Cascina del Forno
Farmhouse | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 8
Lovingly restored to the highest modern standards, this stunning farmhouse enjoys panoramic views of the rolling Barbera hills and Alps beyond. Located between Asti and Nizza Monferrato, it is ideal for families & anyone who enjoys the delights of Piedmontese cuisine and wine.
The house has a generous open plan kitchen, which give wonderful views out from the huge French windows over the landscaped herb garden, to the rolling hills beyond. It's fireplace next to the long dinning table make it a wonderful place to relax over a delicious meal. The living room also has a fire, 2 sofas, one of which can be converted into a 2 person bed. This delightful room with original brick vaulted ceilings is a wonderful place to relax, watch English Satellite TV or the large collection of DVDs. Upstairs there is a generous shower room, a double bedroom with balcony, a smaller bedroom with two twin beds suitable for children. The magnificent master bed room includes an en-suite bathroom, separate shower, WC and woodburning stove. From the large double bed you can enjoy charming views of Mombercelli Castle and on clear days, the Alps in the distance.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Varazze 118 km|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Torino 103 km, Nearest railway: Montegrosso di Asti 5 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Swing set, Trampoline|
|Further details indoors|
There are 2 further toilets in the property.
All the windows have in-built, open-able mosquito screens, and so natural ventilation and electric fans are sufficient to provide the cooling necessary in summer.
The property is L shaped made up of three houses and associated barns. Two of these houses have been renovated, and are used solely by the guests. The third house is awaiting restoration..
For parties up to 10 people, or if you require 3 full double beds, a further double bedroom and bathroom can be rented in an attached wing of the property. Please contact the owner for more details and rates.
|Further details outdoors|
This L shaped house is nestled around a landscaped herb garden with an abundance of sage, thyme, bay, basil, chives, mint, parsley, lavender. Beyond is a terraced garden with flowering lavender beds, a vegetable patch and fruit trees (Cherry, fig, persimmon, pomegranate) which guests are welcome to pick from and enjoy depending on what is in season.
There is shady gazebo with 3m long stone table with seating for 10 people, plus a Weber Gas grill, which is the perfect place to cook and enjoy lazy lunches taking in the wonderful view. The gazebo has also a swing, and hooks for 2 hammocks.
Children welcome, but due to the sunken pond and fountain in the garden the property is not suitable for toddlers, and small children must be supervised at all times in the garden. The garden includes a 14' trampoline with safety net for the young at heart, 2 hammocks, 3 sun loungers. Boules, Badminton, Ping Pong and a Basket Ball Hoop are also available.
The property has a cat flap, so cats considered.
* Rate Includes: fresh linen, towels (bath towels only, does not include beach towels for swimming), electricity & heating and post-stay cleaning.
* Security deposit: a security deposit of €400 is requested to cover any possible breakages or damages to the property and fixtures and fittings. This will be returned to you after departure, subject to no damage.
* For parties up to 10 people, or if you require 3 full double beds, a further double bedroom and bathroom can be rented in an attached wing of the property. Please contact the owner for more details and rates.
The North West Italy region
Located in the heart of the white truffle producing area of Piedmont, Mombercell an easy drive from the epicentre of the Slow Food Movement in Bra and Alba, with it's International Truffle Festival. It is also just 20 minutes away from the the Provincial capital Asti which is famous for Italy's oldest horse racing Palio and International Wine competition. Whether you want to browse in the weekly market of Nizza Monferrato or go wine tasting in Barolo, hiking or golfing, you will be spoiled for choice.
Indeed, Mombercelli is ideally located for day trips to the beach on the Ligurian coast, skiing or mountain trekking in the Italian Alps, or shopping for designer clothes in Turin or Milan.
Mombercelli is one of the principal areas where the prized white truffles are found in Piedmont. Our neighbour is a regular lecturer at Eataly in Turin, and in the Truffle season, when he is not busy running his agriturismo restaurant he is happy to show novices how he goes truffle hunting with his dogs. Mombercelli holds its annual Truffle Festival every 3rd Sunday in October.
The culture of teh grape is evident everywhere. The gently rolling hills are covered with vineyards, and local wines include Barbera, Moscato, Gavi, sparkling wines of Asti and the lesser known dry Cortese. Wine tastings in the many local independent wine producers is a great way to spend the afternoon.
During the summer months (June-August) Mombercelli's public open air swimming pool is a great place to cool off and see the locals at play. There is a 25m pool, a toddler pool, jacuzzi, tennis court, football pitch, beach volley ball court, a bar as well as wonderful restaurant.
Nizza Monferrato, just 20 minutes drive away has a wonderful Friday market, with seasonal locally grown produce is available. In June the Gara de Botti (barrel race) sees teams of careering winemakers pushing enormous wooden barrels, racing through the streets of the town.
Canelli, just 15mins drive away, holds every June a historic re-enactment of a C17th Seige of the town. Also not be be missed is a visit to the Cathedrals of Canelli, wonderful subterranean wine cavens that have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. Sparkling wines from this area have been drunken by the aristocracy of Europe for centuries.
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