Timbers Resorts today announced that the highly anticipated opening of the company’s Hotel Castello di Casole, a restored 10th century castle turned 41-suite boutique hotel, is slated for 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 highly anticipated hotel is primed 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 over 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 with opening rates starting from 700 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. With breathtaking panoramic views, 14 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.
With picturesque views of the lush green countryside, guests will have the option of two restaurants. 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 – ideal for enjoying quintessential Italian cuisine in an informal setting.
At Bar Visconti – named after Italian filmmaker Luchino Visconti, who once lived at the Castello – guests will be able to enjoy a bottle of the estate’s private label vintage, as well as a range of exquisite cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while overlooking the dining terrace and pool area. The bar’s interiors will offer a classic Italian feel with traditional black and white marble flooring and coffered wood ceilings.
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.
Within the hotel grounds sits a restored 18th century chapel, perfect for both wedding ceremonies and private dinners. In addition, an amphitheater with organic stone seating is located on a grassy hillside offering an ideal setting for private concerts.
Along with the bilingual concierges, guests will also be able to enjoy insightful guided day-trips to nearby towns, private wine tours, truffle hunting, customized on-site cooking classes and mountain biking along the many tree-lined roads in the Tuscan countryside. Designated a Model Game Reserve, the estate is also a haven for wildlife where hares, pheasant and deer can often be spotted on personal tours with the lead game warden.
Castello di Casole is also home to 28 artfully restored and reconstructed luxury Casali farmhouses and 10 Hotel Villas available for private residence club and whole ownership. It is conveniently 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 infamous Chianti and Montalcino wine regions.