Relaxing Traditional stone villa, 4 beds, 3 baths, private pool, near village
Kit & Jeska Gould
- English, German, Italian
About Kit & Jeska Gould
We are a family of five living in London. It was our dream to own a home in Italy where we could relax and enjoy holidays with friends in a comfortable home-from-home. The picture is our daughter Lola playing by the river.
Kit & Jeska Gould purchased this Villa in 2009
Why Kit & Jeska Gould chose Bubbio
We bought our lovely house because of it's perfect location and traditional character. La Casa Pietra is very quiet and peaceful, in beautiful countryside, in walking distance of a working village, and far enough north to get to from the UK in our car!
What makes this Villa unique
We also do a lot of cycling and walking for which the Bormida Valley is perfect, as well as buying local wines and enjoying the amazing food.
Additional charge per pet of €100 per week.
Max guests:14 (sleeps up to 8 adults)
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
Thanks for a great stay!
Thanks once again La Casa Pietra for a lovely stay!
My family of seven (ages range from 27 - 75) stayed for a week at this property and have much enjoyed the Villa and the surrounding countryside, seaside locations and the Italian Riveria.
The facilities in the Villa are plentyiful. The host has been very through in regards to;
* Kitting out the kitchen equipment for cooking.
* Fresh laundry, bath towels and beach towels are provided.
*Bikes, table tennis, swings and Trampoline for kids.
* Swimming pool.
* A downstairs bedroom. We found this particular useful as the eldest member of our party struggles to climb stairs.
It is like a home away from home.
In regards to location, you would need a car as there isn't much within walking distance. (There is a great Pizzeria about five minutes drive). Shopping, supermarkets and local shops are all easy assessable by car and not a long distance. We found Bennetts particularly useful which is a 20 minute drive.
Thank you also to David who checked us in seamlessly after our day of travel. And a great big thank you for always being on hand if need be and providing us with your knowledge. You are always a great help!
Can't wait to visit again.
All the best, The Doherty's.
So pleased you all had another enjoyable stay!
A fabulous house
We came here on a family holiday and fell in love with the place. Having been on several villa holidays where the house is basically a buy-to-let with only the bare minimum on offer, this was a pleasant change. La Casa is clearly a family home where the owners come regularly and have over the years crafted it into a comfortable and well-equipped place to relax.
Everything you could want in terms of cooking equipment is here, including a barbecue, herb garden, delicious home-grown tomatoes you can pick yourself, an abundance of pots, and pans and appliances.
The outside area is so beautiful and well-equipped with a trampoline, swings, table tennis, table football, hammocks and lovely outside seating area, not to mention the pool which is perfect and in clear sight of the main terrace and seating areas so you can watch the children from close by. They also provide some bikes which are free to use, something we have not come across in other rentals. These allowed us to cycle up to the nearby village which is only 1km away to buy daily staples and relax with a coffee in one of the 3 cafes.
The house is nicely furnished and clean, with all towels and pool towels provided.
We had an amazing week, such a lovely place and the surrounding area is an unspoilt gem with very few tourists.
I really can’t rate this villa with stars
The villa was very rustic and unique. It had a lot of character. Bugs and flies were a real problem. Of course, we were among all the vineyards, so you can expect bugs, etc. in the house. They were a bit much for me. Also, the house was not very clean. I lost my earring under the bed, and when I got under the bed to retrieve it, I was shocked at the dust and dirt that was there. And, David, while he is a very likeable gentleman, would show up at our door in the mornings without any warning. I would always be sitting in my pjs relaxing and reading emails, etc.. It was very startling for me.
The countryside was beautiful. We did a lot of biking and walking. It is a remote area, however, which is what we were looking for.
The kitchen was well stocked with dishes, pots and pans, etc. However, the cloths they provided for clean up were not very clean. Terrible coffee maker.
All in all, I don’t know if I would recommend this villa. If my complaints sound minor to you, then you would enjoy this villa. The pool was lovely, by the way.
Thank you for the review of our home in Italy. We are so sorry that some aspects of your stay detracted from your enjoyment of the villa. With respect to the cleanliness, this is something we value highly and we are upset that during your stay the job had clearly not been performed to our usual high standards. We will take steps to correct this immediately, including increasing our post-cleaning checks in all the rooms and providing new cloths for each guest stay.
