About Castello di Casole, A Belmond Hotel
Experience aristocratic rural life paired with contemporary style, surrounded by rolling hills and sprawling vineyards. Castello di Casole, A Belmond Hotel, is one of those magical places where time stands still. Spread across 4,200 acres, this 10th-century estate is the perfect place to experience the wonders of rural Italy. While away the hours visiting local farms, spotting wildlife or hunting for rare truffles. Then retreat to a world of comfort, elegance and world-class dining. A warm welcome is guaranteed.
Behind The Brand
Your best advice for honeymoon/vacation planning?
Ensure you indulge in some romantic time for two. The starry sky above Belmond Castello di Casole has been recognized as one of the best in Italy. You can admire it from our amphitheatre with an expert astronomer, but, for more privacy, you can take a seat in the garden of our Limonaia Suites and gaze up at the sky.
What can couples expect to see and experience when staying at Belmond Castello di Casole?
History, nature and exceptional food. Belmond Castello di Casole is an authentic Tuscan village, where you can still see the former school, priest house and wine cellar. Everything here is full of history, with buildings dating back to the 10th century.
Being one of the largest private estates in Italy, a stay at Belmond Castello di Casole allows for an immersion in the Tuscan countryside which can easily be explored hiking or by bike. Also when relaxing by the pool, the view of the hills will be a constant companion. The hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Tuscany, which means that Siena, San Gimignano and Florence are all at easy reach. And so are some of the most renowned Tuscan wineries and little local farms where you can still experience an authentic way of life and taste local delicacies, such as cheese, which is still produced following a recipe mentioned in the Decameron.
What advice do you have in terms of packing for Belmond Castello di Casole?
Be ready for both exploration and relaxation. The Tuscan countryside and the charming Tuscan villages around the estate are better enjoyed by foot, so don’t forget some comfortable shoes. A swimsuit is a must to relax at Essere Spa, located in the former wine cellar of the village, or by the infinity pool with views of the hills. Remember to pack a nice evening dress as well for a romantic dinner in front of the rolling hills, with a starry sky above your head.
What’s the best time of year to visit Belmond Castello di Casole?
Definitely autumn, when the Tuscan nature is painted in vibrant colours and the spectacle of the hills is reminiscent of a painting. Autumn is the season of harvest and truffles, allowing guests to enjoy Tuscan culinary delights at their best.
Describe a perfect day when staying at Belmond Castello di Casole?
Wake up when the first rays of light illuminate the rolling hills of our estate and set off for an experience in the midst of nature. A morning hike or bike ride is ideal to discover the wonders of rural Italy. Or, if you wish for a deeper immersion in the wild, join our safari to meet deers, pheasants and hares.
Once back at the hotel, stop by our pool to refresh and relax, with the view of the Tuscan hills stretching out before of your eyes. Then take a seat on the terrace for an authentic Italian lunch (paired with a glass of fine Tuscan wine, perhaps?).
The afternoon offers many options. Head to Siena to discover this beautiful medieval city, or explore the land of wine and the marvellous landscapes surrounding it. If instead, you decide to stay at the hotel, we suggest a truffle hunt accompanied by an expert guide.
As sunset approaches, enter a world of magic with an enchanting aperitivo in the heart of our ancient forest. A floating table awaits in a secluded glade, lit with a grand candelabra and hundreds of twinkling lights. Savour a delicious selection of canapés and aperitifs as the sun sets over the Tuscan hills.
To end your day, take your seat in the amphitheatre after dinner and gaze up at the sky at Orion and the Milky Way. If you wish, an expert astronomer can guide you through your sky exploration.
Why we love it…
An indulgent, sophisticated escape steeped in medieval magic. An ancient castle encircled by the verdant terrain of the Tuscan landscape that offers incredible food and wine, and a plethora of romantic activities. Think, stargazing, truffle hunting, wine tasting, nature hiking, spa pampering, pool lounging…such bliss.
For the couple…
Couples who’ve dreamed of a Tuscan countryside honeymoon, look no further. Every corner of this property is enveloped in history, romance and luxury, and there’s an air of intimacy and tranquillity that’s just so perfect for getaways for two. Wine enthusiasts will also be in their element here, with 100 acres of vineyards located upon the property.
Be sure to pack some comfortable clothes and sturdy shoes to explore the picturesque surroundings, and leave a little room in your luggage to take home some of the locally made wine.