A lovingly restored farmhouse in the heart of the Tuscan countryside
Food & wine | Natural world
Overlooking the rolling Tuscan hills that pattern the region between Montepulciano and Pienza, Lupaia enjoys stunning rural views. It's also positioned within striking distance of Siena's medieval beauty, Arezzo's antique churches. If you dip into nearby Umbria, Perugia – the region's capital – is equally impressive, home to a hilltop maze of cobbled streets, palaces and piazzas.
This country estate lies on foundations more than a thousand years old, with the main house and annex dating back to 1622. It's all beautifully rustic with exposed timbers throughout, in keeping with the farmhouse architecture and the surrounding countryside. Each room has been individually decorated, featuring a private terrace or garden with wonderful views over the nearby church at Montepulciano, the rolling Tuscan countryside and nearby medieval hamlets. Sizes and the views increase with the room categories while the suite comes with a particularly evocative free-standing Victorian bath.
Dining at Lupaia is a typically Tuscan affair with a set four-course menu changing to reflect the seasons, comprising local dishes at their flavourful best. During the cold winter months, a cosy dining room with a roaring fireplace guarantees guests a romantic dining experience, while during the warmer months, al fresco settings makes the most of the superb surroundings and gorgeous summer weather. And, whether the sun is shining or not, ingredients are sourced from the hotel's organic vegetable garden and its local markets.
The hotel's grounds are beautifully maintained and an ideal place for a late afternoon stroll. You can even make use of the hotel's mountain bikes. There's also a gorgeous swimming pool with panoramic views across the hills of Val di Chiana, the perfect spot to enjoy a relaxing swim, or a glass of Tuscan wine. Additionally, given its hilltop position in the heart of the valley, you'll have plenty of opportunities to explore the surrounding vineyards, known for their excellent reds. For further relaxation, head to one of the nearby thermal spas; Bagno Vignoni and Rapolano Terme are two favourites.
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