Castello Banfi, maker of some of Tuscany’s best-known wines on a glorious vineyard and olive estate in the hills, is also the renowned purveyor of generous Italian hospitality and gastronomic experiences from Michelin-calibre chefs




Set in idyllic surroundings overlooking its own 7,000-acre estate of vineyards and olive groves near Montalcino, Castello Banfi is a superb holiday destination for those who enjoy good wine, good food and good living, Tuscan style.
It creates a unique setting for its guests. Because it is a serious maker of premium-quality wines, those who stay in the 14 rooms and suites, set within 18th-century stone buildings beside the estate's 12th-century castello, are part of a working winery. The rooms, former estate workers’ homes, are typically Tuscan, with wood-beamed ceilings, deep-set windows and terracotta floors, yet fabulously enhanced by silk curtains, soft couches, fine art and comfortable beds; each room was designed by Italy’s pre-eminent interior and fashion designer, Federico Forquet.

In the large en-suite bathrooms you will be treated to walk-in rainfall showers and unique toiletries made from the Sangiovese grapes grown on the estate. High-tech elements are purposely discreet—LCD television hidden within a false bookcase for example (and high-speed internet access is free of charge). There is a swimming pool, pergola-covered cloister garden, breakfast nook and reading room within the castle keep. The excellent restaurant fouses on delicious fresh Tuscan dishes and, naturally, it has a strong house wine list. And another joy of staying at Banfi is the 'Cook and Stay' project, which gives guests lessons from Michelin-calibre chefs in the art of Italian cooking.

Beyond the Castello there is plenty to see: you are just an hour from historic Siena, and nearby Montalcino is a serious wine town, filled with the fruits of the surrounding Brunello wineries (and wine tasting is a popular pastime in these parts). It is also an historic area: sitting alone in an olive grove near the Abbezia di Sant’ Antimo, along the old pilgrimage road linking Rome to Santiago de Compostela in Spain, one can imagine past travellers resting here. The abbey is beautiful, a glowing example of Romanesque architecture, one of the finest in Italy and well off the usual tourist route. And then there is always the Castello Banfi pool to return to for a relaxing swim as the sun goes down over the vineyards.

We thoroughly recommend this lovely castello. For those who are interested in the workings of a winery, the best time to go may well be in the harvest months of September and October, with their autumn colours and still-warm days. But in fact spring and early summer are also beautiful times to visit—and earlier vintages of the Banfi wines will already be available to enjoy to the full.

Exclusive Club rates

Our Members receive special rates at Castello Banfi, saving up to 47% off the rack rates and starting with our exclusive Blue Ribbon arrangement for a 'Cook at Banfi' stay for three nights in a Classic Suite overlooking the Ombrone valley and the vineyards.

The first Members to book this fabulous three-night stay will enjoy a special Blue Ribbon rate. For full details, to check current Club rates for all rooms as well as availability, and to snap up the Blue Ribbon offer, please call the Member Services team on 020 7399 2960 or follow the link below.

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