La Casa Pietra - the perfect villa holiday in Italy

La Casa Pietra is an old farmhouse villa in a quiet sunny location in the Bormida Valley, lovingly renovated with the original stone facades and vaulted ceilings restored and all services and fittings modernised, to create a stunning home that provides comfort and style in a tranquil setting.

The property can accommodate up to 8 adults and 6 children, with 4 double bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a large kitchen/dining room, comfortable living room and TV room/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 ensuite bedroom which has French windows opening on to the courtyard.

La Casa Pietra has an attractive garden with shrubs, fruit trees, a covered terrace and two other outside eating areas. There is a lovely swimming 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 you can close when the pool is not is use, retaining the heat.

Wine Routes: The Province of Asti has several wine routes, through historic villages and vineyards. One of these routes - the Langa Astigiana - takes in Bubbio and circles the hills surrounding La Casa Pietra, where you can see several castles and towers as well as farms specialising in goats cheese production, hazelnuts, chestnuts, fruits and medicinal herbs. In the hilly terrain of the Langa Astigiana there are many nature trails and paths.

The local village, Bubbio is only 10-15 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 banks, a post office and bakery.

The nearest large supermarket is 15 minutes drive away in the historic town of Acqui Terme, which has a good fresh fish counter, plenty of meats and all the food you will need. It also has many household and garden goods, toys and even some clothes.

The historic and beautiful town of Acqui Terme, 15 minutes drive away, is very much worth a visit during your stay. Lovingly restored by the Italian government in recent years, the town originated in Roman times and was built around a natural hot spring, which you can see bubbling up in a beautiful square in the town centre. This is a lovely place to come and wander around the shops and twice-weekly market, have lunch in and see the fine architecture and peaceful squares.

Walking in the hills around Bubbio is another lovely way to spend some time. There are several local walking routes meandering between villages, showing you the local flora and fauna and beautiful views of the surrounding area.

Another local favourite is cycling. The house is in a flat part of the river valley, but with pleasant hills a short walk/ride away. If you or your children like mountain biking, our nearest neighbour runs a small mountain biking school where you can hire bikes, go on a lesson or take a guided ride in the surrounding countryside. For more about the superb cycling opportunities please see our Cycling page.

We can arrange cooking lessons, private yoga teaching and massages on site.

Through our neighbour we are also able to offer walking tours, wine tours, road cycling tours and other activities. If you would like to consider this, please email us and we can put you in touch. Alternatively go to www.piemontexperiences.com to check their services.

A day at the beach is another option; about an hour's drive away is the coast between Genoa and Savona, with many beaches to choose from. Genoa also has many attractions, including a large sea life centre and restored ancient port.

Just across the tiny lane to the house flows the River Bormida. Walk along the river a little way and you find a lovely place to swim, skim stones and sunbathe.

La Casa Pietra is a wonderful home from which to explore North West Italy or simply relax by the pool...if you would like to rent our home, please look at the availability section of the site and contact us via the link on the enquiry page.

A welcome pack is provided when you arrive, including a local wine, pasta and hand-made biscuits.

Chef services can be arranged if you would like delicious Piemontese cuisine cooked for you at home.

Facilities at La Casa Pietra

Downstairs

Fully equipped dine-in kitchen, with oven, hob, microwave, toaster, dishwasher, washer/dryer, fridge/freezer

Comfortable living room with enclosed wood-burning fire

Study/playroom/TV room with comfortable seating for relaxing, containing TV, DVD, Playstation, Satellite channels.

Double bedroom with en-suite shower room

Upstairs

3 double bedrooms, two with extra bunk beds for children

2 bathrooms; one with shower, one with bath/shower

Outside

Private swimming pool 12m x 6m, with sun loungers and electric cover. Pool towels are provided

Outside large terrace with table seating 12

2 other smaller eating areas with extra chairs

Luxury outside seating area with sofas, chair and low table, set in the shade for those hot summer afternoons

Large gas-fired barbecue

Large trampoline, fully netted

Two swings

Table tennis table

Bicycles for guest use (see the Cycling page for more on bikes)

Garden with fruit trees, irrigated lawns, shrubs and roses

Parking for up to 6 cars

Other

In total, 4 double bedrooms; sleeps 8 adults with up to 6 children

All bed linen and towels are provided

WiFi throughout including garden and by pool

Caretaker lives on site and can advise on local places, activities etc

Built-in water filtration system

Central heating

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A Fantastic Fall Trip Our stay at La Casa Pietra was fantastic. We shared this villa with another family and it was big enough to accommodate all of us without feeling cramped. The outdoor space was l ... — J.A., 01 Oct 2014
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