The beautiful Belmond Castello di Casole has now joined the Belmond portfolio, offering guests a truly authentic Tuscan retreat, steeped in Etruscan history. Joining its Tuscan sister hotel, Belmond Villa San Michele in Florence, the storied castle hotel and grounds sit within an untouched nature reserve in the Tuscan hills between Siena and Florence.
A beauty indeed, a cypress tree-lined private road ascends to the historical estate which is situated atop rolling hills with panoramic views of the surrounding villages and patchwork farmland. Surrounded by olive groves and vineyards, these produce the property’s very own olive oil and ‘C’ private- label signature wines.
Originally built in 998, the property was carefully restored by the aristocratic Bargagli family in the 20th century and sits within its own medieval village, featuring original Etruscan artefacts and architecture.
Each of the castello’s 39 all-suite rooms capture the spirit of the region. Throughout the property, design features include original stone flooring, terracotta colours and traditional alabaster from the local region of Volterra.
The suites located in the original 10th century medieval tower feature original fireplaces and stone wall detailing, adding to the property’s enchanting atmosphere.
This unique propety comes with a dynamic mix of local Tuscan and Italian flavours. Classic Venetian dishes such as tender carpaccio and tagliolini verdi are served in the sun-lit courtyard of Cip’s Club by sister property, Belmond Hotel Cipriani. Old Tuscan traditional dishes with modern flair can be found at Tosca, using ingredients grown in the hotel gardens.
With classic marble detailing, Bar Visconti is named after its previous occupier and cinematographic legend, Luchino Visconti. The legendary filmmaker hosted notable social events at the castle, inviting Hollywood glitterati – Sophia Loren and Helmut Berger were regular frequenters.
Located in the former medieval village in the grounds, the Essere spa offers a sanctuary to connect with Etruscan history and disconnect from modern day living.
Rejuvenating signature treatments using local ingredients – rosemary, grape seed and olive oil – and ancient Etruscan methods, reflect the spirit of Tuscany and connect guests with the rich surrounding landscapes. The Divino Ritual is inspired by Belmond Castello di Casole’s vineyards, featuring a red wine bath and hydro-massage enriched with red wine extracts.
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Prices start from 500 Euros per night + 10% VAT, based on two sharing and including breakfast. Click here to make a booking.
Words by Sophie Ritchie