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Apartment in the Langhe hills, not far from Alba, with stunning views

Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

The apartment, Il Papavero, is nestled on the hillside close to the village of Levice with unrivalled views across the Bormida Valley and it provides a superb base for exploring Piemonte’s stunning Langhe region.

A stay at Il Papavero will give you the opportunity to discover the breathtaking scenery of the Langhe, uncover the history & culture of the regions churches & castles and sample the variety of local food & fine wines. It is the perfect place to enjoy a peaceful & relaxing holiday or take advantage of the range of activities available within the region. The apartment is located close to the town of Cortemilia, well known for it's hazelnut production, and also within easy reach of Alba, Acqui Terme, Canelli and Asti. The ligurian coast can be reached in less than an hour.

The apartment, located on the ground floor of the property, provides spacious self catering accommodation with all the facilities necessary to make your stay as comfortable as possible. There is an open plan living room/dining area/kitchen with double sofa bed, dining table & chairs (to seat 4 people) and a well equipped kitchen including oven, hob & fridge. There is a double bedroom and a bathroom with shower. The apartment overlooks the valley & has a patio area with table & chairs on which you can relax and enjoy the view and a glass of local wine.

Please note, there is a €35 cleaning charge payable in cash on arrival. There is a 3 night minimum stay. All bedlinen & towels are included in the price.

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Joanne Hardwick
Member since: 2015
Speaks english, italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
July 9, 2018

About Joanne Hardwick

My husband and I and our 2 children have recently returned to the UK after living in the Piemonte region of Italy for 10 years. We love the beautiful scenery, the food, wine & people and were very sad to leave but we try to return to our home in Italy as often as possible.

Joanne Hardwick purchased this apartment in 2006

Why Joanne Hardwick chose Levice

We love the location of the property with its stunning views across the valley. It is a tranquil & peaceful retreat but within easy reach of so many great towns & villages.

What makes this apartment unique

The Langhe is a fabulous region with beautiful countryside, pretty towns & villages, castles & churches, fabulous food & some of the best wines in Italy.


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation apartment rental in Levice, Italy

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 0
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Shower, WC and sink
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Comfortable king size bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming


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Apartment in the Langhe hills, not far from Alba, with stunning views
average rating of 4.5 based on 2 reviews

Remote, rustic & spectacular

  • 4 of 5

Il Papavero is a delightfully rustic apartment in a stunning location amid forest and hazel groves. If you like backwoods tranquillity and don't need too many mod cons, you can't really get better than this place for the money. Apart from distant agricultural machinery or bonfires, you barely see or hear another human; it's mostly lizards, buzzards, woodpeckers & all sorts of insects (purple emperors?).

Our only caution is that it is so remote: crow-flight distances are deceptive here as the roads are so tiny and tortuous, and as you'll have hired a car to get here, you presumably won't be planning to sit here all day – though it is tempting just to enjoy the quiet and the changing light across the valley. The road this place is on wasn't marked on any map we could find, and you sort of get used to that driving around the Langhe. Get yourself a really good map before you come here, is our advice. That said, driving here is part of the fun. Just expect to spend a lot of your day doing it.

On the subject of driving, Joanne's directions to get here are good, though directions from Alba would be a useful addition as we hired our car there, having got the train from Turin. If you do the same, the new Hertz office is much closer to Mussotto station than to Alba; but get your return ticket before you leave, because there's no ticket office at Mussotto. And if you need to gather your nerve before driving through Alba, we recommend Bar Bun a few yards from Hertz – with parking – for lunch or a chinotto. There's also a handy supermarket on the road out of Alba to stock up for your stay.

It's reassuring to know that Joanne is on hand to deal with any problems. On our first night the water supply ran out (owing to exceptional circumstances, but bear in mind that this is the sort of place where that sort of thing can happen). Despite, we think, being out of the country, Joanne answered her phone and made sure the supply was restored by the following lunchtime. Generally the facilities were good: plentiful solar hot water, comfortable bed, nice linen. Even a couple of decent wine glasses.

All in all, we'd probably rate this place at four-and-a-half stars if that were possible.

  • Submitted: 24-Oct-2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing views and a real countryside feel...

  • 5 of 5

Wow, what a beautiful home. And fantastic hosts! They left us a bottle of spumante, and a welcoming letter. Lovingly and stylishly renovated, this house was an amazing place from which to enjoy the surrounding countryside. Couldn't get enough of the views, including from the house itself. Promised to say thanks from our two boys as well - they enjoyed the pool so much. We can only give our best recommendations to Joannes beautiful house. Regards Claus

  • Submitted: 31-Jul-2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation apartment rental in Levice, Italy

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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit C$230.81

Please note a cleaning fee of €35 is payable in cash on arrival. All bedding and towels are included.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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