Zanele Kumalo

Nordelaia

  • Where:
  • Why:A mid-work trip break and retreat away from the city
  • When:November 2022
  • Who:Me and art fair travel partner MJ

"A luxe restoration in heritage Italian wine country"

AT A GLANCE: There’s no real need to leave this mesmerizing estate on the foothills of the UNESCO Heritage Monferrato Winelands except to discover the small castled town of Cremolino across the valley on a private footpath by bike or foot. The spa, yoga room, pools, gym, and restaurants, which offer informal and fine dining, focus on Piedmontese ingredients, traditions, and stories of the region with wines to match and provide a warm cozy bubble away from home, perfect for a romantic getaway or a solo trip.

 

 

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Nordelaia Much needed break after a week at Artissima

Much needed break after a week at Artissima

Nordelaia The summer pool with the vineyard below where the grapes for the house Calligram are harvested

The summer pool with the vineyard below where the grapes for the house Calligram are harvested

Nordelaia The wooden handcrafted exercise machines in the gym with a view

The wooden handcrafted exercise machines in the gym with a view

Nordelaia Reception with honesty bar and game room

Reception with honesty bar and game room

Nordelaia Three-level eatery with bistro, bar lounge and, fine dining restaurant

Three-level eatery with bistro, bar lounge and, fine dining restaurant

Nordelaia Our Foresta room

Our Foresta room

Nordelaia Reception that immediately helps you exhale

Reception that immediately helps you exhale

Nordelaia In transit

In transit

Nordelaia Welcome pockets of surprise before each dinner

Welcome pockets of surprise before each dinner

Nordelaia Where we enjoyed our meals

Where we enjoyed our meals

Nordelaia I enjoyed a relaxing chamomile tea after an Ayurvedic massage

I enjoyed a relaxing chamomile tea after an Ayurvedic massage

Nordelaia Kneipp basins with steam room and sauna (not pictured)

Kneipp basins with steam room and sauna (not pictured)

Nordelaia Views from the hotel of the small castled town of Cremolino

Views from the hotel of the small castled town of Cremolino

Nordelaia There is so much room at this luxury inn

There is so much room at this luxury inn

Highs & Lows

  • The beds. The beds. The beds. Cocomat mattresses, pillows, and duvets create a cocoon, and the linen is sublime to help cradle you into the best sleep

  • There are so many opportunities to shed your tired skin and reconnect with nature at the 800-year-old rustic estate — the views of the vineyard, Kneipp basins, farm-to-table fare, and massages that knead out all the knots in your body

  • All the Italian touches immerse you in the part of the hotel's story — Alessi kettles, made-in-Italy cutlery supports, luxury organic skincare by Comfort Zone

  • No TVs and carefully placed mirrors so you can leave the city, and its pressures behind

  • We were in the Foresta room, and two floors up, it felt like we had the best view of the gardens, pool, and Cremolino's castle

  • There are two steps down from the bedroom to the lounge and bathroom, which can be tricky in the dark. We had to keep lights on, so we didn't trip

Nordelaia Kneipp basins with steam room and sauna (not pictured)

The Barometer

  • Design
  • Location
  • Future Forward
  • Night's Sleep
  • Service
  • Amenities
  • Takeable Treats
  • Refer a Friend
  • Overall Value
  • Life Changing
Total: 49/50
Nordelaia Views from the hotel of the small castled town of Cremolino

Important Bits

  • Type

    Farmhouse Hotel

  • Vibe

    A tranquil escapist's bucolic haven where every detail has been designed to restore you to your factory settings

  • Location

    Charmingly off the grid but plugged into all the hottest but also meaningful wellness and food trends and a relaxed private walk to the castle-topped Cremolino town

  • Rooms

    None of the twelve individually designed rooms and suites look the same, so pick one to match your mood

  • Pre-Arrival & Arrival Experience

    Katie sent a simple pre-arrival itinerary and arranged a luxury scenic transfer from the closest train station for us. Then, by the time we had a quick tour of the hotel and easy check-in, we arrived relaxed and ready to unpack our stress. From browsing the website to enjoying an espresso while you get checked in, you're immediately disarmed by all the seeming effortlessness

  • Future Forward

    Chefs led by Michelin-star Andrea Ribaldone cook what they grow onsite and design the menu around what is available seasonally and sourced from local suppliers. The only plastic I noticed was in the reusable packaging for the bathroom goodies and a carbon-neutral takeaway container for a dish we didn't want to leave behind from lunch

  • Music

    As a music selector and sometime DJ, I paid close attention to the playlists in the restaurants, which featured sexy and soothing lounge tracks and added the perfect sonic seasoning to each meal

  • Year Opened

    2022

  • Designed By

    London-based These White Walls, a multi award-winning studio founded by Rose Murray

  • Health & Wellness

    The spa with wet and dry rooms is a big highlight, with a heated outdoor lap pool, another large outdoor summer pool, a NOHrd equipped gym plus yoga and meditation studio with wooden, handcrafted machines that look really good

  • Food

    Choose from menus at the bistro, lounge bar and, fine dining restaurant that will help you understand the traditions of the UNESCO heritage area

  • Bar, Events & Nightlife

    Ask about their in-house cooking classes, autumnal truffle hunting, wine tastings and tours of beer brewers and grappa makers

  • Minibar & Retail

    An in-room minibar and honesty bar at the reception will make any midnight snacker happy. You can shop everything from the spa to your bathroom. The wines produced at the estate make the perfect gift to share with loved ones

  • Accessibility

    Three levels of restaurants are wheelchair-friendly, along with the garden level rooms

  • Pet Friendly

    Pets are welcome in the pet-friendly garden rooms

  • Children

    Children of all ages can be accommodated and catered for

  • Price

    The price tag matches the stylish comforts

  • Tel.

    +39 014 303 8045

  • Website

    Visit website

Nordelaia

Nordelaia

Via Piazze, 14, 15010 Cremolino, AL, Italy

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Cremolino Castle

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Casa Wallace

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In the Area

Hotel Location Via Piazze, 14, 15010 Cremolino, AL, Italy

Nordelaia crowns the foothills of the UNESCO Heritage Monferrato Winelands and has great views of the town of Cremolino across it. It is an hour's train from Turin then a half an hour transfer from Alessandria city. There's a private pathway to the medieval town and many hiking and biking routes you can explore in the area.

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