Sunday, June 24, 2012

HOTEL CHECK ITALY, part 8, Castiglion del Bosco


A STUNNING PLACE IN TUSCANY.
Hotel Castiglion del Bosco  is owned by the famous Italian family Ferragamo. The hotel, which used to be a private members club, is like a little village high up on a mountain with fantastic views over the valleys. The property stretches over many hectares including a forest. Suites are housed in different buildings and you feel that you are in a cute medieval village among the cypresses and olive groves of Tuscany.  Some of the buildings date back to the 11th century.

Medieval belltower adds charm and authenticity

Genuine old village houses spruced up to top luxury standard


This historic estate is an important producer of Brunello di Montalcino wine and a wine tasting tour is complimentary for our guests.


Accommodation

All rooms are very individually designed in different colors, some with balconies or terraces, including 23 spacious suites, and nine villas with private heated pools.

View from junior suite Della Pieve

We can recommend Junior Suite Della Pieve (one floor up). It has steps up to its terrace, which has a marvelous view. The suite has a lovely bedroom, living room, walk-in closet and two bathrooms. We also looked over terrace suite Orcio, with a terrace and  darker fabrics in the rooms, and Terrace suite Macine, which is much brighter, boasting a huge terrace with more sun on it and a great location. These 3 suites are all in the Old Winery building. Some of them are connecting.


Terrace of a terrace suite

Living room of a terrace suite


Bedroom of a terrace suite

Another terrace suite

Every day you get 2 bottles of water (one still and one sparkling), fruits or different cakes, and fantastic service. Free wifi, 24 hour room service, lots of books to read and of course private sun chairs on the larger terraces all help to make your stay very private and cozy.


Food & beverage

The main restaurant (Il Drago) serves great breakfasts with local products, and all is รก la carte. The restaurant is also open for more formal dinners.



Dessert tray at the casual restaurant Osteria La Canonica

 Osteria La Canonica – more informal for dinner, lovely lunches, has also a bar; a shop where you can buy the locally produced wines and olive oil. I really recommend their Sangiovese and the Brunello! Of course if you want to buy larger quantities you visit the Cantina – about 10 minutes walk from the hotel, where they have their winery and shop.

Facilities

Their Daniella Steiner Spa is lovely, decorated in white, and they have a wide range of treatments. A classical massage for 1 hour costs about 115 euro.

An outdoor heated infinity pool with sun chairs and a bar which serves lighter meals are both fully staffed. Not far away from the pool is a little gym with glass walls so you are able to look out over the valley while you work out. There is also a boccia/bocce court.

The hotel offers a Children’s club, a vegetable garden, a little historical church (weddings are arranged), and much more can be experienced at this wonderful little hotel in the middle of Toscana/Tuscany! Many different excursions are available including a Ferrari to rent for the day. And, of course, for golfers...

Golf




The Golf Club is 5-minute  complimentary transfer from the hotel. It is a privately owned golf course with only 52 international members (a membership costs around 60000 Euro) – as a hotel guest you are allowed to play four rounds per year as a temporary member. The green-fee is 225 euro excluding golf cart. Quite expensive but the service level is amazing! Once you get there they show you into their lobby where your already cleaned shoes are waiting for you, and then they take you to the driving range where they clean your clubs after each practice. The course is difficult and very long so you need a golf cart, but it is truly wonderful as you feel that you are alone on the course!

A pleasant club house with great views of the course serves lighter lunches.


Who to stay

This is a fantastic place for anybody. It is fine for families because of the kids club and pool, but best for couples or incentives. You don’t have to play golf at all. Indulge in wine tasting, cooking classes, excursions or just spending time in your wonderful suite (all with both living room and bedroom and nice terraces).




How to get to Castiglion del Bosco

3 hours by car from Rome Fiumicino International Airport; 1 hr 45 min from Florence International Airport. If you order a transfer (worth it if you are not sure about driving in the land of "La bella macchina") your driver meets you right after arrival hall. A really nice car takes you to the hotel, and you get water, towels and candy in the car. From Florence transfers go via Sienna and then further south in the fantastic Tuscan landscape. Price for a car (for up to 5-6 persons) is around 330 euro per way from Florence.


Added values

Select added value: complimentary wine tour with tasting at the on-site winery.








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