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Gabrielle Ramsay-Smith

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english

Stylish holiday home, beautiful setting, family friendly, gated pool, private.

6 Reviews
Sleeps12
Bedrooms 6
Bathrooms4
Half Baths1
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

Overview

Alessandria Farmhouse Rental Photos and Description

Stylish property perfect for family holidays or romantic stays. Surrounded by photogenic landscapes, culture, wine, food and hidden gems.

EASTER SPECIAL OFFER: Check in Thurs 24th and enjoy Easter in Italy with 10% off the listed price. Min of 7 nights or extend to Fri 1st or Sat 2nd April. The av temp over last 5 yrs is 17.5 deg (highs 22 deg) with sunshine. Ski for the day at Sauze D'oulx - ideal day trip 2 hours drive on great roads. Resort open til 10th April. Visit Turin and shop. Let us tell you about our favourite places to visit.

Our beautifully restored farmhouse is arranged over three floors. Whilst writing this, I am sitting in the garden under the electrically controlled sun awning and the only noise I can hear are the bees, the birds and my husband pottering in the garden. The pool is glistening just to my right, the table under the portico is laid up for lunch and the trees over the fields and in the distance are whistling in the breeze. The ground floor of our farmhouse has been designed for family living and entertaining with large open plan space with patio doors out to the garden and separate drawing room. But this isn't just a wonderful summer retreat: in the winter we light the two fires, watch the TV, play cards or board games or play the grand piano. We have high speed wifi that allows all of us to surf the web at our leisure or indeed work a bit as we and our guests often have to do at least once during our stay. Our charming village offers 2 trattorias, 3 bars, grocery store and pharmacy.

Our property is perfect for families or for a romantic getaway. The two bedroom floors are the same layout and consist of 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom and 1 suite with two bedrooms, balcony and en-suite bathroom.

More Details
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
Gabrielle Ramsay-Smith (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english

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 Alessandria

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!

Guestbook comments from the owner

"You can't beat this location - it feels like you're remote and in the middle of nowhere, but you don't need to get in the car at all if you don't want to. Fresh produce, local restaurants and bars all to hand including a Pharmacy and an ATM machine - amazing for such a tiny village!"
Oct 2012
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Reviews

4.8
based on 6 traveler reviews

Stylish holiday home, beautiful setting, family friendly, gated pool, private.
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 7 reviews
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Review

  • 4 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Feb 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
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Oxford
5

Home from home

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
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5

Wonderful Accomodation & Garden

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful holiday, the accomodation was excellent and the pool was a must with the weather - we had 37 degrees. The garden was really safe and good fun for the children with plenty of seating for 15 and toys for the kids. It was so nice to see so much greenery in the region and the care taken to keep the garden in such good condition - it was really pretty and you will find that you will be in it all day long.. The interior is of very high standard, with everything you would require, although I would say that some air con in the top bedrooms would be welome as it was very hot in the evenings even with all the fans. We were made very welome in the village which has ample shops and a good restaurant, however do not expect anything to be open between 12 & 3pm. There are lovely walks directly from the house and large super markets which are excellent only 15mins away. Roberto the care taker of the porperty was lovely and very helpful and could not have been more accomodating and his english is excellent, which did help! One thing to watch out for are the wasps, there seemed to be lots of them in the garden, so stock up on repellent when at the supermarket. But all in all the property was of a very high standard and we could not find fault with anything.

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
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Devon
5

A Special Holiday!

  • 5 of 5

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!!!

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
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Dubai
5

Countryside Paradise

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
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Scotland
5

a wonderful little piece of piedmont

  • 5 of 5

Highly recommended. The villa itself is exceptionally well designed and maintained, and is very comfortable for a short or a long stay, and especially enjoyed the ability to move easily from the kitchen to the outdoor spaces. We really could not find fault. Bergamasco is an untouched village in Piedmont - I'm convinced we were the only English speakers in the village when we were there. Very authentic.

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
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Map

Nearest Airport
86 Kilometres
Genoa Cristoforo Colombo Airport
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Da Tranquil
Nearest Ferry
95 Kilometres
Genoa
Nearest Golf
20 Kilometres
Golf Margara SPA
Nearest Train
1.2 Kilometres
Bergamasco
Nearest Motorway
13 Kilometres
A26/E25
Nearest Restaurant
200 Metres
Da Tranquil
Nearest Ski
162 Kilometres
Gressoney
Nearest Beach
84 Kilometres
Arenzano
Car: not necessary

Special interest holidays:

We are able to arrange tours and experiences for our guests. If you would like some suggestions of an itinerary for your holiday, we are more than happy to help. We can arrange vineyard tours, pasta making experience, horse riding and lessons. We can also arrange a great local chef and his assistant to cater for you at the house. They do all the clearing up too! They can also cater for larger parties. Arrange in advance for guarantee.

