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Stunning Architect-designed restored Farmhouse near Asti, Piedmont

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Bedrooms 3
Separate WC's2
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 5 nights

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Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday farmhouse in Gazo - Cascina del Forno

3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1 cloak room, sleeps 8

Lovingly restored to the highest modern standards, the Cascina Del Forno is a stunning Piedmontese farmhouse that blends original 18th Century and modern design features. It's generous open plan kitchen, gives wonderful views out from the huge French windows over the landscaped herb garden, to the rolling hills and Alps beyond. It's fireplace next to the long dinning table make it a wonderful place to relax over a delicious meal. The living room also has a fire, 2 sofas, one of which can be converted into a 2 person bed. This delightful room with original brick vaulted ceilings is a wonderful place to relax, watch TV or the large collection of DVDs. Upstairs there is a generous shower room, a double bedroom with balcony, a smaller bedroom with two twin beds suitable for children. The magnificent master bed room includes an en-suite bathroom, separate shower, WC. From the large double bed you can enjoy charming views of Mombercelli Castle and on clear days, the Alps in the distance.

For larger parties of up to 10 people, or if you require 3 full double beds, rental of an additional double bed and bathroom can be arranged with the owner, in a wing of the house, that usually closed to guests.

Terraced garden: The house forms part of a secluded L-shaped courtyard, made up of three houses and their attached barn, all owned by the proprietor. Two of the houses have been fully restored, the 3rd is awaiting restoration. Guests have sole use of the whole site. There is a landscaped, terraced garden with a vegetable patch and a herb garden that guests are welcome to enjoy. A small pond with fountain, mean that Cascina del Forno is unsuitable for toddlers, and small children will need to be supervised at all times. A 14” trampoline is great for the young and the young at heart to let off steam. The house is also equipped with badminton and boules. Meanwhile, a spacious shady gazebo with gas barbecue grill, sun lounger and hammocks, make it idyllic for families or adults. It is the perfect place to sit with a glass of local Barbera or sparkling Cortese or enjoy a lazy meal, with the panoramic views of the valleys, and on clear days, the distant Alps.

Monferrato: a food & wine paradise: The Monferrato region is a foodie's paradise, well known for its white truffles, wild boar, fresh pasta and Nutella as well as glorious wine (Barolo, Barbaresco, Barbera, Nebiolo Arneis and Moscato). Bra and Alba, the home of the Slow Food Movement are a short 30 minute drive away. Indeed, Cascina del Forno is located in Mombercelli, one of the key centres for white truffles. Our neighbour at the bottom of the hill is one of Piedmont's premier truffle experts who lectures regularly at Eataly. During the truffle season in October/November he is happy to take visitor's truffle hunting on his land or welcome them into his agriturismo restaurant, that specialises in dishes using truffles. But street markets held in every local town, offer an abundance of fresh local produce any day of the week you decide to go shopping.

Wine tastings and vineyard tours are a wonderful way to discover the authenticity and passion of the local independent winemakers. Particularly interesting are the magnificent cellars or ‘underground cathedrals’ in nearby Canelli, which have been designated a UNESCO world heritage site.

Festivals & other local activities: If you like swimming, June-Sept Mombercelli has a wonderful outdoor communal pool with jacuzzi, tennis court and football pitch and bar/restaurant. Its a great place to watch and meet the locals. There are lots of picturesque marked cycling routes on the local highways and byways. Walking and hiking in the local lanes or the Tanaro National Park are also a delight.

Experience one of the many annual local festivals, the most famous being the Asti Palio each September, older than the one held in Sienna. Then there is the medieval re-enactment of the Siege of Canelli each June in which all the locals dress up to become protagonists in the battles, cars are banished from the streets of the old town, and replaced with bales of hay, craft demonstrations and pop up street banquets. Meanwhile, there is the hilarious donkey palio in Alba, to rival & mock the equestrian version in Asti, or the renowned International Truffle Festival in Alba each October.

************************************************ GUEST REVIEWS ***************************************************************

We had a really good time in you fantastic house. It is an ideal place to relax. The weather was better than expected so early in the year. We had only two days snow and rain but all the other days a lot of sun.

The house is very comfortable and very well equipped. We were very impressed by the large and very nice bed/bathroom. We did some hiking in the region and also in the Aosta valley. We visited Asti, Alba and Turino.

