Family Hotel

Tuscany, Italy

Castello di Casole

Rates per night from$486.22

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Estate of grace


Hills, valleys and vineyards

Castello di Casole hotel sprawls across prime Tuscan territory: a gorgeous backdrop of fields and farms that Cimabue wouldn’t sniff at. Guests here can learn to make pizza, ramble in the countryside, or just relax in the infinity pool or former-wine-cellar spa. In the summer, it’s a hit with families – little Smiths love the sprawling gardens and large, valley-facing pool.

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Need to know


Thirty-nine suites and penthouses, 28 villas and farmhouses.


10am. Earliest check-in, 4pm.


Double rooms from $486.22 (€423), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €5.00 per person per night on check-out.

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A generous Continental breakfast is usually included. WiFi is free, as is valet parking.


Take a Tuscan cooking class and learn how to make homemade pastas and pizzas, indulge in a gelato tasting session, or brush up on your language skills with an Italian class. Pick up grape-related know-how, from cultivation to the final product, from Castello di Casole’s wine-consultant extraordinaire Paolo Caciorgna.

At the hotel

Grounds spanning 4,200 acres (including a game reserve, vineyards and olive groves), walking and cycling trails, swimming pool, spa, fitness centre, cinema, games room, croquet lawn. In rooms: flatscreen TV, iPod dock, minibar, bathrobes and slippers. The Oliveto suites have Nespresso coffee makers.

Our favourite rooms

We love the Limonaia suites, set in the converted lemon barn and boasting private gardens, cosy living rooms and a split-level layout. If you hanker for something historic, book one of the Tinaia suites, close to the chapel, which have original stone walls and bathrooms decorated with mosaics. Plump for the Bargagli Penthouse, which comfortably sleeps six and has a private patio, farmhouse antiques, rich fabrics and Carrara marble bathrooms. All suites are styled with a luxurious take on Tuscan rusticity: rich traditional colours (ochre, gold, olive and terracotta), heavy antique furniture in polished wood, four-poster beds with wrought-iron frames and original stone floors.


The heated outdoor infinity pool is built into the hillside and has sweeping views of Siena’s valleys and vineyards. It’s flanked by sunloungers with parasols, and there’s always an attentive member of staff at hand, should you find yourself parched or peckish; it’s open from 8am until 8pm in high season (closed between November and March).


Wine cellar turned spacious luxury spa Essere (‘to be’ in Italian) has high vaulted ceilings, restored stone walls and Etruscan artifacts on display. The spa is divided into his and hers sections, with relaxation areas, luxury locker rooms, steam rooms, Roman-bath-inspired plunge pools and seven treatment rooms, including one for couples massages. Choose from a selection of classic pampering options, including Swedish and deep-tissue massages, glow-unveiling skin treatments, a signature Mediterranean aromatherapy ritual, and mani-pedis; Tuscan-tinged ingredients, including olive oil, grape seeds and rosemary, are used for all massages. There's also an east-facing garden terrace for morning yoga sessions and Pilates, a private outdoor garden for relaxing in the fresh air, and a dainty boutique displaying local products.

Packing tips

Cashmere and cologne, classically beautiful swimwear and something that’ll stand up to stomp around the grounds. Leave space in your suitcase for bottles of the local Vernaccia: a zingy white wine that goes particularly well with summertime lunches.


There’s a sizeable fitness centre with a range of classic gym equipment on the ground floor of the spa. Two suites have been specially modified for wheelchair users.


Small dogs can stay too, for €150 a night. Bring everything you need; nothing is provided. See more pet-friendly hotels in Tuscany.


Despite the hotel’s adult feel, children are very welcome. Extra beds (€150 a night) and cots (free) can be added to rooms; there’s a children’s menu and the chef will happily adapt dishes from the main menu. Babysitting is available from €15 an hour.

Best for

All ages.

Recommended rooms

If you’d like a private garden for you and your brood to potter around in, book a spacious Oliveto suite or one of the Limonaia suites in the converted lemon barn. The latter are spread across two levels, with a lounge upstairs and a bedroom downstairs.


The hotel organises art classes, pizza-making sessions and gelato tastings. There’s a croquet lawn behind Ristorante Tosca, cricket equipment and walking trails. For winter months or lazy moments, there’s a cinema and games room (unsupervised), plus a stash of board games and bikes to borrow. The hotel can arrange private viewings with the gamekeeper, so children can spy on wild boar, pheasant and hare.


Swimming pool

There’s an outdoor pool set in the gardens, overlooking the Tuscan fields. A lifeguard supervises the pool from 8am until 8pm (high season). The pool is 1.4m at its deepest point; 70cm at its most shallow and is accessed by four steps. Borrow floats.


