Belmond has acquired Castello di
Casole, a historic castle hotel in the heart of rural Tuscany.
Full of Italian splendour blended with authentic
Tuscan charm, the Castello joins Belmond’s impressive portfolio of Italian
which includes Belmond Villa San Michele in Florence, Belmond
Hotel Cipriani in Venice and Belmond Hotel Splendido in Portofino.
Belmond Castello di Casole is located within easy access of
Florence and Siena. The intimate, 39 room hotel sits within 1,500
acres of farmland, vineyards and olive groves; one of the largest
private estates in Italy.
Roeland Vos, President
and Chief Executive Officer, said, “The Belmond brand continues to
gain momentum and this acquisition marks the latest step in our
journey towards realizing our strategic growth plan. We believe
this stunning castle, steeped in Etruscan history, builds on our
past experience of acquiring distinctive, timeless properties and
restoring them to their iconic status through strategic investment. When you enter any one of our hotels, or step on board
a Belmond train or cruise, you know it belongs to our family
because it has a soul. Without doubt, Castello di Casole has that
history, Belmond Castello di Casole dates back to the 10th
century. Owned by an Italian aristocratic family, the Bargagli, who
for generations farmed the landscape and latterly by acclaimed
cinematographer Luchino Visconti whose films The Leopard and Death
in Venice embody the ‘Golden Age of Cinema’. Visconti’s parties at
the castle were legendary, attended by Hollywood glitterati.
The hotel’s spacious
all-suite rooms are all designed to honour the rich and rustic
traditions of Tuscany, full of terracotta and golden colours with
period antique furnishings and original stone floors. Many feature
private gardens that blossom with aromatic white roses in summer.
The heated outdoor infinity pool offers sweeping views across
the golden hills and valleys of Tuscany and guests can enjoy a
range of activities within the rich natural countryside including,
truffle hunting, mastering the genuine art of Tuscan cooking,
hiking and cycling through the estate’s 100 acres of vineyards and
olive groves as well as its neighbouring hamlets.
The spa, located
in the vaulted wine cellar, features restored stone walls and
Belmond expects to invest €7.3 million ($9 million) in a phased
refurbishment of the hotel over four years, including the addition
of two new villas, bringing the resort’s total key count to 41.