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Kit & Jeska Gould

Member since: 2008
Speaks: english

Villa in Italy with private pool great cycling hiking wine tours spa slow food

27 Reviews
Sleeps14
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Overview

Asti Villa Rental Photos and Description

Beautiful self-catering villa, four bedrooms, lovely pool, quiet, near village

The villa…

La Casa Pietra is an old farmhouse in a quiet sunny location in the Bormida Valley, lovingly renovated with the original stone facades and vaulted ceilings restored to create a stunning home that provides comfort and style in a tranquil setting. If you want to relax by the pool, go out road or mountain biking, hike in the hills, taste world-class wines, eat wonderful Italian food in the local restaurants, visit churches or Roman remains, enjoy a restoring spa, take the kids to the beach for a day, poke around local markets, swim in the river or explore majestic Turin and historic Genoa then a week or two at La Casa Pietra are for you.

Location…

The Bormida Valley is a stunningly beautiful, quiet and sunny area, with gently sloping hills covered for the most part in vines, forest and hazelnut groves. It is a delightful and tranquil location in easy reach of many places of interest, such as Asti, Acqui Terme, Canelli, Alba, Genoa and Turin. There is so much to do here all year round, from cycling and walking to museums and art galleries, markets, beach trips and wine tasting, you can enjoy the rich and varied culture of Piedmont in any season.

Inside...

The property can accommodate up to 8 adults and 6 children, with 4 double bedrooms (including 2 large family bedrooms) , 3 bathroom/shower rooms, a large kitchen/dining room, comfortable living room and TV room/playroom/study. The floors are tiled throughout; all external windows and doors are double-glazed and have traditional wooden shutters. Two of the bedrooms have their own balconies and there is an en-suite bedroom on the ground floor with French windows opening on to the courtyard.

Outside...

La Casa Pietra has a beautiful secluded garden, with lawns, fruit trees, a covered terrace and two other outside eating areas. There is a lovely private pool 12m x 6m, built in 2011 and suitable for families with children, as well as a large trampoline, swings and table tennis. The pool has an electronic cover, which can be closed when not in use.

Nearby village…

Our local village, Bubbio, is only 15 minutes walk away and is a charming village with some shops, cafes and a couple of restaurants. The village centre has a lovely green space with a little playground overlooked by the outside terrace of the local auberge. You can also find a bank, post office and bakery.

To plan your wonderful trip to Piedmont, read on - and don’t forget to visit our website www.lacasapietra.com…

Wine Tours – UNESCO World Heritage Site vineyards

This area is renowned for its world-class wines - in particular Barolo, Barbaresco, Barbera, Dolcetto, Roero Arneis, Cortese, Nebbiolo, Moscato and Asti Spumante. In 2014 many vineyards in the area were designated jointly as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, recognising not only the quality and tradition of the wines but also the incredible views across the hills and valleys from the vineyards themselves. You can visit most vineyards to sample and purchase these excellent wines at amazing rates during your stay, and a local English-speaking guide is nearby if you would like a wine tour arranged for you and your guests.

Slow Food and local gastronomy

Piedmont is famous for its gastronomy – the Slow Food movement started here – there are many wonderful restaurants within easy reach serving local and Piemontese gastronomic specialities, such as truffles and Robiola cheeses. Come for the White Truffle Fair in Alba during October and November, Slow Fish Fair every other May in Genoa, Cheese Fair every other September in Bra, or any of the many Slow Food events in the area. Local restaurants serve the most delicious lovingly home-made dishes in the Italian tradition, and at the most reasonable prices. Children are welcomed and the service is exemplary – local Piemontese are rightly proud of their food and wines and love to make their guests happy. We can also arrange food and wine tours for your party during your stay.

Chef services – we can arrange for a local chef to cook a wonderful Piemontese meal for you and your guests at La Casa Pietra. Please contact us for more details.

