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- Charming Adult Only Simpson Hotel in the heart of Chianti
- Beautifully renovated interiors
- Idyllic views over Tuscan landscape
- Central Panzano location
- Swimming pool
- Shops, restaurants, bars and vineyards on the doorstep
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At the centre of the Chianti Classico region of Tuscany, Panzano has long been on the radar of international winemakers but this delightful village is increasingly making a name for itself among discerning travellers across the globe; and we couldn’t be more excited to bring you a new Simpson Hotel right at the very heart of it.
Uniquely situated just moments from the main square, Hotel Panzano is a truly exquisite retreat; a place of elegance and serenity where simplicity reigns and life’s gentle pleasures are the order of the day. The astonishing view from the hotel terraces showcases the very best of the Tuscan landscape; an achingly romantic panorama where neat vineyards border ancient woodland, stone farmhouses nestle amidst fertile olive groves and the silhouettes of distant mountain ridges rise as an indomitably proud backdrop to it all.
Once an ancient villa serving as the first (and only) restaurant on the medieval route connecting Florence to Siena, it doesn’t take long to be touched by the enormous charm and beauty of Hotel Panzano. The owner, Christine, has put her heart and soul into the sympathetic renovation of the house, which had become tired and run down, and her vision has brought it back to life with flair, imagination and love. A plaque on the wall showcases the names of all those involved in the project, a fitting testimony to the passion and determination that has gone into its careful restoration.
The interiors are sympathetically designed to enhance the natural beauty of the building, a restful blend of tradition and comfort where style is understated but never overlooked. Communal areas have a relaxed, easy atmosphere with space for local artists to exhibit their work, quiet places to pick up a book and engage with local history and an honesty bar for those moments when the view of the vineyards just wouldn’t be complete without sampling the harvest. Christine arranges occasional wine tastings at the hotel too, but with the nearest vineyard just a short walk away, tours and tastings are always on the menu.
The five hotel suites are individually designed and unique in feel, a comfortable blend of old and new, where antique pieces sit happily alongside contemporary classics and luxurious beds dressed with natural linens ensure nights are restful and restorative. Breakfasts are a mouth-watering feast of local ingredients, to be enjoyed outside on the terrace or at the splendid dining table next to the kitchen. Light lunches are also available on request with the option to dine at the hotel once a week.
But the real beauty of Hotel Panzano is its location. There are several wine-bars and some excellent restaurants in the village; three of them belonging to local celebrity Dario Cecchini, a third-generation butcher, restaurateur and friend of Jamie Oliver. Lunch or dinner at MacDario’s is a must – not just to enjoy the excellent food but to experience the inimitable hospitality of its proprietor. Further afield, Chianti’s evocative landscapes, golden towns and hilltop villages await, with Florence and Siena also easily accessible for an unmissable daytrip. But whether you venture out, spend your days by the sun-drenched pool or idle away the hours in the shade of the ancient beech tree on the terrace, this bewitching spot has it all. With the heavenly Tuscan landscape before you and the many pleasures of Panzano and Chianti just beyond the hotel walls, you couldn’t be better placed to enjoy la dolce vita. In July and August it is also possible to rent the hotel as a private home; see Villa Petraia for further information.
- 1 terrace suite – Lungarno (sleeps 2)
- 1 suite – Querencia (sleeps 2)
- 3 rooms – Ananda, AnamCara, Elysian (sleeps 2)
- Seating/dining area
- Wine cellar
- Lungarno suite (with private terrace)
- Querencia suite (can be converted into twin beds on request, due to double headboard beds will remain adjacent)
- AnamCara (bed on mezzanine level, can be configured as a twin or a double)
- Elysian (can be converted into twin beds on request, due to double headboard beds will remain adjacent)
- Adult Only hotel (18 years or older)
- Complimentary WiFi
- Tea and coffee making facilities with mini-fridge in each suite
- Bathrobes and slippers
- Simpson Travel pool towels provided
- Safe, hairdryer, iron and ironing board in each room
- Laundry service available (payable locally)
- Daily breakfast included
- Light lunches available on request (payable locally)
- A 'themed dinner' will generally be offered on one night during the week (payable locally)
- Honesty bar
- Outdoor dining area
- Shared swimming pool 10m x 5m (depth 1.5m throughout)
- In Italy, a daily tourist tax applies for the first two weeks of your stay only, which means that an average of €1.50 per person may be charged. This should be paid in cash to your villa or hotel owner during your stay.
