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What a wonderful week at Casa Montaldo! The property is beautifully appointed and what views(!) and what a swimming pool(!). The property is also in a lovely village with a great restaurant, Osteria La Montaldina. What a Sunday lunch! Lovely places to visit all around and walks to take. We could not have had a better week! Thank you Rainer!
The villa has lots of character and the rooms are a good size. The shuttered windows and stone floors give a lovely old, rustic feel to the place. There was plenty of room and equipment for our group of 7( ages from 13 to 57) we didn't use all the bedrooms. There is a pizza oven outside though we didn't get around to using it but I imagine would be fun for a family to try out. The pool is fantastic and we had a great time (we brought our own airbeds with us). However, there isn't much shade around the pool but the ample sun loungers are great, very comfortable with a small canopy attached which can be angled to shade the head. It would have been good to have had a couple of small plastic tables next to the sun beds to put snacks and drinks on. The villa is up a pretty steep hill which made us blow a bit but we managed to walk up daily, some people may find it quite difficult. It takes about 20 minutes to walk into Acqui Terme which is a lovely town with lots of narrow streets and old buildings. The train station is also within walking distance but would be quite a hike with luggage. We found a good size supermarket just before the town itself and we did all our food shopping there. We walked everywhere as we had no car. I would just add that it was a bad year for mosquitoes so I would suggest bringing insect repellent and antihistamine cream but that's just one of those things that can't be helped. We had a great 2 week stay in a beautiful villa with everything we needed. Maie, who manages the home for Barbara was lovely and very helpful and on call for any advice or assistance. We would definitely recommend it and would love to go back again.