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There is something magical about driving up winding Italian roads and turning into a mysterious drive. This is what you experience when you first enter the tree lined entrance of Casa Colina. And then there it is,this lovely pale yellow farmhouse oozing rustic character and charm. It's a welcoming house with lots of interesting nooks and crannies including a hayloft. The house has been decorated and furnished sympathetically yet with all the mod cons you need. The bedrooms are cool and spacious with such very comfortable beds. The modern shower rooms are a welcoming bonus. The grounds are stunning, with the swimming pool taking pride of place. To swim in this pool taking in the breathtaking views of surrounding hills must be one of the best things about our stay here.
The nearby towns are a short drive away and full of friendly bars and lovely restaurants. There are also many traditional local Casa's which offer wine tasting with platters of tasty food.
The owners of the property went out of their way to make our stay extremely pleasant. We had an amazing time at Casa Colina and can't wait to return.
A lovely flat, equipped for most needs, (though no oven) and stunning views, especially from the rear terrace. The swimming pool is kept clean and is well-maintained, and even at the end of September I enjoyed several swims.
This is an area above all for wine lovers and people who prefer unspoilt areas with relatively few tourists. The wine around here is some of the most expensive in Italy - Barolo - but you can get some good deals - we liked Anselma in the village square. Good restaurants - we loved Tre Case - within easy walking distance, so no fears about driving.
Salvatore and Anna were kindness itself, checking several times that things were going well and providing extra pillows when I mentioned they might have been nice. We cooked for ourselves many evenings, though it was too late in the year (and the mosquitoes too hungry) for us to eat outside, as we did for breakfast and some lunches.
We loved the Donkey Palio in Alba, the first Sunday in October, a wonderful mix of pageantry and humour - those donkeys know their own minds! We also really enjoyed driving round the countryside - you get to understand "tornante" (hairpin bends) very quickly, but it is truly beautiful. We didn't feel the need to go very far afield - there are many delightful villages and castles in easy reach.
A genuinely relaxed holiday. Many thanks to Salvatore e Anna. Mille grazie!