These are very nice and interesting towns. Thanks a lot that we could experience this good time.

Wolfgang, Germany April 2012

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Jo Pearl
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, French, Italian
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Calendar last updated:
23 October, 2016
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About Jo Pearl

We fell in love with the rollling hills of this region, and when we began house hunting in Piedmont. While initially we were looking for a house nearer to Torino in the foothills of the Alps, it was the gentle undulations of this landscape that the took our breath away and made us plump for the Barbera region in the end. The colours of the vineyards and fields and the views across hills to the distant Alps and Apennine mountain ranges made each day a particular pleasure.

In 2007 we decided to move to Mombercelli in order to manage and experience the adventure of the renovation work that we were undertaking on the house, expecting to stay for just one year. But it proved too lovely to leave and so we lived permanently here for 2 years, putting the children into local schools, running out businesses from this hill-top position and becoming fluent in Italian.

We now flit between London and Mombercelli, and are fortunate in being able to come back and slot into our Italian home and life for 10 weeks of the year, during school holidays.

The remainder of the time, it is nice to be able to rent it to holiday visitors, and share this little known but wonderful area with the wider world.

Jo Pearl purchased this farmhouse in 2006

Why Jo Pearl chose Asti

We fell in love with the secluded courtyard feel of the property, and adore its panoramic views over the hills, to the distant Alps. From the road, the house looks like it has turned its back to the world. But as soon as you drive through the arched gates of the property, you feel like you are in a private, secluded haven. Up until 30 years ago, this L shaped series of three houses, used to be home to and extended family of 37 people. It is now a generous and secluded space for guests to enjoy solely made up of 2 renovated houses, and one un-renovated houses around a landscaped herb garden.

The local passion for top quality food is extraordinary. I have learned how to make tomato passata, bagna cauda sauce and fresh pasta thanks to my neighbours interventions. I have been truffle and porcini hunting in the autumn mists. It has been a wonderful adventure that has enriched my life enormously.

What makes this farmhouse unique

We have renovated the the house to be as eco-friendly as possible. With solar shading/balcony, large windows to let in as much daylight as possible, solar panels, lots of insulation in the wall to make it cosy in winter and cool in summer.

We love to sit at the kitchen table and look at the changing light of the panoramic views across the herb garden, rolling hills and beyond to the Alps. The vegetable patch in the garden that our lovely neighbour helps keep watered when we are not there is a source of great satisfaction. It is wonderful to be able to load up the car with jars of tomato passata at the end of each summer and have a taste of Mombercelli in London on cold winter nights. Indeed we have had lots of appreciative comments from guests who have enjoyed helping themselves to the zucchini and tomatoes, cherries, persimmon and figs available, depending on the season.

While we have chosen not to build a swimming pool at the house, this does not mean that there is not great swimming to be had locally. Mombercelli public pool is an amazing amenity, and a great place to do some serious people watching. Open from the beginning of June until the beginning of September, this large pool is landscaped with a garden, cafe, football pitch, tennis courts, beach volley ball, and jacuzzi.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hello Jo, Just a note to say how much we enjoyed our stay at the Villa - it was a memorable family occasion! We made good use of the barbeque and outdoor eating. The young grandchildren enjoyed the trampoline and watching the lizards and unusual butterflies.They liked the peaches off the tree and some tomatoes off the plants. A few games of table tennis were played.Our grand daughter's wedding in Costigliole D'Asti was wonderful with an enjoyable reception just out of town. We got to know Asti quite well and had a couple of excellent meals at the CasaMar Osteria in Asti. Our son and his wife from the USA visited Genova and Torino by train which was convenient.
Jun 2014
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Stunning Architect-designed restored Farmhouse near Asti, Piedmont
average rating of 4.7777777 based on 12 reviews

Beautifully restored farmhouse with fabulous view

  • 5 of 5

We spent a wonderful, peaceful week at the Cascina del Forno which is situated in a very quiet hamlet on the top of a hill overlooking a very beautiful wooded valley and with distant views to other hill-top villages.

The main part of the farmhouse has been sympathetically restored, with the traditional brick vaulted ceilings and the wooden roof trusses giving great character to the building, but with nicely designed modern conveniences and design touches that helped make our stay relaxing. A pleasant courtyard garden with its gazebo made for a great place to eat al fresco and enjoy the view.

