Destinations

Borgo Condé

Fiumana di Predappio, Forlì-Cesena, Italy

Midway up an undulating hillside, surrounded by vines and olives, and with a restaurant and villas dotted around the estate, this resort is a universe of its own. Although it would be tempting to stay all day, basking in the dreamlike atmosphere, the surrounding area has lots to offer.

Location

8 / 10

Just 11 miles (18km) from Forlì, the estate is within easy reach of Bologna, San Marino and Ravenna, all around an hour's drive away, while the sandy beaches of the Adriatic take 45 minutes. Closer at hand are several medieval villages topped by castles, the nearest being Predappio Alto. The lower part of Predappio has Mussolini's birthplace but the town is most proud of its history as home of Sangiovese wine.

Style & character

9 / 10

Owner Francesco Condello designed the Borgo buildings, the focus of the resort, to recall the region's traditional farmsteads; the harmonious crescent of varying structures houses bedrooms, the wine cellar and most facilities. Duck-egg blue shutters, hand-painted ceramic room numbers from nearby Faenza, and features in local honey-coloured stone bring a touch of colour to the pale walls, while the three renovated villas seen across the vines add a feeling of spaciousness.

Service & facilities

8 / 10

An early morning walk through the vines or leisurely swim at the indoor or outdoor pools make a wonderful start to the day; the indoor pool has a whirlpool area and adjacent spa facilities include a sauna, Turkish bath and massage room. Winery tours (€10-€20/£9-£17) give a fascinating insight into the workings of the estate and a taste of their excellent wines.

Service is typical of the Romagna area, friendly yet professional, and the team are extremely helpful with advice and bookings, even providing buggy rides to the villas or restaurant; there's also a handy shuttle service to the airport or station. What is lacking is a common lounge area, although the central and poolside patios are great in summer.

  • Bar
  • Fitness centre
  • Laundry
  • Parking
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Steam room/hammam
  • Wi-Fi

Rooms

8 / 10

Half of the 38 spacious rooms are at Borgo, while the others are shared between the three villas, 330 to 550 yards (300-500m) away across the vines, accessible by car or on foot. The best views are from hilltop Villa Il Raggio; Gli Ulivelli is the most peaceful spot; and Il Capanno has its own open-air pool. Although layouts vary, the fresh lemony-cream décor and air of quiet refinement are the same throughout; chunky ceiling beams and wicker bedheads add a hint of countryside. Mosquito nets and kettles (a rarity around here) are standard. The Presidential Suite in Il Capanno, despite open fires and lots of space, doesn't really live up to its name.

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Food & drink

9 / 10

The year-round Osteria, a 10-minute stroll from Borgo, is a highlight, with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking hilly panoramas. The menu offers delicious home-made pasta, plenty of vegetarian options and specialities made with Condé Sangiovese, including local pork and even pannacotta. Only the estate's (superb) wines are available, mostly Sangiovese but also an award-winning Merlot, and a characterful rosé. A second restaurant, Il Borgo, by reception, serves more elaborate versions of regional fare, from April to October. The appetising and varied buffet breakfast is also here in the light-filled interior or on the patio.

Value for money

9 / 10

Double rooms from €155 (£130) in low season; and from €190 (£160) in high. Breakfast included. Free Wi-Fi.

Access for guests with disabilities?

One bedroom and both restaurants are wheelchair accessible.

Family-friendly?

Under 12s can use the open-air pool but not the indoor pool or spa. Cots and family suites are available.

Via Lucchina 27, 47016 Fiumana di Predappio (FC), Italy.
00 39 0543 940 129