Cycling – road biking and mountain biking

The cycling – road biking and mountain biking – is excellent here, with an endless supply of hills, valleys, ridges and tracks to challenge even the most avid cyclist. The Bormida valley is surrounded by lovely hills, most with a pretty village on top, and each hill has a number of winding roads leading to the peak, so the choices and routes are endless. We have four road bikes available for guest use (email us for more details – these are a Cannondale a Colnago and two De Rosas) plus two retro-style bikes for winding around the valley. If you want some guided rides – either mountain bike or road bike, these can be arranged too.

Mountain bike and road bike hire – via our neighbour the Mountain Bike School Bubbio (2 minutes away) or from La Bicicletteria in Acqui Terme, a full range bike shop offering maintenance, parts, accessories and repairs.

Walking and Hiking

Every walker or hiker of any ability can enjoy the Bormida valley and it’s spectacular hills and views. From a one-hour stroll through the valley to whole day or multi-day hikes in the amazing countryside, Piedmont has stunning views, pretty villages, woods, forests, vineyards and endless winding lanes to explore. The sheer number of amazing vineyard views in the area has recently led to many surrounding hills becoming a UNESCO World Heritage Site, thereby preserving their unique beauty for generations to come. Guided walking and hiking can also be pre-booked if you would like to enjoy some more in-depth local knowledge.

Wellness Centre and Thermal Spa

Acqui Terme (15 minutes away) is a glorious local town, built by the Romans around natural hot springs, which still bubble up their legendary healing waters into the town centre for all to enjoy. During the past 20 years the town and its renowned spa have been renovated beautifully, and guests may now enjoy a luxurious and modern spa experience in historic surroundings at the thermal baths centre, Lago Delle Sorgenti, where people have travelled from far and wide to take the waters since Roman times.

This and other spa centres and hotels in Acqui Terme can be visited for a day of luxury and pampering with relaxing and healing treatments and a combination of hot and cold pools, saunas, steam rooms and massage.

Art and History

Piedmont is rich with art, history and architecture. For Roman remains, a spectacular 10th century cathedral and an archaeological museum head to Acqui Terme (15 minutes away), for royal palaces, contemporary collections, religious artefacts, Egyptian treasures and medieval art spend some time in Turin, for palatial 16th century homes, nautical histories, medieval streets and another fantastic domed cathedral try Genoa.

Our local village of Bubbio has an amazing church with medieval frescoes, as have so many villages in the region, and to see beautiful hilltop villages with medieval stone towers within a 30-minute drive check out Roccaverano and Rocchetta Palafea.

Shopping

Local - the village of Bubbio has a number of small shops, including grocer with butchery, bakery, patisserie, Post Office, newsagent/tobacconist, fresh pasta shop, pharmacy and ironmonger.

Supermarkets – within a 15-minute drive there are medium and large supermarkets.

Local specialty foods – fresh pasta shops, including the well-known Pasta Fresca di Emiliana Pesce, delicatessens selling local cheeses such as Robiola di Roccaverano as well as a huge range of local cooked dishes, meats and preserves, wine shops (try Enoteca La Curia or Enoteca Regionale Acqui ‘Terme e Vino’), the twice-weekly food market for fresh vegetables, cheeses and cold meats are all to be found in Acqui Terme.

Clothes and designer clothes – buy amazing Italian clothes and shoes during your stay at Acqui Terme, Turin or Genoa, or try other nearby towns such as Asti and Alba. For a designer outlet, visit the Serravalle Designer Outlet, 70 minutes drive away for bargains from Prada, Gucci, Burberry, Boss, Armani and hundreds of other brand names.

Antiques and flea markets – at Nizza Monferrrato, Canelli, Ovada and Turin.

Beach – The Italian Riviera is only 70 minutes drive away; head for Savona where if you have time you should visit the Sistine Chapel (built by the same Pope as its more famous namesake in Rome), a Rococo-style chapel with a truly stunning interior.

From Savona you can reach a number of fine beaches – a favourite is at the village of Noli, a few kilometres west along the coast. Like most Italian beaches there are private and public sides, and most people pay to use the private areas which are clean, well supplied with loungers and umbrellas, have toilet facilities, children’s play equipment and a bar/restaurant.

