Wanted a hotel somewhere between Bergamo and Tremezzo on Como. Just chose this one on spec. Did not expect too much - how wrong was I. It is a beautifully restored castle, set in lovely grounds with some very old trees and is full of charater.
Easy enough to find from the motorway - in the centre of (and dominating) the small village of Carimate. Plenty of free parking. Good fast check in. Rooms very large with tall ceilings. All the extras you would want in a 4* hotel. Huge bed and lovely creaking floors.
We had lunch in the village and dinner at the hotel. The evening meal was superb. We had the set meal. Freebie sparkling wine and peach liquor. Course 1 - stuffed courgette flowers with truffles. Course 2 - spagetti with clams (the best pasta dish I've ever had). Then 3 - veal or sea food. Then espresso or cappuccino. Then a freebie lemon liquor. All for euro 25 per person. Nice local red at euro 15. Superb value in very nice old castle surroundings.
Walked to the pool area, which is shared with the adjacent golf club. Looked very well tended. Nice mature gardens.
The castle has some minor faults. It leaks in a few places including our window, but hardly surprising when you look at the age of the place.
The place is magical as the sun sets and the swifts zip around the towers and battlements. a real experuience.
Slept well with no outside noise, good breakfast and fast checkout. We could ask for no more. Highly recommended.
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