Easter is upon us, and with it a flurry of bank holidays, made to get our wanderlust levels peaking. If you’re disorganised, holiday-less or in need of inspiration, look no further than rural idyll Borgo Santo Pietro in Tuscany, which has a fantastic family-friendly Easter offering…
Why this week? Getting together with family is what we love about Easter, so whether you’ve got your clan in tow or not, turn to the lovely warm Italian-style welcome here: they’re even putting on a festive egg hunt, dishing out free spa vouchers, serving five-course lunches and offering free chocolate for little ones. What’s more, Smith members heading there between 25 April and 9 May can get three nights for the price of two.
Our favourite bits Set in what was once a bakery, the now-sumptuous spa offers an excellent selection of top-to-toe pampering treatments. Meanwhile, in the kitchens, the chef whips up an Italianate storm of Mediterranean seafood and handmade pasta in the elegant dining room. Try the superb seven-course tasting menu – you can’t beat lunch overlooking the Lemon Tree garden for the best views of the Serena valley, and for dinner, pick a candlelit table in the romantic Rose Garden. Bedrooms feature hand-picked antiques, open fireplaces, bespoke hand-carved beds and more exquisite views.
Mr & Mrs Smith say: ‘In the 1400s, pilgrims en route to Rome rested their heads and recovered their spirits at Borgo Santo Pietro in Tuscany. Today, travellers still come from far and wide to give thanks that private estates as beautiful as this one open their doors for weary city folk in need of spiritual succour. Only nowadays, they’re more likely to wear Hermès shirts than hair shirts, and arrive in a sleek black Mercedes, sipping chilled Perrier Jouet champagne on the way from the airport.
At first glance, you might be forgiven for thinking Borgo Santo Pietro was a Cotswolds country house hotel: rough-hewn honeyed-stone walls, clipped box hedges and a scented rose garden give the impression that you’ve wandered into a tiny corner of England on Italian soil. Tell-tale Tuscan touches soon give the game away, though: amber light, serried ranks of cypress trees, a languid infinity pool and splashing stone fountains…’
Read the rest of our anonymous review of Borgo Santo Pietro in Tuscany