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Beautiful Newly Restored Farmhouse Apartments With Pool And Views - Alba Apartment

Eleanor Pyke and Glyn Dale-Jones

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Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

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Beautiful Newly Restored Farmhouse Apartments With Pool And Views - Alba Apartment

Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


Castiglione Tinella Apartment Rental Photos and Description

Apartments sleeping 4+2,,4+1 and 2+1, all bedrooms air-conditioned, large pool.

Cascina del Noce (pronounced kasheena-del-notchay) is a beautifully restored and fully modernised Piemontese 19th Century farmhouse which has been converted into 3 apartments, Alba, Asti and Canelli. The works were only completed at the end of 2012 and there is a high standard of finish throughout with many of the original features being retained. All the bedrooms are air-conditioned with new, efficient and extremely quiet units.

Outside there is a large unheated fenced swimming pool (12m x 6m) with ample space for sunbeds. The pool is shared between the 3 apartments with a maximum combined occupancy of 14. The pool is south facing and is sunny from dawn till dusk and has views of the surrounding countryside. There are 10 sunbeds and mattresses around the pool with 5 umbrellas and tables.

Cascina del Noce is situated in the hamlet of Balbi near the village of Castiglione Tinella. It is just in the province of Cuneo on the edge of the Langhe hills and is on the top of a ridge surrounded by vineyards growing the moscato grape. There are views on 3 sides and it is in the heart of an area that is a candidate for UNESCO world heritage status, largely because of the shaping of the landscape by 2,000 years of viniculture.

A car is essential, both to transfer to the apartments and for shopping and other activities. There are a few local shops for essentials but there are several supermarkets, including a large hypermarket, within 15 minutes' drive. There are also local markets selling fresh produce in all the local towns and villages.

Alba occupies the whole of the first floor with 2 bedrooms and 2 en suite bathrooms with a large outside balcony/terrace and sleeps 4/6. Asti and Canelli comprise the ground floor. Asti has 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms with 2 large private outdoor areas and sleeps 4/5. Canelli has 1 bedroom and a large private patio area and sleeps 2/3. The extra beds are good quality comfortable portable beds (extra charge of 100 Euros per bed) suitable for young children and young teenagers. To benefit from air conditioning they would obviously have to be placed in a bedroom.

Alba is extremely spacious (159 sq m - 1679 sq ft) and has 2 air-conditioned bedrooms, each en-suite, a very large kitchen/dining/living area and a large terrace (24 sq m - 250 sq ft). It sleeps up to 6 people by using two comfortable convertible beds.

The apartment has many original features including exposed rafters in the living/dining area and brick vaulted ceilings in the bedrooms and corridors.

The master bedroom has a luxury en-suite with corner bath, twin washbasins, bidet and separate large shower with double French doors and a Juliet balcony with long views over hills and vineyards. This bedroom has a double king-size bed (160cms x 200cms). The other bedroom is en-suite with a shower and has double French doors leading onto a small balcony. It has 2 single beds which can be pushed together to make a super king-size double bed (180cms x 200cms). There is room for a cot in both bedrooms.

The kitchen/living/dining area is a large impressive space with 2 double French doors opening onto the large terrace and 2 opening arched window/doors with Juliet style railings with electric sunblinds. For the winter months there is underfloor heating, a beautiful feature gas fire and a pellet stove (in the corridor). There are large sofas, a large dining table and a 3m island unit/breakfast bar with 4 stools.

Asti is spacious (81 sq m - 855 sq ft) and has 2 air-conditioned bedrooms, one en suite and one 'virtually' en suite, a large living/dining area leading into a kitchen area and 2 large private patio areas. One (47sq m - 496sq ft) faces south and has outside furniture and a large cantilevered sun umbrella, the other (24sq m - 253 sq ft) is a shaded terrace area on the west side facing the valley. It sleeps up to 5 by using a convertible bed.

There are old restored traditional Piemontese brick-vaulted ceilings in one bedroom and the kitchen area, old wooden beam features in the kitchen and living area and old exposed brickwork in the other bedroom.

