Borgo PignanoTuscany / Italy
With the handsome hills of Tuscany sprawling out beneath it, this gracefully restored 18th century country estate sits high above 750 acres of organic farmland. Guest participation is a major part of staying at Borgo Pignano, with beekeeping, horseback riding, soap making and cookery classes not only being immense fun but also a window into the high sustainability standards that this utterly charming resort has set itself.
What to love
- Heating and hot water systems are fuelled by solar panels and chip-fired boilers.
- The organic farm provides a lot of the ingredients for the resort’s kitchen and toiletries, while steps to reduce the need for irrigation are also being taken.
- All of the resort’s rooms, suites and maisonettes are home to an incredible sense of Tuscan style, while many feature original architectural elements.
What to know
- There is always something new to experience at Borgo Pignano, from wine tasting and bread-making to mountain biking.
- Borgo Pignano is just a short drive from the historic Volterra and San Gimignano hill towns, while Florence is also within striking distance.
- Restaurant Villa Pignano plates up fantastic takes on local dishes, with most of the ingredients sourced fresh from the resident farm.
While the history of this regal Tuscany estate lies in the 18th century, Borgo Pignano is a resort that runs on a very innovative way of thinking. Based on an organic farm, most of the ingredients used in its kitchen and for its luxury toiletries are grown on-site to reduce waste and carbon emissions, while having resident bee colonies not only means the finest Millefiori-flavoured honey, but it helps to sustain the gardens and fruit trees. This commitment to green ideologies is also why all heating and water systems are fuelled by solar panels and chip-fired boilers (fed by wood from the estate’s forest), while rainwater is specially harvested for the gardens. There are even two Tesla charging points in the hotel car park.
With so much hard work going on behind the scenes, it means that the expert staff at Borgo Pignano have plenty of wisdom to share. Guests can join the beekeepers to learn how to harvest honey; sit down with the in-house laboratory team to make soaps; or take a bread-making lesson in the kitchen. Other experiences to try include horseback riding, wine tasting, art classes, mountain biking and yoga, while the spa in the estate’s converted well-house is kitted out with a dry sauna, steam bath, and offers a host of wellness treatments.
Borgo Pignano’s accommodation is where its elegant history really comes out to play. The estate has 14 rooms and suites, as well as 10 larger maisonettes and cottages, which feature extravagant Tuscan interiors with en suite marble and travertine bathrooms. With views of either the English gardens or the sweeping hill towns, there’s no better feeling than waking up and flinging open the windows to let it all in.
When To Travel
Tuscany is synonymous with spring and summer but the area is stunning and well worth visiting in quieter months.
Pignano is just 40 mins from the beautiful city of Siena and just an hour from the west coast. The nearest international airports are just over an hour away at Pisa and Florence.
Children are very welcome at Borgo Pignano. Not only is there a kids’ swimming pool, but children’s activities are also organised by staff in the summer months.