Castiglion del Bosco
- Style The grape escape
- Setting Verdant Val d’Orcia
Castiglion del Bosco’s personal ad is enticing: 800-year old Tuscan estate with 4,000-plus acres, a Brunello di Montalcino winery, two restaurants, a spa and a pool seeks discerning guests for sun and friendship…
Need to know
- Rooms 23, including 20 suites.
- Rates Double rooms from $615.08 (€450), excluding tax at 10 per cent.
- More details Rates include breakfast (an American or Tuscan spread).
- Facilities Cookery school, spa, gym, tennis courts, football and bowls pitches, winery with an enoteca (tasting room), a little church, extensive grounds, an organic orto (Italian kitchen garden), book and DVD library, free WiFi throughout and a boutique selling clothes, shoes and local delicacies. Guests can also access the private golf course up to four times a year each. In rooms: flatscreen TV, CD/DVD player, iPod dock, Nespresso machine, and free minibar and bottled water.
- Poolside The heated infinity pool is set on the crest of a lavender- and bluebell-graced hill, with breathtaking views of the rolling fields and the village of Montalcino in the distance.
- Check–out 12 noon, but flexible, subject to availability and a half-day charge up to 6pm. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Children Free extra beds and cots can be added to larger rooms. Babysitting with a local nanny is available from €30 an hour for up to three children (book a day in advance).
- Also Pint-sized dogs can come too, at no extra cost; food bowls and beds can be provided.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms The San Michele Suite has an elegant sitting room with a library and garret, and a bathroom with a generous tub. Ask for a front-facing room – they come with little wooden shutters that open out onto the village and the piazzetta (diminutive square). Special Rooms, Junior and Borgo Suites, all in the main house, are decorated in traditional Tuscan shades such as ochre, burgundy and cypress green; furniture is traditional, sturdy and glossy, and beds are often four-poster. Super-chic and dotted around the Borgo are the CdB Suites – one has its own kitchenette, a private garden and wood-burning oven; best of the lot is the glamorous Suite del Vescovo, housed in the Borgo's former ballroom, with period details including a vast fireplace and hand-painted vaulted ceiling. With ground-floor access and pergola-shaded terraces, Terrace Suites in the former Winery and Stables buildings are nice for young families.
- Packing tips A sketchpad and watercolours to capture the scenery (or, failing that, a camera); a notebook for scribbling down recipes; sportswear for the sleek, glass-walled gym, which surveys the Tuscan countryside.
- Also Castiglion del Bosco is the fifth largest producer of Brunello di Montalcino (a lush red), so have a guided tour of the winery. A tasting session is obligatory. The kitchen gardens are in good hands – they’re tended to by the Vatican’s man.
Food and drink at Castiglion del Bosco
- Hotel restaurant There are two restaurants at Castiglion del Bosco: Osteria La Canonica, set in the old priest’s house, is the relaxed option, serving light Italian staples all day from 12 noon – pasta, pizza, salads, cheese, cured meats and the like. The more formal Ristorante Campo del Drago excels at Italian fine dining, serving rich Tuscan classics such as Chianina steak in Brunello sauce; this is also where breakfast is served. Both have terraces with gorgeous views.
- Dress code Rural chic: cashmere and corduroy, in olive, corn-gold and russet hues.
- Top table Soak up the sunshine alfresco over glasses of Brunello, or stargaze by night, from one of the restaurant terraces.
- Last orders Breakfast is 7.30am–11am; lunch is from noon until 3pm (a light lunch is served 3pm–6pm); dinner is a relaxed affair, served between 7.30pm and 11pm.
- Room service Order items from the restaurant menus between 7.30am and 10pm. Items from the hotel bar can be ordered between 4.30pm and 1am. There's also a Night Menu with cold snacks, available 10pm–7.30am.
- Hotel bar The snug CdB bar has a wonderful terrace overlooking the woods, lakes and Montalcino. Snack on little stuzzichini (appetisers) and sample the award-winning Brunello di Montalcino wine.
Also worth knowing
- Weddings This property is suitable for weddings. More details