Hotel Fontanelle is a truly romantic boutique hotel
Located in in Tuscany, between the beautiful towns of Florence and Siena know well for its wines and views (the Chianti region) Hotel Fontanelle is the perfect location for a proposal! Or just a romantic get-a-way.
The 5 Star Hotel with a Restaurant and spa, of medieval origin, is located on top of a hill and surrounded by breathtaking and unrivaled views. All the rooms are totaly unique and traditional.
We stayed at Hotel Fontanelle for 3 fabulious nights, where over that time, my now husband proposed on the second night. I had no idea! This is how it went down:
We spent the day sightseeing in Siena and came back to the hotel for a few hours by the pool sipping fizz and soaking up the warm meditation rays, later as the sun set we went back to our room to get ready for a dinner. I was told we where just eating in the hotel restaurant, which was semi true – what I later found out was that this was a private table, at the side of the hotel, with our own personal waiter, surrounded by candles with our very own harpist playing!!! (Thank goodness it was a fine night – not sure what plan b was!) So you can imagine my surprised when the waiter lead us away from the main restaurant dining area to our stunning private set up! The waiter then gave us our tasting menu (no other than 7 sources) and well the rest of the next 10 minutes was all a bit of a daze so I can’t tell you exactly what my husband said when he popped down on one knee but the answer was most defiantly yes! As if the whole proposal wasn’t romantic enough before getting down on one knee my husband asked if I liked the wine and pointed to the bottle sitting in the middle of the table, I was still a bit unsure what was going on at this point so glade over at the bottled said yes I’m sure its fine, he replied are you sure? I thought when I had glassed at the first time I had seen my name on the bottle and I was correct – he had printed a personalized label asking me to marry him! It was just perfect and a very thoughtful touch.
It was funny because I remember I just bursting into tears and then I was like oh god I haven’t answered him and I started laughing saying “happy tears, happy tears.” The rest of the night was spent laughing, reminiscing, talks of wedding all while enjoying spectacular food and copious amounts of wine. If I had dreamed of a perfect proposal I don’t think this would have beat it. What with the backdrop, harpist, candles, setting, service, attention to detail, weather and private location I was just blown away. I was the happiest I had ever been.
Of course for such a special occasion LOTS of pictures where taken – highlights of the proposal, trip and stay shown here:
As for the hotel itself
The hotel is intimate and luxurious with every detail covered. Lovely linen sheets, scented toiletries for your daily shower/bath, robes and slippers – you name they have it.
Breakfast was a gastronomic delight each morning – everything you could possible imagine was waiting for you and made even better when you have your rock to show to all the staff that knew about the propsal – I was buzzing!
We had dinner the next/third and last night at the hotel and again, another exquisite menu, extremely caring staff who were passionate, knowledgeable and discreet. I have never seen such professionalism in a dining room before and we do eat at some quite exclusive places. There are a couple of lounges and a bar – again, all delightfully furnished and decorated.
As well there is an indoor pool/spa plus an outdoor pool set amongst olive trees and flowering shrubs. All so beautiful and easy on the eye not to mention the surrounding countryside which is just gorgeous …. we can’t wait to go back to Fontanelle for an anniversary as this place will always be special in our hearts.
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In the Surroundings
The natural landscape in which the Hotel Le Fontanelle lies, offers magnificent sceneries with the highest concentration in the world of art and culture. In the middle of this unique land and in a strategic position to say the least, the Hotel Le Fontanelle will be your Home from which you will enjoy endless discoveries.
In the fragrant heart of the Chianti region, you will every day be spoiled with a selection of tours ranging from Tasting the famous local wine and gastronomic traditions, Guided tours of the city’s medieval area, Cooking classes, Bike tours, Vespa tours, Horseback riding, Golfing days, to exploring Tuscany in a flaming Ferrari and much more ..
Tours in the Chianti Region
The Concierge Team will point out the best routes to follow in order to explore medieval villages, castles, cities and at the same time enjoy views of incomparable beauty.
For those who do not have their own car, there are a number of alternative solutions to explore the Chianti area and enjoy tours and tastings at the most prestigious wineries in the area.
