A hidden gem set in a stunning location surrounded by vineyards, rolling Piemontese countryside, and framed by the Alps beyond. In June 2014, these vineyards were awarded UNESCO heritage status. Built in 1600, La Villa has been transformed into a stylish and chic retreat with a unique atmosphere - more like staying with friends than in a boutique hotel.
Enjoy the simple luxury of the light, airy rooms, decorated in soothing colours with sensuous fabrics and the finest linens. Filled with local antiques and hand crafted products each room is different, individual and yet every one is spacious and a haven of peace - with all the little details in place.
There are fourteen rooms at La Villa and each one is unique.
By changing as little of the old structure as possible, the rooms - six suites, seven doubles and one single – have retained their original features and sense of history whilst still offering all the modern comforts demanded by our sophisticated lifestyles. Some have claw foot baths, others walk-in showers. Some are with terraces or private balconies. Yet every one is light, spacious and with its own special charm.
Inspired by what was uncovered during the restoration, we created each room as somewhere we would love to stay, combining local antiques with hand-crafted furniture and market 'finds'. Use of peaceful colours, gentle fabrics and natural materials together give each room a sense of quiet elegance, luxury and calm.
Bathrooms are designed to complement the rooms, and there is the same easy blend of old and new, as antique wash stands sit alongside big rain showers. You will find some with romantic bath tubs placed to take advantage of the views; others with open, walk-in showers large enough for two.
From the suites to the single room, everywhere are little touches that make all the difference to your stay – hand made mattresses and the finest linens for a good night’s sleep. Soft, thick towels and artisan crafted soaps and shampoos for bathtime pampering and large fluffy bathrobes and slippers for times when you feel like just lounging around.
Many of La Villa’s bedrooms and bathrooms have been featured in design publications throughout the world - see Press for details.
Accommodation in the hotel is very flexible, and works well not just for individuals and couples, but also families, small groups, and parties of up to 30 people. Have a corridor or wing of the hotel to yourselves; share a private terrace; book the whole hotel for your special occasion.
All rooms are non-smoking.
All of the guest rooms at La Villa offer, top quality frette linens and towels, hand-made mattresses, in-room controlled central heating and air conditioning, natural, plant-based toiletries and hand made Olive Oil soap, towelling robes and guest slippers, complimentary Wi-Fi service, iPod and MP3 docking station, flat screen TV with satellite service, plus DVD/CD player (with DVD library), mini bar, complimentary tea and coffee making facilities unusual in Italy!, hair dryer, pool towels (during the season) and telephone with in-built alarm capability.
The TVs and DVDs are always available in the larger Suites. They are available, on request, in all other rooms.
La Villa only accepts children over the age of 10, except when the whole hotel is booked for a wedding, or private event.
There is an additional charge of €20 per head, per night, for 3rd and 4th guests in a suite.
We do allow small dogs (below knee high), but only in ground floor rooms and only one dog at a time. There is a €25 per dog, per stay, charge for additional cleaning.
Discover your own favourite places amongst the gardens and terraces. Revel in lazy morning breakfasts in the courtyard and decadent afternoon siestas by the pool. Pass away the summer evenings watching the sun slip behind the hills, before dining under the stars. Turn your hand to a little pasta making. Or hunt down your own white truffles. Whatever the season, La Villa is a perfect place to relax and just be. We also only take children over the age of 10 (unless for a special event), to maintain the relaxed environment.
The hotel is also an ideal spot from which to explore the wines, scenery and gourmet delights of the region. Venture out and you will find wonderful local artisans and producers happy to share their time and expertise. Let us help organize your days - find you the perfect bottle of wine, the little tucked away place to eat, the best artisan cheese maker, the best driving, cycling and hiking routes, the ideal golf course and the quaintest hilltop villages.
