Backpacks and Sunhats were heading to Tuscany, a long awaited part of our 89 days in Europe. We spent a long time looking for a one night stop somewhere between France and the walled town of Lucca. For one night stops we don’t camp, it is too much work to set up and pack down, instead we look for interesting homestays, B&Bs or family owned hotels. In the end we broadened our search and found an amazing place near the town of Alessandria in Piemont. It was so delightful, we decided to review B&B Casa Manuelli. We wrote this to share our experience and perhaps inspire others to visit too.
Review B&B Casa Manuelli
Casa Manuelli is completely charming. With huge gardens and a separate building for the B&B. Our children were welcomed, taken to visit the animals and encouraged to play with the friendly dog. While they disappeared for half an hour, we poured a glass of wine and headed to the upstairs terrace off the master bedroom to admire the views of the garden.
Our family apartment had a kitchen, living area and bathroom downstairs and 2 bedrooms upstairs. A twin room and a double.
All the furnishings were unique and detailed, with a real sense of place and history. Of course it felt like a palace after all our time in a tent!
A huge breakfast is provided, with provisions left in your room on arrival. This was handy as there was so much food the kids could have some crackers and yoghurt to snack on before dinner. They also didn’t need to wait for breakfast in the morning and could help themselves to cereal, fruit, pastries and much more.
A delicious locally made blueberry tart was another a lovely treat and the fridge was stocked with still and sparkling mineral water.
Dinner at La Grattarola
The charming host directed us to walk to a nearby pizzeria for dinner, although there was plenty of equipment to cook in the kitchen and a supermarket 5 minutes drive away.
A walk through the cornfields and a tiny village took us to La Grattarola.
A pizzeria in an inviting garden setting. It was quiet when we arrived but as the sun set and the candles were lit the garden soon filled up with Italian families and couples.
Oh it was so good to be back in Italy. Pizza, gelato, tiramisu…
And then a walk – or for the littlest one a ride on Dad’s shoulders – home in the dusk. Watching the tractors working late in the fields and the sky changing colour.
Nights like this are why we choose the B&B over the hotel…
Note: we paid for our own stay at the hotel and chose to review B&B Casa Manuelli only because we thought it was such a charming place and we felt so welcome. When we find a place this special we think others should hear about it too! If you book please consider using our affiliate link, we make a small commission at no extra cost to you. This helps with our website costs.