Double or Twin: 3
Bathroom with tub: 2
Bathroom with shower: 3
VILLA BARBERA - QUARGNENTOVilla Barbera is an amazing villa sitting at the top of a hill with spectacular views of the nearby villages in the heart of Piedmont's wine region.The area is world famous for its wines (Barbera, Moscato, Grignolino and many others) and also for its fine food (cheeses, meats), truffles and chocolate. It is also rich in history, pageantry and breathtaking scenery with lush farmland, endless vineyards, picturesque lakes and hills, medieval hilltop villages and splendid castles.With its beautiful rolling hills, the location is ideal for walking and cycling and for golfers: the villa is also just 5-10 minutes away by car from of one of Italy's famous championship golf courses.This 250-year-old villa has recently been restored to luxurious standards - retaining traditional Piedmontese features blended with a modern touch.The villa is set over three floors with separate entrances with grand marble staircases at each wing. It offers spacious accommodation comprising six double bedrooms, five luxury bathrooms (four en-suite) and a spectacular 13m x 8.5m swimming pool overlooking the villa's private five-acre forest. The specification throughout is of the highest standards including granite worktops in the kitchen, all modern appliances, tiled flooring throughout and underfloor heating on the ground and first floors.Ground FloorLounge: the hallway opens to a large lounge, formerly the stable, with double doors leading to the garden and swimming pool. It has three leather sofas, a flat screen TV with a DVD player, a radio/CD player with i-pod dock, and a glass-fronted wood-burning stove. Features of the lounge include original curved brick ceiling and under-floor heating. The lounge is amply stocked with books and childrens' games.The hall also leads to a luxury shower room with an open plan shower, hand basin, bidet and toilet.Sitting Room: original restored oak doors lead to a sitting room. This was originally the main living area of the old farmhouse. This acts as a quiet reading room separate from the family room. Open fireplace.Doors lead into the dining room.The open plan kitchen is fully equipped with American style fridge-freezer, 5 ring gas hob, dishwasher, microwave, double electric oven and kettle. All necessary kitchen utensils are provided. The kitchen opens on to an open plan dining room.Utility room: washing machine, dryer, iron and ironing board, large sink and storage area. Fridge/freezer.All ground floor rooms have under-floor heating.First Floor - West WingMaster Bedroom Suite: This spectacular room was the original hay loft and still retains the double height ceiling. Because of this, large double height windows had to be manufactured. There is a large king size double bed with matching side cabinets and extensive wardrobe space. The huge windows overlook the swimming pool and courtyard. The en-suite bathroom features sunken bath, large open fully tiled shower, luxury double basins, bidet and toilet. The whole area has under-floor heating.Steps lead down to the balcony which also overlooks the swimming pool.On the landing outside the Master Bedroom Suite is a leisure area with pool table, fitness area with mat and weights.A hand-made open-plan staircase leads up to an open plan twin bedroom with hanging area and chest of drawers.First Floor - East WingBedroom 3: modern double luxury queen size bed, wardrobe and chest of drawers. Bathroom en-suite: family shower room with modern basin set in granite, bidet and low level toilet.Bedroom 3 leads to Bedroom 4, so is ideal for families with children.Bedroom 4: double/twin bedroom with ample hanging space.Both bedrooms have double balcony doors overlooking the swimming pool.Second Floor - East WingBedroom 5: Double/twin bedroom with wardrobe and side units, en-suite luxury shower room with modern basin set in granite, bidet and concealed flush toilet.Bedroom 6: Double/twin bedroom with vanity unit and side cabinets. Steps lead up to en-suite bathroom (bath with fitted hand shower, basin, bidet and toilet).Both the first and second floors of the east wing are heated by radiators.OUTSIDEThe villa is totally secluded within its own private five-acre forest; the nearest main road is 1km away