Castello Di Casole
What We Love
- Infinity pool with spectacular hilltop views
- Free GPS rental preloaded with local attractions
- All rooms come with views of the surrounding countryside or courtyard
- The spa is located in the estate’s converted wine cellar
What To Know
- Top Tuscan location: Florence, Siena, San Gimignano and Chianti are all within an hour’s drive
- A car is essential; the nearest village is a 15-minute drive
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Surrounded by a vast 4,200-acre country estate that was once home to a 10th-century castle, a working farm with stables and more than 200 villagers, Castello di Casole is a magnificent country pad that combines lashings of Old World charm with some seriously luxe amenities. The main chunk of the hotel is housed in a series of stone farmhouses that spill out from a central courtyard (the former stable block). On-site you’ll find an infinity pool with views of cypress-studded hills, giant bathrooms with rolltop tubs; a posh cocktail bar and an alfresco restaurant serving Tuscan classics.
Bed and Bath
All 41 spacious suites have been designed with a sympathetic nod to their Tuscan farmhouse heritage and feature beam ceilings, thick stone floors, terra-cotta-hued walls, and arched windows that frame views of the surrounding hills or the courtyard. The marble-clad bathrooms have free-standing rolltop tubs, giant showers, twin sinks and generous quantities of signature products.
On the grounds, the infinity pool takes center stage and overlooks the estate’s olive grove and the medieval villages of Mensano and Radicondoli. Next to the pool there’s a purpose-built amphitheater where you can catch an alfresco movie. There a two restaurants on-site: Pazzia Pizzeria, where wood-fired pizzas loaded with mozzarella dominate the menu, and Ristorante Tosca, an intimate eatery with arched stone ceilings and Murano glass chandeliers, and a candlelit terrace where posh seafood dishes are served against an enchanting backdrop. For post-dinner drinks, knock back a grappa at Bar Visconti or sip a glass of red straight from the estate’s very own vineyard.
How to Get There
The first thing that comes to my mind when I’m thinking about our stay in Castello di Casole is feeling of impeccable hospitality. That is our second time visiting and me and my family couldn’t be happier from our stay. First, we have some traveling problems and the concierge desk help us to get from Pisa to Casole in very timely and efficient manner nevertheless it was Sunday morning. From our reception till the moment we leave we have this sense of home away from home. Second, we are extremely satisfied by the room that we get – it had a small yard which was great for our little boy (the decision we to be hosted in such place was purely on hotel management based only on the information that we have traveling with kid. Third, we have tried all the facilities – three restaurants, outdoor pool and spa and like them all (my life recommends Anastasia in the Spa). And finally, I want to mention Alegra on concierge desk – she helps us a lot with very good and insightful recommendations about our trips nearby. We really do not want to leave and think to come in Castello di Casole.
I cannot say enough good things about our experience at this breathtaking resort. We arrived opening day of the hotel and stayed in a Private villa with friends for a week. The service at the resort was exceptional with the bar host and waiter greeting us by name and remembering our orders/ preferences each time we returned. The food was delicious and we enjoyed our meals watching the sun set over the valley. The spa is a must! We received some of the best treatments ever and they made sure that we had lots of privacy in the waiting room It is the prefect place to make your home base when touring the beautiful Tuscan region of Italy. They arranged a private visit/ cheese/ wine tasting at a nearby farm for our group which everyone loved.
Because my family and friends love Castello di Casole (CdC), I wanted to read all of the reviews to see what others thought. I noticed that there were some "average" reviews and even a negative review....I'll explain why I think they miss the point.
But first, let me repeat the title "One of the Best in the World." And, we have been to many excellent locations around the world.
I should also note that we stayed in the Magnifica Suite. I don't know if the other suites would be so pleasing. We go here often, and I'll update this review if I get a chance to see other suites. On the other hand, the actual suite is only part of the CdC story.
