When you picture a Tuscan castle in your mind, it probably looks a lot like Castello di San Bartolomeo. Sweeping hilltop driveway, lined with serried cyprus trees; imposing early-Renaissance architecture, beautifully faded. It’s evocative stuff. And it’s all yours.
Yes, this eight-bedroom, seven-bathroom castle can be booked exclusively for up to 16 overnight guests. There’s stately splendour in every room; even the grande kitchen, with its classicist arch, which we love for relaxed dinners with friends. Magnifico.
This 14th-century 2,500 sqm property was given a new lease of life in 2018, bringing all of its historic charms to the fore. As part of the refurbishment, a gym, sauna and tennis courts were introduced. Its kidney-bean pool also now gleams anew.
You’ll be surrounded by the Orcia Valley, whose medieval castles and undulating landscapes have inspired countless Renaissance painters. We love how Il Castello di San Bartolomeo turns golden at sunset, evoking these artists’ finest works.But the castle’s greatest draw is vino (this is sangiovese country after all). Among the property’s 700 hectares are a number of vineyards, turning out quality DOCG expressions. Have the master winemaker join you for a tasting on the terrace. Delizioso.