Belmond has opened a new hilltop escape in the rolling hills of Tuscany: Belmond Castello di Casole. Along a cypress-lined avenue that leads to the middle of ‘nowhere’, the historic 10th-century hotel celebrates a rebirth with new authentic experiences that embrace the simple pleasures of Tuscan living.
Walking down a scenic tree-lined avenue, guests get their first glimpse of the new private estate’s 1,700 hectares just as archetypal Tuscan houses appear on the horizon.
Once inside the grounds of Belmond Castello di Casole, guests will find that the terrace serves as the heart of the hotel and a perfect place to savour the quiet of nature with sweeping views. The estate boasts elegant seating for all-day dining and relaxation and is also the best spot to enjoy a long lazy lunch or to toast the holidays with the estate’s home-grown red wine.
The adjoining pool terrace serves refreshing cocktails and freshly squeezed juices from a new pool bar that also houses a small library of classic novels to while away the hours. The elevated infinity-edge pool seamlessly blends with the lush rolling hillside and offers a cinematic view at dusk.
Guests can go birdwatching and wildlife spotting in the neighbouring oak forest, join a small group truffle hunting, take a cycle tour, head off on a guided or self-guided hike, or embark on a vintage car driving experience.
A taste of Tuscany
Local traditions and produce are at the heart of Belmond Castello di Casole’s revitalised wine and dining experiences. Venues include La Tosca, which serves Tuscan cuisine with a contemporary twist. Groups can privately reserve the Enchanted Table, which sits suspended from a towering oak tree. There’s also Cip’s by Cipriani, inspired by Hotel Cipriani’s famous bistro, which offers classic Venetian dishes that use locally sourced ingredients. Bar Visconti, a typical Italian lounge bar, is the most authentic spot for guests to taste the hotel’s vibrant label ‘C’ and ‘XII’ wine blends and prestigious local vintages.
A Tuscan village
Rooms and suites are spread throughout the storied buildings of what was once a bustling Tuscan village dating back to the year 998; a limonaia (lemonary), wine cellar and priest’s house have been transformed into 39 sumptuous bedrooms, each bursting with rustic charm. Warm woods, Carrara marble floors and antique mirrors define the overall aesthetic and many rooms have spacious bathrooms with roll-top baths from which to admire the picture-frame views of the surrounding landscapes.
The Essere Spa, located in the ancient stone alcoves of a vaulted wine cellar, displays Etruscan artefacts and offers treatments inspired by the land. Locally harvested olive oil, orange-infused oil, honey, rosemary and grapes are used in signature facials and massages and a new outdoor relaxation lawn offers guests the perfect space to reconnect with nature over a fresh herbal tea.
Belmond is celebrating the unveiling of Belmond Castello di Casole by offering a new Town & Country package that combines this property and nearby sister hotel, Belmond Villa San Michele. The four-night ‘Town & Country’ package (which can be booked in any combination) includes best available rooms on B&B at Belmond Castello di Casole and Belmond Villa San Michele, and a private transfer between the two hotels. The package starts from £2,090 /€2,360 per couple, excluding taxes.
Double rooms on B&B at Belmond Castello di Casole start from £667 / €750 per couple based on two people sharing. Belmond Villa San Michele starts from £756/ €850.