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Charming Restored Country Farm House With Large Private Swimming Pool and Garden

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,690 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Farmhouse in Tagliolo Monferrato, Alessandria, Piedmont, Italy

Nested in a quiet and secluded valley in the beautiful wilderness of Piedmont Alto Monferrato hills (1,5 km off road access), but only 10 minutes drive from the villages of Lerma and Tagliolo and from Ovada motorway exit on A26, Cascina Pracina will welcome you with its wide fenced garden, large private swimming pool, spacious veranda and portico with sliding glass doors, Swedish sauna, pool table room, wood oven, wood stoves, offering you a unique relaxing atmosphere for a perfect vacation.

And when you're tired of relaxing you can always go hiking through the Parco delle Capanne di Marcarolo

or explore the Laghi della Lavagnina area,

go biking or horse riding through valleys and wineyards, visiting old castles or antique markets, taking wine tours, golfing', enjoying the thermal baths in the old Roman town of Acqui Terme

On selected dates we can book for you cooking classes, wine tasting and dinners in some of the best wine farms and restaurants of Piedmont Monferrato, or visit to some old medieval castles like the Castello di Tagliolo

in 1 hour drive you can visit the historic city of Genova

or the white truffle world capital of Alba in the Langhe

and get to taste some of the best red wines in the world in the wineries of Barolo

and Barbaresco

if you love shopping in 45 min drive you can reach the European largest shopping center of Serravalle Outlet

or in about 1hr drive go to downtown Milano, the fashion trendy capital of Italy

In 1,5 hour drive you can reach the East Ligurian Riviera and visit the beautiful towns of Camogli,

Santa Margherita Ligure

Portofino, world famous little village and harbour,

Sestri Levante

In about 2 hours drive you get to the amazing UNESCO Heritage site of the Cinque Terre and its natural Park

The West Ligurian Riviera is also very close, and in 1-1,5 hr drive range you can reach the medieval villages of Noli,




and Bussana Vecchia

More Details

Property Manager
martino coppo
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, Italian
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
19 September, 2018

About martino coppo

We love nature, hiking and horse riding, music, reading, fine cooking and wine, and we escape from the city as much as possible to enjoy the absolute quiet, harmony and relaxing atmosphere of Cascina Pracina.

We're looking forward to welcoming you and helping you in turning your vacation into a special and unique experience.

On request and on selected dates we can offer you cooking classes, wine tasting and provide special meals with Piedmont and Ligurian local dishes.

Ester and Martino

What makes this villa unique

if you're looking for a quiet and isolated environment to relax in the beautiful nature of Nothern Italy's appennino, Cascina Pracina is the perfect place for you.

At the same time you will be only 10-15 minutes driving distance from the nearest villages and the town of Ovada, where you will find all the shops, food market, restaurants, supermarkets and facilities you might look for.

Guestbook comments from the manager

We enjoyed our stay in the spacious and nicely renovated villa Cascina Pracina enormously. The location is excellent if you prefer peace and privacy over quick accessibility of shops and restaurants. If you want to experience the feeling of being alone on a hill, this is the place to go. The house is surrounded by forest and accessible via an unpaved road. Due to the remote location Mobile access and Internet/wifi are restricted. Our kids had to adapt and re-learn that unlimited data access and streaming is not a given, for them a new experience :(

For day trips, the location is very good as well with Asti, Barolo, Milan, Turin, Genoa all within reach (less than 2 hour travel distance).

Our kids enjoyed themselves in the large swimming pool, playing table tennis and/or table football. All in perfect condition and excellently maintained!

The house is well equipped though we missed a dishwasher in the kitchen which would come in handy for a family of 5. A nice surprise was the availability of good bed mattresses, something

we often faced a problem with in the past. For 5 persons, the bedroom setup was perfect.

In the evening we loved preparing diner outside on the gas barbecue while enjoying a glass of excellent local wine.

Martino and Ester are very friendly, helpful and accessible in case of questions.

We definitely consider another stay!

Geert and Elke
Jul 2017
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa around the Tagliolo Monferrato around the Province of Alessandria

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2690 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
  • BATHROOM 1 with wash tub/shower, sink, bidet, Swedish sauna and window BATHROOM 2 with shower box, sink, bidet, washing machine, small window
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Sofa bed/Futon
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: ACCOMMODATION Bedroom 1 with large double bed Bedroom 2 with large double bed or 2 single beds + cot on request Bedroom 3 (studio) with 2 single sofa beds
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • Sauna
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • tennis
Outside: large gazebo with table seating 6, 2 seats hammock, deck chairs and beds, wood and gas BBQ Utility Room: Heating system Washing machine WI FI internet access Satellite TV Gas BBQ Outdoor wood BBQ Tennis table Covered parking Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bath towels and linen are included and changed on a weekly basis; final cleaning of the property after every rental period Euro 50,00. Extra cleaning on request. Other: VERANDA with sliding glass doors facing the garden, 12 seats table, wood oven, wood stove, couches Soccer table Pool table Private outdoor swimming pool 10x5 mt., large gazebo, dressing room cabin with WC and outdoor shower, 2 seats hammock


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Even better then on the pictures

  • 5 of 5

Great villa.All utilities more then available. Located remotely about 5-10 minutes drive on a dirt road creating a vey private and quite atmosphere. Owners very helpfull. Stayed with family of 4 (2 young kids) lovec the pool

  • Review Submitted: 31-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Paul, we're happy to know that you've enjoyed the remote location (actually the dirt road to the house is about 1,5km) and the quite atmosphere at our property, as well as the facilities and swimming pool. We hope to have you back as our guests in the future! Martino & Ester
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The best pool and villa set up anywhere.

