The Castello di Guarene is situated on the hilltop in the town of Guarene, in the Langhe wine region of the Piedmontese countryside. It offers 15 rooms which reflect the charming style of the original castle, built back in the 18th century.
Stately and sprawling, the Albergo dell’Agenzia Hotel is situated in a neo-Gothic building that was once the royal summer estate of the Savoy family. Conveniently located near the town of Pollenzo, it’s a good base for exploring Piedmont, the area at the heart of the Slow Food movement and the hotel’s restaurant reflects that. The chefs are committed to local and seasonable food, offering traditional interpretations of the regional cuisine. The menu is complimented by an extensive wine list that draws on the Wine Bank, a vast wine cellar that shares the same building complex and offers more than 100,000 bottles. Also in the same complex, you'll find the University of Gastronomic Sciences, a school dedicated to the ideals of the Slow Food movement.
The 46 spacious rooms and suites, which are all named after local wines, feature classic decor with leather furnishings, terracotta floors and coffered ceilings. Guests have access to a grassy courtyard and impressive parkland, as well as a heated outdoor pool during the summer months. There’s also a full-service bar and a wellness area that offers slow beauty treatments.
Please note that there is a local city tax that will need to be paid directly to your hotel for any stay in the Langhe area. This tax is subject to change but is usually around 2 euros per person, per night and will need to be paid on your departure.
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Named after local wines, the 46 rooms and suites at the Albergo dell’Agenzia are all decorated with leather furnishings, terracotta floor and coffered ceilings. The bathrooms are finished with classic white marble. Rooms offer views of either the complex's tiled rooftop or its grassy inner courtyard and all rooms are fully equipped with air conditioning and Wi-Fi connection.
The Albergo dell’Agenzia is located just outside the small town of Pollenzo, near the greater town of Bra, amidst the Langhe hills. You can enjoy the peace and quiet of the countryside, but you're just a short walk to the main town square, where you can find a small selection of restaurants.
Food and drink
All of the menus at the Albergo dell’Agenzia are inspired by the Slow Food movement and chefs here use ingredients from local, sustainable farms to craft authentic dishes that draw on the rich traditions of the Piedmont region. The restaurant is open all year and also offers a list of more than 300 wines drawn from the nearby Wine Bank.
At the elegantly informal bar, you can choose a to sit at one of the large, leather couches under the great brick arches inside, or enjoy the weather on the deck that overlooks the parkland. The menu includes aperitifs, afternoon tea, cocktails and wines chosen by the experts at the Wine Bank.
A generous breakfast buffet is served daily and might include croissants, cakes, jams, fruit, cheese, eggs and cold cuts, as well as celiac-friendly items.
Facilities and activities
The wellness area includes spa treatments, a Jacuzzi, a sauna, a Turkish bath and a gym. You’ll find there is also an outdoor swimming pool, which is heated during the summer months and is surrounded by a lush green yard. There are a number of activities arranged by the Wine Bank — you can find details at reception.
We love the Albergo Dell’Agenzia for its close connection to the Slow Food movement, the immense Wine Bank and its a charming interior courtyard, as well as the surrounding parkland.
Places & hotels on the map
Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
The family owned Grand Hotel Sitea is elegantly furnished from the entrance lobby to the guest rooms. All rooms are spacious and tastefully decorated in a traditional fashion. The hotel is centrally located in the city of Turin, making it a convenient base for exploring the city.
A rural property with an urbane charm, Hotel Vigna Magica is part of a large estate home to a distinguished winery, centuries-old vineyards and a handful of esteemed restaurants. The property is surrounded by vineyards and decorated in a sleek, modern style.
The NH Torino Piazza Carlina offers panoramic views of Turin’s landmarks and rooftops, with 160 modern style rooms designed with hard-wood flooring and neutral furnishings. The interior courtyard offers a space to relax and unwind in the heat of a lively city.
The Relais San Maurizio is a lovely hotel which is located on the hillside of the Langhe region with acres of vineyards surrounding it. The style of the hotel is classic yet elegant and with a touch of traditional characteristics from its 1600s origins.
The Townhouse 70 Hotel in Turin is centrally located in the heart of the city and is a great base for which to explore northern Italy. There are 48 rooms all elegantly finished with modern furnishings.
In the heart of the wine-producing Langhe region of Piedmont, Villa Beccaris is a hilltop retreat set in large gardens with an outdoor pool. Inside, the property is styled in period fashion with frescoed ceilings, subtle lighting and antique furniture.
With just ten rooms, Villa Tiboldi feels more like a home than a hotel. The property is surrounded by vineyards, guests can visit the owners’ winery, and utterly relax and enjoy the peace and quiet of the Piedmontese countryside.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
On this guided tour, you’ll discover the medieval village of Barolo, renowned for the high quality of its wines. There’s time to stroll its cobbled streets, explore the 11th-century castle and museum, and visit a local vineyard for a wine tasting.
Turin’s wealth of history is unfurled on this half-day walking tour with a private guide, who’ll help you discover its grandest architecture, explain the story of the Shroud of Turin, and offer a deeper insight into the city and its people.