Do not miss the nearby town of Siena, where you can stroll through the historic streets and visit the Cathedral, the Town Hall and the famous Piazza del Campo, Home of the “Palio” in Siena, an event known at international level, where each July 2nd and August 15th a life horse race of medieval tradition is organised.
In addition to the Chianti region, the Hotel Le Fontanelle also offers easy access to nearby popular areas, such as the Crete Senesi and the Val d’Orcia and the hotel can organise tours to various destinations such as the famous cities of Florence, Arezzo and Cortona, Assisi and Perugia and even the little towns of Monteriggioni, Montepulciano, Volterra, Montalcino, Pienza, Montepulciano and many more.
Wine Tasting and Local Products
The Chianti region is the production area of one of the most famous wines in the world. The region is characterised by rolling hills, fields and woods, all set in a unique landscape created by man over the past 1000 years.
Sorted vineyards of Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Malvasia and Trebbiano, alternate in an area dotted with farmhouses, villas, castles and villages surrounded by fortifications. Wine tasting is one of the main attractions of Tuscany. Many of the wines are produced under the Chianti label, each with a unique flavor and taste: Chianti Classico, Chianti Rufina, Chianti Colli Fiorentini and others.
To understand the ancient flavours of Tuscan cuisine and be the protagonist of a day of culinary art, the Hotel Le Fontanelle organizes cooking classes, both through group classes, and individual courses, with professional chefs in outdoor facilities.
Under the guidance of an expert, Guests will prepare typical Tuscan traditional dishes through a practical lesson that will end with a lunch or dinner in which Guests will be changed from cook to understanding critics of their own creations.
Among other things, the Chianti region is a region that lends itself nicely to be explored on two wheels and, in an attempt to create customised solutions for its Guests, the Hotel Le Fontanelle, proudly offers an innovative and fun solution that consists in renting on-site a famous “Vespa”, the traditional Italian scooters that were born seventy years ago by the creativity of the Tuscan industry, to fully enjoy a real “Made in Italy” Experience.
In an area remote from heavy flows of traffic and characterised by beautiful hills dotted with olive trees, a Vespa will be the most original solution for those who love vintage travel, and want to combine exploration of the infinite beauty of the Tuscan landscape with the charm of riding on a traditional Italian style scooter.
Horseback riding is a great way to move around and become familiar with the territory: a slow and natural pace, nature paths and outdoor activities.
If horse riding is your passion and you want to enjoy the countryside on horseback, ask the Concierge Team at the Hotel Le Fontanelle to organise a leisurely horseback ride in an equestrian centre in the area.
You will be guided by an expert in the area. This is a unique opportunity to spend a day in the countryside and stay in close contact with nature and horses.
The irresistible charm of a casual lunch enjoyed in the shade of the vineyards in the rolling hills of Tuscany comes to life with the picnic that Hotel Le Fontanelle designed for its Guests. Enjoy the colours and beauty of the Siena countryside amidst authentic flavours for a refined and tasty picnic experience.
Golf in Tuscany means lifestyle, emotions and feelings that arise from a sport played in a land where nature and culture, pleasure and well-being are essential. Golf can be a pleasant way to spend unforgettable moments during your holidays in this beautiful region.
In Tuscany there are 16 certified golf courses, nine 18-hole golf courses and seven 9-hole courses, and the Hotel Le Fontanelle is definitively the ideal starting point for Guests wishing to discover Golfing or for fans who do not want to give up their favourite sport, while enjoying the perfect combination of nature and sports during their stay.
Hot Air Balloon Tours
The Hotel Le Fontanelle is delighted to help you discover Tuscany from another perspective, from a privileged point of view, in a Hot Air Balloon Tour. A unique experience that will allow you to gently rise from the ground and fly over the lands and hills of the Chianti region, enjoying a bird’s eye view of the historic towns that created the myth of Tuscany.
You will explore a still authentic part of Tuscany, very unique and almost untouched by tourism, enjoying breathtaking and unforgettable views, all with complete safety and professionalism.
A Day in Ferrari
For the four wheels lovers that would want to experience the thrills of driving a Ferrari in the beautiful hills of Tuscany, the Concierge Team of the Hotel Le Fontanelle will be available to provide quotes and exciting itineraries, to independently discover the most striking landscapes and villages in the area.