Castello dei Sogni

Deluxe Retreat $2,887 - $4,653 / night Bed: 8   Bath: 8 Pax: 16  

"Authentic Medieval Castle Retreat.” - Reviewed by Deborah

WIXXY PICK

DEBORAH PERFECT PICK “A totally unique luxury experience off-the-beaten-track like the setting for a gothic novel. I can’t decide on my favourite detail: maybe the round bathtub in the turret, the suit of armour complete with jousting lance or the wine cellar in the dungeons. So amazing!”

Commanding a verdant, forest-covered hill overlooking the Tiber Valley and Monte Tezio Wildlife Park, you can’t get more private than Castello dei Sogni. The fully-restored Romanesque castle with thick turrets, portcullis gates and stone courtyards is an exquisite opportunity to live as in times of old with all your creature comforts, not least modern plumbing, underfloor heating, A/C, a state-of-the-art kitchen, an elevator and a luxury spa and gym in the “dungeons”!

Upon arrival, your excitement can’t help but rise as you catch glimpses of the imposing castle in the distance while navigating winding dirt roads shaded by forest. Better still, if you arrive at dusk, you’ll see soft lights glistening on the hilltop full of promise and ancient secrets. This property really is in a category of its own – away from the stresses and reality of daily life.

Eight magnificent double suites – adorned with thick velvet drapes, period furniture and tapestries – take centre stage in this grandiose fortress first built in the late medieval period. Now, it features interiors by designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard, who has remained faithful to the essence of the medieval period. The result is fascinating. You really feel as though you are the guest of some historic noble family.

Offering 2000sqm (21,600sqft) of inspiring interiors settled on 5 hectares of countryside, you are in danger of getting lost in this grand castle. Thankfully, the central courtyard that unites the north and south wings helps you get your bearings and the elevator goes a long way to making sense of which floor you are on.

A fabulous dining room – reminiscent of a great hall – ornately decorated living and sitting rooms and picturesque gardens with a large heated pool all contribute to the majestic ambiance of this castle.

Castello dei Sogni is an ideal base for visiting nearby places of interest in Umbria and Tuscany such as Assisi, Lake Trasimeno and Perugia. Monte Tezio Wildlife Park is right next to the property and there is a horse riding school less than 30 minutes away. Both Florence and Rome are just a 2-hour drive away.