Tenuta Contessa Chiara

We have returned from a magical holiday in Piemonte in northern Italy. I promised the owners Alessandro and Andrea that I would put a link here on my website in case anyone is interested in a perfect Italian villa holiday.  Alessandro is in the process of changing his web hosting service so once that has been done I will post a proper link to the website. Until then I can offer you a link to the page on the Home Away website where we made our booking. The pictures you will see of the beautiful are entirely accurate I can assure you of that. Here is the link. http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p518644

Here is the text of the review of the property I have submitted.

This is a beautiful place. We stayed here in August with our extended family and had a fantastic time. The weather was glorious and we didn’t go far but then we didn’t have to. The villa had everything we needed and is a very attractive property indeed. It was exactly as outlined in the entry on this website and no matter how beautiful the property looks in the photos, in reality it is even more attractive. We were very well looked after by our hosts, the brothers Alessandro and Andrea and our maid Kate was a little marvel who kept everything looking just right. They did everything to ensure our holiday was a success right from the first moment we arrived to such a warm welcome.


The wonderful swimming pool became the centre of our holiday and the children, ranging from 14 to 4 loved having such a large and well-maintained pool entirely to themselves. The water was very comfortable, the perfect place to cool off, and the views were remarkable.

The villa has everything that you need. There are lovely seating areas, very nice bedrooms, all with their own bathrooms (including Jacuzzis) , various terraces for outdoor eating and a good kitchen. The pool house is a fantastic facility. It is a steep walk down to the pool but once you are there you will find a second fully equipped kitchen. It has an oven, a fridge freezer, two sinks, a dishwasher a barbecue and all the pots pans and glasses you could ever need – though we did think that plastic glasses would be useful down there for outdoor living on the pool side. There is also a library a television room, a games room with a full size pool table and a home cinema.


I would recommend the villa to anyone looking for a peaceful holiday in beautiful area of Piemonte. It is pastoral, timeless, elegant and it shimmered in the heat. The lovely villages are set amongst a sea of vines and remain entirely untouched. The village of Fontanile itself is dominated by a remarkable church, built in the late nineteenth century after the discovery of a treasure hoard beneath the original building. There is also a bar and a small grocery. Nizza a short distance away will fulfil all your shopping needs. Acqui Terme is a pleasant town too, but it is the villa itself that will make your holiday a success. On our last night Alessandro and Andrea prepared a typical Piemonte meal for us – it was brilliant and a fitting end to a wonderful holiday that all of us, especially the children, will always remember.

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