Duchessa Margherita
Vicoforte, Italy
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Boutique Foodie Escape in Italy’s Wine Country

Indulge in a gourmet escape at the boutique Duchessa Margherita in Vicoforte, Italy. Located near Barolo, famous for its truffles, cheese and wine, this peaceful commune in the region of Piedmont is the ideal place for your next foodie adventure. Tantalise the tastebuds with delectable inclusions such as a daily breakfast buffet spread, a regional three-course dinner for two, a wine-tasting experience plus a bottle of local wine on arrival and a gourmet goodie back at check-out, featuring an assortment of Italian delicacies. Buon appetito!

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4 Nights
GOURMET GETAWAY
Bed
Classic Room
  • Inclusions valid for two adults (max. room capacity is two people, please see ‘Fine Print’ for details)
  • Daily breakfast spread
  • One regional three-course dinner for two at a nearby restaurant
  • Wine-tasting experience at a local wine cellar
  • Welcome bottle of wine on arrival
  • Gourmet treats at check-out
  • Access to the hotel's Red Living Room with free bar service, offering a range of complimentary liquors
  • Daily afternoon tea in the Tea Room, with a variety of teas and pastries

4 Nights
VIP ROMANCE
Bed
Romantic Deluxe Room
  • Inclusions valid for two adults (max. room capacity is two adults and one infant, please see ‘Fine Print’ for details)
  • An upgraded boutique room, offering more space and some of the hotel’s finest furnishings and views
  • Daily breakfast spread
  • One regional three-course dinner for two at a nearby restaurant
  • Wine-tasting experience at a local wine cellar
  • Welcome bottle of wine on arrival
  • Gourmet treats at check-out
  • Access to the hotel's Red Living Room with free bar service, offering a range of complimentary liquors
  • Daily afternoon tea in the Tea Room, with a variety of teas and pastries

5 Nights
GOURMET GETAWAY
Bed
Classic Room
  • Inclusions valid for two adults (max. room capacity is two people, please see ‘Fine Print’ for details)
  • Daily breakfast spread
  • One regional three-course dinner for two at a nearby restaurant
  • Wine-tasting experience at a local wine cellar
  • Welcome bottle of wine on arrival
  • Gourmet treats at check-out
  • Access to the hotel's Red Living Room with free bar service, offering a range of complimentary liquors
  • Daily afternoon tea in the Tea Room, with a variety of teas and pastries

5 Nights
VIP ROMANCE
Bed
Romantic Deluxe Room
  • Inclusions valid for two adults (max. room capacity is two adults and one infant, please see ‘Fine Print’ for details)
  • An upgraded boutique room, offering more space and some of the hotel’s finest furnishings and views
  • Daily breakfast spread
  • One regional three-course dinner for two at a nearby restaurant
  • Wine-tasting experience at a local wine cellar
  • Welcome bottle of wine on arrival
  • Gourmet treats at check-out
  • Access to the hotel's Red Living Room with free bar service, offering a range of complimentary liquors
  • Daily afternoon tea in the Tea Room, with a variety of teas and pastries

7 Nights
GOURMET GETAWAY
Bed
Classic Room
  • Inclusions valid for two adults (max. room capacity is two people, please see ‘Fine Print’ for details)
  • A ticket to the Magnificat experience for two, allowing access to the famous Vicoforte church dome
  • Daily breakfast spread
  • One regional three-course dinner for two at a nearby restaurant
  • Wine-tasting experience at a local wine cellar
  • Welcome bottle of wine on arrival
  • Gourmet treats at check-out
  • Access to the hotel's Red Living Room with free bar service, offering a range of complimentary liquors
  • Daily afternoon tea in the Tea Room, with a variety of teas and pastries

7 Nights
VIP ROMANCE
Bed
Romantic Deluxe Room
  • Inclusions valid for two adults (max. room capacity is two adults and one infant, please see ‘Fine Print’ for details)
  • An upgraded boutique room, offering more space and some of the hotel’s finest furnishings and views
  • A ticket to the Magnificat experience for two, allowing access to the famous Vicoforte church dome
  • Daily breakfast spread
  • One regional three-course dinner for two at a nearby restaurant
  • Wine-tasting experience at a local wine cellar
  • Welcome bottle of wine on arrival
  • Gourmet treats at check-out
  • Access to the hotel's Red Living Room with free bar service, offering a range of complimentary liquors
  • Daily afternoon tea in the Tea Room, with a variety of teas and pastries

Savour the delights of Piedmont, famous for its fantastic food and wine regions, and home to some of the most spectacular natural views. With the alps visible in the distance, the lush green rolling hills of the Langhe and an emphasis on delicious local food, Duchessa Margherita is the perfect place to hit reset and get lost in the tastes and tranquility of this peaceful part of Italy.

What You’ll Love…

The Hotel – Boutique luxury, oozing local charm and history

Become a part of history when you stay at the Duchessa Margherita , a boutique property with a fascinating past. This historic building was dedicated to the duchess it’s named after, with each room in the house decorated to reflect a member of the royal family. Entering this unique hotel is like stepping back in time to the Savoy dynasty, with the building lovingly restored in 2009 to its former 19th-century glory and boasting a fabulous array of precious antique furniture and period fireplaces.

