Restored Castle Set to Reopen as a Hotel in Tuscany

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Happy news from Italy: Timbers Resorts today announced that the Hotel Castello di Casole, a restored 10th century castle that has been recreated into a 41-suite boutique hotel after five years of restoration, is slated to reopen on April 2, 2012. The hotel will be located within the heart of Castello di Casole – A Signature Development of Timbers Resorts, a 4,200-acre private estate in Tuscany, with more than 100 acres of vineyards and olive groves, a model game reserve, a wellness center and (of course) some of the region’s finest cuisine.
 
Once a castle home to Italian nobility, Hotel Castello di Casole’s 41 suites – in five distinct styles - will blend grand Italian style with custom-made Tuscan furnishings. 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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Located in the former wine cellar, the Hotel’s Essere Spa will have 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 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.
 
A restored 18th-century chapel is ideal for both wedding ceremonies and private dinners at the hotel. In addition, an amphitheater with organic stone seating is a fun option setting for private concerts.
 
For more information, visit www.castellodicasole.com or contact Director of Sales and Marketing, Laura Fiore ([email protected]; 011-39-0577-967560).

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