Relais Sant Uffizio, Asti
Formerly a 16th century Benedictine monastery, this elegant retreat sits amongst extensive parkland with ancient trees and vineyards. Tennis, golf and yoga are all on offer and anyone with an interest in food and wine will find plenty to do, but it is the sense of peace and tranquillity that is the biggest attraction.
Outside, an outdoor pool and synthetic grass tennis court are set amongst beautifully landscaped gardens with chestnut trees and wisteria looking out over vineyard-carpeted hillsides.
Bedrooms and suites
The original hotel has 41 rooms, including attic rooms (formerly the monks’ bedrooms), family suites, Junior Suites, Suites and garden rooms that overlook the outdoor pool. Bedrooms are furnished with antique wooden furniture, wrought iron headboards and, in some cases, 19th century frescoes. A further 13 new rooms are housed in Le Scuderie del Sant’Uffizio which has its own private terrace with views over the hills.
Food and wine
Food and wine is a major attraction in this part of Italy. This is the land of Barolo, Barbaresco and Asti Spumante and the Relais is surrounded by six hectares of vineyards which yield a personalised Barbera del Sant’Uffizio and Chardonnay del Sant’Uffizio.
The Piedmont region, and particularly the area around Alba, is renowned for the famous white truffle and truffle hunts, cooking classes and wine tastings are all available at the Relais. Dinner in the restaurant features truffles and other local seasonal produce.
Breakfast is taken in the Limonaia room or on the patio and there is a lounge and pool bar for lunches and drinks.
The hotel’s spa - a sauna, steam bath, Mediterranean bath and ice cascade - has a wonderful setting, looking out over the park and vineyards. Massages and treatments can be pre-booked.
The hotel is in a fairly secluded location in Cioccaro di Penango, a tiny village nestled in the hills of Monferrato, around 80km to the east of Turin.
Aside from its reputation for producing sparkling Asti Spumante, the town of Asti (18kms) is one of Piedmont’s leading art cities, boasting palazzi, towers and ancient churches, in addition to a stunning Gothic cathedral. This is the birthplace of the 18th century poet and dramatist, Vittorio Alfieri, who lends his name to the triangular shaped Piazza Alfieri, the site of the town’s Palio horse race in September. Another major autumn event in Asti is the Festival delle Sagre which transforms Asti into the biggest open-air restaurant in Italy and is a must for any food lover.
The surrounding countryside is characterised by vineyard-covered hills where wine-tastings can be organised at wineries and farms, and wine routes followed on foot or by bike.
For many, Alba (50km) to the south is the undisputed gourmet capital of Piedmont. In the heart of the Langhe region, this beautifully preserved medieval town is well worth a visit, not least for its white truffle and chocolates – this is where Ferrero Rocher, Nutella and Gianduia all come from.
There are two local golf courses, Margara Golf Club (23km) and Golf Club Feudo d’Asti (21km).
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|Golf Club Feudo d’Asti
Margara Golf Club
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