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BORGO SAN FELICE, near Siena, Tuscany

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5* Relais & Chateaux
Open Apr 17 - Nov 2 2014
33 bedrooms, 20 suites
2 bars, 2 restaurants
lounge, billiard room
spa, sauna, steam, gym
garden, heated pool, tennis
weddings/events/meetings
parking, helipad
Check in/out: 3pm/10am



BORGO SAN FELICE, near Siena, Tuscany

THE PAST

The picturesque village, Borgo San Felice, dates back to 714AD. For a time, it was known as Pieve, but later re-baptised with its original name. During the Middle Ages, it was disputed territory, and violent battles between Siena and Florence were fought here. In the 18th Century, Borgo San Felice became the property of the Del Tajas, a noble family from Siena, and they moved into the manor house at its heart.

THE PRESENT

Following extensive and careful renovation, Borgo San Felice was transformed into a eco-friendly, rural, luxury hotel. It opened in 1991, and immediately became a Relais & Chateaux member. The guest bedrooms and suites are scattered throughout the village’s historic buildings. Whilst the medieval authenticity of its narrow streets and stone buildings has been maintained, the property has been elegantly enhanced to create a stylish ambience for guests. In it, they can enjoy such first-class comforts and services as a concierge, ticket service, 24-hour reception, room service, in-room VIP services, daily newspapers, fax and photocopier, Wi-Fi coverage throughout, laundry, dry-cleaning and ironing services. A baby-sitter service is also available. As well, there is free parking and free bike rental, luggage deposit, a currency exchange and a souvenir shop.

THE PLACE FOR YOU?

Yes, for a unique and supremely Italian experience, which you can enjoy in 5* comfort, surrounded by living history. Borgo san Felice lies at the heart of Tuscany’s Chianti Classico region, and is set amid vineyards and olive grove, with views of imposing castles, forested hills and rugged mountains. Located just over nine miles from Siena, and a one-hour drive from Florence, it makes an ideal base from which to tour and explore. The hotel offers a range of sightseeing excursions and activities in the surrounding area, and welcomes children and pets.

THE PROPERTY IN DETAIL

RELAXING
The Gli Archi bar and lounge has comfortable seating, a fireplace, a pool table and a piano bar for evening entertainment.

EATING & DRINKING
In the a la carte Poggio Rosso restaurant, Chef Francesco Bracali – holder of two Michelin stars - re-interprets traditional Italian recipes with style and elegance, using high-quality, locally grown ingredients. Specialities include grilled scallops on a cream of pink Regello chickpeas, ravioli flavoured with saffron from San Gemignano, and garganelli pasta with fresh shallots from Certaldo.

The more informal Terrazza di San Felice restaurant and Barbecue, located in a garden setting on the road leading to the hotel’s entrance, offers a buffet of simple, home-style Tuscan cuisine prepared by two of Bracali’s pupils: Chef Alessandra Zacchei and her husband and Chef Pâtissier Nazareno Dodi.

Packed lunches can be ordered.

The Agricola San Felice farming estate supplies beef from its Chianina livestock, as well as olive oil. The winery produces 14 wine labels, including the celebrated Poggio Rosso - in honour of which the restaurant is named – Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, Campogiovanni and Vigorello, as well as grappas and vin santo Italian dessert wine. These feature on the wine lists, along with other local wines, and many more of the best Italian and international labels.

Cocktails and after-dinner drinks are served in the Gli Archi bar and lounge.

There is also a Poolside Bar where, as well as drinks, light lunches or snacks can be enjoyed in welcome shade.

SLEEPING
Borgo San Felice’s 33 bedrooms and 20 suites are scattered throughout the historic buildings of this medieval village – some in the palace that was once home to the Marquis of Taja, others in the ancient houses near the main square. Refurbishment with accuracy and attention to detail has ensured that the rural character of each has been retained. There are wood-beamed ceilings, stone arches, and such important decorative elements as hand-crafted antique furniture and precious fabrics. Bathrooms feature beautiful Tuscan tiles, and either a bathtub or a shower. In every room, important decorative elements from the past are combined with today’s modern comforts, including air-conditioning, free WI-FI Internet connection, LCD television with satellite channels, mini-bar and safety deposit box. Smoking rooms are available.

