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Cuneo: B&B La Ca di Banda

Via delle Isole 72, Madonna delle Grazie, Phone: 0171.402848

Reviewed by: happyhippy1000 from France, review #2269

When: March 2008

This charming little bed & breakfast is located just five minutes by car from Cuneo, a small city to the east of the French/Italian Alps.

From the B&B looking west you have a breathtaking view over the entire mountain range. So this is the ideal place to discover the area - a true slow travel location! Bike riders (both street and mountain), hikers, walkers, sun lovers alike love the most sunny spot in Italy. Least amount of rain in Italy, too.

The original main building has been in the family for four generations, being more than 100 years old. The old barn, where the B&B rooms are located, was done up over the course of several years using organic building material and respecting the local flair. Opened in 2007 the B&B offers four double rooms, on the top floor is a beautiful, spacious kitchen/lounge area for those lazy days.

Set in the Parco Fluviale all I could hear was the murmuring of the creek in the background and the cicadas. As the building are arranged in an L-shape there is plenty of space to hang out in the shade in the garden. Great for kids as there are almost no cars going by. A riding stable with horses is 200m away.

As this B&B just opened everything is brand new, even with flat-screen TV (if one can't resist ;-) ).

Each bedroom is decorated differently but all with the same charm and great taste of the owner who lives in the main building.

I was there during slow season over Easter. I paid 40 per night for a double bedroom as a single user. This includes a breakfast which, in Italy, is not grand but does come with beautiful jams and various other delicious delights the owner makes himself. ;-)

This is the most peaceful place I have ever stayed! The owner did everything to make me feel welcome, introduced me to his many friends so I never had a moment where I didn't know what to do. He is an avid hiker himself so he can point you in the right direction for some amazing and proper alpine hiking; of course it is possible to just go for walks in the lower region of the hills and then have a meal at a 'refugio'.

Ideal for bike riders as the 'Tour de France' goes through the area.

If you are into culinary delights THIS is THE area to be in. A connoisseur himself, the owner will point you in the right direction for wine, cheese, etc.

I went to the various valleys, Valle Maira, Valle Grana (where the Grana Padano cheese comes from), went on a couple of hikes. Cueno itself is a groovy little city with decent shopping, plenty of cafes and cultural activities. Ask the owner for tips.

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