From the moment we stepped through the gate and were greeted by Franco's smiling, warm welcome, we knew we had made the right choice for our stay in the Monferrato (if not ALL of Italy) area. We cannot say enough about the beauty of the agriturismo. Perched high on the hilltop above the small village of Alfiano Natta, we had a commanding view of the valley and picturesque villages below. Sunrises bathed the cobbled courtyard and mellow brick walls of the farm with ash new day. What a wonderful way to start the morning.
Then there was breakfast. Not your standard bread & jam often found in Italy, but organic yogurts, a variety of cheeses, specialty meats, fresh bread and their own homemade jellies, not to mention eggs cooked any way you chose. All served at a time that suited our schedule by a broadly grinning Franco or Fiorina.
Both Franco & Fiorina acted as our tour guides as well, suggesting itineraries, making restaurant reservations and even arranging a truffle hunt where we were lucky enough to "find" two rare white truffles (with the help of the dog, of course!).
Our room was lovely, appointed tastefully with a very comfortable bed. The bath as well was the best on our trip. Many touches missing in other Agriturismos & B&Bs had been added: Abundant towels and heater, hair dryer, plenty of shelf space, fantastic artistic mirror with good lighting, hooks for robes, and plenty of hot water and water pressure in the shower. Everything was immaculately clean.
We did not find out until late in our stay that Franco's grandparents were the original owners of Casale Osvalda and the Osvalda was his grandmother's name. On the dining area and office walls are the pictures of his family and the original agriturismo. Franco has painstakingly restored the buildings and courtyard literally brick by brick to the present beautiful place to stay that we had the pleasure to find.
Thank you Franco and Fiorina! We will be back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- -Affittiamo biciclette elettriche con pedalata assistita -Si accettano animali da compagnia -WIFi free -Catering per eventuali cerimonie con banchetti all'aperto -Merende senoire -Passeggiate e corsi di equitazione (anche per bambini) -Trekking e Mountain bike nei colli pietrosi del Monferrato (sentieri tracciati CAI) -Parete artificiale di arrampicata -Massaggi su prenotazione -Corsi di Yoga -Golf club 18 buche a meno di 20Km -Osservatorio astronomico -Corsi di tiro con l'arco -Visita alla cascina didattica -Percorsi sulle prealpi Biellesi con pernottamento compreso nei rifugi in quota -Organizzazione di gruppi per la ricerca del tartufo -Degustazioni in cantine di produttori locali ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Casale Osvalda Italy/Alfiano Natta