The Relais of Tenuta Castagneto is located in Western Tuscany, along the coast of the Upper Maremma, an area noted for its Granducal history. The estate, bordering the village of Bolgheri, is set among the hills of Bibbona, in a highly-acclaimed wine growing region celebrated for its unique “terroir.” Castles and watch towers, surrounded by lush forests, frame olive groves and vineyards that reach down to the Tyrrhenian Sea. The Island of Elba, just off the coast and facing the estate, offers protection from strong sea winds.
The Relais dates back to the 18th century, during which time it was used by the Accademia dei Georgofili, an agrarian research institute founded by Leopold II in 1753, as a base from which to study the local agriculture. In subsequent periods, the building was used for a variety of purposes before being completely restored by us. The style of the Relais, combined with its exceptional position, offers a truly enchanting atmosphere.
Opened in the spring of 2006, the Relais is an extraordinary place, combining the elegant simplicity of a Tuscan farmhouse, perched atop the hills of the Magona forest, with singular views sweeping over the 80 hectares of the estate vineyards and down to the luminous blue water of the Mediterranean. The grounds of the Relais, consisting of one garden after another, provide a feeling of tranquillity that becomes increasingly private as one moves from one bucolic corner to the other. The landscape of the Relais harmonizes perfectly with the surrounding Tuscan countryside. An elegant and secluded swimming pool is framed by towering cypresses, whose reflections dance across the water, creating yet another escape on the grounds and promising unforgettable moments of relaxation. Here, from aromatic herbs to traditional garden blooms, from olive trees to the classic lemon grove, the sights and smells of Tuscany permeate.
Developed by a team of important Italian architects, the house has the feel of a private villa. Guests are immediately welcomed into an open central salon with an impressive vaulted ceiling. From here, one can move easily among several charming seating areas. The relaxed elegance of the furnishings and decoration strikes the perfect balance between comfort and refinement. The upper floors provide even more privacy, with four en suite rooms. Each is thoughtfully decorated and furnished to enhance the atmospheres and views unique to each room. The suites are differently appointed; yet all maintain the signature classical luxury style of the Relais. Colours and fabrics have been chosen to maximize the shades and textures ubiquitous to the surrounding landscape. From olive green to aquamarine, from the burnt orange of the terracotta tiles to the intense yellow of the sun, one not only discovers but also experiences as never before the unique nature of Tuscany. Indeed, the carefully orchestrated interior of the Relais subtly plays against the naturally-occurring "opera" in which it is so respectfully set. Some of the rooms have been extensively painted by local artists. Pastoral scenes highlighting native flora and fauna give a sense of place and celebrate this very special part of Tuscany. Every room has a large, luxurious bath of Carrara marble and local alabaster, underscoring the atmosphere of sober elegance found throughout the Relais.
The suite is composed of a sitting room with two sofas, which can be converted into beds, and a spacious bedroom with double canopy bed. There is a breath-taking view of the sea.
The superior rooms all differ from one another in terms of colour, style, location and view. Most are decorated with frescoes depicting the surrounding countryside.
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