TENUTA SAN PIETRO
Everything under the Tuscan sun that you ever dreamed of, is a genuine reality in Lucca's Tenuta San Pietro: the restaurant offers fine Italian food, the large outdoor swimming pool overlooks the Garfagnana Mountains and surrounding landscapes and you will enjoy a breath of fresh air. Plump yourself among the immense countryside, as you gawk into the rolling hills clustered with winding rows of cypress trees and picturesque vineyards. Nourish your inner-Italian, as you unwind in any of the 10, individually styled bedrooms. This restored 16th-century country house ticks off all of your boxes for your stay-cation.
Norwegian born owners Peter and Cie Bahre have taken centre stage in the project to restore and revamp this former 16th-century country house. The three years' work of landscaping and planning has dearly paid off, with an exceptional end results being Tenuta San Pietro. The former manor house is now a 4-star hotel with 8 bedrooms and 2 suites and a marvellous restaurant and bar, made elegant to host private parties and wedding celebrations.
The generous General Manager Gastone will go out of his way to make sure you have the best stay. The receptionist Luisa has been of great help handling some of the inner house duties upon our stay. The team is very attentive to details and can provide the best information to this side of Tuscany.
Tenuta San Pietro's restaurant is a reference in this side of Tuscany. The secret to the companion planting of grapes and olives lies in where they grow, in which the hotel has done a great job in bonding the olive groves and vineyards to make their own olive oil and embellishing the wine industry with their neighbours. Over 350 wine bottles can be chosen for in the restaurant, most of which are from nearby wineries. Superb chef Guido runs the kitchen, he creates local dishes with a flair. Some of his most commented dishes are the Mediterranean king prawns, pheasant with pomegranate sauce and decadent, pistachio crusted veal (our favourite dish whilst in Tuscany) and homemade pasta with the stewed hare. The upstairs dining room with views of the picturesque valley is used for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The outdoor spaces also have chairs and tables to enjoy your meal, with the outdoor swimming pool tempting you to skinny dip. Cooking lessons can be booked with Guido, as well as olive oil and wine tasting sessions.
Book 24 hours in advance for the massage at the hotel. There are various types of treatments, all made with the use of aromatherapy essential oils. As there is a culture of cycling and trekking in this side of Tuscany, the de-constructing massages are high on demand. They are pure strength charges, crucial for solving problems related to contracture, sprains and strains. Other massages are great for skin tones, circulation, lymphatic drainage and respiration. Reactive the body's energy with any of these massage and connect with your inner being.
Barman Maitre Sommelier Gabriele Marchetti is a master for cocktail classes. His extensive international experience, creativity and skills make him the reference for this type of lesson. If you fancy yourself a photo workshop or art lessons, a local artist can be reserved as well. For the more active goers, Nordic walks, cycling and hiking can be booked as well as a professional. Whatever your needs might be, make sure you ask the hotel beforehand and they will be happy to arrange this for you.
Lucca's Tenuta San Pietro is the ideal place to celebrate your dream wedding. The venue is capable of hosting between 20 to 140 guests, either indoors or outdoors. The views are awe-inspiring and the outdoor space is quite vast, so hosting a large event is perfect. There are hardly any vehicles passing by in the area and the only sounds you may hear are the roosters in the mornings from the neighbouring houses.
In 2014, the hotel has been included in the annual prestigious Condé Nast Johansens guide. A well-deserved accomplishment for the hotel, we were happy to be able to have a unique experience on this side of Italy.
- Complimentary shuttle bus (twice daily) to the walled town of Lucca
- Gourmet restaurant
- Lounge area, dining terraces, swimming pool and gardens
- Spa treatments upon request
- Small pets allowed as you must arrange this beforehand
- Air conditioner
- Fully equipped bathrooms and toiletries
- Parking available
Rate - Start from 180 euros per night
Location - 30 minutes from the charismatic walled city of Lucca into the direction of the mountains
Suitable for - couples, families, friends, weddings and trekking aficionados
Tips - A guided tour and transport can be arranged by the hotel to visit the area's wine producers; Terre del Sillabo, Sardi Giustinaiari and the nearby Tenuta di Valgiano.
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