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5BR Hilltop wine country home w pool and spectacular views near Alba and Barolo

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths2
Space 3,767 sq. ft.
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

Perfect home base for exploring NW Italy or just hanging by the pool w wine

The Alba International White Truffle Festival is coming soon (Oct 8 - Nov 27) and the entire region is abuzz with anticipation. As far as "enogastronomic" and road cycling destinations go, this area cannot be beat at this time of year. All of the local restaurants are offering seasonal specials, many of them with locally sourced truffles, both black and white. As a base from which to explore the area, I have a restored but still rustic country home on a hilltop surrounded by vineyards of the Langhe Roero and Asti areas, with views to the alps. Ideal for families and groups up to 12 people. Five bedrooms, 4+ baths, large family room / kitchen with fireplace. Outdoor cooking, dining and entertaining areas with barbecue and pizza oven, swimming pool, hot tub, sauna, fruit trees, herb garden, 4 car carport, solar panels. A real home, not a hotel-style rental property. Short drive to Alba, Barolo, Barbaresco, Canale, Asti. When not rented this remains my home, so care and respect are necessary ingredients. Additional pictures available on request.

Custom tours, catering services, bicycle or Vespa rentals, wine tastings and much more can be organized on request.

More Details

Mart Pearson
Member since: 2015
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great traveler experience.

Speaks: english, french, italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 8, 2018

About Mart Pearson

I have been a resident in Piedmont since 1988 and have always enjoyed sharing the beauty of this place with friends and visitors. Food and wine have become my passions and also a great way to meet new people. I have a 'short list' of favorite local wine producers and restaurants but I still feel like I am a beginner, a kid in a candy shop. I am happy to make introductions and suggestions.

My three girls are now grown up have left the nest for far and wide. I want to keep the house, but don't need to live in it full time. It is a place that deserves to be shared and loved. This house has been home for all of us and has grown with us, restored and improved bit by bit over these 18 years (with many more improvement projects in the hopper). We are travelers and the house reflects that, with lots of objects and details that are very personal (and sometimes quirky) and tell stories. There are lots of books to read and browse, including guide books of the area. I can be around during rentals or not, depending on the preference of renters. I enjoy meeting people and am happy to share my knowledge of and appreciation for this area. I am also happy to participate in local tours, shopping, cooking, wine tasting, singing, ping pong games and other good times. I hope that guests will contribute ideas, thoughts, reflections, advice and suggestions for improvement in benefit for future guests.

The name "il mestolo", literally a ladle, is intended to suggest the stirring, mixing and tasting of various ingredients put together. We have had seminars, parties, reunions, retreats, concerts - of all kinds and have enjoyed them all. Every opportunity to learn is a gift. Every new person we meet presents an opportunity to learn. I look forward to meeting you.

Mart Pearson purchased this chateau / country house in 1997

Why Mart Pearson chose Province of Asti

When you see it you will know. When I first saw it in 1997 it was just a country house on a hill, in need of a lot of work, but what a location!! (What were those 3 important things? Location, location and location?) Now I think the house and garden area are nearly up to the level of the views. Some of the house is still "in the rough", but that's one of the fun things about being here - you can imagine the next set of improvements. Most people who have spent time here use words like 'magical' to describe it. Very good energy. There are multiple 'outdoor rooms', different gathering places for different times of the day or for different sub-groups of your party. In the summer the pool is an obvious point of convergence but the indoor spaces are also special and accommodating. The spaces lend themselves to groups and sharing.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

Amazing views, peace and quiet, lots of character. Great space for cooking together.


Province of Asti Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3767 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Ground floor - toilet , tub , shower , Dedicated to ground fl bedroom
    Upstairs main - toilet , tub , shower , bidet , Shared by 3 upstairs bedrooms.
    Upstairs (aux) - toilet , Also shared by 3 upstairs bedrooms
    Near kitchen/living - toilet , Ground floor
    Sauna/outdoor access - toilet , shower , Sauna, direct access to outdoor hot tub
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Ground floor - 1 queen
    Upstairs 1 of 3 - 1 queen
    Upstairs 2 of 3 - 1 queen
    Upstairs 3 of 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Multi-purpose room - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , Can be set up as 2 double bunk beds or as 1 Queen and 2 sgl
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • limited accessibility ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • Sauna ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Great walking and bicycle trails nearby. Vespa rentals nearby. Golf, horse riding available within 15-30 minutes drive. Many neighbors and close friends are wine makers. Best wine and food in the world!! (A purely objective opinion.) Views from the pool/garden at sunset are to die for!


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5BR Hilltop wine country home w pool and spectacular views near Alba and Barolo
average rating of 4.9333334 based on 15 reviews


  • 5 of 5

This house is perfect and has plenty of character. There were 8 adults (3 couples and 2 singles) everyone had their own room. 3 bathrooms, 4 toilets, large rooms and house. Incredible views! We had a lot of use with the outdoor pizza oven and grills. Mart is an incredible host and was extremely responsive and very helpful. It was a wonderful experience getting to know him. I would highly recommend this property. About 25 minutes to Alba or Asti, great location! The photos really do not capture the true character of this property. Thank you Mart for a fantastic time!

