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La Casa del Professorewww.lacasadelprofessore.it
Vacation Rentals, Italy, Piemonte
Typical tophill farmhouse: the country experience!
Location: Roatto (Province of Asti)
The Professor's Home is located just outside Roatto d'Asti, a little village in the heart of Lower Monferrato, Piedmont, Italy. It was our family house for over a century; now we rent it out as temporary residence to guests looking for a viable and cheap alternative to hotels and B&B. The house can accommodate up to twelve people in 2100 sq ft, and we rent it for one to four weeks.
A very good butcher's shop with minimarket is at walking distance and all services (supermarket, railway station, two banks, and so on) are about 3 miles from the house. In the surrounding (0.5-5 miles) there are many good restaurants.
Its central geographical position makes it a great starting point for half-a-day and one-day excursions as well as for longer trips: Asti, Alba and Turin are close by, Genoa and Milan are easily reached by road or by rail (1.5 to 2 hrs.); Florence, Venice, Rome, Cinque Terre are a bit further away and you can visit one of them in two days. The 2006 Turin Olimpic Games sky trails and sky slopes are little over an hour away by car.
Those wishing to take a deeper plunge into the real country life can take part in the seasonal activities, such as fruit picking, grape and hazelnut harvest, wine-making, or help tend to the vegetable garden. Kids, too, can have a wonderful time at the house: they can play inside and outside with many toys, the sandbox, the twin swing, and have fun in the above-ground swimming pool we set up during the good season. We provide free Internet access with a WiFi ADSL router covering the whole house and a PC with printer; we added a Petrof upright piano some month ago in the living room for your convenience.
The Professor's Home was built on top of a hill by our great grandfather between 1890 and 1920; it is a traditional Piedmontese farmhouse, which was refurbished and modernized over the years without overlooking the distinctive traits of country life: the hayloft, the big shed for the tools at the back, the large pavement for agricoltural work at the front. The house is surrounded by a partially fenced 2.4 acres private property.
The thick brick walls keep the house cool even in the hottest summers, making air conditioning unnecessary; during the winter we use central heating and two fireplaces, one in the kitchen and one in the living room, finally you can use the wood-burning stove for heating as well as for cooking.
The house rests on a large cellar, that hosts our tiny wine production; many rooms are large, each of them measuring about 300 sq ft, with vintage furniture and windows screens.
Downstairs there is the living room, whose floor dates from the early twentieth century, with a fireplace and a vaulted ceiling featuring floral decorations; the kitchen, with a wood-burning stove and another fireplace; from the kitchen there is also the access area to the main bathroom, where the washing machine stands. The TV set with satellite dish and decoder is in the kitchen; it comes complete with a DVD/DivX player and a cassette recorder.
Upstairs there are a second bathroom and four bedrooms, two facing south and two facing north. Each of them sleeps two to four people.
We ask 700 euros (including utilities) for six people and one week stay in September; for more/less people and discounted longer stay or high season stay, ask us; for more photos and infos please check our English web site: www.lacasadelprofessore.it.
We live in Asti and are always at hand to provide tips and advice (in English, Spanish and French) to help our guests make the most of their stay!
***This house is featured on slowtrav vacation rental reviews page
Contact: Angelo Porta
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Company: La Casa del Professore
Name: Angelo Porta
Street: Via San Sebastiano 15
Zip/Postal Code: 14018
Website: www.lacasadelprofessore.itE-mail: Click here to send an e-mail inquiry
Listing #3253, on Slow Travel since 1/12/2008
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