What we love
Voted by Forbes Magazine as the best hotel in Tuscany, we are not afraid to admit that this hotel, more of an estate, was the cause of us committing an affair. That is, a life-long affair with Tuscany, and one we won't be able to shake off for a very long time.
Setting the scene
If you are looking for a 'Room with a View' then look no further, every vantage point from this estate affords the money shot. Your arrival is through a cypress-lined lane that leads to the elegant courtyard - quite the appropriate start to what will become a memorable journey. Old World Tuscany from yesteryear married together with state of the art luxury amenities ensures that Castello di Casole will welcome you in with open arms.
Each suite effortlessly combines Old World Tuscan charm with modern boutique luxury, elegance and sophistication, including fabrics, fixtures and furnishings from the most acclaimed designers in Italy and throughout Europe. Spread across the different buildings on the estate, our particular favourites is the Limonaia Suites in the converted Lemon Barn with private gardens and split level layout. Whatever your requirements, Castello di Casole offers something for everyone and all individual in style yet in keeping with the earthly charm of the area.
The flagship restaurant is Tosca Restaurant serving rustic Tuscan menu in its terracotta tiled, vaulted ceiling restaurant, we describe it as simple yet innovative, the pasta, seafood, locally sourced meat, garden-fresh produce are all served with a hearty dosing of their estate grown extra virgin olive oil - a real authentic treat! Acclaimed film maker Luchino Visconti who once lived at Castello is the namesake of the bar Visconti, casual and characteristic of the infectious Italian charm, the chequered marble flooring and deep mahogany furniture is incumbent of many an Italian gangster epic. You'll find it hard to pop your head round the door without stopping by for an hors d'oeuvres or cocktail.
For a truly authentic experience then Trattoria Pazzia, (which means madness in Italian!) is a great choice. Think freshly made pasta, traditional Tuscan dishes and fresh produce that has been hand picked from the chef's vegetable garden. The feel is relaxed and casual, and they also offer light bites, such as panini's and salads, and there is an expresso bar and gelateria.
The hotel boasts an award-winning spa & fitness area, which can be held accountable for wasting away many a day. There are pools and steam rooms for warm-up or cool-down; state-of-the-art exercise equipment and personal trainers and group classes. It's the perfect way to refresh and revitalize during your holiday. And should state of the art not be your cup of tea, then fear not, exercise can be sought in the timeless experience of strolling around the 4,200-acre estate that will be yours to explore to your heart's content. Essere Spa, meaning To Be in Italian, brings one into harmony with body, mind, spirit, and all that is Tuscany. Local ingredients -rosemary, grape and olive oil - inspire a full treatment menu with products from the renowned brands Comfort Zone and Germaine de Cappuccini.
Though a high-end hotel with an adult-feel, the estate actively encourages families to visit. With children's menus and yummy gelato served all day in the informal pizzeria your little ones will experience Tuscany's delights very much through their stomachs! But of course the concierge will also be able to create tailor-made itineraries to help burn off the energy from the irresistible gelato!
The hotel is set on a rolling 4,200-acre estate in the hilltop town of Casole d'Elsa in scenic Siena - the heart of Tuscany and home to the infamous bi-annual festival of El Palio. You can reach Florence and San Gimignano in about an hour by car. As well as the wine region of Chianti with its legendary and reputed variety of grape, the heart of Old World Wine, being a very short drive (or taxi ride) away.
The closest airport is Florence at just under an hour's drive away. Poggibonsi station is a 20-minute drive from the hotel. It takes just over an hour to get here by train from Florence and half an hour from Siena.
- £1340pp in low season
- £2985pp in high season
- 7 nights bed and breakfast in Suite Magnifica, including flights and transfers