Press Release August 23, 2021

Leeu Collection’s Collegio alla Querce Hotel in Florence to be Managed by Auberge Resorts Collection

The Hospitality & Leisure team advised Leeu Collection in connection with a suite of agreements with Auberge Resorts Collection related to the development, construction, management and branding of the Collegio alla Querce hotel.

Set to open in 2023, Collegio alla Querce will encompass three adjacent 16th-century buildings, including an original chapel and theatre. An extensive transformation will restore the property’s storied history, dating back to the Italian Renaissance, through a rarefied art collection, distinct architecture and design, and spectacular, manicured gardens. Upon completion, the Renaissance-era destination will be reborn as an 82-room hotel, including 61 guest rooms, 20 suites and a 2,250-square-foot signature suite. Modern amenities include an outdoor pool, dedicated wine tasting room, spa, fitness center, art gallery and a curated boutique. Dining options will comprise a destination restaurant, a glass-enclosed garden room set amongst olive trees for daytime dining, a sophisticated bar and cigar lounge set in the former academic admissions office, and an outdoor pool bar. Located just three miles from the Duomo di Firenze at the gateway to Tuscany, the luxury hotel will connect travelers to Italian culture with proximity to world-famous galleries and museums, architectural masterpieces and renowned cuisine in Florence, as well as to wineries and restaurants in the stunning countryside of Tuscany.

The Leeu Collection comprises three five-star boutique properties in South Africa (Leeu Estates, a 23-room country house retreat and boutique winery in the Franschhoek valley; Leeu House, a 12-room hotel in the heart of Franschhoek village; and Le Quartier Français, a 32-room hotel with two independent villas also located in the village) and Linthwaite House, an historic 36-bedroom property in the UK’s Lake District.

The Goodwin team included Matt Pohlman and Tinyan Asemota.

For additional background on the agreement, please read Auberge’s press release and coverage in the RobbReport.