Luxury knows no bounds at Borgo Santo Pietro. A 13th century Tuscan villa lovingly restored into an idyllic country estate, this Relais & Chateaux property is something out of a Tuscan fairytale, bejeweled with beautiful grounds of cypress trees and stone fountains, antique furniture and murals illuminated by crystal chandeliers, and charming kitchen gardens harkening back to the bygone noble splendor of the ancient Italian hamlet.

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Arriving at Borgo Santo Pietro brings with it a range of emotions: awe from the gorgeous and carefully curated gardens, comfort from the warm family welcome, and disbelief from the classic luxe Italian interiors emanating a relaxed elegance only found in dreams. Each of the 20 villas conveys a different sense of Tuscan romance, as witnessed in the handpicked antiques, ornate chandeliers, hand-painted frescoed walls, rare Bordeaux marble fireplaces, bespoke hand-carved Rococo-style beds, silk velvet upholstery, and fireside roll-top baths. And while Danish owner Jeanette has perfectly maintained the regal essence of the property’s original structure, she did not skimp on any modern luxuries, discreetly outfitting each room with flat screen televisions, pre-loaded iPods and docking stations, and in-room iPads. Many also offer private Mediterranean courtyards, accessible through the grand French doors, as well as endless views over the Tuscan hills. For an utterly spoiled stay, choose between the Santo Pietro Grand Suite or La Casa dell ‘Unicorno, both of which serve as the Borgo’s cornerstones of secluded luxury. Two suites offer private pools for a refreshing dip.

The Morning Kitchen is the starting point of any day at Borgo Santo Pietro. A Tuscan kitchen flooded with warm light, the open-plan restaurant offers fresh views and food for the promise of a bright day. Homegrown and homemade, the food at Borgo Santo Pietro has a special story, whether produced locally on free-range farms or caught that morning fresh from the Mediterranean waters. Indeed, the property’s organic farm—featuring vegetable gardens, olive groves, fruit orchards, herb gardens, Alpacas, rare-breed pigs, and chickens—is at the heart of all it does, honoring an 800-year old tradition of producing ingredients for the kitchens. Throughout the day, indulge in some of this delectable cuisine at the Treehouse Bar and informal brasserie or at Andrea Mattei’s Meo Modo, a lunch spot of Tuscan antipasti and bruschetta turned evening fine dining establishment known for its seafood and handmade pasta. For an extra special experience, choose the exclusive Chef’s Table to see the kitchen in action, or opt for a romantic candle-lit dinner for two in the grotto area surrounding the infinity pool.

With 13 acres of beautiful grounds, Borgo Santo Pietro offers a plethora of diverting countryside pleasures. Guests are able to cycle, walk, and hike endlessly through the unspoiled Valle Serena, taking a picnic along the Merse River, visiting the roofless Abbey of San Galgano, or enjoying a sunset exploration through Borgo’s gardens and orchards. Relax in a sun lounger by the free-form freshwater infinity pool looking out over the Tuscan countryside, find quiet seclusion in the aesthetic grottos lined with lemon trees, or wander down to the 800-year-old spa building, once a bakery, for pampering in the expert hands of the spa therapists using products from Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella, one of the oldest pharmacies in the world. While Borgo Santo Pietro is ideally situated for further exploration of nearby Chianti, Siena, and Florence, many may find its timeless beauty difficult to leave behind.

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