...The review

Castello di Reschio

Surrounded by the rolling hills of Umbria, Castello di Reschio is an exquisitely remodelled 11th century castle, just 30 minutes from Perugia.

Modern design, Italian glamour and historic architecture are merged together at Castello di Reschio to create a timeless heritage hotel draped in impeccable taste. A spellbinding setting in Umbrian wilderness.

"Vast stone fireplaces, flagged flooring, beamed ceilings, antiques and curved entrance ways characterise this ancient castle and form a historic backdrop to a contemporary hotel. Masterfully brought into the now with clever architectural fusing, creating glass courtyards that brim with mid-century furniture and mature tropical palms, Reschio is tastefully dotted with designer touches, tactile fabrics and a deeply atmospheric subterranean spa."

Things to do

If you can tear yourself away from the hypnotic Umbrian views, there’s lots to explore at Reschio and beyond. One of the unusual things about Reschio is its stables, populated with some of the world’s finest purebred Spanish dressage horses. During your stay you have the unique opportunity to head out for a leisurely hack through the beauty of the grounds or take a riding lesson in their state-of-the-art Equestrian Centre. There are also Astroturf tennis courts for a lesson. Spend a morning learning the secrets of Italian cuisine with a cookery lesson, using foraged ingredients such as truffles, salad and herbs.  Afterwards, the hotel’s swimming pool awaits for refreshing dips, shaded by towering pines or visit the old wine cellar, recast into an underground spa-bathhouse where you can relax in the ethereal Roman bath, hammam and sauna.

Nearby, you can visit wineries or go truffle hunting, bike to a local lake or try clay pigeon shooting. It’s also easy to immerse yourself in cultural Umbrian towns – Arezzo, Siena, Assisi and Gubbio all within an hour’s drive. The pretty city of Perugia makes a lovely day strolling the historic piazzas, cobbled streets and Roman arches among cafes, gelaterias and restaurants.

Sleeping

Staying within the castle walls, the rooms and suites are all large in size, dotted with a perfectly put together fusion of modern design, heritage finds, antiques and home comforts, cast against the castle’s original features including fireplaces and characterful beamed ceilings. Help-yourself bars come with Reschio’s own gin, lemons, herbs, a coffee machine and freshly baked cakes.

Elsewhere on Reschio’s estate are a series of standalone stone houses with loggias, private pools and outdoor kitchens; inside find heated floors, expansive bathrooms and plenty of staff on hand. With seclusion in mind, these rural idylls are the perfect escape for families wanting their own space or a group content in each other’s company and the beguiling views.

Food & Drink

Coming to Italy is always a culinary treat, and dining at Reschio is no exception. Perhaps what sets Reschio apart is the beautifully designed spaces where you’ll enjoy food and wine, which really enhance your overall experience. Amid the indoor greenery and relaxed ambience of Alle Scuderie, enjoy dishes crafted from the organic garden with cocktails.

In the evening, sample the delights of Restaurant Al Castello which occupies a dramatic position on the lofty ramparts and will wow you with its vistas, paired with Italian classics including pasta, game, fish and truffles. The Palm Court is also another good spot to stop for a drink, accompanied by the piano, as is trendy retro-glam Bar Centrale, ideally placed for a Negroni.

What We Think

The attention to detail at Reschio is really quite astonishing at every turn, from decorative oil paintings and modern sculptures dotted around the grounds to the calendar of events with music played on the 1908 Steinway in the Palm Court. It’s an incredibly evocative place to stay; you won’t fail to be caught under its spell.

Best For

The variety of bedrooms and encompassing space of Reschio means that it can easily accommodate any type of group. However, for a honeymoon, the Tower Suite, set over five floors with spectacular bird’s nest terrace is hard to beat for dramatic views and sheer romance.

The Verdict

Designed to please all your senses, Castello di Reschio is a triumph of architectural prowess paired with a luxe tactility, wrapped in spellbinding Umbrian views. This might just be our favourite place to stay in Italy.

Please note all images except for final 3 featured below images are © Castello de Reschio.

Sarah Ward Hedges

Personal Travel Designer

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