The 10 Best Castle Hotels in Ireland
Mar 29, 2019
We've spent hours researching blogs and glossy magazines for the best hotel recommendations. These are our top picks of romantic hotels in Tuscany. Bon voyage!
Updated Mar 30, 2019
“Beautiful romantic weekend in Florence. We were overwhelmed by the beauty, elegance, and hospitality at Villa Cora. Our new favourite luxury hotel for special occasions.”
Villa Cora is a 19th-century building surrounded by a park with outdoor swimming pool. Just 2 km from the centre of Florence and Santa Maria Novella Train Station, it offers free parking. Wi-Fi is also free.
All the air-conditioned rooms at Villa Cora are decorated in classical style with antique furniture. They feature a minibar and a flat-screen TV with satellite channels.
The wellness area includes a sauna and a Turkish bath, along with a fitness centre. Massages and beauty treatments are also available.
The hotel’s restaurant serves Italian cuisine and dishes and wines from Tuscany. Drinks and hot and cold snacks are available from the bar.
Villa Cora is a 20-minute walk from the Uffizi Gallery. The bus stop 400 metres away provides links with the city centre in 10 minutes.
“If you are looking for a beautiful retreat in a tranquil location then this is your place. The pictures don't do this place justice! It's heaven on Earth here, and the staff couldn't be friendlier.”
Located in the heart of the Tuscan countryside, surrounded by the hills of Volterra and 750 hectares of private gardens and woods, Borgo Pignano has an outdoor pool, a children’s club and a restaurant. It offers accommodation boasting artwork and frescoes from the 18th century.
Rooms, suites and apartments at Borgo Pignano come with tiled or marble floors, a desk and most have a seating area. Some suites feature a balcony, while apartments have a furnished patio. All units come with en-suite marble bathrooms. The property is heated through an eco-friendly heating system.
To unwind and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of the Pignano, a wellness centre is at guests' disposal, including a sauna, a steam room and hammam.
The property also has an entertainment programme for children. It consists of swimming, arts and crafts, nature-oriented day camps and storytelling with qualified teachers.
The restaurant at Borgo Pignano specialises in regional cuisine, based on locally sourced ingredients. Fields of cereal grains surround Borgo Pignano and herbs and vegetables are grown in the gardens. The property also serves it's own olive oil, fruit and honey. In summer, guests can enjoy al fresco dining.
Volterra is 15 km from the property, while San Gimignano is a 20-minute drive away. Borgo Pigano is 45 km from Siena and 70 km from Florence. Parking is possible along the road of the property.
“Everything was beyond perfect. The staff and service is amazing, very attentive and professional. The location is so peaceful with breathtaking views and beautiful scenery. Highly recommended!”
Featuring a golf course and a swimming pool, Il Castelfalfi offers accommodation with free WiFi 60 km from both Florence and Florence Airport. Guests can enjoy 3 restaurants and a bar on site.
All rooms boast air conditioning, a minibar and a satellite TV. Some also have a balcony. The bathroom has a shower and a hairdryer.
The property also have a wellness centre, as well as meeting and banquet facilities.
Pisa is a 50-minute drive from Il Castelfalfi. Siena is 70 km away.
“Stunning property, set in a beautiful private garden, in a really cool part of Florence near the Santo Spirito square. Our room was amazing, everything you could wish for, and the staff were absolutely lovely.”
Featuring a 270-m2 garden-view terrace, AdAstra Suites offers air-conditioned rooms in Florence, within 10 minutes' walk of both Pitti Palace and Santo Spirito Basilica.
Each room features a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, DVD player and free WiFi. Every room is fitted with a private bathroom with a bath and bidet, with free toiletries provided.
AdAstra Suites is 1 km from Ponte Vecchio bridge. The nearest airport is Florence Peretola Airport, 5 km from the property.
“Beautiful Tuscan countryside. Everything was great from the location to the food. The place is very intimate, located among vineyards and olive trees. The staff treat every guest like royalty.”
Surrounded by the Tuscan countryside, Castello di Casole features an outdoor pool, spa and fitness centre and 2 restaurants. This former castle provides elegant suites, and is 30 km from Siena. Wi-Fi is free throughout.
Suites at the Castello di Casole all feature a minibar, satellite TV and air conditioning. Featuring Italian design freestanding bathtubs, the large bathroom boasts Carrara marble or mosaic flooring and antique mirrors.
A sweet and savoury continental breakfast is served daily. Guests can try traditional Tuscan food at one of the property’s 2 restaurants. A bar is also available.
Guests can relax by the pool, work out in the gym, or enjoy a massage in the wellness centre. The large garden and terrace are equipped with chairs and tables.
The property is well placed for cycling activities in the local countryside, and bikes can be rented on site. Casole d’Elsa is 9 km, while Florence can be reached by car in 1 hour.
“An amazing place with a most marvelous view over all of Tuscany. A paradise!”
Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco is a luxury hotel in the Tuscan countryside located 12 km from Montalcino. It features comfortable rooms, an outdoor swimming pool with panoramic views, and free Wi-Fi. Parking is free.
The spacious rooms come with air conditioning and parquet floors. They include a bathroom with bath and shower, a seating area, and satellite TV. All the rooms offer views of the Tuscan hills.
This 5-star hotel provides a generous American breakfast in the morning. The restaurant offers traditional food and wines from Tuscany.
