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Eleven villas in the heart of Siena’s countryside realised through the restoration of farmhouses dating back from the 17th and 18th century: a different and high-cosiness way to spend the end-of-year holidays
Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco is the perfect destination for relaxation. Christmas is approaching, and if we want to celebrate it away from home, we need to organise journey and stay. But once again we find ourselves forced to deal with the low level of comfort of hotels. It’s true: we do not want to spend the holidays with our families and loved ones in a neutral and impersonal place; at the same time, the last thing we want to do is to exhaust ourselves in preparations right before the festivities.
If we wish to preserve the magic of the end-of-year holidays and combine them with a stay in a location far from the hustle and bustle but close to our memories and indulging our desire to enjoy the company of loved ones, we can seize the opportunity afforded by the eleven wonderful Rosewood villas in Castiglion del Bosco, near Montalcino, in Tuscany. These villas were created in 2003 by Massimo and Chiara Ferragamo, and, for the past couple of years, they have been managed by an international chain that owns hotels and resorts around the world. In this case it is a novelty, because Rosewood villas are open to the public during winter only for the second (consecutive) time. We are thus allowed to spend the holiday season immersed in the most beautiful Tuscan countryside and treat ourselves with a pause of relaxation away from over-crowded tourist destinations.
The villas are located in the 2,000-hectar estate of Castiglion del Bosco, one of the largest and oldest in the territory of Montalcino. An estate that includes a 5-star resort that has at its centre the hamlet with its ruins of a 12th century castle, a spa, an organic garden, a cooking school, a 62-hectare vineyard — where all the estate’s wines are produced — and the only private 18-hole golf club in Italy. The villas may be used as bridgeheads to discover the landscapes of the Val d’Orcia, experience the most authentic Tuscany, and engage in activities like “truffle hunts” in the evocative surrounding woods. Guests may also explore the environs of Montalcino and take advantage of the private tasting organised in the Villa of the wines produced by the Castiglion del Bosco winery.
For the sporty types, the Brunello Crossing (taking place on February 10–11, 2018) is not to be missed. It is a competitive race combined with a simple walk for the more sedentary. Afterwards, everyone gets a guided tour of the area’s wineries. There is an alternative to the many activities though, and it consists in allowing yourself to be pampered by the beauty and charm of the interiors of these villas, which are believed to have been inspired by the surrounding landscape. The eleven Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco villas were originally restored seventeenth and eighteenth century’s farmhouses, and they reflect the constant flux of Tuscany. The materials of choice, mainly stone and timber, were utilised alongside beautiful fabrics, antique pieces, and custom-made furnishings with Siena’s typical tints, thanks to the project by interior designers Teresa Bürgisser Sancristoforo and Chiara Ferragamo.
All villas, which have between three and six bedrooms, include a private heated pool; many of them feature a typical wood-fired oven, a home theatre system, and private tennis courts. To the daily fare, which applies to a minimum stay of 3 nights and includes the welcome package upon arrival, daily cleaning, and concierge service, can be added the formula of the full optional service, including a dedicated maid and chef.
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