When I hear the name Rosewood Hotels I instantly think the crème de la crème of the luxury resort industry. When I was a bratty pre-teen, my parents took me to Rosewood’s Little Dix Bay in British Virgin Gorda (which is currently being revamped and set to open Dec 2017!). Nothing seemed to phase me back then, but I distinctly remember being blown away at the resort. Everything was top notch with delicious food and impeccable customer service.
Now that I am all grown up, the first class image of Rosewood remains and I love discovering their luxury hotels and resorts throughout my travels.
Not far from the beautiful town of Montalcino you will find Rosewood Hotel’s Castiglion del Bosco Estate; a place that will make you feel like you stepped into a fairy tale. After spending a wonderful afternoon in Montalcino (recap here) we ventured along the remote and untouched roads to Castiglion del Bosco.
The Castiglion del Bosco Estate boasts 5,000 acres, is over 800 years old and is naturally rich in history. Ruins of the medieval castle still remain for guests to enjoy. You can read more into the history of the estate here and here.
My family and I were promptly greeted and lead to the welcoming reception room. After relaxing for a bit, it was time for a tour of the estate with Rossana, the Guest Services Coordinator. The path from the reception area is lined with cypress trees that leads to the main common area of the estate- the Borgo. The Borgo used to be the heart of the Castiglion del Bosco community with a church, priest home, stables and other buildings that were needed to run a castle. Today, many of the buildings have been pristinely restored and are used by guests at the resort.
I was blown away that many of these buildings were actually guest rooms (23 guest suites to be exact)! How awesome is it to be able to stay in something like this?! Beautiful historic stone buildings with ivy creeping up its sides in hues of firery reds and oranges. There are also cozy lounge areas on the patio where guests can just sit back and relax. I could sit and read in those spots all day long.
We soon entered the guest lounge area which is filled with comfy sofas and arm chairs for reading and playing games. I was in awe of how amazing everything was decorated.
We veered off the path to the luxurious pool area. Not just any pool- but an an infinity pool overlooking the Tuscan countryside. Here we could hear the wild boar ‘snorting and grunting’ to eachother, presumably trying to find a mate. In the warmer months the pool bar is open along with availability for fresh Italian small bites.
The building next door (which used to the old priest’s home hundreds of years ago) holds the resort’s restaurants (La Cononica and Ristorante Campo Del Drago) that each serve deliciously prepared Italian cuisine. If you venture up the stairs you will find the La Canonica Cooking School, where Guests can enjoy small, hands on cooking classes. That is right up my alley!
Both the restaurants and the cooking school use the organic kitchen garden which was our next stop on our tour. Can you say gardening goals!? One of the many things I strive to better myself at is gardening. This garden is beautiful and has all the fresh plant based ingredients any chef could need. I loved that guests are allowed to roam freely among the kitchen garden which also displays beautiful hillside panoramic views.
Our tour ended with a visit to the famous Castiglion del Bosco castle ruins which are located in the private villa area of the resort. The resort has 11 unique farmhouse villas, each with private pools and terraces for the ultimate Tuscan experience.
The resort also has an impressive winery, spa, fitness center and golf course for guests to take advantage of. Does it get much better? Castiglion del Bosco has everything you need for the perfect Tuscan experience, which will make you not have any desire to explore the countryside (but you better!)
Check out some photos from our visit to this special place below….Enjoy!
And if you are looking for more pictures and info on our trip around Italy I have posted a ton and still have so much to share with you guys! Check out some of our time in Venice – here (more coming soon), visit to the island of Burano – here , Tuscany’s Vignamaggio Winery- here, Tuscany’s Montefollonico, Tuscany’s Montalcino, Tour of the Vatican with Walks of Italy – here, Food Tour in Trastevere Rome With Eating Europe- here, the best way to see the Colosseum in Rome – here, Roaming the hidden gem of Aqueduct Park in Rome – here, a quick trip to the island of Capri- here. Also check out our long layover in Istanbul Turkey – here!
I am headed to France next month. We will be spending most of our time in Paris but plan on doing a few day trips to other areas of France. Any recommendations?
**this post was written in collaboration with Rosewood’s Castiglion del Bosco. As always all opinions are my own.