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
The hotel is absolutely gorgeous and the scenery just amazing. We were thrilled to be upgraded to a Suite, with one of the most beautifully appointed bathrooms. Sunset drinks overlooking the valley are just like the pictures, only better in real life!
This hotel is a special place. The grounds are magnificent set atop a Tuscan hill. The staff is exceedingly helpful with remarkable service. The concierge did not steer us wrong with any recommendations; they were all excellent. Our room was beautiful and had some nice appointments such as chargers and outlets that were easily accessible. The bathrooms are large and the beds are quite comfortable. We enjoyed our stay immensely and hope to return.
The location of the hotel is amazing and the views are breathtaking. One of the most beautiful hotels that we have stayed at. The rooms are also beautiful.
As others have mentioned, service can be great but it is not consistent. Sometimes orders or requests have to be made multiple times and the individuals that you communicate to do not take ownership of the request or follow through to ensure that is completed. For example, during one breakfast service we had been waiting for coffee to be served for over 10 minutes. When a follow-up request was made, the waiter asked us if we had asked for the coffee before and when we informed the waiter that we had, he took that as meaning that he wasn't responsible for the order and didn't have to follow-up.
That being said, there are members of the staff that are exemplary and that go out of their way to make us feel welcome, and at home.
With better training, the service level could match the beauty of the property which really is second to none.
The experiences offered at the property (safari, pasta making, etc.) are all done to a very high standard though and while expensive, offer unique experiences that we were happy to participate in.