Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 4415: Casa in Monferrato, Casa Nido
2bed/1bath house in Villa San Secondo, Piemonte
Summer 2005, 2 weeks
The Nido is located near the peak of the hilltop village of Villa San Secondo, and offers alluring views of the surrounding countryside. Next door is the old church, and a welcoming piazza with more views of the Piedmont and the nearby Alps. Although the Nido is in the heart of the village, it offers plenty of privacy and is quiet.
Although the village doesn't offer much in the way of dining and shopping opportunities, the local store is within easy walking distance, is well stocked, and even offers freshly made pastas (including the best raviolis I have eaten), meats, cheeses, and wines. The Nido has all you need to prepare any meal.
Montechiaro d'Asti, a larger village with a few shops and restaurants, is only 2 km away. Asti (the birthplace of Asti Spumante) is within 15 or 20 km and offers a more complete city experience, as well as access to trains and other transportation.
The Nido is old but wonderfully restored. With two compact stories, four are well accommodated for even a lengthy stay. The kitchen and bath are on the first floor, with a comfortable sitting area. The bedroom and a lovely sitting area that can serve as a second bedroom occupy the upper floor.
Although there are no outside sitting areas connected to the Nido, the main village piazza is nearby, and a small piazza in front of the church is just a few steps from the front door. There is no pool.
The furniture was in great shape, and the beds quite comfortable. Everything from kitchen to bath to bedroom was very clean. Plenty of chairs were available for all of us.
We all slept peacefully and comfortably. The bathroom includes a large old porcelain tub, very clean and inviting.
The kitchen was quite usable, with plenty of utensils for all of the meals we prepared. It's small but utilitarian.
Problems or Bonuses
We were surprised by the graciousness of our hosts, and the townspeople in general. It would be hard to feel more welcome.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
We booked our stay directly with the owners, Toni and Roberto. They both spoke perfect English, as did their lovely daughter Rebecca, who graciously served as our translator on several occasions. As hosts, Toni and Roberto are top notch. Their knowledge of the area and its history, and their eagerness to share it, made the whole experience remarkable and unforgettable.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
We eagerly anticipate the next opportunity we have to stay at the Nido, and we would highly recommend it to anyone in search of a real experience in the real Piemonte.
Things to do in this area
There is much to do here from quiet strolls through the cobblestones, shopping at the Asti Saturday market, driving to Torino, walking to Montechiaro, tasting the fruit of the local vines, and exploring the rich history of the Piemonte. Boredom will not plague your visit to Villa San Secondo.
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