Belmond Castello di Casole
At a Glance
Imposing, yet regally perched on a hill-top, this incredible 10th century property is deeply rooted in its historical and agricultural past.
Situated within 30 acres of olive groves, the estate produces some of the finest olive oil in Italy
Offers peaceful seclusion, yet is perfectly situated for exploring surrounding historical towns – with very easy access to Florence, San Gimignano and Siena
The hotel is super family-friendly, with plenty of activities on offer including cooking classes, truffle hunting, horse riding and cycling.
Enjoy scrumptious local Italian cuisine on the terrace at Ristorante Tosca, overlooking the rolling hills of Tuscany, interlaced with Cypress trees and charming private farmhouses.
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The Mediterranean climate makes Tuscany a year round destination. It is important to remember that the main tourism season stretches from mid-April to the end of September with July and August being peak months. The best time to visit Tuscany is in the quieter part of the season, from April to June and from September to October when weather is usually good, prices lower and there are "fewer" tourists. Many have also discovered the advantages of visiting during the "low season" (winter and early spring) as rates are lower and the reduced number of tourists is visible.
To start planning your holiday to Belmond Castello di Casole
Belmond Castello di Casole commands a prominent hilltop position, offering magical views of the Tuscan countryside, combining Old World Tuscan charm with modern boutique luxury, elegance and sophistication.
Tuscany has many beautiful properties, however, as you drive up the Cypress-lined lanes towards Belmond Castello di Casole looking out over vineyards, orchards of olive trees and rolling countryside dotted with stone farmhouses, you truly feel in a world of your own.
Nestled in the hills not far from the Renaissance cities of Florence, Sienna and San Gimignano, Belmond Castello di Casole is surrounded by 4,200 acres of its own private estate and comprises a mixture of beautiful suites, elegant stone townhouses and restored Farmhouse Villas each with dramatic glass tiled infinity pools.
Belmond Castello di Casole manages to offer a combination of luxury and yet charmingly rustic comfort within the restored Castello and original buildings of the hamlet. The 39 suites and townhouses are all different. The Limonaia Suites and Oliveta Suites are more contemporary in design and the Castello suites, Casa del Prete and Tinaia suites are decorated with a more rustic feel incorporating the beams and stone walls of the ancient hamlet.
The 16 main suites located in the Castello are beautifully appointed with antique touches that reflect the heart and soul of the ancient Castello which is also mirrored in the luxurious two bedroom townhouses. Most suites have stunning views of the Tuscan countryside, and all have complete access to the estate’s services and amenities, including the Essere luxury spa, pools and fitness centre, and casual and fine dining options.
Belmond Castello di Casole offers a choice of dining; you can either sample delicious Tuscan specialties with a twist inspired by Daniele Sera’s brilliant interpretation of whatever is in season at Ristorante Tosca or enjoy the combination of Tuscan delicacies with Venetian dishes at Cip's Club by Belmond Hotel Cipriani.
Belmond Castello di Casole features 39 luxurious hotel suites in a variety of styles and sizes to accommodate different preferences. The suites have been restored using artefacts and materials found on the estate giving them an authentic feel with their wood-beamed ceilings, stone walls and hand-plastered finishes. All bathrooms include personalised amenities diffusing local Tuscan scents, heated towel racks, separate double showerheads and Italian design freestanding bathtubs.
Rooms and suites are spread between the original parts of the castle, the old school, the old lemon grove and the original wine storage room. All suites include custom linens, complimentary WiFi, HDTV with Sky TV including movie packages, iPod docking station, underfloor heating, air-conditioning and complimentary minibar.
Children of all ages are welcome to come and stay at Belmond Castello di Casole. However, there are no specific facilities available for them. The spacious suites can have an extra cot or bed added to accommodate families more easily. Babysitting can be arranged upon request.
At Tosca, guests can dine inside among the restored stone walls and custom Murano glass chandeliers, or head out to the dining terrace for an al fresco meal overlooking dramatic vineyards and valleys. Here guests will enjoy authentic Tuscan dishes made with the freshest produce from the hotel gardens. For a unique dining experience, Cip's Club by Belmond Hotel Cipriani offers a menu of Venetian dishes combined with regional specialities of Tuscany. Guests can also relax with a drink in Bar Visconti, named after the legendary film maker who once lived at the Castello. With stunning views, especially at sunset, the bar and outside loggia are the perfect place to unwind with a glass of the estate’s wine or a cocktail.
Lounge beside the pool overlooking the rolling hills or if you feel like something more energetic the hotel can organise a myriad of activities for both adults and children. They will plan vineyard and bike tours, day hikes, long walks and horseback rides through the hillsides as well as specialist kid’s activities and cultural excursions to local towns and cities.
