Castello di Guarene
Guarene, Piedmont, Italy
At a Glance
Castello di Guarene is anything but ordinary, with a regal opulence and illustrious history dating back to the 18th century
While twelve of the rooms are now guestrooms, much of the hotel has been restored and is now a museum to life as it was at the time
The decor is spectacularly regal, with heavy silk drapes, gilt furniture and walls covered in frescoes or silk tapestries
A charming restaurant offers delicious traditional Piedmontese dishes in elegant surrounds, accompanied by an extensive wine list of local vintages
Though payable separately, the spa is a relaxing escape, with an indoor pool carved from the rocks, a sauna, steam room and salt cave
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Perched loftily atop a hill and overlooking the rolling vineyards and forests of Langhe, Castello di Guarene is housed in an imposing 18th century palace, its twelve rooms offering regal opulence and captivating views.
For generations, Castello di Guarene was the private home of Italian aristocracy and now offers a palatial home-from-home amongst its magnificent artworks, thoughtfully preserved heritage and regal grandeur. High on the hill, it gazes out over terracotta rooftops and the undulating hills of Langhe, now a UNESCO World Heritage listed site. While twelve of the rooms are now guest rooms, much of the building has been restored as a museum, with guests able to wander through rooms that remain as they were in 1773 during the visit of King Vittorio Amedeo III of Sardinia and his queen.
From the 40sq.m Classic Room to the breathtaking 200sq.m Castle Luxury Suite, the guest rooms are stupendous in their attention to detail and imperial opulence. Due to the historic nature of the property, the rooms vary in their design, boasting perhaps frescoed walls or silk wallcoverings, wooden floors or terracotta tiles. Heavy silk drapes, glass chandeliers, canopied beds and gilt detailing create a sense of drama and history in a sumptuously luxurious escape.
Housed in a vaulted room, its whitewashed walls covered in delicate original frescoes, the restaurant offers a taste of the Lange region, an area renowned for its culinary prowess and abundant produce. This is fine dining accompanied by an extensive menu of wines from Piedmont and beyond.
Open from 2-8pm, the spa offers a relaxing retreat after a morning spent hiking through vineyards and rolling hills. An indoor pool is carved from the rocks and gives the sense of a mystical grotto looking out over the countryside of Alba, Langhe and Roero. A Finnish sauna, steam bath, emotional shower, Kneipp salt cave and jacuzzi combine to create a soothing and restorative experience, while a range of treatments use ancient Asian wisdom and modern techniques to create an indulgent sense of relaxation. The spa is open to those over 14-years of age and is payable separately.
The hills of Langhe that surround Castello di Guarene offer a wealth of activity from hiking to gentle strolls, wine tastings to the truffle festival in October or November. Alternatively you could sit back and enjoy the views from afar, lazing on a lounger overlooking the manicured gardens or from the indoor pool with its view over the hills.
There can be few more opulent and regal spots than the guestrooms of Castello di Guarene. With equally stupendous views over the surrounding gardens or countryside, they offer a sumptuous escape and a chance to live like royalty. Elaborate marble bathrooms complete the indulgence, while televisions and wifi connection bring a hint of the 21st century to otherwise historic accommodation.
Children over the age of 14 are welcome at Castello di Guarene though there are no specific facilities for them.
While majestic in its appearance, the hotel is small in scale, with just 12 rooms, one restaurant and a spa giving it a friendly, welcoming atmosphere. Local produce is crafted into traditional Piedmontese dishes in the charming restaurant, open to hotel guests and the public for lunch and dinner every day. As you would expect from a property surrounded by some of the finest wine estates in the world, the wine cellar boasts an extensive menu of vintages from the immediate area and further afield. Semi-formal attire is required for the restaurant.
Castello di Guarene’s strategic location on the hillside affords picturesque views over the Langhe hills which may be enough to tempt you from the comfort of a lounger or the sun-drenched terrace, though you would be forgiven for staying in the indulgent embrace of the hotel. Wander through landscaped gardens, explore the restored rooms of the Palace and relax in the spa with its views over the hills or head out into the countryside and perhaps visit the nearby town of Alba, or the wine producing regions of Barolo and Barbaresco. Should you wish to explore further afield we would recommend hiring a car.
Gourmet walking tour of Alba
Discover the picturesque town of Alba, nestled in the hills of the Langhe region, and the flavours of this gastronomic area. Your private guide will show you some of the town's highlights and introduce you to the local delicacies.
Truffle hunting in the Langhe
Piedmont is renowned for its truffles and in the Langhe countryside you'll have the opportunity to search for this local delicacy with a truffle hunter and their trusty dogs.
Vineyard hiking in Piedmont
Explore the scenic countryside of Piedmont on a privately guided hike through its beautiful vineyards. You'll walk through picturesque villages and admire the stunning views before sampling some local products and delectable wines.
Wine tasting in the Langhe
Discover the wines of the Langhe region with a full day tour of this scenic area and a visit to two of its fantastic vineyards. Learn about the traditional wine production process in the region and sample a variety of Piedmont's renowned wines.
Winery cooking class
Visit a family-owned winery to discover the art of cooking local Piedmont recipes. After a tour of the cellars you'll join the chef to learn the secrets behind traditional dishes, which you'll then enjoy as a delicious lunch.
Location & directions
Guarene, Piedmont, Italy
Castello di Guarene is situated in Piedmont, around an hour’s drive from Turin and two hours from Milan Airport. We would recommend hiring a car if you wish to explore the surrounding area during your stay.
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