Standing pretty in Langhe’s undulating hills, Casa di Langa’s sleek, stylish brick walls aren’t to be huffed and puffed at. The best of Piedmont is found here, from the gourmet kitchen to the generous cellar and truffle-rich grounds; a spa and heated pool complete its full house of hedonist pleasures. Rooms take their cues from Italian craftsmanship and a quasi-Scandi aesthetic. Step out onto your private terrace, and let your gaze skim across the vineyards all the way to the Alps.
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A one-hour tour of the hotel's gardens with resident gardener Luigi.
Double rooms from £303.68 (€355), including tax at 22 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €3.50 per person per night on check-out.
Rates usually include a Continental buffet breakfast with local cheeses, salamis and cooked-to-order waffles and eggs, as well as a 50-minute spa session that’s best to book ahead.
Two Classic rooms have been adapted for wheelchair users, who have access to the restaurant thanks to an elevator.
The hotel closes annually at the height of winter, from 15 January to 9 March 2023.
At the hotel
Spa, gym, library, fire pit, charging stations for electric bikes and cars, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: smart TV, minibar stocked with local spirits and wines, kettle, coffee machine, yoga mat, Le Labo bath products.
Our favourite rooms
Italy’s noble materials – oak, leather, terracotta, stone and glass – come together in a subtly Scandinavian decor, which feels right at home in Casa di Langa’s mountain-view rooms. Each has a private balcony or terrace for quiet contemplation, but for a truly cosseting stay opt for the Suite Monviso. With a fireplace, four-poster bed and sprawling terrace, it just calls for a day or three of dolce far niente.
At the foot of the hill, Casa di Langa’s pool has minimalist good looks. It’s heated to a balmy 28 degrees – all the better to take in unobstructed views of the Alps and the castle of Serralunga.
All sharp angles, smooth stone and wood-clad walls, Lelòse Spa & Wellness is a bijou space for facials, scrubs and massages. Treatments use organic Comfort Zone products, concocted in a high-tech open-air lab in the Davines Village a couple of hours away. For a more traditional take on wellbeing, run hot and cold between the sauna, Jacuzzi and ice-water shower; once you’ve soothed any lingering aches and tensions, you’ll be perfectly primed for a private yoga or Pilates class.
Oversized sunnies and a silken head scarf are practically mandatory for whizzing around the countryside on two wheels.
Golf Club Cherasco, a 40-minute drive away, offers a discount for Casa di Langa guests. Forage around Casa di Langa’s organic garden, greenhouse and orchard before trying your hand at a pasta-making class.
Small and medium-sized furry companions can stay for €50 a night, though they’re not allowed in the restaurant. The hotel can provide a pet bed, bowl and biscuits, as well as compostable bags. See more pet-friendly hotels in Piedmont.
Welcome, though this oenophile estate is more suited to grown-ups. Some rooms have sofa beds (€50 a night for under-fours; €70 for four to 12 year-olds, €100 for older children). The hotel can arrange a babysitter with three days’ notice.
Casa di Langa shows genuine care for the environment, mindfully sourcing local materials, produce and products where possible. Its 42 hectares are irrigated exclusively with recycled water, single-use plastics are banned, and solar and geothermal energy keep guests cosy and warm.
On a clear starry night, make your way down to the fire pit and curl up with a post-prandial tipple.
A gossamer cashmere wrap can come in handy for chilly Piedmont nights.
Having trained around Europe, chef Manuel Bouchard brings a youthful energy to Fàula’s gleaming glass-fronted kitchen. Tasting menus change with the seasons, making the most of the Langhe region’s culinary traditions and the chef’s inventive whims: tender fassona beef, local to Piedmont, is cooked in full-bodied Barolo wine; a summer salad is dressed in matcha and wasabi; just outside the restaurant, an expansive herb garden provides flavour as well as inspiration. Linger here an evening or two, if only to make a modest dent in the cellar’s 11,000 bottles. If decision fatigue should strike, opt for something moreish from the hotel’s sister wineries Vietti and Enrico Serafino.
