November 7, 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
What a beautiful hotel, just outside the Tuscan town of Cortona. Fine dining, spa, their own vineyards, and a beautiful location. The owners are present and they and the staff are extremely helpful. We loved this place.
We absolutely enjoyed this stay. It has the most amazing views of the countryside and Cortona. The service is fantastic and the rooms are decorated very beautifully. We had a junior suite and it was the perfect size for a couple. The breakfast was incredible. The pastries are fresh and delicious and they also had eggs and bacon - you can request an omelet if you wish which was outstanding. The cappuccinos are delicious!! The short walk back and forth to the restaurant and reception is peaceful and romantic and I highly recommend this relais.
We stayed here 20 years ago, when it was just a few years old. It was wonderful then. The proprietors are the same, the countryside is as sumptuous as ever, the place is twice as big, with a new spa centre, the prices are perhaps 6x times what they were, the food was amazing, now good/ok (one dish out of about 12 was amazing) (michelin star must be at risk at the next inspection), some staff clearly not loving their life in the place. In summary: living off its reputation. Unless $1,000 for a brief stay is small change for your best find somewhere a bit earlier in its trajectory
Mebedbug - Bedford, United Kingdom
Physically the hotel is a beautiful rustic resort in Cortona, Italy. Once you get past that I have to take issue. Upon arrival I was told that I was upgraded to a better room but soon realized that I was not and brought that to their attention. Suffice to say I never heard back from them again. I also specifically requested a king size bed when making my reservation but was told when I got there that I got an Italian king which is nothing more than a queen. The bottom line is I didn't get the room I requested. We also had a lot of flies in our room as we had to keep the windows open as there was no air conditioning. Furthermore, I couldn't even open my shutters as otherwise there would have been no privacy. The food is good to very good but nothing truly special especially considering the price. In fact for dinner we waited at least 45 minutes between courses. The real disappointment was our last meal when we had a white truffle lunch. It ended up being 170 euros for a very disappointing meal of one course. Despite the truffles smelling fresh they had very little taste and should have passed on the meal. Big mistake.
We started looking for a place almost a year ago to celebrate my father in lawâ€™s 70th Birthday. He had just a couple requests. First, it be close to Cortona, one of his most favorite places in Tuscany. Check! Next he wanted a place that we could host a smaller group of 12 or so for dinner, bonus if it happened to have a Micheline Star and a winery close by. Three checks! Next it had to be clean and comfortable, bonus for any views, and it be authentic Italian in look and feel. Reminder of checks, checked! Itâ€™s a bit hard to find at first, which I personally liked Itâ€™s tucked into a winery at the mid point of the valley looking onto the hilltop where the city of Cortona is perched. My first impression is you are driving into someones estate home, a long winding one lane road that is just spectacular, this leads up to the main grounds. We parked and walked up to the check in location. Greeting was immediate, friendly and warm. We were fortunate enough were we were told we had received an upgrade to a â€śVillaâ€ť type accommodation. We were offered something to drink and were walked to our room by one of the friendly staffers. There is a main â€śhouseâ€ť with a number of rooms near the check in office, and a few buildings spread across the estate. Again we loved this set up, it feels very private and it also feels like you are in your own â€śVillaâ€ť. If you have any issue with walking they have a few cars that will drive you where you want to go on the grounds. The short walk was up a long drive lined with grape vines and pear and olive trees. Itâ€™s quiet and you feel like you are in a place of peace and solitude. The grounds are very beautiful, I think there are three pools which looked nice, we did not use. There is also what looked like a nice spa, but we did not get the chance to use that either. Our room was pretty big, it was one of the Junior Suites. Walking in there was a large main room, with steps to the right leading down to a well appointed bathroom, to the left steps up to the beautiful bedroom. The views, well, the views are incredible. Looking out over the valley and up to the city of Cortona. This is the true â€śTuscanâ€ť experience we were all looking for. We found the accommodations to be clean, comfortable and a perfect place to land after a day of exploring or just of relaxing. You can simply open the windows, let the warm breeze come in, and listen to the world outside it. Many a morning we would wake up, open those windows and listen to the tuscan valley â€śWaking Upâ€ť. Sip coffee and enjoy the moments. Food and Wine. Breakfasts were the usual Italian buffet style of many hotels. Lots of choices, pastries, fruit, meats and cheeses amongst other things. Staff was very accommodating to our group meeting each morning and the rest of the visitors did not seem to be effected by our group. You can eat outside on the patio or inside, your choice. Cappuccinos are wonderful and highly suggested. We ate dinner at the restaurant twice, our group three times. Each time was wonderful. The service is attentive and the food is innovative and fantastic. Thus the Micheline star. Now in any situation its tough for a restaurant to service a large group, we had no issues, I think some of the older folks in our party had a more American expectation vs the relax and enjoy approach of the Italians when it comes to meal time. The staff however did a great job of accommodating all of our group. The guests seemed to be either Italians or Europeans, there was one American couple, an pretty popular â€śmovieâ€ť couple from Los Angeles. But that was it. Which we liked. Most seemed pretty well to do, although did not feel like the place was â€śstuffyâ€ť from a service perspective at all. Everyone appeared to be happy and relaxed. We actually got to know a few of the staff members, one where we ended up doing a side party at their place for another one of the folks in our group who also had a birthday while we there. I noticed some reviews were they were harsh on the staff. We did not find that to be the case at all. Your nice and friendly to people, people will be nice and friendly to you as a rule. We find the Italians to be kind, warm and generous once you get to know them a bit. Location, we liked the location, again for some it may not, but if you want a quiet place, within 30 - 90 of most of the Tuscan valley that the staff is great, the grounds are beautiful and the food and wine excellent AND you want to just relax. This is your spot ! Chris and Marianna
Flycasterwa - Bellevue, Washington