À propos de ce logement
Casa Parrocchia, a Villa in the heart of the Piedmont.
Located on the hilltop of the historic village Sale San Giovanni with a beautiful garden and spectacular views to the french and italian Alps, Casa Parrocchia offers every modern comfort.
During the restoration of this historic building the owners of Casa Parrocchia paid careful attention to the original features and details to create this fine home.
There are original wall paintings which were found in the restoration which have been preserved, in part a traditional stone sink and the original arches of the corridor lead you up the stone staircase to the first and second floors.
The downstairs area consists of a large handmade country kitchen (very well equiped with oven, fridge, freezer, blender, toaster, ice machine, nespresso coffee machine (pods needed for this), dishwasher, 4 ring stove, cooking utensils, hob) with a French door leading out to the garden and a balcony door from where you can access the long balcony alongside the house to enjoy the sunset and the beautiful views to the valley and mountains.
The living room has an open plan dinning area and is fitted with every comfort. The open fireplace invites you to enjoy cosy evenings in the winter months.
There is also a reading area with an extensive library, where you will find books and magazines about the area and its history. There is also an extensive DVD collection for family entainment.
Downstairs is also the first bathroom with shower and the first bedroom.
Following the arches upstairs, there are two more bathrooms, one with a large walk in shower, and the second with a bathtub.
5 remaining bedroom two with twin beds and 3 with double beds offer enough space for a large family or group of friends.
There is also a large formal dinning room (for 10 people) with a open fireplace. This room is mainly used for playing games at the large marble table or to have a relaxed discussion next to the fire.
Accès des voyageurs
Casa Parrocchia has a beautiful cosy garden where you can sunbath and relax. There are a lot of flowers and plants typical of this area. In the late autumn you can pick some fresh figs from the fig tree which is growing next to the Pergola.
A beautiful handmade wooden table invites you to enjoy outside dinners and barbecues with the whole family.
For the summer, we also offer an inflatable pool (2 m x 76 cm) for the children and everybody who wants to enjoy some cool water.
The views from the garden follow the sloping valley of the Alta Langa towards the Italian and French Alps.
There is also a little gravelled area where you can find peace and quite to enjoy a good book or just the views.
Échanges avec les voyageurs
By email and local meet and greet
This region of the Alta Langa could be described as the hidden frontier. It comprises 43 small villages. Perched on the tops of hills they were once fortified but nowadays each has barely 100 inhabitants. It is off the beaten track, and the region rewards the curious visitor with its natural wonders and cultural delights.
In early spring the area represents the border between the seasons. A hill can be capped with snow yet on its lower slopes the broom is in flower and the fruit trees are blossoming. It is a border between two cultures where the Ligurian and Piedmontese accents mingle and form specific local dialects.
The cultivation of vines so widespread in the lower regions is made difficult here due to the high altitude. Instead, agriculture is based on sheep farming, the planting of hay and cereal crops and the production of hazelnuts (the Tonda Gentile of the Langhe).
Not to be missed the DOP cheeses of raschera and tuma from Murazzano and Bra.
Food, Wine and Truffles
The famous Langhe (Langa in its Italian spelling) wine growing region of Piedmont lies to the south of its capital Alba. It is characterized by rolling hills, vineyards and winding roads which deliver breath taking scenery around every corner.
Guests can come here and follow the “wine trail” through the typical areas of Dolcetto d’Alba,Barbera d’Alba and Nebbiolo d’Alba. The Langa is also home to truffle festivals held in Alba and Ceva during October. Each year for about a six weeks Alba is transformed and becomes the world market for truffles, Piazza Bianca hosts up to forty different stands all trading in this sought after commodity.
Barolo known throughout the world for its wine is 15 Km's from Alba. Both Barolo and nearby Grinzane Cavour both host regional wine cellars.
Serralunga has a beautiful castle while Monforte and La Morra will entertain you with their panoramic landscapes and famous restaurants. The countless rows of vines are the home to bunches of black Nebbiolo grapes which are used in the production of Barolo wine.
To the east of Alba along the right bank of the River Tanaro one finds Barbaresco, home to Barbaresco wine again made from the Nebbiolo grape. This area includes the two towns of Treiso and Neive which are known as the towns of four wines: Barbaresco, Dolcetto, Barbera and Moscato.
The high season for all food lovers is the late autumn. The reason for that is the mushroom and truffle harvest in the region. You will discover that the restaurants offer a wide range of exquisite piedmonts food with locally produced products.
