Relais & Chateaux Castello di Guarene
RELAIS & CHÂTEUAX CASTELLO DI GUARENE is an exceptional example of eighteenth-century Italian Baroque art and architecture, built as a summer retreat by the nobleman and amateur architect Carlo Giacinto Roero. In 2011, new owners embarked on a three-year restoration of the original building, grounds, and artwork, and the property once again stands as a model of gracious hospitality as well as a living museum of both its Baroque and Piedmontese heritage. The building’s central hall and fifteen rooms and suites showcase magnificent examples of eighteenth-century furnishings, accessories, and artwork—everything from intricately embroidered upholstery and hand-painted wallpapers to frescoed vaulted ceilings and paintings by master portrait and landscape artists. Guests are also free to explore the library, with its hundreds of vintage volumes, as well as the meticulously preserved gardens, with their hornbeam espaliers, pinnacle shaped yew trees, and colorful flowerbeds arranged in geometric patterns.
The guestrooms, located on the ground and third floors, are elegantly decorated with period furnishings, artwork, and linens, while also featuring modern amenities like marble ensuite bathrooms, LED televisions, safes, mini bars, and wireless internet service. The spa likewise offers the most up-to-date body and beautification treatments, as well as a beauty salon and fitness center. Executive chef Gabriele Boffa leads the hotel’s culinary program, which is based on the age-old gastronomic traditions of the region coupled with carefully selected natural ingredients applied in creative ways. The end result is that every dish prepared at Castello di Guarene is not just “well-bred” in the aristocratic sense, it also contains the essence of the land it came from. And the land is important to Boffa, who was born in Rica, very close to Guarene. Whenever Boffa is asked if his cuisine is Piedmontese, Italian, French, or international, he replies, “It’s just good cuisine.”