|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
La Casa Pietra is an old farmhouse in a quiet sunny location in the Bormida Valley, lovingly renovated with the original stone facades and vaulted ceilings restored to create a stunning home that provides comfort and style in a tranquil setting. If you want to relax by the pool, go out road or mountain biking, hike in the hills, taste world-class wines, eat wonderful Italian food in the local restaurants, visit churches or Roman remains, enjoy a restoring spa, take the kids to the beach for a day, poke around local markets, swim in the river or explore majestic Turin and historic Genoa then a week or two at La Casa Pietra are for you.
The Bormida Valley is a stunningly beautiful, quiet and sunny area, with gently sloping hills covered for the most part in vines, forest and hazelnut groves. It is a delightful and tranquil location in easy reach of many places of interest, such as Asti, Acqui Terme, Canelli, Alba, Genoa and Turin. There is so much to do here all year round, from cycling and walking to museums and art galleries, markets, beach trips and wine tasting, you can enjoy the rich and varied culture of Piedmont in any season.
The property can accommodate up to 8 adults and 6 children, with 4 double bedrooms (including 2 large family bedrooms) , 3 bathroom/shower rooms, a large kitchen/dining room, comfortable living room and TV room/playroom/study. The floors are tiled throughout; all external windows and doors are double-glazed and have traditional wooden shutters. Two of the bedrooms have their own balconies and there is an en-suite bedroom on the ground floor with French windows opening on to the courtyard.
La Casa Pietra has a beautiful secluded garden, with lawns, fruit trees, a covered terrace and two other outside eating areas. There is a lovely private pool 12m x 6m, built in 2011 and suitable for families with children, as well as a large trampoline, swings and table tennis. The pool has an electronic cover, which can be closed when not in use.
Our local village, Bubbio, is only 15 minutes walk away and is a charming village with some shops, cafes and a couple of restaurants. The village centre has a lovely green space with a little playground overlooked by the outside terrace of the local auberge. You can also find a bank, post office and bakery.
To plan your wonderful trip to Piedmont, read on - and don’t forget to visit our website www.lacasapietra.com…
Wine Tours – UNESCO World Heritage Site vineyards
This area is renowned for its world-class wines - in particular Barolo, Barbaresco, Barbera, Dolcetto, Roero Arneis, Cortese, Nebbiolo, Moscato and Asti Spumante. In 2014 many vineyards in the area were designated jointly as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, recognising not only the quality and tradition of the wines but also the incredible views across the hills and valleys from the vineyards themselves. You can visit most vineyards to sample and purchase these excellent wines at amazing rates during your stay, and a local English-speaking guide is nearby if you would like a wine tour arranged for you and your guests.
Slow Food and local gastronomy
Piedmont is famous for its gastronomy – the Slow Food movement started here – there are many wonderful restaurants within easy reach serving local and Piemontese gastronomic specialities, such as truffles and Robiola cheeses. Come for the White Truffle Fair in Alba during October and November, Slow Fish Fair every other May in Genoa, Cheese Fair every other September in Bra, or any of the many Slow Food events in the area. Local restaurants serve the most delicious lovingly home-made dishes in the Italian tradition, and at the most reasonable prices. Children are welcomed and the service is exemplary – local Piemontese are rightly proud of their food and wines and love to make their guests happy. We can also arrange food and wine tours for your party during your stay.
Chef services – we can arrange for a local chef to cook a wonderful Piemontese meal for you and your guests at La Casa Pietra. Please contact us for more details.
Cycling – road biking and mountain biking
The cycling – road biking and mountain biking – is excellent here, with an endless supply of hills, valleys, ridges and tracks to challenge even the most avid cyclist. The Bormida valley is surrounded by lovely hills, most with a pretty village on top, and each hill has a number of winding roads leading to the peak, so the choices and routes are endless. We have four road bikes available for guest use (email us for more details – these are a Cannondale a Colnago and two De Rosas) plus two retro-style bikes for winding around the valley. If you want some guided rides – either mountain bike or road bike, these can be arranged too.
Mountain bike and road bike hire – via our neighbour the Mountain Bike School Bubbio (2 minutes away) or from La Bicicletteria in Acqui Terme, a full range bike shop offering maintenance, parts, accessories and repairs.
Walking and Hiking
Every walker or hiker of any ability can enjoy the Bormida valley and it’s spectacular hills and views. From a one-hour stroll through the valley to whole day or multi-day hikes in the amazing countryside, Piedmont has stunning views, pretty villages, woods, forests, vineyards and endless winding lanes to explore. The sheer number of amazing vineyard views in the area has recently led to many surrounding hills becoming a UNESCO World Heritage Site, thereby preserving their unique beauty for generations to come. Guided walking and hiking can also be pre-booked if you would like to enjoy some more in-depth local knowledge.
Wellness Centre and Thermal Spa
Acqui Terme (15 minutes away) is a glorious local town, built by the Romans around natural hot springs, which still bubble up their legendary healing waters into the town centre for all to enjoy. During the past 20 years the town and its renowned spa have been renovated beautifully, and guests may now enjoy a luxurious and modern spa experience in historic surroundings at the thermal baths centre, Lago Delle Sorgenti, where people have travelled from far and wide to take the waters since Roman times.
This and other spa centres and hotels in Acqui Terme can be visited for a day of luxury and pampering with relaxing and healing treatments and a combination of hot and cold pools, saunas, steam rooms and massage.