Piedmont in general has two different gastronomic traditions: the one coming from the Savoy court, rich and solemn (chocolate, zabaione – mixture of egg yolks, sugar and wine beaten over a gentle heat, bollito misto – mixed boiled meats – and fritto misto alla Piemontese - mixed fried food Piedmontese style) and the one coming from the countryside, poor and rustic, which had to make nourishing and tasty dishes using cheap and easily available raw materials (finanziera – dish made from chicken and veal poor parts – and bagna cauda - oil, anchovy and garlic sauce into which raw vegetables are dipped). Both traditions created strong and very tasty dishes, which marry beautifully with the strong local wines.
Flan is a warm appetizer which was first created in the Savoy court’s kitchens. As the sound of the name suggests, there is a clear French influence over the preparation of garden vegetables, such as spinach or cardo gobbo, the hunchback cardoon, which are often accompanied with fondue or tasty sauces enrichen the vegetables.
There are two other traditional appetizers which come from Piedmontese breed of cattle: raw meat battuta al coltello, cut with a knife to maintain its crunchiness, dressed with oil, salt and pepper and vitello tonnato, thin boiled slices of delicate veal meat served with a delicious tuna and caper sauce.
As in Northern Italy in general, first courses are traditionally made up of fresh pasta and fresh filled pasta.
Piedmontese agnolotti, squared-shaped agnolotti or small ravioli al plin (pinched ravioli), filled with meat or vegetables, are for sure the most famous first course of the district.
Piedmont is famous in Italy especially because of its meats, above all the ones coming from the Piedmontese breed of cattle. You should try the tagliate, just scalded on the griddle and tasty brasati, cooked with Barbera d’Asti wine.
Typical dishes, ancient recipes
Finanziera is a peasant recipe from the 15th century: it is unlikely to be served in restaurants but often proposed in town festivals, it is made form entrails and butchery wastes cooked in a tasty way.
Fritto misto alla Piemontese, mixed fried food Piedmontese style, is the main protagonist of many town festivals. It is made from lamb, pork and veal entrails, chicken breasts, amaretti biscuits and apples, all fried separately.
Many sweet delicious products come from prestigious Piedmontese hazelnut DOP (also called Tonda gentile delle Langhe): Gianduja cream, hazelnut torrone, hazelnut cake are among the most popular.
Ameretti are also typical: they are small biscuits made from almonds. They can be soft (amaretti of Mombaruzzo) or more crunchy. Of course not to be forgotten are Italy's famous ice creams and sorbets that can be found in most of the local bars in the region, but the best are the flavours by the seaside.
Car essential but local train station within walking distance to both Turin and Savona
Sports and activities
For all sport lovers the Alta Langa offers lots of a vast range of different attractions.
There are very good and famous cycling routes like the Salite dei Campione which can be ridden in one or divided into 6 different smaller routes. Cycling is a very popular pastime in this region especially at weekends where the rolling hills provide the cyclist with fantastic views at all times of the year.
The nearest Golf clubs are approx 45 minutes from the house. As Gagliassi Gold club della Langhe, at Monforte d´Alba and Sportiva Gold Club at Cherasco
Only 20 minutes away, in Bossolasco is a riding place with very well kept horses of all sizes. They also have all the neccesary equipment to enjoy long rides through the countryside.Skiing
We are approximately 45 minutes from the nearest ski area which lies in the upper Val Maudagna, in the heart of the Maritime Alps. These are the resorts of Prato Nevoso, Artesina and Frabosa. They are connected to the Mondole Ski area, where you can ski without having to take your skis off. Artesina lies at 1,500 m and Prato Nevosa 1.300m. Because of their close distance from the sea they enjoy a micro climate and have short heavy snowfalls, so there is generally plenty of snow. There are over 130 km of runs for all standards of skiers. There are also 3 cross country ski runs just 4 km away from Sale San Giovanni. They are well prepared and it is also possible to hire snow shoes and trekking equipment.
Only 15 Minutes away, in San Benedetto Belbo is a large lake with a Pizzeria / Restaurant. Here you can go fishing and afterwards enjoy a nice meal.
Not far away are the Italian Alps where you can go mountain climbing and trekking.
The area itself offers also a lot of good pathways which invariably lead to small farms where you can stop for a rest and taste the local produced products.
The seaside of Savona is just 45 Km away. Here you can enjoy a day at the wonderful beach of Noli or Finale ligurie, Enjoy freshly caught fish in one of the seaside restaurants or discover the little shops in the medieval villages.
For sightseeing you can visit the famous cities Torino, Alba, Bra or Saluzzo - all reachable in a relaxed daytrip. They are full of museums, history and of course good restaurants which are famous for their slow food.
No smoking, No pets, No loud parties, respect our lovely neighbours
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