What can you say about Castiglion Del Bosco apart from wow. Firstly, it is an effort to get there, about a 2 hour or so drive from Pisa airport, however once you get past Siena the drive becomes scenic and a beautiful introduction to the Tuscan landscape. The resort itself is located atop a hill accessed via a long winding gravel road from Buanconvento in one direction or from Montalcino in the other.
Upon arrival the service is immediately impeccable. The concierge took our bags to our room and parked our car while we were shown round the resort.
The facilities are the epitome of Tuscan beauty. The pool overlooks the Montalcino valley, there is a beautiful Kitchen Garden where many of the ingredients for Il Drago and La Cannonica are sourced and the main village is immaculately presented.
Whilst staying we took advantage of the activities and did a wine tasting and look at the amazing cellars of La Cantina, the resorts amazing Brunello producing winery. Our host was lovely and the personal attention certainly made us feel special. We also tried our hand at archery which was great fun and a real treat considering the local traditions the sport has.
The food at the resort was amazing in both restaurants and at breakfast. Both serve local specialities as well as other Italian dishes such as seafood hailing from the chef's home area further south in Italy. The Senese prosciutto and salami was a personal highlight.
Our room was incredible, a junior suite, and one that we were delighted to spend time in given the weather was poor for two of our days. The hotel specialises in little touches that make a big difference. The bathroom is stocked with Salvatore Ferragamo toiletries, unsurprising given the hotel is owned by Massimo and Chiara Ferragamo, the mini bar of mostly soft drinks is complementary and regularly restocked, as are the delicious homemade biscuits, while there is a great selection of on demand movies that are, again, complementary, and perfect for a rainy afternoon.
The resort is beautiful, the staff are courteous, the rooms are immaculately presented, the beds are comfortable, the views are spectacular, the wine is magnificent and the facilities excellent. Sure it's pricey, we certainly had to save up to come here, but it was worth every penny. The resort caters to millionaires but makes every guest feel special. My one issue is perhaps the price of the activities, we'd have loved to have done a cooking class but balked at €200 a head.
Regardless, should you be able to save up enough to come here, do. It is worth the effort to get here and every penny spent doing so, as close to the perfect resort as we've yet to find.
- 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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