CIP’s Terrace open in Tuscany Castello di Casole *****L (Si) Chef Daniele Sera 2 fork

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Pubblicato da Elio Crociani su Giovedì 8 agosto 2019   DEEP IN THE MIDDLE OF ‘NOWHERE’ LIES BELMOND CASTELLO DI CASOLE DISCOVER A DIFFERENT VIEW OF TUSCANY WITH BELMOND Belmond celebrates its ‘Tuscan Renaissance’ with the official unveiling of its newest hilltop retreat, Belmond Castello di Casole and introduction of a new Town & Country package

Pubblicato da Elio Crociani su Giovedì 8 agosto 2019

 

DEEP IN THE MIDDLE OF ‘NOWHERE’ LIES BELMOND CASTELLO DI CASOLE
DISCOVER A DIFFERENT VIEW OF TUSCANY WITH BELMOND

Belmond celebrates its ‘Tuscan Renaissance’ with the official unveiling of its newest hilltop retreat, Belmond Castello di Casole and introduction of a new Town & Country package with sister-hotel Belmond Villa San Michele.

Along a cypress-lined avenue that leads to the middle of ‘nowhere’, surrounded by views of rolling Tuscan hills as far as the eye can see; the historic 10th-century hotel celebrates a rebirth with new authentic experiences embracing the simple pleasures of Tuscan living. Food of the land is celebrated with exquisite al fresco dining experiences, first light encounters with nature connect guests with the enchanted oak forest that cocoons the property, and vintage car adventures are a thrilling way to go deep into Tuscany’s wild and untamed countryside.

FRAMING THE VIEW

The experience at Belmond Castello di Casole begins with the arrival – along the beautifully manicured tree-lined avenue, archetypal Tuscan houses appear on the horizon and a glimpse of the private estate’s 4,200 acres come into view.
Once inside the grounds, the impressive terrace serves as the heart of the hotel – a place to savour the sweeping panoramic views and take a moment to appreciate the quiet of nature. Now boasting elegant seating for all day dining and relaxation, it is also the best spot to enjoy a long lazy lunch or to toast the holiday with the estate’s home-grown red wine. The adjoining pool terrace serves refreshing cocktails and freshly squeezed juices, from a new pool bar that also houses a small library of classic novels to while away the hours. The cleverly elevated infinity-edge pool seamlessly blends with the lush rolling hillside and offers a cinematic view at dusk.

THE GREAT OAK FOREST

The centuries-old great oak forest that borders the estate, is home to a variety of wild animals, native flora and fauna and is the inspiration for a number of new experiences. First Light in the Tuscan Wonderland in partnership with Leica Sport Optics, takes guests by 4X4 into the forest to spot bird and wildlife through Leica binoculars from observation towers dotted around the grounds. A champagne tour is offered at sunset and there is the option to journey back on foot to fully appreciate the scale and beauty of the surrounding countryside.

Take a Walk on the Wild Side encourages guests to explore the impressive number of trekking routes that weave around the woods. Or further afield, self-guided, guided hikes and cycling tours can be arranged to nearby historic castles, landmarks and pretty hamlets. Truffle Hunting with small groups of foodies is an estate signature experience, led by expert hunter Mauro Nesi and his stunning Lagotto Romagnolo dogs. Once the truffles are unearthed from the forest grounds, the hotel kitchen uses the delicacy to infuse a tasting menu of Taglierini, Tosca fillet and Black truffle tarts.

A TASTE OF TUSCANY

Food from the land and savouring tradition is at the heart of Belmond Castello di Casole’s revitalised wine and dining experiences. The focus at each of the dining venues is on simple, rustic food that blend Italian tradition with modern innovation. At Restaurant Cip’s served on the recently launched terrace with breathtaking views over the surrounding hills, Executive Chef Daniele Sera offers an array of masterful Tuscan dishes complemented by specialities from the legendary Cip’s by Cipriani in Venice, like its famous Carpaccio and its green Tagliolini, which can be found on the lunch menu. Also at lunch you can savour delicious and soft pizzas, traditional and gourmet, baked in Belmond Castello di Casole’s wood oven. For a laidback meal or snack you can enjoy the Bar Visconti, named after the illustrious Visconti family, who owned the property in the past. With its marble detailing and fresco-painted walls, it is a typical Italian lounge bar and the most authentic spot for tasting the hotel’s vibrant own label ‘C’ and ‘XII’ wine blends and prestigious local vintages.

A TASTE OF TUSCANY

Food from the land and savouring tradition is at the heart of Belmond Castello di Casole’s revitalised wine and dining experiences. The focus at each of the dining venues is on simple, rustic food that blend Italian tradition with modern innovation. At Restaurant Cip’s served on the recently launched terrace with breathtaking views over the surrounding hills, Executive Chef Daniele Sera offers an array of masterful Tuscan dishes complemented by specialities from the legendary Cip’s by Cipriani. For a laidback meal or snack you can enjoy the Bar Visconti, named after the illustrious Visconti family, who owned the property in the past. With its marble detailing and fresco-painted walls, it is a typical Italian lounge bar and the most authentic spot for tasting the hotel’s vibrant own label ‘C’ and ‘XII’ wine blends and prestigious local vintages.

 

A TUSCAN VILLAGE

Rooms and suites are spread throughout the storied buildings of what was once a bustling Tuscan village dating back to the year 998 – a limonaia, wine cellar and priest’s house have been transformed into 39 sumptuous bedrooms, each bursting with rustic charm. Warm woods, Carrara marble floors and antique mirrors define the overall aesthetic and many rooms have spacious bathrooms with roll top baths from which to admire the picture frame views of the surrounding landscapes. The Essere Spa, located in the ancient stone alcoves of a vaulted wine cellar, displays Etruscan artefacts and offers treatments inspired by the land. Locally harvested olive oil, orange-infused oil, honey, rosemary and grapes are used in signature facials and massages and a new outdoor relaxation lawn is a space to reconnect with nature over a fresh herbal tea.

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