Cammie Burke (Staff)
Castello di Casole sits on one of the largest estates in Italy, with 4,200 acres of greenery. The grounds feature natural wooded forests and hiking trails right from your doorstep. The divine infinity pool sits directly adjacent to a real Roman amphitheatre as the hotel keeps its traditional feel yet comfort and luxury are of the highest importance. The hotel looks out on the endless rolling hills of Tuscany and in the distance the medieval hilltop town of Casole dElsa. The sprawling estate provides a host of activities including cooking classes at the hotels taverna Piazza, sunrise yoga, biking, hiking, truffle hunting, horseback riding and wine tastings to name a few.
Anna Crowther (Staff)
Driving up the long gravel path, you truly cannot be prepared for what waits for you. Castello di Casole is such a special place. No matter where you look the views are spectacular. The greenest trees, rolling hills and vast open spaces have to be seen to be believed.
There is such a great variety of rooms from spacious suites, villas with kitchens and Jacuzzis to the grand farm houses which are dotted around the acres of land. Their restaurant selection has something for everyone - there is a traditional pizzeria with delicious gelato, as well as the fine dining restaurant with stunning dishes and perfect wine pairings.
They have successfully kept the authenticity of this casole with fantastic service and magical views, I am desperate to go back!
Tuscany's latest five-star is west of Siena, on a little hill surrounded by 4,200 acres of vines, olives and woodland. The centrepiece of the estate (once owned by Luchino Visconti) is its 10th-century castle, now a 41-suite hotel. Colorado-based Timbers Resorts (the Dancing Bear, Aspen) has spent seven years and 90 million on restoration and refurbishment. The result is a luxe-rustic take on the Tuscan idyll, with beamed ceilings and terracotta floors. Sitting rooms with log fires and the handsome Bar Visconti provide refuge in cool weather; the terraces and infinity pool are wonderful in summer. Rooms in the villa are quietly elegant; others are more rustic, and some have private gardens. Chef Daniele Sera's reworking of traditional Tuscan food (gnocchi with coffee-scented veal cheek; salty pine-nut toffee) is showcased at Ristorante Tosca. There's plenty to do (spa treatments, pizza-making classes, boar hunting, mountain-biking) and Florence and Siena are within easy reach.
The hotel has been voted No. 1 Resort in Europe, the No. 1 Hotel for Families in Europe and the No. 2 Best Hotel in the World in the annual Worlds Best Awards survey by the discerning readers of Travel + Leisure.
Lexi Newman (Staff)
Castello di Casole was one of my favourite properties we visited in Tuscany, having opened in July 2013 the hotel is in fantastic condition and has the modern conveniences at your finger tips. There are various different accommodation types suiting all requirements from two and three bedroom villas located in the estate grounds to suites in the main building. The spa is due to open in July 2013, which if the rest of the property is to go by wont be a disappointment!
Charlotte Austin (Staff)
This is a favourite of mine, this hotel sprouted up in the Tuscan hills last summer and has gone from strength to strength since. They are opening their spa this summer and the whole resort has become 5* quality.
There are a number of different choices when it comes to the room you stay in, I would recommend one of the old school rooms to stay in which has stunning views and are very large for families.
Cycling in the Val d'Orcia
Visit the charming town of Pienza and explore its picturesque streets before cycling through the spectacular Val d'Orcia on an e-bike with your private guide.
Explore Pienza and the Val d'Orcia
Located in the Val d'Orcia, Pienza is a charming town boasting a wealth of beautiful Renaissance architecture. Explore the town with your private guide and enjoy incredible views across the Tuscan countryside.
Pizza making class at Castello di Casole
Roll up your sleeves and get stuck in at Castello di Casole's pizza making class. Under the expert guidance of one of the hotel's fantastic chefs you will learn the techniques required to make a traditional Italian pizza.
Private tour of Siena and San Gimignano
Explore Siena and San Gimignano, two of Tuscany's most picturesque cities, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites packed with beautiful medieval architecture and fascinating history.
Tuscan cooking class
Discover the art of Tuscan cuisine with a private cooking class at a local farm. Under the guidance of a local cook, you'll learn how to prepare traditional recipes and then enjoy your dishes for lunch.
Wine tasting in Chianti
Travel through the beautiful Tuscan countryside to discover the wines of Chianti, the area's most celebrated wine region. Visit two wineries to taste the local produce and enjoy a delicious lunch.
Wine tasting in Montalcino and Montepulciano
Spend a day discovering the delights of Tuscan wine as you explore the charming towns of Montalcino and Montepulciano, both renowned worldwide for their wine production.
Wine tours at Castello di Casole
Discover the world of wine production with a variety of tours from Castello di Casole. With regions such as Chianti and Brunello on the estate's doorstep, a selection of delectable wines are within easy reach.
Wine Tours of Tuscany
Discover first hand the reason Italian wines have become some of the most well known and best loved wines in the world.
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Location & directions
Belmond Castello di Casole is situated in the heart of Tuscany, 35 minutes west of Siena and about an hour south of Florence.
How to get there
It is a 2-hour British Airways flight to Florence. Belmond Castello di Casole is an hour's drive from Florence airport.
Alternatively you can fly to Pisa with Easyjet from Gatwick, and with BA from Heathrow or Gatwick. The drive from Pisa Airport is about 1 hour 40 minutes.
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