San Luigi is a unique and historical Tuscan residence, providing spacious and luxuriously appointed accommodation for up to 14 guests, and is perfectly equipped for those who wish to enjoy the summer or winter in Southern Tuscany.
Commissioned by the illustrious Borghese family and designed by the renown Sienese architect Baldassare Tommaso Peruzzi (1481 – 1536) the villa has been extended and enhanced over the centuries, and has recently undergone a complete restoration to create a contemporary country estate, whilst remaining faithful to the original design.
Within the extensive grounds, you will find a spectacular travertine infinity edge pool, an outdoor kitchen and expansive terrace in addition to secluded places within the gardens where you can simply breathe in the fresh Tuscan air…. or enjoy a glass of wine as you watch the sun set.
San Luigi sits proudly on a hilltop surveying the diverse Tuscan landscape: to the South, the summit of Mount Amiata and the hilltop town of Montalcino are clearly visible; the moon-scape of the Crete Senesi lies to the East with undulating fields and wooded hills to the West. On a clear day, from the highest point on the estate, the towers of Siena can be seen glistening in the sunlight. Situated within the historical estate of Castelnuovo Tancredi (which dates as far back as 1315), San Luigi’s location is ideally positioned for you to experience the beauty, culture, wine and gastronomy of Southern Tuscany. The medieval walled-town of Buonconvento with its restaurants and bars, shops selling local produce as well as a
supermarket and railway station, is a short seven minute drive.
Montalcino and its famous Brunello vineyards is just 15 minutes away, whilst Siena and the hilltop towns of Pienza and San Quirico d’Orcia, and the thermal baths at Bagno di Vignone are all accessible within 30 minutes.
The ground floor of San Luigi has been designed with entertaining in mind, whilst at the same time providing enough options for those who want a bit of peace and quiet to enjoy their own personal space. The main Villa has a beautiful Sitting Room with French windows opening on to a more private terrace with views to the West. Furnished in an elegant style and connected to the kitchen and dining areas, there is a large travertine fireplace for winter evenings.
Il Forno (part of which once was the old oven) can serve both as a TV room and library, as well as an additional guest room.
The Studio is stocked with additional reading materials and a laptop PC that our guests are free to use.
Immediately underneath the Studio is a small but beautiful wine cellar stocked with an aray of some of the most renowned wines from the region.
Walk across the courtyard - our own version of the ‘Piazza del Campo’- that separates the Villa from the ‘A’ wing (colloquially named after the man of the house) and you will find yourself in a lavish entertainment space. The entire building is light-filled with soaring ceilings, magnificent iron doors on to the courtyard and French windows that open on to the A wing’s own terrace. With three distinct yet inter-connected areas, this is a fantastic party space. Firstly, there is a large sitting / media room complete with fireplace, Samsung Smart TV, Sonos system, and enough comfortable sofas to accommodate the entire family or a large group of freinds. Then there is the one of a kind bar area with a large individually designed travertino noce bar table and a bar unit complete with fridge, wine fridge, and everything you need to make that summer cocktail. If you are lucky, we may even let you sample our whisky collection!
And not forgetting the handmade full-sized snooker table and card/games table for the competitive amongst you. Of course, for those who fancy something a little more exotic, you could always try a Shisha on the terrace…….
EATING & DRINKING
The bespoke handmade kitchen and butler’s pantry beautifully compliment the soaring ceilings and unique terracotta columns that dominate the kitchen and dining area. With a large Lacanche stove, microwave, American fridge freezer, additional larder fridge and two dishwashers, supplemented by pretty much every gadget you can think of, the
kitchen is a cook’s paradise. The large chestnut dining table can seat 14 for more formal dining occasions, whilst
outside, numerous travertine cafe tables are dotted around the courtyard, where you can enjoy your breakfast either in shady corners or basking in the morning sun. By the pool, there is an exceptional external kitchen and dining area complete with BBQ and Pizza Oven, fridge and ice-maker to ensure you can keep cool whilst you lounge by the pool, enjoying the Tuscan summer sun.
At the end of the day, whether you have enjoyed exploring the region’s cultural attractions, savouring the local food and wine, or simply relaxed soaking up the sun by the pool, your luxurious room or suite awaits. With Vi-spring beds, the finest Busatti linens and towels, individually designed travertine bathrooms and organic Tuscan toiletries, no expense has been spared to ensure an exceptionally comfortable and memorable stay. San Luigi is ideal for families or groups of friends, providing exclusive accommodation for up to 14 guests. All rooms and suites are air-conditioned with under-floor heating;
and have their own en-suite with travertine showers, whilst three also have free-standing baths. Each of our guest rooms and suites has an individual character inspired by a place we have lived in and loved. Which one will tempt you?