The intimate 14 Classic Doubles measuring approximately 25 sq m, come with the choice of a double or twin beds.
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The 19 strikingly elegant Deluxe Doubles measuring approximately 30 sq m, come with either a double or twin beds.
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The nine bright and stylish Junior Suites measuring 45 sq m, have a comfortable sitting area. Guests may choose either a double or twin beds, and an extra bed can be added.
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There are also 10 spacious Suites, measuring 60sq m, which have a living room and a bedroom – either double or twin-bedded. It is also possible to add an extra bed.
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Suite Loggia, an independent apartment in which guests can enjoy their stay in total privacy, is the finest and most exclusive accommodation Borgo San Felice offers. It features large windows and a private terrace overlooking the Chianti hills and the village’s main square.
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All room rates include buffet breakfast and VAT. Tourist tax is appliable.
Children under 2 stay free when sharing a bed with parents or sleeping in a cradle. The maximum number of extra beds or cradles allowed in any room is two.
Pets are welcome, but may incur an extra charge – please ask for details when booking.


CANCELLATION POLICY: This varies depending on the room-type requested; details are available when booking requests are received.

Cancellation Policy for Special Offer Packages: Cancel 72 hours prior to 4 pm day of arrival (local hotel time) to avoid penalty charges or forfeiture of deposit. In the case of no-show or early-departure, the penalty charge will be 100% of the nights reserved.

SPA
Borgo San Felice’s 350 sq m Spa and Wellness Centre - located in an atmospheric, renovated oil mill - features a humid area with bio saunas, steam baths, walls which diffuse medicinal salts, a Kneipp path with alternating hot and cool pools, as well as hot-sand sunbeds which deliver a constant micro-massage to soothe aches and pains.
In the Wellness Centre, a wide range of personalised body and beauty treatments, using products derived from olive oil and wine, is available
There is also a fully equipped fitness centre with Tecnogym equipment.

OUTDOORS
The outdoor pool is heated from May 15 until September 15. There are two tennis courts and a bocce/petanque court. Bicycles are available, free of charge, for guests.

Half- and full-day nature trekking, with or without an expert guide, can be arranged. Horseback riding is available within the vicinity.

For golfers, Borgo San Felice’s partner, the Royal Golf Club La Bagnaia is just under 18 miles away. Circolo del Golf dell’Ugolino, near Florence, is within a one-hour drive; Golf Pelagone near Gavorrano, near Grosseto, an hour and a half by car).

A range of excursions is offered by the hotel. Guests can enjoy a guided sampling tour featuring wines and produce of the Agricola Sa Felice Farming Estate and Winery; or the hotel’s concierge can provide directions to and opening hours at neighbouring wineries and shops selling typical Tuscan produce, for a self-guided tour.

Also available is an escorted one-day Chianti Towns excursion, which takes in Castellina in Chianti, Gaiole and Monteriggioni, and reveals the ancient secrets of winemaking, as well as the history of the cellars.

There is also a full-day excursion to Siena and San Gimignano – treasure troves of historic, artistic, religious and cultural wonders. In Siena, you will see the Piazza del Campo where the famous Palio horse race is run, il Palazzo Comunale, the majestic basilica of San Domenico and the Cathedral; and learn about the history of the city’s great noble families. In San Gimignano, ‘the city of the hundred towers’, admire the 14 that remain of the original 77, built as medieval symbols of wealth and power.

As well, a guided tour of Siena’s contrade, or city districts, can be arranged. Residents of the 17 contrade are the protagonists in the Palio. Each district has its own distinctive style and atmosphere, its own church and a museum with the various prizes won down the years. Expert tour guides will help you discover this intimate world and its secrets.

A Hot Air Balloon tour, as the sun rises at dawn, offers an unforgettable way to discover the Siena countryside and the stunning city of Siena from a unique perspective.

