The region of Tuscany, in central Italy, is dotted by idyllic green meadows rich with vineyards and olive trees, winding roads and magnificent medieval mansions and villas that elegantly show their age and style. This typical postcard destination in the heart of Italy, its lush beauty and timeless tranquility have been the inspiration of poets, musicians and painters.
This is a place where beauty and charm abound, ideal for a unique getaway. Fortunately, the availability of a resort property in the meadows is a dream come true thanks to Castello di Casole, a hotel and real estate development from Timbers Resorts, a company specialized in luxury residential properties for sale or rental. The 4,200-acre complex is one of the largest private grounds in Italy and has remained untouched and unpolluted, alien to modernity, for hundreds of years. Located about 25 miles from the Mediterranean coast (secrets of the Tuscan coast) and about 45 minutes south of Florence, Castello di Casole is also only 20 minutes from the beautiful walled city of Siena, two and a half hours from Rome, and very close to Umbria, the Chianti wine region and the Apennines.
This luxury real estate project consists of fully renovated country estates, featuring a perfect balance of original medieval aesthetics with the amenities of modern times. But the jewel in the crown of this idyllic development is Castello di Casole, an ancient castle transformed into an exclusive boutique hotel, which was built as a defensive fortress in the 10th century. Although the old building fell into disrepair in the 15th century, it was later restored to its former glory and in mid 20th century became the property of the famous film director Luchino Visconti, who used the castle to entertain the brightest Hollywood stars and luminaries of Italian cinema.
In addition, the original cellar with vaulted ceilings—as old as the castle—was turned into a luxury spa with seven rooms for exclusive treatments, in which local ingredients such as rosemary, grape, and olive oil are the norm. Pool, steam baths and comfortable spaces ensure true relaxation while the serene surroundings of the area transport you to simpler, more peaceful times.
Meanwhile, the surrounding properties—villas and stone mansions for sale—have been carefully renovated and decorated, maintaining the smallest detail of the old structures but incorporating the functionality and comfort of the modern era.
If you ever wished for a summerhouse in the most idyllic part of Italy, Castello di Casole is your dream come true. You don’t even have to worry about the maintenance and safety of the homes because the housekeeping, butler and security services are guaranteed throughout the year. Everything is resolved, and the beauty of the landscape is an added benefit. It is definitely a unique opportunity to come home every summer to enjoy the Tuscan sun. ■