The detached villa with private pool is located on the edge of Mombaldone, a small village in the heart of the Piedmont region.The four-bedroomed property comfortably accommodates eight people and is ideally suited to extended families or two families holidaying together. There's everything on site for a self-contained holiday, but the location of the villa means that guests are on the doorstep of the world-famous vineyards of the Piedmont region. The villa itself was fully renovated in 2010, with an emphasis on retaining the traditional qualities and comforts of the property, whilst being equipped with all modern conveniences. The well-proportioned rooms with marble floors and high ceilings emphasise the spacious interior and give a light, airy feel to the property. The large, fully enclosed private gardens have a luxurious 11 metre swimming pool in the front lawns, surrounded by fruit trees and vines, with numerous areas for relaxing and dining in the sun or shade.
Location: This property is located on the edge of the small village of Mombaldone, in the Piedmont region of North West Italy. The villa is easily accessible by road or rail, just half a kilometre from the main Acqui Terme –Savona Road and has a rail station in the village. Visitors can enjoy the countryside, lakes and coast and are in easy reach of the main cities of the region, i.e. Milan, Turin and Genoa. Although Piedmont is world renowned by food and wine connoisseurs it still remains relatively undiscovered by mainstream tourists.
The villa’s location, with the Italian Riviera one hour to the south, and skiing one hour to the west, provides a climate of contrasting seasons, with hot Mediterranean summers and snow filled alpine winters. Springtime brings mild days, when the blossoms and fruit trees burst into bloom, whilst autumn provides a blaze of colour and signals the picking of the grapes from the numerous vineyards across the region.
Mombaldone: Mombaldone itself is the only village in the Asti region that is still surrounded by its original walls. The entrance to the ancient village is through a Gothic-style entrance door to the shelter, which has been preserved in its original medieval form. The most important monuments converge on Piazza Umberto at the centre of the village and although the 13th century castle is now little more than a ruin ravaged by time, it is also well worth a visit.
In the village there is a post office, shop, rail station and local bar. The local shop is open every day and supplies all the essentials required for a self-catering holiday including freshly baked bread. The train is a useful and practical way to visit the beautiful, small villages along Italian Riviera; tickets can be purchased from the post office. A 5 minute drive or a 30 minute walk takes you to the village of Montechiaro D’Acqui, where there is a bank, ATM, chemist, butcher, baker, garage, bars, and a great pizza restaurant.
Local Attractions: Only 20 minutes’ drive from the villa is the spa town of Acqui Terme. It is steeped in history, yet has designer shops, boutiques, fabulous restaurants and great cafés as well as a hypermarket. The thermal water comes to the surface in Piazza Bollente, in the centre of town. People come from miles around to bottle the sulphuric scented water from the fountain, heated naturally to 75°C, due to its health giving properties.Acqui Terme also boasts one of the largest outdoor swimming pools in Europe consisting of 3 linked pools, with areas for the very young, and for those that are very brave with 10 metre diving boards!
The area is famed around the world for its selection of fine wines. These include Barolo, Barbaresco, Barbera, Dolcetto and Moscato D'Asti. Many wine tours take place throughout the region.
Local cuisine is renown throughout Italy, the precious white truffles of this region are a special delicacy, with special truffle markets being held in Alba during Autumn.