3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1 cloak room, sleeps 8
- english, french, italian
About Jo Pearl
We fell in love with the rollling hills of this region, and when we began house hunting in Piedmont. While initially we were looking for a house nearer to Torino in the foothills of the Alps, it was the gentle undulations of this landscape that the took our breath away and made us plump for the Barbera region in the end. The colours of the vineyards and fields and the views across hills to the distant Alps and Apennine mountain ranges made each day a particular pleasure. In 2007 we decided to move to Mombercelli in order to manage and experience the adventure of the renovation work that we were undertaking on the house, expecting to stay for just one year. But it proved too lovely to leave and so we lived permanently here for 2 years, putting the children into local schools, running out businesses from this hill-top position and becoming fluent in Italian. We now flit between London and Mombercelli, and are fortunate in being able to come back and slot into our Italian home and life for 10 weeks of the year, during school holidays. The remainder of the time, it is nice to be able to rent it to holiday visitors, and share this little known but wonderful area with the wider world.
Jo Pearl purchased this Farmhouse in 2006
Why Jo Pearl chose Mombercelli
We fell in love with the secluded courtyard feel of the property, and adore its panoramic views over the hills, to the distant Alps. From the road, the house looks like it has turned its back to the world. But as soon as you drive through the arched gates of the property, you feel like you are in a private, secluded haven. Up until 30 years ago, this L shaped series of three houses, used to be home to and extended family of 37 people. It is now a generous and secluded space for guests to enjoy solely made up of 2 renovated houses, and one un-renovated houses around a landscaped herb garden. The local passion for top quality food is extraordinary. I have learned how to make tomato passata, bagna cauda sauce and fresh pasta thanks to my neighbours interventions. I have been truffle and porcini hunting in the autumn mists. It has been a wonderful adventure that has enriched my life enormously.
What makes this Farmhouse unique
We have renovated the the house to be as eco-friendly as possible. With solar shading/balcony, large windows to let in as much daylight as possible, solar panels, lots of insulation in the wall to make it cosy in winter and cool in summer. We love to sit at the kitchen table and look at the changing light of the panoramic views across the herb garden, rolling hills and beyond to the Alps. Indeed we have had lots of appreciative comments from guests who have enjoyed helping themselves to the fruits of the persimmon, fig and peach trees in the garden, depending on the season. While we have chosen not to build a swimming pool at the house, this does not mean that there is not great swimming to be had locally. Mombercelli public pool is an amazing amenity, and a great place to do some serious people watching. Open from the beginning of June until the beginning of September, this large pool is landscaped with a garden, cafe, football pitch, tennis courts, beach volley ball, and jaccuzzi.
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Gorgeous home gorgeous setting
We really enjoyed our stay in this beautifully renovated home. Once the fog finally cleared we got to enjoy the gorgeous mountain and valley views. The house is completely outfitted for anything you might need.
So glad you enjoyed your stay. The autumn mists are legendary in Piedmont, its what helps the white truffles grow, but I know just what you mean about the dramatic change when they lift and the views from the house of the distant alps are revealed. Please do come again!
Beautiful house, amazing setting
We had a wonderful week's holiday. Very relaxing for adults with plenty of space. Young children with us had great fun on the trampoline and playing with games and toys. The view was stunning and it was a delight to see the flowers, insects and amazing birds around, especially the bee eaters, swallow tail butterflies and humming-bird moths. And what a lovely house.
So glad you had a great stay! We love the garden in July too.! Please come back and visit us again.
Great location to visit Piedmont
The house is a lovely place, quiet, ideal to explore the gorgeous Piedmont country side. The terrace overlooking the country side was stunning. No better place to have breakfast. Overall we had a wonderful experience.
So glad you had a great stay. Please do come back again soon. Best wishes,
Retreat to Mombercelli
We had a wonderful five days relaxing in the house , looking at the view, going for walks and doing day trips to so many unique places. The house is so comfortable with everything you need and more. So many personal touches and history. Our hosts were friendly and responsive to all our questions.
So glad you had such an enjoyable stay! Please come again next time you are in Europe.
Beautiful villa, glorious views
Great getaway in Piedmont, lovely views right across the valley to snow capped mountains. Short drive to all of the great wine areas, and some lovely restaurants. Loved the open plan kitchen, perfect for experimenting with local produce, and real fireplaces created a great atmosphere on a night. We were very lucky with the weather as it was end of February. Incredibly comfortable bed and lovely modern bathroom.
So glad you enjoyed your stay and the weather was so perfect. Thanks for choosing our home for your holiday! Please do come again soon!
Beautifully restored farmhouse with fabulous view
We spent a wonderful, peaceful week at the Cascina del Forno which is situated in a very quiet hamlet on the top of a hill overlooking a very beautiful wooded valley and with distant views to other hill-top villages.
The main part of the farmhouse has been sympathetically restored, with the traditional brick vaulted ceilings and the wooden roof trusses giving great character to the building, but with nicely designed modern conveniences and design touches that helped make our stay relaxing. A pleasant courtyard garden with its gazebo made for a great place to eat al fresco and enjoy the view.
Mombercelli is well placed for trips to the great Piedmont wineries around Asti and Alba, plus not so far from Milan or Turin for a bit of Italian sophistication.
So glad you enjoyed yourself. Please come back again soon!
Mombercelli is a charming village set in the rolling hills of Barbera and Moscato wine country. Located in the heart of the white truffle producing area of Piedmont, Mombercell an easy drive from the epicentre of the Slow Food Movement in Bra and Alba, with it's International Truffle Festival. It is also just 15 minutes away from the the Provincial capital Asti which is famous for Italy's oldest horse racing Palio and International Wine competition. Whether you want to browse in the weekly market of Nizza Monferrato or go wine tasting in Barolo, hiking or golfing, you will be spoiled for choice.
Indeed, Mombercelli is ideally located for day trips to the beach on the Ligurian coast, skiing or mountain trekking in the Italian Alps, or shopping for designer clothes in Turin or Milan. Although a relaxing get-away, off the beaten tourist track, Cascina del Forno is easy to get to, being equidistant from 5 international airports: Genoa, Turin and Milan Malpensa and Milan Linate, all around an hour’s drive away.
Golf: Circolo Golf Margara.
7, Regione Margara.
27 holes. Blue course, 9 holes, 3249 m, Par 36 - Yellow course, 9 holes, 3175 m, Par 36 - Red Course, 3069 m, Par. 36. Designed in the hills of Monferrato, this scenic course is particularly interesting for its high trees, the sometimes tough lies and the length of some of its holes.
Ski: Limone 2085 m
Limone gives access to the Riserva Bianca skiiing area of which the Maneggio area is dedicated to beginners. The Riserva Bianca (White reserve) can satisfy downhill skiing enthusiasts thanks to its 80 km of runs covered almost entirely by artificial snow systems and served by 16 lift systems, with stat-of-the-art tele cabins and chair-lifts. The tracks vary in length and difficulty, with some runs designed for beginners and others which have hosted, among other things, the training sessions of the Italian and French national teams. The width of the runs makes them ideal for use by snowboarders, while those boarders who prefer to practise their acrobatic moves can do so in the 3500 m² of the snow park at Limonetto, equipped with half pipe, kickers, box and rails. There are a total of 40 slopes providing 80KM of piste.
A day's pass can be as little as €25 for adults and €6 for children.