La Villa’s unique blend of style and service has earned it many accolades – featured in Travel and Leisure's 2010 book - The World's Greatest Hotels, Resorts and Spas and one of the top 45 new hotels in the world according to their magazine 'It List'; a TripAdvisor 'Top Ten Hidden Gems in Europe' award; a Top Six Place to Get Married in Europe; an Italy 'Q' Quality Hotels award. In 2010 we were also recognised by Escapio clients as one of their best properties of the year (with a score of 100%) and now we are now in the latest 1001 Escapes to Experience Before You Die, along with a lot of other press coverage from around the world.
We also host a number of weddings each year and we are also delighted to be working with a number of top quality partners who operate annual events at La Villa.
The rolling hills of the Piedmont winelands make it very well suited for life's more gentle pursuits - golf, walking, hiking, visiting spas and the like.
For golf lovers, there are four very good courses within a half hours drive of the hotel - none of which usually require advance booking. You can nearly always just turn up and play and the green fees are extremely reasonable.
Walking and hikes are particularly popular (as are the early morning jogs for some of our keener guests!) and there is no shortage of options - easy rambles across the fields and vineyards to more blood pumping treks up and down the hillsides.
The thermal waters at Acqui Terme, 20 minutes away, have made it a popular spa town since Roman times and there several different spas to try which take advantage of the area's natural resources.
For those who prefer their activities a little more strenuous, there are also cycling, horse riding and tennis.
Horse riding is available within 10 minutes of the hotel; outdoor tennis courts are a 10 minute walk away and we can also arrange for indoor badminton, volleyball and football if the mood takes you. For game hunters we can organise, in advance, in-season hunting at nearby Bruno (although you will need to bring your own gun!). More gentle hunting pursuits for truffles and mushrooms are also very popular.
Markets are part of the traditional way of life here in Italy and it would be unthinkable for the local housewives to not go out on market day for their fresh produce. The stallholders travel throughout the local area, appearing at a different town every day.
The markets offer a very wide range of seasonal fruit and vegetables, along with fresh fish, cheese and cured meats. You can also stock up on household goods or buy that 'cheap' designer wear
Every Sunday (and sometimes also on a Saturday), there is an antiques market in the area. Our nearest one, Nizza Monferrato, is held on the third Sunday of every month where there is a hugely eclectic range from 1960's LP records to war uniforms, antique furniture to old timepieces and recovered door furniture to light fittings. We can even help with shipment, if you cannot resist that bargain.
Piemonte is one of the best places in the world for wine lovers. We can make all of the arrangements for you to visit the local wineries, to experience the reds of Barolo, Barbaresco, Barbera and the whites of Gavi and the lesser know Arneis, as well as many other local grapes.
Visits to the wine producers in their cantinas are often hosted either by the owner, his family of the winemaker/oenologist and many of them can manage visits in English or German, as well as Italian. They will share with you their enthusiasm for their wines and their wisdom acquired over years of tending the vines, fighting the climate and producing great wines. Typically, a visit will last around 90 minutes and often cost nothing if you appreciate the wines and, perhaps, buy a bottle or two.
Many of the cantinas are steeped in history, although some producers have re-invested their money in new cellars and equipment. Experiencing both during your tour is part of the enjoyment.
Imagine a day, where after breakfast you head out to a first tasting, followed by a leisurely lunch in the Piemonte hills or a local town. This could be followed by another visit in the afternoon before relaxing at the hotel before dinner.
You can enjoy these visits in two or three different ways. Firstly, you can head out by yourself, with the visits already booked (this is necessary as most of the wineries work by appointment only). A second choice would be for us to arrange for a private car with chauffeur to drive you to your appointments or, we could work with one of our partners who will pick you up at the hotel and drive you from place to place and host the day’s visits in your preferred language. These partners are experienced wine professionals, who can add a great deal of knowledge to your trip.
An alternative to travelling to the wineries is to have a wine tasting and wine appreciation session at the hotel. Nicola is our wine expert, supported by sommelier Valentina, who trained formally before becoming our wine buyer for the hotel. She has visited a very large number of the wineries and learned from scores of different winemakers. We have our own cellar, where we age Barolo and Barbaresco wines, only bringing them out when they are at their peak. See also our wines for more details on the wines here at La Villa.
