Hotel Le Fontanelle *****
The name ‘Le Fontanelle’ comes from the fact that the original property (which dates back to the 13th Century) was once home to stone ‘fonts’ which were used to collect spring water , and these were rebuilt and enlarged in the 14th Century.
The Fontanelle area, which was once an Etruscan settlement, then it was occupied by the Romans and, successively, the Lombards during the Middle Ages, has always been a countryside residence and it was only in 1999 that work began to transform this ancient structure into a luxury hotel. However, this work maintained the antique charm whilst perfectly combining it with the demands of modern hospitality, a warm atmosphere and exclusive services.
Hotel Le Fontanelle also features an elegant restaurant with a panoramic terrace, a meeting room that can hold up to 25 people, and a large and well-equipped spa where guests can restore their psycho-physical well-being in a particularly pleasant environment. What is more, there is a small shop at the hotel selling extra virgin olive oil and Chianti wine made on the premises.
The hotel’s spa consists of a panoramic outdoor and indoor heated swimming pool, sauna, Turkish bath, Jacuzzi and gym and it offers guests the possibility to choose from various treatments, including personalised treatments for the face and body, massages.
The 25 rooms at Hotel Le Fontanelle are divided into 5 categories: classic, prestige, deluxe, junior suite and suite. The classic rooms are furnished in a characteristic Tuscan style, whilst the prestige rooms are located in the outdoor swimming pool area and they all have a small garden. Some of the deluxe rooms feature a private terrace looking out over the hills of Chianti, whilst others have four-poster beds. The junior suites are all decorated in a sophisticated style and they boast exposed wooden beams and Florentine terracotta flooring. Some of these rooms also look out over the Chianti valley, whereas others feature a view of the hotel’s vineyard, and some have a terrace. Lastly, the suites have large private gardens, a view of the Chianti valley or the hotel’s vineyard, exposed wooden beams, Florentine terracotta flooring and precious furniture.
The elegant restaurant La Colonna, which boasts a wonderful panorama, serves up a series of dishes created by the chef and a wine connoisseur is on hand to recommend the best wine for the meal. There is also an à la carte menu that pays tribute to characteristic dishes from the Tuscan cuisine, which have been reinterpreted with gusto and originality, and all the ingredients come from the surrounding area. The desserts are also created at the restaurant by a special patisserie chef, and, during the summer months, guests can dine outside on the charming terrace.
Some of the hotel’s services and facilities:
There is so much to see in the area surrounding Hotel Le Fontanelle - Chianti, Val d’Orcia and numerous cities of art, including Siena , and the hotel’s concierge can help guests to organise various itineraries during their stay. In Siena, for example, guests can enjoy the ancient roads, neighbourhoods and, of course, Piazza del Campo, which is semi-circular and home to the traditional ‘Palio’ horserace every year in July and August. A tour of the Val d’Orcia, on the other hand, involves a visit to the Montalcino fort, the area where the famous Brunello wine comes from, the splendid town of Pienza , the birthplace of Pope Pius II, the Sant’Antimo abbey and the abbey of Monte Uliveto Maggiore, which boasts a series of frescos about Saint Benedict.
The Chianti area, which is home to numerous castles, and the panorama of the hills of Siena offers visitors plenty of opportunities to go on exciting food and wine adventures and visit some of the most famous wine cellars where they can taste top quality products.
Local taxes for Euro 4,00 per person/per night, to be applied on the first four nights of the stay – to be paid on the spot. Excluded children until 13 years.
Wireless internet access
Restaurants in the vicinity
Indoor swimming pool