BORGO SANTO PIETRO
FIVE-STAR BOUTIQUE LUXURY IN THE HEART OF TUSCANY
Situated in the heart of Tuscany, Borgo Santo Pietro was once a healing stopover for medieval pilgrims. Today it continues to provide a sanctuary for modern souls, merging a luxury five-star boutique hotel and spa concept with a 'farm to plate' philosophy on a 200-acre estate.
A sumptuous feeling of home pervades the 800-year-old villa, with its worn leather armchairs pulled up around open fires, fresh flower arrangements picked straight from the garden, and weathered brick wine cellar lined with 1000 boutique labels. Each room is styled to an individual theme, and variously features custom-sought antique pieces, bespoke beds and frescoes executed by hand. Borgo's garden suites combine this intimate luxury with ultimate seclusion, as light-filled, airy interiors open onto leafy terraces with outdoor fireplaces, lounge areas and entirely private gardens.
Thirteen acres of garden enfold the villa in uplifting aromas and blissful vistas, leading the exploratory guest onwards past the freshwater infinity pool to discover Moroccan day beds amongst the aromatic plants or a bridge over the lake to an inviting seat on the island beyond. Tucked away in the gardens, the Borgo spa's holistic and beauty treatments nurture the body and soul alike, with freshly picked healing herbs transformed into purifying tisane and soothing treatments that are offered indoors or al fresco amidst the fragrant flowerbeds.
The estate's farm and biodynamic culinary gardens offer an abundance of fresh seasonal bounty for its Michelin-starred restaurant Meo Modo, situated overlooking sweeping views of the sublime Valle Serena, a visual reminder of the Tuscan roots at the heart of its cuisine. Nearby the Treehouse Bar and Trattoria offers a laid-back lounge dining ambience that provides a cosy spot for a glass of wine and hearty meal by the fire or a cool drink in the shady courtyard.
Guests are invited to immerse themselves in the 'Borgo experience' with in-house activities including wine-tasting sessions, lakeside art lessons with the resident artist, falconry displays, flower-arranging sessions with the in-house florist, tours of the farm and garden, and Italian-themed cinema nights under the stars. Beyond Borgo, the hotel's Concierge arranges activities ranging from exclusive private truffle hunts led by a professional truffle hunter, Vespa excursions and Bolgheri wine-tasting tours to breathtaking helicopter rides over the sunlit Tuscan countryside.
'FARM TO PLATE' PHILOSOPHY IN ACTION
A philosophy of nurture via nature and a spirit of collaboration are tangibly felt at the 200-acre organically cultivated Borgo Santo Pietro estate in Tuscany where the teamwork between chefs, culinary gardeners and farmers produces biodynamic gastronomy that nourishes the body and tastebuds alike.
The Borgo estate supplies both the inspiration and ingredients for its two Michelin-starred restaurants, Meo Modo (on site) and La Bottega del Buon Caffè (in Florence). A collaboration with the estate's biodynamic culinary gardeners means that the restaurants' executive chefs are able to design plates from the source throughout the year, as the principles of biodynamic cultivation mean that size, colour, flavour and shape can be enhanced and shaped naturally.
Each day the estate's farmer collects milk from Borgo's sheep and goats, which is then transformed into artisan cheese and yoghurt and served at the breakfast buffet, alongside free-range eggs straight from the farm and raw honey collected on-site from Borgo’s own bees. The Borgo estate also includes an artisan cheese dairy that produces and sells fresh hand-crafted pecorino, as well as extensive vineyards and tracts of forest housing a drove of acorn-fed pigs, which supplies a range of traditional Tuscan cured meats. Even the alpacas do their bit, producing luxurious fibres for the Borgo cottage wool industry.
Set amidst the aromatic herb garden, the Borgo spa makes great use of nature's bounty growing at the door, with healing plants brewed into purifying tisanes and blended into holistic beauty treatments.
'FARM TO PLATE' MICHELIN-STARRED DINING
Situated in Florence beneath the historic tower of San Niccolò, La Bottega del Buon Caffè offers Michelin-starred city dining with roots that extend deep into the Tuscan landscape and its sparkling coastline. Executive chef Antonello Sardi sources biodynamic produce from the 200-acre Borgo Santo Pietro estate and fresh seafood straight from the Tuscan fishermen who haul it in, creating innovative dishes that have seen La Bottega garner a reputation as one of the top restaurants in Florence.
