Piedmont

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Locanda del Conte

Address: Via IV Novembre 21

Neighborhood: Grinzane Cavour

City: Grinzane Cavour

Phone: 011-39-173-231909

Website: www.cantinadelconte.it

Expert Review

This tiny bed-and-breakfast run by Sergio Pelissero and his family in the shadow of Grinzane Cavour's imposing castle (now a restaurant and wine emporium) is just as lovely and atmospheric. Elegantly furnished in Piemontese Novecento style, its highlights include an underground breakfast room with dramatic brick arches, vaulted ceilings, and even an escape passage from the days of sieges and such; across from it is a wine cellar where the Pelisseros sell local products and offer tastings of their fine Barolos and other wines. The rooms are few (two doubles, an apartment, and a suite) but choice, with terracotta-tiled floors, wrought-iron beds, elegant striped upholstery, and old-fashioned pieces such as mirrored vanities and glass-fronted armoires. We especially love the suite, built into the apse of an old chapel attached to the house and boasting an impressive chandelier and steps leading up to a curtain-draped canopy bed right where the altar used to stand.

Tags: romance | budget | historic | great value | winery

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