|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
The apartment has an entrance fitted with wood burning stove, a kitchen with washing machine, dishwasher, fridge, freezer, electric oven, microwave and kettle. The lounge is equipped with satellite TV, CD player, DVD & DivX and a dining area that accommodates up to 8 persons. It also has a study with broadband internet access and sofa bed, 2 bedrooms, one matrimonial and one double. There are 2 bathrooms, one of which has a laundry corner. There is a large garden with table and chairs where one can enjoy a BBQ. A couple of minutes away is a very nice sports club with swimming pool, tennis courts and restaurant. And if you prefer something more adventurous you can hire a quad (this must be booked in advance) and explore the surrounding hills. The apartment is easily accessible by car there for makes an excellent base to visit the region from and of course a perfect setting if you are looking for a relaxing holiday in the countryside.
Siege of Canelli & Palio of Asti: From 20 - 21 June the historical re-enactement of the Siege of Canelli takes place. This event celebrates the siege which took place in 1613 during the war of Monferrato. Some 2.000 people converge here in costumes for 2 days and recreate a town under siege.
The Palio of Asti takes place every third Sunday in September. This is one the most important folklorist events of Piedmont and the first mention of the race goes back to the year 1275. It is a bareback horse race (each horse represents a city quarter or a municipality of the province) preceded by a historical parade of over 1200 persons in the streets of the city centre.
Wine & truffles: Many wine cellars are open all year round for visits and wine tasting. In Asti, from 11 to 20 September, the Douja d'Or National Wine Festival is held. This prestigious National Contest between the wine producers is a marvellous opportunity to sample and purchase wines that have been awarded prizes for excellence.
Canelli is in the heart of the growing area of truffles and hosts the Truffle Fair the 2nd weekend in November. This fair dates back to the 1300's and coincides with the close of the agricultural season. The Moscato soils produce truffles of an intense perfume, considered the best in the world.
Turin: An outing to the 2006 Olympic City should not be missed. Turin, as former capital of the Kingdom of Sardinia and first capital of Italy, is rich in buildings dating back to the 18th century, royal palaces and castles (also surrounding towns, Venaria, Stupinigi, etc). It is also home to the most important Egyptian museum in Europe, regarded as one of the largest collections of Egyptian antiquities outside Egypt, the Cinema museum, the Chapel of the Holy Shroud, current resting place of the Shroud of Turin (next exposition from 10 to 20 May 2010). 120 km away is the Aquarium of Genoa, the second largest aquarium in Europe
Das war ein schöner Urlaub. Drei Erwachsene, zwei Motorrräder mit Hänger und Auto fanden locker und geräumig Platz in der sehr gepflegten und doch ländlichen Anlage. Schon der Blick auf die Hügel ringsum war überwältigend. Dann das Haus selbst - große, luftige und helle Räume, gut eingerichtet - auch die Küche war sehr gut sortiert, so macht Kochen auch im Urlaub Spaß, der Grill nebst Grillutensilien perfekt. Die Städtchen nett anzusehen, Motoradfahren ein Traum, der Wein und Spumante sehr gut, die Menschen freundlich und hilfsbereit. In Canelli ist alles Nötige auf Märkten und verschiedenen Supermärkten zu erhalten, es ist nur ein Katzensprung mit dem Auto entfernt. Wir haben uns sehr wohl gefühlt.
Beautiful house, a part of a small group of traditional farm buildings. Other buildings are actively used for farming the surrounding vineyards - but nothing to disturb the stay (we were there at the start of the grape harvest) in fact it added to the interest of the stay. I would say that it would be completely safe for children as the working areas are a bit separate from the house/lawns etc.
The house itself is either modern or thoroughly restored, very clean and well-equipped. Spacious for four - exceptionally so for two! A very quiet and relaxing area. Car essential - but the local roads are quiet and safe. All local people were helpful and friendly, including in shops and markets. Not a huge amount of English spoken but everyone was patient and helpful.
Angela, the owner, was charming (but works in Turin during the week). She gave us a box of vegetables and eggs from the smallholding attached to the buildings! Lots to do in the area, including a great number of local walks (nb all the maps of the local area seem to include numerous inaccuracies - but most walks are marked with red and white signs, and it's hard to get too lost in the local lanes).
