REVIEW: Family-friendly Tuscan retreat built on eco principles: Montebelli Agriturismo and Country Hotel, Maremma,Tuscany

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By Ching Lee

Tuscany – a region that effortlessly lives up to its reputation…rolling landscapes, world-famous art and architecture, astounding wines and wonderful cuisine.

Passionate about their food and wine, Tuscan people have an innate understanding between land and produce and Tuscany is the perfect place to take a greener holiday, where authentic, rural Italy can be experienced.

Montebelli Agriturismo and Country Hotel was the culmination of a trip to discover greener places to stay. Each of the places I had visited had something special and Montebelli was no exception.

Overall: Montebelli is ideal for families and couples seeking a ‘get away from it all’ holiday.

Located in the Tuscan countryside near Grosetto, on 104 hectares, Montebelli boasts a spa, swimming pool, tennis, horseriding and a restaurant onsite…but all done in a relaxed, discreet way, offering guests a real authentic retreat experience.

Working Farm: An agritourismo is a working farm – in Tuscany invariably a winery and/or producer of olive oil – that offers accommodation to tourists in the form of whole houses, apartments or rooms. These rural vacation rentals are a brilliant way to explore Tuscany. A stay out in the Tuscan countryside with a swimming pool and a magnificent view over the vineyards and olive groves beats a standard hotel any time.

Accommodation: What’s different about Montebelli is that guests have a choice of accommodation, both charming in their own right. The original Agriturismo has 21 rooms that are simply, but tastefully furnished with antique Tuscan furniture and a ceiling fan. But Montebelli is also a Country Hotel and has exceptional luxury and contemporary rooms; 24 rooms in fact, all furnished to a high standard, with oak floors, leather chairs, satellite TV, spacious bathrooms and airconditioning. The suites have a separate dressing area and a sitting room with a sofabed (and so are ideal for families).

Food and Wine: Dining out in Tuscany is always a pleasure and trying out different restaurants is normally always a highlight. But when there’s a restaurant onsite that serves delicious, traditional recipes, where the emphasis is on fresh ingredients and local, seasonal products, it’s hard to find a reason to go anywhere else. The Montebelli farm and all its products are certified  bio-organic including fantastic wines and olive oil and even the kitchen garden grows bio-organic fruits and vegetables.

Leisure Activities: The grounds and estate are perfect if you want to horseride, run and cycle, if you don’t mind the hills. There’s also a tennis court and an outdoor pool. For a more relaxing time, head for the Spa, which has an indoor heated swimming pool (adults only), a Turkish bath, sauna, relaxing room with chromotherapy lamps and a choice of treatments to choose from.

Service: Alessandro is a warm and charming host. He, his family and the Montebelli team are always on hand to help you with any aspect of your stay.

Why choosing this holiday makes an environmental difference:

Montebelli is built on core principles of love for nature, care and respect for people. Solar energy is used to run the hotel. The farm and all its products – wine and olive oil – are certified bio-organic. For families and couples looking for a slower-paced holiday, that’s also good for the environment, Montebelli offers an exceptional experience.


Why not combine this eco-friendly retreat with a greener train travel? Contact me, Ching Lee, to help plan your next authentic holiday.

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