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3 Bedroom (Sleeps 6) Farmhouse in Province Of Alessandria
Peace, Pool and Panoramas in the Monferrato, Unesco's hidden Italian gem Property overview
At a glance: Child Friendly, Parking, Private Pool.
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3 large bedrooms, great kitchen, among beautiful vineyards with views to the Ligurian Alps Fully restored by its enthusiastic English/ Irish owners, this comfortable house has become a huge success with everyone who visits. Apart from its setting on a terrace with its own beautiful private pool, surrounded by glorious landscapes and unspoiled local towns, this very characterful house is in an area recently awarded Unesco World Heritage status.
Renowned for its fine wines, Barbera, Dolcetto and Gavi are local, the heavy hitters Barolo and Barbaresco just an hour's drive away.
Fine cheeses, wonderful cured meats, white truffles and porcini mushrooms in season all add to Piedmont’s reputation as a gourmet paradise. Keen cooks will love the local markets in Acqui Terme and Nizza and find everything necessary for great cooking in the well-supplied kitchen.
Sitting by the pool or on the terrace surrounded by truly rural unspoiled landscape is occupation in itself. Walkers and cyclists will enjoy the undulating local roads, the more ambitious may hike over any vineyards and farmland that isn't fenced off.
The village shop in medieval Montabone is 10 minutes easy stroll away around a beautiful valley, and Signora Ines supplies everything needed to create great suppers and lunches; otherwise guests can eat well in various good local restaurants including one in the village itself. We are spoiled for choice!
Notes on accommodation: The house has been restored by and for an adult family, not for small children; the third bedroom is accessed from the balcony that runs along the front which makes it very private but perhaps not suitable for everyone. We are non-smoking and invite our guests to respect that and to refrain from smoking anywhere inside the house.
Outside: Ca' Giona sits in 7 acres of private land, mostly steep woodland, with some old terracing and our own vineyard to one side. We have built a stone barbecue (in keeping with the house!) close to the portico and provide both a large and small table for dining outside throughout the summer. The pool is 10x8m approx (there is a curved section, fitted with broad shallow steps perfect for lounging in the sun), and a selection of sunloungers is provided. There is a stone-built pool house, ideal for changing in, and a cold shower by the pool. The pool is maintained by a professional pool company who attend once a week.
Utility Room: Large old and very atmospheric barn contains Utility area. Washing machine, laundry sink, iron, ironing board, folding dryer. Also boxes of owner's own dolcetto wine which you are welcome to sample!
Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All bed linen, bath, hand and swimming pool towels are provided and are of a very good quality. The house is cleaned and all linens changed in preparation for your arrival, and we appreciate very much when the house is left in good condition on departure
Other: Inside front door the spacious Office/ Studio contains 2 bookcases filled with fiction and non-fiction. Blanket box and rugs, small desk and chairs. Owners use this as an exercise space and entrance hall. Portico: extends along entire side of house.
We loved this house!
By Peter K. on 02-Jan-2017
We had a great holiday here! This place ticks all the boxes - a beautiful quiet rural setting with great views (especially of the sun rising over the distant hills) yet only a fifteen minute walk to the nearby village of Montabone. Not much seems to happen there but that was fine by us - there’s a well-stocked and friendly village stores and deli, plus a very good restaurant ‘La Sosta’.
Ruth had provided us with all the information we needed and we were met at the property by the very helpful Trevor and Jess - everything was ready for our arrival and the place was spotlessly clean.
The house itself has been beautifully restored and furnished, and - provided you keep the shutters closed in the day - stays nice and cool. We had all our meals under the portico overlooking the vines and the valley below. Night time entertainment was provided by the ghiri, heard but not seen except for a couple of distant glimpses early in the morning, and we were lucky to see one rather lonely firefly - not usually still around in August!
Apart from a couple of trips out, to Acqui Terme and Nizza Monferato, we were happy to do little but look at the view, dip in the pool, and have delicious meals - we really couldn’t have had a more relaxing holiday home and can highly recommend it to those looking for peace and quiet in a beautiful but under-rated part of Italy.
By Ian B. on 14-Aug-2016
Wow - what a great job Ruth and Steven have done here. We enjoyed the most peaceful week ever and loved waking up looking at the beautiful vineyards in the valley everyday.
The house is wonderful - has everything you need and refreshingly no TV or Wifi (if you are addicted I got 4G all through the house so no problems with checking emails etc).
The bed was comfortable and the house has been renovated to a very high standard.
The pool is ultra private and very refreshing in the Italian summer sun. My 11 year old decided he wanted to have a career in pool cleaning after fishing out the bugs daily!
We literally cannot wait to come back here. It is wonderfully quiet. The local village is lovely - a lovely village shop and great views. We didn't eat in the village - we were very happy with the amazing produce from Bennett's super market and sitting and eating on the portico of the house every night.
I would highly recommend the Piedmont Food and Wine Tour which is recommended in the house welcome book. We had an amazing day visiting 3 vineyards and tasting amazing wine. Was a fantastic day.
But on the whole we were just happy staying at Ca' Giona.
You will not be disappointed with this lovely house, the amazing views and the local area.
By Andrew P. on 13-Feb-2015
We came for two weeks in 2014, having been for one week in 2013 and fallen in love with both the house and the region. The owners and local (English) managers were very helpful.
The conversion has been done beautifully and sensitively. The house was presented immaculately and with everything we needed, including some very interesting books. There are great views across the hills of the region, covered in vines and nut trees, so the lack of TV and WiFi is not a problem – in fact it is a real pleasure.
The house and pool lose the sun by about 17:30 in the summer, which cools the house down for comfortable nights, but does limit time for sunbathing. Young children would need careful supervision in the garden and by the pool. And the third bedroom is accessed along an external balcony.
The nearby village of Montabone is lovely, but very small and quiet. Fifteen minutes by car gets you to Nizza which has a great historic centre - good markets, restaurants, churches and ice-cream. Real Italy with few tourists. We did day trips to Turin, Milan and Genoa. We suggest you use the excellent park and ride systems on the Turin and Milan metro systems.
We would thoroughly recommend Piemonte and this house. Have a change from Tuscany or Provence.
A really wonderful place to stay
By Fran76 on 11-Feb-2015
We've now stayed at Ca’ Giona twice and have booked it again this year. Ideal for families with a car, this is a really beautiful and well-maintained house. The pool is gorgeous (surrounded by rosemary and a tranquil spot in the afternoon) and the veranda is a really beautiful place to sit in the shade and eat meals looking over the valley - especially when the fireflies come out.
The rest of the house is comfortable, pretty and clean and I'm particularly fond of the room separated by the balcony - it's perfect for couples travelling with others. The surrounding area is also really beautiful - there is a great restaurant in Montabone which is 15 minutes slow walk back across the valley and the nearby towns of Asti, Acqui Terme and Nizza Monferrato are all filled with lovely deli, cantinas and places to stroll round. It's the perfect getaway.