Castello di Casole, a Timbers Resorts Hotel & Residence, is a luxurious country estate comprised of a 5-star hotel and elegant villas and farmhouses, spread out on 4,200 acres of land in the heart of Tuscany, only a 20-minute drive from Siena. Vineyards, olive groves and cypress trees surround the property, filling the air with the their aromatic scents. Once the home of a noble family, Timbers Resorts purchased this dilapidated, medieval castle in 2005 and has lovingly transformed it into a boutique hotel, using both reclaimed and locally sourced materials: Italian stone, vast wooden beams, ceramic tiles and terracotta.
Castello di Casole offers 41 sumptuous suites, ranging from 18 junior and one-bedroom suites in the main hotel building to contemporary, apartment-style Olive Grove Suites and 2-story Lemon House Suites with a private garden patio. A rich color palette of terracotta, soothing blue and cypress green brings the feel of Tuscany indoors. Suites are appointed with local antiques, plush sofas covered in vibrant Italian fabrics and custom-made cabinetry. The spacious bathrooms clad in Carrara marble, travertine or mosaic tile have a separate shower and tub. Some main villa suites are connecting to accommodate larger parties and families, while each of the detached farmhouses boasts its own swimming pool.
The property is home to two world-class restaurants: Pazzia Pizzeria, serving Tuscan cuisine and classic pizzas in a relaxed atmosphere and Ristorante Tosca, with an inspired menu of homemade pasta, freshly baked bread, locally sourced meat and estate-grown olive oil. Bar Visconti, named after the castle's previous owner, famous Italian movie director Luchino Visconti, overlooks the dining terrace and pool area -- perfect for an al fresco cocktail while admiring the gorgeous view.
Opportunities for fitness and wellness include personal trainers, yoga and Pilates classes and state-of-the-art exercise equipment from TechnoGym, as well as hikes through one of Italy's finest model game preserves. The Essere Spa, installed in the original wine cellar, is a barrel-vaulted space with seven treatment rooms; it boasts a sauna, steam bath and large, heated pool.
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