The property’s charm extends to the outdoors, with its backdrop of gentle hills and the church square of the Sanctuary of Vicoforte, known for its magnificent elliptical cupola – the largest in the world.

Visit the hotel’s Red Living Room, offering a free bar service to its guests. Sample a selection of liquors and scotch, including Armagnac, whisky, traditional Grappe aged in Barrique, brandy, calvados, sauternes and Barolo Chinato.

Every afternoon you are also invited into the Tea Room, where you’ll find a vast selection of teas and infusions (including Chai, English Breakfast, Rooibos and Sencha) and a rich buffet of traditional pastries to complement them.

The Room – Elegant design and original antiques

Each room at the Duchessa Margherita is completely unique, boasting an individual layout and design. While one room may have a balcony overlooking the hills, another could be fitted with a golden mirror or boast a Louis XVI-style chest of drawers. Your Classic Room will feature original antique touches, wooden floors, a bed with ergonomic mattress, period fireplace and either a shower or hydro massage bath.

Luxury upgrade: Treat yourself and someone special to a Romantic Deluxe room, a larger space with more lavish furnishings and boasting some of the hotel’s most desirable views.

The Food & Wine – A taste of Piedmont

Begin each morning with a generous breakfast spread included in your escape. On offer you’ll find savoury delights such as cheeses, charcuterie, fresh bread and bacon alongside fruit, juices and sweet treats including biscuits, jam, cakes, croissants and doughnuts, plus tea and coffee.

You’ll also enjoy one complimentary three-course dinner for two, allowing you to taste some of the region’s best flavours. Served at Parlapà restaurant, located just 100m from the hotel, you’ll dine on two starters, a first-course of ravioli or handmade pasta, a second course of grilled meat and vegetables and a dessert of bunet, a popular local pudding.

Because no trip to Piedmont would be complete without sampling some local wine, you’ll receive a bottle of either red or white on arrival – best enjoyed with countryside views from the terrace. Also included in your escape is a wine tasting in Farigliano, located a 20-minute drive from the hotel, at the Anna Maria Abbona Wine Cellar. Enjoy a tour with an English-speaking guide here and sample a selection of three wines.

Leave with a taste of Italy thanks to a complimentary gourmet bag on check-out, filled with two types of pasta, one sauce and biscuits.

See & Do – Hire a car and explore the local area

Located just 50m from the hotel is the stunning Vicoforte Shrine, decorated with more than 6,000sqm of frescoes. The ticketed Magnificat experience gives you entry into secured walkways, which lead you all the way to the church’s magnificent dome, where you can enjoy views from 75m off the ground. Upgrade to a seven-night stay and you’ll enjoy included Magnificat tickets for two in your escape.

You’re also just five minutes by car from the town of Mondovi, renowned for its cheese and pasta. Or drive 20 minutes into the lands of Barolo, now a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site, and visit Alba, famous worldwide for its white truffle, the Grinzane Cavour castle and Belvedere viewpoint in La Morra for panoramic countryside vistas.

The Bossea Caves are also located around 20 minutes by car, with guided tours of the spectacular interior available.

If you’re travelling in the winter months (December – February), visit the nearby Mondole mountain resort, a great place for ski and snowboard enthusiasts.

Those happy to incorporate a longer drive into their plans can get to the city of Cuneo in 40 minutes and Turin in 50 minutes, while the Italian Rivera seaside is around 50km away.

Perfect for… Gourmet lovers

Experience the true tastes of Piedmont with this fantastic foodie escape. From an included three-course dinner to a free bar service and daily afternoon tea in the comfort of your boutique hotel, this is pure Italian indulgence.

Valid for travel from 1 December 2018 until 28 December 2019 (bookings must be made before 30 April 2019).

Surcharge: A non-refundable surcharge per room, per night, applies payable directly at time of booking. Dates and prices are identified in the Booking Calendar.

1-28 December 2018

1 September – 28 December 2019

Check Availability: To confirm your dates of stay at purchase, click on 'Check Availability' and select your preferred package. Use the calendar to browse and select available dates. Dates with a surcharge are identified.

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7-Day Change of Mind ‘No Questions Asked’ Refund Guarantee: Things don’t always work out. Our 7-day Change of Mind Guarantee is there to help. Within 7 days of purchase we’ll happily provide a full refund on cancellation of your escape (so long as you don’t have a confirmed booking/stay in the next 14 days).

Feel Like Changing your Dates? No worries…

You can make one (1) change to the date of your booking provided the change is made no less than 45 days before the start of your original booking date and provided you choose dates which are of an equal value and are available. Any change to booking dates is subject to and must be made online in accordance with our Terms and Conditions.

Classic Room – Package valid for two adults

Maximum Room Capacity: The maximum room capacity is two  people. No additional guests are permitted.

Extra Guest Policy: Additional guests are not permitted.

Child Policy: Children are not permitted

Baby Policy: Infants are not permitted

Romantic Deluxe Room – Package valid for two adults

Maximum Room Capacity: The maximum room capacity is two adults and one infant.

Extra Guest Policy: Additional guests are not permitted.

Child Policy: Children are not permitted

Baby Policy: One infant may stay free of charge.A cot is available on request, supplied free of charge.

Connecting rooms  are not available.

Dining inclusions do not include beverages (unless otherwise stated). Menus are subject to change without notice.

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