The spacious living area has 2 French doors opening directly onto the private outside patio area and another large French door opening onto the private covered terrace with views over vine-clad hills.

One bedroom is en suite with a king-size double bed (160cms x 200cms), the other has a 'virtual' en suite across a corridor. That bedroom has 2 single beds that can be pushed together to make a super king-size bed double bed (180cms x 200cms). There is room for a cot in both bedrooms and room for an extra portable folding bed in one bedroom and both have French doors.

In addition, Asti apartment is suitable for those with impaired mobility. Some portable mobility aids, eg shower seat and toilet frame can be supplied free of charge on request.

Canelli is surprsingly spacious (40sq m - 422sq ft) and airy with a private south-facing patio and garden area (31sq m - 327sq ft) immediately adjoining the apartment. There is outside furniture with a large cantilevered sun umbrella. There is a living/dining/kitchen area with a large fitted kitchen and wide French doors opening directly onto the patio area. There are old restored traditional Piemontese brick-vaulted ceilings throughout. It sleeps up to 3 by using a convertible bed in the living area (not air-conditioned but a fan is provided).

The bedroom has a king-size double bed (160cms x 200cms) and French doors leading onto the patio and garden area. There is room for a portable fold-up bed or cot in the living area.

All kitchens are fully-fitted with a full-size oven (2 in Alba), microwave/grill, large fridge/freezer, separate fridge and freezer under the island unit in Alba, dishwasher and ceramic hob (induction hob in Alba). There is ample crockery and cutlery and a large range of glasses together with a comprehensive range of kitchen equipment and utensils.

Other equipment includes a flat screen LED HD TV (46' smart TV in Alba, 32' in Asti and Canelli), 2.1 surround sound system and Bluray player (with MP3/ Ipod playback), satellite TV with English channels and free Wifi. There is also a hair drier in every bedroom, a steam iron and ironing board and drying rack.

Linen is provided with 2 duvets per bed (different Tog ratings) and is changed on Saturday if staying for more than 1 week. 3 towels per person are provided including pool towels, these are changed twice per week.

All beds have high quality mattresses and pillows with covers. All bedrooms have ample storage and hangars. They also all have the option of an opening window with a fly screen and fan for guests who prefer not to use air-conditioning.

All bathrooms have large shower cubicles with a large fixed shower head and a separate wand shower.

Baby equipment such as a cot and high chair is available for an extra charge if not pre-booked by other guests.

The property is in one of the major wine and food areas of Italy. the world famous wine villages of Barolo and Barbaresco are a few miles away and Alba (world famous for its white truffles) and Asti (famous for its spumante and its Palio, older even than the Siena Palio) are nearby too.

There are 18 Michelin starred restaurants within 40 minutes' drive (3 within 15 minutes') and numerous less expensive but good restaurants too. The town of Bra is only 40 minutes away, the birthplace of the international Slow Food movement and the venue for the world famous biennial international cheese festival held in odd number years.In September and October in particular there numerous wine and food festivals in all the local towns and villages.

There are hundreds of vineyards in the locality, many of which do tastings and cellar sales. These produce a range of both red and white wines including Barolo and Barbaresco red wines (the nebbiolo grape), robust reds from the barbera grape and sparkling whites of various types. The local town of Canelli is a major centre for methode champenoise wines and its vast man-made caves are used to store the wine at the correct constant temperature. These are known as the Wine Cathedrals of Canelli and are a UNESCO world heritage site. There is a vineyard next door where very drinkable wine can be purchased and the internationally-known Icardi winery is a few hundred metres down the lane. Icardi produce various reds and whites, including their own Barolo, from grapes grown in their vineyards in the relevant areas.

The area is one of the most important eno-gastronomy areas in the world and is a veritable 'foodies' paradise. Full details of restaurants and vineyards can be found in the apartment.

There is a large amount of sightseeing within an hour and a half's drive, ranging from the beautiful and historic cities of Turin and Genoa to the Lakes Maggiore and Orta, the Alps and the Italian Riviera (including the Cinque Terre and Portofino). There are many old towns and villages to visit.

