Laying at the foot of the Alps, on the border of France and Switzerland is the picturesque Italian region of Piedmont. Known for its wineries, slow food, and majestic lakes, Piedmont has been captivating visitors for decades. On our weekend trip to the region, we chose to stay at the beautiful Neo-Gothic Castello dal Pozzo.
Situated on the banks of the spectacular Lake Maggiore, Castello dal Pozzo is a five-star luxury hotel with a storied past. The castle has been in the Dal Pozzo family for six generations, and they have gone to great lengths to turn their beloved home into one of the top destinations in the region. The familial atmosphere and excellent service were evident from the moment we entered the driveway. We were warmly welcomed by the staff, who took our car into the private garage, our bags inside, and gave us a quick tour. They were more than happy to suggest restaurants and bars for us to visit and made the necessary reservations for us to secure tables in the area’s most popular spots.
The luxury residence’s 45 rooms are spread out across the 18th-century palace, the renovated stables, and the castle itself. Original antiques, art, and family heirloom pieces adorn the walls and peek out of corners of the hotel’s hallways, and add to its allure. We stayed in one of the Junior Suites, which had wooden flooring and a living area with a coffee table, armchairs, and work desk. The canopy bed exuded old world charm whilst the marble bathroom with both a bath and stand-alone rain shower was a welcome contemporary touch.
The dining options at Castello dal Pozzo reflect the hotel’s ethos of marrying the traditional with the innovative. Award-winning Le Fief is their signature restaurant with seating in the luxury dining room within the palace and on the Fountain Terrace with views of the castle grounds. Dal Pozzo family favourites feature on the menu such as Piedmontese beef tenderloin wrapped in bacon with foie gras, and a tortino di riso mantecato with saffron and quail. For a more informal meal, the Dan Garden Lounge is hidden in the grottos under the Lake View Terrace, and guests can enjoy barbecue feasts at the lounge twice a week. One of our favourite spots was the bar at Folia Life. Set on a panoramic rooftop terrace, we enjoyed wine, cocktails, and hors d‘oeuvres as we watched the sunset over the outdoor swimming pool.
Phone: +39 0322 53713
Address: Via Visconti, 8, 28040 Oleggio Castello NO, Italy