Lovingly restored to the highest modern standards, the Cascina Del Forno is a stunning Piedmontese farmhouse that blends original 18th Century and modern design features. It's generous open plan kitchen, gives wonderful views out from the huge French windows over the landscaped herb garden, to the rolling hills and Alps beyond. It's fireplace next to the long dinning table make it a wonderful place to relax over a delicious meal. The living room also has a fire, 2 sofas, one of which can be converted into a 2 person bed. This delightful room with original brick vaulted ceilings is a wonderful place to relax, watch TV or the large collection of DVDs. Upstairs there is a generous shower room, a double bedroom with balcony, a smaller bedroom with two twin beds suitable for children. The magnificent master bed room includes an en-suite bathroom, separate shower, WC. From the large double bed you can enjoy charming views of Mombercelli Castle and on clear days, the Alps in the distance.
For larger parties of up to 10 people, or if you require 3 full double beds, rental of an additional double bed and bathroom can be arranged with the owner, in a wing of the house, that usually closed to guests.
Terraced garden: The house forms part of a secluded L-shaped courtyard, made up of three houses and their attached barn, all owned by the proprietor. Two of the houses have been fully restored, the 3rd is awaiting restoration. Guests have sole use of the whole site. There is a landscaped, terraced garden with a vegetable patch and a herb garden that guests are welcome to enjoy. A small pond with fountain, mean that Cascina del Forno is unsuitable for toddlers, and small children will need to be supervised at all times. A 14” trampoline is great for the young and the young at heart to let off steam. The house is also equipped with badminton and boules. Meanwhile, a spacious shady gazebo with gas barbecue grill, sun lounger and hammocks, make it idyllic for families or adults. It is the perfect place to sit with a glass of local Barbera or sparkling Cortese or enjoy a lazy meal, with the panoramic views of the valleys, and on clear days, the distant Alps.
Monferrato: a food & wine paradise: The Monferrato region is a foodie's paradise, well known for its white truffles, wild boar, fresh pasta and Nutella as well as glorious wine (Barolo, Barbaresco, Barbera, Nebiolo Arneis and Moscato). Bra and Alba, the home of the Slow Food Movement are a short 30 minute drive away. Indeed, Cascina del Forno is located in Mombercelli, one of the key centres for white truffles. Our neighbour at the bottom of the hill is one of Piedmont's premier truffle experts who lectures regularly at Eataly. During the truffle season in October/November he is happy to take visitor's truffle hunting on his land or welcome them into his agriturismo restaurant, that specialises in dishes using truffles.
Wine tastings and vineyard tours are a wonderful way to discover the authenticity and passion of the local independent winemakers. Particularly interesting are the magnificent cellars or ‘underground cathedrals’ in nearby Canelli, which have been designated a UNESCO world heritage site.
Festivals & other local activities: If you like swimming, June-Sept Mombercelli has a wonderful outdoor communal pool with jacuzzi, tennis court and football pitch and bar/restaurant. Its a great place to watch and meet the locals. There are lots of picturesque marked cycling routes on the local highways and byways. Walking and hiking in the local lanes or the Tanaro National Park are also a delight.
Experience one of the many annual local festivals, the most famous being the Asti Palio each September, older than the one held in Sienna. Then there is the medieval re-enactment of the Siege of Canelli each June in which all the locals dress up to become protagonists in the battles, cars are banished from the streets of the old town, and replaced with bales of hay, craft demonstrations and pop up street banquets. Meanwhile, there is the hilarious donkey palio in Alba, to rival & mock the equestrian version in Asti, or the renowned International Truffle Festival in Alba each October.
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We had a really good time in you fantastic house. It is an ideal place to relax. The weather was better than expected so early in the year. We had only two days snow and rain but all the other days a lot of sun.
The house is very comfortable and very well equipped. We were very impressed by the large and very nice bed/bathroom. We did some hiking in the region and also in the Aosta valley. We visited Asti, Alba and Turino.
These are very nice and interesting towns. Thanks a lot that we could experience this good time.
Wolfgang, Germany April 2012
Hello Jo, Just a note to say how much we enjoyed our stay at the Villa - it was a memorable family occasion! We made good use of the barbeque and outdoor eating. The young grandchildren enjoyed the trampoline and watching the lizards and unusual butterflies.They liked the peaches off the tree and some tomatoes off the plants. A few games of table tennis were played.Our grand daughter's wedding in Costigliole D'Asti was wonderful with an enjoyable reception just out of town. We got to know Asti quite well and had a couple of excellent meals at the CasaMar Osteria in Asti. Our son and his wife from the USA visited Genova and Torino by train which was convenient.