With its brass counter and tall leather stools, Sorì Cocktail Bar brings a touch of Milanese glamour to the Piedmont hills. The menu riffs on classic drinks with locally produced liqueurs and spirits. Try a sparkling Alta Langa spritz – just the thing with some salty anchovies or a ham and raschera cheese toastie on the terrace.
Breakfast is served 7am–10am; lunch 12.30pm–2.30pm; dinner 7.30pm–9.30pm. Sorì stirs cocktails until midnight.
Available 24/7. From 7am to 10am there's a €10 fee (and an extra 20 per cent to be paid on some dishes); from 10am to midnight there's a 20 per cent surcharge on menu prices and from midnight to 7am this goes up to 30 per cent.
An hour’s drive from both the coast and Alpine ski resorts, Casa di Langa makes the most of its prime position in a hamlet between the Barolo, Barbaresco and Alta Langa wine-making regions.
A 90-minute drive away, Turin airport has flights to many European destinations, as does Genoa, a two-hour drive away. International flights from around the world land at Milan Malpensa airport, a two-hour drive away. Private airport transfers for up to two people cost €350 one way (€310 for Genoa airport).
Trenitalia services from Milan and Turin stop at Alba, a 30-minute drive away.
You’ll need your own wheels for truffle-hunting and wine-tasting jaunts around Piedmont’s rolling hills. There’s free valet parking at the hotel.
Hire a Vespa, bicycle or e-bike at the hotel; there’s no better way to tune in to the region’s pottering pace.
Worth getting out of bed for
With its 42 hectares of vineyards, orchards and hazel groves, Casa di Langa packs in much of Piedmont’s charms. Wine-tasting, truffle-hunting with trained Lagotto dogs, guided art tours and even a game of bocce (the Italian take on boules) are all on the cards without needing to leave the estate, though it would be a shame to miss out on feasting, drinking and being merry in one of Italy’s finest gastronomic strongholds. Bring your own wheels – or better yet, hire a Vespa or e-bike – to meander around charming villages and Unesco-protected hills, and leave plenty of space in your suitcase for a bottle or two from its historic vineyards. A hop and a skip away in Barolo and Barbaresco, expert vintners squeeze casks of crimson gold from the Nebbiolo grape. Back at the hotel, work on your pasta-stretching triceps with a cookery class, or give your core a pre-prandial warm-up with a yoga or Pilates session. If that all sounds too much like hard work, the pool and spa will happily embrace those of a more idle disposition.
There’s no shortage of splendid eateries nearby: hit the winding roads in any direction, and you’re bound to stumble upon a tempting trattoria or osteria, many sporting sweeping views. Looking out over the vineyards, Ristoro La Torre and Trattoria Nelle Vigne are two such gems, with menus running the full gamut of Piedmontese delights – fassona tartare, say, or must-have truffle-topped pasta.
Though tranquil Piedmont might be best swerved by party-goers, nearby Alba, a half-hour’s drive away, has a few spots for night owls. Hemingway is the most stylish of the bunch: expect festoon lights, hearty canapés and expertly mixed cocktails until 2am.
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Having laid abandoned on a Piedmontese hillside for 10 years, Casa di Langa has been reborn as a bold, sustainable retreat. That’s not to say it’s turned its back on its roots: inspired by the region’s traditional brick barns, this carmine casa cuts a fine figure amid acres of orchards and vineyards. Rooms put a contemporary spin on rural stylings: expect natural materials – leather, stone and oak – and pared-down lines that wouldn’t feel out of place in Stockholm or Oslo. Sure, there’s a spa, a heated pool, a gourmet restaurant and an expansive cellar showcasing some of Italy’s finest wines, but the real luxury here is that of time. Unplug completely, idle mornings away on your private terrace, linger over tasting menus, take long sips of surprising cocktails, and let the region’s slow, gentle pace lull you to a place of deep serenity.