Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
At a Glance
Top Chef Gordon Ramsey is in charge of the menus at both the hotel's restaurants, Contrada and La Cantina
The spa offers treatments by the experts of Urban Retreats, Europe’s largest and most renowned wellness salon
Take a hot air balloon ride over the vineyards of Chianti and the Castel Monastero, a stunning experience
Castel Monastero was once a monastery and dates back over a 1000 years
Beautiful villas are available for larger groups within the grounds
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
The Mediterranean climate makes Tuscany a year round destination. It is important to remember that the main tourism season stretches from mid-April to the end of September with July and August being peak months. The best time to visit Tuscany is in the quieter part of the season, from April to June and from September to October when weather is usually good, prices lower and there are "fewer" tourists. Many have also discovered the advantages of visiting during the "low season" (winter and early spring) as rates are lower and the reduced number of tourists is visible.
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Castel Monastero is a beautiful and unique hotel housed entirely in a perfectly restored medieval hilltop village. With a fantastic spa and stunning menus overseen by Gordon Ramsay, Castel Monastero is a must for any Tuscan adventure.
The village which houses the hotel has a varied history, once a monastery in the 11th century, then a fortress, then a private country residence. Today, guests can soak up this rich history while enjoying first class hospitality. Set in classic Tuscan countryside, this hotel is a spectacular retreat.
The rooms are located around a lovely Piazza which comes alive at night with al fresco dining. The 74 rooms are all different and the style is perfectly in keeping with the rustic elegance of this historic noble residence, whilst adding a unique touch of contemporary design.
Guests can choose from two restaurants, the gourmet restaurant La Contrada which is open from May and is a sophisticated gastronomic experience of delectable Tuscan cuisine interpreted by the Resident Chef together with the world-famous icon Gordon Ramsay. La Cantina is located in a stunning vaulted wine cellar, where guests are able to enjoy more informal Tuscan cuisine year-round should they desire.
For an additional charge, guests can enjoy use of the 1,000 square metre spa which has a Finnish Sauna, sensorial showers, Hammam and two indoor pools, one of which features water with a high saline concentration to promote relaxation and wellbeing.
Also available is Villa Lavanda which is a stand alone Tuscan villa surrounded by a peaceful garden. This villa can sleep up to 7 and the price includes a twice weekly linen and towel change. Villa Lavanda guests have free access to all of the hotel's facilities. The villa includes three bedrooms, a kitchenette and a living area. It is also possible to hire a chef and staff for the duration of your stay for a truly luxurious break.
The buildings of this historic noble residence are split up into 74 rooms and suites of varying sizes. There is also an independent villa. The elegant rooms all have a Tuscan vibe to them with their rustic décor and views of the village square and surrounding fields and vineyards.
Offering a comfortable 25-30 square metres (269 - 322 sqft) of space, the Superior Room is ideal for two people and offers a large bedroom furnished in Tuscan country style. Historic materials and precious textiles create a warm, intimate atmosphere, and the bathroom is fitted with a bathtub and shower. Every room boasts a magnificent view of the Piazza di Castel Monastero or the surrounding countryside. The bedrooms come with free Wi-Fi access, a flat-screen LCD television and a mini-bar
Prestige rooms offer a surface area of 45-51 square metres divided into several spaces, including a bedroom and small lounge.
Children are welcome to come and stay at Castel Monastero. There is a children's pool for them to play in and babysitting can be arranged on request. Several connecting room options are available.
The hotel has two restaurants, the first of which is gourmet restaurant Contrada, which is open from May and offers a menu courtesy of Gordon Ramsay. The second is La Cantina, a Tuscan restaurant in the XIII century vaulted cellar. Castel Monastero has three outdoor swimming pools, two indoor pools, a fitness centre, a tennis court and cooking classes. The spa at Castel Monastero can be enjoyed at an additional charge, and has a variety of relaxing treatments on offer. Children under 16 are not allowed to access the spa.
Pippa Carey (Staff)
Castel Monastero is a beautiful Tuscan resort nestled amongst farms and vineyards, yet just a short drive from Siena and Florence. This old Monastery boasts a truly Tuscan main square, where diners can sit out and enjoy the sunshine whilst appreciating a Gordon Ramsey inspired menu of Italian with a twist. Don't fancy fine dining? Monastero boasts a second, more casual restaurant in the setting of its old wine cellar, making for a truly atmospheric dinner. We particularly enjoyed the extensive spa at the hotel, an amenity in which the hotel are particularly proud of. With an abundance of treatment rooms, it also boasts a ginormous jacuzzi pool, sauna, steam room, Hamman and luxurious changing rooms. The highlight though is the heated salt and magnesium pool, where you can lie back and relax while the salt not only makes you float, but also works wonders for your skin.
Georgina Carlisle (Staff)
Castel Monastero is an old medieval castle and hamlet surrounding it overlooking the beautiful Ombrone Valley. Upon arrival, you feel like you step back in time with the magnificent entrance way until you walk through and it opens up into a little village square with a cute church in the corner and the old buildings turned hotel rooms. On Sundays they hold the farmers market which makes for a lovely Italian experience. Castel Monastero is a sophisticated yet truly tranquil retreat that makes a perfect touring base for historic Siena and Chianti wine country, although if you would prefer to stay put there are plenty of options, with cycling and hiking trails as well as truffle hunting. Don't forget relaxation time by one of the three pools that are on offer! One of the highlights (after the spa of course!) was the wonderful setting of the Cantina restaurant in the medieval wine cellars where the estate's chianti wine has rested for centuries, accessed by a wonderful secret staircase.
