La Villa Hotel
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Finally a day that did not involve a drive in to Turin, yippee!! With the World Masters now behind us it was time to relax and take in the Piemonte Region and all it has to offer. We both set our alarms for 6am so we could bid farewell to Kate and Sal before Maddy drove them to the train station. Back to bed for a couple of hours before rising …
Another early start as we all needed to be at race centre by 7.45, so up at 5.50 for a quick brekky in the kitchen, then off to Turin, again!
No need for the GPS!
We got there by 7.40 and headed to the registration centre to find out where the timing devises were.
Stupidly we asked an official, who had no idea. Then we …
Another slow start to the day courtesy of Kate and I resting before the big race tomorrow. A lazy breakfast in the gardens followed by some relaxation before taking part in a 2 hour cooking class at the Villa we are staying in. Charlie, who is our chef, took us through the art of making Pasta, Pesto and Gnocchi. It's amazing how easy it is to make …
As the girls ventured out for their daily exercise, Hugh and I took advantage of another sleep in. I'm saving my legs for the run on Sunday, whilst Kate is tapering off. A quick brekky with the girls in the garden then off to Turin to register for our 10km run on Sunday. An hour and half later we arrived at a retail foodie place called Eataly, …
Once again, no sleep in as its once more around the Monterosso block for another run. Not as hot as the last time, but still a sweatfest. We all met for brekky, then down to our favourite coffee place. The main reason it's our fav is 'cos Sal & Katie have found a bucket of weak coffee they like. Who would have thought, in the home of coffee, …
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Historical Traveler Reviews La Villa Hotel Mombaruzzo
Soothing and special
The delight in staying at La Villa begins on the beautiful drive there through peaceful rolling vineyards. The hotel looks absolutely stunning in the pink hues of the setting sun. The rooms are absolutely gorgeous, each distinctive and tasteful, and all very romantic. We particularly loved the view from our balcony, a great site for monring yoga. When we visited the pool was just going in. This addition should add to the pleasures. The owners complete the picture--friendly, offering wine on arrival and warm hugs on departure.
Our only problem is that we did not plan to stay long enough!
La Villa- All Superlatives Apply
Our visit to Piemonte and stay at La Villa far, far, far exceeded our expectations. Architecturally, La Villa has achieved that beautiful balance between keeping true to its roots, while blending in modern features that are pleasing and comfortable. The additional features being built are promising; namely, a perfectly positioned pool and some landscaping enhancements. The rooms are impeccably and tastefully appointed. Their web site, quite honestly, does not do it justice.
But, the best part of La Villa is the unparalelled service and attention you get from Chris and Nicola. They will make your stay like no other. They go way, way, way, above and beyond the call of duty to make your visit memorable. Their services range from getting you just the right grappa, to scoring reservations at superb restaurants. My husband and I travel extensively, and can assure that we've rarely experienced this level of service.
I'll stop before this starts to sound too much like an ad or fabricated review. Suffice it to say that a trip to the Piemonte region with a stay La Villa will be the highlight of any holiday, especially for food and wine lovers.
What a fantastic place to get away from a hectic lifestyle back home. Didn't want to leave and can't wait for our next visit.
Wines, wanderings and rest
La Villa is Piedmonte perfection! Tucked away in the wine hills, La Villa encapsulates what the region is all about - food, wine, scenery and people who cherish it.
Chris, Nicola and their two children welcomed us with warm enthusiam and invitations to tour their lovely villa. Every room is beautifully restored with local and international touches of simple elegance. But this isn't a stuffy hotel. This is where you want to come to breathe, laugh and take in all the pleasures of the good life - in our case that's wine, food and some hillside festivals where you can walk it all off. Our favorite was a wine and food festival in Collosos held in October. Chris and Nicola will delight in sharing their excellant knowledge of the local fun and frolicking and their personal favorites in the area.
Believe it when you read this and the other reviews, La Villa is simple super!
Our stay was truly magnificent.
It is a great location with plenty of sun and activities.
A great place to stay and discover the real italian culture.
I particularly enjoyed the local wine tasting tours.
Excellent local restaurnats and attractions all with a luxury hotel to get back and relax.
Highly recommend La Villa !
Grappa, Grapes and Gourmet Food!