There are numerous activities available including signposted vineyard walks almost from the property (some can be used for mountain biking too - a leaflet detailing them is available by email from the owners on request and will be found in the apartments), mountain biking and cycling (bikes can be hired locally but the terrain is quite hilly), golf and horse riding. There is an aqua park and a safari park both within 40 minutes' drive.

Alba and Canelli apartments are not suitable for disabled access. Alba is also not suitable for toddlers, having several balconies. Asti is suitable for the disabled and for those with impaired mobility. There are however low threshold steps to negotiate to enter Asti and there is an internal step of 12 cms to some rooms. A ramp and other portable devices for the bathroom are available.

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Details for Alba Apartment 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, 2 Bathrooms

Large 2 bedroom 2 bathroom apartment sleeping 4/6 comprising the whole of the first floor of a 19th century converted farmhouse (159sq m - 1679sq ft). Large open plan living,dining/kitchen area with large island unit/breakfast bar with extensive fully-fitted kitchen. 2 large air-conditioned bedrooms both en suite, the master en suite having a corner bath, large separate shower, twin wash basins and bidet. Large outside terrace(24 sq m). The apartment conversion was only finished in December 2012 to a high standard. The air-conditioning is efficient and very quiet and is generally required in July and August. Many original features have been retained including the former hayloft roof open to the rafters (now the living/dining/kitchen area) and exposed brick vaulted ceilings in the bedrooms and corridors. If sleeping 5 or 6, this will be on high quality convertible beds suitable for children or young teenagers (extra charge of 100 Euros per bed).
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Eleanor Pyke and Glyn Dale-Jones (Owner)
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Guestbook comments from the owner

We LOVED the apartment, and it met all our expectations. It was beautifully finished with contemporary furnishings that were very comfortable. We especially liked that the apartment was so bright, not only due to the large windows with fantastic views, but there was also plenty of lighting to brighten the space in the evenings. The location of the property is ideal for us as we don't want to be too far from amenities (such as a cafe, grocery shop or restaurant), and while we did not visit the restaurant closest to the apartment we like to have the option of walking to get a meal. We are foodies so the region is an obvious draw for us, but we also like that it is not really touristy. The rolling hills covered in vines are beautiful and we love that you can see the Alps on a clear day!

I would definitely recommend Cascina del fact I already have, and we would most certainly return ourselves. We really love visiting the Piemonte in the autumn and are thinking about how we could make that work in 2014.
Nov 2013
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Beautful Apartment in a Beautiful Location

  • 5 of 5

The apartment and location look fantastic from the pictures but we were even more impressed when we arrived. We stayed in the Alba apartment and it was absolutely stunning. It's clean and spacious, modern but still retaining some of the lovely features from the original farmhouse. Without a doubt the best equipped rental apartment we have ever stayed in. There are plenty of amenities nearby you just need to go at the right time as between 1 and 4 most places are closed apart from the bigger supermarkets and restaurants.

The surrounding are stunning and worth the trip alone. We spent a bit of time touring some of the local wineries who are all very accommodating and will give you a private tasting (assuming you plan to buy a few bottles). There are many small towns and villages nearby that are worth visiting. We particularly enjoyed a lunch at Verderame in Castiligione Tinella at the top of the hill. €5/6 euros for lovely plates of pasta.

Ellie and Glyn were there while we stayed and we had a great time together perhaps enjoying the local produce a little too much... They were very helpful and were full of recommendations.

We would love to come back some time!

Ally, John, Tristan

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
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Well equipped & clean in beautiful rural location

  • 5 of 5

Clean, uncluttered rooms located in a rural area surrounded by vineyards but surprisingly easy to get to surrounding towns & areas of interest. The area is scattered with small picturesque villages & towns, each with their own character. Apartment was well equipped with everything you could need; plenty of plates, cutlery, glasses etc, excellent aircon in bedrooms & large well maintained pool. All furnishings were of a high quality, much better than other rental properties we have stayed in.Communication with & information from the owner was excellent & there are plenty of superb restaurants & wine cellars nearby; the vineyard next door is especially worth buying some wine from! For the family that wants more than a great rural location & pool, there is a water park at Asti (30min by car) and there are great train links to Turin & Genoa with easy parking in square on non-market days. Well worth booking.

