Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 4825: Agriturismo Ada Nada, Apartment
1bed/1bath apartment near Alba, Piemonte
Nov. 2010, 1 week
The agriturismo is in the countryside, near the village of Treiso in Barbaresco (Southeast of Alba). It is on the top of a hill and has great views of the surrounding vineyards. The area is very picturesque and beautiful, but also easily accessible. There are other buildings around the agriturismo, but none that are too close. The location is very quiet and peaceful, perfect for relaxation, walking, or just being outside and gazing at the surrounding countryside.
There is a small grocery store and a bar at the bottom of the hill (about a 7-10 minute walk downhill). There are also a couple of restaurants in the village of Treiso, which is about 2 km away and also in the village of Barbaresco, which is about 5 km away. Alba, a relatively big town (and a very nice one), is about 4 km away. Also, you can choose to have breakfast on the property. The owners also cook dinner on request and organize tastings of their wines.
The building is in great shape: clean and new. The apartment is wonderful: spacious, new, well equipped, and very clean. The front door opens into the kitchen/living room. This room is large and the kitchen is very well equipped with everything you need to cook any meal you can imagine. There is a table that seats four and a couch.
The bedroom is also quite spacious, with a queen-size bed and a small single bed (and enough room to comfortably move around). There is also an amazing amount of storage space: large built-in closets. The bed is very comfortable and the whole apartment very quiet.
The bathroom is modern, the shower is quite spacious and the water pressure excellent. Hot water is available at all times and the apartment also has independent heating, so temperature is never an issue.
There are a total of nine rooms and three apartment on the property. There is also a small library/reading room, and a sizable dining room for breakfast. The breakfast is excellent and includes many delicious options, from homemade jams and preserves to prosciutto, salami, cheese, and homemade cakes.
The owner of the agriturismo (Anna Lisa) speaks great English and is the most welcoming and gracious hostess. She makes herself available for her guests and provides all information about the area, things to do, the property itself, etc. She can also hold wine-tastings of the range of wines made on the property and the wines are available for sale.
There is a great sitting area overlooking vineyards that we did not use much since it was cold. The area is shared and would work great for picnics or an evening glass of wine.
The furniture was in excellent shape: there was nothing that we noticed that could be improved. The apartment was very clean and there was enough space to move around and live comfortable for a week (or much more).
The beds were very comfortable, the bedroom was a nice color and well-lit. The bathroom was excellent: modern, clean, and spacious.
The kitchen was extremely well-equipped: it had everything you can think of, including cutting boards, knives, all pots and pans, colander, many more plates and glasses than we could ever have used, in short everything you need for a vacation rental. We cooked a number of meals in the kitchen and enjoyed it a great deal.
Problems or Bonuses
Any surprises were positive: the kindness of the owners is unrivaled in our experience, the apartment is the best equipped and most comfortable rental we have ever stayed in, and the area is beautiful. We could not have asked for anything more!
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The owner speaks great English, responds to emails promptly, and is very professional in communicating. The reality did accurately reflect the information on the website.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would stay here any day. We are actually hoping to take some of our friends there with us next time since the place is so comfortable and allows you to explore the area, cook if you want to, or go out to eat, enjoy great wine, and feel very welcome.
Things to do in this area
There are many wineries to visit as well as a number of restaurants. There is a regional enoteca in Barbaresco where you can taste local wines as well as three winebars, one of which actually has a full menu. There are also many excellent bars and restaurants in nearby Alba.
There are hiking trails and beautiful scenic drives.
This review is the opinion of a Slow Travel member and not of slowtrav.com.
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