, Tunisia and Spain add richness. Talented husband-and-wife team Giorgio and Ilaria Miani were tasked with the design, retaining the integrity of the old shells whilst adding polished modern touches such as sleek bathrooms and flat-screen TVs. The cherry on top is the original artwork in every room (available to buy should you wish).
The 3 Luxury Rooms are certainly spoiling, with kingsize beds and rainfall showers positioned near windows to capture the views, but it’s worth upgrading to a larger room or suite (some with separate sitting rooms) if you can. All have a special touch - my favourite was the light and airy Val d’Orcia, which is set a little way from the others and has a freestanding in-room tub. Il Pozzo wins the prize for the most magnificent bath I’ve ever seen (an 18th-century marvel in shining copper), while Suite del Bosco has imaginative posts sculpted to resemble trees. La Pieve has a fireplace, plus an outdoor dining area. The Sant' Andrea Suites (the only rooms with air-con) sit near the village square and have a sitting room, tub or double rain shower. Since our visit, the more colourful Aeneas Suites have been added - sharing a small living room, they're ideal for a family or group to book together.
The villas - San Pietro (2 ensuite double bedrooms), Amiata (3 ensuite double bedrooms) and Muri Antichi (6 ensuite double bedrooms) - lie a short walk away. They’ve been lovingly reconstructed, with original arches, beams and tiles enhanced by granite and marble. All have state-of-the-art kitchens and living areas with fireplaces, plus luxurious additions - a steam room (Amiata), spa tubs (Amiata and Muri Antichi), wine cellars (Muri Antichi and San Pietro). Muri Antichi even has a library and large dining terrace.
See Rates for full details of the various options.
I once heard someone say that even bad food in Tuscany is good food. Fortunately, the food at Monteverdi is good through and through. My first sight of the outdoor terrace at the on-site Oreade restaurant (open for breakfast and dinner) brought on a deep sigh of contentment. Kicking off a balmy evening with a glass of local Brunello wine whilst contemplating the landscape from which your food has been plucked is truly living the dream.
Oreade’s chef keeps things close to home in the kitchen. Most of the ingredients for the incredibly tasty yet simple Tuscan dishes are sourced from local farms and markets, and the hotel grows its own herbs, fruit and vegetables. Our meal incorporated pecorino cheese from Pienza, as well as prosciutto and rigatino from Siena’s famous acorn-eating pigs. There was gnocchi made from nettles, black truffles so fresh they could have been snuffled straight onto our plates from the forest, and the signature dish: wild-boar ragù on homemade rosemary pappardelle. We felt like we needed a forklift to return us to our room.
For cocktails and other drinks, there’s the Library Bar and terrace, open late into the evening. If wine’s your thing, you can head to the enoteca to sample 32 varieties from modern enomatic dispensers, along with a light repast.
Whether you're staying in the hotel or a villa, a continental breakfast is included in the rates and served in the restaurant; you can order a hot breakfast for an extra cost. The 3 villas also have fully equipped kitchens for self-catering (you can pick up groceries in Sarteano, a 15-minute drive down the hill), and private chefs can be hired on request.
Monteverdi is a romantic spot, but families are very welcome and the hotel, villas and restaurant all cater for children. Kids will love the gardens, and there’s the pool to paddle in. There’s some handy baby and toddler kit to borrow, too, including strollers, car seats and highchairs, though the uneven paths and terraces mean it's not well suited to roving little ones.
Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years)
Some of the hotel rooms and suites can take extra beds, and baby cots are available on request (free of charge); 2 Luxury Rooms interconnect, too. The 2 Aeneas Suites can also interconnect via a shared living room. Larger families can book one of the 3 self-catering villas (with room for 4, 6 or 12 guests), but note that all have double bedrooms only.
Reception can organise a nanny from a local agency if requested with 24 hours' notice, see Rates
A couple of baby monitors with a range of 30m to borrow
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
The cafe/restaurant can tailor dishes on request
The gardens, hotel and villas are all on various levels, with uneven paths and high stone steps between the terraces. There’s also no cover on the pool