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Best Hotels in Rural Tuscany
If you’re yearning for peace and tranquility in a beautiful rural setting then Tuscany will spoil you for choice. There are all sorts of magical places to stay in this sunburned countryside, from converted castles, to mellow old family-fun villas, to luxurious spa retreats, seaside resorts, or Agriturismo farmhouses and working wine estates. So it’s a hard challenge for our Gurus to agree on a recommended list of the best hotels in rural Tuscany.
But they did it, and if you choose from their list of the best hotels in rural Tuscany you’ll find you’re immersed in idyllic countryside, yet never far from great art, wholesome country food or excellent local wine.
The Best Hotels in Rural Tuscany
The Best Hotels in Rural Tuscany for Losing Yourself
- Pardini’s Hermitage is a simple but idyllic,1950s villa. An island refuge only reachable by boat,
- or for one of the best hotels in rural Tuscany for art lovers, try the Residenza d'Arte, a rustic, quirky ‘house of art’ surrounded by beautiful countryside just outside Siena.
- Or to escape to you own private hamlet, stay at the Borgo San Felice, with panoramic views and lots of activities on offer.
The Best Hotels in Rural Tuscany for Epic Views
- Villa Le Barone has spectacular views over the Chianti countryside
- as does Le Fontanelle which also offer a top of the range spa,
- Podere Dionara is a delightful country house B&B surrounded by perfectly Tuscan views,
- Hotelito Lupaia has astounding views from its pool, and is a convenient base for Florence, Siena, and Cortona,
- or the Castello di Nero offers rustic luxury amongst acres of beautiful grounds.
The Best Hotels in Rural Tuscany for Luxury Lovers
- The Castello di Vicarello is a luxurious, seven room castle hotel overlooking its own vineyards.
- If you like the idea of a castle you may also like the Castello Banfi il Borgo, which has nine rooms, a gourmet restaurant and an excellent spa,
- or the Castello di Casole, a traditional Tuscan mansion set in four thousand acres of its own beautiful countryside.
The Best Hotels in Rural Tuscany for Great Value
- Il Chiostro di Pienza is an elegant former monastery with spectacular views over the surrounding hills and valleys of Val d’Orcia, and the 37 rooms are priced below £100 per night.
- The Hotel della Fortezza also occupies a historic building, this time an 11th Century fortress, with commanding views over the surrounding region, and is also under £100 per night.
- As are the 13 rooms at Il Rigo,a lovely country house in the Tuscan hills
- and the six rooms of Quercia Rossa, which is also conveniently located for a Michelin starred restaurant.
- Then there’s Casa Palmira, a charmingly rustic B&B beautifully converted from a barn - and just 16kms from Florence.
The Best Hotels in Rural Tuscany for Families
- In the Chianti hills is the Relais Villa Petrischio, a stunning country house with traditional interiors and a range of accommodation options from rooms to suites and family sized apartments.
- Large families and groups will appreciate the generous sized, but rustic, accommodation at the Agriturismo Poggiacolle near San Gimignano, where some apartments sleep up to ten people.
- For a special family holiday there’s Castello di Tornano, a beautiful castle perched on a spectacular Tuscan hillside.
The Best Hotels in Rural Tuscany for Foodies
- Tenuta san Pietro is a small gourmet hotel just outside Lucca. Apart from eating the fabulous food, you can also learn to cook it on site!
- Il Falconiere has fine everything, from the furniture to the wines to the grounds and the Michelin starred diningt, making it one of the best hotels in rural Tuscany full stop.
- The Castello di Potentino is a beautiful Tuscan castle, known for its wine tastings and cooking classes,
- then there’s the Villa Campestri Olive Oil Resort is a gorgeous country house hotel and olive oil estate, which specialises in beautiful views and exceptional food - they also offer cooking classes.
The Best Hotels in Rural Tuscany for Romance
- Locanda dell’Amorosa is a seductive hotel converted from an entire Renaissance hamlet surrounded by rolling countryside,
- or, a short drive from the coast, Tenuta La Bandita is a charming, 18th Century villa in the Tuscan hills with a excellent traditional restaurant, 55 hectares of gardens and good links to local vineyards.
- Villa Il Poggiale is an elegant, traditional villa in a romantic setting, with a well stocked wine cellar.
