Adding to Karma Groups impressive roster of European estates including Le Preverger on the French Riviera, Pelikanos on the Greek island of Mykonos and the recently acquired Chateau de Samary in Carcassonne, is the stunning Tuscan estate, Karma Borgo di Colleoli. Located just a short distance from two of Italy’s most iconic cities – Florence and Pisa, as well as the historic cities of Siena and San Gimignano, and Volterra, the Borgo di Colleoli estate occupies a spectacular locale amongst the burnished hills of Tuscany’s breathtaking hinterland.
It is in this world famous central region of Italy that the vineyards of Sangiovese and Vernaccia have continually produced Chianti since the 8th century BC. And it is in this Old World birthplace of the Renaissance where you can stroll down shaded travertine cobblestone laneways, take in the garden aromas of sage, rosemary and lavender, walk amongst the splendor of terracotta-hued villages that fan out from gothic-era churches, or stumble upon a traditional osteria tucked away serving the simple and flavourful specialties of the region. Cool breezes bring the smell of the sea from the nearby Etruscan Coast with its renowned beaches of Forte dei Marmi, Pietrasanta, Viareggio and Cecina.
Originally built as a medieval castle that evolved to become an aristocratic villa, then country retreat during the 17th and 18th centuries, the Karma Borgo di Colleoli estate underwent an intricate restoration by Palummo & Pierotti Architects under the guidance of the Italian Fine Arts Commission in 2003. In its current Karma incarnation, the property consists of 50 elegant and lovingly renovated rooms that are set in bright gardens surrounded by cypress trees, dusky green hills, stands of poplar, orchards and olive groves. The one and two bedroom apartments combine the legendary Italian flair for design with rustic elements such as custom crafted natural stone, plaster walls, wooden and terracotta tile floors, exposed chestnut roof beams and vaulted brick archways. The adjoining Karma Borgo di Colleoli Palazzo mansion house features twelve exclusive luxury suites. Each beautifully appointed suite offers luxury amenities and celebrates the rich history of the building while each studio suite features a king size bed, spacious bathroom, and the full range of modern conveniences.
There are also two large and stylish swimming pools that provide tree-lined panoramic views of the Tuscan countryside, an absolutely stunning location from which to view the sunset while enjoying a perfectly blended Negroni or a glass of local Chianti from our extensively stocked bar and wine cellar. Also on the premises is the I Secoli restaurant serving authentic regional cuisine using locally sourced ingredients. Rooted in the cucina povera of the peasant tradition, Tuscan cuisine harmonizes the two inseparable principles of simplicity and quality. Whether it’s Bistecca Alla Fiorentina, Ribollita or a truffle pappardelle, I Secoli’s local chefs are masters of their craft.
A uniquely historic property in one of the most celebrated locations on the planet, the Karma Borgo di Colleoli estate has proven a big hit with Karma members and guests as clearly proven by the online reviews. It is the perfect marriage of classical design, history and local culture with contemporary hospitality of the highest standards.