Borgo Santo Pietro, Italy
Scandanavian owners Claus and Jeanette Thottrup have meticulously restored and converted their 13th- century Tuscan stone manor house into a 15-room work-of-art that weaves historic charm with modern luxury. Tucked away in the corner of the beautiful Tuscan countryside, guests are met by a cypress tree- lined driveway and panoramic views of the Serena Valley’s gentle tumbling hills.
Inside, the exquisitely restored stone villa with its luxurious rooms, deep fireplaces and winding stone staircase is decorated with a handpicked collection of antiques, murals, and oil paintings. Guests are invited to explore the surrounding 12-acre gardens, enjoying rose and jasmine-scented walks, grass tennis courts, and a vegetable and herbal garden. The garden produce is used in the hotel’s gourmet organic kitchen, offering seasonal dishes made with extra care by their star chef Stefano Santo. When the weather is warm, guests can relax in the turquoise pool. When the weather is cooler, the one room spa offers massages by the fire.
Finalist, Romantic Retreat 2012