Molly McCorkle

Castello di Vicarello

www.byerscollective.com
  • Where:Tuscany
  • Why:Pure indulgence.
  • When:June
  • Who:Moi
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The breakfast of champions.

The rooms & kitchen surround this open courtyard where dinner is served every night.

Fresh cut flowers + a bottle of from the hotel's vineyards.

Pure design bliss.

What dreams are made of.

The view from my room.

This 11th century medieval kitchen just off the courtyard has an open door policy - come in, have a snack and a chat with the chef while he works on the next meal.

The dining room...I can only imagine how cozy this is in the winter.

A quiet corner.

It's a garden to table kind of place - most of what's served at the hotel comes from these gardens.

One of the two pools.

It's all in the details...

The second pool, where I settled in for the day.

A glass of wine a day (at lunch) keeps the doctor away.

Dinner ingredients, straight from the garden.

Amuse-bouching and plotting the perfect dinner party...

Did I mention the views?

Next level golden hour.

Highs & Lows

  • As someone who appreciates beautiful design, this was top notch…like stepping into an Architectural Digest spread. My room featured an original antique Chinese bed - although not entirely comfortable…it was a sacrifice I was willing to make.

  • The food. Fresh berry tart for breakfast (warm out of the oven), fresh pasta...fresh everything.

  • Views for days.

  • The service. When caught in a time pinch and unable to get a taxi, one of the staff drove me to the bus & helped me purchase my ticket. A real life saver when your Italian is rustic (or nonexistent).

  • This is it. I'm finally able to answer the "favorite hotel in the world" question.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 49/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Country villa turned B&B.

  • Vibe

    Less like checking into a hotel, more like staying at your family's ultra-chic Tuscan estate.

  • Location

    Off the beaten track, as it should be when visiting Tuscany.

  • Rooms

    Six

  • Music

    Nope. Just pure tranquility.

  • Year Opened

    2003

  • Designed By

    Lovingly restored by owners Aurora and Carlo.

  • Pool/Gym

    Two pools...one of which is an infinity pool overlooking the rolling Tuscan Hills. A small gym with everything you need...although I opted for a run through the countryside - much more scenic.

  • Restaurant

    The food experience was the highlight of my stay (oink, oink). The kitchen is the real gathering place of the hotel and someone is always cooking up something freshly picked from the garden. Not in the mood for what’s offered on the menu for dinner that night? No problem, the chef is happy to whip up whatever you’re in the mood for.

  • Bar

    The hotel is set within a stunning vineyard & produces its own wine...it would be a sin not to indulge. This year the owner produced their first small batch of rosé for guests, which was a real treat to try.

  • Minibar

    A small selection of drinks + snacks.

  • Children

    Best left for the big kids.

  • Price

    Worth every penny.

Sit by the pool, sip wine & read a book. Go to sleep, wake up, repeat.

RELAX.

Via Cassia Per Siena 133 | Localita' Bargino, SR2, 50026, San Casciano in Val di Pesa, Italy

Sit by the pool, sip wine & read a book. Go to sleep, wake up, repeat.

Like how to cook. The hotel offers classes with the master herself, Aurora.

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Castello Di Vicarello, Via Vicarello, Poggi del Sasso, Province of Grosseto, Italy

Like how to cook. The hotel offers classes with the master herself, Aurora.

Should you drink Vicarello dry, head to one of the nearby vineyards and continue

Wine Tasting

Should you drink Vicarello dry, head to one of the nearby vineyards and continue "tasting."

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