- All properties with WiFi are able to support basic functionality such as web browsing and checking emails*
* We aim to offer an uninterrupted service but sometimes due to factors beyond our control reliability can be affected.
- Panzano in Chianti (shops/restaurants/cafés) 1min walk
- Greve in Chianti 15min drive
- Radda in Chianti 20min drive
- Castellina in Chianti 25min drive
- Siena 1hr drive
- Florence 1hr drive
- San Gimignano 1hr drive
- Florence airport 1hr drive
- Pisa airport 1hr 30min drive
- Bologna airport 1hr 45min drive
Although this property is booked on an accommodation-only basis, we can arrange your flights for an extra charge of £25 per person, plus the cost of the flights themselves.
Below are the flight options available, including the most convenient airports in Italy to help you reach your destination as quickly and easily as possible.
|Departure airport||Airline||Flight days||Seasonality|
|London Heathrow||British Airways||Saturday||All season|
|London Gatwick||easyJet||Saturday||All season|
|London Stansted||Ryanair||Saturday||All season|
|Luton Airport||easyJet||Saturday||All season|
|East Midlands||Jet2||Saturday||June - September|
|Departure airport||Airline||Flight days||Seasonality|
|London Gatwick||Vueling||Saturday||All season|
|London City||British Airways||Saturday||All season|
|London Stansted||British Airways||Saturday||All season|
|Luton Airport||Vueling||Saturday||All season|
|Manchester||British Airways||Saturday||June - September|
|Edinburgh||British Airways||Saturday||June - October|
Although this property is booked on an accommodation-only basis, we can arrange car hire for you.
Based on the number of people travelling, the following hire car(s) are available:
- 2 guests – 1 group B, Fiat 500 or similar*
* All our cars include comprehensive insurance with zero excess. For this particular destination, the undercarriage is not included in the cover.
Group B – 1.2 litre engine, 2 medium suitcases*
The following cars are available as alternatives on request. Please call our travel specialists for details.
Group C – VW Polo or similar, 1.6 litre engine, 2 medium and 1 large suitcases*
Group D – Peugeot 308 or similar, 1.6 litre engine, 3 large suitcases*
Group H – Alfa Romeo Giulietta AUT or similar, 1.6 litre engine, 3 large suitcases*
Group F - Fiat Tipo SW or similar, 1.6 litre engine, 3 large and 2 small suitcases*
* Suitcase sizes are based on a large suitcase being approximately 75cm x 41cm x 31cm, a medium suitcase of approximately 65cm x 46cm x 29cm and a small suitcase of 55cm x 40cm x 20cm.
Nothing bad to say – all good, very good. A wonderful place to stay in a pretty village with great views. The owner, Christine, and husband, John, were lovely,very kind and efficient – nothing was too much trouble. Lovely views from the terrace while having breakfast and the pool area. Very relaxing – the sunsets were magical. The room (AnamCara) was excellent, well-equipped and very comfortable. There are loads of dining options in the village and not far away. This area is all about scenery, food and wine and we’ve certainly eaten well – our favourite restaurant was La Ristore di Lamole by a mile – very classy but friendly and the owner speaks excellent English. The owner speaks excellent English and the place is very family-friendly. Also enjoyed Osteria La Panzanella on way to Radda – large back courtyard. White wine is available, but sometimes you wouldn’t think so. Red is king. Easy to visit Siena – well worth the trip and not too busy because of Covid-19. Plenty of car parking in big car parks outside city walls, but short walk into centre. SatNav on Google Maps was a real help. Be prepared to drive round lots of bends and up and down. Worth having an automatic car if you can to save all the gear changing; much less tiring. The Sunday morning market in the village was small but fun. Highlights included breakfast on the terrace with amazing views, roasting by the pool, eating at Lamole, Siena and the mellow church bells. We loved it all. Highly recommended.
Carol Hartley – September 2020
Our choice of Italian properties is diverse, ranging from simple charm to genuine luxury and style. Much of our portfolio is privately owned, and price alone is therefore not a universal guide. We contract all our accommodation in person, and each property has its individual appeal.
To help you make the right choice based on your own priorities, we have devised a simple grading guide to be considered in conjunction with each individual property description, awarding up to a maximum of five stars for the below categories.
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