Hotel Resort Antico Casale di Scansano ****
From a Maremmana farm from the 1800s to a 4 star hotel resort: the hospitality philosophy at Antico Casale di Scansano is all about the combination of tradition and modernity. In the 30 rooms (4 of which are suites) you really feel the countryside (some rooms are located in what used to be a chestnut drying room), but they also have all the latest mod-cons, as do the 21 holiday apartments that make up the Borgo degli Ulivi complex. In the old stables is the ‘La Castagneta’ restaurant which serves up the best dishes from the traditional Tuscan and Maremmana cuisines and these should be ‘watered’ with the Morellino wine which is produced in the area, and the hotel also organises regular cooking courses. The surrounding area boasts hills, steep slopes and chestnut, pine and oak tree forests. In this countryside context, relaxing and regenerating is even more precious and the spa and health farm here offer a large range of well-being circuits, exclusive treatments and oriental disciplines. Antico Casale di Scansano boasts many communal areas and facilities and even 1 meeting rooms up to 50 people.
At the Antico Casale di Scansano spa, which guests can make use of for a small cost, there is a heated pool, which is enriched with salts from the Dead Sea, a sauna, Turkish bath, chromotherapy showers, a panoramic terrace with a solarium, a Jacuzzi tub (outside), salt grottos and a relaxation area with a tea corner. Hammam, ayurveda, yoga and shiatsu are some of the oriental practices present at the spa, where you can trust the expert hands of the masseuses and beauticians and enjoy face, body and anti-stress treatments, and even men’s treatments. Guests of the spa are also offered a toning circuit that begins with a steam bath in the caldarium, then the laconicum alternated with the cold fog multi-sensory shower, followed by a relaxation bath in the 30°C pool that is enriched with salts from the Dead Sea, then, after a break, two more baths in the outdoor panoramic Jacuzzi tubs and, after a short walk in the park, a stay in the salt grottos alternated with the waterfalls. Entrance to spa is allowed over 12 years.
The 30 rooms at Antico Casale di Scansano are located in various areas of the ex-farm, they fully respect the original property and they are furnished with beautiful, traditional Tuscan furniture. The rooms are divided into single rooms (4), standard triples (3), classic doubles (7), deluxe doubles (6, with panoramic terraces), deluxe triples (2, also with panoramic terraces), superior (3, with balconies overlooking the valley), 1 superior triple with a balcony and 4 suites, where 2 extra beds can also be added. Just a few metres from the hotel there is also an apartment complex called Il Borgo degli Ulivi, made up of 22 apartments, and guests staying here can make use of all the hotel’s services and facilities.
The restaurant at Antico Casale di Scansano is called ‘La Castagneta’ and it has been built in the antique farm stables and serves up the best dishes from the traditional Tuscan and Maremmana cuisines, using wholesome local products. Dinner is served in the dining room with a homely fireplace, whilst in the warmer months, it is served in the veranda room which looks out over Scansano and the surrounding hills. The menu boasts the famous croutons, characteristic soups, as well as the famous Acqua Cotta soup, prestigious Tuscan meats and many other dishes for vegetarians or guests with specific food intolerances. Cooking courses are also organised here which last 3 days, during which the chef at ‘La Castagneta’ teaches guests about local products and how to work with them according to the local tradition.
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Scansano, where Antico Casale is located, is one of the most beautiful historic villages in the Maremma area, a large area that faces the Tyrrhenian Sea and the charming towns of Castiglione della Pescaia, Orbetello and Capalbio nell’Argentario. Cultural tourism is also rich here and a visit to some of the Etruscan tombs and the colonies founded by Romans are a must-see, such as Vetulonia, Roselle Cosa and Sovana, as well as other ancient villages and various forts. Other places to visit, which are not far from Scansano, include the Giardino dei Tarocchi, the artistic park designed by the French/American artist Niki de Saint-Phalle which features statues inspired by tarot cards, the cove called Bagno delle Donne in the area of Talamone and the Vie Cave, which are small routes built into tuff rock by the Estruscans. Lastly, there are numerous natural areas in Maremma which are certainly worth visiting, including the Maremma Park, the WWF Oasis of the Orbetello lagoon and the Naturw Reserve of the Lake of Burano.
Children's swimming pool