Mombercelli is well placed for trips to the great Piedmont wineries around Asti and Alba, plus not so far from Milan or Turin for a bit of Italian sophistication.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
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Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed yourself. Please come back again soon!
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*** 100% BEAUTIFUL ***

  • 5 of 5

We, a family of 5 from Munich had a wonderful week in the stylish and perfect equipped house. The Interior is pretty right concept and in each part lovely detailed. There is Place for everybody, the Kids can play in the Garden, while we are hanging around... Barbecue, Hammock, Trampoline....

The only thing we had to complain, that the pictures on the internet don´t show the wonderful view from the house across the verdant hills of the Natural Park ... (= Dear Jo, but please do not change this, otherwise the house is constantly busy and we can not book again... (((=

Trevor, who takes care of the local organization is an incredibly nice guy who takes care of all matters. We will definitely be back and look forward to the next vacation in Piemonte!

  • Review Submitted: May 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
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A great and stylish hide-away in the countryside!

  • 5 of 5

What a great place! Stylishly renovated and spacious, with wonderfull views over the hills. Conveniently situated between several towns, the coast and Turin. The owners have done a great job and truely make you feel at home. All necessary info and tips for the area are available and the local contact can help further if needed. Molto bene!

  • Review Submitted: May 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
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Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed the house and exploring the locality - please come and stay again soon!
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Fantastic Italian Country Side Retreat

  • 4 of 5

I was one of 6 adults that had the pleasure of staying Cascina Del Forno in July. Jo has described the property very well. It is quit large, clean, modern, the kitchen is well equipped and outdoor dining is perfect. We dined like kings and often cooked with veggies/fruit from the garden. The onsite manager is prompt and very helpful. A car is a must. There are lots of places to explore and the property is situated high on a hill. I gave the listing a 4.5/5 because I think there should be a pool. The summer was incredibly hot and the property is perfect for an infinity pool off the hillside. Jo-- go for it...add a pool! ;) That being said, Jo does not advertise that they have a pool. There is a community pool in town but we were really wanting to do laps and the pool is used more for soaking in the sun. I look forward to visiting again in the fall/spring season to try some of the many cozy fireplaces in the home. I would recommend this property for adult or children. The home is set up well for entertaining and interacting with local culture. I had prompt and reliable service from Jo and Trevor the onsite manager.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 4, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay at our house, and that you particularly liked the vegetables and fruit that you were able to pick from the garden. Piero, the gardener, will be delighted! It is interesting you mention the idea of an infinity pool at the house. On one hand it is a delicious idea. But then the price of the rental would have to be significantly increased, to cover the costs of the build, and the maintenance. As you say, we make clear in our listing that we do not have a pool at the house, so at least there was no confusion! From our point of view, much better to hang out at the Mombercelli pool with friends, practicing our Italian, enjoying a really well appointed pool just a couple of minutes drive away and frankly the luxury of hardly ever seeing other foreign tourists there is a bonus not often found in Italy during high season. Meanwhile we would love to welcome you back again in the spring or autumn, so please do come again! The white truffle hunting locally is unparalleled. And it is such a treat to sit by the fire in the kitchen a shave a recently collected truffle over a plate of fresh pasta and olive oil!
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Farmhouse rental in Mombercelli

  • 5 of 5

Farmhouse retains many original features plus the luxury of every modern convenience. Meals taken in garden pergola across from the distant Alps particularly special. So peaceful yet within easy reach of markets and interesting places. Can't wait to return.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 24, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
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What a blissful place!

  • 5 of 5

This is the second time I have been to the Cascina del Forno. It was blissful to be back. It is such a peaceful place to be. We spent hours enjoying lazy meals under the shady terrace, with splendid views of the Alps in the distance. The master bedroom was truly spectacular, and the showers just heaven.

