Pair medieval castle grandeur with fine wines and finer dining
History & culture | Self-drive | Summer
Surrounded by olive groves and manicured gardens, this is the Tuscan countryside at its very best. Of course, no slice of Italy’s favourite region would be complete without its wineries and Castello Banfi doesn’t disappoint. Tour its vineyards before tasting your way through its cellars. Additionally, there’s even a Bottle and Glass Museum onsite, showcasing every era of glass production from 5th century Roman pieces to Picasso’s famous Water Girl. More practically, the hotel is also just 45 minutes from Siena’s medieval masterpieces and just under two hours from the Renaissance beauty of Florence. It’s all via exceptionally scenic drives.
In the 1700s, a stone hamlet rose around this 13th century castle, first serving as the home for the farmers who worked for the region’s nobility. Today, while all that idyllic Tuscan architecture has been immaculately preserved, it’s all been looked after by Federico Forquet, one of Italy’s finest interior designers. Resultantly, exposed timber ceilings look down on premium fabrics and hand-decorated flourishes. Walk-in rain-fall showers, Nespresso coffee machines and complimentary WiFi add more contemporary touches. And, whether you’re in a Deluxe Room or a luxury Suite, you’ll enjoy views of either the castle or its rural surrounds.
Across the hotel’s two restaurant options you’ll be treated to authentic Tuscan cuisine, predicated on only the freshest of local ingredients. For lunch head to La Taverna where local favourites are served under an original vaulted ceiling while the elegant Sala dei Grappoli offers more refined dining. Here you’ll be able to enjoy multi-course dinners, complemented by sommelier-chosen wine pairings from the hotel’s estate. If you’re inspired, book onto a cooking course to learn the secrets behind homemade pasta and the region’s world-famous dishes.
Unwind with a glass of something in the pergola gardens or find your relaxation in the pool, where sun lounger lazes are taken with spectacular views of Brunello’s vineyards. You’ll also have to pay a visit to L’Enoteca, the hotel’s wine bar. Here, a range of the region’s finest varietals are presented alongside a variety of artisanal foods and crafts. Pair sheep’s cheese and prosciutto with a local Chianti. There’s also a small fitness room to burn off any excess.
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Book before 31st March – Save up to £585 pp
Book by: 31 March 2018
A Tuscan self-drive sees you discover the historic towns and cities, alongside exploring vineyards and sampling fine wines, staying in Castello del Nero and Castello Banfi Il Borgo featuring spas and exquisite restaurants overlooking endless Tuscan countryside.
Any element of this accommodation can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.
Stay 6 nights pay 5: Save up to £235 pp.
Book by: 26 April 2018
from £1,545 pp. incl. flights
from £2,125 pp. incl. flights
from £3,025 pp. incl. flights
- Return flights to/from Pisa
- 8 days car hire (based on Economy 4 door)
- 6 nights accommodation in a Deluxe Room on a B&B basis
All guests receive:
- Welcome drink on arrival
- Welcome Gift of Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino (half bottle)
- 2 half bottles of Banfi Sparkling wines
- Wine tasting of 3 Sangiovese wines
- 15% discount on all wine purchases and access to the museum of bottles and glass
- A five-course dinner accompanied by 6 Castello Banfi wines
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Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.
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