Castiglion Del Bosco is much more than a hotel. It is an ancient village that has been meticulously rebuilt and transformed. Every detail has been thought out and executed beautifully from the huge stone pool with a view of Tuscany, the bocci ball court under the cypress trees, the huge kitchen garden, the ancient church with rare frescoes to the buildings themselves. The resort and rooms are incredibly gorgeous and comfortable.
We requested a terrace suite and were upgraded to larger suite without a terrace. It was stunning with an attention to detail that I have never seen before. The main room had high coved ceilings that were hand painted and a massive stone fireplace. The bedroom had high ceilings an enormous four poster bed with C & C linens making the most luxurious bed. Although much of the furniture were antiques, there was no sense of mustiness, but instead there was a clean and fresh feeling to the rooms. The bathroom had acres of cream marble counters with lots of drawers, windows on two walls, a free standing tub and a walk in closet. Details included a red leather covered the flatscreen tv and safe, a high end espresso maker and huge oil paintings. At night there were homemade cookies by your bed and other afternoons homemade candies and always bottle water.
Not wanting to leave the room in the morning we paid the extra 10 euros to have our complementary breakfast brought to our room. You can order anything you want including fresh ricotta and honey, pancakes, baskets of to die for pastries, etc. It was amazing.
It was very hot, so we spent a lot of time by the pool. Marco, the pool guy was great. Very friendly and helpful. The pool towels were amazing--huge, thick and incredibly soft, custom made by C & C.
We did the horse back riding outing. I was disappointed to find out it was not on the property (we got very lost trying to find it) but it was a fabulous way to see the surrounding countryside. The horses were healthy and well trained. We rode for three hours past farms, castles, vineyards and forests. It was challenging and lots of fun, plus our guide was very informative.
We also did the $75 a person wine tasting. It seemed like a lot of money at first, but it was well worth it. It starts with a tour of the vineyards and winery and then generous tasting of 5 good wines and appetizers.
The spa is nice, I had a private steam room and shower area, but the massage was just OK.
The food at both the formal restaurant and bistro was very good. The service was very attentive and friendly. The pricing was very fair. In the darling bistro they serve little buckets of fresh garden vegetables and a grilled bread with their own olive for dunking. There is a store to the side where we bought a bottle of wine which they served to us while we played Bocci ball!
This hotel is in the league of the very best Amans and Four Seasons, but with a style all its own. Expensive, but very much worth the splurge.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated within the UNESCO-listed Val d'Orcia Natural Park and in the heart of the Brunello di Montalcino wine-making region, Castiglion del Bosco is a 5000-acre country estate.Today, Castiglion del Bosco is a unique combination: it's one of Tuscany's largest private estates; it's an elegant Tuscan home away from home with a range of elegant and spacious suites and villas; it's a superb culinary destination, an exclusive private golf club and a leading Brunello di Montalcino winery. ... more less
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