An extensive seven-year restoration beautifully incorporating Old World Tuscany with modern day luxury
Timbers Resorts based in Denver, Colorado, specializes in the complete development, sales, marketing and operations of intimate, private, luxury residence clubs and boutique hotels & resorts worldwide. Their portfolio includes an exclusive collection of prestigious properties located in the most sought-after destinations in the world – one of which is Tuscany.
Following a seven-year restoration, Hotel Castello di Casole opened its doors on July 1, 2012.
Castello di Casole was just named #1 Resort in Europe for the second year in a row in the 2014 Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards.
Surrounded by a vast 4,200-acre country estate that was once home to a 10th-century castle, a working farm with stables and more than 200 villagers, Castello di Casole is a magnificent country resort that combines lashings of Old World charm with some seriously luxe amenities. The main chunk of the hotel is housed in a series of stone farmhouses that spill out from a central courtyard (the former stable block). On-site you’ll find an infinity pool with views of cypress-studded hills, giant bathrooms with rolltop tubs; a posh cocktail bar and an alfresco restaurant serving Tuscan classics.
All 41 spacious suites have been designed with a sympathetic nod to their Tuscan farmhouse heritage and feature beam ceilings, thick stone floors, terra-cotta-hued walls, and arched windows that frame views of the surrounding hills or the courtyard. The marble-clad bathrooms have free-standing rolltop tubs, giant showers, twin sinks and generous quantities of signature products.
On the grounds, the infinity pool takes center stage and overlooks the estate’s olive grove and the medieval villages of Mensano and Radicondoli. Next to the pool there’s a purpose-built amphitheater where you can catch an alfresco movie. There a two restaurants on-site: Pazzia Pizzeria, where wood-fired pizzas loaded with mozzarella dominate the menu, and Ristorante Tosca, an intimate eatery with arched stone ceilings and Murano glass chandeliers, and a candlelit terrace where posh seafood dishes are served against an enchanting backdrop. For post-dinner drinks, knock back a grappa at Bar Visconti or sip a glass of red straight from the estate’s very own vineyard.
There’s plenty to keep you on-site, but the staff is equally obliging when it comes to exploring the area. The concierge can provide a preloaded GPS device that will direct you to some Tuscan treasures: Florence, Siena, San Gimignano and Chianti are all within an hour’s drive. Nearby Casole d’Elsa is a charming hilltop village enclosed by medieval walls. Stroll the cute cobbled streets, which weave past piazzas, churches and alfresco restaurants. There are two Michelin-starred restaurants within a 15-minute drive of the hotel. Enjoy traditional Tuscan dishes at Il Colombaio or work your way through the 600-bottle wine list at Arnolfo, where the focus is on luxurious fine dining.
For more info, Special Offers & Packages, visit them online at: www.castellodicasole.com/hotel
This is Tuscany. Past. Present. Perfect.