Spectacular views over Monferrato hills
High standard renovation in 2008
Near towns like Asti, Casale Monferrato
Turin, Milan and Genova 60 - 90 minutes
Easy to maintain garden and plot of land
Gas heating as well as woodburning stove
Villa Chiara is situated in the lovely little village Odalengo Piccolo in the Piedmont region (north west of Italy). The detached house has a wonderful panoramic view of the picturesque surrounding Monferrato hills. This former farnhouse was completely renovated in 2008. It has two floors with a total living space of 220 m2. The spacious living room on the ground floor (46,5m2) has beautiful arched stone ceilings and a built-in wood burning stove (sufficient to comfortably heat living room and kitchen).
On the ground floor there’s also a fitted fully equipped modern eat-in kitchen (24m2) and a bedroom with an en suite showerroom (all with underfloor heating). Livingroom and kitchen have airconditioning. The stairs made of natural stone, lead to the first floor. There you’ll find four spacious bedrooms (two with airconditioning) and a stylish bathroom.
On top of the ceiling of the upstairs bedrooms there’s an insulation floor of 10cm so it doesn’t get too warm in summer and not too cold in winter.
All the windows are fitted with aluminium windowframes with double glazing. In the living room the windows are triple glazed.
Solar panels on the roof generate 8000KW a year and a the subsidy on them lasts for another 13 years,
The garden in front of the house is easy to maintain. There’s a convered terrace (under the garage) for dining and wining in a comfortable shade meanwhile enjoying the wonderful view.
The spacious salt water swimmingpool (10.5X 4.2X 1.5 m) in the garden is easy to maintain (salt water is better than a chloride based swimmingpool) with a nice stone terrace surrounding it. Another terrace sits near the kitchen. The double garage is fitted with an overhead door.
Apart from the garden there’s a fenced vegetable garden plot of appr. 600m2 and a plot of 5000m2 with grassland (low maintenance since this piece is being mowed twice a year by a local farmer).
The Piemonte region is one of the best kept secrets of Italy. At times it reminds you of Tuscany, however as there is less tourism, the region keeps it’s authentic character. This also helps to keep the restaurants affordable. There is great food here, the region is especially renowned for it’s truffle. And don’t forget the delicious wines produced in this region. You’ll find the king and queen of Italian red wines – the Barolo and the Barberesco – here. But the delicious and affordable wine of the region is the Barbera d'Asti. The famous “Slow Food” movement started in Piemonte for a reason! In short, discover undiscovered Piemonte.
The region offers a variety of activities like hiking, mountainbiking,playing tennis and fishing in some nearby little lakes (f.e. Trino and Cioccaro)
The medieval town of Moncalvo – the smallest city of Italy – is five minutes away by car. The main piazza has lovely café’s with terraces and other facilities such as banks, shops, restaurants, a weekly market on Thursdays and on every first Sunday of the month an antique market. In the valley between Ponzano and Moncalvo – a ten minutes drive away – there are three supermarkets and a.number of gas stations.
In nearby Ponzano Monferrato there’s “Santuario di Crea” (a UNESCO heritage site). “Santuario di Crea” is one of the nine Sacri Monti (holy mountains) in Northern Italy. Crea is called a holy mountain because there’s a monastery with 23 separate chapels scattered over the hill, dedicated to the mysteries of the rosary. In the Middle Ages not many people could afford a trip to Jerusalem, so these holy mountains were created as alternative pilgrimage sites. The hill and surrounding area is part of the 47-hectare nature park of the Sacro Monte di Crea. Around the monastery and chapels are many picnic spots and tables. The park also has many hiking and mountain bike routes.
Relatively nearby there is also the Natural Park of the Po, where you can hike, bike (nice and flat), go kayaking and bird watching.
From Odalengo Piccolo cities such as Milan, Turin and Genoa are easy to reach by car or train.
At nearby Asti (30km) – renowned for it’s “Asti Spumante” dessert wine – every Wednesday and Saturday you can stroll over the huge market. Or do some shopping, sit on one of the many terraces or visit the cathedral.
A daytrip to Lago Maggiore or Lago d’Orta is another possibility. It will take about a 1,5 hours drive to visit these wonderful lakes. But perhaps you prefer a trip to the magnificent Alps. Again about 1,5 hours and you’re in the region where the 2006 winter Olympics were held.
Asking price: €525.000