Bubbio is our location for "our home" solution. The village is not very big, but you will find all what you need, a farmhouse and several B&Bs.
shopping facilities:

one post, 4 bars, food shops, one pizzeria/restaurant, one nice clothes shop, a hairdresser, a pharmacy, a newsagent and "tabacco" shop, a bank, two butchers, two flowers shops, one bakery, one confectioner's, one hardware shop and producers of wine, cheese and hazelnuts.  

Canelli (10 km), Acqui Terme (18 km), Alba (43 km), Asti (38 km), Alessandria (50 km), Torino (92 km), Genova (87 km), Milano (135 km)