Relax and unwind in luxury at one of the largest and most beautiful private estates in Italy
This truly beautiful hotel with its own villas and farmhouses is set in an estate of 4,200 acres of glorious rolling Tuscan countryside. Fully restored by specialist architects and artisans using traditional methods and reclaimed materials together with luxurious fabrics and contemporary fittings.
Castello di Casole’s incredible history can be traced back to the Bronze Age due to its agricultural past. Artefacts from Etruscan farmers which have been discovered on the estate are on display at the castle and a nearby museum. As you would expect from a hotel of this calibre, you benefit from daily housekeeping and a nightly turndown service, 24-hour room service, luxury transportation to and from the property, children’s activities and much more. This is a superb 5* property that we have visited personally in 2018 and can highly recommend.
Located in the glorious rolling hills of Tuscany, not far from Florence and Siena, the Castello di Casole estate encompasses 4,200 acres of beautiful rural landscape and historic properties including the castle itself.
Just 41 luxurious suites are available at the Hotel Castello di Casole, ranging from classic Tuscan suites within the castle walls to modern apartments a short walk away. An incredible restoration of the property has resulted in a perfect blend of original materials and authentic touches with luxurious fabrics and furnishings, together with all mod cons.
The Bargagli Penthouse
This gorgeous penthouse comprises two full suites in the castle and is the ultimate residence with in Castello di Casole. Taking three years to plan and design, this penthouse is classically Italian in design with beautiful antiques and fabrics. Accommodation comprises three bedrooms, each with their own private bathrooms, a full kitchen and a fully provisioned pantry. Spa services are available in the penthouse, together with the hotel’s attentive service.
Just moments from the castle and hotel can be found a selection of three perfectly-restored villas with the advantage of privacy and space and yet all the facilities of a 5* hotel close by. Interiors are richly decorated with modern bathrooms and a private plunge pool. All villas have expansive views across the estate to the mountains and valleys beyond and are air-conditioned. They also have traditional interior and exterior fireplaces and a jacuzzi.
Contact us for details of the extensive range of traditional Tuscan farmhouses on the estate that are available to hire.
Food lovers rejoice: the focus here is very much on beautifully prepared rustic Italian food made in a traditional style using fresh organic vegetables and fish/game from the locality.
The hotel’s casual and relaxed trattoria has an original brick oven for enjoying the perfect hand-tossed thin-crust pizza. This is also the ideal venue for sampling a range of antipasti, fresh salads and even-fresher vegetables from the hotel’s organic vegetable gardens.
The emphasis at the hotel’s restaurant is on traditional Tuscan cuisine with a hint of modern. Enjoy homemade pasta, locally-sourced meat, delicious seafood, fresh organic vegetables, homemade bread and estate-grown olive oil, offered with a wide selection of wines from the estate and beyond. Dine surrounded by restored stone walls and under Murano glass chandeliers for the perfect romantic dinner.
Enjoy a cocktail or glass of wine while overlooking the pool at the hotel’s beautiful bar. A local artist has created a fresco on one of the interior walls and a marble bar and banquet seating inside invite conviviality and conversation.
Formerly the estate’s wine cellar, today the hotel’s luxury spa has a perfectly serene setting on one of the most dramatic parts of the estate. Relax and enjoy a range of treatments while gazing at the barrel-vaulted ceilings and restored stone walls, together with expansive views of the park. Treatments are inspired by local ingredients such as rosemary, grapes and olive oil and products are provided by Carita and Ila plus a selection of homemade organic products produced by the estate.
Pools, steam rooms and comfortable spaces allow for ample relaxation including a spectacular couple’s treatment suite with deep soaking tub and shower, and luxurious private outdoor gardens.
Wildlife, hunting and walking
The estate is recognised by the province of Siena as a game reserve and you may enjoy seasonal hunting expeditions (including truffle hunting!). The estate is particularly well populated by deer, hare and pheasants which can be seen whilst walking along the estate’s scenic footpaths.
With more than 100 acres of organic vineyards on the estate, wine lovers will enjoy exploring and tasting the estate’s wines, including 13 distinct plots of Cabernet, Sangiovese, Merlot and Petit Verdot grape varieties.
The 4,200 acres of the estate offer the perfect environment for cycling and there are opportunities for anything from romantic rides through meadows to serious road racing and off-roading. The hotel will be happy to advise you, whatever you feel like doing.
A riding centre can be found 35 minutes from the hotel which offers trail rides and horseback tours, as well as hacking.
A selection of golf courses are located around the hotel, starting from a 20 minute drive away: the concierge will be happy to assist with bookings and transport.
Each autumn guests are invited to join a truffle treasure hunt on the estate in a small group led by an expert truffle hunter and accompanied by the Lagotto Romagnolo breed of dog. Later you can enjoy your delicious culinary discoveries at a celebratory meal.
Painting and ceramics classes are available, led by a local graduate.
These are led by the hotel’s chefs using local ingredients from gardens on the estate. You could learn how to make fresh pasta, homemade bread and tiramisu, plus a selection of your favourite Italian dishes. Pizza-making classes are available on request!
Map and travel information
Direct flights from the UK are available to the nearest airport of Florence. Other possible airports include Bologna, Milan and Rome.
Transfer by private car from Florence airport in approximately 1 hour.
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