Nothing excites us more on our travels than finding unique and unusual places to stay, and Castello della Botta, high up in the hills above San Pellegrino Terme, is very definitely both!

We were staying in Bergamo but decided to check out the spa town in the Brembana Valley, just 40 minutes away and we found Castello della Botta online. It’s located high up above the town, so a car is quite necessary – but the views down, are spectacular.

The property is described as a 16th Century former castle – maybe not quite on the scale of castles we’re used to here in the UK, but impressive nevertheless. Every room seems to tell a tale – and you can actually see the history of the building in the frescoes in the Library. Original, antique furniture fills the rooms – but because they are large, the decor isn’t over-powering.

Our room was huge, with a four poster bed, a balcony overlooking San Pellegrino in the valley below, and large bathroom with a jacuzzi bath. All making for a very relaxing stay 😉 Breakfast is served in a large dining room – and is delicious. Fresh, local produce and lots of it! We were the only guests staying at the time and this made it even more special.

We visited in April, and although the skiing season was coming to an end, there were still opportunities for a bit of snow – as well as sunbathing – action in the tiny resort of Foppolo. (A place we’d tried to get to in January but the snow was so bad, that a snowplough was stuck in drifts, blocking the mountain road and we had to turn back to Bergamo, so nice to see it. Eventually!)