The 10th century Castello di Casole (castle) is currently at the forefront of a design-led restoration and preservation of its historic structures. In the Spring of 2012, the castle is expected to open doors to a 41-suite boutique luxury hotel. The hotel is set at the highest point of a 4,200 acre private Tuscan estate and will include a world-class spa, infinity-edge pool, pizzeria and fine dining restaurant. The boutique hotel will feature five unique styles of suites including a three-bedroom, two-story Bargagli Penthouse, each carrying an authentic Italian feel, with Tuscan décor and amenities yet offering a contemporary style of living. Nightly rates start at 630 Euros ($900). The farm homes and hotel on the 4,200-acre property have been handled ensuring authenticity and its historical accuracy is preserved. Constructed in traditional Tuscan style without wood or nails, the casali and hotel has been restored using indigenous building materials reclaimed from the property’s ruins including ancient stone, traditional terra cotta roof tiles, Murano glass and Carrara marble. Stylish Italian features include barrel-vaulted and exposed-beam ceilings, wood-burning outdoor forno ovens, and private, infinity-edged heated swimming pools.
Reputable US interior designers J Banks Design from Hilton Head and Showcase Design from Colorado have collected antiques throughout Italy including L’Origine beds and leather chairs; Patina headboards, bed frames, painted furniture; Artitalia handmade traditional wood furniture; Rubelli fabrics; Callatini hand-painted beds; Gianfranco Ballerini refrigerators; and Peitrus lamps.