Il Borro is the perfect Tuscan retreat; rolling hills, very very good wines, delicious morning cappuccini, a tiny hilltop town, a Renaissance villa, long walks through the woods and, of course, that all important Ferragamo touch.

The main hotel is set within a small, picture-perfect Borgo perched on a tiny hill with buildings in those lovely Tuscan pinks and yellows and terracottas. All the rooms have been beautifully decorated with some being more contemporary in style while others still have those Tuscan tiles that we so love. Most importantly, the beds really are insanely comfortable and we’d happily place a firm bet that you’d struggle to have a poor night’s sleep here.

The staff at Il Borro are delightful and for us that certainly makes all the difference. Ideal for families, there’s a whole host of stuff to do; a day trip to Florence, cycling routes, horse riding, walks, wine tasting, golf, yoga and football to name but a few, plus two very good restaurants onsite. And like any excellent Italian hotel, Il Borro produces its own honey, olive oil and sources the freshest products from its organic vegetable garden to send straight to the kitchen.

For those who are more design-focussed, the medieval Borgo is home to a number of local artisans busily beavering away at creating the most beautiful shoes, hats, jewellery, pottery and paintings. An excellent way for the kids to be entertained for the afternoon…

Suffice to say, we really do love Il Borro. For us, it represents the real Tuscany whilst still ticking all boxes of an excellent hotel; it is beautifully run, maintains charm and character and is a great base from which to explore, and to take the kids.