About This Episode
This week, Michael pays a virtual visit to Count Benedikt and Donna Nencia Bolza, founders of Hotel Castello di Reschio. A castello that once lay in ruin, Reschio is a passion project that defies convention to bring history to life. The couple share how their devotion to restoring the grounds, and acute attention to detail, has created architecturally awesome sights inside the castle and out. Alongside beautifully bespoke interiors, the grounds have seen native plants and flowers flourish, and nightingales, bees and butterflies return in their droves through smart landscaping of olive groves, vineyards, lakes – all set against the backdrop of sublime Umbrian hills.
Years in the making – and centuries in the shaping – this old Etruscan stronghold showcases hospitality of the highest order. Listen to this story of how a deep respect for the past has helped create the most stunning of sustainable futures.
Count Benedikt and Donna Nencia Bolza, Hotel Castello di Reschio
The phrase ‘attention to detail’ gets bandied around a lot in hotel-speak but if a masterclass on such a thing is ever required, one can now be found at Hotel Castello di Reschio on the very edge of Umbria. Years in the making – and centuries in the shaping – this old Etruscan stronghold showcases hospitality of the highest order against a backdrop of beautiful bespoke furniture, convivial fine dining and, most literally, sublime scenery. And it might be a fortress, but it presides over the most peaceful of regimes: lose days to pine-shaded poolside idling, saddle up and explore on horseback, take strolls through olive groves and vineyards, tuck into local fare and gaze out over Tuscany across the border.