Agriturismo Cascina Merlanetta

Cascina Merlanetta Via Ovada 42, 15072 Casal Cermelli (Alessandria) Code


In brief

  • Type: Flat (1),
  • Guests: 5
  • Map: Plains
  • Type of accommodation: Room only

The agriturismo

Located in Casal Cermelli, Cascina Merlanetta is an organic farm located in a nature reserve overlooking the Orba River, where it offers its guests a unique experiential tourism practice: gold panning in the Orba River, as well as animal watching activities.

The property covers an area of about 50 hectares and offers its guests stays in totally independent rural apartments and in a camper parking area, equipped with all services.

Cascina Merlanetta produces, and has been the protagonist of the varietal recovery project of an ancient-medieval Savoy cabbage native to the municipality of Casal Cermelli that has become part of the Slow Food Ark products.


The accommodation


Cascina Merlanetta is the ideal place to experience a stay in the rustic and natural surroundings. The property has an independent accommodation, obtained from the renovation of an old stable for horses in an old farmhouse with a closed court.

Theindependent apartment (56 sqm), fully furnished, without any architectural barrier is equipped with: independent heating system, wood stove, fireplace, air conditioning, Wifi included . The large kitchen consists of: gas oven (5 burners), electric oven, large sink, dishwasher, fridge-freezer, sitting area with TV, kitchen table 6 seats, 5th bed and furniture. The laundry room consists of: large sink, washing machine, dryer, iron and ironing board. The bathroom consists of toilet, bidet, sink, shower, accessories. The bedroom is equipped with: large loft bed (4 places ), TV and furnishings.



Cascina Merlanetta has acamper area within an 'organic farm. Directly from the camper area, paths lead visitors both into the open countryside and along the creek; from here the horizon sweeps over unspoiled countryside and cultivated fields interspersed with avenues and woods from where, without difficulty, quietly parked on a perfect plateau, it is also possible to catch a glimpse of the wild animals that make up the local fauna (hares, foxes, wild boars, deer and even wolves).

The camper area is equipped with 10 pitches, equipped with individual water and electrical connections and unlimited consumption, drains for gray water (directly to ground system) and black water in a collection tank.

There is a 'picnic area and air-conditioned premises accessible to the disabled consisting of: bathroom complete with toilet with hand shower, sink and shower with unlimited consumption. Laundry room is equipped with dryer, washing machine and iron with ironing board. Small kitchen equipped with dishwasher, sink, electric induction stove, oven, refrigerator and microwave oven. Wifi included for internet surfing.



Cascina Merlanetta offers itself as a location for ceremonies and events.

The facility consists of halls equipped with all necessary facilities. Food and beverage handling rooms, gardens and outdoor parks, and large parking lots are available, with the possibility of also using from the large shed, built to host exhibitions and sample fairs. At the client's disposal is a catering service of his or her own choosing or the possibility of relying on one of those that usually collaborate with Cascina Merlanetta.

Activities and surrounding

Cascina Merlanetta offers guests a unique experience and an unforgettable memory to take home: an experiential tourism practice will pass on to you the ability to become a true gold miner. With the knowledge gained, it is possible to pursue this activity later in life as well, probing the sands of the rivers you may find along the way. Thus, it is a hobby that can enable one day the making of a jewelry with pure gold found by you.


Cascina Merlanetta is home to the historical and interactive museum "Oro dell'Orba" , where you can learn about the history and take courses to learn how to use the various gold panning techniques and then, try your hand at it directly on the stream bed. Here you will learn how to use the prospector's plate before reaching the Orba Creek Nature Reserve, where the course to become an expert prospector and the qualifying course in the wild with consequent certificate of qualification will be given.


Adjacent to the prospector's museum, it is also possible to visit the "Porti d'i Barlafìs," or a very rich collection of rural civilization tools used in past centuries by the local population.



Animal Watching

The second form of experiential tourism proposed by Cascina Merlanetta, in addition to the experience to become a prospector, isanimal watching: walking through the paths between the organic fields, one reaches the course of the creek and, equipped with binoculars for daytime vision or a thermal imaging camera for night vision, one can safely observe wild animals undisturbed in their natural behavior from a distance. This practice is carried out at first light or alternatively during the night (at least two hours after sunset) when the animals are most active. The experience lasts about 2 hours, and along the way, at a 'rest area in the nature reserve, a simple coffee prepared with the old Neapolitan and some drinks are offered. The best time for such an activity is when the vegetation is as bare as possible (fall, winter, spring) when visibility even within the bush is greatest.


Available services

Air conditioning
Pets allowed

Owners will be held responsible for damage to property and persons.

Pets allowed

  • Dogs
  • Cats

Size/gender of dogs

  • Small (under 10 kg)
  • Medium (10 kg - 25 kg)
  • Large (25 kg - 45 kg)
  • Very large (over 45 kg)

Allowed in

  • Accommodation
  • Public areas
  • Outdoor picnic area


  • Only well-behaved, supervised animals


  • Near veterinary clinic/vet
Playground for children
Sport and leisure
  • Bike rental
Disabled facilities
Attractions and activities in the surrounding area
  • Theme Parks and Water Parks
  • Nature Reserves
  • Museums and galleries
  • Artistic and historical sites
  • Spa
Sport and activities in the surrounding area
  • Hiking
  • Bird watching
  • Hunting
  • Fishing
  • Horse riding
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Shopping

Rooms and prices

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Setting and surroundings
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Daniele Cermelli
  • On since 2022
  • Speak: Italian, English

Pleased to meet you, I am Daniele Cermelli and I am 56 years old.
This is me and my children, Mirko , Selvaggia , Burḍ (il nostro cane da sempre)
I have been managing Cascina Merlanetta since 1988 along with my family.
As well as we welcome the guests, we take care of the crops, we run the courses.
It was a desire to to pursue a passion which led me to run an agriturismo.
Our guests especially appreciate the chance to stay in a natural setting.


Agriturismo Cascina Merlanetta
Cascina Merlanetta Via Ovada 42, 15072
Casal Cermelli (Alessandria) Print directions from host
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