It's obvious the amount of passion, effort and time that has been put into this fascinating restoration project by the clearly artistic owner Giulio. Those seeking something different, unique even will appreciate the evocative blend of materials used and the moody ambience that prevails, a mix of Dark Ages and post modern romantic Semitism.
Saracca is Monforte's oldest neighbourhood which sits at the top of the town making it a bit difficult to get to up via steep and narrow roads, but we can assure you however, that it is definitely worth the effort. The streets here are narrow and were built in the Middle Ages before there were cars and it seems that only the locals can figure out how to pass through in order to park right by the house. The best option therefore is to leave the car on the main road and walk the last few metres uphill to Le Case Della Saracca.
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There is an entrance on the ground floor to Ca'd Camiot which is a restaurant and café where you can taste traditional cooking at a reasonable price as well as several wines from the area. Many of the local wines are also served by the glass, which is still unusual in Italy. The dining area spreads over several floors which are connected by an interior staircase in steel and glass and a lift. The local hams, salamis and cheeses are stored in cabinets around the restaurant and are displayed in the way that designer clothes and jewellery are, creating an interesting effect!
As highly as we recommend this place to our customers, largely on the basis of its individuality, it is for the same reasons that it is not necessarily suitable for everyone. Since there are many narrow corridors and stairs around the building, it is not suitable for the elderly, disabled or children. We would also advice against it for vertigo suffers as some of the floors and stairs are made out of glass and can seem a long way above the street level.
There are six rooms on site and they are all individually decorated with unusual ideas. In one there is a double bed hanging from the ceiling, and in another there is a very special bathroom which has been dug out of the mountainside with a wall of glass and steel. In another there is a flight of stairs to a small room with a cosy sleeping area. All rooms can be described as generally quite spacious and very cosy. The idea has been to create authentic spaces with a romantic mood ... and for this reason, neither of the rooms have a television. They nevertheless have a small fridge / mini-bar, a kettle and a bathroom with a shower and a hairdryer. The main entrance to the rooms is via a door just a few meters from the Ca'd Camiot, but there is also an interior staircase which you can use. Breakfast is served in a cosy dining room at Ca'd Camiot.
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Accommodation, food, wine and service can be described with two words: MAGICAL AND FANTASTIC. The rooms were absolutely like all Le Casa della Saracca. The food at Giulio was wonderful - and the wine list - I have never seen anything like it! Giulio is an amazing host, who made us feel welcome and we had such a nice time! Aperetivon, who showed up at night for wine, was heavenly. We will travel here multiple times. The surroundings were so beautiful, we never stopped wondering about how beautiful there is in Piemonte.
Different, exciting, fantastic and romantic overnight accommodation :-) Can be highly recommended in Barolo-land
Totally special place, which Guilio had renovated.
Really good service and the instructions for trips including places to eat.
NEEDS to be experienced.