Gwen Nicol (Staff)
Set in a spectacular medieval village, transformed into an 11th-century monastery and now a luxurious village-style hotel, Castel Monastero is the perfect place to use as a base for your holiday in the Tuscan sun. The rooms are spacious and they offer a fantastic combination of rustic and contemporary design. The hotel offers one of the most comprehensive spas in the region, a large outdoor pool and deck for relaxation, an award winning Gordon Ramsay restaurant, a relaxed Cantina in the ancient wine cellar and even a tiny chapel that still has an active community and mass every Sunday. Breakfast is offered in the piazza and I recommend that you enjoy your evening beverage there as well. The staff genuinely care about the guest's experience and I believe the location of this hotel cannot be beat.
Louise Dragman-Renz (Staff)
Castel Monastero the perfect location from which to explore everything Tuscany has to offer. Just 20 minutes to Siena, the beautiful city of Florence is just 1 hour and 20 minutes away and Rome merely 2 hours by car. You are in the heart of Tuscan countryside and can try your hand at truffle hunting, wine tasting or bicycle riding in the surrounding hills. With a resort offering so many spa experiences and fine dining options you wont need to venture far at all to satisfy your needs. Castel Monastero combines history and charm with ease. The underground wine cellars provide an exciting atmosphere from which to sample the delicious Tuscan cuisine and choose from the never-ending wine list. With rooms set in this 11th century monastery each one is different, but all share a village feel being set around the piazza. Our room had magnificent views over the surrounding fields and the feeling of being in the country ensured a very good nights sleep.
Hannah Ingle (Staff)
Castel Monastero is reminiscent of a bustling medieval village, full of character and charm. With a host of facilities available you certainly wont need to look far to be entertained. Whether you decide to enjoy a relaxing few hours by one of the three outdoor pools, or indulge in the wonderful spa amenities, the hotel really emits a friendly and laidback atmosphere. Castel Monastero offers its guests a gourmet menu courtesy of Gordon Ramsey in the Michelin-starred Contrada, as well as a unique, alternative dining experience in La Cantina Restaurant, a rustic 13th century vaulted cellar. For couples and families looking for a whole host of facilities on their doorstep, Castel Monastero is an ideal choice of property.
Anna Crowther (Staff)
This hotel is more like a small Tuscan village. A central Borgo with a wishing well, a church still owned by the Vatican with services every Sunday which guests can attend and outdoor restaurants so you can enjoy an al fresco breakfast. The hotel rooms are dotted around the 'village' separated into contradas, just like the nearby city of Siena. The rooms have kept a traditional style with dark wood and beautiful paintings above the vast and very comfy beds. Spas are rare in Tuscany but here they have all the spa facilities you could dream of. There are three stunning outdoor pools which are the perfect place to laze the day away.
I loved that this property felt like a little village but it not taking more than 5 minutes to walk to anything. The underground restaurant is so unique, plus you are a short drive from local villages, and of course Siena, for more restaurants and the chance to do lots of exploring.
Cordelia Nicholls (Staff)
The hotel is really stunning, a medieval castle set in the Tuscan countryside with lovely gardens and outdoor space. The rooms are lovely though a little dark - but when you consider that it's because the buildings are centuries old, it doesn't matter so much! The outdoor areas are beautiful, very peaceful and quiet and the pool area is spectacular. The spa is phenomenal and they offer some fantastic, if not severe packages complete with a strict diet plan of no more than 900 calories!
Anne White (Staff)
I loved the unique atmosphere of this hotel within a village. The rooms are all different and are very cosy in style.
La Cantina restaurant which is situated in a vaulted cellar is stunning and has a great buzzing atmosphere.
At night, the village square comes alive with al fresco dining and cocktails.
Classic walking tour of Florence
Explore the city's most famous landmarks with your private guide who will be able to bring these well known sights to life. Highlights include Cathedral Square and the iconic Duomo, the Accademia Gallery and the Ponte Vecchio.
Cycling in the Val d'Orcia
Visit the charming town of Pienza and explore its picturesque streets before cycling through the spectacular Val d'Orcia on an e-bike with your private guide.
Explore Pienza and the Val d'Orcia
Located in the Val d'Orcia, Pienza is a charming town boasting a wealth of beautiful Renaissance architecture. Explore the town with your private guide and enjoy incredible views across the Tuscan countryside.
Private tour of Siena and San Gimignano
Explore Siena and San Gimignano, two of Tuscany's most picturesque cities, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites packed with beautiful medieval architecture and fascinating history.
Truffle hunting at Castel Monastero
Truffle hunting is a truly authentic Tuscan experience which is a long-standing tradition in this beautiful region. Head out into the forests to learn all about the art of truffle hunting and these famed delicacies.
Tuscan cooking class
Discover the art of Tuscan cuisine with a private cooking class at a local farm. Under the guidance of a local cook, you'll learn how to prepare traditional recipes and then enjoy your dishes for lunch.
Wine tasting in Chianti
Travel through the beautiful Tuscan countryside to discover the wines of Chianti, the area's most celebrated wine region. Visit two wineries to taste the local produce and enjoy a delicious lunch.
Wine tasting in Montalcino and Montepulciano
Spend a day discovering the delights of Tuscan wine as you explore the charming towns of Montalcino and Montepulciano, both renowned worldwide for their wine production.
Wine Tours of Tuscany
Discover first hand the reason Italian wines have become some of the most well known and best loved wines in the world.
Location & directions
Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Located in Monastero d’Ombrone, a medieval village situated on a hilltop, surrounded by the hills of Chianti, just 23 km from Siena.
How to get there
It is a 2-hour British Airways flight to either Florence, Pisa or Rome. The Hotel is then a 75-minute drive from Florence airport and a 2-hour drive from Rome and Pisa.
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