Golf - For golf-lovers there are many options in the area; There is a nine hole course in Acqui Terme (15 mins drive), another 9 hole in Cassine (about 25 mins drive) and 18 hole courses within an hour or so. Check out www.worldgolf.com which has good information on the courses and their whereabouts.

Ski - There are many ski resorts with two hours drive of Bubbio in the Italian Alps, including; Bardonecchia, Rucas di Bagnolo, Frabosa Soprana.

Horse riding – Can be arranged in the local area (5 minutes away) at Scuderia Icaro.

Guided Tours, wine tours, gastronomy tours, guided walking and hiking, guided road biking and mountain biking are available through our nearest neighbour. If you would like to consider this, please ‘email the owner’ and I can put you in touch. Alternatively visit www.outdoorlive.it.

Airports

Please note that although Milan Malpensa is the nearest hub airport, there are many other airport options; Genoa (84km), Turin (128km), and Nice (221km) as well as the other Milan airports, Linate and Bergamo.

More Details
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Kit & Jeska Gould (Owner)
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english

About Kit & Jeska Gould

We are a family of five living in London. It was our dream to own a home in Italy where we could relax and enjoy holidays with friends in a comfortable home-from-home. The picture is our daughter Lola playing by the river.

Kit & Jeska Gould purchased this villa in 2009

Why Kit & Jeska Gould chose Asti

We bought our lovely house because of it's perfect location and traditional character. La Casa Pietra is very quiet and peaceful, in beautiful countryside, in walking distance of a working village, and far enough north to get to from the UK in our car!

What makes this villa unique

We also do a lot of cycling and walking and this area is perfect for it. See our website www.lacasapietra.com for more information.

Guestbook comments from the owner

The house was beautiful and extremely well set up for a few families to stay. We thought the design of the bathrooms and living spaces was exceptional. The view across to Bubbio was also superb, and the way the outdoor living spaces were set up so that you could enjoy the view was also fantastic. It is also great to have everything you need there – dishwashing liquid, laundry detergent and the like. We did not have that everywhere we stayed and it was much appreciated.
May 2012
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Reviews

4.9
based on 27 traveler reviews

Villa in Italy with private pool great cycling hiking wine tours spa slow food
average rating of 4.888889 based on 28 reviews
5

Wonderful stay in lovely house in fantastic location

  • 5 of 5

Lovely comfortable house,in great ,quiet location,but 20 mins walk to charming,friendly village..David was so helpful and a mine of information,on eating,wineries and day trips.

Superb pool. House has everything you could possibly need. Piedmont is simply wonderful,much finer than the vaunted Chiantishire. Fabulous value wonderful wines and great family restaurants within 10 mins drive of house.

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Great spot for a family vacation!

  • 4 of 5

We had a lovely time at the house together with family and relatives. The house and the pool was great!

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
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Very enjoyable stay in Piemonte

  • 5 of 5

Charming and comfortable house. Very nice and well maintained outdoor area and pool. Well equipped house with all necessary utilities and equipment. Four nice bikes, two retro bikes and two good road bikes. During our stay, it was unusually hot and air conditioning would have improved sleep quality. Excellent service provided by caretaker David, helping out with local knowledge and generally being available for all sorts of minor and major problems. Will absolutely recommend the house, and we will most likely try to return in the future.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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Casa Pietra was everything we'd hoped and more!

  • 4 of 5

Casa Pietra is every bit as lovely as it looks. David was a generous and informative host, and the house was spectacular. We enjoyed the pool, the ripe cherries, the walks along the river in the evenings, and the local wineries and markets. There was something for everyone, old and young. The kitchen was a dream, the rooms spacious and clean, and the town of Bubbio close enough to walk. We loved every minute and hope to find our way back another summer.

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
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Excellent.

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a wonderful family vacation. The pool is great; the villa is well stocked and the bedrooms are very comfortable.

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
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A Fantastic Fall Trip

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at La Casa Pietra was fantastic. We shared this villa with another family and it was big enough to accommodate all of us without feeling cramped. The outdoor space was lovely and it was just warm enough to use the pool on one of the days. Our children had a great time exploring the area. We visited several vineyards and David was also kind enough to find a chef for us for a few nights. I would highly recommend the chef. Her food was delicious and it was great not having to prep, cook and clean up for a large party. We will come back again. I would highly recommend this villa.