We fell in love with the rollling hills of this region, and when we began house hunting in Piedmont. While initially we were looking for a house nearer to Torino in the foothills of the Alps, it was the gentle undulations of this landscape that the took our breath away and made us plump for the Barbera region in the end. The colours of the vineyards and fields and the views across hills to the distant Alps and Apennine mountain ranges made each day a particular pleasure.
In 2007 we decided to move to Mombercelli in order to manage and experience the adventure of the renovation work that we were undertaking on the house, expecting to stay for just one year. But it proved too lovely to leave and so we lived permanently here for 2 years, putting the children into local schools, running out businesses from this hill-top position and becoming fluent in Italian.
We now flit between London and Mombercelli, and are fortunate in being able to come back and slot into our Italian home and life for 10 weeks of the year, during school holidays.
The remainder of the time, it is nice to be able to rent it to holiday visitors, and share this little known but wonderful area with the wider world.
We fell in love with the secluded courtyard feel of the property, and adore its panoramic views over the hills, to the distant Alps. From the road, the house looks like it has turned its back to the world. But as soon as you drive through the arched gates of the property, you feel like you are in a private, secluded haven. Up until 30 years ago, this L shaped series of three houses, used to be home to and extended family of 37 people. It is now a generous and secluded space for guests to enjoy solely made up of 2 renovated houses, and one un-renovated houses around a landscaped herb garden.
The local passion for top quality food is extraordinary. I have learned how to make tomato passata, bagna cauda sauce and fresh pasta thanks to my neighbours interventions. I have been truffle and porcini hunting in the autumn mists. It has been a wonderful adventure that has enriched my life enormously.
We have renovated the the house to be as eco-friendly as possible. With solar shading/balcony, large windows to let in as much daylight as possible, solar panels, lots of insulation in the wall to make it cosy in winter and cool in summer.
We love to sit at the kitchen table and look at the changing light of the panoramic views across the herb garden, rolling hills and beyond to the Alps. The vegetable patch in the garden that our lovely neighbour helps keep watered when we are not there is a source of great satisfaction. It is wonderful to be able to load up the car with jars of tomato passata at the end of each summer and have a taste of Mombercelli in London on cold winter nights. Indeed we have had lots of appreciative comments from guests who have enjoyed helping themselves to the zucchini and tomatoes, cherries, persimmon and figs available, depending on the season.
While we have chosen not to build a swimming pool at the house, this does not mean that there is not great swimming to be had locally. Mombercelli public pool is an amazing amenity, and a great place to do some serious people watching. Open from the beginning of June until the beginning of September, this large pool is landscaped with a garden, cafe, football pitch, tennis courts, beach volley ball, and jacuzzi.
Mombercelli is a charming village set in the rolling hills of Barbera and Moscato wine country. Located in the heart of the white truffle producing area of Piedmont, Mombercell an easy drive from the epicentre of the Slow Food Movement in Bra and Alba, with it's International Truffle Festival. It is also just 15 minutes away from the the Provincial capital Asti which is famous for Italy's oldest horse racing Palio and International Wine competition. Whether you want to browse in the weekly market of Nizza Monferrato or go wine tasting in Barolo, hiking or golfing, you will be spoiled for choice.
Indeed, Mombercelli is ideally located for day trips to the beach on the Ligurian coast, skiing or mountain trekking in the Italian Alps, or shopping for designer clothes in Turin or Milan. Although a relaxing get-away, off the beaten tourist track, Cascina del Forno is easy to get to, being equidistant from 3 international airports: Genoa, Turin and Milan, all around an hour’s drive away.
Golf: Circolo Golf Margara.
7, Regione Margara.
27 holes. Blue course, 9 holes, 3249 m, Par 36 - Yellow course, 9 holes, 3175 m, Par 36 - Red Course, 3069 m, Par. 36. Designed in the hills of Monferrato, this scenic course is particularly interesting for its high trees, the sometimes tough lies and the length of some of its holes.
Ski: Limone 2085 m
Limone gives access to the Riserva Bianca skiiing area of which the Maneggio area is dedicated to beginners. The Riserva Bianca (White reserve) can satisfy downhill skiing enthusiasts thanks to its 80 km of runs covered almost entirely by artificial snow systems and served by 16 lift systems, with stat-of-the-art tele cabins and chair-lifts. The tracks vary in length and difficulty, with some runs designed for beginners and others which have hosted, among other things, the training sessions of the Italian and French national teams. The width of the runs makes them ideal for use by snowboarders, while those boarders who prefer to practise their acrobatic moves can do so in the 3500 m² of the snow park at Limonetto, equipped with half pipe, kickers, box and rails. There are a total of 40 slopes providing 80KM of piste.
A day's pass can be as little as €25 for adults and €6 for children.
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Jul 5 2014 - Oct 18 2014
7 night minimum stay
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (British Pound) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.