The property is without doubt in excellent condition, extremely nicely done out with wonderful views. However, I wouldn't want to take young children there in fear of any damage as it didn't look that forgiving - and there wouldn't be anything to do for them. The vineyard views were lovely, and if you are looking for a remote experience, you certainly get that. The flip side of this is that you have to go out and travel for a reasonable time to reach anything. The local towns are not anything to write home about, and you have to travel further afield to reach anywhere really nice. Sadly the peace of the location was often shattered by the noisy dogs that the owner keeps, who seem to bark for extended periods and often during the night because they 'have heard a deer'. You are also cheek by jowl (ajoined) with neighbours, so somewhat reliant on luck on the noise front.
Some of what you might describe as nit picking above is driven by the negative feelings you get once you interact with the owner on anything outside of her sense of what is right. I therefore recognise exactly the behaviour which the other 'poor' reviewer has described. The first thing which annoyed us was the lack of transparency about additional costs. You are invited to use the wifi, and get bread and vegetables delivered to your door, with lots of charm about where they come from etc. However, at the end of your stay you are handsomely charged for these - but there is no mention of this at the time, and they are not presented in any way as a charged for service. We have stayed in a huge variety of holiday homes where there is often a gift of food and/or wine as part of the stay - but we have never been charged for this at the end of the stay. The other rip off was the cleaning charge. This was a compulsory charge of nearly 100 euros, so why is it not included in the price? If there is an option to clean the property yourself as is often the case, then I understand it is listed as a separate charge - but in this case it is not. I can only guess it is a ruse to keep the price looking better, so make sure you factor this in.
Finally, but perhaps most telling is if you challenge anything about your stay. This is when the owner transforms into a rude and offensive individual, who will think nothing of being pretty insulting, particularly by email once you have left. A piece of electrical equipment stopped working during our stay, and we were accused of all sorts of things, often based on nationality stereotypes. There seemed to be a complete lack of comprehension that holiday accommodation is going to have wear and tear, and on occasion things will need to be replaced or repaired. She was incredibly rude and had we not been firmer, she would have extracted hundreds of euros out of us for a repair which seemed suspiciously expensive. Understandably this part of our stay left us feeling with a bitter taste and ruined the overall experience which should have been much better. I don’t doubt all of this will be fiercely denied, but I hope it is taken on board by the owner who considers the dishonesty of these hidden/extra charges and also reflects on her behaviour to customers
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Cascina Bricchetto Langhe is in a strategic position at the heart of the Langhe allows in a few miles to reach all the most famous and the most romantic ones, and even the wildest (there are lots of them), enjoying a spectacular view!In the evening the Sun ignites the Monviso and flooding the brightly-colored Alps, you can "soak up" the situation outside sitting comfortably in an armchair or eating ... such as the product of the barbecue, it is equally possible from within the case thanks to the large and numerous windows.The houses, different from one another both structurally and for furniture, offer a luxurious stay and amenities offered have nothing to envy to luxury hotels (5 stars), with the difference that cost the guests much but much less.The Cascina Bricchetto stone built of Langa, is perhaps the oldest in the country, is located at the top of a hill, elevation 600 m, about 10 km from Alba "capitale delle Langhe" and 3 miles from Barbaresco. The renovation that was completed in 2006 has retained the original structures such as "voltini" in brick, were also used natural materials and typical.The houses are in the main building of the farm, completely autonomous and spread over two floors, offer all comforts, from dishwasher to minipimer. The great attention to detail during the renovation, the furniture made from antique furniture to modern pieces by both family, have produced two charming houses that we propose below with pride.The quality certification obtained since 2008 by "Italian hospitality" is the best guarantee for you.Cà der Forn (House of the bread oven): Large living room with fireplace, very well equipped kitchen, two large bedrooms, one shower room, one bathroom, balcony, garden.Cà dra Topia three large double rooms – two of which it is possible to place an additional bed – structured and furnished each differently, three bathrooms, a large living room with fireplace and fully equipped American kitchen and a long balcony await.Our breakfast is rich, offers local products made according to old recipes, appreciated also by Slow Food that we put into the Guide "Locande d’Italia".At guests ' disposal: wireless internet access inside and outside homes, garage, terrace, solarium, barbecue, playground for children, equipped with the agreement of our fruits and vegetables production. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Cascina Bricchetto Langhe Italy/Trezzo Tinella