La Granica

Fontanile, Asti

Chic bohemian style in a secluded corner of Piedmont. Rooms are luxurious, the style is minimalist and contemporary, the welcome still warm


7 beds


6 bedrooms


Sleeps 12


When Karen, with Mark, went in search of her Italian roots, their adventure ended in an 18th-century grain barn in a secluded dell surrounded by rolling vineyards. Upon arrival one feels like they’ve reached one of the last remaining unspoiled corners of countryside. Enter the beautifully renovated granica through a foyer of limestone floors, a wet bar and exposed brick walls: to the left is the library with deep leather sofas and chocolate and lime colours; to the right is the dining room, sleekly minimalist with polished marble floors and Lithuanian oak chairs. Beneath a high cathedral ceiling, the four bedrooms are luxuriously furnished with lashings of silk, velvet chenille armchairs (or chaise longue), splashes of raspberry tones, Egyptian cotton sheets. In the more traditional rooms are mahogany sleigh beds and resplendent bohemian chandeliers. The cottage holds a diminutive sitting room, a fully equipped kitchen and double and twin bedrooms in house style – the former with a ‘Jacobean’ four-poster. Trees and lawns neatly frame the discreet swimming pool.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

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


  • Pub 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 4pm
Check out
By 10.30am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay:3 nights in cottage; 7 nights in the villa.
29 October - 31 December, 1 January - 5 May.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
This property is part of a working farm or vineyard.
Restaurant 3km.


Nightly price
from €210
Weekly price
from €1176
1 Cottage for 4
From €2103 beds2 bedrooms
1 House for 8
From €3574 beds4 bedrooms


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Karen Langley

  • Visit Italy's premier wine regions such as Barolo/Barbaresco to the West & Gavi to the East while centered within the heart of the Barbera & Moscato D'Asti zone. Start your tours from the regional "Enoteca" which offer tastings and invaluable local info
  • Explore Turin, a city of great architecture full of historical places of interest & museums, including the largest Egyptian collection outside of Cairo. Café culture at its best, relax into the evening with a cool drink & renowned “stuzzichini” bar snacks
  • Relax with a spa treatment in the nearby Roman Spa town of Acqui Terme. A charming picturesque town off the tourist beat with fantastic restaurants and a great buzz at weekends with many outdoor events in the streets and open air amphitheatre.
  • September in Asti, experience 3 great events in the town, The oldest “Palio” in Italy, a week of events & horse racing around the main piazza. The “Douja d’Or” a grand festival of wine and the “Festival of Festivals” a grand parade in historical costume.
  • A must-buy ! Fresh, soft style Amaretti biscuits of various flavours, hand made in the nearby hilltop village Mombaruzzo. Great to take home as a gift or snack on as you travel the region.