We also have Restaurant Relais 23 which has a wonderful open modern setting, serving Italian and Piedmontese food using fresh ingredients, many from out of the garden or their amazing greenhouse. It's only 3 km from the house and is our favourite place to eat. You have to book in advance though, especially for Friday or Saturday night.

Also, 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.

Coast/Beach:

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.

Travel:

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

Distances:

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

Further Details:

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.

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Rates & Availability

Asti Farmhouse Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
GBP
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Summer Peak
Jul 23 2016 - Aug 27 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$3,419
 
 
Late Summer
Aug 28 2016 - Sep 30 2016
7 night minimum stay
$3,025
 
 
Truffle Festival
Oct 1 2016 - Oct 14 2016
2 night minimum stay
$329
$2,236
 
 
Rate 1
Oct 15 2016 - Nov 5 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
3 night minimum stay
$2,104
 
 
Christmas and New Year
Dec 17 2016 - Jan 1 2017
4 night minimum stay
$460
$3,551
 

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $1,105

Changeover Day:
Saturday is our normal changeover day. Please check at time of booking to see if we can be flexible.
Normal check in is after 4pm and check out by 10am, although flexibility can be discussed at time of booking.

Notes on prices:
Price includes full house cleaning on departure. The cleaner is available for you if you require cleaning or ironing during your stay at your own expense.
Security deposit is required and is detailed in a short contract we produce.
Prices does not incl. pool heating, but do include central heating up to a consumption level
If you would like to heat the pool add 250 Euros per week.

Booking deposit will confirm the booking 35%
The security deposit of 30% is fully refundable if there are no breakages or damages.
Final balance payment due 8 weeks prior to holiday start date.

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Amenities

Alessandria Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
General:
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet
    Toilet 1 - toilet
  • En-suite bathroom - suite 1: bath, separate shower, bidet, sink & wc En-suite bathroom - suite 2: shower, bidet, sink & wc En-suite bathroom - bedroom 5: shower, bidet, sink & wc En-suite bathroom - bedroom 6: shower, bidet, sink & wc Ground: wc,sink.
Bedrooms:
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Family suite - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , 1 baby crib , Two bedrooms, ensuite bathroom, balcony, ideal for family
    Master Suite - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , 1 baby crib , Two bedrooms, with bathroom, balcony, ideal for family
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib , Double aspect views, ensuite bathroom
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib , Double aspect views, en-suite bathroom
    Bedroom 6 - This is within family suite
    Bedroom 5 - This is within Master Suite
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 12 (6 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Suite 1: Bedroom 1, super king bed, balcony Bedroom 2, 2xsingle beds or 1xdouble Suite 2: Bedroom 3, super king bed, balcony Bedroom 4, 2xsingle beds or 1xdouble Bedroom 5 king size bed Bedroom 6 king size bed Cots available and fit in all rooms
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • pets considered ...
  • smoking allowed ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theater
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Notes on accommodation: The accommodation is spacious, light and airy. The fully enclosed garden has a pool with fencing for peace of mind with children and is completely private. The house is child friendly with high chairs, cots, play pen, walker, and children’s toys. We have high speed wifi, Wii console, x-box, dvd players, ipod docking station, cd system, board games, jigsaw puzzles, 2 adult bikes, 1 child bike (more available with notice) Outside: The garden is laid to lawn and patio and is well stocked with with numerous shrubs and potted plants. We have a 5x8 meter kidney shaped pool with shower behind hip height fencing. Under the portico we have a gas BBQ and a kettle BBQ, round table and 4 chairs. Under the electric awning that comes out from the house we have a teak dining table with 8 chairs. There are numerous loungers, a hammock and garden chairs and a love seat set under the Acer tree in the pool area. Utility Room: Washing machine, tumble dryer, clothes horses, iron and ironing board. We also have someone who can iron your clothes for you whilst you're here. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are included. The property is cleaned and linen changed on departure with extra cleaning and linen change provided on request and charged hourly. Other: Outside covered dining area (the portico) with BBQ. Cellar with additional fridge freezer and wine store. A small cottage (not renovated) used as storage for bikes, garden and pool games.

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