A lovely place to stay as a family or with friends, you will want to move in! This is the kind of B&B that makes you want to give up hotels.
The family are helpful, delightful, generous without being intrusive. The house and grounds are large enough for everyone to feel comfortable and you can mingle or find some peaceful space of your own. The gardens are VERY beautiful. Superb trees, lovely views under blue sky or with the mist on the valley, a graceful curving drive that is largely obscured by the trees, hedges so that as you approach the house the villa reveals itself to you. It is a graceful building in the Prealps classic style. Furnishings are interesting as the brothers of the family restore antiques. Memorabilia from their travels also decorates the living areas including wonderful photographs from the Himalaya and India.
We drove here via Switzerland/France/Germany via Aosta. The beauty of the area on approach was outstanding.
We took three rooms. With our two children we had what felt like a private apartment as the rooms and ensuite shower room open onto an independent hall with charming folding wooden doors. With young children (9 & 11) this was a bonus as we had our privacy but also the children had access to us and we could supervise their showers etc. our dog was very happy sleeping on her mat in the little hall.
Our friends had a double room upstairs which they loved. A lovely staircase leading to a charming double room with a pretty view. The rooms have lovely decor that compliments the building and its surrounds. The is plenty of cupboard and storage which was good as we stayed a few days. The beds are comfortable. Wifi was fast though in some areas of the bedroom it faded somewhat as is to be expected in older buildings with solid walls. The house is peaceful and the bird song in the morning is lovely to wake to. The windows are solid and the are shutters that you can lower to sleep in.
Breakfast was very nice with espresso coffee to order from our lovely host, Gaetano. Ham or prosciutto, local cheese, jam, delicious honey (also local), pastries and bread, orange juice, tea, yoghurt, Nutella, fruit. You are not abandoned at breakfast. Your host and his mother are on hand to see that you have what you need.
For an overnight in the area or a few days we would recommend this B&B and area. There are beautiful, well preserved towns in the area to explore on foot including Candelo (Pollone itself is great). The hikes and walks from the house are terrific. A picnic in the sun at Oropa is a must, with local produce from the little market in the car park. Explore the history of the area, its partisan resistance during the war, the many sanctuaries hand painted in naive style dedicated to the Black Madonna, the stunning villas and extraordinary colour and variety of flowers.
To top it all of there are very few tourists, excellent restaurants and great gelato!
Gaetano took us walking with the dogs, there are pools to swim in, fresh alpine water cold and clear, fields of flowers, stunning peaks...
We will be back to enjoy this stunning natural environment in winter.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Villa Tavallini Bed & Breakfast is a central European liberty style home in the "Biella" hills 650 mts. Above sea level amid woods for walks in a climate of sunny winters and fresh summers, ideally relaxing under the shade of the cedar trees. In a homely and welcoming environment guests find spacious bright rooms with private and independent bathrooms. The breakfast table always has home-made jams and cakes and local fresh products of the area. Our Bed & Breakfast has a spacious sitting room with TV-LCD and computer for guests. Breakfast is served in the warm and cosy kitchen. All rooms have Wi-Fi. Pet are welcome. ... more less
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