By Gin Ford

I travelled by train to Gatwick and stayed overnight at the Premier Inn North Terminal.  Very good with excellent facilities, having never stayed at this hotel before I would recommend it.

Il Borro is a medieval village, made up of beautiful individual houses, some small shops, 2 restaurants,  a spa,  riding stables and church.  It is very quiet and set in  vineyards and acres of lush green hills and pastures.  The first recorded production of Chianti wine began at Il Borro.  I was located in a small house all to myself which had a beautiful entrance sitting area with fire, large bedroom and beautiful bathroom.  The village was bought in 1993 by the Fermago family and we had the pleasure of meeting Salvatore Fergamo.  The family are famous for their wines, handbags and shoes and beauty products.

On the first day we were taken to the cellars for wine tasting, followed by dinner and drinks in the villa.  The next morning after breakfast, we had a choice of activities, I took part in the cookery class, very interesting, we were shown how to make bread, past and sauces….then lunch was served, we ate what we had made, very nice…
After lunch I took to the fields on a very fast horse, suffered afterwards bruising to my legs, but it was worth it.  Later in the day we were treated in the spa…
That evening there was a gourmet dinner in the restaurant and we sat up until very late in the villa.

The next morning we had time for a walk after breakfast and then we left to visit the small town close by of Arezzo, we strolled around the town and had a very nice lunch in the town.

A very beautiful place to visit, flying into Pisa is a must,  approximately 2 hours transfer.  It would be an ideal for a touring holiday just for a couple of nights….