Ten minutes from Moncalvo the house is reached up a bumpy narrow country road in the heart of glorious wine country. It was built as a barn in the 17th century: animals below, hay above. Now it is painted a gentle pink and is spacious, charming and homely. Downstairs is a country kitchen excellently equipped, with a checkerboard floor and a double stove, and a big cosy loggia outside. If you’re dining indoors, the table seats eight, and there’s a log-stocked fireplace for wintery days – delightful. The sitting room is upstairs. Imagine an old brick floor, a big tapestry behind a big sofa and a ladder to a book-stuffed mezzanine under the rafters. Best of all? A wall of windows for breathtaking views; on a clear day you can see the Alps. Wine and white truffles, this is what people visit for; Asti is close and Barolo 40 minutes. Come back to fruit trees and a great big pool, a summer kitchen and a pool house that sleeps two. There are two more bedrooms, a studio for two and a master bedroom: tufa walls, an ornate antique bed, a kilm rug on a tiled floor, and a charming balcony for the morning sun.