I can highly recommend this house. A great place to stay as a family.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 24, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
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Nearest Airport
103 Kilometres
Turin, Milan, Genoa all just over 1 h drive
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Montaldo Scarampi's bar is an easy 15min walk away
Nearest Ferry
109 Kilometres
Genoa has ferry's to Sardenia, Corsica and Capri
Nearest Golf
28 Kilometres
Golf Margara, Fubine
Nearest Train
5 Kilometres
Montegrosso di Asti
Nearest Motorway
18 Kilometres
The Asti Junction on A21 is just 20 min away
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Dozens of wonderful restaurants within 5km radius
Nearest Ski
121 Kilometres
Limone, great if you want to go skiing for the day
Nearest Beach
118 Kilometres
Varazze on the Ligurian coast is 70 min drive
Car: necessary

Mombercelli is a charming village set in the rolling hills of Barbera and Moscato wine country. Located in the heart of the white truffle producing area of Piedmont, Mombercell an easy drive from the epicentre of the Slow Food Movement in Bra and Alba, with it's International Truffle Festival. It is also just 15 minutes away from the the Provincial capital Asti which is famous for Italy's oldest horse racing Palio and International Wine competition. Whether you want to browse in the weekly market of Nizza Monferrato or go wine tasting in Barolo, hiking or golfing, you will be spoiled for choice.

Indeed, Mombercelli is ideally located for day trips to the beach on the Ligurian coast, skiing or mountain trekking in the Italian Alps, or shopping for designer clothes in Turin or Milan. Although a relaxing get-away, off the beaten tourist track, Cascina del Forno is easy to get to, being equidistant from 3 international airports: Genoa, Turin and Milan, all around an hour’s drive away.

Golf: Circolo Golf Margara.

7, Regione Margara.

15043 Fubine.

27 holes. Blue course, 9 holes, 3249 m, Par 36 - Yellow course, 9 holes, 3175 m, Par 36 - Red Course, 3069 m, Par. 36. Designed in the hills of Monferrato, this scenic course is particularly interesting for its high trees, the sometimes tough lies and the length of some of its holes.

Ski: Limone 2085 m

Limone gives access to the Riserva Bianca skiiing area of which the Maneggio area is dedicated to beginners. The Riserva Bianca (White reserve) can satisfy downhill skiing enthusiasts thanks to its 80 km of runs covered almost entirely by artificial snow systems and served by 16 lift systems, with stat-of-the-art tele cabins and chair-lifts. The tracks vary in length and difficulty, with some runs designed for beginners and others which have hosted, among other things, the training sessions of the Italian and French national teams. The width of the runs makes them ideal for use by snowboarders, while those boarders who prefer to practise their acrobatic moves can do so in the 3500 m² of the snow park at Limonetto, equipped with half pipe, kickers, box and rails. There are a total of 40 slopes providing 80KM of piste.

A day's pass can be as little as €25 for adults and €6 for children.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday farmhouse in Gazo, Piedmont

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Low Season
18 Sep 2016 - 1 Apr 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Mid Season
2 Apr 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
High Season
1 Jul 2017 - 23 Sep 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
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5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £350
Pet Fee £50
Laundry Cleaning £100
Post Stay House Cleaning £100

* Rate Includes: fresh linen, towels (bath towels only, does not include beach towels for swimming), electricity & heating and post-stay cleaning.
*In some circumstances we accept rental for less than one week. 3 day rentals receive a discount of 20% on weekly rate, 4/5 day rentals a discount of 15% on the seasonal weekly rate.
We can accept payment in Euros by bank transfer, or GBP via bank transfer or online booking on this website.

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Gazo in Piedmont

Property Type:
  • farmhouse (semi-detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 360 m²
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 2 Separate WC's
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Cloak room
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Laundry room
  • The master bedroom bathroom is en-suite, and includes a very large double ended bath. There is also a large separate shower, WC and bidet. The Shower Room has a very large walk in shower, basin, bidet and WC. There are two further cloakrooms with WC.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , 2 stacking single beds, most suitable for children
  • There is a sofa bed in the living room suitable for two people. There is an additional 4th double bedroom, and extra bathroom available to rent in a wing of the house not usually open to guests. For more information regarding rates and details please contact the owner.
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Player
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck Chairs
  • Binoculars
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • 7 garden chairs
  • 3 deck chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • ski
  • swimming
  • tennis
Children welcome, but due to the sunken pond and fountain in the garden the property is not suitable for toddlers, and small children must be supervised at all times. All the windows have in-built, open-able mosquito screens, and so natural ventilation and electric fans are sufficient to provide the cooling necessary. The garden includes a 14' trampoline with safety net for the young at heart, 2 hammocks, 3 sun loungers. Boules, and Badminton, ping pong,and a basket ball hoop are also available. The property has a cat flap, so cats considered.

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