- The Villa Bordoni is one of the best hotels in rural Tuscany for honeymooners because of its privacy, glorious views and huge bathtubs,
- and the Borgo Santo Pietro is popular for its frescos, regal rooms, and tennis courts, pools and wellness centre.
The Best Hotels in Rural Tuscany for Walkers
- Monteverdi is a luxurious villa surrounded by vine covered terraces and excellent walking routes.
If you haven’t found your idea of the best hotels in Rural Tuscany on our list then
- expand your search to include the best hotels in Tuscan Towns,
- drill down to the Tuscan region you’re most interested in, by using the search box,
- consult our Guru’s Ultimate Guide to the Best Places to Stay in Tuscany,
- or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice.
Residenza d'Arte 8 rooms from £107Tuscany
A chic and quirky rustic hotel or 'house of art' in the beautiful countryside just outside Siena. Big romantic bedrooms filled with art and sculptures, wooden floors and stone walls. A stunning garden with views over cypress and olive trees. Poetic, romantic, and laid back.Garden - Sculptures among the gazebo, cyprus and olive treesWine tasting - Wine tour organised by hotel to MontalcinoArtworks - Hundreds of artworks by Anna IzzoSights nearby - Siena, Pienza, Montepulciano, Cortona, Bagno Vignoni, and Montalcino
Borgo San Felice 33 rooms from £263Castelnuovo Berardenga Siena, Tuscany
In a stunning setting sits a sprawling country hamlet that serves up La Dolce Vita! A collection of beautiful stone houses, swimming pool, winery, chapel, bar, terrace restaurant, and sumptuous rooms and suites. Panoramic views, lots of wine tasting, riding, ballooning etc. Romantic, family friendlyOutstanding location - The property is set entirely in its own medieval hamlet made up of pools, a chapel, and lots of separate buildings.Good wine list - It's own vineyards provide a wonderful selection of grape.Families - Plenty of activities to entertain everyone.Views - Great views from hotelRecommended by - Relais & Chateaux
Il Chiostro di Pienza 37 rooms from £75Pienza, Tuscany
Former monastery in the heart of Pienza offers elegance and style, with delightful bedrooms in natural tones with tiled floors and arched ceilings. The cloister terrace restaurant serves delicious food and there are beautiful gardens and a pool that overlook the undulating valley. A romantic spot.Romantic Break - Candlelight meals on the rooftop, lazy days by the pool and magnificant suites, some featuring original ceiling frescoes.Local exploring - Right in the centre of this ancient and orginal example of Rennaissance townplanning, explore and soak up the history.Sights nearby - In the historic central square of Pienza, only 100m from the famed Pienza CathedralGreat walks - The Tuscan hillsides and vineyards make for some spectacular walking.
Hotel della Fortezza 16 rooms from £105Sorano, Tuscany
Dreams of staying in a castle come true with this 11th Century fortress, with views of terracotta rooftops and Tuscan landscape. Comfortable rooms with tiled floors, wooden beams and natural tones. Full to the rafters with character. Ideal location for exploring this truly magical part of Italy.Historic - Located inside the 11th Century Fortezza Orsini di Sorano fortress, an impressive display of mediaeval military architecture.Great walks - Explore this hisotric town, owing most of its present beauty to Giuliano da Sangallo, Lorenzo de’ Medici’s own architect.Sights nearby - A must see is the Romanesque church of Santa Maria Maggiore, which houses one of the most ancient pre-Romanesque ciborias.Back to Nature - This area boasts some of the most beautiful landscapes for miles, dead out and explore the Etruscan hills and valley's.
