|Floor Area:||~ 500 m²|
|Land:||~ 8.5 Ha|
This secluded property is located at the end of a quiet country lane, a short walk from a historic hilltop village and just a few miles from the spa town of Acqui Terme. The village offers convenient shopping for everyday needs, while nearby Acqui Terme offers excellent shopping, hotels, restaurants, schools, hospitals and cultural events, as well as a golf course and other sporting activities.
A gate leads from the lane into a large, paved courtyard in front of the house.
The main part of the house was built using natural stone approximately 150 years ago: it has 80 cm thick stone walls and beautiful red-brick vaulted ceilings that are typical of Piedmontese wine farms. When the current owners acquired the property in 2005, the entire building complex was in an uninhabitable, derelict condition: they comprehensively renovated and refurbished it over a period of four years. The result is a spacious, year-round-habitable property that combines loads of antique charm with contemporary high-quality technology.
Originally, the buildings were built as a farmstead comprising the main residence plus two attached outbuildings. Today, the outbuildings are each occupied by a modern guest apartment. All three units are accessed from the common courtyard, to the side of which is located another, smaller building that is used as a garage / carport and storage room.
The ground floor is dominated by a large living-dining room that extends over the entire width of the house. The natural stone walls and the ancient brick vaults bestow a rustic character to this space: a large, open fireplace provides a point of focus for the colder months, while large glass doors provide access to a paved terrace and the large pergola outside - a wonderful shaded living area for the hot summer season.
The large country kitchen, located next to the living-dining room, also has doors for outside access. The ground floor is also home to a spacious bathroom and a utility room, as well as an entrance hall that has stairs leading to the first floor.
Four large, well-designed rooms offer flexible accommodation on the first floor: currently, two rooms are used as double bedrooms, one as an office, and the other is currently empty. There is also a large bathroom and a storage room.
Attached to the rear of the main house on one side, and to the second annex on the other side, the ground floor of the first annex serves as a large utility and storage room.
An outside staircase leads to a balcony and the first guest apartment. This apartment has a bedroom, a bathroom, and a cozy living-dining room with kitchen area. The space above the rafters in the living-dining room has been left open - creating an expansive, airy atmosphere.
Attached to the first annex, and at a right angle to it, the second annex was originally a stable, and is now a spacious holiday apartment spread over two floors. It has its own entrance from the courtyard, and its own outdoor seating area.
On the ground floor it has a cozy living-dining room with a kitchen area; an internal staircase leads to the first floor, which is home to two double bedrooms and a bathroom.
Services: central heating, powered by either gas or wood; mains water and electricity, satellite TV, internet
The garden area includes an attractive 5 x 10 meter infinity pool with a partially-shaded sun terrace and wonderful views of the countryside.
The garden is well-stocked with Mediterranean shrubs and trees and various relaxing seating areas. The remaining grounds, formerly cultivated vineyards, are now easy to maintain - they comprise a mixture of Mediterranean woodland and meadows.
Our personal opinion: the layout of the property has been very carefully considered, and offers a range of possible uses. The private area is spacious, but it could even be extended - while the two apartments are very popular with summer holidaymakers, and many visitors come year after year.