Stylish property perfect for family holidays or romantic stays. Surrounded by photogenic landscapes, culture, wine, food and hidden gems.
About Gabrielle Ramsay-Smith
We are an English family that bought our Italian dream home 10 years ago. We firstly used the house as a holiday home and loved it so much we decided to move to Italy. We lived in Italy for 5 years and have relished every minute of it. Due to school and business demands have now moved back to the UK to take up the next chapter of our lives. Our Italian home will once again become our escape and holiday home for us and others to enjoy.
Gabrielle Ramsay-Smith purchased this Farmhouse in 2002
Why Gabrielle Ramsay-Smith chose Bergamasco
Easy and inexpensive access, even for the weekend. Loved the style of house. Loved the location and proximity to village life. Secluded feeling once behind the gate. We still get the "wow" every time we come through the gates. Fantastic views - feels like you're in the middle of nowhere. Weather great! Hot in summer, cold in winter - perfect. Close to sailing (we love to sail). Close to skiing (we love to ski). Locals in village are the nicest people you'll ever find!
What makes this Farmhouse unique
Very fast wifi. Village location with all amenities but looks, feels and sounds like you are remote. Open countryside walks and bike rides just outside the garden gate which you can enjoy without any traffic. No passing traffic other than the odd tractor!
Please consider the following guidelines when booking this property:
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Amazing Stay at Casa Monte Bella
What can I say, our stay at Gabrielle’s villa was amazing and lived up to everything and more!
The booking was a breeze. Gabielle’s was so passionate about the area and providing a wealth of information. During our stay, Roberto the housekeeper was helpful and friendly and visited a few times to make sure we were all OK.
The villa itself is fully stocked with everything you would need for your stay. You can tell it is a “home from home” for Gabrielle’s family. The bedrooms are all very spacious and clean. As you look at the villa, on the top floor, the bedroom on the left has its own en-suite shower room. On the right, there are two bedrooms connected together (you have to walk through one to get to the other from the hall). The bathroom is located off the first bedroom. This is replicated on the first floor, although both are shower rooms
All the bedroom bath/shower rooms have key locks. This was great if you have a toddler and didn’t want them wondering around during the night!
Gabrielle was also happy to setup a bedroom in the Piano room for one of our single guests on the ground floor. Although there is only a W/C on the ground this wasn’t a problem, they just used the shower on the 1st floor.
The kitchen was fully stocked with everything you will need for your stay. There were also board games and computer consoles in the Piano room for you to use.
Outside in the garden, the pool is gated for toddlers (a god send for us!).The pool itself is very clean and a great place to cool off! There is also covered area for a gas BBQ after which we used several times!
Please be aware to make sure you bring anti-mosquito spray and use it every evening! There were also wasps around, but they didn’t bother us once.
Around the local area, many places are in drivable distance: Genoa, Portofino, Lake Maggiore, Turin etc. In our opinion the best supermarket was about 20min drive away Il Gigante in Nizza Monferrato which is open every day (including Sundays).
I can’t recommend this Villa and area enough!
Thanks for a great holiday.
Lovely house in fascinating area
We had a fantastic stay at Gabrielle's house. Our party of 8 adults, 4 kids and a baby settled in quickly with everything we needed close at hand. It doesn't feel like a 'holiday home', more a beautifully equipped family home that we were able to enjoy.
The area itself is very quiet, and all the better for it. The village has the essentials and more, including an informal restaurant serving awesome truffle pizzas for 5 euros. Beat that Pizza Express.
But venture a bit further and there are lots of lovely towns to visit, or even head up to the lakes in less than 2 hours on empty roads. (You do need a car to make the most of the area.)
Roberto looks after the house, and was helpful and available: can't ask for more than that.
There's no aircon but that didn't bother us - lots of windows to open. Only real 'watch' would be the mozzies: they're vicious. Go equipped.
Really recommend this place for a family or a group holiday.
The property was nice and clean with great facilities and Gabrielle was most helpful with information prior to arrival. Roberto the housekeeper was excellent in arranging a meal at the local restaurant, which was interesting to say the least, and his dad also provided us with great produce from his allotment. The children had plenty to entertain them, with the pool and games, and we all had excellent meals eating fresh produce, and drinking good wine, around the large table in the garden. We had good pizza meals out at Nizza and Asti as well as a great round of golf at Club Margara.
