Hotel Castello di Sinio
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We woke on Friday morning and decided it was time to move on! The weather forecast for Nice was bad for a few days so we decided to head to Italy. There were two routes, one through Nice & Monaco and the other over the Mercantor Mountains. The mountain option was the shorter & quicker of the two so we opted for that. It was a crazy drive, we climbed to 2350m to reach the boarder of France & Italy. There was snow at the top, it ...
... area. Loads of vines, castles and hilltop villages. Patrick very kindly made a reservation for dinner for us at a local osteria and we had magical birthday dinner. Liam was very upset that we weren't going back again tonight!! Today we took a drive to Barolo and tasted some wine at their Enoteca - it was a great setup, but geez it's pretty pricey wine....we had a stunning lunch at a little osteria and spent ...
... hard and how much love Italians put into their work. It will be a satisfying experience to learn what they know and feel how they feel about what they do, such as make good wine and food. I want to stay with family on a winery for my duration over there. This way I can learn their culture and their sense of family. Maybe, I will learn to speak some Italiana. Haha.
From Pavia, we headed to Asti, Originally we were heading for a Vin Yard with the ability for an overnight stop with facilities (from our camperdstop book), sadly we got there and there was nothing so headed for our alternative Campeggio Cagnidi Asti - It was a predominately permanent vans but with a few touring pitches.
We didn't actually do anything here so nothing to report - Just a pin in the map.
When we first arrived in Asti it was around 8.30 at night and we were welcomed with drinks and snacks by just about the entire family into a lovely little hotel, it was very sweet. Our first thoughts about Asti itself were, what the heck are we doing here? The town is small and there is not a lot to do there. Well after some much needed sleep, the next day answered that question with great gusto! We took a short bus ride up to the vineyards and began ...
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La persistenza dell'incanto
Sappiatelo: dormire almeno una notte al Castello di Sinio Ŕ un'esperienza che renderÓ pi¨ difficile il vostro soggiorno in qualsiasi altro posto ed inevitabile il confronto con questo luogo che non ha pari. Impossibile descrivere la professionalitÓ e la cordialitÓ di Denise e James, e addirittura impareggiabili le raffinate prelibatezze preparate da Denise. Per chi vuole ridestare l'incanto dei sensi.
Yes I love being able to say that we got to spend 2 nights in a 1,000 year old castle... But what we really loved--well, where do I start...
Our favorite place ever - an INCREDIBLE value - better than renting or farmhouses!
We have stayed at this fantastic place twice in the last few months whilst on business trips in Alba during December 2005 and January 2006. The owners, Denise and James, really looked after us during our stay, making us feel very welcome and offering their expertise on Italy and the local area.
If you're after a fantastic 4-star boutique hotel in Piemonte this is it! The hotel itself is located about 20km outside of Alba in the small hilltop village of Sinio, and is a beautifully renovated ancient castle. Our room had a mezzanine 'princess' bedroom for our 5yo daughter Emily, & she loved it!
If you love the beautiful Northern Italian countryside, the best barolos, barbarescos, nebbiolos, barberas, dolcettos, wondrous foods, suberb hospitality, sleeping on the finest linens at a very reasonable fee, then Hotel Castello di Sinio is the place to spend 14 very memorable days. In October of 2005 we had reservations for four nights at this newly restored 12th century castle. After the first night there we changed it to eight nights. The castle is wondrous and the owners and staff are the best! The proprietors, Denise and Giacomo, are experts in arranging for visits to the finest wineries (cantine) and osterias and trattorias in the area. Every day we were there they sent us off on a wonderful day trip and greeted us when we came home with a glass of barolo or prosecco. The breakfasts consist of the finest local meats and cheeses, homemade granola, fruits, breads and something special for the day. You are always offered your favorite morning beverage...cappucino, espresso, cafe Americano, tea, grappa...(ok, we usually had late nights). The rooms are delightful and spacious. If you have a chance, have dinner prepared by Denise and Shira...a culinary experience only found at the world's fanciest hotels and restaurants. The Hotel Castello di Sinio is surrounded by famous hilltop towns like La Morra, Barolo, Cherasco, Monforte, Barbaresco, Treiso and is a short drive into Alba for the annual truffle festival. Staying there is like staying at the finest Inn anywhere owned by your best friends, Giacomo and Denise. We have designated The Hotel Castello di Sinio as our annual meeting place for our business. Make your reservation today...it truly is an authentic taste of Italian country.
A delight for the senses
The Hotel is amazing in every way! The recent restoration of this 1142AD Castle is truly 5 star. Denise and Jay have put together a Hotel/touring/wine tasting package that no one can beat in the region. They are very educated about the area, the history, the people, the wines and more. The gastonomical explosion of culinary delights and their cooking school, makes it all a sensory ten!!!! We will be going back with friends!! Peg and Mark Adams, Walnut Creek, California
Hotel Castello di Sinio is the best!!
There could be no better gateway to Piedmont than the Castello di Sinio! The castle staff (who almost all spoke English--what a relief!) really made our first visit to Piedmont an experience to be savoured for years to come. Treating us to glasses of wine and tidbits of knowledge whenever we returned from outings--they have really combined the best of American spirit and Italian beauty. Enjoyed dining in the castle's restaurant and relaxing in the cozy, peaceful atmosphere in the castle (which happens to be beautifully decorated). I've included pictures to convince you to check it out. We are looking forward to returning in the future and recommend to anybody thinking about travelling in Italy (especially our fellow tripadvisor members) that you stay at the castlello di Sinio!
it is hard to explain how incredible this place is!
luxury but friendly, intimate and fascinating.
We were there for a weekend for the "fiera del tartufo" (truffle fair) in alba and we were surprised to discover this amazing place.
Jack and Denise are very friendly and make you staying like at your home...
don't esitate, go there if you wanna be in a fairy tale...
Unfortunately we couldn't eat there but the restaurant too sounds wonderful...
thanks to tripadvisor to send me there.......I will be back soon