  • Submitted: Nov 7, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful villa set in the middle of the most amazing countrysie

  • 5 of 5

The villa is a refurbished farmhouse but that understates its grandeur. The size of the property take a while to get your head around. The pool was perfect as was the location. The host was extremely helpful but kept out of our way. Perfect for a family getaway.

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Piedmont paradise.

  • 5 of 5

Magnificent hilltop rural setting.Spacious large family home exhibiting the features of 18th century architecture of the region.Large pool in pretty garden setting and views over the vineclad hills.On a clear day the snow clad alps can be seen.Mart was a fabulous host and could not have been more helpful in all respects.We found it very central for ease of visiting the sights and attractions of this great food and wine region.It is an easy 2 hour drive from Malpensa airport.We would love to return .

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Lindy - Thanks so much for the glowing review! Very much appreciated. It was great to meet you all and I am glad that you enjoyed the home and the area. We certainly look forward to having you all back again in the future, and I will certainly look you up if I can manage a visit to Australia. Thanks also for the beautiful photos. The sunsets here are almost impossible not to drool over. Last night we had some exciting lightning and thunder storms to break that hot spell that you had. Everything is greening again and it is cooling off a bit - much needed! Please stay in touch! Mart
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Fabulous location and great hosts!

  • 5 of 5

We wanted a stay in the wine country that would allow us to both visit some of the "should not be missed" sites like Turino and the lakes and still allow a more leisurely approach to the wine towns of Roero and the Langhe; this was the venue! You will need a car and a willingness to do some driving but we felt the location was ideal. Mart was a great host; he shared his views on both the region and the wines willingly but encouraged us to set our own agenda. His home is rustic and beautiful. Sitting out by the pool and watching the sun go down over the vineyards with a glass of Nebbiolo in hand is a wonderful experience. We are already dying to go back!

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was an absolute pleasure to have you all here! The peak of harvest time is unfortunately not the best time for visits with the local winemakers, but the season is indeed beautiful, the markets are lively and the wine is always great. I am glad that you enjoyed it and I look forward to staying in touch.
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Outstanding property, as described and more

  • 5 of 5

This large, ambling farmhouse far exceeded our expectations as a site for our family gathering. Views from this property are superb, fine pool, large, well-stocked kitchen, country roads for long walks, San Damiano has good shopping, a fine bike shop for rentals (Cicli Giorgio), and at least a couple of decent restaurants (ask Mart for tips). Further afield is Barolo and Barbaresco, with Roero right next door. This is a very personal rental experience. The family was helpful at every turn. The Pizza oven is first rate, big enough for 2-3 pizzas at once, given some skill with the peel. Plenty of firewood available (firewood gathering seems to be an important part of the local culture). I would love to visit again, having the chance to sample what this area (and house) has to offer.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Todd and family - So glad that you enjoyed the stay. Thanks for the comments. We look forward to having you back!
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An excellent location for a family vacation!

  • 5 of 5

Great location, atop a hill with views in all directions. A fabulous pool, lots of space, and a host who definitely "goes the extra mile" for his guests. Thanks, Mart, for a wonderful stay. Roger, Carol, Melissa, Yann, Xavier, Emilie, and Alexandre.

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Hart family, I'm very glad that you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again soon.
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Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Torino (Caselle)
Nearest Ferry
100 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
20 Kilometres
Nearest Train
16 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
15 Kilometres
A21 (E70) Torino-Piacenza
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Around every corner
Nearest Ski
80 Kilometres
Various (2006 winter olympics)
Nearest Beach
100 Kilometres
Car: necessary

Ideal location to use as a base for groups or multi-family vacations. On site entertainment as well as day trips, mountains, sea - everything is reachable and then you can come 'home' and relax. The area is rich in great food and wine experiences. The vineyards of the Langhe/Roero/Monferrato area were recently awarded UNESCO Cultural Heritage status. White truffles (Alba hosts the International White Truffle Fair each year in October), artisinal cheeses (nearby Bra hosts "Cheese", a semi-annual event), mushrooms in late summer - early winter, farm fresh vegetables at daily markets - the list is infinite. No wonder that the "Slow Food" movement was started here (in Bra) and that the University of Gastronomic Sciences is nearby (Pollenzo). Piedmont (Piemonte) is the hidden gem of Italy, relatively undiscovered by the mass tourism industry but very rich in natural, cultural, historic sites and events. Summer festivals in the various towns showcase local specialties and music. Great music festivals are nearby (Monforte Jazz in July, "Collisioni" in the town of Barolo, also in July). Torino, less than 1 hour away, is a city worth spending some time in with a great music scene and night life as well as museums, history, shopping, chocolate ...

Good source of info on local sights and events: www (dot) langheroero (dot)it/welcome.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $98.12
Refundable damage deposit $858.58
Tax Rate 20.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.