Hotel Castello di Reschio
Reschio, 1,500 hectares stretching across the rolling hills of Umbria, an estate that is coming back to life thanks to the care and passion of three generations of the Bolza family. Project inherited from father to son with the sole purpose of restoring, and at the same time protecting, an extraordinary corner of Italy. The estate was purchased by Count Antonio Bolza in 1994, and in the years that followed his son, Count Benedikt, together with his wife, Donna Nencia, transformed the dilapidated farmhouses scattered around the property into unique private residences. To date, the estate has been made accessible only to a select few mansion owners and their guests, but on May 13, 2021, Reschio’s crown jewel, its 1,000-year-old castle, opened its doors to the public in the guise of a 36-suite hotel with a restaurant and spa, elegantly restored and reinterpreted down to the smallest detail.
The castle, home for ten years to Count Benedikt, Donna Nencia and their five children, now combines the innate Italian style that has become a hallmark of Reschio with the wild character of the Umbrian countryside that frames it.
Each of the Castle’s unique suites offers views as far as the eye can see of the rolling hills of the Umbrian countryside along with a privileged view of the inner courtyard with garden.
Imbued with a spirited and authentic style, the 30 suites are located within the walls, another 6 suites just outside, adjacent to St. Michael’s Church. Terracotta or wood floors, hand-stitched linen curtains, sumptuous Italian textiles, marble treated by local artisans, brass dressing tables, custom-made beds and lamps made by B.B for Reschio, blend harmoniously with original oil portraits, photographs, and whimsical objects found and personally selected at local antique fairs and markets.
Each room has its own distinctive personality and its own unique features, from original hand-carved stone fireplaces to the presence of an ancient olive mill. Prominent among them all is the Tower Suite. Spread over five floors, its entrance passes over the Castle’s imposing gateway and boasts two bedrooms, a large living room, study, and roof garden with outdoor pool.
Guests will be pampered by a rich selection of places to sample Reschio’s gastronomic offerings; most of the products used in the kitchen come directly from the estate’s organic vegetable garden, woods, olive groves, beehives and surrounding vineyards. The Restaurant at the Castle is located in the west wing, and its large terrace adorned with fig trees is perfectly exposed toward the sunset.
Inspired by the elegance and typicality of Italian cuisine of yesteryear, the dishes pay homage to the culinary masterpieces served in prominent private residences of the past. The beautiful Palm Court with adjoining Bar offers yet another place to relax with a book, sip tea, enjoy a slice of cake, or simply admire the tall iron columns and expansive glass ceiling that has transformed this corner of the inner courtyard into a memorable space inspired by the style of the early 1900s.
Alternatively, guests can enjoy freshly squeezed juices, artisanal ice creams, creative cocktails, sandwiches and salads at Il Torrino, formerly the Castle’s watchtower, which now overlooks the visually striking oval pool. In turn, genuine and freshly harvested food can be enjoyed on the terrace or under the high ceilings and verdant ferns of the Restaurant at the Stables, which opened in summer 2019. The long marble floor of Bar Centrale is the perfect place for an aperitif or an after-dinner drink, where you can enjoy a style, made explicit in the architecture and interior design, typical of old-time Italian glamour.
Fully aligned with Reschio’s style, the conception and elaboration of his SPA is anything but conventional. Guests descending the warm stone steps to the depths of the Castle’s Roman-era cellar will find themselves at the Bathhouse SPA.
A quiet place of regeneration that houses a hammam, a sauna and an immersion pool that fills the striking vaulted cellar, illuminated only by the fragments of sunlight filtering through the ancient slits and windows.
The Bathhouse SPA offers two treatment rooms, one of which, known as the Private SPA, can accommodate up to six people and features two tubs, a steam shower, an impressive fireplace, and a heat grotto made from an old cave used in the past to store ice and food.
Guests at Hotel Castello di Reschio can spend their days exploring the open and unspoiled nature of the estate, choosing between nature hikes and forest biking. Likewise, lovers of good food will be able to participate in truffle hunting tours with the local expert, learn how to make handmade pasta, traditional sauces, or collect wild essences for use at the Reschio Cooking Academy.
Located in the heart of the property, the Equestrian Center houses some of the finest and best-trained Spanish dressage horses in Italy, trained under the expert eye of Master Antonello Radicchi.
Guests are encouraged to connect with these wonderful creatures by offering riding lessons available for all levels, rides and dressage shows at the Equestrian Theater.
For those who decide of their own accord to escape the magic of the Reschio estate, waiting for them is a plethora of medieval villages, museums and art galleries in cities such as Perugia, Assisi, Arezzo, Cortona, Gubbio, Spello, Bevagna, Sansepolcro and Siena, all less than an hour away.
The exact location of the property will be provided after booking.
Horseback Riding • Wildlife watching • Birdwatching • Bee experience • Foraging and first-aid laboratory • Wine Tastings • Olive Oil Tastings • Tennis • Mountain Biking • Italian Lessons • Drawing and Painting Lessons • Cooking Academy • Yoga Lessons • Personal Trainer • Truffle hunting • Cheese Farm in Pienza • House of chocolate Perugina • Trasimeno Lake cruise • Fly fishing on the Tiber • Golf • Guided tours • Winery Visits • Wine & Gourmet helicopter tour • Wine & food and cultural experiences • Other on request