Highchairs can be provided; kids are welcome in Ristorante Tosca and there’s a children’s menu. The chef will adapt menu items for younger palates and Pazzia Pizzeria is cosy and informal – perfect for Smith Junior.



Babysitting is available from €15 a night; must be booked two days ahead.

No need to pack

Arts and crafts materials are provided, as are board games, bicycles and bike helmets.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Sit in the high-backed, throne-like chairs in Ristorante Toca, or grab one of the cosy, cushioned booths. On a warm day, enjoy a pizza in the courtyard or have drinks and a light lunch on the terrace, which has panoramic valley views.

Dress Code

Titled Tuscan: linens and loafers in warm weather; knitwear, silk and corduroy in Cimabue colours for winter.

Hotel restaurant

Breakfast and dinner are served at red-brick Ristorante Tosca, decorated with warm terracotta hues, custom Murano glass chandeliers and stained-glass-inspired paintings of the surrounding valleys. The menu has an ambitious streak: expect to see Parmesan mousse, truffle sauce, duck liver ‘Nutella’ and finely tuned homemade pastas, fish and game dishes, such as sea bass with artichokes and quail and saffron risotto. Cosy and laid-back Pazzia (which seats around 30) has exposed brick walls, flagstone floors, simple wooden furniture and a Carrara marble counter where cold cuts, cheeses and gem-coloured gelato are displayed. Choose from rustic local pastas and classic Italian pizzas; if you can’t choose, wholeheartedly entrust your tastebuds to the pizza chef, who can pick two imaginative toppings – squid and Swiss chard, for example – for you. There’s also an espresso bar and a wood-burning oven: pizza-making classes for guests are held here. 

Hotel bar

There’s a glittering line-up of spirits in Bar Visconti, which has a handsome monochrome chequered floor and leather banquettes. Walls are decorated with Tuscan frescoes and hung with black and white stills from Visconti’s films. Sip his eponymous cocktail: a bellini made with home-grown white peaches (in season), or share a bottle of the zingy local white wine. If you’re feeling peckish, there’s a bar menu of burgers, salads and sandwiches. Seats are also clustered around the courtyard’s covered loggia and the hillside terrace, the latter of which has sweeping views of Casole d’Elsa and the sunset.


Last orders

Breakfast is served between 7am and 11am at Ristorante Toca; dinner is plated up between 7pm and 11pm. You can grab a coffee and a pastry at Pazzia Pizzeria, which is open during the day for light lunches (panini and pizza) and late-afternoon snacks.

Room service

The 24-hour room service includes salads, sandwiches and pizzas. Minibars are stocked with soft drinks and snacks.


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The closest airport is Florence, 50km away – just under an hour’s drive.


Poggibonsi station is 20km from the hotel (a 20-minute drive). It takes just over an hour to get here by train from Florence; half an hour from Siena (


From Florence, take the SR2 in the direction of Siena, then the SP541 towards Grosseto and follow signs for Casole d'Elsa. Approaching the hotel is an experience in itself: a long winding road, flanked with Cyprus trees, that leads to the main courtyard (where tired drivers can take advantage of free valet parking).


There’s a helipad in Siena (a half-hour drive from the hotel).

Worth getting out of bed for

You won’t have to go far to brush up on your beginner’s Italian, knead pizza dough, try your hand at making ceramics, or be pummelled into a state of bliss: all can be arranged on site. The hotel also hosts guided game preserve tours and vineyard walks. If you feel like branching out from your enviably cushy surroundings, Tuscany has stunning countryside, verdant vineyards and a wealth of tempting restaurants. Borrow mountain bikes and go exploring in the nearby towns of Mensano, Radicondoli and Casole d’Elsa. Staff at Castello di Casole can organise hot-air ballooning, wine tastings, visits to Siena, Volterra, San Gimignano and Chianti; saffron-picking in Volterra and horse-riding. They’ll also point you in the direction of tennis courts, local farms worth visiting and an alabaster museum or two. There are plenty of golf courses to choose from, including Abbadia Golf Club, 20 minutes away by car.

Local restaurants

Il Columbaio is a Michelin-starred restaurant attached to the characterful Il Colombaio di Mariva Benucci hotel at Locanda Colombaio in the tiny medieaval village of Casole d Elsa. It's worth seeking out for its creative chef: past dishes include lobster Caesar salad, fish crusted in spice, cocoa and salt, and pecorino soufflé. The dining room looks out over the Tuscan hills and owner Mariva is a charming host (+39 05 77 94 90 02). In San Gimignano, the arched ceilings, exposed brick and candlelight in Cum Quibus (+39 05 77 94 31 99; Via Santa Martino) make for a romantic experience; the food is rustic Tuscan, and the service is warm – you may see a starter of pear and pecorino on the house, for example. The impressive wine list (mainly local grapes) deserves attention. Venture to Colle Val d’Elsa, half an hour’s drive, to splash out on a fine dining at Arnolfo Ristorante, where the brothers Trovato dream up innovative dishes with serious attention to detail in both taste and presentation. You’ll want to glam up for meals at this two-Michelin-starred established.    


