Restor­ing Tus­cany’s Borgo Santo Pi­etro to Per­fec­tion

World Travel Magazine - - Just In - CHRIS­TINE LEE

One man’s ru­ins are another man’s dream. Lit­er­ally. This is how Borgo Santo Pi­etro was born, out of the ashes of a crum­bling cast off vil­lage amidst the mud of for­got­ten fields. The minute Claus and Jeanette Thot­trup made the dis­cov­ery, a shower of bats came fly­ing out of the bones. First, the cou­ple thought they would turn the prop­erty into their home, but then the dream grew larger and took the shape of an ex­quis­ite bou­tique ho­tel. This long, strange trip evolved into years of lov­ing restora­tion of Borgo’s orig­i­nal and long-for­got­ten splen­dour, echo­ing the by­gone era when the set­ting was a re­treat of com­fort and heal­ing for pil­grims to rest and re­cu­per­ate. Once un­der the calm­ing spell of the land, the Thot­trups de­cided to ta­ble their orig­i­nal plans, opt­ing in­stead to stay true to the past by in­cor­po­rat­ing lo­cal crafts­man and ar­ti­sans who knew the prop­erty.

The 13th-cen­tury build­ing has been trans­formed into a modern coun­try re­treat with a heart for the past, set on 13 acres of beau­ti­ful gar­dens, stone foun­tains, and cy­press trees over­look­ing the Valle Ser­ena. The beau­ti­ful Tus­can ho­tel in­cludes a spa, housed in the old com­mu­nal bak­ery, a swim­ming pool, a shaded gazebo, guest lounge, Wi-fi, farmer’s mar­ket, bocce ball, ten­nis, badminton and basketball courts.

Ex­otic ameni­ties in­clude a cot­tage wool in­dus­try cre­ated by Borgo’s herd of al­pacas. Long de­sired for its ex­tra­or­di­nary soft­ness and lus­tre, al­paca wool ri­vals cash­mere for qual­ity and long life. Equally ex­otic, Borgo sheep’s milk is an es­sen­tial in­gre­di­ent in their up­com­ing line of nat­u­ral skin­care which brings to­gether the heal­ing prop­er­ties of the ho­tel’s raw honey, blended by sci­en­tist and al­chemist Anna Buono­core. Borgo’s al­paca herd is a big draw with the kids while the bio­dy­namic break­fast is a wow for ev­ery­one.

Clock­wise from top left, Borgo Giardino Mag­gior­nana; Trat­to­ria Sul­lal­ber; Ulivo suite

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