Borgo San Felice

Borgo San Felice, Tuscany, Italy

The Tuscan countryside, with its endless vines and oaks punctuated by vertical slashes of green cypress trees, is instantly recognisable; the best place from which to view it all is a suite at Borgo San Felice. The hotel is a former Chianti village, founded in the eighth century; aside from the addition of luxurious mod-cons and a heated open-air swimming pool, it doesn’t look to have changed much from its millenium-old original. The village’s medieval buildings have been carefully refurbished with an eye to upping the luxury factor whilst still maintaining an authentic feel that complements the stunning surroundings and rurality. The cuisine from double Michelin-star chef Franco Bracali is a mix of tradition and innovation. You’ve got two options; highend gastronomy at the Poggio Rosso, or pared down and rustic – though no less spectacular – at the more casual Terrazza Di San Felice. Staunch carnivores, we managed to devour three courses before realising that everything we had had was vegetarian-friendly. This is our highest possible praise. They also make their own wine on the estate, give fascinating tours of the cellars and surrounding vineyards and offer excursions beyond.