Timbers Resorts will open its highly anticipated Hotel Castello di Casole, a restored 10th century castle turned 41-suite boutique hotel, on April 2, 2012. Located within the heart of Castello di Casole – A Signature Development of Timbers Resorts, a 4,200-acre private estate in Tuscany, Italy. the hotel is expected to be one of Europe’s premier destinations. Following five years of meticulous and detailed restoration, Hotel Castello di Casole will offer guests rustic Tuscan elegance in a spectacular setting featuring more than 100 acres of vineyards and olive groves, a model game reserve, a state-of- the-art wellness center and some of the region’s finest cuisine. Opening rates start from €630 per night.
“The opening of Hotel Castello di Casole will be a very proud moment for everyone on the Timbers Resorts team,” said David Burden CEO & Founder of Timbers Resorts. “Seeing through the restoration of this extraordinary castle has been a highlight of my career and I am certain that Hotel Castello di Casole will be a gem in our portfolio for many years to come.”
Once a castle home to Italian nobility, Hotel Castello di Casole’s 41 suites – featuring five unique styles – will blend grand Italian style with custom-made Tuscan furnishings, complementing the region’s landscape and history. Fourteen of the hotel’s suites will also offer large private gardens and terraces with floor to ceiling windows overlooking acres of vineyards and lemon and olive trees.
Castello’s fine-dining venue Ristorante Tosca will serve a range of local, Tuscan and Italian cuisine with an emphasis on homemade pasta using fresh local produce from the hotel’s gardens, and extra virgin olive oil produced on the estate. In season, game will also be a major element to the menu with wild boar, venison, pheasant, hare and rabbit. The gourmet pizzeria, Pazzia, will feature a traditional wood burning pizza oven, an espresso bar and gelateria.
Formerly a wine cellar, the Hotel’s 5,400-square-foot Essere Spa will feature seven treatment rooms with vaulted ceilings, restored stone walls and locally recycled wine cork penny tiles. The spa and wellness center will be complete with pools inspired by ancient Roman baths and a state-of-the-art TechnoGym fitness facility. Its outdoor spa garden, ideal for yoga and Pilates classes, will emanate the tranquility of Tuscan living. All spa treatments will be inspired by natural products indigenous to Tuscany – such as olive oil, rosemary and grape seeds.
Castello di Casole is also home to 28 restored and reconstructed luxury Casali farmhouses and 10 Hotel Villas available for private residence club and whole ownership. It is located 20 minutes west of Siena and 45 minutes southwest of Florence. It is also within easy reach of Tuscany’s best-kept medieval towns including Volterra and San Gimigniano, as well as the famed Chianti and Montalcino wine regions.