From the first contact the level of friendliness was fantastic and the service whilst there was brilliant. La Villa Hotel is ideally located, with stunning views of the surrounding countryside. Spending the sunset drinking a glass of Muscato di Asti is also something to be done. (see photo)
The rooms of the hotel have been really well thought out and are to a high standard, extremly clean and well presented. The attention to detail is fantastic and having spent most of my working life in hotels of various types this is one of the best.
The area has something for everyone: Great wine, Great food, lots of history and great walks to burn off all that food!
We drove to Grinzane Cavour a stunning castle located on a hill (see photo) which is a must for all food lovers, remember to book in advance. Then an hours drive and we were in the beautiful city of Turin, where there is definately no "shrouding" its beauty, then returning to the peace and tranquility of La Villa Hotel.
The towns of Asti and Aqua Terme are also well worth a vistit.
Both Chris and Nicola have a great knowledge of the area and are only too willing and able to give great advice.
If you want a get away from it all break in the midst of fine wine then this is it.
The rooms are all individually furnished. We stayed in the Morocco Suite with a Patio and delightful views over rolling hills. The standard of accommodation was particularly high.
The place is really peaceful and quiet
I was also suprised at how much there is to see and do in the local area. We had the children with us for a half term break and they want to go back....We will...!!
A Vintage Piedmont Experience
How often do you walk into into a hotel room to find the sun pouring through exquisite silk drapes, fresh flowers on the coffee table and not one but five bottles of fabulous wine sitting in the mini-bar? This is exactly what we experienced when we first arrived at La Villa. Although just putting the finishing touches on a loving restoration of the 17th century palazzo, Chris and Nicola still made us feel like we were the only guests in the place. Every morning started with delicious breads, pastries, juices and those incredible Piemontese cheeses, as well as Chris's wealth of information about what to do, where to go and how to get there. Lunches and dinners out were arranged well beforehand...and La Villa's recommendations were perfect for a couple of diehard foodies. Nicola, who is a wine master, guided us through some of the Piedmont's best wineries. She even took us on a truffle hunt at midnight - alas, no truffles but an awful lot of laughs. But perhaps the best times at La Villa were relaxing with Chris and Nicola on the roof balcony with a couple of glasses of wine, watching the sun go down over hectares of vineyards and recounting the day's events. Don't miss La Villa - it is comfort for the soul.
La Villa Dolce Vita
We only stayed at La Villa for two nights but we can't wait to go back again, from the moment we arrived we felt completely at home, in fact by the end of our stay it felt like we had spent a very enjoyable weekend with old friends. Chris and Nicloa have done wonders with the building and we were fascinated by the story of how they renovated the Villa, the rooms are furnished to an excellent luxurious standard with beautiful bed linens and antiques, our bathroom was enormous with a roll top bath and a very unusual copper basin, each room has a theme, we stayed in the Moroccan room which led out to a large terrace, perfect for an Al Fresco breakfast, with breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. Although our visit was in March the weather could not have been better, beautiful sunshine and T-shirt temperatures. Chris and Nicola had obviously researched their area in great detail and were able to advise us of local attractions and places to visit, including tried and trusted restaurants. This area is a wine lovers paradise and our hosts organised a wine tasting on one of the nights of our stay which included a delicious dinner cooked by Nicola. We can wholeheartedly recommend La Villa as a wonderful relaxing place to stay for those who enjoy the good things in life.
We didn't want to leave.
La Villa provides superb accommodation, a great location, excellent access to Piedmont, yet best of all great company. The Norton's are welcoming and fun, thoroughly passionate about Piedmont and happy to guide you about the area.
The rooms are luxurious and refurbished with an eye for detail. La Villa is has been wonderfully redone. Be sure to enjoy the panoramic views from the roof deck.
The area is very rural - access to restaurants and other facilities requires a vehicle but the reward is a peaceful stay. Good wineries are nearby. Walking, horse-riding and cycling options are easily available.
Road and rail (from nearby Nizza) give quick access to Asti, Alba, and many other small towns with endless festivals - we recommend the porcini and truffle events! Turin and Milan can be reached in about 90 minutes for an urban fix.
And on top of all this, there's Chris, Nicky and the girls. By the end of the trip we felt like we were staying with friends and fully intend to visit again.