Need To Know
23, including 20 suites.
12 noon, but flexible, subject to availability and a half-day room charge (up to 6pm). Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from £1356.06 (€1,568), including tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €3.50 per person per night on check-out.
Rates include breakfast (an American or Tuscan spread). Children A free cot or extra bed can be added to larger rooms for under-13s (€150 a night for older children; in villas, only the first two are free for under-13s).
Younger guests are welcomed with a small toy (for under-12s) or cookies or sweets on arrival; and access to the kids club is free (some of the more structured activities are charged though, so check on the day).
At the hotel
Spa; swimming pool; gym; restaurants; bars; cookery school; winery with an enoteca (tasting room); extensive grounds including tennis courts, football pitch, bocce (Tuscan bowls) pitch, playground, organic orto (kitchen garden) and a little church; table tennis; indoor play area; book and DVD library; free WiFi throughout; boutique selling clothes, shoes and local delicacies. Guests can also access the private golf course a maximum of four times a year (each).
In your room
Flatscreen TV, CD/DVD player, iPod dock, radio, Nespresso machine, free minibar and bottled water, black-out blind, bathrobes, slippers and Ferragamo toiletries.
Our favourite rooms
Starting at 50sq m, rooms at Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco are more akin to studios in size. (Special Rooms will take a cot but an extra bed is a tight squeeze.) All suites are one-bedroomed, housing extra beds either in with you or in the separate living room. Special Rooms, Junior and Borgo Suites, all in the main house, are decorated in traditional Tuscan shades such as ochre, burgundy and cypress green; furniture is traditional, sturdy and glossy, and beds are often four-poster. If your children are old enough to be trusted around luxurious fabrics and hand-picked furnishings, opt for a CdB Suite: these are super-chic and dotted around the Borgo – one has its own kitchenette, a private garden and wood-burning oven; best of the lot is the glamorous Suite del Vescovo, housed in the Borgo's former ballroom, with period details including a vast fireplace and hand-painted vaulted ceiling. With ground-floor access and pergola-shaded terraces, Terrace Suites in the former Winery and Stables buildings are ideal if you’re travelling with toddlers.
The heated infinity pool is set on the crest of a lavender- and bluebell-graced hill, with breathtaking views of the rolling fields and the village of Montalcino in the distance. For an infinity pool, it’s surprisingly family-friendly, too: entrance to the pool is gated, there is a shallow end and a lifeguard in attendance. Your kids can borrow inflatables and floats, plus there’s the option to book private in-villa swimming lessons on request.
The spa offers therapies and products based on organic ingredients grown in the orto, available in its five treatment rooms – and all massages can be offered as couple’s treatments. Ingredients are seasonal; past elixirs have featured Brunello grape must and Bacchus nectar. No time for a treatment? Enjoy a nose around the facilities and head to the sauna and steam room.
PlayStation 2 consoles are available to borrow from reception.
Organise kids’ club places when you make your hotel reservation (booking essential). Book treatments at the spa for the duration of your stay when you arrive at the property; there is a charge for cancelling with less than 24 hours’ notice. Reserve babysitters at least 24 hours in advance (perhaps plan a little further ahead if you want more than a one-off session or daytime childcare for under-3s).
Pint-sized dogs can come too, at no extra cost; a bed, bowl, grooming products, and a little leaving present are provided. Just let the hotel know when booking.