Il Borro Relais
San Giustino Valdarno, Tuscany
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Invigorate and awaken your senses in a shy yet spectacular spot of Tuscany at Villa Il Borro. With a history dating back to 1254 and once the retreat location of choice to Duke Amedeo of Savoy-Aosta but is now owned by Ferruccio Ferragamo, space is a commodity at these medieval grounds. Vineyards, olive groves and cypress trees unite harmoniously on the lush green fields to boast an eco-sustainable oasis dedicated to the art of hospitality and wellbeing.
Down every alley, each cobblestone and limestone fixture speaks a hazy memory of flavour and scents owed to an authentic Tuscany. Demonstrating true Tuscan tradition and history, Mr Ferragamo who emphasised ethical principles began the philological restoration in 1993, bringing the archaic property back to splendour by sourcing local labour and ensuring environmentally conscious behaviour. These principles stem into the upkeep practices of the property and surrounding grounds today. Natural fertilisers, renewable energy and no use of pesticides, to ensure eco-sustainability as well as a nod of respect for lives and the environment are some of the adopted practises at Il Borro.
For the very first time, Il Borro is partnering with Balance Holidays to introduce an unforgettable and unrivalled retreat programme at this luxurious estate, which situated in troves of tranquil offers an individual experience itself.
An oasis of calm and tranquil, escape the grasp of autonomy during your stay at the exquisite grounds of Il Borra. Rediscover the importance of giving time back to your mind, body and soul by engaging in a dedicated wellness retreat programme. Surrounded by nature in Dimora Il Borro, otherwise known as the jewel in the Estate’s crown, these specially designed wellness packages and treatments are intended to restore physical balance, internal peace and offer ultimate relaxation based on the holistic vision of wellbeing. Integrating Il Borro’s wellbeing philosophy combining unspoilt nature with relaxing activities, feel regenerated and rejuvenated inside and out in an unforgettable experience in Tuscany.
Situated in the heart of the medieval village, the Superior suite is a step into stress-free solitude. Safeguarding the traditional Tuscan style and its breath of promise to the environment, the décor and room furniture follow a neutral palette, finished with polished wood flooring, mahogany brown beams across the ceiling and double panelled glass windows located suitably across the suite to allow guests to wake up at ease, in sync with the ascending morning sun. Rich in room space enjoy maximum comfort in the Superior bedroom suite and capture the first glimpse of the breath-taking and pristine grounds of the estate from the balcony or from a window. Each suite is furnished with ultra-modern amenities and toiletries. Looking for additional activities during your stay? The concierge desk is located in the centre of the village to help guests make the most of their stay.
Beyond the comforts of the luxurious Superior suite, guests can access a variety of spaces open to public surrounding the Il Borro estate. Some of these include access to the fully facilitated gym, tennis court or take a stroll through the grape fields, Renaissance gardens and horse farm, unwind with a book on the garden terrace or by the swimming pool, satisfy taste buds at the restaurant or draw a lungful of fresh air taking a stroll through the olive groves and woodland tracks.
Food and cuisine
At the heart of Italian culture, food plays a vital role not only to satisfy hunger but to feed the body, mind and soul to kick-start the day. At Il Borro, each dish infuses Tuscan tradition with its ethical responsibilities through the use of organic, wholesome and fresh locally grown ingredients. *Please notify us of any dietary requirements and allergies.
Cobblestone alleyways shadowed by the restored property, leading to a green field of vineyards and olive groves act as inviting partitions to explore. Il Borro emanates authentic Tuscan countryside charm and serves a reminder of an Italian past time shared amongst some of Europe’s most noble families. Now owned by fashion powerhouse the Ferragamo family, who after carrying out the restoration and refurbishment works has now transformed the property to a sanctuary of solace, relaxation and internal-peace for guests.
Other activities (not included in the price)
Spa, open-air golf, tennis lessons, five-a-side football, truffle hunting, craft workshops, shopping tour, horse-riding lessons, Chianti wine tour and excursions.
Suspended in time, this corner of Tuscany is a timeless treasure. The inescapable first impression of the 700-hectare estate is nestled in the authentic, unspoilt beauty of nature in the heart of Tuscany, tucked between Florence, Siena and Cortona. Carrying a notable history dating back to 1254, the property is now owned by the Ferragamo family and has since been restored to embody battle wounds of the past, the freshness of the present and a pensive curiosity of the future.
Borro in Tuscan dialect refers to a chasm and was originally a fortress built as part of a strategy to defend against invaders crossing the two Roman roads, Clodia and Cassia.
Known to be the most historic and sumptuous of all properties in Tuscany, Il Borro is an inviting stay for guests to step into an authentic medieval space to exchange technological proliferation and distractions for disconnectedness, relaxation and internal peace.