  • 5 of 5

Martino and his partner went out of his way to help us, from finding us in the local supermarket and leading us up the mountain to his lovely home and cooking us a welcome meal, to arranging for us to visit his castle and vineyard owning friend! We've stayed in dozens of villas all over Europe and this one has the best pool. Period. Definitely off the beaten track, you can get 4G outside, inside wifi is a bit dodgy, but instead we learned how much the family loves to play the card game Uno together, and have a laugh! Maybe we'd take a soft 'mattress topper' but apart from that, you really cannot fault it. A hidden gem!

  • Review Submitted: 06-Feb-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A really peaceful location-lovely property.

  • 4 of 5

The property, as others have said, is in a beautiful location. If you want to relax and get away from it all, this is a great option. There are plenty of facilities, such as table tennis and a pool table if you choose but we spent most of our time by the pool. Martino set up a wine tasting at the castle for us and the views from the tower were amazing. The facilities are good with most things that you could want and the property was very clean and tidy. We found the sleeping a little cramped with our daughters sharing a sofa bed but there was plenty of space around elsewhere. The view of the night sky from the balcony was great and we enjoyed star gazing. Wi-if, as you may expect, was very slow but that only made us switch off even more. A lovely break and we would definitely return. Lovely hospitality.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Cascina pracina is a beautiful villa in an idyllic Piedmont hillside location, with all the amenities you could wish for. The villa is superbly positioned, being just 10-15 mins drive from the autoroute and supermarket, and the quint Italian town of Ovada. In Ovada you can stock up on fresh produce at the local market, and some excellent pasta from one of the local shops!

The villa is also very private and very peaceful, the perfect place to relax.

There is plenty to see and do, including the beautiful cinque terre (5 cliff top fishing villages only accessible by boat or train), acquarium at genoa( one of the largest in Europe), Pisa, and Turin. The lovely town of Barolo is also not too far, where you have to sample some of Italy's best red!

Our three boys were kept very entertained, and loved the swimming pool, table tennis, table football and pool table!

I would not normally leave such a review, but the owners Martino and Ester were so friendly and accommodating, offering very helpful advice during our stay it would be a crime not to give them and Cascina pracina 5 out of 5!

Highly recommended!

  • Review Submitted: 05-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Piedmont paradise!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Cascina Pracina in early June, and had the most wonderful relaxing holiday break. Well off the beaten track, with no properties within sight, this truly is a place to relax, kick back and forget about busy city life.

Martino and Ester were perfect hosts, full of useful information and ideas to make our stay memorable.

The farmhouse was full of character and charm, with lots of communal space. The grounds are beautiful with well situated pool and even an area for table tennis.

Our children also enjoyed the table football and pool table, whilst mum and dad enjoyed the sunny weather and local wine!

The food and drink in this area was amazing, with plenty of local villages to visit and enjoy. There is a big supermarket in Ovada which had everything we could possibly need.

Overall the property felt like a home from home, and we will definitely visit again in the future.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Jul-2015
  • Date of Stay: June 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Just perfect

  • 5 of 5

A lovely villa, clean and full of character. Beautiful building with all the facilities you would expect from a modern structure, but it looks and feels old and traditional.

The rooms are cool in the morning even it is alreeady hot outside.

A great setting, very private and very comfortable, lovely pool.

Highly recommended if you want to get away from tourist crowds. 100% private and not overlooked by any other house.

The owners are very nice and helpful couple and helped us with everything to make our holiday perfect.

100% recommendation.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Jul-2014
  • Date of Stay: June 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
6 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
35 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
15 Kilometres
villa carolina
Nearest Train
10 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
8 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
6 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
35 Kilometres
Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

On request the owners can provide cooking classes, special dinners with local dishes, folk guitar and mandolin workshops, local wine farm tours, wine tasting, horse riding trails and bicycle ride.


Ligurian Riviera is at 45 minutes driving, Portofino at 90 minutes driving, the Tuscany’s coasts and beautiful beaches are two hours driving distance. Montecarlo 2 hours driving distance and the French Riviera are about 3 hours driving distance


Genoa (45 min/50 km), Turin (1 hour and 45 min/160 Km), Milan Linate (1 hour and 25min/132Km), Milan Malpensa (1 hour and 45min/165Km), Bergamo Orio al Serio (2 hours/185Km), Pisa (2 hours and 40min/225Km). The nearest railway station is in Ovada (17min/9Km), Novi Ligure (30 min/25Km).


Supermarkets, shops, banks, restaurants at 8/10 minutes drive. In the middle of Alto Monferrato wine district, the house is conveniently located in the middle of North West Italy: Alessandria (45min/45Km), Acqui Terme (45min/35Km), Genoa (50Min/55Km), Turin(1 hour and 30min/130Km), Milan (1 hour and 30min/120Km) and the nearby Alps are easily reached by highways or railway in 2 hour.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa around the Tagliolo Monferrato,

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
medium season
1 Sep 2018 - 27 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
high season
22 Jun 2019 - 27 Jul 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
medium season
31 Aug 2019 - 28 Sep 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

final cleaning £88.76
Refundable Damage Deposit £266.29
Pet Fee £44.38

Booking Notes:
Please contact owner.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Saturday, but we can make exceptions on special request

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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