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Charming Restored Old Country Farm House With Swimmng Pool And Large Garden



Updated: 26-Oct-2016
Farmhouse in Tagliolo Monferrato, Alessandria, Piedmont, Italy

Nested in a quiet and secluded valley in the beautiful wilderness of Piedmont Monferrato hills (1,5 km off road access) but only 10 minutes drive from Ovada motorway exit on A26 , Cascina Pracina will welcome you with its large and beautiful garden, private swimming pool, large veranda/portico with sliding glass doors, Swedish sauna, pool table room, wood oven, wood stoves, offering you a relaxing atmosphere vacation. And when you're tired of relaxing you can always go hiking, bicycling or horse riding through valleys and wineyards, visiting old castles or antique markets, taking wine tours, golfing', enjoying thermal baths in the old Roman town of Acqui Terme or, in 1 hour drive, visiting the Ligurian Riviera, the white truffle world capital of Alba in the Langhe area, or even go shopping at the Serravalle Outlet shopping centre or downtown in Milano. In 1,5 hour drive you can reach Portofino, and in 2 hours drive Cinque Terre.

  • Sleeps 9
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

We love nature, hiking and horse riding, music, reading, fine cooking and wine, and we escape from the city as much as possible to enjoy the absolute quiet, harmony and relaxing atmosphere of Cascina Pracina.

We're looking forward to welcoming you and helping you in turning your vacation into a special and unique experience.

On request and on selected dates we can offer you cooking classes, wine tasting and provide special meals with Piedmont and Ligurian local dishes.

Ester and Martino

Call Manager
Speaks English, Italian

4 Reviews

based on 4 holidaymaker reviews


A really peaceful location-lovely property.

  • 4 of 5

The property, as others have said, is in a beautiful location. If you want to relax and get away from it all, this is a great option. There are plenty of facilities, such as table tennis and a pool table if you choose but we spent most of our time by the pool. Martino set up a wine tasting at the castle for us and the views from the tower were amazing. The facilities are good with most things that you could want and the property was very clean and tidy. We found the sleeping a little cramped with our daughters sharing a sofa bed but there was plenty of space around elsewhere. The view of the night sky from the balcony was great and we enjoyed star gazing. Wi-if, as you may expect, was very slow but that only made us switch off even more. A lovely break and we would definitely return. Lovely hospitality.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Cascina pracina is a beautiful villa in an idyllic Piedmont hillside location, with all the amenities you could wish for. The villa is superbly positioned, being just 10-15 mins drive from the autoroute and supermarket, and the quint Italian town of Ovada. In Ovada you can stock up on fresh produce at the local market, and some excellent pasta from one of the local shops!

The villa is also very private and very peaceful, the perfect place to relax.

There is plenty to see and do, including the beautiful cinque terre (5 cliff top fishing villages only accessible by boat or train), acquarium at genoa( one of the largest in Europe), Pisa, and Turin. The lovely town of Barolo is also not too far, where you have to sample some of Italy's best red!

Our three boys were kept very entertained, and loved the swimming pool, table tennis, table football and pool table!

I would not normally leave such a review, but the owners Martino and Ester were so friendly and accommodating, offering very helpful advice during our stay it would be a crime not to give them and Cascina pracina 5 out of 5!

Highly recommended!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 5, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Piedmont paradise!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Cascina Pracina in early June, and had the most wonderful relaxing holiday break. Well off the beaten track, with no properties within sight, this truly is a place to relax, kick back and forget about busy city life.

Martino and Ester were perfect hosts, full of useful information and ideas to make our stay memorable.

The farmhouse was full of character and charm, with lots of communal space. The grounds are beautiful with well situated pool and even an area for table tennis.

Our children also enjoyed the table football and pool table, whilst mum and dad enjoyed the sunny weather and local wine!

The food and drink in this area was amazing, with plenty of local villages to visit and enjoy. There is a big supermarket in Ovada which had everything we could possibly need.