There are four wine producers in Canelli (nearest town) making excellent spumante and other wines, as well as an artisanal grappa distiller. Short drive to Barolo, Barbera and Barbaresco - please please go to the amazing and eccentric wine museum in Barolo! Also close to Asti, Alba and Acqui Terme. Lots of local food festivals, palio at Asti and a reconstruction of the siege of Canelli - so plan the time of your trip to suit.
The area in many ways resembles Tuscany - rolling hills, chestnut forests, vines - but without the crowds, intensive tourism, rude cities etc. Local specialities also include hazelnuts - Nutella is a local product!
Spacious modern farmhouse in gorgeous surroundings in vineyards, charming grounds.
Terrific value, close to town, beautiful views.
We stayed for one week with our two small children in this well furnished and spacious apartment. We have stayed in several rental homes and apartments in Italy and this was among the best. Everything was clean and convenient and we truly felt at home here with all basic needs met. The house has a beautiful setting in the hills among vineyards, yet it is very convenient for shopping and several towns are a short drive away. The owner is accommodating and the value of the price for quality is outstanding. Highly recommended. We plan to return.
This is our fourth visit to this lovely typical Italian “cascina”. The location is just perfect, perched on top of a hill that offered fabulous views of the Piedmont countryside. The house has a large front yard with fruit and flower trees and a big garden. The interior is restored but it retains its original charm. The bathrooms and bedrooms are very clean, well-decorated and spacious, the beds are comfortable and the kitchen very well equipped.
We love the strategic location of the house because it has allowed us to visit many nearby lovely towns and villages. For that, a car is essential, and the owner Angela always offers great advice on the area. Just to mention a few, Asti and Alba are only 30 minutes by car, Turin 1 hour and Genoa 2 hours.
However more generally the area is excellent for photographers, artists, foodies and wine lovers. From here we toured around some of Italy's best wine producing regions. There are superb restaurants and cantinas in the vicinity, and the town (Canelli) is within 5 minutes reach.
One of the best things for us is the proximity to so many Michelin-starred restaurants, but there are plenty of small restaurants offering traditional Piedmont cuisine at a very reasonable price and in huge quantities. We love a tiny restaurant in the nearby San Marzano village, the setting and the cooking are home-made, the food so good and abundant that sometimes we cannot make it past the first serving!!!
I highly recommend this house to anyone!
Me and my family enjoyed the great time in this charming farmhouse amidst the rolling hills of Monferrato, very close to Canelli town.
The property has a very good location on a hill slope surrounded by wine yards producing the famous Moscato d'Asti wine. The house is very bright, cozy and spacious, with a pleasant garden in the front equipped with a barbecue area.
On our arrival, the landlady provided us with a very useful information leaflet with her recommendations on things to see and do in the near by area.
So one day we set of to a local wine tasting farm in Canelli. What more to say! The Monferrato Dolcetto and Nebbiolo were simply fabulous, and to complete the treat we then walked up to the cantini tower among an alley of vineyards!
Moreover, It is just one hour car from Turin, so we set off on a jaunty ride there and bumped into celebration for the150th celebrations of Italian Unity..what a laugh!
Our labrador Ben loved it as well and nearly made friends with the landlady's two kittens.... We would definitely love to come back!
In the Province of Asti, about an hour away from Milan, Turin and Genoa and slightly further away from Switzerland and France, in the heart of the Monferrato region, you will find Canelli.
Canelli is famous for its wines, in particular the Moscato, its vineyards and wine routes, not to mention its underground wine cellars extending 13km under the town, commonly known as the 'underground cathedrals'. The latter currently a candidate for UNESCO World Heritage Site status. Not only a premier wine region, Canelli is also renowned for its hazelnuts and truffles. The historic towns of Alba, Asti, Barolo are all in the vicinity.
The Monferrato region has many castles, some of which are open to public from June to October. There are various markets selling antiques and local produce at all the nearby villages and towns.
Other Activities: Quad biking, Wellness centre - hot springs, golf 30 km from Canelli
Not included in weekly rate:
€50,00 end of stay cleaning services.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.