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


2 places


Sleeping from 4 – 8


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. When you arrive you’ll feel like you’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 hues; to the right is the dining room, sleekly minimalist with polished marble floors and Lithuanian oak chairs. Beneath a high cathedral ceiling, some of the bedrooms are luxuriously furnished with lashings of silk, velvet chenille armchairs (or chaise longue), splashes of raspberry tones, Egyptian cotton sheets; while the more traditional rooms have mahogany sleigh beds and resplendent bohemian chandeliers. The cottage holds a diminutive sitting room, a fully equipped kitchen and double and twin bedrooms– the former with a ‘Jacobean’ four-poster. Trees and lawns neatly frame the discreet swimming pool.


  • 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
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Wheelchair access
  • 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


  • 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 4pm
Check out
By 10.30am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay:3 nights in cottage; 7 nights in the house.
1 January - 4 May, 29 September - 31 December.
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.