What we love
We love every single thing about this centuries-old estate. Picture a hilltop stone settlement with terracotta rooftops and manicured gardens, lined with cypress avenues tumbling down a countryside so perfect you could be forgiven for thinking it a painting rather than real life. Welcome to Castiglion del Bosco!
Setting the scene
Castiglion del Bosco is a stunning Estate which lies within gorgeous undulating landscape known for its enchanting beauty and juxtaposition of colours and textures. The area is also famous for its agriculture and the vineyards of the Val d'Orcia, including its own produce which is amongst the most coveted Italian wines. Castiglion del Bosco is a wonderful base from which to enjoy all that Tuscany has to offer; furthermore the resort offers a concierge service for just about anything you could think of - this really is the epitome of Italy and of a fantastic standard.
The 23 suites are housed in the buildings of the Borgo, the main farmhouse. Exposed wooden beams, warm natural Tuscan colourings of terracotta, red and yellow & antique furniture; the artistry of these suites are eclipsed only by the sensational views from the wooden framed windows, many of which open out onto terraces, pergola's and private garden's alive with greenery. The Suites combine antiques with beautiful leather details and unique pieces handcrafted by Florentine artisans. They are equipped with LCD TV, pay-per-view, Wi-Fi and iPod Docking Station. Newspapers, minibar and Nespresso machine are also included. For larger parties, book the Villa Suite which is a to bedroom, two bathroom apartment located in a small detached villa alongside the Borgo. Enjoying the same elegant furnishing and luxury modern amenities as the suites, it offers a little more privacy. But for families and for those looking for exclusive privacy, stay at one of the 9 standalone villas dotted among the estate. Nine rustic farmhouses have become luxury villas, with decor by Teresa Borgisser Sancristoforo, featuring stone & wood interiors, open fireplaces, antiques and bespoke furniture; just like something out of an Italian Country Life magazine you'd find upon a coffee table! Ranging from three to five bedrooms, each have private swimming pools and offer a true home away from home experience but still enjoying the facilities of this vast estate.
There are two restaurants available at the estate. The more formal, refined option is Ristorante Campo Del Drago. Ideal for a romantic candle-lit dinner under the stars, you will find a Tuscan and Italian inspired menu showcasing the local flavours, many from the estate's kitchen garden creative combined to create an artistic masterpiece. Simple yet authentic interiors ensure the attention is not taken away from the food in front of you nor the awe-inspiring views that surround you. For a more relaxed, Trattoria type experience head to the Osteria La Canonica, next door to Campo Del Drago. Rustic pizzas, pastas and seasonal dishes are served under a shading veranda with wooden and wrought iron detail that perfectly complements the hearty authenticity of the restaurant.
Taking a full 15 minutes to drive the length of this vast estate, there is certainly plenty on offer to keep all ages entertained. As this is a working wine estate, there is the extensively stocked wine cellar housing the vintages of Castiglion's del Bosco's own vineyards. Wine tours and tastings guided by the expert staff are available via advanced booking and will open your eyes to the journey 'from Grape to Wine'. There are plenty of sports and outdoor activities available, including tennis, yoga and Pilates, the gym with its Technogym equipment, and the infinity pool for infinite regeneration. The estate offers excursions, mountain biking, archery, or even the chance just to enjoy a simple stroll through the lush green gardens. And to wind down after a long day of activities book yourself a treatment in their extensive CdB Spa. A haven of serenity, with its sauna, steam bath, relaxation area and lush private garden, this sublime retreat will deliver rest and rejuvenation for mind, body and soul. For those aspiring Tuscan chefs, make sure you book yourself into one of the cooking classes on offer. La Canonica, their well renowned and reputed cooking school is housed in the old priest's house situated in the heart of the Borgo. The small classes offer the chance for hands-on experience; the lessons embraces a start to finish real-life situation, starting by selecting the raw ingredients in the organic Kitchen Garden through to the feasting on the fruits of your labour. It's a great day for all the family and will leave you treasuring new skills and many memories to take home with you. And if this isn't enough to keep you entertained, then the golf fanatics us will revel in the knowledge that the estate also harbours a breath-taking 18-hole golf course with quite simply the best views from the green known to man. Designed by the winner of the British Open, Tom Weiskopf, this prestigious course is the only golf club to be set within a UNESCO world heritage site. Certainly a must do on any keen golfer's bucket list.
Children are well catered for at Castiglion del Bosco with a fantastic selection of activities to suit all age groups and interests. Being a secluded, safe environment in unspoilt countryside, we could not think of a better place to bring the children. The activities available embraces the true soul of being in this part of Italy including cooking and art classes, visits to the kitchen garden and horse riding/biking to explore the local countryside. Most activities are free of charge, whilst some incur an additional charge.
The airports of Pisa, Florence and Rome along with Siena and Grosseto private airstrip are all within easy driving distance to Castiglion del Bosco. The Estate's helipad also allows for direct airport-to-estate transfer.