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
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Superb stay in immaculate, stylish apartment

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned home to the UK after spending a fantastic week in the Alba apartment in Cascina del Noce.

We were staying in Piedmont as the second part of a two-centre holiday, with the first part being spent on the Cote d’Azur, France. The directions supplied by the owners were very straightforward to follow. The building is located near the village of Castiglione Tinella, about 20 minutes from Asti, and is literally surrounded on all sides by beautiful rolling hills covered by vineyards. The whole area, in fact, is one of Italy’s premier wine producing areas and I would recommend that you try at least one tasting session at a local vineyard. This is very convenient and easy to arrange.

As 2 bedroom apartments go, this one is extremely spacious. It’s a conversion of an old farmhouse, and as such retains many attractive original features, such as vaulted ceilings, but with all mod cons. One of the features of the Alba apartment that we enjoyed the most was the large kitchen/dining/living area. It’s all open plan, so if, like me, you enjoy cooking, it’s possible to prepare dinner whilst enjoying the company of the rest of your party. The owners have clearly gone to a great deal of trouble to ensure that the kitchen includes everything you could need to prepare even the most adventurous meal.

There is air conditioning in the bedrooms, which is absolutely state of the art – really effective AND quiet, which was a pleasant contrast from the noisy air-con units you find in many hotels.

If buying fresh produce at local markets is your thing, there is a market at at least one of the nearby towns every day of the week. We visited the one at Canelli (Tuesday, 5 minutes away); much of what we bought that day found its way into a risotto the same evening!

The swimming pool is shared between the three apartments. It’s a very generous size and, because it’s solely for the use of Cascina del Noce guests, NEVER gets too crowded. Tempting though it was to spend the entire week by the pool, we did venture out for a superb lunch at Piola in Alba: classic Piemontese dishes just by the Piazza del Duomo.

A wonderful stay…..can’t wait to return!

Tim, Wendy & Philippa

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
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Spacious, well equipped and comfortable

  • 5 of 5

We returned to Piemond since we love the area, the food, wine and culture. But the Alba apartment at Cascine del Noce is special: very completely equipped, spacious, comfortable and with a great view of the surroundings. Most worthwhile mentioning is the kitchen, the best we found in rentals so far. The living is spacious, the bedrooms cool and the pool relaxing - and the kids love to play on the grass.

It is clear that the owners love and care for Cascina del Noce - a dedication and passion not commonly found. Communication with the owners was smooth and pleasant.

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
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Well Done!

  • 5 of 5

This apartment is in a rural area about 15' away from typical amenities. For our party, it was a great opportunity to feel as if we were really in the Piemonte, given the outstanding views of the valley and hillsides surrounding us from nearly every window in the apartment.

The owners have done very fine work in creating a modern apartment from an old Italian farmhouse. I applaud them for their attention to detail. It is also the best equipped kitchen we have experienced in years of vacation rentals (that's real high praise from this cookin' party). The living area is more spacious than the photos depict, and it is very comfortable.

we did not feel that the drives to Barolo, Alba, etc. were more than "part of the experience". There are so many opportunities for good food, wine, and exploration in so many directions, we had exemplary choices .

Finally, I've never written a review before but Eleanor and Glyn deserve it (No slipping, Eleanor, we might be back!).

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
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Owner's Response: Thank you, and we're so pleased you had a great time. We fell in love with the views and the location of our house - it feels very rural and peaceful but actually it's only minutes from the local bread shop, and as you say the perfect point to go out exploring in all directions whether it be up to the Italian Lakes, the Alps or the Italian Riviera. For food and wine lovers there is so much to do and try much more locally (and thank you for your recommendations - we will try those on our next trip!), but we also wanted our house to be a lovely place for people just to be relaxed and enjoy the location on the time-out days in all seasons, hence the high standard of equipment and furnishing. We're honoured to receive such a good review from such discerning guests - thank you for choosing to stay with us, and we hope to see you back again in the not-too-distant future.

