Belmond Castello di Casole

Having booked your exclusive guestroom or suite at Belmond Castello di Casole in Tuscany, you can begin looking forward to their outdoor infinity pool overlooking the hills; an underground spa housed in a former wine cellar hundreds of years old; private olive groves and grape vines all around, plus two exquisite fine dining restaurants and al fresco patios that flaunt the best of Italian food.

All this, wrapped up within the walls and around the grounds of a spellbindingly beautiful, incredibly well-restored 10th-century castle help make Belmond Castello di Casole one of the ultimate Tuscan hotel experiences. In fact, the history of this site is thought to go back even further, with 5,000-year-old Bronze Age artefacts having been found around Belmond’s 130-acre estate, though today it’s very much about what lies inside the main property, and that is no bad thing.

You can’t help but be enamoured with the interior design of Belmond Castello di Casole, as original features including exposed stone walls and thick-set fireplaces, archways and high beamed ceilings create an immediate, irresistible romance. And while the most has certainly been made of the building’s original, ancient architecture, modernity is never hard to spot here either. From elaborate (and wholly stylish) chandeliers to fun artworks on the wall or contemporary standalone bathtubs in the rooms, yet also atmospheric corridors, caverns and traditional terracotta roof tiles; old meets new to dramatic and expertly executed effect at Castello di Casole.

Modern-day comforts come further still in the form of that outdoor swimming pool and terrace, an underground spa, saunas and gym that are uniquely located, to say the least, as well as services such as Wi-Fi and other amenities in the rooms. However, this is every bit the high-end Italian escape, so long gourmet lunches, wine tasting and cultural tours – or nothing more than a gentle stroll through the hotel’s verdant, sprawling grounds – is often the order of the day while at Belmond Castello di Casole.

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Accommodation Options

The 39 rooms and suites at Belmond Castello di Casole each imbue the same sense of history, authenticity and elegance that you would hope for from the rest of the estate. The doors are dark wood and heavy, beams exposed, sofas soft and furnishings look antique, while views invariably capture the gardens and surrounding hills. A king-size or two double beds, Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and a DVD player, designer toiletries and a standalone bathtub are among the automatically included amenities at Belmond, though certain suites also include a lounge area and for some, a furnished terrace too.

Deluxe Guestroom
deluxe guestroom
Ranging between 398-474sq ft depending on their exact position in the castle, Deluxe Guestrooms are a super space of subtle design features, original elements such as exposed beams and more modern creature comforts, mainly found in the luxe bathroom.
Junior Suite
junior suite
Coming in either Classic, Deluxe or Executive category, the main difference between all of the sumptuous Junior Suites is their size, with floorplans starting at 484sq ft and scaling up to 700sq ft. All enjoy a lounge area, again of varying size, plus a range of views and interesting artworks on the walls too.
Suite
suite
Providing significantly more space at 753-969sq ft, depending on their position in the property and exact layout, Suites at Belmond Castello di Casole are truly the cream of the crop. All come with a separate lounge area and mix of either courtyard or countryside views, some also featuring an outdoor terrace or private garden patio.

Restaurants

Tosca
Tosca

For cutting-edge, spectacularly presented gourmet Italian cuisine, head straight for Tosca Restaurant where everything is either picked onsite, produced and cured locally or handmade in the hotel’s kitchen, courtesy of a team of world-class chefs. This is unashamed haute Italian cuisine through and through; the six-course tasting menu being nothing short of divine and a real highlight of any stay.

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Cip’s Club
Cip’s Club

A taste of versatile Venice fused with beloved Tuscan ingredients and an al fresco patio to enjoy it all from, with each delicate dish then being paired with its perfect wine partner; just a flavour of the seasonal Cip’s Club dining experience here at Belmond Castello di Casole.

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Bar Visconti
Bar Visconti

Pull up a chair either at the polished marble bar or outside on the patio, overlooking Tuscany’s rolling hills and the hotel’s own private vineyard, before settling into an easy evening of cocktails and fine wine at Bar Visconti.

  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Activities and Entertainment

Where better to learn the secrets of Italian cuisine with an expert chef than here in Tuscany? You can take a cookery class to get the insider tips and tricks at Castello di Casole, or yoga and watercolour painting if you prefer – truffle hunting and simple scenic walks through the estate are also popular pastimes during those laidback afternoons. Olive oil and wine tasting tours then come highly recommended here, plus day trips to the walled fortress of Monteriggioni, Sienna and Florence further afield. For something a little more active, cycling the countryside or exploring on horseback just can’t be beaten, and there are also several golf courses nearby too.

Facilities

If nothing else, it is worth booking a room at Belmond Castello di Casole for the onsite Essere Spa alone. Housed in the property’s former wine cellar, this den of stone-clad decadence is one of the most atmospheric and authentic parts of the original building, made all the better by the therapies to be enjoyed here; just wait until you see the underground bubble pool too. A heated outdoor swimming pool and sun patio are just as impressive with their hilltop views – there’s also a gym, olives groves and grape vines that service both the restaurant and boutique outlet near the lobby, along with other local crafts, artwork and souvenirs from your time in Tuscany.

Location

Near Chianti, Tuscany, Italy. Though the grounds and immediate surroundings of Belmond Castello di Casole are scenic and interesting enough to fill your days themselves, the highlights of Tuscany, Chianti, Sienna and Florence can all be accessed from the hotel for day trips. So too a handful of surrounding villages to visit by bike, and it’s roughly 1 hour to Florence Airport, a little further for Pisa.

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