Ferragamo’s Castle in the Woods
August 18, 2015
A Tuscan retreat fit for fashion royalty (but now open to all).
Massimo Ferragamo, head of U.S. operations for the famed Italian shoe company founded by his father, Salvatore, had a simple wish: a little place in Tuscany to holiday with friends and family amid the vineyards producing Sangiovese, his favorite wine. In 2003, he found it: an 800-year-old estate in the historic Val d’Orcia, complete with hilltop vineyard and medieval village. Ferragamo sealed the deal.
“The funny thing is that it was a little bigger than what he was looking for,” says Emanuela Setterberg, managing director of CASTIGLION DEL BOSCO. The Ferragamo getaway near Montalcino is now an expansive, 5,000-acre Rosewood Hotels resort encompassing the farmhouse Ferragamo originally sought, as well as new villas, a new winery, and an 18-hole Tom Weiskopf golf course. The restored village, or borgo, has been renovated as a unique series of suites and villas with exposed wood beams, antique furnishings, and shady terraces. The town’s stables, winery, and fresco-covered church were also meticulously restored. A former priest’s house hosts a restaurant.
Life in the borgo offers access to the vast estate for hiking, vineyard picnics, and even night safaris to spot woodland animals. Walled gardens, designed by the same landscape architect who did the Vatican Gardens, provide fresh produce to the restaurants and the borgo-based cooking school.
In keeping with the property’s A-list ownership, the Shop at Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco is curated by Chiara Ferragamo, Massimo’s wife. While the property is only an hour or so from the shops of Florence, Setterberg promises that the boutique’s selection of clothing, handbags, accessories, and jewelry is “almost impossible to find anywhere else.” —Elaine Glusac
Rooms from $570; castigliondelbosco.com