Design Destination: Castello di Casole, The Ultimate Tuscan GetawayAuthor:Candace Abbott
You’re thinking a Tuscan holiday means expansive vistas, wine, sunsets, olive groves and overall bliss. You’re right. But there’s something you might have left out…a magical stay at Castello di Casole, the 10th century castle-turned-boutique-hotel situated near rolling hills and lush landscapes.
This ancient gem is truly something to write home about. That is, if you can pull yourself out of the infinity pool which overlooks 4,200-acres of olive groves and vineyards.
Restored in 2005, the hotel has maintained its integrity and authenticity as the owners used only original materials found on the estate. This includes original wood-beamed ceilings, mysterious stone walls and more. With 41 luxurious suites, Hotel Castello di Casole is everything a Tuscan getaway should be made of with each room offering breathtaking views to the countryside and plush furnishings, finishes, and bedding inside.
Along with the host of suites, Castello di Casole offers rustic farmhouses, aptly outfited villas with design details that date back to the 18th century and the pristine, Bargagli Penthouse, which is the crown jewel of the property. Bargagli is an alluring two-story, 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom penthouse that’s always filled with fresh wildflowers, has a pantry full of Italian treats, ensuite spa and dining services and an attentive wait-staff who transfrom your stay into a magical experience. And not to be overlooked is Bargagli’s design. Classic Italian offset by contemporary elements like rich marble vanities that dance a waltz with historic tapestries or ornamental accents that pair with sleek lines and modern textures.
The enchanted place offers more than what meets the eye including everything from truffle hunting to art classes, olive-oil based spa treatments, yoga, pilates, and more. Just a short drive from cities like Florence, the Siena, Chianti, and Montalcino wine regions, Castello di Casole is a trip into the past and a quiet celebration of your present…everything a Tuscan holiday ought to be.