Part of the Borgo Santo Pietro in the City complex that includes Il Lounge wine bar and L'Enoteca wine shop, La Bottega del Buon Caffè combines rustic elegance with contemporary design, with light-filled exposed brick interiors, weathered wood and thick textiles forming a striking contrast to the gleaming state-of-the-art, open-plan kitchen that invites diners to be casual spectators to the creation of their meal.
La Bottega's consummate cellar of more than 1100 rare and artisan wine labels from Italy and around the world can be enjoyed with a Michelin-starred meal or next door at Il Lounge, where comfy sofas invite patrons to curl up with a pre- or post-dinner drink and enjoy the laid-back ambience, while L'Enoteca hosts wine degustations and the chance to take home a piece of La Bottega's wine philosophy.
Michelin-starred restaurant Meo Modo practises a 'farm to plate' philosophy with biodynamic bounty cultivated on-site at the 200-acre Borgo Santo Pietro estate near Siena in Tuscany.
Executive chef Andrea Mattei and his team work in collaboration with farmers and culinary gardeners to design fresh, seasonal dishes to measure that are firmly rooted in his native Tuscan soil. His approach extends not just to the flavours of the territory but also its tactile, olfactory and visual landscape: various courses are served on stones dug up from the nearby River Merse or wedges of local cork; a dish of suckling pig and acorns is accompanied by a smouldering fire of sweet-scented hay; while visitors approaching the Borgo Santo Pietro estate along the striking cypress-lined drive find their hand-made chocolate dusted with the very same cypress needles at the close of the meal.
Located within a thirteenth-century villa with panoramic views over the Valle Serena from the terrace, Meo Modo features an outstanding boutique wine cellar that houses close to 1000 carefully selected labels representing rare vintages and artisan producers primarily sourced from Tuscany and Italy. This collection is continually built upon by the restaurant's sommeliers, who take a hands-on approach to research, travelling widely to visit producers and gauge the context in which each wine is made.
BORGO COOKING SCHOOL
EXPERIENCING TUSCAN CULINARY TRADITION, HANDS ON
Immersed in a Tuscan landscape of rolling hills, vineyards and organic farmland, the state-of-the-art Borgo Cooking School is situated in a converted barn a stone's throw from the Borgo Santo Pietro farm and biodynamic culinary gardens that provide many of its freshly gathered ingredients.
Guests are invited to roll up their sleeves and explore their love of Tuscan food hands-on, with a range of cooking classes catering from kids to gourmets. These include making handmade pasta from scratch with a local Italian mamma; stretching out the perfect pizza dough under the guidance of a true pizzaiolo; and crafting bread, traditional sweets and desserts with the veritable dame of the kitchen, an 82-year-old mother yeast.
Lovers of culinary tradition can learn how to make artisan cheese with the Borgo estate's shepherd using fresh sheep's milk or inherit secrets of the Italian kitchen with classic local recipes passed down for generations. Ardent chocolate fans can lose themselves in the 'Chocolate Passion' course, while aspiring chefs can try their hand at the 'Coast to Country' seafood class or learn the secrets behind Michelin-starred chef Andrea Mattei's most popular dishes, using biodynamic vegetables and flowers freshly picked from the onsite culinary garden.
Fun and informative, classes are led by the chef team from Michelin-starred restaurant Meo Modo and skilled local cooks, and take place in a purpose-built professional kitchen with four cooking stations and two outdoor dining areas, where participants can sit and enjoy what they've just cooked. Founded upon a philosophy of sharing a love of good food, Tuscan-style, the Borgo Cooking School invites guests to relish the pleasure of preparing and eating locally grown Tuscan food in the most atmospheric and inspiring of settings.
SEED TO SKIN
ACTIVE NATURAL BEAUTY
At Seed to Skin we create highly effective, nutrient-rich skincare using only the purest natural raw ingredients. We source many of our materials on our 220 acre Borgo Santo Pietro organic farm, its Tuscan environs and other organic cultivators from around the world.
SATORI – UNPARALELLED FIVE-STAR SAILING
Meaning 'instant enlightenment' in Japanese, Satori is a bespoke luxury yacht that merges the comfort of a five-star boutique hotel with the look and feel of a traditional hand-carved wooden schooner, offering an unparalleled sailing experience.
Custom-designed by the team behind the award-winning Borgo Santo Pietro boutique hotel estate in Tuscany, the 41.5-metre vessel has been entirely built by hand and finished in glossy mahogany, teak and walnut. It boasts five luxurious cabins with smart entertainment systems and marble bathrooms, including a massage/gym/hammam facility and master cabin with freestanding walnut bathtub; several intimate common areas including a large saloon with lounge and dining, three sun decks with sofas, and a separate mid-deck dining area, which can be screened off for privacy, with bar and commercial kitchen on view.
