Destination Buy-outs: Crillon le Brave, France and Borgo Finocchieto, Italy

Borgo Finoccheito, ItalyBuy-outs usually refer to hotels and resorts. Event planners can take buy-outs to the next level at villages in France and Italy that are perfect for summer events.

Borgo Finocchieto (Italy)

In the heart of Tuscany, this 800-year-old fortified farming village (borgo) offers maximum privacy in the 22 rooms of the 5 farm houses with spacious living rooms and kitchen. Finnocchieto, the manor house, has 9 guest rooms.

For meetings and breakouts, there is conference room, library and media library with state of the art equipment. Food and beverage service is offered in the dining room, tasting room, and on the dining terrace. In the area, a monastery offers cooking classes.

Guest amenities include an outdoor swimming pool, spa with Jacuzzi and steam room, a gym; and tennis, basketball, and bocce courts. Helicopter and hot-air balloon rides can be arranged.


Crillon le Brave (France)

Located near Avignon in the Provence area of southeastern France, Crillon le Brave is a fortified 14th-century village that has been fully restored. Hotel Crillon le Brave encompasses Maison Roch, an 11-bedroom country house, 6 other buildings in the village. Most of the buildings date back to the 17th and 18th centuries. The property has a total of 32 rooms throughout the village. The inventory includes 7 suites and a 2-bedroom house.

For meetings groups can use the full renovated, centuries-old former church sanctuary, stables, and a school.

The property also takes in La Grange, a bar with terraces, and Restaurant Jerome Blanchet. The cuisine at Bistro 40K showcases regional produce. On-property, there is a bowling lawn, outdoor swimming pool, and a mini-spa. Activities include mountain biking, tennis, cycling, and wine tasting. Nearby, groups can enjoy golf, horse riding on Mont Ventoux, kayaking on the the Sorgues River, and walking trails.

Event planners can also buy-out Altos de Chavon in the Dominican Republic for private events.

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