La Lupaia, is a luxury boutique hotel in the stunning countryside between Montepulciano and Pienza in Tuscany and it's the quintessential Tuscan hideaway. A renovated country farmhouse with some of the best scenery that Italy has to offer. Cypress trees, olive groves and vineyards confirm that you have arrived in Tuscan heaven.
Eleven exclusive rooms are spread out across this traditional stone-built property. There are two standard rooms, six deluxe and three suites: all furnished in classic Tuscan style . All rooms have private external areas. The heart of the hotel is the kitchen and dining areas - breakfast, light lunches and dinners are served outdoors in the warmer months and inside in the winter time. Many places claim to use fresh local produce but La Lupaia takes this ethos to the centre of their menu using the majority of ingredients from its own allotment. Simple classic Tuscan dishes swilled down with some of the finest Italian wine (Montepulciano Vino Nobile and wines from Montalcino are considered some of the best in the world) are a delight here.
The pool area faces the town of Montefollonico and feels like it is in a private valley. Spacious lawns surround it and the pool bar means that a cooling drink is never far from hand. The location is rural and there is ample opportunity for keen walkers, however once at the end of the track some of the most sought-after towns and villages are within a short drive. Pienza, Montalcino and Montepulciano sit in the most splendid rolling countryside and further afield Siena, Arezzo and Florence make wonderful days out.
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