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Five of us stayed here for a week and we had such a wonderful time. Never before have I rented a house with such a generous, helpful and smiley owner. She could not do enough for us and really helped to make our stay special. The kitchen was left full of provisions, there was a bottle of wine on the table and we were told that we could help ourselves to produce in the garden, and that the garden was free for us to wander in wherever. The house is really interesting with marble floors and old furnishings and it has a homely, spacious quality. Apart from all that, the rural setting of the house was quite special, surrounded by hills and trees, and with goats and sheep alongside and with the perfect terrace from which to watch the sun rise or the storms over the mountains. We did not have a car but the owner was more than willing to ferry us whenever we needed her to, and she directed us to the best ways to walk to the lakes and into Avigliana, both of which were well worth visiting and only took about half an hour to reach by foot. Avigliana was ancient and not spoiled by tourism, the lakes were excellent for swimming, boating and walking, and we enjoyed the frescoes at San Antonio. We also walked from the house up to the amazing Sacra San Michele. There are no shops in the village of Bertassi apart from the most delicious bakery just opposite the house and this also stocked other basic provisions. There was also a promising looking restaurant but that was closed while we were there. This did not matter because we loved being at the house. For anyone wanting a rural stay which is out of the ordinary, this is the place to go.
The spacious appartement is decorated with love and care and lots of antiques which have been in the family for ages. The house in its beautiful park is a haven of peace and nature, but the transtation is only minutes away and brings you within 20 minutes to Turin's busy city centre. But the best of all is the family of Barbara, who take the utmost care that the guests feel really welcome. An absolute star and a place to come back to.