so it is very quiet. There is a private road leading to a sweeping drive through large double iron gates up to the house. There is an abundance of fig, apple, pear and hazelnut trees around a large private courtyard and swimming pool, with ample parking for 5/6 cars. There is a large double garage and a portico area housing a basketball net and boxing bag and gloves to keep fit.Outside the kitchen and dining room is a large patio with a 12 seater table and dining chairs, and a table umbrella for al fresco dining. This leads directly to the swimming pool with sun loungers and umbrellas provided.The front of the house is south facing and the pool gets the sun all day.Other services and facilities: weekly change of linen (including pool towels), alarm system, central heating, BBQ.Sleeps. 12 Code - PI002DistancesNearest towns with shops, bars and restaurants within 5 minutes driveWine tasting: 5 minute drive from the houseGolf course: 5-10 minutes driveNearest tennis courts: 10 minutesNearest airports: Genoa Cristoforo Colombo 110km approximately, Turin 105km approximately, Milan Malpensa 113km and Milan Linate 130km approximatelyNearest cities: Alessandria 18km, Asti 50km, Alba 60kmNearest beaches: Genoa area in Liguria around 1 hour awayNearest ski resorts in the Alps: 1 to 2 hours away
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Piedmont is in Italy's northwest and borders Switzerland and France. True to the meaning of its name (foot of the mountain), Piedmont is a land of mountains. It is surrounded on three sides by the Alps, with the highest peaks and largest glaciers in Italy.
The Alps form the background for sweeping, picturesque valleys like Val di Susa, Valsesia and Val d'Ossola. The landscapes of the Langhe and Monferrato are hilly, rather, but just as beautiful, a succession of cultivated hills and vineyards that are dotted with small towns and castles.
Turin Turin is the capital of the region and is well worth a visit with its history and rich culture. There are numerous monuments and interesting sites such as the Royal Palace, the Basilica di Superga, the Museo Egizio (Egyptian Museum) and the Mole Antonelliana. The city offers many art galleries, museums, churches, palaces, piazzas, parks and gardens, as well as restaurants and bars.
The Reggia di Venaria Palace is a splendid and extremely charming architectural structure, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Not to be missed are also the other Residences of the Royal House of Savoy, the Palazzo Carignano, the hunting lodge at Stupinigi, the Royal Castle at Racconigi and Palazzo Madama.
The Sacri Monti (Sacred Mountains) are beautiful masterpieces of religious architecture spread all over the region's mountaintops: Varallo Sesia, Serralunga di Crea and Ponzano Monferrato, Orta San Giulio, Ghiffa and Domodossola.
The Piedmont shore of Lake Maggiore is filled with famous resorts, such as Arona with its 17th-Century colossal statue of Saint Carlo, Stresa and the Borromean Islands, with accommodation facilities, villas and gardens.
In Piedmont, Italian Breaks offers luxury self-catering villas with pool for large parties, like Villa Piemonte and Villa Barbera.
FOOD The most popular specialties of the regional cuisine are fonduta and bagna cauda, two warm and out-of-this-world dips. Some delicious dishes are the mixed fry, braised beef in Barolo wine, civet of hare and a wide array of cheese: toma, robiola, bruss from the Langhe, gorgonzola from Novara, and sernium from Biella.
Typical desserts of the region are Turin chocolate, bicciolani of Vercelli, crumiri of Casale and the baci di dama cookies from Alessandria and Asti.
Piedmont is the region that produces the largest number of world-known and prize-winning wines, such as Barolo, Barbera, Barbaresco, Nebbiolo, Dolcetto, Grignolino, Malvasia and Asti Spumante. The wines produced in the region are predominantly strong reds, the perfect complement to the rich and hearty cuisine featuring ‘fonduta’ (similar to the Swiss cheese fondue), rice, meats, pastas, stuffed vegetables and the famous white truffles. However, there are also excellent white wines like the Asti Spumante to accompany the traditional rich pastries and fine chocolate products such as ‘panna cotta’ and the ‘gianduiotti’ (chocolates).