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The Langhe: where to stay

The Langhe: where to stay

Georges Rouzeau - 2009-12-24

The Langhe, a hilly region where the eye roams from vineyard to castle with the Alps as a backdrop, is an ideal place for a holiday – peaceful and relaxing. We have selected for you four charming bed & breakfast type places to stay, offering very good value for money (between around €60 and €100).

La Morra
Bricco Dei Cogni
This country house set amidst vines is a truly friendly place to stay. Moreover, from its balcony one enjoys a panoramic view of the best parcels of Barolo. In clear weather, the haughty Matterhorn can be seen in the distance.
The place is less than ten minutes from Bra and Pollenzo and the setting is particularly warm, boasting spacious rooms decorated with old furniture chosen with taste. As for Mr Livio, the owner, he is a charming ambassador of Barolo wine and offers a glass of it to his guests on their return each evening. We don’t know of any better welcome! With rare kindness, he will point out the best winegrowers (with a predilection for the small producers), the good restaurants and the walks not to be missed. Come back in summer – there’s a swimming pool.
Rocche Costamagna art suites
Since 1841, Alessandro Locatelli’s family has been working 15 hectares (37 acres) right in the heart of Barolo country. Recently, their winegrowing business has also started to offer four superb rooms (some of them with a view of the vineyard) with blond wood parquet and beige and brown Florentine rendering. Pictorial works by Alessandro’s mother, Claudia Ferraresi, adorn the rooms and the whole house.
But Rocche Costamagna is much more than a bed and breakfast. This place, which has a wine and food library of 3,000 works, organises a renowned gourmet book fair every year and awards a prize for the best gastronomic work. Wine tastings of home-grown wines (Arneis, Dolcetto d’Alba, Barbera d’Alba, Nebbiolo and Barolo) are followed by taste education seminars or readings of the best pages of gastronomic literature. Although in Tuscany wine has been sold directly to visitors for a long time, this practice is only just beginning in the Langhe. The wine cellar of Rocche Costamagna is one of the first to start doing this, and very successfully too!
Tara the American and Sergio the Italian have transformed a complex of decrepit apartments into a sumptuous bed & breakfast. Glass, undressed wood and rendering, but also columns and semicircular arches: minimalism now vies with the rediscovered space of a Renaissance house, which has long remained hidden.
The rooms (including four suites) are vast and the decor beautifully spartan. This place is right at the heart of the main street of La Morra, two minutes’ walk from the top of the village, from where you can enjoy a superb view of the Langhe.
L’Ombra della Collina
This 19th century manor house, set back at the bottom of a garden in a little pedestrian street in Bra, offers spacious, well-kept rooms decorated in traditional style.
It takes its name from the eponymous novel by a writer from the Langhe, Giovanni Arpino (a contemporary of Pavese), whose 80th birthday will be celebrated in May 2007.
This bed & breakfast has the distinctive feature of a veritable toy museum, with a collection patiently put together by the father of the current owner, an antique dealer. Of particular note are a 17th century snakes and ladders (pilgrim’s game in Italian) and a German clockwork merry-go-round from 1860.
Address book
Bricco Dei Cogni
Loc. 39 – Fraz. Rivalta, 12064 La Morra.
Tel: +39 0173 509832
Fax: +39 0173 500014
Rocche Costamagna art suites
Via Vittorio Emanuele, 6. La Morra.
Tel: + 39 0173 50 92 25
Via Umberto I, La Morra.
Tel: +039 0173 50154
Fax: +39 328 911 4292
L’Ombra della Collina
Via Mendicità, 47, Bra.
Tel: +39 0172 44884
Fax: +39 328 0172 4484

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