Presiding over its very own 4200-acre private estate, the historic Castello di Casole offers guests a little slice of luxury in the Tuscan hills. The terracotta-tiled villa is a 40-minute drive from Siena and the ancient towers of San Gimignano and sits in an exclusive corner of Italy where the land is studded with olive groves and celebrities' second homes (apparently Sting lives just over the hill).
The hotel was originally owned by the Bargagli family and was sympathetically restored over over five years. Today, the 10th-century castle embodies a spectacular, if slightly rose-tinted, vision of Italy that thankfully stops just short of Disneyland perfection.
Guests will feel thoroughly spoiled in the bedrooms (which are huge), with under-floor heating, over-stuffed armchairs and free soft drinks in the mini bars, Modern details, like large TVs, are hidden away in antique cupboards. The bathrooms are more like mini spas and have enormous free-standing tubs and walk-in showers. For more space, opt for a 2-storey Limonia Suite, or splash out on an Oliveto Suite with its own extensive terrace. Some face the courtyard, but the best have views over the estate.
The on-site Tosca restaurant serves sophisticated but rustic Italian fare, specialising in homemade pasta and organic vegetables, while Trattoria Pazzia is more relaxed. Children will be won over by all-day ice cream. The estate may be well-suited to families, but there are plenty of grown-up activities. After a day playing a traditional game of Bocce or lounging by the heated infinity pool (open May-October), slink off for a sip of the hotel’s own Dodici blend at the Visconti Bar (named after the director, Luchino Visconti, who owned the Castello in the 1960s).
A brand new sizeable spa, set in the original wine cellar, is equally decadent -- think barrel-vaulted ceilings, terracotta floors, exposed stone walls and treatments using local olive oil and lavender. There's also a well-equipped gym or guests can join the weekly Pilates or yoga class, out in the vineyard.
From the press:
"[The] levels of comfort and service are extremely high" -- The Telegraph
"The bathrooms are exceptionally well appointed: alabaster is used for everything" -- The Independent
"A well-executed renovation and full fleet of amenities still made a special experience" -- The New York Times
Gym / fitness center
Hot Tub / Jacuzzi
24-hour front desk
Baby-sitting service on request
Express check-in / checkout
Laundry / dry cleaning
Room service (limited hours)
Coffee / tea-making facilities
Pay-per-view / movies on demand
iPod/iPhone docking station
Complimentary Wi-Fi in guest rooms
Complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas
Complimentary valet service
Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.
Standard check-in time: 4pm
Standard checkout time: 10am
Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.
Check-in time starts at 4pm Check-out time is 10am
You must present a photo ID when checking in. Your credit card is charged at the time you book. Bed type and smoking preferences are not guaranteed.Your reservation is prepaid and is guaranteed for late arrival. The total charge includes all room charges and taxes, as well as fees for access and booking. Any incidental charges such as parking, phone calls, and room service will be handled directly between you and the property.
Know Before You Go
All guests, including children, must be present at check-in and show their government-issued photo ID card or passport.
Cash transactions at this property cannot exceed EUR 2999.99, due to national regulations. For further details, please contact the property using information in the booking confirmation.
Reservations are required for massage services and spa treatments. Reservations can be made by contacting the hotel prior to arrival, using the contact information on the booking confirmation.
One child 11 years old or younger stays free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding.
The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.
Crib (infant bed) fee: EUR 150 per stay
Rollaway bed fee: EUR 150 per night
The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.
Mandatory Fees and Taxes
You'll be asked to pay the following charges at the property:
A tax is imposed by the city: EUR 5 per person, per night. This tax does not apply to children under 12 years of age.
We have included all charges provided to us by the property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.
If you want to explore the local area, a car is essential -- the nearest village (Colle di Val d'Elsa) is 15 minutes' drive away. The hotel is an hour's drive from Florence Airport and an hour and 45 minutes from Pisa Airport. Parking is available at the hotel.
Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.
You will pay the hotel in the hotel's local currency. The rate displayed (in GBP) is an estimate based on today's currency exchange rate.
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