Frequently Asked Questions
What is Castello di Casole?
Castello di Casole is a 4,200-acre estate located in the heart of Tuscany, Italy. Castello di Casole includes an intimate 41-suite hotel enticing dining venues, world-class spa, 28 luxury farmhouses and a model game reserve. All are carefully situated among the rolling hills of vineyards and olive groves that span this exceptionally vast estate.
Where is Castello di Casole?
The estate of Castello di Casole is the most prominent and ideally located in all of Tuscany, Italy. Those that know the region best treasure this particular locale for a myriad of reasons. First, Castello di Casole sits amidst the rolling hills of central Tuscany. It is 20 minutes west of Siena and 45 minutes south of Florence. The Italian coast is a scenic hour's drive to the west, while the walled fortress of Monteriggioni is a comfortable bike ride. Nearby neighboring towns include the hilltop towns of Mensano, Radicondoli and the namesake, Casole d'Elsa. All are within 15 minutes of the estate. With the legendary view of San Gimignano's towers rising on the northern horizon, your new Tuscan home at Castello di Casole is the ideal point from which to embark on countless journeys into the heart of Italy's culturally rich and historically significant cities.
Why the name Castello di Casole?
Castello di Casole literally means the “Castle of Casole.” The centuries old castle dating from the Etruscan epoch is situated on the highest hilltop of the estate and was the original castle of the nearby hilltown Casole d’Elsa. The castle’s tower dating back 1,100 years can be seen from many outreaching hamlets and towns. The castle, now a luxury boutique hotel in Tuscany, includes 41 graciously appointed, luxury suites, fine and casual dining restaurants, pizzeria and gelateria, a fitness center and a world-class spa. The Castello is centrally located on the property and is the gathering point for all Owners and guests.
Who is Timbers Resorts?
Timbers Resorts is a luxury, boutique development firm, specializing in the complete development, operations, sales, management and marketing of intimate, private, luxury residence clubs, boutique hotels, and resort communities worldwide. Timbers Resort's portfolio includes an exclusive collection of prestigious developments located in only the most sought-after resort destinations in the world. Timbers Resorts has combined a collection of unique elements that make its resorts so desirable: spectacular, one-of-a-kind destinations; intentionally small membership by successful, like-minded people; a private club environment focused on member service; and beautifully developed residences that members want to own as a legacy for their families. Every Timbers Resorts property offers this unique combination of hassle-free ownership, vacation-home lifestyle and high-end resort amenities.
What type of amenities do Owners of Castello di Casole enjoy?
With an array of amenities for Italian real estate owners to enjoy, an exceptional lifestyle awaits you at your Farmhouse Villa. There is a luxurious world-class spa and fitness center; exquisite dining and small artisan shops including an Italian bike shop, espresso café and gelateria. Owners have their personal, private storage facility; cooking and language classes; wine tours and tastings; hiking; world-famous mountain and road biking, and of course, breathtaking infinity edge swimming pools. Castello di Casole also has a host of winery partners, shopping guides and golf course relationships for Owners to take advantage of.
What type of services are available to my family and me?
Extensive services include a personal, bi-lingual concierge services; pre-arrival grocery shopping services; in-residence dining provided by your own personal chef; daily housekeeping services; and luxury airport transportation services.
What about ownership in Tuscany?
Both whole home ownership and fractional ownership opportunities are available. One of the most exciting aspects of Castello di Casole is the transformation of existing Tuscan farmhouse ruins that are spread among the property's 4,200 acres. These Farmhouses - the Casali as they are called in Italian - which date back centuries have undergone the process of complete restoration and renovation. Emerging as luxurious homes, these Farmhouses embrace the charm and character of old-world Italy with their heavy-stone exterior walls and Tuscan-style architecture. Regardless of ownership type, your real estate purchase is a deeded fee simple interest which can be willed to your children, transferred or resold. Deeded ownership ensures that your family will enjoy Castello di Casole for years to come.
