“Rustic meets smart contemporary in a Piedmontese farmstead with 4 fabulous rooms, a family cottage and its own vineyard”
There are 4 rooms (Amber, Aubergine, Red and Sage), one on each corner of the first floor. All are slightly different but equally generous spaces, with high sloping ceilings, exposed timbers, polished teak floors and a few well-chosen pieces of contemporary furniture. The look is unfussy, with natural finishes (Indian silks, Egyptian cotton, wenge wood), warm colours and a touch of Zen. The Bohemian crystal chandeliers were, admits Karen, “a mad moment of indulgence”, but the effect is rather like putting a diamond brooch with a little black dress.
We loved our sunny, twin-aspect Aubergine room with its deep purple chaise longue, comfy armchair, simple Japanese-style four-poster bed and French windows (with shutters) opening onto a small balcony overlooking the vineyard. The Red room next door is furnished with a mahogany sleigh bed and has two balconies (Amber, is the only one without one). Sage is the smallest room, but still charming. All have LCD TVs, DVD/CD players, and a few little extras, like bowls of chocolates, candle holders and potted orchids.
The lofty, wet-room bathrooms are fabulous, all lined with limestone and black slate, and equipped with baths and walk-in rain showers, funky sculpted basins, chrome taps and rails and supplied with luxury towels and Aveda toiletries.
The two-storey cottage next door is a little more traditional, less glamorous in style, but offers a cosy, family-friendly self-catering option available for holidays or short breaks (minimum stay of two nights). Part of the original 300-year-old building, the cottage has a kitchen-diner (microwave, fridge, washing machine), living room, double room with four-poster, a twin room and family bathroom.
Light, simple snacks are available daily- a bowl of homemade pasta, perhaps, or a Piedmont ploughman’s (with Gorgonzola cheese and Prosciutto). Guests eat in the dining room - sunny or candlelit, depending on the weather and the time of year - or on the comfy sofa on La Granica’s shaded outdoor terrace.
Otherwise, you can head off to one of dozens of excellent local restaurants. Karen’s favourites are: La Signora in Rosso, an atmospheric enoteca in Nizza Monferrato, where you can eat and drink - the wine list is vast - in the courtyard in summer and in the cellar in cooler weather; or La Curia (photo 5 above) in Acqui Terme, where specialities include fresh fish from the Ligurian coast.
Breakfast, served in the dining room, is a buffet of cereals, fresh fruits, bread, pastries, a variety of teas and coffees, salamis, cheese and eggs to order.
Well-behaved children are welcome in the cottage, while in the main building each suite can take 1 extra bed. Extra beds/cots and breakfast are subject to a supplement.
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available
Baby cots available on request
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking