Perfect home base for exploring NW Italy or just hanging by the pool w wine
- english, french, italian
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 20+ 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 San Damiano d'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.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Just perfect for a three generation, very happy family holiday
Mart’s pre-holiday advice and information were spot on. So were his directions! This meant that we had a good idea of what to expect when we arrived and that the welcome would be warm and friendly. It felt like we were staying in a friend’s home, full of character, not one of those holiday houses with little ambience. The atmosphere of trust was really relaxing. With three generations, the setting, facilities and informality worked particularly well. We could walk, talk, swim, cook, play and enjoy the stunning views, just as we wanted. Baloo, the dog, was a big hit with our grandchildren, too! The ‘open house’ approach where we could use basics (olive oil, tea, coffee etc) made us feel at home quickly, while acting as a good starter for shopping lists. We loved all our al fresco meals, including BBQs and celebratory dinners. (Smoke from the barbecue and citronella kept biting things away quite well, too.) We had a lot of laughs over trying to work out which switches controlled which lights on those occasions! Mart offered to organise various trips and treats for us, which we really appreciated and the wine-tasting at Ca’Rossa will live long in the memory. (Yes, Mart, we did manage to take four bottles home in our suitcases!) Mart was very thoughtful in briefing us about any comings & goings (cleaner, gardener etc) and prompt in problem-solving when the dishwasher stopped working briefly. That’s just what you hope for - that if there are any problems, they will be resolved quickly and so they were. It all added up to a wonderful stay. We were very reluctant to leave, not least as the house, garden and surrounding vineyards are so photogenic and there is so much more exploring to do. We would all love to return. Thank you for a very memorable fortnight.
Lovely family holiday in the vineyards
The house is very much the host’s personal home, and as such not a typical holiday let. It is quirky and individualistic and very special. We were a large family party of three generations and we all had a wonderful time. The pool is great, the outdoor spaces beautiful and the views awesome.The really special thing about the place, however, is the way the owner Mart seemed to know exactly the perfect places to recommend for us. He organised wine tastings, suggested restaurant visits and arranged for a pizza chef to come to do a tutorial for us around the pizza oven. Mart and his amazing dog, baloo, were a real asset to our stay. He was staying nearby and on hand to arrange a cot for a child when we’d forgotten to ask for one and was always friendly and attentive without being intrusive.
The only suggestion I could make to improving the holiday experience would be better mattresses and better bed linen. Both were a little worn. The villa, however, was clean and there was plenty of hot water and other necessities.
This was a great place to stay. We had a memorable holiday.
Lovely place, with a excellent house and view.
Lovely place, with a excellent house and view. Pool very good. Garden excellent. Kitchen very roomy. Beds could better.
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!
Beautiful villa set in the middle of the most amazing countrysie
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.
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 .
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!
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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.