CdC is the perfect blend of old world and new. If when looking for a luxury, world-class hotel, images of chandeliers, gold-plated faucets, modern electronic key-entry systems, etc, come to mind, this is not the place for you. No, CdC is old world elegance. Which is not to mean "rustic" with negative connotations. The hotel is very up-to-date with new furnishings etc., but that is not "modern." It's elegant Italy. It's the sophistication of the old world brought up to date with comfortable amenities. Old world, but not musty. Up-to-date without the sameness that "modern" may imply.
The Magnifica Suite rooms are huge. This is not a place you go to turn out the lights and sleep. You can enjoy a bottle of the wine produced right on the estate and have room for friends joining you with cheese, prosciutto and boar sausage spread on your table while you are comfortable on your sofa and side chairs.
The bathrooms are also huge and comfortable. Modern (again, not gold) fixtures, large shower, tub, hooks for robes and all that and an abundance of hot water. Heated towel racks.
The staff cannot do enough for you. They are friendly and down to earth...not stuffy. They will quickly become like friends if you let them.
Spa, of course.
The outdoor areas are like none other. The terrace is large, tables are far apart enhancing privacy and the views of the Tuscan hilltop towns and the rolling Tuscan hills give you an instant feeling that you are very far away from the place you came from. You are back in time and space. The local Tuscan restaurants (if you venture out as you should) are also friendly with delicious, simple, local food enjoyed by locals.
We travel quite a bit and always like finding new places, but we try to come back often. Thinking about the other reviews here on TripAdvisor, I believe this last point captures it best. Castello di Casole is one of the best in the world because it takes you to a different time and space all with great comfort.
My wife and I went for our honeymoon to Italy and one of our stops was in Castello Di Casole. We stayed 5 days in this amazing place and we did not want to leave. I was immediately surprised when we arrived we were greeted by the General Manager, and during our stay he was constantly greeting other guests and making sure everyone's stay was spectacular.
The service and staff members (concierge, pool staff, restaurant staff, maintenance) were all very nice to us and welcoming.
Rooms have amazing views of Tuscan countryside and are very large. My favorites: The infinity pool is great to have some drinks and relax watching the sunset. The spa is very nice, Chiara and her team were excellent. We visited Sienna (40 min drive) did a Brunello wine tour (8 to 5) and went horseback riding. These activities were all recommended and coordinated by Castello and they were all unforgettable experiences.
I recommend Castello Di Casole to anyone who can make it, I wish we can visit very soon.
Javier Elias & Elsa Pou
I hate to be to harsh based on just our personal preferences however I have to say we were underwhelmed with our very brief stay at Castello di Casole. I believe our two night stay ended up as a total of six hours, read on if you are curious why.
We were at the hotel during a busy time so I will say this was part of the issue. A wedding was scheduled for the next day and the guest were, well, less polished then we are used to being around at a fine resort with. I wont go into detail but I think I saw some beers being shotgunned at the poor.
Anyhow, regarding the hotel and some of the issues we had. We drove up the main road lined with cypress trees and pulled up to the hotels beautiful entry. This was very grandiose and majestic as expected. However upon our arrival in our bright burnt orange Jeep we were greeted by, well, no one. We proceeded to unload our car and entered the lobby to be greeted by well, no one, again. We sat in the parlor off the entry area and, well, sat, alone. Much to our happy surprise someone did show up several minutes and seemed surprised we were there even though we were checking in that day. They brought us a glass of Prosecco, we checked us in, they showed us to our suite, we had lunch, walked around and decided to check out. The building and grounds are very beautiful. Amazing tuscan views all around the property. The reason we decided to check out was we just felt the quality wasn't there. Specially for the price of a suite. Castello di Casole is said to be a high end luxury hotel. We just didn't see it. Outside the building, grounds and views we just didn't see a fine hotel. I wont go into the details but our arrival experience, room finishes and some property shortcomings led us to the decision to leave. I know this goes against most of the reviews you see on here and I always say you need to see things for yourself. We have been a lot of places and seen many fine hotels and can't say Castello di Casole is one of them.