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Timbers Resorts Opens the 41-suite Castello di Casole
in Tuscany, Italy

CARBONDALE, Colo.--Juoy 2, 2012
--Timbers Resorts today announces the opening of its highly anticipated European property, Hotel Castello di Casole. A former 10th century castle turned 41-suite boutique hotel, Hotel Castello di Casole – A Timbers Resorts Hotel & Residences, is located at the pinnacle of the company’s 4,200-acre private estate ideally located in Tuscany, Italy, within an hour of Florence, Siena and the Chianti and Montalcino wine regions. Hotel Castello di Casole offers guests rustic Tuscan elegance in a spectacular setting featuring over 100 acres of vineyards and olive groves, a model game reserve, a state-of-the-art wellness center and some of the region’s finest cuisine.

“The opening of Hotel Castello di Casole is a very proud moment for the entire Timbers Resorts and Castello di Casole teams,” said David Burden CEO & founder of Timbers Resorts. “Being a part of this extraordinary castle’s restoration has been a highlight of my career. The estate and hotel epitomize the best of the Timbers Resorts brand and hospitality and will be a gem in our portfolio for many years to come.”

Once a castle home to Italian nobility, Hotel Castello di Casole’s 41 suites – featuring five unique styles – blend grand Italian design with custom-made Tuscan furnishings, complementing the region’s landscape and history. With breathtaking panoramic views, 14 of the hotel’s suites also offer large private gardens and terraces with floor to ceiling windows overlooking acres of vineyards and lemon and olive trees.

“Our aspiration to open a premier hotel in one of the world’s most sought after destinations is realized today,” said Bart Spoorenberg, general manager of Castello di Casole. “True to the Timbers Resorts brand, guests of our hotel will experience the fine art of hospitality with unparalleled amenities and personalized service. Whether enjoying the sweeping views of the Tuscan countryside from the pool or learning to cook Italian cuisine, the memories created at Hotel Castello di Casole will be unforgettable.”

Hotel highlights include:
  • The three bedroom, two-story, 3,350- square-foot Bargagli Penthouse with spacious private terrace
  • Fine-dining venue Ristorante Tosca serving a range of Castello di Casole Executive Chef, Daniele Sera’s, local Tuscan cuisine using fresh local produce from the hotel’s gardens, and extra virgin olive oil produced on the estate
  • Gourmet pizzeria Pazzia featuring a traditional wood burning pizza oven, an espresso bar and gelateria
  • Bar Visconti – named after Italian filmmaker Luchino Visconti, who once lived at the Castello – offering bottles of the estate’s private label vintage, as well as exquisite cocktails and hors d’oeuvres
  • 5,400-square-foot Essere Spa, in what was originally the estate’s wine cellar, features seven treatment rooms with barrel-vaulted ceilings and restored stone walls. Treatments are inspired by natural products indigenous to Tuscany, including olive oil, rosemary and grape seeds while guests also have access to a TechnoGym® fitness facility and outdoor gardens for yoga and Pilates classes
  • A restored 18th century chapel perfect for both wedding ceremonies and private social gatherings
Castello di Casole is also home to 28 artfully restored and reconstructed luxury Casali farmhouses and 10 Hotel Villas available for private residence club and whole ownership purchase. Through bilingual concierges, guests and owners can enjoy private wine tours, truffle hunting, customized on-site cooking classes and mountain biking along the many tree-lined roads in the Tuscan countryside.

For more information or to book this rate, call 800-785-7429 in the U.S., +39-0577-967-557 outside the U.S. or by emailing reservations@castellodicasole.com. To learn more, visit www.castellodicasole.com.

Please visit Castello di Casole on Facebook and Twitter.

About Timbers Resorts

Since 1999, Timbers Resorts has established a gracious collection of properties in the world’s most sought-after destinations. As the developer and operator of boutique, private resorts, hotels and residence clubs – including ski, golf, leisure and beach locations – Timbers Resorts has created an unrivaled reputation in the luxury resort and real estate industry. Throughout its history, Timbers Resorts has committed to being authentic, unique and respectful of the destination, focusing on family and experiences, and never compromising with regard to quality and service.

In addition, Timbers Resorts has created Timbers Collection - a portfolio of resorts and residence clubs recognized for their grace, sophistication and overwhelming sense of place. As an Owner at a property in Timbers Collection, you have the opportunity to further enhance your ownership experience with Timbers Collection Benefits - a host of perks and privileges from some of the most recognized travel and lifestyle partners in the world including Sentient Jet, Hertz, MedJet Assist and more. In addition, ownership assures access to the Timbers Reciprocity Program and the ability to trade your vacation time with other destinations in the portfolio. These are extraordinary places that enrich and invigorate. From the rolling hills of Napa and Tuscany, to the slopes of Aspen, Steamboat and Vail, to the beaches of Cabo San Lucas, and the golf courses of Sonoma and Ireland, the choice is yours.

Current Timbers Collection properties include Dancing Bear Aspen in Aspen, Colorado; Esperanza in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; Doonbeg in County Clare, Ireland; The Orchard at The Carneros Inn in Napa, CA; The Rocks Club in Scottsdale, Arizona; The Timbers Club in Snowmass, Colorado; Mayacama in Sonoma, California; The Villas at Rancho Valencia in Rancho Santa Fe, CA; One Steamboat Place in Steamboat Springs, Colorado; Castello di Casole in Tuscany, Italy; The Preserve at Botany Bay on St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands; The Sebastian - Vail in Vail, Colorado

For more information, please visit www.timbersresorts.com, www.facebook.com/timbersresorts or www.twitter.com/timbersresorts.
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Murphy O’Brien, Inc.
Emily Warner / Rachel Esserman / Jillian Hunter
310-453-2539
ewarner@murphyobrien.com
resserman@murphyobrien.com
jhunter@murphyobrien.com


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Also See: Timbers Resorts Names Daniele Sera as Executive Chef of Castello di Casole in Tuscany, Italy / February 2012

Timbers Resorts Assumes Control Over Operations and Management of Former Vail Plaza Hotel & Club, Now Re-named The Sebastian; Michael Oprish Appointed General Manager / June 2010

Jumeirah Group Appointed by Timbers Resorts to Manage the Jumeirah Botany Bay Resort on St. Thomas Island, US Virgin Islands / September 2008

Flynt Payne Appointed Executive Chef at Auberge Resort's Esperanza in Cabo San Lucas / April 2003
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