Our largest suite with soaring ceilings and direct access to the loggia; exquisite bespoke furniture including large four poster bed (super king), and rich velvet furnishings complement the grandeur of this space. With its own sitting area, LCD Smart TV (with Sky), and a travertine fireplace for those cold Tuscan winter evenings, Venezia offers guests a sumptuous environment in which to relax and recuperate. The magnificent en-suite bathroom combines the best of local materials and
craftsmanship with luxurious modern fittings as befits a grand suite. The blu-Etruscan travertine double shower and washbasin stand beneath the dramatic beamed ceiling, whilst the freestanding bath offers views towards Mount Amiata and Montalcino.
The dramatic Jim Thompson fabric ‘Enter the Dragon’ and specially chosen pieces of furniture inspired by or brought back from China, create a sense of the East in this spacious guest room. Yet the sumptuous colours also echo Tuscany at its best – the aqua of the thermal baths, the orange of the terracotta bricks and the brown of the scorched earth in summer. Fine Busatti linens grace the King-sized bed, and a locally crafted travertine bathroom in a 'Mandarin' style, complete this beautiful guest room.
With views to the West and South and direct access to the loggia, Girasole definitely allows guests to ‘follow the sun’. Inspired by the sunflowers that grow in abundance across the region in the summer months, the furnishings and artwork reflect the colours of the land around San Luigi. Girasole has a king-sized bed and its own light-filled, en-suite travertine bathroom with large rain shower, and of course, those all-important fluffy Busatti towels and bathrobes, and organic Tuscan toiletries.
An oak and iron staircase leads up to the bedroom overlooking the free-standing bath, offering the opportunity to relax whilst admiring the stunning views to the West of San Luigi. Mezzanino, inspired by a New York loft apartment, is elegantly furnished, has a queen-sized bed and provides a creative use of space given the height of the room. Another beautiful travertine bathroom with rain shower and unique Douro Travertino washbasin sits snugly beneath the mezzanine bedroom.
The striking Ikat fabric on the headboards inspired the design of this room, which also reflects the time we spent in the ‘Medio Oriente’. Cool yet inviting, the Busatti ‘blu’ linen, made the same way today as it was centuries ago, perfectly complements the William Yeoward fabrics used throughout this individually styled space. With zip-link twin beds
that can easily be converted into a King, and an en-suite shower room, Blu provides flexibility for family guests.
With a more traditional feel and original terracotta tiles, this suite offers seclusion for those who may want their own space away from the main Villa. L’ Olivetto has a queen-sized bed, its own sitting area complete with LCD Smart TV (with Sky), and a working travertino rosa fireplace where guests can light a log fire on cold winter evenings. This light-filled suite also offers outstanding views to the West and has its own covered terrace and garden over-looking the Olive Grove. The bathroom in Carrera marble houses a freestanding bath and separate shower, and as with all our guest rooms, has
full under-floor heating and air-conditioning.
Part of this room was originally the old bread oven – hence the name! Located on the ground floor and directly opposite the guest bathroom with rain shower, Il Forno has been converted into a comfortable sitting room complete with LCD Smart TV (with Sky) and DVD, and a stufa (wood-burning stove). Furnished with a luxury corner sofa and ottoman that can be turned into a Queen-sized bed, this room also offers flexibility as a guest room for those who prefer not to climb the original travertine staircase, or as overflow for additional visitors.
The magnificent travertine pool with an infinity-edge overlooks the private lake below San Luigi, with far-reaching views across to the Crete Senesi and Val D’Orcia. The expansive terrace is furnished with twelve sun-loungers and parasols to provide shade from the hot Tuscan summer sun, whilst the bathroom beneath the pool houses a large rainfall shower for cooling down. Adjacent to the pool terrace is a lounge area with a pergola and comfortable seating for those who prefer a bit more shade. The exceptional external kitchen is equipped with everything you will need to rustle up a poolside lunch or gourmet sunset dinner including a Forno (pizza oven) and gas-fired barbeque, two-ring burner, dishwasher, fridge and ice-maker. At night, the lighting, candles and fire-pits turns the pool terrace into a magical place to dine, enjoy an aperitivo, or simply gaze at the stars.
The gardens at San Luigi have been lovingly created to compliment the layout of the Estate and the local landscape of undulating hills, Cypresses and Holm Oaks. Numerous seating areas have been created within the gardens to provide ample
opportunity to enjoy the panoramic views. At the front of the Villa the more formal Italian garden, planted with buxus, roses and rosemary echoes the symmetry of the architecture. Around the pool and outer edges of the garden, the planting creates a sense of fusion between the garden and the natural landscape. To the west of the Estate an olive grove has been established and to the rear of the Villa, you will find San Luigi’s very own vegetable garden. The terrace between the ‘A wing’ and the pool is complimented by more exotic planting, whilst the lawn provides an opportunity for a game of croquet. Of course, an Italian garden would not be complete without it’s very own Bocce court….rules provided!
The hand crafted wrought Iron Gazebo, designed and produced by FBB from Pienza provides a unique entertainment / relaxing space amongst the formal Italian garden with breath taking panaronomic views.
For availability and prices, please send us an inquiry.
High Season (June September, Christmas , New Year & Easter) - minimum stay 7 nights at Euro 25000 per week
Low and Mid Season - minimum stay 4 nights at Euro 20000 per week prorata.