|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Ca'di Liao is a beautifully restored stone farmhouse enjoying wonderful views over the vineyards of the Bormida valley in Langhe. It is ideal for long summer family breaks.
The main house has three bedrooms each with its own private bathroom. There is a wonderful and fully equipped kitchen and dining room. The first floor has a large living room with UK SKY TV (terrestrial channels but bring own card). The guesthouse offers privacy for a second family or relatives, and provides two further en suite bedrooms, with a shared balcony. The house offers room for ten guests with additional beds for small children. The gardens are large and include a private pool and large sunbathing area as well as a courtyard with an outdoor pergolato for outside dining, a pizza oven for those who want to try more authentic cooking.
The house is secluded without being remote. It is nestled on the hill near the hamlet of Bricco amongst the vineyards with the nearest village of Vesime being 5 minutes drive away, offering day-to day shopping and with a larger supermarket in Cortemelia within 15 minutes. So if you wish to stay and relax at home you have everything at your fingertips leaving you to relax and enjoy your surroundings.
It is situated in an area of outstanding beauty which has just been awarded the status as a UNESCO National Heritage Site, with wine, restaurants and beautiful villages guaranteeing a wonderful family holiday. This area is a favourite of walkers and cyclists as there are many fabulous trails including the spectacular famous Cinque Torre (5 towers). For those who want to explore, there are the nearby beautiful towns of Acqui Terme with its thermal baths, Alba the home of the truffle, or the cities of Asti and of course Turin and countless beautiful hill towns too numerous to name. Alternatively if cities aren't your thing, just over an hour down the motorway will get you to the Ligurian coast if you want to visit the beach. There is lots to do and also plenty of space and peace and quiet to just stay at home and relax.
We have owned this wonderful house since 2012, having stayed often with a friend who has a house in the next village. We have four children and live outside London near Heathrow. We come regularly for long weekends, and for a longer period in the summer.
The house was upgraded and rebuilt about 10 years ago by the Italian businessman we bought if from. He had restored it as a weekend house from Milan. It is very well appointed, with a well-equipped kitchen and wonderful fireplaces and floors. Most of all it is an excellent family house with room for 10 adults. We have enjoyed coming here with friends, and putting them up in the Guest House which is great. In the summer the courtyard and the pool area give the family hugh amounts of space to enjoy the sunshine.
Penel Meredith purchased this farmhouse in 2012
We bought the farmhouse in 2012 having visited the area on a number of occasions in recent years, staying with a English family who are old friends and live in the neighbouring village. It is a great part of the world to come to from London, with almost guaranteed good weather in the summer months.
The area is lovely, with endless views from the house, and wonderful medieval villages to be discovered. Alba is the main town for us with lots to do. We are about five minutes drive from Vesime, which provides most things, and the supermarkets are about 20 minutes away. The wine of Piemont and the restaurants are excellent value and quality. The nearby vineyards and village bistros are easy to access. There is horseriding, golf and canoeing all within 15 minutes drive.
The house is a well-converted stone farmhouse, in two buildings. The main building has the kitchen, dining room and living room, with the master bedroom and two further ensuite bathrooms. The guesthouse is only 5 yards away, and has two further ensuite bedrooms. The huge advantage of this is that two families can feel sufficiently independent, whilst both using the same wonderful kitchen and dining room. The main terrace between the two houses is a perfect place for BBQ's and outdoor dining.
The grounds are terraced with the swimming pool on a lower level, keeping it slightly away from the house, and having the same wonderful views over the valley and vineyards.
There is easy parking, and a church about 200 years away. It is private without being isolated.
A lovely farmhouse, great kitchen, incredible views across the Langhe area, beautiful gardens and the swimming pool which was kept very clean on a weekly basis. We enjoyed the nearby villages and towns finding a friendly bar in San Stephano Belbo and a great ice cream cafe in Canelli. Alba is a lovely place to explore with pedestrianised streets in the centre - nice to sit there in the early evening to watch the 'passigiata'! Asti is equally interesting and has good train connections to Turin and Milan. If you love wine and Italian food this is the area for you.
The farm house, accommodation, location, views and friendly, hospitable people left us speechless. It is a beautiful place to stay and a short drive can get you to shops, quaint villages, beaches, mountains... and stunning views of the immediate area and of the magnificent Alps ... the Matterhorn included.
It is great for exploring out or for staying put and enjoying the atmosphere of the house,garden.pool and... hammock!
Special interest holidays:
There is excellent walking from the house. There are a number of cookery and wine expert courses nearby. The Alba Truffle Festival in October attracts many visitors. The Carnival in Asti in September is a wonderful occasion. There is riding locally, and canoeing schools for the family on the local Bormida river.
The Ligurian coast is about 1.2 hour away with lovely beaches and harbours. There is a lovely beach at Celle Ligure about 60 kms away. The centre of the Italian Riviera, Portofino is about 1.5 hours drive. In France, Nice is around 2 hours drive.
The area is well served with airports with two airports in Milan (Linate, Malpensa) and airports in Turin and Genoa. Nice Airport is 2.5 hours away. The ski slopes are about 1.5 hours away in the winter months.
Vesime is 5 minutes drive and Cossano Belbo 10 minutes drive. Both provide weekly markets, bars, banks and local shops. There are several good restaurants in Cossano. Alba is 40 minutes drive with excellent shopping, a Saturday market and wonderful restaurants. There are great supermarkets and shopping in Aqui Terme and Canelli which are 20 minutes drive. There are numerous vineyards selling wine in the local area.
At least 4 great and simple local restaurants around 10 minutes drive, with wonderful high class restaurants about 25 mins drive. A wonderful place for eating!
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable damage deposit||$320|
40% payment upon confirming reservation of the house which is non-refundable. The remaining 60% to be paid 8 weeks prior to the first day of the rental period together with a €300 security deposit to cover significant damage and breakages. The security deposit will be refunded within 14 days of the end of your holiday. Cleaning charges included in the rental.
Arrival is on Saturday after 1600. Departure is on Saturday by 1000. For shorter periods in the winter these timings are negotiable.
Notes on prices:
Bookings are for a one week period, Saturday to Saturday. Other timings in low season by arrangement
40% ceposit required to confirm booking. balance plus security deposit to be paid 8 weeks bofore the first day of the holiday