The coffee maker is a new one bought just before your arrival, so I am sorry to hear it did not make good coffee for you, we will have a close look at this for the future.
Our local Manager, David usually pops by on the first morning to check that everything is OK for new guests, and I understand he dropped by with some other information on the second day. We are very sorry that you felt this was an intrusion, generally we are very discreet and mindful of guests need for total relaxation and privacy.
With respect to bugs, of course they are a general feature in rural areas, but this year there was a higher than usual count due to rain in late Summer.
It was kind of you to point out our well-equipped kitchen, the lovely pool, the quiet rural location and rustic character of the villa. Once again, we are sorry this time was not perfect for you and your guests.
You will love it
8 adults and 2 children from Iceland all love this place. An excellent equipped house where everything is working properly. David is living near by and if you need any help or information regarding the area you can always ask him.
Thank you so much for a lovely review! We hope you come and stay again some day.
Perfect Italian Villa Holiday
This house is a hidden gem nestled in the Italian hills with a gorgeous pool and excellent facilities. We have been to many self-catering houses and often found kitchens to be poorly equipped. This house has everything you need and was clean and tidy.
For us having a trampoline, swing and table tennis table was brilliant for the kids and the village is just a short walk away.
We visited local vineyards and were treated impeccably. We cycled locally and found the hosts knowledge of the area really helpful. The bedrooms were spacious and clean and really enjoyed lazing on the sofas in the afternoon reading. This holiday far exceeded our expectation and we can’t wait to go back.
Thank you so much for your lovely review, we are delighted that you and your guests enjoyed your stay, and look forward to welcoming you again soon.
A warm villa in the heart of
This villa is perfect for a relaxing, healthy and enjoyable holiday with all the family and friends. Situated in the spectacular Italian countryside, the villa is just a short walk away from the beautiful old village of Bubbio, where the stunning views can be enjoyed either on foot or on a bicycle. People are friendly and welcoming, and the wine (for which this land is best known for) is superb. The villa is clean and well looked after, and the manager is never too far away if help is needed. We really liked the rustic decor, which gives the villa a real homely and warm feeling. It is spacious, and yet allows for privacy, so that everyone has their own space. It has a good size swimming pool with beautiful gardens surrounding the villa. The impressive table on the patio is perfect for those family summer meals, and gives this villa a real Italian hearty flavour. We all enjoyed spending time at the villa, lounging by the pool and cooking meals, waking up early for outdoor yoga, and joining the locals for summer parties in the local towns. There are plenty of walks and cycling routes, check out the walk to Madonna della Neve! For wine lovers, there are also plenty of wine tours to enjoy. I would really recommend this to anyone who likes spending time with their family and friends, while enjoying food, wine, health, beauty and tranquillity.
The Bormida Valley is a quiet and sunny area, with gently sloping hills covered for the most part in vines and hazelnut groves. It is a beautiful and tranquil location and in easy reach of many places of interest, such as Asti, Aqui Terme, Canelli, Alba, Genoa and Turin.
The area is renowned for its excellent cuisine and wines in particularly Barbera, Dolcetto, Moscato and Brachetto. You can visit most vineyards to sample and purchase these excellent wines at reasonable rates, and there are many wonderful restaurants within easy reach serving local and Piemonte gastronomic specialities, such as truffles and Robbiola cheeses.
There are footpaths and tracks for walking and small quiet roads for cycling; Acqui Terme has a magnificent thermal baths centre and there are various markets at all the nearby villages and towns. The Italian Riviera and its many beaches is an hour's drive away and the Italian Alps just over an hour’s drive with the Ligurian mountains much closer.
Other Activities: Wellness Centre and Thermal Spa
Golf: For golf-lovers there are many options in the area; There is a nine hole course in Acqui Terme (15 mins drive), another 9 hole in Cassine (about 25 mins drive) and 18 hole courses within an hour or so. Check out www.worldgolf.com which has good information on the courses and their whereabouts.
Ski: There are many ski resorts with two hours drive of Bubbio in the Italian alps, including;
Rucas di Bagnolo
Please note that although Milan Malpensa is the nearest hub airport, there are many other airport options; Genoa (84km), Turin (128km), and Nice(221km).