Via Alba, 83, Barolo 12060 Barolo (Cuneo)
Located on the Barolo wine routes, Il Gioco dell'Oca is an eighteen century farmhouse lovingly restored to its former glory by its owner Raffaella, who inherited it from her grandparents.
The little studio and the 7 bedrooms are simple and cosy, with family furniture and wooden beds that look as though they have been always there.
The studio has a hob, sink and fridge.
Each bedroom has its own bathroom. Some of them open directly onto the garden, where, if the weather is nice, breakfast is served.
At guest’s disposal a library rich of information about the area (local itineraries including visits to quaint villages and castles, wine museums and vineyards).
The farmhouse organizes local cookery courses that demonstrate the secrets of the typical dishes of the Langhe region and italian language courses.
Only 10 km from Alba, the Gioco dell’Oca is an ideal base from which to explore the delights of the Langhe on foot, by car or by bicycle. The Barolo pathways give tourists the possibility to discover this territory walking through the wineyards enjoying the land from a naturalistic point of view. These pathways are all ring-routes marked with white and red stripes of paint and can be chosen according to the walkers' ability and the time available.
Everything previous reviewers have said about Rafaela are true! She's a beautiful and gracious host who will do anything to personalize your stay. Our room was great as Air Conditioning in late June is a MUST! The breakfasts included homemade bread, jams and marmalade with wonderful cheeses and proscuitto. Insist on seeing her twin dogs...they are a hoot! The location is great as its within walking distance of Barolo and a short drive to the neighboring towns of Barbaresco, Alba, etc. Rafaela even helped us order cheese from a local maker.
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My 3 night stay at Agriturismo Il Gioco dell'Oca was all (and more) that I was hoping for in terms of staff, breakfast and location. Raffaella was so kind as she helped me daily to find the best spots to visit and eat. She even booked several restaurants and a Cantina tour at Fontanafredda winery (a must see!) for me. Location is central enough in the Langhe region but you obviously need a car to get around (2 miles from center of Barolo). I would recommend any room at the B&B except the third floor attic who's angled ceiling is too low.
From the moment you arrive you feel at home. There are many B&B in the area. But what makes the place so special is Raffaella, the owner. Raffaella welcomes you with a big smile. Helps with everything, especially with planning trips and interesting activities or restaurants around the area. Breakfast was rich and delicious, mostly made by Raffaella. At the end there was hardly room for typical Piedmont cakes (Homemade of course). Next time in Italy we will certainly be staying here once again.