Molly McCorkle

Castello di Vicarello

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  • Why:Pure indulgence.
  • When:June
  • Who:Moi
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Castello di Vicarello The breakfast of champions.

The breakfast of champions.

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

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

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

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

Castello di Vicarello Pure design bliss.

Pure design bliss.

Castello di Vicarello What dreams are made of.

What dreams are made of.

Castello di Vicarello The view from my room.

The view from my room.

Castello di Vicarello 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.

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.

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

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

Castello di Vicarello A quiet corner.

A quiet corner.

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

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

Castello di Vicarello One of the two pools.

One of the two pools.

Castello di Vicarello It's all in the details...

It's all in the details...

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

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

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

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

Castello di Vicarello Dinner ingredients, straight from the garden.

Dinner ingredients, straight from the garden.

Castello di Vicarello Amuse-bouching and plotting the perfect dinner party...

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

Castello di Vicarello Did I  mention the views?

Did I mention the views?

Castello di Vicarello Next level golden hour.

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.

  • Health & Wellness

    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.

  • Website

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RELAX.

RELAX.

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

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