We can arrange private and group sessions and will always focus on the wines of most interest to you.
Food and produce markets are a way of life in Italy. Every day of the week, one of the towns in the local area hosts the market - brimming with fresh fruit and vegetables, cheeses, hams, fresh fish and more. Shopping every day for the freshest ingredients is completely normal and the cuisine is driven by the specialities of each season. Click here for details of the local markets.
In addition to the cooking courses that we run here, there are many, many other food experiences that can be enjoyed in this fabulous area of Italy.
You should not visit this area without having experienced the local produce market. Every day, in one of the local towns or cities, the market stallholders will start setting up from around 7.00 in the morning, to await half of the local population. Italians (and we have learned to do the same thing) shop pretty much every day of the week to ensure that the food that they buy is as fresh as possible. You will see them in the market testing each fruit or vegetable selection for its feel, shape and smell – just like they learned from their parents and grandparents.
Once you have visited the market, you could choose to head out for a picnic. There are so many spots that we could recommend and we will always help out with the essentials of crockery, cutlery, condiments, plus the all-important wine and corkscrew.
Italians also celebrate food (and wine) most weekends of the year and there is usually a festival to promote what is in season – from the famous Asparagus festivals in the spring to the Truffle fairs in the Autumn.
We keep a list of all food and wine events throughout the year and this is complemented by our detailed knowledge of the local restaurants from the 3 star Michelin to the best family run trattorias.
Piedmont is the birthplace of the Slow Food Movement and is renowned throughout the world for the quality of its food, the huge range of cheeses and hams, the flavours of its chocolate and coffee and, above all, its wines and famous white truffle.
Within this area is the highest concentration of gourmet chefs in Italy and some of the most renowned restaurants. Whether you choose a simple pizza or the multi-course 'degustation' menu, it will be uniquely Italian. The same name and the same ingredients as at home - but far superior. Let us help you to pick the perfect restaurant - there are so many to choose from!
Piedmont is one of the classic wine regions of Italy, and indeed Europe. Barolo, Barbaresco, Barbera, Gavi and even the ubiquitous Asti Spumanti - from the king of wines to the party 'bubbles'. So important that we have dedicated a complete section to the wines of the area.
The home of Gorgonzola and Robiola and of hundreds of other local artisan produced specialities. We regularly arrange visits to one of the best local artisan cheesemakers, where you can taste (and buy) a wide range of specialist cheeses.
White truffles are one of the great delicacies which can light up an individual meal and, at the same time, spread their perfume throughout a room. See our truffles page for many more details.
Piedmont has long been renowned as one of the most famous chocolate making centres, with such names as Ferrero Rocher and Nutella along with many lesser known, but amazingly good artisans.
One of Mombaruzzo's main claims to fame are the Amaretti biscuits, Not hard and crunchy as usually served in restaurants, but soft, succulent and full of almond and peach flavours. The very first amaretto biscuit was made just down the road and the tradition continues today with the same recipe but (not always) slightly modernised equipment.
Piedmont is famous for its white truffle, which can command a price much higher than gold. The truffle seeason runs from mid-September until late December (although the best truffles - and often the cheapest, are usually late October and early November). Throughout these months, there are local truffle fairs every weekend and the famous Alba Truffle Fair runs from mid-September to early November.
We work with our own truffle hunter, Mario, and his wonderful dog, Rex. In the past three years, they have been featured in several TV programmes, have appeared in many newspapers and magazines and have even been mentioned on the Letterman Show!You can also see him on this Luxury Channel film, which covers the Alba truffle fair, a truffle hunt and then preparing a truffle brunch.
