Casa degli Orsi

Orsara Bormida, Alessandria

An elegant restoration, each house a testament to the owners' love of art and antiques.


2 places


Sleeping from 5 – 6


You are sandwiched between vineyards, hot springs and the Ligurian coast. ‘Romeo’ and ‘Juliet’ – once simple stone cottages in a lovely Piedmontese hilltop village – exemplify excellent restoration and Peter and Carolyn’s love of antiques and art. Crunch over gravel and enter Romeo’s chunky walls. The kitchen is a delicious blend of vintage limed wood with state-of-the-art appliances; chop and chat at a central island, dine at an antique table. Or eat under a shady portico in the private courtyard, with a side dish of green valley views. In the large tiled living room, cushions are piled high on leather sofas and artworks dance on limewashed walls. Juliet’s hotspots are a four-poster; an antique tiled breakfast room with sunny balcony; and massage showers. Elegant bedrooms hold antique wardrobes; Romeo’s double has a shower and tub. The local trattoria can deliver meals and Alba (famous for truffles) and Genoa are close.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 3pm
Check out
By 10am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay 7 nights.
Restaurants 5km.


Nightly price
from €129
Weekly price
from €900
Romeo + 1 room in Juliet: €1300. Romeo + 2 rooms in Juliet: €1600.
1 House for 6
From €1293 bedrooms
1 House for 5
From €1432 bedrooms


We had a really lovely stay at Casa degli Orsi. The house is beautifully furnished and has a lovely layout and feel. The view from the courtyard is amazing and our 18 month old daughter loved the visiting rabbits from next door! The owners were really helpful and there was a welcoming bottle of wine and toys for our daughter on arrival. Some of the local slow food restaurants are well worth a visit, as are some of the smaller local wineries, and we picked up some great food from the market in Acqui Terme. Overall we wish we could have stayed longer - a great place to relax and enjoy.


Casa Degli Orsi is a beautiful villa in Orsara Bormida in Piedmont. It has obviously been lovingly restored. It combines all the charm and authenticity of an old Italian villa with a clean, modern and very functional interior. Peter Bear, the owner, provided a wealth of local information and readily agreed to us occupying a more comfortable room to make our stay more enjoyable. We would definitely recommend this property to anyone wanting to enjoy a very restful week in the splendour of the unspoilt Italian countryside, with all the amenities of Acqui Terme fifteen minutes away.


What a joyous place, spacious and beautifully finished, with a real sense that the place is very well loved. And what a view! We hope to return one day for a longer stay, with a bigger group, and have luxuriant feasts at the lovely big dining table. Splendid!


We wanted to tell you how much we appreciated your wonderful house! It is un bijou! We felt so well there that we spent much time in the courtyard, bathing in the sun, discussing, having nice lunches, etc etc. But specially we felt that the view of the valley, the vineyards, the village - is a very inspiring place, for thinking, for artists, for writing...... We appreciated every detail in the house, from the furniture to the décor, the nice kitchen, everything perfectly fitting to this Italian ‘Slow Food’ Piedmont. We found really good food and went very often to Acqui Terme where we loved the atmosphere and ate our daily ice cream there. This little town is a jewel!


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Peter & Carolyn Bear

  • Wonderful walks among hilltop villages, with terrific views. Off the beaten track. Discover undiscovered Piedmont! Huge antique fairs every Sunday in nearby towns.
  • Superb Barbera, Dolcetto and Gavi wines direct from local growers. Staggeringly good value. Truffles and porcini in Autumn.
  • The heart of the Slow Food movement. It's a foodie's paradise. Best Negronis we've ever had!
  • Excellent public pools 5 minutes by car. The famous spa town of Acqui Terme is just 10 minutes away. Only an hour's drive to the Mediterranean for a day-trip and fresh fish for lunch by the sea. Tennis in the village; trout fishing in nearby lake.
  • Heavenly food market in Acqui twice a week. And wonderful ice cream parlours and cake shops.
  • Beautiful long wide views from the terrace, especially at sunset.