  • Submitted: Nov 30, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
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Map

Nearest Airport
173 Kilometres
Milan
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Bubbio
Nearest Ferry
84 Kilometres
Genoa
Nearest Golf
18 Kilometres
Acqui Terme
Nearest Train
18 Kilometres
Acqui Terme
Nearest Motorway
35 Kilometres
Asti Est
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Bubbio
Nearest Ski
100 Kilometres
Frabosa Soprana
Nearest Beach
80 Kilometres
Noli
Car: necessary

The Bormida Valley is a quiet and sunny area, with gently sloping hills covered for the most part in vines and hazelnut groves. It is a beautiful and tranquil location and in easy reach of many places of interest, such as Asti, Aqui Terme, Canelli, Alba, Genoa and Turin.

The area is renowned for its excellent cuisine and wines in particularly Barbera, Dolcetto, Moscato and Brachetto. You can visit most vineyards to sample and purchase these excellent wines at reasonable rates, and there are many wonderful restaurants within easy reach serving local and Piemonte gastronomic specialities, such as truffles and Robbiola cheeses.

There are footpaths and tracks for walking and small quiet roads for cycling; Acqui Terme has a magnificent thermal baths centre and there are various markets at all the nearby villages and towns. The Italian Riviera and its many beaches is an hour's drive away and the Italian Alps just over an hour’s drive with the Ligurian mountains much closer.

Other Activities: Wellness Centre and Thermal Spa

Golf: For golf-lovers there are many options in the area; There is a nine hole course in Acqui Terme (15 mins drive), another 9 hole in Cassine (about 25 mins drive) and 18 hole courses within an hour or so. Check out www.worldgolf.com which has good information on the courses and their whereabouts.

Ski: There are many ski resorts with two hours drive of Bubbio in the Italian alps, including;

Rucas di Bagnolo

Frabosa Soprana

Lurisia

Paesana-Pian Mune

Garessio 2000

Please note that although Milan Malpensa is the nearest hub airport, there are many other airport options; Genoa (84km), Turin (128km), and Nice(221km).

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Rates & Availability

Asti Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
High
Jun 4 2016 - Sep 2 2016
7 night minimum stay
$4,381
 
 
Mid
Sep 3 2016 - Sep 30 2016
7 night minimum stay
$3,285
 
 
Low
Oct 1 2016 - Dec 16 2016
7 night minimum stay
$2,188
 
 
Christmas & New Year
Dec 17 2016 - Jan 6 2017
7 night minimum stay
$5,478
 
 
Low
Jan 7 2017 - Mar 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
$2,188
 
 
Mid
Apr 1 2017 - Jun 2 2017
7 night minimum stay
$3,285
 
 
High
Jun 3 2017 - Sep 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
$4,381
 
 
Mid
Sep 2 2017 - Nov 3 2017
7 night minimum stay
$3,285
 
 
Low
Nov 4 2017 - Dec 15 2017
7 night minimum stay
$2,188
 
 
Christmas & New Year
Dec 16 2017 - Jan 5 2018
7 night minimum stay
$5,478
 
 
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$3,285
 

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $110

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Amenities

Asti Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 160 m²
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Rustic
General:
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , + wash basin
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , + wash basin (downstairs)
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , bidet , + wash basin
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower , + wash basin
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , En-suite
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 3 child bed , (Bunk beds)
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , 3 child bed , Child beds are bunk beds plus a single.
  • The bedrooms will accommodate 8 adults and up to 6 children. One bedroom is on the ground floor and has an ensuite shower and toilet. The other 3 bedrooms are upstairs, and share two bathrooms between the three.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • 25 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
There is a large (netted) trampoline outside for children, as well as two swings. Our local manager lives on site, which means that the property is very well maintained for guests. He is very discrete and will not disturb your holiday, but is available to help with local advice and anything requiring attention.

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