Guests can pamper themselves in the hotel’s relaxing facilities including a fitness centre, a sauna, and a Turkish bath. The property also offers wine tasting tours in its own cellar and winery.
With the green surroundings of Val D’Orcia, this hotel is an ideal place for outdoor activities like cycling, hiking, and fishing. Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco is 40 km from Siena, and a 2-hour drive from Florence.
“Heaven on Earth. Locanda al Colle turned out to be the perfect choice for our honeymoon. The hotel and the premises are both beautiful and immaculate. Service is warm and no detail gets overlooked, from the food to the rooms and the facilities.”
Offering a garden with an outdoor pool, Locanda al Colle is located in Camaiore. Free WiFi access is available in all public areas.
Each room here will provide you with air conditioning, an iPod dock and a seating area. Featuring a bath or shower, the private bathroom also comes with a hairdryer.
Viareggio is 9 km away. Locanda al Colle is a 10-minute drive from Lido di Camaiore Beach, where guests enjoy free access to a partner beach including 1 parasol and 2 sunbeds.
“Brilliant hotel for that romantic holiday for two. Perfect location overlooking the Arno, right next to the Ponte Vecchio. I can't imagine a better place to have stayed at while in Florence.”
Featuring panoramic views of Florence and the Arno River, Portrait Firenze offers luxurious rooms with handcrafted furniture. This hotel is 30 metres from the famous bridge Ponte Vecchio.
The suites come with full entertainment systems including an iPad, iPod docking station, and flat-screen TV. Bathrobes, slippers, and free toiletries are provided in the Carrara marble bathroom.
Guests can enjoy free access to the nearby White Iris Beauty Spa of the sister hotel Continentale, beauty treatments by Comfort Zone at the spa are available at extra costs.
Your room has a minibar, but you can also enjoy a cocktail downstairs in the club lounge. The kitchenette is fully equipped and includes a dishwasher and coffee machine.
Piazza della Signoria is a 5-minute walk from the property, and the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore is 600 metres away. The property is a non-smoking property.
“A perfect place to stay in Tuscany and enjoy the best of it with magnificent staff that did whatever possible to make our stay there unforgettable. The hotel is beautiful with breathtaking gardens, unusual tasty breakfast and a wonderful restaurant.”
Just outside Chiusdino in the Tuscan countryside, Relais Borgo Santo Pietro has 5 hectares of private gardens. Dating back to the 1200s, it features a swimming pool with bar and terrace.
Rooms and suites are elegant and spacious, decorated in a Baroque style with hand-painted wall art and silk tapestries.
All rooms are air conditioned and feature free WiFi, an iPod dock and a TV with satellite channels and DVD player. You will also find a minibar and a modern bathroom with slippers. All have countryside views and some have a bath in the bedroom.
A buffet breakfast is available each morning while Santo Pietro's restaurant serves organic Tuscan cuisine at dinner. A spa with hot tub is available, while outdoors you will find a tennis court and BBQ. Guests also have a common lounge area with patio.
Free parking is provided and the property is 40 minutes' drive from Siena. Piombino on the coast is just over 1 hour away by car, for boats to Elba Island.
“Staff were outstanding, restaurant extremely good, the villa charming yet contemporary and the views from the garden wonderful.”
Villa Sassolini Relais du Silence is a hotel in Montevarchi that has free bikes, seasonal outdoor swimming pool and spa and wellness centre. Among the various facilities of this property are a garden, a terrace and a bar. The property features a restaurant.
At the hotel, rooms include a wardrobe. The private bathroom is equipped with free toiletries. At Villa Sassolini Relais du Silence, each room is equipped with air conditioning and a flat-screen TV.
Breakfast is available daily, and includes Italian and continental options.
The accommodation offers 4-star accommodation with a hot tub and sauna. Guests at Villa Sassolini Relais du Silence will be able to enjoy activities in and around Montevarchi, like cycling.
Florence is 38 km from the hotel, while Siena is 24 km from the property. Florence Airport is 43 km away.
“Fantastic location and outstanding service. The property is elegant and with a touch of nature at its best. All in all an amazing experience.”
Immersed in the green of southern Tuscany's Maremma hills, Castello di Vicarello is a former castle transformed into a luxurious Mediterranean retreat. It features free Wi-Fi, a spa and a swimming pool surrounded by lush gardens.
All the elegant suites and rooms at the Castello di Vicarello feature the highest standard of furniture and objects gathered through years of travelling. Each unit has an en-suite bathroom with a bathtub.
The gourmet menus are based on local recipes, using the own Castle’s production and wines from the local vineyards. Guests can enjoy summer dinners under the stars, whilst the winter season offers warm meals by the fireplace. Cooking lessons and wine tasting are available on request. A sweet and savoury breakfast is served daily.
Roses, jasmine and countless native flowers mix themselves with ancient lemon and olive trees in the castle's garden. Less than one hour's drive from the hotel guests can also enjoy 2 golf course facilities. Hunting excursions are possible during the season.
The village of Paganico is 11 km away, whilst Grosseto's town centre is 36 km away. The picturesque coastal town of Castiglione della Pescaia is 57 km from the property. Siena is less than 1 hour away by car.
This list is manually curated and based on hotel recommendations from blogs and magazines. Please let me know if you think a hotel should be added to the list.
Updated Mar 30, 2019