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.
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
Staying in a hotel that is housed in an entire medieval village is a unique experience.Anne Bamber
All the buildings are split into contradas, just like in Siena, where each contrada competes in the Palio di Siena that takes place in July and August. It is a true spectacle and an unforgettable day.Scott Dunn team
Attend a traditional Sunday service at the stunning little church in the Borgo that is still owned by the Vatican.Scott Dunn team
To start planning your vacation to Castel Monastero
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 meter 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. The spa also offers an extensive range of treatments by Dr Murad and Natura Bissè.
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.
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 center, 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.
Location & Directions
Located in Monastero d’Ombrone, a medieval village situated on a hilltop, surrounded by the hills of Chianti, just 23 km from Siena.
When to go
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.