A fantastic apartment in a beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

We loved our week at Cascina del Noce. (Early Sept 2013). The weather was beautiful, still nearly 30 degrees every day, and warm in the evening so perfect for sitting on the terrace, glass in hand and gazing over the beautiful valley. The apartment was great, spacious and fully equipped, a real home from home with amazing attention to detail - there was nothing at all we wanted for. Much of our time was spent relaxing around the large pool which was beautifully clean and warm, eating al fresco either on the terrace or using the BBQ. The comprehensive guest manual gave us all the information we needed in terms of places to visit, local shopping and markets, wine tasting venues, and more than 101 suggestions on where to eat. For gastronomy this really is heaven. Il Bovio with its spectacular views was our favourite restaurant, just outside La Morra (40 mins), but for somewhere on the doorstep Campagna Verde is very good and just a 5 minute walk away. Even closer we tasted and bought delicious wine from Ca’ Richetta right next door.

Overall this villa with its lovely pool and garden is in a great location for visiting many of the local towns and villages. It’s also been renovated and equipped to such a high standard that we highly recommend it to the most discerning looking for an interesting but relaxing holiday in beautiful Piedmont.

  • Submitted: Nov 5, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
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Nearest Airport
115 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
400 Metres
Campagna Verde
Nearest Ferry
140 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
38 Kilometres
Nearest Train
24 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
14 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
400 Metres
Campagna Verde
Nearest Ski
179 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
129 Kilometres
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

From €200 Per night

Castiglione Tinella Apartment Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Spring 2015
Apr 4 2015 - May 29 2015
4 night minimum stay
June 2015
May 30 2015 - Jun 26 2015
4 night minimum stay
Summer 2015
Jun 27 2015 - Sep 4 2015
7 night minimum stay
September 2015
Sep 5 2015 - Oct 2 2015
4 night minimum stay
Wine & Truffles 2015
Oct 3 2015 - Nov 27 2015
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit €500
Notes A 500 Euro (£420) security deposit will be required prior to the release of the keys. Reasonable wear and tear (e.g. small number of breakages) will not be charged for.Two extra beds suitable for a child or teenager are available for an extra 100 Euros/week each. These are portable folding beds with additional mattress toppers for comfort. No payments other than security deposits can be refunded.

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Castiglione Tinella Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment (detached)
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 159 m²
  • 2 stories
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Shower has large fixed shower head and separate wand
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet , Master en suite,twin washbasins and corner bath
  • Both bathrooms are en suite and there is a separate cloakroom with toilet and washbasin. Both have high quality fittings with soft-close toilet seats and showers with large fixed heads and a separate wand. Bathroom 1 is the master en suite and has a large corner bath and a spacious separate shower. There are twin washbasins and the ceiling is exposed brick vaulting throughout. Bathroom 2 is the second bedroom en suite and is a shower room with a spacious shower enclosure.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Beds can be pushed together to make a large double bed.
  • The master bedroom is large and en suite and has French doors with a Juliet balcony with views over the vineyards to the hilltop village of Calosso. The window has views towards the pool. Both the doors and the window have outside shutters. There is a king-size double bed (160cms x 200cms) The second bedroom is en suite and has French doors leading onto a small balcony and a separate window, both having shutters. Both have views over the pool and up to Castiglione Tinella and have outside shutters. There are 2 single beds that can be pushed together to make a super king-size double bed (180cms x 200cms). Both bedroms have modern, efficient and quiet air-conditioning, but if preferred both have a window with a pull-down fly screen enabling it to be left open and a fan is provided. All beds have high quality mattresses and pillows with covers for hygiene. 2 duvets are provided for each bed, one 4.5 Tog and one 7.5 Tog. Ample wardrobe and drawer space and plenty of hangars.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 6 garden chairs
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming

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