Need To Know
39 suites and penthouses, 28 villas and farmhouses, varying in style and size but all with plenty of room for a cot and/or extra bed.
11am. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from £480.60 (€540), including tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €5.00 per person per night on check-out.
A generous Continental breakfast is usually included. WiFi is free, as is valet parking. Children Extra beds (€150 a night for under-13s), and cots (free) can be added to suites.
Two suites have been specially modified for wheelchair users.
At the hotel
Grounds spanning 4,200 acres (including a game reserve), swimming pool, croquet lawn, walking and cycling trails, spa, fitness centre, restaurant, pizzeria, cinema, games room.
In your room
Flatscreen TV, iPod dock, minibar, black-out blinds, bathrobes and slippers, and the hotel’s own fragrant bath products. Oliveto suites include Nespresso coffee makers.
Our favourite rooms
If you’d like a private garden for you and your brood to potter around in, book a spacious Oliveto suite or one of the Limonaia suites (in the converted lemon barn), which – in addition to the outside space – have cosy living rooms and a split-level layout: the lounge upstairs; the bedroom downstairs. Casa del Prete 4 and Casa del Prete 5 interconnect, so you can stay close together without sacrificing privacy (this might also be a good option if you’ve got privacy-seeking teenagers in tow). If money is no object, plump for the Bargagli Penthouse, which comfortably sleeps six and has a private patio, farmhouse antiques, rich fabrics and Carrara marble bathrooms. All suites are styled with a luxurious take on Tuscan rusticity: rich traditional colours (ochre, gold, olive and terracotta), heavy antique furniture in polished wood, four-poster beds with wrought-iron frames and original stone floors.
The heated infinity pool is set in the gardens, overlooking the Tuscan fields. A lifeguard supervises bathers from 8am until 8pm during high season. You can borrow floats and inflatable toys from the hotel. The pool is 1.4m at its deepest point; 70cm at its most shallow and is accessed by four steps.
The former wine cellar now houses the quiet but dramatic Essere Spa, where guests have seven treatment rooms, separate areas for men and women, with steam rooms and Roman-bath-inspired plunge pools, and private gardens at their disposal. Choose from treatments such as the Mediterranean aromatherapy ritual, featuring orange and basil oils, or the rejuvenating hydrating treatment (a great cure for tired, jetlagged faces). The spa also has an outdoor east-facing garden terrace for morning yoga sessions and Pilates, a private outdoor garden for relaxing in the fresh air, and a dainty boutique displaying local products.
Arrange a beginner's Italian lesson or tromp around the game preserve on a guided tour.
Book babysitting (€15 an hour) two days ahead. Sort out pizza-making classes and spa treatments when you check in.
Small dogs can stay too, for €150 a night. Bring everything you need; nothing is provided.