Accomodation

Hotel Information

  • Description
  • Activities
  • Kids-club
  • Restaurant
  • Wellness

Description

Borgo Pignano is an elegant historical country estate in the heart of the Tuscan countryside, just a short drive from the historic, hilltop towns of Volterra and San Gimignano and within easy reach of the medieval cities of Florence and Siena and the vineyards of Chianti. Borgo Pignano sits in the center of a much cherished 750-acre organic estate and features a magnificent luxury 18th century villa and a hamlet first settled in during Etruscan times.

Today, this sensitively restored and privately owned Borgo, offers warm and gracious hospitality in a tranquil setting about 500 meters above sea level, with some of the most commanding views in all of Tuscany that can stretch to the Mediterranean. Borgo Pignano provides a unique experience, steeped in history that captures the soul of Tuscany. Explore the organic farm, biodynamic kitchen gardens, olive groves, orchards, meadows, lakes, waterfalls and woodlands which can all be found within Pignano’s beautifully managed grounds.

Borgo Pignano’s main building is an 18th century villa surrounded by traditionally planted English gardens overlooking pristine landscapes of Tuscany that have changed little since Renaissance times. Perched on a hilltop, the villa accommodation offers stunning views of olive groves, vineyards, fields and woods.

There are fourteen elegant rooms and suites, some with original frescoes and all with en-suite marble and travertine bathrooms. A grand stone staircase leads to the upper stories and an elevator serves all floors of the villa. Wi-Fi is available throughout the estate.

La Canonica, the Priest’s house, adjoins the ancient church of San Bartolomeo and contains exceptional original features such as medieval stonework, archways, columns, vaulted ceilings, terracotta floors and restored medieval frescoes.

This property dates from the 13th Century and provides an opportunity to stay in an architecturally significant building a few steps across the courtyard from the villa. La Canonica can be used as one large three bedroomed house or independently divided as two separate suites. It’s also possible to stay in the estate's exclusive maisonettes and countryside cottages, which are within an easy walk of the main villa, restaurant, gardens and infinity pool. Each individual property is designed and decorated in an elegant Tuscan style offering privacy and seclusion.

activities

Experiences:

Guided Tour
Many guests of Borgo Pignano are eager to take a break from busy, metropolitan lives and relish the peace and tranquility of the setting. The tours of the estate provide a peek behind the scenes and provide a sense for the approach to agriculture and food production. Visitors learn about how the farm works in and can inspect the beehives and assist with the collection of organic honey, take a tour of the vegetable gardens  and discover how the kitchens use the herbs grown in the aromatic gardens.

Painting Classes
Pignano is a hub for artists who draw inspiration from the landscapes and exceptional Tuscan light. The surroundings often tempt visitors with no previous artistic experience to pick up a brush or pencil during their retreats. The hotel frequently hosts group and individual art classes and the villa is well equipped with artists’ supplies that guests can use.

Cooking Classes
The cooking classes are devoted to the old Tuscan ways of making bread, focaccia and pizza. Borgo Pignano welcomes you to these cooking classes in Tuscany to discover the secrets of the rising and cooking times of typical and simple yet healthy doughs.

Wine Tastings
Borgo Pignano offer guests the exclusive opportunity to enjoy a unique journey into the world of organic and biodynamic wines. Discover how this extraordinary region of Tuscany has produced exceptional wines for thousands of years and learn a little about both traditional and contemporary wine production methods. Wine tastings take place in the historic cellar of Pignano’s grand 18th Century villa where wine expert Francesco shares his deep-rooted passion for wine. Wine tastings are accompanied by a selection of cold meats, cheeses and breads.

Horseback Riding
Borgo Pignano is home to a group of gentle and well-trained horses. The instructor provides riding lessons for beginners within the safety of a full-size, secluded arena. The hotel also organizes guided horse-riding excursions that allow guests to soak up the pleasures of Tuscany from the saddle. Experienced horse riders are free to journey alone and follow the well-marked trails through the woods and fields.