Il Rigo 13 rooms from £88San Quirico d'Orcia, Tuscany
A lovely country house in the Tuscan hills. Rooms are minimalist with rustic touches of embroidery and antiques. Complete with working farm, cyprus trees and vine covered terraces. Outstanding Tuscan cuisine, bicycles available, secluded setting. A great choice for couples or families.Local exploring - Thermal baths in Bagno Vignoni (4km); walkable sights of Vileta Chapel and Pienza; San Quirico with 16th century gardensFoodies - Home grown organic produce from the farm, annual olive oil festival, nearby is home of Brunello di Montalcino wineCooking classes - Within hotel kitchen, 1 or 4 day coursesSights nearby - Val d'Orcia's small hilltop villagesRecommended by - Sawdays
Castello di Tornano 11 rooms from £114Gaiole in Chianti Siena, Tuscany
A beautiful castle serenely perched on a hilltop. Traditional rooms and apartments, some in turrets, with oak floors, four poster beds, and magnificent valley views. Ideal for weddings, groups or family holidays.WeddingsGroupsFamiliesSwimming Pool - Outdoor pool built into the castle's ancient moatRecommended by - I Escape
Castello di Vicarello 7 rooms from £554Tuscany
A highly luxurious boutique hotel perched on a hilltop with panoramic views over its own vineyards. Romantic rooms and suites have traditional decoration and Italianate opulence. A top of the range spa, fabulous regional cuisine fresh from the garden, and a pool. Glorious, rural, romantic.Views - Stunning valley views of the vineyards beyond.Romantic - Rural romance and glorious countryside.Spa breaksRomantic BreakRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape
Castello di Nero 32 rooms from £307San Casciano in Val di Pesa
A stunning castle in an idyllic Tuscan location. Luxury rustic style throughout with frescoes, views, mosaics, and wooden floors. Fab spa, gourmet restaurant and bar, as well as acres of grounds to explore. Not far from Sienna and Florence. Ideal for a honeymoon, still family friendly.Spa - ESPA features Experience Showers, Gentle Saunas, Aromatic Turkish Baths, Ice Fountains, Vitality Pool, Tranquillity LoungeRestaurant - Michelin-starred La Torre serves an array of truly authentic Italian classics in what was once the castle stablesArchitectural - Medieval frescoes, marble and mosaic bathrooms, arched ceilings.Wine tasting - Heart of the Chianti wine regionRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, Kiwi Collection, Tablet
Castello di Casole 41 rooms from £351Casole d'Elsa, Tuscany
Elegant and Traditional Tuscan mansion set in 4,200 acres of bucolic rolling countryside. Original Tuscan frescos, Murano chandeliers and flagstones floors. Beautiful suites with views, gorgeous pool, superb cuisine. Pack your linen, silk and cashmere for Bellinis on the terrace while the sun setsSuites - The Limonaia suites, in the coverted lemon barn, have their own gardens, sitting rooms and split level layoutSpa - The luxurious Essere spa in the vaulted converted wine cellars offers pools, steam rooms and treatment roomsRestaurant - Ristorante Tosca serves typical finely tuned Tuscan dishes and there's also the less formal Pazzia PizzeriaViews - Stunning panoramic views over the surrounding countrysideRecommended by - Tablet, Mr & Mrs Smith, CN Traveller, Kiwi Collection
Podere Dionara 6 rooms from £246Montepulciano, Tuscany
Delightful stone country house B&B surrounded by farmland with undulating views. Rustic chic rooms with four posted beds, some with private garden terraces. Lovely breakfast room and swimming pool. A refined and elegant spot for a wedding or a group holiday.GroupsWeddingsSights nearby - Just outside MontepulcianoCooking classes - Check for timings.Recommended by - I Escape
Quercia Rossa 6 rooms from £71Manciano, Tuscany
Affordable and charming guesthouse in the Tuscan countryside. Eclectically decorated bedrooms, lovely pool and views over the hills, plus a Michelin restaurant nearby. A great spot for exploring the surrounds, and good value too.Active HolidaySights nearby - Archaeological sites - inlcuding Roman remains at Cosa and Saturnia, and Etruscan tombs at Sovana.Great walks - On the beaches of the Tuscan coast, 30 mins away.Cooking classes - Check for timings.Recommended by - I Escape, Sawdays
Agriturismo Poggiacolle 4 rooms from £75San Gimignano
A gorgeous Tuscan farmhouse B&B with its own vineyards and saffron farm. Four separate self-catering apartments occupy the farmhouse. Rustic-romantic rooms, infinity pool, tennis courts, and spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. Ideal for families and groups of friends.Groups - Some apartments sleep up to 10 people.FamiliesGreat walks - Plenty of walking on the doorstepSights nearby - Just 2km from San Gimignano
Relais Villa Petrischio 18 rooms from £84Cortona,, Tuscany
A stunning country house set in the hills of Chianti. Traditional and cosy interiors have wooden beams, brass bedsteads, stone floors, and antiques. A selection of rooms, suites, and apartments. Fabulous views from the pool area, restaurant, and bar. Cooking lessons and a large wine list.Views - Stunning views over the Valdichiana hills.Families - One apartments sleeps 4.Country EscapeSights nearby - Tenuta Valdipiatta and Church of S. Francesco.