We arrange a number of truffle events. The main event is the truffle hunt, which lasts around 90 minutes and takes place about 5 minutes from La Villa, on our own private land. This ensures that there is a good possibility of success when you go out with Mario. For a special treat, we can arrange a truffle brunch (prepared by Mario) once you return with your truffle. Think truffle and gorgonzola toast; scrambled eggs with truffle - perhaps even perhaps, oeufs en cote with truffle. Or, if you can hold out, there is always the option to shave the truffle onto your dinner.
From the day we first saw La Villa we knew it was a happy home, ready to welcome people to relax, laugh, celebrate and party.
Five years later, we now know our original feelings were so right. We have celebrated weddings, wedding anniversaries, birthday parties, communions, baptisms and most every other reason to celebrate. And everyone did relax, laugh, celebrate and party.
All we need is the reason for the party and we will help you lay it on - the venue, the accommodation, the food, the music and the memories! Just contact us with your requirements.
La Villa is the perfect venue to meet up with friends and family and party. A great location, loads of space, fantastic bedrooms and wonderful food - and convenient to reach from many different directions.
We are within 90 minutes of the major international airports at Milan, Turin and Genoa and close by the major motorway networks of Northwest Italy. But, once you arrive, you will be in your own oasis - but only a short distance from towns, shops and restaurants.
Let us have the details of the party that you want to hold - the atmosphere and mood that you want to create, the types of food and menus that will make the occasion even more memorable - whether a formal sit-down meal or a buffet, BBQ or pizza with movement and mingling.and we will put it all together for you.
An informal romantic wedding. Surrounded by only your closest friends and family. Under blue Italian skies. Saying ‘I do’ in a little country church or among the flower filled gardens of our old palazzo. Dinner, dancing, singing, laughing. Under the stars. Everything individual, unique and chosen by you, With all the organisation taken care of. A dream wedding day – a day to remember.
The rules in this part of Italy are very simple: Catholics must marry in a public building and Protestants/Methodists must marry on private property. If you are already married, we can hold a blessing here, as well. We have a number of beautiful churches nearby, with delightful priests, for the Catholic ceremony. We have our own wonderful lady Pastor who conducts weddings here in the grounds of La Villa for the Protestants and Methodists.
We have hosted over 40 weddings at La Villa - for couples from all over the world and nearly all of our brides and grooms have come back many times.
Let us offer you our experience, sure hand and sense of style and occasion and join all of other couples that simpy had the best weekend of their lives...and, of course, a montage of photos from these previous weddings!
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44.76272 N, 8.41058 E (44°45'46.53" N, 8°24'40.66" E) and you can also apply these to Google Earth to get great driving directions.
La Villa Hotel is at Via Torino 7, CASALOTTO, which is a suburb of Mombaruzzo, and is in the province of Asti. Please do not put 'Mombaruzzo' in your GPS system as you will finish up about 5 kilometres away.
Train Station: Nizza Monferrato, Asti and Alessandria (both about 30 minutes away) are both major stations on the network.
Airport: Genoa Airport (60 Min) Turin Airport (is just over an hour away from the hotel) Milan Malpensa (is approximately 90 minutes drive) Milan Linate should only be 90 minutes, but weight of traffic on the Autostrada can add another 30 minutes to your journey. Milan Bergamo is around 2 hours away Nice (in France) and Pisa are both around 2 hours away.
By car: Arriving from Alessandria Sud – about 20 – 25 minutes From the toll station at Alessandria Sud, take the right hand fork towards Acqui Terme. Continue on this road until turning right at the 2nd major exit - towards Nizza Monferrato – the S.P. 28. Continue on this road for about 15 kilometres past Carentino and past the exits to Bruno and Mombaruzzo until you reach the village of Bazzana. At the railway line in Bazzana, turn left immediately after the railway (5 metres) towards Casalotto. If you reach Bar Jolly and Malgra wine on your right hand side, you have missed the turn. Continue on this road, past the sign ‘Casalotto’, until about 100 metres before the town (and just after a road sign with the number '2'), La Villa is to your right, with a hotel sign outside and a private drive to the hotel.
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