At the end of April 2014, my husband and I spent 5 days here. We had decided to marry at the nearby San Galgano Abbey, wanting a simple civil ceremony in a beautiful place steeped in history. We found the Abbey through the Borgo, otherwise we would not have been aware that civil ceremonies could take place here. The staff at the Borgo were wonderful every step of the way. Claudine, the Resident Manager, took charge, organising all the legalities with the local mayor's office - including all the pre and post follow up required to get our wedding certificate. She also made sure that all the important things were perfect - from peony roses for the wedding bouquet and table piece (beautifully arranged by resident florist Vilma), to a phenomenal degustation dinner orchestrated by the very talented sous chef Paolo (his wife makes the most divine desserts) coupled with wines specially chosen by the resident sommelier Simona. It was particularly cold that night so we couldn't eat outside as planned so the team set up the wedding dinner in a romantic private room with a blazing fire and 100% exquisite attention by the Restaurant Manager, Jean-Luca. The service is outstanding at every level! We were just two people having a private wedding without any guests yet we felt as though we received as much attention, care, time and thought as a wedding where there might be 100 guests. We felt that the staff really invested in us and they became the much loved local family at our wedding. Thank you Claudine and everyone else who made our wedding and honeymoon just perfect.
We chose to stay in the Giardin di Fiori room and would highly recommend it if you don't want to splurge on a suite. It is a spacious room, has its own open fire and a perfect outlook over the gardens. The house and the gardens are spectacular. If you set your expectations on the pictures on the website, you won't be disappointed - it is even more beautiful.
We didn't leave the Borgo much during our stay - don't be too busy driving around that you don't have time to really just "be" in the house and the gardens. But we did have a special day driving to Montalcino - one of the beautiful Tuscan hilltop towns. There is a place to have wine tastings of Brunello wines that we highly recommend if you like wine. You must also visit San Galgano Abbey (and the restaurant/cafe) and also wander down to Palazetto for a pizza or relaxed dinner if you are staying for a few nights.
We hope we have the opportunity to visit again and would have no hesitation recommending it to others. We made the perfect choice for such an important occasion.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tucked away in the Tuscan hillside not far from the cultural centres of Florence and Siena, we have lovingly restored Borgo Santo Pietro, a thirteenth century villa and its 100 acres of enchanting gardens, with a vision to create a bespoke, luxury private retreat. A resting place for pilgrims en route to Rome 800 years ago, this ancient site continues to provide sanctuary to our guests today. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Borgo Santo Pietro Hotel Chiusdino
- Borgo Santo Pietro Italy/Chiusdino