Another exciting option is to tour Tuscany’s hill towns in a vintage Rolls Royce, Bugatti, Maserati, Ferrari, Lancia, Porsche, Bentley or Jaguar. Both of these touring experiences can be arranged by the hotel.

Please use the Make an Enquiry button below to request further information on any of the excursions outlined above.

WEDDINGS
This ancient and atmospheric village near Siena is a wonderful location for a dream wedding. The ceremony can be held in the 8th-Century Romanesque Church or in the splendid 18th-Century Cappella della Maddelena, facing the main square.
The 82 sq m Sala del Barbieri, the 80 sq m Sala Caminetto or the 100 sq m Sala Pugnitello, located in the Agricola San Felice’s Wine cellar, can host your wedding party for a reception or banquet.
Borgo San Felice’s experienced event team can organise and co-ordinate all the activities, church availability and the internal catering service, under the care of renowned 2-Michelin star Chef Francesco Bracali.

The hotel can be exclusively reserved for the event

Please use the Make an Enquiry button below to request further information on weddings at Borgo San Felice.

BUSINESS
At Borgo San Felice, a business trip can be combined with a pleasant and relaxing stay. The property is easily accessed, yet is appealingly hidden in the peaceful Chianti hills.

There are three fully equipped meeting rooms:
The largest is Sala Dei Barberi, measuring 182 sq m. It can comfortably accommodate up to 145 participants in a theatre-style set-up, 80 in a horse-shoe set-up, and up to 230 in an island set-up.
Vailable equipment for this room includes external audio/video control room (with simultaneous translation services available upon request, for an extra fee), free high-speed Wi-Fi Internet connection, overhead projector, portable and static microphones, loudspeakers and amplification systems, flip charts, folder-and-pen sets

Situated next to the Sala dei Barberi, thus allowing multi-functionality, the Fireplace Lounge - Sala Caminetto - measuring 80 sq m, can host up to 35 in a theatre-style set-up, 45 in an island set-up or 15 participants in a conference table set-up.
This room’s equipment includes free high speed Wi-Fi Internet connection, overhead projector, portable and static microphones, loudspeakers and amplification systems, flip charts, folder-and-pen sets

With a strking and unique location in Agricola San Felice’s Wine cellar, meaning that it can add a touch of originality to such events as a cocktail party, private country dinner party, or wine- and olive-oil-tasting, served directly on the wooden barrels Sala Pugnitello, measuring 100 sq m, and can be set up according to individual requirements.
This room’s equipment includes free high speed Wi-Fi Internet connection, overhead projector, portable and static microphones, loudspeakers and amplification systems, flip charts, folder-and-pen sets

Please use the Make an Enquiry button below to request further information on a business meeting, conference or event at Borgo San Felice.

GETTING THERE
Borgo San Felice is 20 km from Sienna, 80 km from Florence and 230 km from Rome.
GPS coordinates: 43°23'18.24 N 11°27'30.94 E

BY ROAD:
From Milan, take the Florence A1 highway and exit at Firenze Impruneta. Take the expressway for Siena, and then the slip road SS73 for Siena, ignoring the various exits from the city. After about 7 km, turn right at the Casetta exit and then head towards Bossi, San Felice, Monteaperti, Gaiole etc. Continue towards Bossi, passing through Monteaperti and San Piero; after San Piero turn right and then left for the Bossi farms. About a kilometre after Bossi, you will come to Borgo San Felice.

From Rome take the A1 highway towards Forense and exit at Valdichiana. Take the slip road for Siena, and after about 30 km take the exit on the right for Castelnuovo Berardenga. Once through the town on the 484 state road, keep on towards Gaiole in Chianti. After about 10 km, once past the town of Villa a Sesta, you will find the turn for San Felice on the left.

BY AIR:
Florence Peretola International Airport is 90 km from Borgo San Felice;
Pisa Galileo Galilei International Airport is 190 km away.

Helicopter co-ordinates: Nord 43Gradi 23 Primi e 27.1 secondi
Est 011 gradi 27 primi e 25.0 secondi

BY RAIL:
Siena Railway Station is 18 km from Borgo San Felice.

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