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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
Attached to the hotel are several compounds spread over a wide area of the Tuscan hills. Eight of us stayed for 7 days in oneof these, called Barbena, which has a main bldg and two others, all air-conditioned, with an olympic-size swimming pool. Located equi—distant to Florence and Siena, it was also the perfect place for day-trips to Voltera and the Chianti wine region.
Belmond Castello di Casole is the most restful vacationing hotel with luxury. Located in the country side with spectacular view and excellent food and service. I highly suggest for wine and dine long weekend trips.
My husband and I spent 10 days in Italy traveling to different Belmond properties and Castello Di Casole was by far the worst Belmond hotel of the trip. The hotel exterior is beautiful and the surroundings are magnificent, so we were excited when we arrived. Coming from Belmond Hotel Splendido we had high hopes that Castello would be equally amazing, but were thoroughly disappointed from the minute we walked in the front door. The Conceirge and receptionist were rude and cold. Our room was dark and in need of some updates. Our meal at the hotel restaurant was low quality and overpriced. The service was subpar. I could go on and on, but if you have stayed at other Belmonds it is incredibly obvious that Castello di Casole is inferior. I would recommend sending the staff to Villa San Michele or Splendido to learn how to properly treat guests and what good customer service looks like. This was definitely the low point of our trip, which was sad because it was the hotel I was originally most looking forward to staying at!