Need To Know
10, including six suites, plus three villas (with two, three or six bedrooms).
11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 4pm.
Double rooms from £510.25 (€590), including tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €1.00 per person per night on check-out.
Rates usually include a generous Continental breakfast. Children Cots and extra beds are free for under-12s and can be added to all rooms. Extra beds for teens can be arranged for an additional cost.
Request an hour-long massage in your room (€100). The hotel hosts artists in residence and decorates bedrooms with their work: if you like what you see, buy a print or painting to take back home.
At the hotel
Swimming pool, spa, gardens, café, gym, library, stash of CDs and DVDs, Wii consoles (on request), free WiFi throughout.
In your room
Flatscreen TVs, iPad (on request), locally made bath products by La Saponaria, a little company run by a husband-and-wife team. Only the three Sant'Andrea Suites have in-room air-conditioning. but portable units are available on request for other categories.
Our favourite rooms
The villas are an excellent option for families, with plenty of space (enough room to sleep 4–12 people), cosy living rooms and neat kitchenettes. The styling evokes rural romance: wood-beamed ceilings, elegant, slender-framed four-posters, agricultural knick-knacks hanging on walls, alcoves dressed with colourful potted plants and straw hats on hooks. There are two adjoining rooms, one of which has a king-size bed and one of which has twins, making them a great choice for families. Parents should be aware that, while the hotel's historic demeanour is what makes it so appealing, toddlers may find the uneven stone steps in the hotel and villas challenging.
The glittering turquoise pool surveys the verdant Val d’Orcia and is surrounded by lavender. The pool opens as soon as the sun is up. Ask staff for floats and pool toys if you need them; there are no lifeguards, so keep an eye on less confident swimmers.
The adults-only spa takes inspiration from the rolling Tuscan countryside; trees snake through tables, baskets of fruit and fragrant herbs are dotted throughout the lobby and treatments use wholly natural lotions and potions, sourced from a 13th-century Florentine farmacia. Facials to soothe and illuminate, rose-scented moisturising treatments, massages, and body scrubs will lull you into tranquilit. Signature treatments are rather special, whether you're submerged in a perfumed bath, slathered in Etruscan mud, or opt for the whole shebang, the Full Monteverdi, a 30-minute soak followed by a 75-minute massage.
Book babysitting, yoga classes and in-room massages at least a day ahead.