Reg. Zabaldano, 1, Cessole 14050 Cessole (Asti)
Again and again
Our fifth visit to Zabaldano and this time in the spring rather than autumn. Also we flew in and hired a car so left our bikes at home. Lots of interest in the spring flowers, orchids particularly.
A late spring here as in the U.K. So evething seems to be coming at once. In our week here the Wisteria and Lilac has come fully out. The Tulips and Deffodils have gone, the Walnut tree came into leaf and the Fig trees showing baby figs and leaves. Star of Bethlehem are everywhere, and new to me.
A warm welcome, as ever, from Claudia and Riccardo. Lots of things the same yet many changes since our last visit in 2015.
Asparagus seems the only seasonal product locally, the cherries, plums, apples and pears all in flower. The vines barely stirring buds at present. The Piedmont wines good as ever - bu shock change on Sunday morning from Gavi to Arneis!
We have found somewhere good to eat every lunchtime. Excellent food at good prices in Monastero Bormida, Roccaverano, Alba (limited choice on Monday morning), Acqui Terme, Bubbio and S.Giorgio Scarampi. Tomorrow Canelli for market and lunch and a walk.
Baldo still going strong and pleased to meet Pluto and Lumia.
We have walked to Roccaverano, Bubbio and S.Giorgio - one day supposedly climbing 92 flights of steps. So my phone App claimed.
The weather has been very kind, sun every day so far without a hint of rain Delightful.
John and Judith Roscoe
This was our 3rd time here on Zabaldano: the first time in 2004 for two, the second time in 2013 with our then 3-year-old son, Elias, and now in 2018 at Easter. Elias is already 8. Since this winter was especially long and cold, I was looking forward to spring in Piedmont for a long time. But as we on 31.3. It was winter cold, and on the way we had to drive slowly because of heavy heavy rain and storm. But here we received a warm welcome from Claudia and Riccardo and their three dogs. Our "badger" apartment, which we already knew, was lovingly prepared and preheated. How should this week be? First of all, we all slept as well as we have not done in a long time. The next day - it was Easter Sunday - the sun was shining and there was no cloud left. We looked around in the beautiful landscape; she still looked winterly brown - but many bees were already buzzing in the flowering almond tree at the driveway and in the many daffodils. In the course of the next few days, we noticed more and more how beautiful it is just to listen to nature and to organize your thoughts - which results automatically. With Elias we made two small hikes and discovered interesting things that Claudia later explained to us (Gallwespennester and webs of processional caterpillars in the trees). We also met several times deer near the house - unusually close for us. There was also the opportunity to watch Claudia and Stefano, their helper, prepare and implement the beehives for spring - not so easy not to be stung. Today we could watch the blacksmith at the "horse pedicure". The two men were very friendly and explained a lot about their art. Amazing how long the horse patiently let it all go with it. They already knew each other well. That too was new to us. Again we got many helpful tips and brochures / books about excursion possibilities in the area. Not everything we have done. Very interesting for us was the visit to the castle Grinzane-Cavour near Alba. Great wine museum and much history with magnificent views of the countryside. We hope to see you again soon! Thank you for your pleasant hospitality! Andreas, Timea and Elias
(Translated with Google Translate)
We were here last year and are making plans to come back again. Better we can not show what we think of Agriturismo Zabaldano. Nature and the surroundings are overwhelmingly beautiful and the reception by Claudia and Ricardo is most of all. Highly recommended.
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