Casa Fontana, sympathetically restored to a high specification with stylish and modern interior. This charming house has amazing views over Piemonte and serves as an absolute retreat and a very relaxing place to escape to. Casa Fontana is nestled in the foothills of Mount Viso sitting in its own 3 acres of garden with private wood. The garden is fenced in for pets. Immediately on the doorstep you have excellent hiking and trails.
This particular part of Italy, the north-westerly corner, bordering the French Alps, is almost completely undiscovered. It is not on the Italian tourist trail and it is here that you can see and experience the 'real' Italy. The area is renowned for its food & wine.
The house features two double bedrooms with queen-sized beds, two bathrooms (one of which is en-suite), a kitchen/dining room, a lounge and a utility room. The house has been completely restored and redecorated throughout, using Italian tiles and the local Luserna stone. The new central heating system is fired via a wood pellet biomass boiler (situated in one of the outside storerooms). There is a beautifully large Dovre wood burner in the lounge and a smaller Dovre wood burner in the kitchen/dining room. One of the bedrooms has an open fire. Firewood will be supplied for a small cost (after the first complimentary two baskets).
The water for the house is supplied courtesy of the mountain springs.
Piemonte (translation is 'the foot of the hills') is one of Italy's largest regions. It is a land of mountains, surrounded on three sides by the Alps – with the Alps forming the background for picturesque and beautiful sweeping valleys.
At its heart, is the capital of Piemonte, Turin (Torino) - an eclectic City, that combines baroque palaces with contemporary architecture.
This is the region that produces some of the best wines in Italy including Barbaresco, Barbera, Gavi, Arneis, and 'The King of Wines', Barolo.
The fertile calcareous soil and unique geography of this region produces some of the world's best food products such as Risotto rice, Porcini mushrooms, Gorgonzola cheese and the famous White Truffle from Alba. Alba is also the birthplace of the “Slow Food” movement i.e. everything that fast food is not.
The immediate area around Casa Fontana is rural and decidedly quirky. It has its own unique character that needs to be experienced. Although English is little spoken, the local people are very friendly, and you will have few problems in the local shops or supermarkets.
The local town of Bagnolo Piemonte has a number of interesting shops, cafes, restaurants, a supermarket, a Post Office and a pharmacy. The very lively market is held in the town Piazza on a Wednesday morning.
There are a number of charming ancient towns and villages quite close too.