The boat's design anticipates guests' needs to the utmost detail, from the Michelin-starred restaurant team members flown in from Italy and onboard masseur to the pop-up cinema under the stars, Sonos sound system and wi-fi throughout, air-conditioned wine cellar, water sport facilities, and extendable hydraulic swim ladder and platform that allows guests to dive straight into shallower turquoise waters. This attention to detail and guest comfort also extends to the considerable modifications made to the standard schooner design, such as an entirely flat floor surface below deck, and separate captain and crew entrances to the bridge and below deck to enable guests complete privacy in the saloon. The English-speaking service crew has been hand-picked by the owners, and rotates regularly to ensure maximum attention and motivation.
Satori is available for charter throughout the Mediterranean in Italian, French, Greek, Turkish, and Croatian waters, with a flexible itinerary that can be shaped according to guests' desires.
TRANSFORMING DREAMS INTO DESIGNS AND REALITY
PN Homes has been at the forefront of residential and commercial property design and construction for more than 36 years. Specialised in luxury boutique hotels and large private residences, its out-of-the-box contemporary design-build and sensitively detailed restoration projects have attracted international acclaim, earning the company a solid reputation for delivering outstanding projects.
Based in Italy and the United Kingdom, PN Homes offers a comprehensive portfolio of tailor-made services, from construction, design-build and restoration to 'Turn-key' solutions that take care of the entire design and construction process, right down to the final detail. Each project is handled with creativity, ingenuity and sensitivity, as PN Homes works with clients to transform their dreams into designs and reality.
From engineering ingenuity to cherished artisan traditions, bespoke design and craftsmanship are at the core of the company's ethos. Its skilled team of artisans practise traditional techniques with custom-sourced materials, and include stonemasons, cabinetmakers, metalsmiths, furniture-restorers, sculptors and artists.
PN Homes has a proven track record of excellence, delivered on time and with transparent budget control. This dedication to quality extends to the fact that the company only works with a carefully selected number of projects at a time, in order to ensure that each client receives the time, attention and dedication required to realise their project fully.
WHERE NATURE MEETS LUXURY AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL
Our philosophy is simple: we love what we do and we love sharing it with others. It inspires us to keep playing, keep creating and continually push boundaries to see where our passion and curiosity can lead to create elevated experiences of nature and wellbeing.
The Borgo Santo Pietro Group is a collection of companies with a single unifying philosophy. It traces its origins back to the Tuscan boutique hotel estateBorgo Santo Pietro dreamed up by Danish couple Claus and Jeanette Thottrup in 2001. Both seasoned travellers, they wanted to create a nurturing haven where guests could feel immediately at home; where the thought and care behind each detail raised it a stratosphere above luxury hotels on the market by offering something real: a tangible sense of community.
By uniting their backgrounds in property development and fashion design, the Thottrups transformed an 800-year-old ruined villa into a luxurious five-star hotel. They also rolled up their sleeves and got to work on the barren muddy wasteland surrounding the villa, trucking in 200,000 plants to create 13 sweeping acres of gardens. Borgo has since grown into a flourishing 200-acre estate with vineyards and an artisan cheese dairy, as well as an organically cultivated farm and biodynamic culinary gardens that supply the 'farm to plate' inspiration and ingredients for two Michelin-starred restaurants.
The aesthetic eye behind the Borgo Santo Pietro Group, Jeanette's vision is firmly rooted in the feel of a space. She takes a holistic approach to design, imagining how each space could lend itself to different relaxing, uplifting and cocooning energies, and exploring the possibilities of how the feeling of being in that space could be elevated to offer an experience of nature and luxury at the highest level.
This extraordinary depth of thought and playful curiosity is the sounding board for each luxury lifestyle company under the Borgo Santo Pietro Group umbrella, which includes theBorgo Santo Pietro spa hotel estate, Michelin-starred restaurantsMeo Modo andLa Bottega del Buon Caffè, theBorgo Cooking School, a line of natural skincare, theSatori luxury sailing yacht, andPN Homes property development.
“We love what we do”, says Jeanette. “It's what gets us up in the morning, and we hope that our passion inspires others to share it.”
If you are passionate, talented and dedicated then we'd love to hear from you! We're constantly building upon our core team to realise new projects, so if you think your skills and attitude would be a good fit then please take a look at our current job availabilities here.