How often may I use my fractional ownership?
Your luxury Tuscan Villa at Castello di Casole allows you to come as often as you like. Subject only to the club's reservation procedures, your use is essentially unlimited. This fractional ownership structure was pioneered by Timbers Resorts over ten years ago with only a few other Private Residence clubs in the US at the time. And with several of its resorts utilizing this reservation system, it has established a track record for ensuring owner satisfaction. Generally, the reservation procedures provide Owners with a guaranteed number of planned weeks each year during the prime seasons. If you are fortunate enough to have even more time to spend at your vacation home, the club can accommodate you on a space-available basis throughout the year.
What happens if my schedule changes and I cannot make my planned weeks?
If you are not able to use your planned weeks, you may simply cancel a booked vacation and reschedule it. Or, you can always send family or friends in your absence. This is one of the exciting elements of fractional ownership; you have the flexibility to alter your vacation plans throughout each and every year to fit your ever changing, busy lifestyle. Additionally, there is also the opportunity for you to add weeks to the Timbers Reciprocity Program and trade your time with an Owner at another club within the Timbers Collection.
Do Owners pay annual assessments?
Yes, in keeping with Castello di Casole's goal of providing ownership to hassle-free, maintenance free real estate, the club's staff will handle all the details of maintaining the club and its residences. On behalf of the HOA, the club's professional management team will collect annual dues from Owners and then manage payment of all utilities, property taxes, insurance, staff salaries, supplies, materials, maintenance, trash removal and accounting fees. A portion of your annual dues also goes toward contributing to a capital reserve fund for future repair and replacement needs.
Is there a reciprocity program at other properties established for Owners at Castello di Casole?
Yes. You are provided with the exclusive benefit to trade your planned vacation weeks at Castello di Casole with Owners at the other luxury resorts within the Timbers Collection. Destinations include The Timbers Club in Snowmass, Colorado; The Rocks Luxury Residence Club in Scottsdale, Arizona; Esperanza Resort in Los Cabos, Mexico; Mayacama in Sonoma, California; The Orchard at The Carneros Inn in Napa, California; The Villas at Rancho Valencia in Rancho Santa Fe, California; The Links Cottages at Doonbeg in County Clare, Ireland; One Steamboat Place in Steamboat, Colorado; The Sebastian in Vail, Colorado and Dancing Bear Aspen in Aspen, Colorado. For more information about Timbers Reciprocity Program, please visit www.collectionmembers.com.
Located in the heart of Tuscany, does Castello di Casole have its own private label wine?
Yes. With 4,200 acres of estate grounds, vineyards are a common part of the property's rolling hills and shallow valleys. Each year, the estate harvests its grapes and produces a Cabernet, Sangiovese, Merlot and Petit Verdot blend. These Italian private-label wines, which can be stored in your Casale or in the extensive wine cellar at the Castello, are available for you, your family and friends to enjoy. This special wine from your personal estate will make a great gift too.
What is the best way to get to Castello di Casole?
Access is easy. "Aeroporto di Firenze" or "Amerigo Vespucci" Airport as it appears on all the road signs in Florence (FLR) is the nearest airport to Castello di Casole. This small airport is served by convenient international flight options from major European cities such as Paris, London, Frankfurt, Brussels, Zurich, Rome and Milan. The Florence airport is about a one hour drive from Castello di Casole, and your personal driver will be there to pick you up for each return visit. Other major airports include the Milan Airport (Malpensa MXP) and Rome airport (Leonardo da Vinci FCO). These are each about a four-hour drive from Castello di Casole, and are a wonderful alternative if you wish to explore these cities on your way to your Castello hideaway. Click here to link to directions to the property from nearby Italian cities.
May I visit the property now?
Of course. The best way to make arrangements to visit the property is to contact an Ownership Representative to arrange a personalized site visit of Castello di Casole. Ask about our Guest Visit Program at the Cetena Bed and Breakfast.