Il Falconiere 22 rooms from £378Cortona, Tuscany
Romantic setting for food lovers. Dine at a Micehlin-starred restaurant in a stunning 17th Century Tuscan manor. Beautiful, spacious rooms are a perfect blend of homely meets luxury. Relax by the pool or at the spa. Dining is top class plus you can take part in cooking classes and wine tasting.Sights nearby - Take a picnic to Lake Trasimeno and spend a summers day in the water.Cooking classes - On site cookery school, led by Chef and owner Silvia Baracchi.Swimming Pool - Indoor PoolFull of characterRecommended by - I Escape, Tablet, Relais & Chateaux
Castello Banfi il Borgo 9 rooms from £357Tuscany
A hotel with serious joie de vivre. A stunning 13th century castle and wine estate with romantic boutique interiors, gourmet Tuscan cuisine, an Enoteca, and spa. Luxurious rooms and suites have arched ceilings, four poster beds, and stunning views. Gourmet, romantic, all the best things in life.Foodies - Fantastic traditional Tuscan dishes and an Enoteca stocking wine from its 7000 acre wine estate.Romantic - Utterly romantic in location, decoration, and ambience.Views - Panoramic views of the hotel's vineyards around.Good wine list - The castle has it's own vineyard.Recommended by - Kiwi Collection
Hotelito Lupaia 8 rooms from £237Torrita di Siena, Tuscany
An eccentric and luxurious Tuscan villa with stunning views. Rooms with fruit pastel colours lacquered on stone walls, wooden beams, four poster beds, and stone floors. Lovely terraces, pool, and delicious organic food. A romantic choice.Romantic BreakSights nearby - A great base for visiting Florence, Siena, Pienza and CortonaSwimming Pool - Outdoor pool with panoramic viewsViews - Great views from hotelRecommended by - I Escape, CN Traveller
Locanda dell’Amorosa 27 rooms from £246Sinalunga (Siena), Tuscany
Former Renaissance hamlet, turned luxury boutique hotel. A Romantic spot with beautiful bedrooms, locally-sourced gourmet cuisine, and charming wine bar. Relax by the pool or explore the surrounding in the Tuscan Hills and historical towns.Great walks - You'll never bore of exploring the vineyards, olive groves and rolling hills of the Tuscan countryside.Sights nearby - Check out nearby Montepulciano. the highest Tuscan town, a medieval settlement witha rich history.Local markets - Food lovers should not miss out on the Museo del Tartufo. (Truffle Museum)Swimming Pool - Large pool with Tuscan viewsRecommended by - Fodors
Pardini’s Hermitage 14 rooms from £114Isola Del Giglio, Tuscany
Idyllic hideaway, only accessible by boat, overlooking crystal waters and beautiful gardens. A simple 1950s villa with stunning views and good value rooms. Delicious communal meals made from local produce. Enjoy the painting, yoga, pottery and cooking courses available in a serene setting.Hideaway - A real little hermitage. The perfect country escape from every day life.Kayaking - There are kayaks available for guests to explore the seas.Great walks - Along the beaches or go inland and explore the island.Sailing - Take a boat to the nearby island of Giannutri.
