This week we’re gripped with oenological longing and dreaming about a break in Tuscany. Luxury hotel Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco has rolling sun-drenched pastures in which to sample full-bodied wines or forage for truffles nearby. Indulgence and adventure – we want it all…
Style The grape escape
Setting Verdant Val d’Orcia
Why this week? The Tuscan grape harvest is just a few months away, so now is the ideal time to book a late-summer break. The hotel’s harvest package includes vineyard tours and tastings of Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco’s speciality Brunello di Montalcino wine, and guests can help pick sangiovese grapes. Foodie types may prefer to spend their stay truffle hunting in the surrounding woodland with an expert guide, followed by a five-course meal. Or if you simply fancy a long weekend in the sun, book their three nights for the price of two offer.
Our favourite bits… We love exploring Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco’s medieaeval ruins – a castle and 12th-century church, with frescoes by Pietro Lorenzetti, set in the hotel’s 4,500-acre grounds. The heated infinity pool is set on the crest of a lavender- and bluebell-dotted hill overlooking swathes of Tuscan countryside, and the pretty restaurant terraces are ideal for an alfresco glass of Brunello and a spot of stargazing. The hotel has as much modern luxury as it does Tuscan tradition, with a superlative spa and a small gym.
Mr & Mrs Smith say… ‘‘So, who’s the owner?’ I ask. I’m answered in a hushed voice, their way of respecting someone who doesn’t want to show off: ‘Il Signor Ferragamo.’ They’re referring to Massimo – the son of Salvatore Ferragamo. Soon I see how obvious this is, from the injection of luxurious leather throughout: on the furniture, finely moulded onto edges of plasma screens, on the phone in reception, inserted into the wardrobe’s panels – precise, sophisticated, tailor-made by the same hands that had created bespoke shoes for stars from all over the world. Every detail, such as the impossibly soft bedlinen, or the beautiful stone in the bathrooms, is an expression of respect of traditional crafts and lifestyles, but also a refinement of modern luxury – as the Italians do best.’ Read the full anonymous Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco hotel review…
You say… ‘I liked the formal Tuscan high-ceilinged spacious rooms dotted around a pristine village setting in pretty countryside.’ Francesca, SilverSmith, stayed on 6 May 2014
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