Your Castle Awaits: Hotel Castello di Reschio Opens on a 3700-Acre Umbrian Estate

As we consider returning to Europe, with restrictions being cautiously eased, it’s likely that bar-hopping in East London, or sitting shoulder-to-shoulder in the Piazza di Spagna are not going to be high on our travel to-do list. Rather, we would very much consider the serenity and splendor of the countryside as a significantly more attractive option…especially considering the social-distancing possibilities of the Continent’s more sylvan destinations.

Of course, this autumn may yet find throngs of Italophiles once again pouring in to the ever glorious region of Toscana. So what better time to finally instead consider adjacent Umbria, where the wine, the vistas and the hospitality are just as life-altering, and possibly even more so? And for those still wary of sharing close company with significant numbers of fellow humans, staying on a 3700-acre estate would seem of a particular appeal. And that rather prodigious dimension is indeed a feature of the Castello di Reschio, a stunning new 36-room boutique hotel that, as indicated by its name, is actually a thousand year old castle. Perched at the at the western edge of Perugia Province, it practically sits at the border of Umbria and Tuscany – so while the Umbrian capital of Perugia is just an hour’s trip by train, the impossibly charming Under the Tuscan Sun town of Cortona is only about 20 minutes away.

Overseen by architect/nobleman/Florentine Count Benedikt Bolza and his artist wife Donna Nencia, their impeccable sense of aesthetics and good taste can be seen in veritably every inch of space. To be sure, interiors/exteriors are practically a visual treatise on local craftsmanship, from the tile, stone and stucco work, to the landscaping design, to Nencia’s trompe l’oeil artworks, to the custom lighting and furnishings from Bolza’s own design studio B.B. For Reschio. Sumptuous but rustic-chic rooms boast stone floors, modern four-posters, elegantly beamed ceilings and, most importantly, utterly ethereal views from pretty much every window.

The “local” ethos extends to the kitchen, which draws on the estate’s own organic gardens, beehives and vineyards, as well as select regional suppliers, for the farm-to-fork cuisine at the in-house Ristorante al Castello. There’s an adjoining bar, a Palm Court for afternoon tea, and yet another, more casual dining option, Ristorante Alle Scuderie – so epicures barely need to leave the premises.

Considering the considerable stresses and anxieties of the past nineteen months however, perhaps the most alluring feature is the Bathhouse spa, romantically located in the former wine cellar. It features a salt-water plunge pool, hammam, sauna, tepidarium, and two treatment rooms. Plus, where else could one hope to find a real working fireplace in a wellness center?

Though it might be tempting, certainly, at the other end of a deadly pandemic, to want to just spend the entire visit taking restorative treatments, the property also has its own cookery school, Equestrian Centre and even a truffle hunting program. And should the urban itch strike, Florence is just about 90 minutes away by train. Of course, it all comes at a price, with room rates starting at around $760/night; but if ever there was a time for a totally indulgent Italian splurge, wouldn’t this be it?

N.B. Castello di Reschio belongs to the carefully curated Tablet Hotels group, and members booking through their site enjoy an upgrade to next room category based upon availability at check-in, guaranteed 1pm late check-out, welcome treat in room on arrival, and a $100 hotel credit per room, per stay.

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