Whether on the green or off, Castiglion del Bosco in Tuscany serves up an unparalleled experience.
When guests visit the Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco, they aren’t just escaping to another country; they’re entering another world.
This 5,000-acre country estate, founded by Massimo Ferragamo—youngest son of renowned shoemaker Salvatore Ferragamo and chairman of Ferragamo USA—the resort opened in 2007. Located about two hours outside of Florence, Italy, the design of the interiors was supervised by Ferragamo’s wife, Chiarra, who gave them all the richness that one expects from names like Ferragamo and Rosewood.
The property, which lies in the Val d’Orcia in the Brunello di Montalcino wine-making region, relies upon the natural beauty of the area and the history of the 800-year-old estate to complement amenities and service that create a truly spectacular experience. At the heart of the resort is the Borgo, a small historic village that has been transformed into a collection of well-appointed luxury suites and villas. Ancient castle ruins and a medieval church serve as a reminder of the area’s rich history.
“It is the overall experience that makes it so special,” explains Valentina Buracchi of the Castiglion del Bosco Golf Club. “All of the villas are different and the guests love the landscape. It’s hard to pick just one thing that people love about it.”
The resort is infused with Tuscan hues to make it fit right in to the natural beauty surrounding it. In the Borgo, guests have their choice of 23 suites, all boasting unique antique furnishings, original textiles and artisanal pieces. They can drink in the picturesque views from the open terraces and shaded pergolas that are framed with greenery and designed for privacy.
The luxury villas offer an exceptional experience, as each one is a restored 17th or 18th-century farmhouse that has been transformed into a magical escape. Designed with three to six bedrooms, they’re nestled into private gardens that showcase the area’s magnificent views.
“My personal favorite is Gauggiole,” Buracchi says, noting that it is one of the oldest farmhouses on the property. “The garden is fantastic and the house is so cozy with lower ceilings.”
The farmhouse villas juxtapose modern technology with old world craftsmanship; exposed wooden beams and stone elements coexist with flat-screen televisions and home theaters; all of them are home to a private heated pool and some even sport a private tennis court.
Also taking full advantage of the glorious views is the Castiglion del Bosco Golf Club, the only private golf course in Italy. It is open for hotel guests on a limited basis, according to Buracchi, allowing each guest to play two rounds of golf per year.
“The course opened in 2010 and was designed by Tom Weiskopf, the legendary British Open winner,” Buracchi says. “Massimo Ferragamo challenged him by asking him to keep the natural undulations and not make the course stand out too much. For example, the sand of the bunkers comes from Germany and matches the color of the Tuscan fields.”
Everything about the course is designed to complement and gently coexist with the natural landscape of the Tuscan rolling hills. It follows the gentle lines of the land that has been home to vineyards for many centuries, and it also has extensive practice facilities on site.
For bragging rights (and to test their skills), golfers must try hole No. 13, which, at 685 yards, is the longest hole in Europe. At the clubhouse, much like the villas, guests will relax in an ancient farmhouse that has remained true to its original Tuscan design while being updated with modern design touches.
TO DINE FOR
Dining at the resort can be as simple or as elegant as guests would like. For those who want to try their hand at mastering the art of Italian cooking, there’s the on-site Tuscan Cooking Academy. In-room dining is available when they are ready to stay in and enjoy the comforts of their suite, but there also are options for mingling with other guests while enjoying exceptional food and service.
The two restaurants on the property offer two very different dining environments, but both flawlessly execute the flavors and traditions of the region.
The Campo del Drago serves up classic Italian dishes inspired by various regions of Italy. Whether it’s breakfast or dinner, it offers an elegant, upscale dining experience that is enhanced by the views of the deep green hills and sloping woodlands of Montalcino.
And, in the heart of the Borgo, the La Canonica is home to a less formal dining arrangement. Sitting in a shaded open veranda overlooking the beautiful valley surrounding the property, you can enjoy light fare, traditional Italian dishes or a delicious pizza or focaccia cooked to order in an ancient open-view wood-fired oven.
A full range of curated activities at the resort and a world-class spa mean that guests may not want to venture off site. And, it’s important to visit the on-site historic winery, which is the fifth-largest producer Brunello di Montalcino in the world.
All photos courtesy Rosewood Castiglion Del Bosco