Trekking And Mountain Biking
Borgo Pignano lies within a major game reserve and is at the crossroads of two natural reserves: Berignone and Castelvecchio which lend themselves to short, and arduous, treks. The estate’s virgin woodland and fields, with its protected flora and fauna, is ideal for long walking tours. Partridge, pheasants, ducks, geese, cranes, storks and the occasional small kestrel and osprey can all be spotted. Closer to the villa, swifts and swallows are plentiful and owls and doves can often be heard. Wild boar, roe deer, hare, badgers, foxes and porcupines make their homes in the surrounding woods. The hotel can help you map trails and, on request, accompany guests on nature walks and trails. Mountain bikes available for Guests’ use.

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Kids:

At Pignano children of all ages can enjoy a relaxed atmosphere where they can play and take part in activities that combine both nature and art in the great outdoors. This country location and endless gardens and woodlands provide the perfect playground for children to run, play, build and learn the pleasure of life outdoors. Art and education play an important part in the seasonal activities. During the summer months, there is a staff who take care of children and work to foster their creative impulses through outdoor painting, coloring and creating dyes with flowers and spices, clay modeling and creating sculptures from natural materials. A small swimming pool, built specially for children, is available for all children under the age of twelve. 

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Villa Pignano Restaurant:

The gastronomic restaurant Villa Pignano proposes a refined and innovative menu. Here you can sample fine dining where the ingredients take centre stage. The 0km cuisine is further complimented with an exquisite selection of organic and biodynamic wines from Tuscany. At Villa Pignano you will  find a sophisticated blend of attentive yet discreet service that defines the esate's philosophy.

Restaurant Al Fresco:

During the summer this traditional Restaurant Al Fresco offers an informal, relaxed dining experience set within a beautiful garden environment. Guests can savour authentic Tuscan recipes, such as grilled meat, stone-baked pizza cooked in a classic wood fired oven, together with homemade organic beers and wines.

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Wellness:

The Spa and Wellness area of Borgo Pignano is located just a few steps beyond the grand 18th Century Tuscan Villa. The wellness area harmoniously combines elements of Pignano’s wellbeing philosophy which includes history, nature, health and relaxation, all set within a beautifully designed and elegant spa. Drawing inspiration from Pignano’s unspoilt terrain, abundant gardens, wild flower meadows and organic farmland, each of our natural spa treatments and wellbeing therapies have been created using organic ingredients grown on the estate. The spa's trained herbalist uses flowers, herbs, plant extracts, oils and honeys that promote a sense wellbeing and relaxation. Discover Pignano’s wellness centre in the heart of this historic hamlet and experience another level of peace and tranquillity. Enjoy a dry sauna and steam bath or book a treatment in the private wellness suites. Unwind with a choice of herbal tisanes in the intimate spa lounge and soak up the unique atmosphere of Pignano’s medieval well-house.

FITNESS

Gym

A small purpose built gym featuring the essential fitness equipment. It is housed near the main villa and private use can be reserved at the Reception desk. A personal fitness instructor can also be arranged on request for one-off sessions or regular daily fitness routines.

Yoga & Fitness

Borgo Pignano is the ideal place for a luxury yoga retreat Yoga sessions combine private, or group, classes in relaxation and meditation techniques and are held in the indoor yoga room, the large open hall at the La Fonte farmhouse or, outside, on the lawned terrace of the main villa. It is often possible to join a yoga retreat conducted by other guests. Yoga students find Borgo Pignano’s setting therapeutic and the sessions are very popular with guests. For those wishing to maintain their fitness programme whilst on holiday, Pilates sessions can be arranged. 


POOLS

Borgo Pignano’s infinity pool is hard to match, is nestled on the slope of a hill beneath the villa, and provides expansive views of the Tuscan countryside. The pool was carved from an ancient limestone quarry, which supplied most of the stone used to build Porta dell’Arco, one of the principal gateways of Volterra as well as Pignano’s own buildings. The pool’s depth varies from 0.75 to 2.40 meters with a total surface area of 141 sq. meters. It is surrounded by a limestone terrace with chaises longues and parasols. Adjacent to the pool area there is an outdoor bar and a manicured lawn for those seeking tranquility. A small swimming pool, built specially for children, is available for all children under the age of twelve. 

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