Overall the property felt like a home from home, and we will definitely visit again in the future.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 12, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Just perfect

  • 5 of 5

A lovely villa, clean and full of character. Beautiful building with all the facilities you would expect from a modern structure, but it looks and feels old and traditional.

The rooms are cool in the morning even it is alreeady hot outside.

A great setting, very private and very comfortable, lovely pool.

Highly recommended if you want to get away from tourist crowds. 100% private and not overlooked by any other house.

The owners are very nice and helpful couple and helped us with everything to make our holiday perfect.

100% recommendation.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 15, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : genova at 30 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : tagliolo at 6 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : genova at 35 Kilometres Nearest Golf : villa carolina at 15 Kilometres Nearest Train : ovada at 10 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : ovada at 8 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : tagliolo at 6 Kilometres Nearest Beach : arenzano at 35 Kilometres Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

On request the owners can provide cooking classes, special dinners with local dishes, folk guitar and mandolin workshops, local wine farm tours, wine tasting, horse riding trails and bicycle ride.


Ligurian Riviera is at 45 minutes driving, Portofino at 90 minutes driving, the Tuscany’s coasts and beautiful beaches are two hours driving distance. Montecarlo 2 hours driving distance and the French Riviera are about 3 hours driving distance


Genoa (45 min/50 km), Turin (1 hour and 45 min/160 Km), Milan Linate (1 hour and 25min/132Km), Milan Malpensa (1 hour and 45min/165Km), Bergamo Orio al Serio (2 hours/185Km), Pisa (2 hours and 40min/225Km). The nearest railway station is in Ovada (17min/9Km), Novi Ligure (30 min/25Km).


Supermarkets, shops, banks, restaurants at 8/10 minutes drive. In the middle of Alto Monferrato wine district, the house is conveniently located in the middle of North West Italy: Alessandria (45min/45Km), Acqui Terme (45min/35Km), Genoa (50Min/55Km), Turin(1 hour and 30min/130Km), Milan (1 hour and 30min/120Km) and the nearby Alps are easily reached by highways or railway in 2 hour.


Rental rates

Additional pricing information

final cleaning £84
Refundable Damage Deposit £252
Pet Fee £42

Booking Notes:
Please contact owner.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Saturday, but we can make exceptions on special request

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Updated: 26-Oct-2016
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From the Owner

if you're looking for a quiet and isolated environment to relax in the beautiful nature of Nothern Italy's appennino, Cascina Pracina is the perfect place for you. At the same time you will be only 10-15 minutes driving distance from the nearest villages and the town of Ovada, where you will find all the shops, food market, restaurants, supermarkets and facilities you might look for.

Property Type

  • farmhouse


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Romantic


  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Dining
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool
  • Sauna


  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm

Location Type

  • rural


  • forests
  • restaurants
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Bidet
  • BATHROOM 1 with wash tub/shower, sink, bidet, Swedish sauna and window BATHROOM 2 with shower box, sink, bidet, washing machine, small window BATHROOM 3 with sink, toilet bidet, small window


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Bedroom 5 - 1 Single Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: ACCOMMODATION Bedroom 1 with king size bed Bedroom 2 with king size bed, private terrace, extra single bed on request Bedroom 3 (smaller) with double bed Bedroom 4 (studio) with king size bed Bedroom 5 with single/mall double bed


  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda


  • Self-catering


  • Outside: Private swimming pool 10x5 mt. with large gazebo, dressing room cabin with WC and outdoor shower, 2 seats hammock, deck chairs and beds, wood and gas BBQ Utility Room: Heating system Washing machine WI FI internet access Satellite TV Gas BBQ Outdoor wood BBQ Tennis table Covered parking Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bath towels and linen are included and changed on a weekly basis; final cleaning of the property after every rental period Euro 50,00. Extra cleaning on request. Other: VERANDA with sliding glass doors facing the garden, 12 seats table, wood oven, wood stove, couches Soccer table Pool table Private outdoor swimming pool 10x5 mt., large gazebo, dressing room cabin with WC and outdoor shower, 2 seats hammock

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