Villa Il Poggiale 24 rooms from £134San Casciano in Val di Pesa (Tuscany)
Sun kissed Tuscan villa with fragrant gardens and wonderful views. Intimate and elegant bedrooms filled with paintings, antiques and fine linens. Fantastically well stocked wine cellar and local cuisine served in the shaded garden. Heavenly.Great walks - Spend some time walking through the enchanting Tuscan countryside, explore the surrounding meadows, hills and vineyards.Cooking classes - Cooking classes can be arranged from the on-site chefs, learn to whip up your favourite dishes from the menu.Swimming Pool - Outdoor swimming pool fringed with hydrangea and jasmine.Views - Wonderful views of the rolling countryside.Recommended by - Fodors, Sawdays
Casa Palmira 7 rooms from £70Polcanto, Tuscany
Rustic, restored barn turned charming B&B. Elegant bedrooms feature wooden floors and handmade furniture. Breakfast is an elaborate spread, catering to all requirements. Relax by the pool whilst day dreaming over the Tuscan hills. Serene location from which to visit the regional historic cities.Less £ - With doubles from as little as €70 per night B&B, Casa Palmira is seriously good value!Great walks - Through the vegetable garden, surrounding countryside and along the stream.Cooking classes - Enquire with the hotel owners about booking cooking classes.Sights nearby - Just 14km away Florence is worth a visit.Recommended by - Sawdays
Borgo Santo Pietro 20 rooms from £469Palazzetto Siena, Tuscany
Rural Tuscan opulence in a fabulous country house. Almost regal rooms and enormous suites in neutral hues with chandeliers, marble fireplaces, frescoes, silk upholstery and standalone bathtubs. Romantic luxury with all the toys - swimming, tennis, wellness.HoneymoonsLuxuryCountry EscapeRomantic BreakRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Relais & Chateaux
Tenuta La Bandita 24 rooms from £87Tuscany
A charming 18th century villa in the Tuscan hills. Large, period style rooms are set across 3 buildings, each with bathrooms and views. 55-hectares of garden, with oak trees, wild boars and goats. Excellent Maremma traditional cuisine, short drive from the coast. A romantic choice for couples.Romantic Break - Wine tours of the Tuscan vineyards, beaches a few km away, sailing, swimming and dinner amongst the olive treesLocal exploring - Take the ferry to Elba or Sardinia, explore the Marina di Castagneto or the history of PiombinoSights nearby - Sassetta, Monteverdi, Maritime, SuveretoSpa - Nearby Terme di Sassetta
Villa Bordoni 11 rooms from £140Greve in Chianti, Tuscany
Beautifully decorated country house with glorious views. A pretty pale blue facade and bedrooms that ooze traditional elegance - strong earthy colours, wooden beams, canopied beds and huge bath tubs. Excellent restaurant and cookery school. A popular choice with honeymooners and romantics.Great walks - Exploring the vineyards on foot is a romantic sunset scene.Cooking classes - Non residential and residential cooking courses.Swimming Pool - Outdoor pool with country landscapeViews - Great views over the Chianti hillsRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, Fodors
Villa Campestri Olive Oil Resort 14 rooms from £112Vicchio di Mugello, Tuscany
Gorgeous country house olive estate in the Tuscan hills. Timeless rooms, suites, family suites, and apartments have canopied beds, killim rugs, antique artworks and glorious views over cypresses and olive groves. Excellent restaurant, art and cookery classes.Groups - Group bookings are popular, a great place to spend time with friends.Families - Rooms can fit 5 with an extra bed on the ground floor of the villa.Great walks - Wide selection of walks on the doorstepSights nearby - Explore the Mugello ValleyRecommended by - Sawdays
Castello di Potentino 11 rooms from £132Seggiano, Tuscany
Winning charm in a classic Tuscan castle setting. Friendly owners create a wonderfully relaxing atmosphere like visiting an old friend. Haunting beauty, rustic charm and excellent value. A must is their five day wine, yoga and pasta retreat.Exclusive offer - Up to 30% discountFoodies - Foodies heaven- River Café chef Avinash Kumar flies in to teach cooking classes and Emily O'Hare takes care of the wine.Total relaxation - The perfect retreat to refresh and recharge, yoga in the mornings, cooking in the afternoon and wine in the evenings.Great walks - Wander around working organic farm, filled with vineyards and olive groves.Sights nearby - Visit the nearby medieval towns of Pitigliano, Sorano and Siena.
Monteverdi 7 rooms from £518Castiglioncello del Trinoro, Tuscany
Typically Tuscan; rural romance and gastronomic indulgence in a fantastically luxurious room, suite or villa. Huge stand alone bath tubs, log fires, neutral hues, vine covered terraces, and a sparkling infinity pool. Great for couples, families, groups of friends.Romantic BreakCooking classes - Learn how to make Tuscan treatsGreat walks - Good for walkers.Swimming Pool - Indoor/outdoorRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith