October 14, 2017 for 3 nights for 2 adults.
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Relais Il Falconiere & Spa in Cortona, Tuscany, Italy
To arrive at Relais Il Falconaire is to be welcomed home. Riccardo and Silvia Baracchi’s Old World villa, once the home of poet Antonio Guadagnoli, sits on 30 acres of Tuscan countryside filled with olive groves and vineyards, and indeed, a holiday here is an introduction to the Baracchis’ way of life. Join Riccardo on an intimate tour of his wine cellar, or take to the fields with the family to explore the art of falconry. Rooms are opulently restored, with antiques, frescoed walls and wrought iron beds. Between the wafting aromas from the rose garden and the delicacies served at a Michelin-starred restaurant, staying at Il Falconiere a sensory delight.
In a glass-enclosed hillside terrace, savor a breakfast of fresh breads, homemade jam and country cheese served on fine china. Wander through the manicured grounds. At the spa, indulge in an exclusive BiOlv’Experience that infuses warm olive oil, Tuscan lavender and sea salts in a soothing massage ritual. Relish a six-course menu that features roasted rabbit in a light elderberry sauce.
Location of Relais Il Falconiere & Spa
Nearest Airport: PSA
Amenities for Relais Il Falconiere & Spa
- General Information
- 20 Guest Rooms
- Outdoor Dining
- Private Dining
- Wine Cellar
- Bar & Lounge
- On-Site Amenities
- Spa on Property
- Indoor Heated Pool
- Outdoor Pool
- Golf Course
- In-Room Amenities
- Individually Designed Rooms
- En-Suite Bathrooms
- Cooking Classes
- Wine Tasting
- Mountain Biking
- Food & Wine
Reviews for Relais Il Falconiere & Spa
I've read the positive reviews - and am wondering if we stayed at the same hotel? The location of the hotel is fine though it is now plainly tired but there is nothing there that time, a competent manager and a lot of money could not solveâ€¦. and thatâ€™s where it ended. Considering what we had been led to expect, and the Relais & Chateaux brand, it was grim....beyond poor The owners don't like generic reviews, so here are some details: * Our room reeked of cigarette smoke â€“ although supposedly a non-smoking room. * The sofa in my daughters room was badly stained * Both pools were green and candidly so unpleasant that I could not permit my grandchildren to enter them. * the grouting on the tiles of the spa pool were mouldy, as we demonstrated to the management - again I would not voluntarily enter such water. What is housekeeping up to? It shouldnâ€™t take a guest to bring such things to their attention. Someone needs to take the Spa out of use for a day, empty it, take a brush and scrub - quite simple! * While I know that they were hosting a christening that afternoon, that is no excuse for neglecting other guests. I had to go to reception twice to ask twice for a waiter to come and serve me a drink at 1800 * a nail poking out of a chest of drawers in our room - at precisely the level of my granddaughters eye! * The large bath in our room (!) was specially drawn to our attention as a feature â€“ but, the surface had in part been removed and needed restoring â€“ it was not something I would consider using in the state it was in * chairs with broken stretchers in evidence * the flush in our toilet was not functioning properly and required manipulation stop the water running incessantly All the above are signs of under-management and lack of care and do not meet the standards which we have come to expect from Relais & Chateaux - whatever they may once have been, a face-lift is long overdue And all of the above would have been forgiven if the meal had matched the standards one expects from what I was told was a Michelin starred restaurant. It did not! I struggled in vain to receive advice from the sommelier, or even to place an order, which I finally, some time after the amuse-bouches had arrived, had to convey to the head waiter. We did not see the sommelier once after he had left the wine lists - to the point that by the end of the meal my son-in-law was rising to fetch the wine himself to re-fill our glasses. This was lamentable My wifeâ€™s panzanella salad was heavily over-salted and inedible. It was replaced with another attempt which on this occasion was tasteless â€“ but no one cared to ask whether she was happy with it, or why she left it My suckling pig had obviously been standing around and was nearly cold And it is best that I pass over the desserts which to us seemed so far off the standards to be expected from a restaurant that supposedly adopts Michelin standards as to be an embarrassment. Frustratingly, the management in correspondence appeared largely to admit my complaints But until the hotel shows a willingness and a capacity to address these problems, prospective guests should be warned
RagsOxford - Oxford
Pros: - charming and authentic hotel - good location in Arezzo area, a couple of minutes drive from Cortona, one of the nicest towns in Tuscany. Close to Montepulciano (30mn drive) - Rooms are spacious, authentically decorated - Excellent one star Michelin restaurant - Beautiful views from all the site, including restaurant - beautiful breakfast area, and two nice swimming pools - excellent cooking class with Sylvia Baracchi the Michelin starred chef - staff is courteous - good price to quality ratio Cons: - not very clean. Housekeeping is average. Swimming pools also - many mosquitoes... too many - some of the rooms are located far from restaurant and lobby areas, and need a good walk, for people who dislike walking uphill - ACs are not strong enough, for people that like cold rooms - Breakfast selection is average - not all advice on activities and restaurants were good, namely, The locanda del molino is to be avoided. Also the wine tasting in Montalcino was not the best poggio... - the service is cold and not as personal as it should be for this type of lodging - spa massage is average - far from Siena and Montalcino
carinekassir - Beirut, Lebanon
Excellent location with exceptional staff. Beautiful property. Spa is beautiful. Rooms are spread across the property. Our junior suite well away from the main building (300 metres) with 48 steps to the front door. There was a swimming pool in this area as well. Our room had no view due to overgrown trees. Air con was noisy and inefficient. Wardrobe space limited & located in the sitting room. Bathroom floor was slippery when wet. Michelin Star Restaurant was quite good without being exceptional. Not good value for your money unfortunately.
Deessert - Main Beach, Australia
You will not regret staying at this beautiful hotel. The rooms are charming and fit the historic buildings that make up Il Flaconiere. The service was impeccable and the breakfast spread was something I looked forward to every day. Small details like complimentary water and soda in the room were a nice surprise.
We went to this country retreat in Tuscany for a couple of nights and were so happy to have discovered it. It is an old family home that has since been converted to a hotel and it is exactly as it should be... beautiful stone floors, wonderful grounds, very comfortable rooms and lovely warm service. The owners have obviously put a lot of love and care into the hotel, and they are there daily -chatting with the guests, keeping an eye on things and Riccardo (the owner) showed my son the falcon he owns and talked extensively about their wine production (delicious wines that they serve in the restaurant), and the surrounding countryside. The food is delicious and inventive and local, we enjoyed every meal, and the breakfasts that are served outdoors under the trees are delicious. They also have a spa, and 2 pools...but most of our time was taken up with walking through the grounds, eating and visiting nearby Cortona (where they have a delightful wine bar ). I would love to return with a group of friends soon. Thank you for such a lovely couple of days!
RymnMassand - New York City, New York