Italian flair, good food and the well-known "Dolce far niente" - all this awaits the guests of the Cascine Crema, a typical Piedmontese farmstead with 100-300 year old stone houses that have been lovingly renovated and furnished. All around are green meadows, fields, forests, fruit trees and lavender and on a clear day you can even see the ridge of the Alps with the Monviso.
It's quiet here - except for the chirping of birds and the chirping crickets. Last but not least, thanks to the quiet location, the perfect place to switch off, recharge your batteries and unwind has been created here. Cascine Crema has something magical about it, you can recharge your batteries here and really feel at home - true to the motto "everything is possible, nothing has to be".
Every room and house of the Cascine Crema is different - from rustic to industrial look to classic-modern, everything is there. In addition to the residential buildings, there is also an original bakery. In addition, the former chicken coop became a playhouse for children, the dry house became a billiard room and the goat shed now houses the laundry room.
This beautiful place is owned by the von Arx family, who emigrated to Piedmont in 2003 and then gradually renovated the farmstead and have been renting it out ever since. The tasks are divided perfectly within the family: Urs is the skilled all-rounder, Susan is the creative designer and the two daughters Anina and Lia are the organizational talents who, in addition to their job and studies, do the administration from Switzerland.
Piedmont, which is home to Cascine Crema, is still unknown to many, but offers not only a wonderful landscape (the area has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2014) but also perhaps the best cuisine in Italy (well-known dishes such as vitello tonnato, carpaccio, Russian salad, risotto, Brasato, Panna Cotta or Tiramisù come from Piedmont). And as if that weren't enough, the Piedmontese are also very open and friendly people who make friends from the heart.
ArchitectureThe old building and the basic construction of the roofs were preserved as best as possible. Local chestnut wood was used for the rest of the roof construction. Upcycling is also very important in the Cascine Crema: tables and window sills were built from the former chestnut floors, forecourts were made from the old stone roofs, sofas were reupholstered and many other pieces of furniture were given a new life. In addition, the von Arx family only worked with craftsmen from a maximum radius of 30 kilometers.
FoodThe slow food movement was born in Piedmont, in ca. Founded in the small town of Bra, 50 kilometers away, and still has its headquarters there. If there is enough demand, the von Arx family will organize an Italian mom who will serve a typical, seasonal, Piedmontese 7-course menu made from regional products, some from their own garden, by the pool in the summer months for a fee. The guests then bring their own crockery, cutlery, glasses and drinks and then wash them up in the houses themselves. There is actually never any food waste, as it is served on platters and everyone takes as much as he or she likes.
The cleaning staff comes from the town and the neighboring towns and gets twice the normal hourly wage. In addition, in the documentation that guests receive, many local businesses are recommended (shopping, markets, specialties, restaurants, etc.) that benefit greatly from it.
EnvironmentCascine Crema has a 20 KW photovoltaic system that covers more than consumption. In three houses there are additional solar panels for hot water/heating support. Five houses have pellet stoves, one house can only be heated with wood and the rest with gas. There is also a private spring for watering the outdoor area. Waste separation (cardboard/paper, glass, PET, plastic, metal/aluminium, organic waste, residual waste) is a matter of course anyway. In addition, guests are encouraged to use water and electricity very sparingly and to heat sparingly if necessary.
Photos: Romana Bennet, Andrea Chiesa
Cascine Crema CIR 004073-CIM-00001
Casa Coniglio CIR 004073-AGR-00003
Since Cascine Crema is just outside of Cortemilia (approx. 6 km), it is advisable to have your own car for excursions, shopping, etc. It takes just under 2 hours to drive from Turin to Cortemilia (93 km), from Milan it is just under 2.5 hours (170 km), from Genoa also just under 2 hours (106 km), from Zurich it is just under 6 hours (444 km) and from Munich just under 8 hours (658 km). The exact address can be found on the website.
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