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remind them of this memorable experience,” says Neuhaus. In the future, the castle will also include a wine bar, cigar lounge, dine-in theater and artisan shop. Transformed Farmhouses Each farmhouse (casali) will be converted into a rustic villa, with 18 available on site. Two of the casalis have been renovated and now are available for weekly rentals and two barns that were part of the same properties already have been sold. Upon purchase, buyers will work with the developer to plan the renovation of their property. “Both owners have bought the properties with the intention of using them as a second home,” says Neuhaus. “They completely ad-here to our idea of renovation and conserva-tion, and have chosen for their houses fin-ishes similar to those of Casale I Bianchi and La Valle.” The sizes range from 3,000 to 15,000 square feet and each plot of land will include an outdoor swimming pool. There also is a pos-sibility that a farmhouse may be divided into smaller residences or apartments with com-munal gardens and pool areas. Tobacco Factory Turned Hotel The former factory that dried tobacco for Tuscan cigars has been given new life as a three-star, 31-room boutique hotel, and it is the first of a couple hotels planned for develop-ment. Each of the charming rooms is Tuscan in design, boasting restored oak wood beams and tiled ceilings dating back to the building’s original construction. “A modern reflection of the hotel’s rich past, its furnishings promise comfort and enhance its modest, yet stylish décor,” says Neuhaus. The hotel also has three meeting rooms that can accommodate intimate groups of up to 12 people. On-Site Golf Toscana Resort Castelfalfi encompasses a golf course nestled between the olive groves. Remodeled in 2010 by award-winning archi-tects Moroder and Preissmann, the 18-hole mountain course includes 6,351 meters. A second nine-hole, lakeside course was added in November 2011, designed by Rainer Preiss-mann. In addition, there is a driving range with three teeing grounds, 10 covered drives, two putting greens and a short pitch area. “I think the golf course is spectacular with its magnificent views and incredible paths,” says Neuhaus. Looking Ahead A new borgo, La Collina, is in develop-ment this year. The village will host 27 new homes, integrated within the environmental context. In the same complex, there also will be renovation of seven ancient farmhouses that will have views over the Volterra and Tus-can countryside. Additionally, Casale Casicala, a castle immersed in the game reserve near the medieval village, is being renovated. “The community that is emerging in Castelfalfi is an international mix of cultures and habits,” says Neuhaus. “What fascinates me is really the re-naissance of this ghost town that is now a small gem in the heart of one of the most fascinating regions of Italy.”

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