My husband and I spent five nights in the delightful Casa Pavesi this June (which maybe should be called Casa Paola) encouraged by Tripadvisor. This is a bijou bed & breakfast hotel in a well restored very old building with beautifully individually furnished rooms, characterful lounges and a terrace overlooking the vine clad hills. Heaven!
We had the suite (no 11) with splendid views of the Piemonte countryside for the first three nights but having booked last minute we then had to move to room 32, though not a suite still spacious and equally attractive. However it is at the front of the building and we were disturbed throughout the night by the hourly chimes from the local church which for some reason rang TWICE on the hour. This seems to be common in Piemonte. Does anyone know why? Many touring cyclists and walkers stay here and maybe they are so tired that they do not hear the bells, but I would advise any light sleeper to ask for a room at the back (not street side).
We dined one night at the Michelin starred restaurant in the nearby Castiglio Cavour and enjoyed the excellent Menu Tradizionale which included wonderful wines of the region. If you are prepared to travel to Asti please go to the (starred) ristorante Gener Neuve which has been run by the same family for 40 years. Wonderful local dishes served with no pomp in a dining room whose beams are painted with sayings in Piemontese patois. In complete contrast we ate lunch in Bra, a centre of slow cooking, in a simple restaurant filled with locals called Boccondivino.
Paola runs Casa Pavesi with great attention to detail which shows in the generous breakfast (some grander hotels could learn from her).
However our conversations were always in Italian so how she manages with non Italian speakers I have no idea. She is updating her website to include online reservations which will help attract more independent travellers as many of her guests are members of organised cycling and walking tours.
We look forward to returning to Casa Pavesi.
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