Art and History
Piedmont is rich with art, history and architecture. For Roman remains, a spectacular 10th century cathedral and an archaeological museum head to Acqui Terme (15 minutes away), for royal palaces, contemporary collections, religious artefacts, Egyptian treasures and medieval art spend some time in Turin, for palatial 16th century homes, nautical histories, medieval streets and another fantastic domed cathedral try Genoa.
Our local village of Bubbio has an amazing church with medieval frescoes, as have so many villages in the region, and to see beautiful hilltop villages with medieval stone towers within a 30-minute drive check out Roccaverano and Rocchetta Palafea.
Local - the village of Bubbio has a number of small shops, including grocer with butchery, bakery, patisserie, Post Office, newsagent/tobacconist, fresh pasta shop, pharmacy and ironmonger.
Supermarkets – within a 15-minute drive there are medium and large supermarkets.
Local specialty foods – fresh pasta shops, including the well-known Pasta Fresca di Emiliana Pesce, delicatessens selling local cheeses such as Robiola di Roccaverano as well as a huge range of local cooked dishes, meats and preserves, wine shops (try Enoteca La Curia or Enoteca Regionale Acqui ‘Terme e Vino’), the twice-weekly food market for fresh vegetables, cheeses and cold meats are all to be found in Acqui Terme.
Clothes and designer clothes – buy amazing Italian clothes and shoes during your stay at Acqui Terme, Turin or Genoa, or try other nearby towns such as Asti and Alba. For a designer outlet, visit the Serravalle Designer Outlet, 70 minutes drive away for bargains from Prada, Gucci, Burberry, Boss, Armani and hundreds of other brand names.
Antiques and flea markets – at Nizza Monferrrato, Canelli, Ovada and Turin.
Beach – The Italian Riviera is only 70 minutes drive away; head for Savona where if you have time you should visit the Sistine Chapel (built by the same Pope as its more famous namesake in Rome), a Rococo-style chapel with a truly stunning interior.
From Savona you can reach a number of fine beaches – a favourite is at the village of Noli, a few kilometres west along the coast. Like most Italian beaches there are private and public sides, and most people pay to use the private areas which are clean, well supplied with loungers and umbrellas, have toilet facilities, children’s play equipment and a bar/restaurant.
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; Bardonecchia, Rucas di Bagnolo, Frabosa Soprana.
Horse riding – Can be arranged in the local area (5 minutes away) at Scuderia Icaro.
Guided Tours, wine tours, gastronomy tours, guided walking and hiking, guided road biking and mountain biking are available through our nearest neighbour. If you would like to consider this, please ‘email the owner’ and I can put you in touch. Alternatively visit www.outdoorlive.it.
Please note that although Milan Malpensa is the nearest hub airport, there are many other airport options; Genoa (84km), Turin (128km), and Nice (221km) as well as the other Milan airports, Linate and Bergamo.
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
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!
We also do a lot of cycling and walking and this area is perfect for it. See our website www.lacasapietra.com for more information.
The house was beautiful and extremely well set up for a few families to stay. We thought the design of the bathrooms and living spaces was exceptional. The view across to Bubbio was also superb, and the way the outdoor living spaces were set up so that you could enjoy the view was also fantastic. It is also great to have everything you need there – dishwashing liquid, laundry detergent and the like. We did not have that everywhere we stayed and it was much appreciated.
We had a great time exploring the Piemonte region. We were always glad to get back to the house and enjoy the comforts of the home and the wonderful outside spaces. Just wish the weather had been a little better... The owners were accurate in the description of the property and they are fortunate to have a terrific caretaker, who was most helpful in making recommendations and supplying us with tons of information.
We have just returned from the most heavenly week in La Casa Pietra with our three grown up boys and their girlfriends . .
The house was so well equipped with everything you could wish for . From really decent kitchen equipment ,the knives were amazing ! And very comfortable beds . All the rooms had portable fans and so we had no problem with the heat ,and we were very lucky with fabulous hot ,sunny days .
The pool was the best we have ever had at a holiday home ,big and deep enough for us all to play in .
David was great at local knowledge and ideas for eating out , though we loved to cook in,meaning we could all imbibe the local wines .
We could have done with an extra two days to cross everything off our 'to do' list .
Thank you for letting us use your lovely home and thank you David ,for all your help.
Wonderful home that feels like a home that is loved and lived in. And a well- equipped kitchen which is rare for rental properties!
Lovely comfortable house,in great ,quiet location,but 20 mins walk to charming,friendly village..David was so helpful and a mine of information,on eating,wineries and day trips.
Superb pool. House has everything you could possibly need. Piedmont is simply wonderful,much finer than the vaunted Chiantishire. Fabulous value wonderful wines and great family restaurants within 10 mins drive of house.
We had a lovely time at the house together with family and relatives. The house and the pool was great!
Charming and comfortable house. Very nice and well maintained outdoor area and pool. Well equipped house with all necessary utilities and equipment. Four nice bikes, two retro bikes and two good road bikes. During our stay, it was unusually hot and air conditioning would have improved sleep quality. Excellent service provided by caretaker David, helping out with local knowledge and generally being available for all sorts of minor and major problems. Will absolutely recommend the house, and we will most likely try to return in the future.
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).
* Approximate monthly price. Actual pricing will depend on the days of the month you stay.