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Review 2846: Casa in Monferrato, Casa Nella Vigna


Review by ChrisS from US

3bed/1.5bath house in Asti, Piemonte


4/28/07, 2 Weeks


The house is located in the Village of San Martino Alfieri. From the center of the village you drive up Via Roma until the end of the street. At the very end of the street, behind an Iron is the house. The house is a converted barn and it's wonderful inside and out. It has a very private backyard, two stories. The village is about 700 people.

Nearby Amenities

You can easily walk down the hill/street to the main piazza, which contains a church, a small "grocery" store, a butcher and beauty shop. A little further down the hill (about 200 yards) is a larger 'Punto" Grocery store. The other direction from the main piazza and about 500 yards is a Pizzeria (Pizzeria Rosa Blu) with some of the best pizza I tasted in all of Piemonte. They also have a regular dinner menu. Also near the main Piazza is Ristorante Concordia, with EXCELLENT local Piemontese Dishes.

The House/Apartment

The house itself is three stories. The first floor is living room, a kitchen/dining room and a bathroom. The kitchen is well equipped with all the cooking utensils you would need, dishes, etc. The living room has a TV with satellite, DVD player, VCR. The bookshelves have tons of VHS tapes, books, there are toys, drawing supplies, and games.

The second floor has a full bath, a master bedroom with a queen bed. The second bedroom has two twins. Both bedrooms have balcony access and have full size wardrobes.

The third floor is loft that is accessed by a steep stairwell. One of my few warnings is that the person or people who stay in the loft have to be fairly young or at least agile, since the stairs up can be tricky. The loft has nice windows and a skylight.


The outside!! Where do I begin, the outside is awesome. From the living room, French doors open to a stone patio with a nice outdoor table to seat six. From the kitchen a door opens to a side yard with a BBQ grill, and all the grilling supplies. Outside the patio steps down to a lower yard with grass and spot for two lawn chairs. Then from there there are steps leading down to a third yard that has a child's play set and swing chair. Then even more steps lead down to a fourth yard with a covered patio and a hammock and full view of the entire valley and the vineyards. It's incredible.

Furnishings/Cleanliness/Living Areas

The furniture is simple, but comfy. The place was clean and had all the little supplies you would need, bandages, bug spray, etc.


Beds were very comfy, ceiling fans in each of the second floor bedrooms. Bathrooms were fine, the second floor bathroom also had a washer for doing laundry.


Kitchen had stove, range top (gas) and a microwave, fridge, lots of supplies.

Problems or Bonuses

It's all good! The view! The privacy. One of the big bonuses is for anyone traveling with a kid, the toys are there and a play set is there so you don't have to worry about schlepping a bunch of stuff.

Agency and Representatives (and price)

We booked directly from Toni who is fantastic. She is fluent in Italian, Spanish and English. She stopped by to see how we were doing and even took us on a tour of her own village (about 30 minutes away). And we had lunch with her there. The rental is by the two week period only and it was 850 for that period.

Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?

I highly recommend this rental for others, with the caveats:

  • It is in a small village, so it its nightlife you want forget it.
  • If you have kids, this place is perfect!
  • If you want quiet and relaxation, this place is perfect!

But you NEED a car to get around. Even just on short visits to other places and towns, sidewalks have not yet made it to rural Piemonte, so if you walk you end up walking right on the shoulder of the road.

Things to do in this area

We went to so many places, and I forgot them all , but in general

  • Go to Asti, Alba, Acqui Termi, Torino, Genoa, Milan, Ivrea, Lake Orta
  • The smaller the town the better the restaurant. We ate best when we ate at tiny little village restaurants.

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