Home from home
Our party of six adults, youngish and older, stayed for a week at the property and wished it had been longer. The house is very spacious and well equipped and, because it is used regularly by the owner, did not feel like a holiday home. The garden is compact but has a good covered barbecue area and a pleasant pool. Roberto, who looks after the house in the owners' absence, was very helpful and soon sorted out any minor problems that we had. The village is not in a tourist area, but does have several shops and restaurants used by the locals, and the restaurant just round the corner from the property serves very good meals with plenty of local wine for a very reasonable cost. Roberto will make a booking for you and also advise on other places to go locally. The vineyards and scenery up towards Asti are well worth visiting. Hiring a driver was expensive but gave all of us the opportunity to do some wine-tasting. Quite a lot of the vineyards are closed to visitors in August though so we were not able to visit the ones that we really wanted to go to. Driving to the coast is easy and we had a lovely day trip to Camogli. All in all, we had a very enjoyable stay.
A Special Holiday!
Our stay at Casa Monte Bella lived up to all of our expectations, it was very well equipped, extremely clean and well maintained. The pool and garden area is great for a family with children. We found it was easy to 'sit and enjoy' the days and evenings and just relax. Bergamasco is a warm and friendly village that has excellent shops, bank, post office and doctor plus the all important Trattoria's. Wine in the area is superb and we fell for the Barbera /Barbaresco (reds) and Roero Arneis /Gavi (whites). The location is excellent with mountains, lakes and the sea all within day trip distance (1- 2 hours max journey times). We would return!!!
What a wonderful vacation property. It had everything the description promised and more - pool, portico, privacy and excellent wifi. Lots of comfortable bedrooms all with ensuite bathrooms. The open country kitchen was a joy for communal cooking. The caretaker was always available to answer questions. The villa was clean and so well maintained. The rural setting was peaceful and serene. The village an easy walk away and the people of Bergamasco so welcoming and helpful. We had such a great time exploring the surrounding area. It was so easy to navigate and the countryside full of vineyards. The local farmers' markets were full of fresh produce, cheeses, meats and, most
important, fresh pasta. The gnocchi from Nizza Monferato was the best we have ever tasted! This is a great spot for a family and especially ideal for multiple families to gather. We just loved it!
Did you know, Bergamasco village holds an annual truffle fair on the 2nd Sunday in October - it's still warm then and often still able to use the pool.
If you are interested in painting or drawing classes then please let us know and we'll find you an appropriate teacher.
The beautiful Italian Riviera is 1 hour away by car on the easy non busy A26 motorway.
Portofino, Santa Margherita and Rapallo are all about 1 hour 30 minutes drive by car.
Genoa - 50 minutes
Milan Malpensa - 1 hour 20 minutes
Milan Linate - 1 hour 20 minutes
Turin - 1 hour 10 minutes
Bergamo - 2 hours
Verona - 2 hours 15 minutes
Heart of village - 2 minutes walk
Alessandria - 15 minutes drive
Nizza Monferatto - 15 minutes drive
Acqui Terme - 35 minutes drive
Milan - 1 hour drive or train
Turin - 1 hour drive or train
Genoa town - 1 hour drive or train
Beautiful wine and agricultural region. Many vineyards for wine tasting and buying of both red and white wine. Monbarruzzo - famous for its amaretti biscuits is 10 minutes drive through beautiful vine hills. Our village hosts the famous truffle fair on the 2nd Sunday in October and send a truffle to the US President each year. The butcher in our village last year won best butcher award for the whole of Italy. The local trattorias offer home made and home grown food and wine served with warmth and friendliness. The locals are wonderful and they love children.
And for those who wish to explore further, Milan is famous for the Duomo, a big and grand Gothic cathedral, La Scala opera house, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, an ancient and glamorous arcaded shopping gallery, the Brera art gallery, the Castello Sforzesco, a grand medieval castle. Drop the car at the car park at Milanofiori Assago and take the Metro into Milan.
Torino is famous for being the home of Italy's royal family and has a fine, aristocratic atmosphere, old world sophisticated shops, grand boulevards and palaces, leafy parks, and several art galleries. The Mole Antonelliana is a 167.5-meter tower containing one of the finest cinema museum of Europe. Take the life to the top. The Museo dell'Automobile houses over 170 vehicles, from 18th-century carriages to Formula 1 racers, and lots of gorgeous red sports cars. Visit the Duomo di San Giovanni which houses the Shroud of Turin. Valentino Park is the biggest park in Turin central area situated along the Po river and where to find the Valentino Castle, and the Medieval Village. Out of town on the hilltop is the Cathedral of Superga. To explore Torino park the car under the Piazza Vittorio Emanuele and take the tram or the bus or amble on foot.
Genoa is a wonderful city and has a multitude of hidden gems behind cozy alleyways, excellent cuisine (fish and seafood), renovated old port, and one of Europe's biggest aquariums.