Castello di Montaldo ****
Built before 1100 and intended to be a Bishop’s residence, before undergoing a series of long and accurate works to transform it into a luxuryhotel, Castello di Montaldo was inhabited by various noble families from the area and it has been the property of the Jesuits and the Barnabites. Sitting in a beautiful location - on a hill that from Chieri leads to Castiglione and Gassino - and being just a few kilometres from Turin and Asti, Castello di Montaldo Soul Farm Hotel boasts 20 deluxe rooms and 19 suites which have been designed in a way that balances old-fashioned style with contemporary design. What is more, the property features a large area dedicated to well-being, with a swimming pool with hydromassage and water features, and a congress centre with 10 well equipped rooms that can hold up to 400 people. What is more, the congress centre can be used for organising and holding wedding receptions, whether they are religious ceremonies, which can be held in the church next to the castle, or civil ceremonies, which can be carried out in the gardens or in one of the property’s rooms.
The health farm at Castello di Montaldo Soul Farm Hotel is called ‘Om Spa’ and it has a hydromassage pool with water features, waterfalls, a sauna, steam baths, mutli-sensory showers, a Kneipp circuit , themed relaxation rooms, a gym, massage beds and, in the summertime, a solarium. Some of the more exclusive treatments include ‘droparomatherapy’, a multi-sensory essential oils programme using 9 oils in a special sequence, exfoliating body masks with honey, 24 carat gold, frankincense, rose petals, poppy seeds, almonds, lavender, sea salt from the Atlantic ocean and rose oil. There is also a vast range of hammam rituals, aesthetic treatments for the face and specifically for and mud treatments for the body.
The 39 rooms at Castello di Montaldo Soul Farm Hotel are divided into the following categories: classic modern rooms, classic rooms , superior rooms, prestige suites, junior suites and the exclusive romantic, corner, master and royal suites. Every room has a flat screen television, mini bar, safe box, hairdryer, amenities for the bathroom and an internet connection.
Castello di Montaldo Soul Farm Hotel has two restaurants, the more formal ‘Du Chateau’, and the less formal ‘Crotin’. The Du Chateau is located in the old refectory, which was once the summertime home of the Royal College of Barnabite Fathers and where the likes of Saint John Bosco studied. This restaurant can hold up to 180 people and it proposes international and local dishes with an innovative edge, and a wine cellar that boasts some of the most prestigious bottles from the Piedmont wine scene.
The ‘Crotin’ takes its name from a Piedmontese saying which translates to ‘little cellar’, and the castle’s park can be accessed from here. It can seat up to 60 people and the cuisine offered is mainly Piedmontese, which is served in a highly informal setting.
Some of the hotel’s services and facilities:
The location of the hotel allows guests to reach Turin by car in just a few minutes, which is rich in very interesting museums, like the Egyptian Museum, the Museum of Cinema in the Mole Antonelliana and the Royal Armoury, as well as historic buildings like Palazzo Carignano, Palazzo Madama, Palazzo Reale, the Castle of Valentino and Venaria Reale.
Nature tourism is also very popular in this area: bike or walking excursions can be done in the nearby Parco della Colline della Superga and, in this same area, you can find Pino Torinese which is home to the Observatory of Turin, which is one of the most modern in Europe. However, this is not all: the whole area of Chieri is rich in nature, handcraft, historic, artistic and cultural attractions, and some other very interesting places to visit nearby include Castelnuovo Don Bosco, the birthplace of St. John Bosco, and the Abbey of Santa Maria di Vezzolano.
A visit to Asti, which is close by, is also worthwhile as it has beautiful 18th Century buildings and a historic town centre that has preserved the characteristics of the old communes.
Close to the motorway
Number of rooms accessible for persons with disabilities : 3
Number of smoking rooms : 1
Wireless internet access
Restaurants in the vicinity
Indoor swimming pool
Heated swimming pool
Free car parking