Local cafés

In nearby Casole d’Elsa, family-style Osteria del Borgo (25 Via Ricasoli, Mensano) dishes out classic pastas and meaty mains in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Try the wild boar or truffle dishes when they’re in season and snag a table outside in the warmer months. On Casole d’Elsa’s main street, Osteria del Caffè Casolani (Via Casolani) serves typical fresh Tuscan fare and has a great wine list. It has tables outside and a set menu at dinner fresh; guests should not that this is a cash only establishment. Further afield, in the ancient district of Colle Val d’Elsa, lunch on mouth-wateringly-good Margheritas and more at casual Pizzeria Le Grazie (Via Volterrana 48), or pick out almost-too-pretty-to-eat pastries in Pasticceria Mario Barone (16 Via Gracco del Secco).  



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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this hotel in Siena and unpacked their virgin olive oil and local wine, a full account of their luxury Italian break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick postcard from Castello di Casole in Tuscany…

In the Sixties, film director Luchino Visconti lorded it over this bucolic Tuscan estate, hosting parties and swanning around the grounds, celebrity buddies and a bottle of Chianti in tow. These days, guests won’t get to spy on Sophia Loren lounging by the pool or draping herself on a banquette in the bar (which is a shame, obviously, but somewhat negated by the countryside views).

It makes sense that Visconti chose to call this castle home: the hotel’s beauty is cinematic. Timbers Resorts, who now own it, painstakingly restored the estate’s sprawl of rustic buildings. In accordance with local laws, façades have been licked with paint in hues that are typical to the region. The 13th-century church sparkles from some recent TLC; the former wine cellar now houses a quiet but dramatic spa; suites are spread across little farmhouses, converted barns and a characterful ancient tower. Yet to write your million-dollar film script? This is the place to do it.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel or villa, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Castello di Casole ’s Guestbook below.

We loved

Beautiful hotel but not yet up to Belmond standard since it was acquired by Belmond this year. Go to local hamlets for lunch and dinner - they offer very authentic food at a fraction of the price of the hotel and were the best meals we had during a two week stay around Italy.

Don’t expect

Quiet by the pool - the hotel still has an arrangement with eight neighbouring villas rented by families during the Summer which can use the pool. There can be up to 10 children using this, based on our experience.


Stayed on 24 Jul 2018

We loved

We loved our beautiful suites – Classica and Limonaia. The bathrooms were very luxurious too. Food is delicious, (excellent breakfasts) and varied but we also ate in the surrounding towns and villages too. We did a wine tasting at Bar Visconti. Vernaccia is the local white wine and is too delicious. The pool and gym are excellent and we hired road bikes – all organised by the concierge. We walked around the extensive estate. Sunsets are spectacular. The staff are really excellent. We also used the spa which is fabulous. For dinner outside the hotel we went to Osteria del Borgo, Mensano; Antica Trattoria at Colle di Val d'Elsa; La Locanda del Molino – wonderful dinner; Osteria Caffe Casolani in Casole d'Elsa – all excellent. Also visited San Gimignano Sienna – both not to be missed.

Don’t expect

Don't expect late nights and dancing.


Stayed on 31 Aug 2017

We loved

We were upgraded to an Olivetti suite which was absolutely perfect. Service brilliant and very helpful. Swimming pool is beautiful. Our flight was delayed and we arrived after midnight but the hotel had laid out a complimentary dinner with bottle of wine. Very thoughtful. The bar and restaurant are both superb and the pizzas the best we've tasted. Fantastic restaurant in nearby hilltop town accessible by electric bikes which are available for hire.

Don’t expect

Grumpy staff.


Stayed on 28 Apr 2017

We loved

We loved: the heated infinity pool, and pool service. The staffs attention to detail was excellent, from the room cleanliness to the upper management personal approach. They all seemed to care. The quietness is exquisite. Eating in the hotel is a tad limited with only 3 options. For lunches, Monteriggioni and even Sienna are not too far away. Skip San Gimignano as a day trip; Volterra is much better - more authentic, less crowded and only a few minutes further. Youll be able to park your car, too! BTW: There is a shorter route from Pisa airport, turning off the FiPiLi and taking the road to Poggibonsi from west of Empoli (exit after San Miniato). Its not that picturesque, but saves distance and (lots of) queueing for the toll booths on the A1 around Florence.

Don’t expect

Dont expect to eat cheaply. Food is a tad expensive, and the Piazza isnt what it could/should be; we expected Italian trattoria, but got basic pizzas - admittedly, fresh from the oven, but 20 euros each is pushing it.


Stayed on 12 Apr 2017