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
My husband and I stayed at this hotel a couple of weeks ago.
The hotel reminded me of an old castle as some of the areas and even our room were dark with heavy drapery. For me personally I loved the relaxed location and breath taking views from all around the property !!
Our package included breakfast each morning which was delicious. Lunch was good too as some others have mentioned. Dinner was rather expensive. I enjoyed driving to a different village around the area and trying out some of those restaurants.
You will need a car, don't forget international license, to drive to one of the many towns to explore on your own !!
We had a fabulous trip in Tuscany and staying at this hotel was perfecto !!
On a recent visit to Tuscany we stayed here for a couple of nights. The place is very nice and the facilities are exquisite. I understand that Belmond recently added this location to its stable of places across the world. Clearly, this place has not yet worked out the bugs and does not reach the high level of service normally associated with the Belmond name. Hopefully that will be remedied soon. The service is inconsistent- some of the staff are very accommodating while others are much less so. The well known “I am doing you a favor to help you” attitude is much in style there. Very sad. Additionally, this location is very much in the countryside away from Florence, Siena, Pienza, etc. Unless you are looking to stay on property 100% of the time, make sure that you either rent a car or have a driver on retainer. Otherwise you are stuck.
Had an amazing time. The hotel has possibly the most beautiful setting of all the Belmonds we have stayed in with a wonderful view of the rolling Tuscan countryside and the local town. The room was quite simply amazing, set over two floors it was bigger than our flat at home. We travelled with a two year old who they made feel very welcome and gave us a complementary pizza making class which she loved. On practicalities you have to take a car as lots of wonderful things to see nearby.
This hotel was an amazing experience for my whole family. From the moment we walked in we were greeted by warm smiles and almost immediately escorted to the room(after the tour of course). The room itself was comfortable and had the best view of the mountains and hills. If you stay in a villa bare in mind that it is a short walk up a steep hill to get to the main building. The service was okay although it took 45 minutes for a kettle and 10 minutes for a slice of lemon. The food was great but I would recommend staying for lunch and going out for dinner. I also recommend the lasagna at lunch and the pizza. Also this hotel had lots and lots and lots of activities such as painting,cooking,horse riding,safaris,hot air ballooning and i could go on and on. Overall this hotel was a great experience with all the walks,views and well just the whole countryside. I would definitely recommend going to this hotel.
If you are looking for a luxury vacation spot in Western Tuscany, this hotel has it all: a hilltop setting with incredible views, luxurious rooms and common areas, gourmet dining and the best staff in the region. This is truly a castle, with every decoration and attention to detail. The pool, the patios, the gardens and grounds, the bar — all top notch. While the prices are high, this is great value for money. The location is great for relaxing and the nearby small towns - Cásole D’Elsa and Mensano- are great because they have Tuscan charm without all the tourists. We’ll be back.