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La Granica
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Fontanile
Aberdeen, Scotland
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“Another 5 Star Review!”
Reviewed 23 July 2012

A thoroughly relaxing and enjoyable stay in this wonderfully rural and friendly establishment.
We stayed for 6 nights in the self contained 2 storey, 2 bedroomed self-catering property which occupies the central section (between the 4 bedroomed hotel and owners' own residence) of this tastefully renovated building and were delighted to have done so.
I can only echo all the positive comments made by the other reviewers - thoroughly recommended!
Own car is a must as situated down some narrow narrow lanes in charming countryside.
Fontanille is the closest village, only a 5 minute drive away, and has a little grocery/general store, a cafe where the (older) locals congregate and a magnificent church as the centre-piece of this small, quaint village. It's wine making 'Cantina' (a local co-operative which our host's grapes contribute to) well worth a visit - excellent quality product!
We took a day trip to (surprisingly attractive and interesting) Turin city centre, taking the train from Asti (c.40 - 50 minute drive away), which we would recommend for the experience and contrast to Fontanille

Room Tip: Self catering property has 2 bedrooms, both upstairs, a twin and a double ... with four-poster bed...
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 April 2012

This is a wonderful "get away from it all" retreat in the Piedmonte region of Italy, right in the heart of Italy's wine producing zone. Indeed it is on a working vineyard. That said it is just a short drive to lots of interesting places including the cities of Turin, Milan and Genoa together with many small market towns full of character and charm.

The hotel has 4 suites which offers bed and breakfast and a self catered cottage.

It is a newly renovated part of the building and tastefully decorated and furnished throughout.

Getting there is relatively straightforward. There are clear instructions from their website. We flew from the Uk to Genoa airport and then hired a car. Once we had figured out that we needed to get onto the "AutoStrada" (our Italian is non existent unfortunately!) the rest of the transfer was plain sailling.

The hosts, Mark and Karen, simply could not have been more welcoming and friendly. Nothing was too much trouble for them and they made our visit very special indeed. We cant wait to return to enjoy some more 5* hospitality.

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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 August 2010

My wife and I stayed here for a few nights and it proved the ideal base from which to explore Piedmont. Its small size and remote location was perfect, meaning it was peaceful and relaxing, set in a wonderful vine-clad valley, but it remained within a few minutes' drive of the local town. The owners were extremely friendly and went out of their way to make sure we experienced the best the locality had to offer with restaurant and wine tasting suggestions (along with making reservations), and advice about the best local specialities to try and where to try and buy them (the local amaretti biscuits are sublime). This is not a hotel for the guest who expects to be waited on hand and foot, though - but the personal touch which replaces it means it is much the better as a result. We will return.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 December 2009

we ended up staying at La Granica as a suprise on a very special vacation for the two of us. another hotel close by in monferatto misplaced our confirmed booking......however what should have been only one night at La Granica turned into a week of perfect relaxing tranquility, location is a bit hidden a way but that just makes it so special, rooms are large and offer all you need, the owner and host's are making you feel more than welcome in this wonderful boutique hotel. was our fist time in the piemont but will not be our last visit in the region and in La Granica,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
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Brisbane
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Reviewed 24 November 2009

We stayed at this hotel last year and had the most amazing tine. The area is fascinating and the hosts Mark and Karen are generous and very helpful. The hotel was amazing and we were treated to the most generous hospitality. We would plan to stay there again.

  • Stayed June 2008
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London
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Reviewed 17 September 2009

My girlfriend and I stayed here as the final stop on our Italian road trip, sadly only for 2 nights, I could have stayed much longer.

The place is stunning, nestling on a hillside in the Piedmontese countryside. It is very peaceful and secluded.

Before we had even had a chance to put our bags down Karen was offering us a glass of the locally produced wine (I ended up buying a few cases of the stuff, it really is very good!), and when we were shown to our room we were stunned. The room is huge, and the bathroom is amazing.

The swimming pool is a nice bonus, and I particularly enjoyed wandering amoungst the vines!

The remote location isn't too much of a problem as far as eating goes, and there are some great local restauraunts in the area, serving anything from pizza and pasta to local cuisine. The prices are great also, as this area is certainly not a tourist trap.

Mark and Karen were lovely hosts offering great advice when you wanted it but leaving you to your own devices if you so desired. Thanks again guys for a lovely stay!

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Oxford, England
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Reviewed 7 September 2009

We stayed here for a couple of nights in mid May on the way home from a 2 weeks trip driving all round Italy. We arrived in the evening and did not really want to go out to eat , so despite it being a none cooking night ( they cook several nights of the week but this wasn't one of them ) they produced a lovely selection of cold meats, bread, salad etc.
Breakfast was great, lots of choice. This area is a wine lovers paradise and we made the most of it. Karen, Mark and Karen's mum run this place together and are all very helpful and friendly. Mark is a mine of information regarding local restaurants and other places to visit. We would recommend this place to anyone.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Property: La Granica
Address: Regione Mulino Vecchio 5 | Fontanile, 14044 Fontanile, Italy
Region: Italy > Piedmont > Province of Asti > Fontanile
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Kitchenette Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Fontanile
Number of rooms: 43
Also Known As:
La Granica Fontanile
La Granica Hotel Fontanile
La Granica Piedmont/Fontanile, Italy

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