There’s something timeless about Castello di San Fabiano: it’s a substancial country house half a kilometre up a gravel path east from Monteroni, where there’s been a hamlet since the 11thC. The main building is an imposing red brick castello with a tower, which, at the top, has very fine views to Siena and over the low Tuscan hills. Along with a small collection of other outlying buildings - including a beautiful medieval chapel - it has been carefully restored maintaining, wherever possible, original features.
Until 2012 it was used as the private summer-home of the Fiorentinis, who made their fortune in construction in the 40s. However the death of patriarch, Giuseppe Fiorentini, divided the estate and now Beatrice and Andrea Fiorentini run Castello di San Fabiano as an authentically Italian bed-and-breakfast.
They’ve created a friendly and relaxed atmosphere; everyone gets a personal greeting and is treated like a guest of the family. Bedrooms are generous in size, and could have easily been this way for 15 years, not faded or tired, but traditional Italian-country-style, with homey bedspreads, solid furniture and family portraits - English visitors may be amused by 1950s photos of a newly regal Queen Elizabeth II and Giuseppe Fiorentini.
There’s plenty of space to relax in the expansive gardens, separate drawing and dining rooms, and terrace. It’s also well placed for local sights being only 15 km from Siena. Bike and scooter hire can be arranged, as well as local trips guided by the hosts, if requested.