Rosewood Hotels to manage historic resort in Tuscany

As a big fan of the Rosewood Hotel Georgia in Vancouver, B.C., I was pleased to learn that the parent company, Rosewood Hotels and Resorts, has been selected to manage a historic resort in Italy’s Tuscany region.

The company will manage Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco, a resort on the 800-year-old Castiglion del Bosco estate located in Montalcino, Tuscany. The resort, founded by Massimo Ferragamo, is set within one of the oldest and best-preserved estates in Italy and is located in the heart of Val d’Orcia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco at night
“Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco is a celebration of the beauty, landscape and rich gastronomic heritage of Tuscany,” Radha Arora, president of Rosewood, said. “It is also the perfect illustration of Rosewood’s trademark A Sense of Place philosophy. Massimo and Chiara Ferragamo have created a world-class resort that is authentic, stylish and historic.”

Castiglion del Bosco includes the ruins of a castle, a medieval church, and the Borgo, a village that was once an important farming and social hub. The Borgo now forms the heart of the resort and 23 suites are housed within its buildings, the company said in a news release announcing its selection. The resort also offers 10 villas that have been created from restored farmhouses with antique furniture, artisanal pieces and modern comforts.

Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco guest room
“Rosewood immediately recognized and respected that Castiglion del Bosco is deeply rooted in the Tuscan way of life,” Massimo Ferragamo said. “Castiglion del Bosco fits perfectly within their collection of one-of-a-kind properties and their clientele of [affluent] explorers will have the chance to embrace and discover this very special part of the world.”

Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco also offers a cooking school, a carefully curated store, an organic kitchen garden, a spa, an infinity pool and fitness center. Guests can choose to dine at two restaurants - the more rustic Osteria La Canonica or the understated Ristorante Campo del Drago, which offers classic Tuscan and Italian cooking.

Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco cooking class
Castiglion del Bosco is also a historic winery and is the fifth biggest producer of Brunello di Montalcino. The estate’s 18-hole golf course was designed by British Open winner Tom Weiskopf. The course set within a UNESCO World Heritage Site offers a unique playing experience in Italy's only private golf club.

The announcement comes as Rosewood has embarked upon an ambitious global expansion with a particular focus on Europe and Asia. Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco is the third Rosewood property in Europe and follows Rosewood London, which opened in October 2013 to great acclaim and Hôtel de Crillon, A Rosewood Hotel in Paris, which will reopen once a complete restoration is concluded.

Rosewood’s most recent addition is Rosewood Beijing, which opened its doors in October 2014. The 283-room ultra-luxury hotel, located in the Chaoyang District opposite the iconic CCTV Tower, is the first China property for Rosewood.

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