Belmond opens Castello di Casole in rural Tuscany
May 15, 2018: Joining the Belmond portfolio, Belmond Castello di Casole has opened doors for an authentic Tuscan retreat, steeped in Etruscan history, fully encapsulating ‘The Art of Good Living’ and connecting guests with local culture and rich heritage.
The storied castle hotel and grounds sit within an untouched nature reserve in the Tuscan hills between Siena and Florence. A cypress tree lined private road ascends to the historical estate which is situated atop hills with panoramic views of the surrounding villages and patchwork farmland, including olive groves and vineyards, producing the property’s own olive oil and ‘C’ private- abel signature wines.
Built in the year 998 and originally named Querceto Manor, the iconic property was restored by the aristocratic Bargagli family in the 20th century and sits within its own medieval village, featuring original Etruscan artifacts and architecture.
The Essere Spa in the hotel offers a sanctuary to connect with Etruscan history. Set in the old wine cellar, the tranquil space features original stone walls and Etruscan artifacts dating back to the 4th century, owned by the Bargagli Collection. Signature treatments using local ingredients – rosemary, grape seed and olive oil – and ancient Etruscan methods, reflect the spirit of Tuscany and connect guests with the rich surrounding landscapes. The Divino Ritual is inspired by Belmond Castello di Casole’s vineyards, featuring a red wine bath and hydro-massage enriched with red wine extracts.
Belmond Castello di Casole offers a dynamic mix of local Tuscan and Italian flavours. Classic Venetian dishes such as tender carpaccio and tagliolini verdi are served in the sun-lit courtyard of Cip’s Clubby sister property, Belmond Hotel Cipriani. Old Tuscan traditional dishes with modern flair can be found at Tosca, using ingredients grown in the hotel gardens.
With classic marble detailing, Bar Visconti, overlooking the infinity pool, is named after the previous occupier and cinematographic legend, Luchino Visconti. The legendary filmmaker hosted notable social events at the castle, inviting Hollywood glitterati such as Sophia Loren and Helmut Berger.
Throughout the property, design features include original stone flooring, terracotta colours and traditional alabaster from the local region of Volterra, reflecting the estate’s rich history. Suites located in the original 10th century medieval tower, feature original fireplaces and stone wall detailing.
Prices start from 500 Euros per night + 10% VAT, based on two sharing and including breakfast.