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Mountain Retreat Stone Village House and Converted Barn

Bedrooms 5
Space 3,369 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool


About the property

Stone Village House & Converted Barn. 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms. Sleeps 10-14

3 Self contained properties, ideal for families and groups. Price is for renting all 3 properties together - Exclusive use.

Separated by a private courtyard with 'cool pool' 2 x 3 meters and about 1 meter deep. Not enough to exactly do lengths but fantastic for cooling off in. It’s filled with water direct from the mountains and is not heated, but will reach a temperature of about 20c. Outdoor courtyard dining area and stunning panoramic views across the mountains.

The main house 'la Casa' has a lounge, kitchen/dining area, 2 bathrooms, 3 bedrooms and sleeps 6. Downstairs are the Cantinas/Entertainment Cellars.

The converted barn:

'la Stalla' on the ground floor has a lounge, kitchen/dining area, 1 Shower room, 1 bedroom and sleeps 2+2.

'il Fienile' on the floor above is an open plan vaulted ceiling studio, 1 Shower room and sleeps 2+2.

Downstairs in 'la Casa' are extensive stone arched cellars. There is a utility room and a large entertainment area with private bar, big dining tables, plenty of seating, wood burner, cinema, powerful sound system and various board games.

During the summer months when the temperature is maybe 37c-40c in Bologna it would probably be a comfortable 27c-30c in Sologno. Weather generally is sunny with clear bright blue skies.

About a 15 minute drive away is Pietra di Bismantova. It's a massive natural rock face and is popular with climbers. It's well worth the walk up for the views - take a picnic with you. A moderate 25 minute walk from the car park will get you to the top - my mother has done it 3 times in her 80’s ! Well worth it.

Now for a BIG bonus - No mosquitoes ! True - we’ve never seen one around Sologno.

In our village there is: 1 grocery shop, 1 church, 1 sports ground, 2 small playgrounds for children, 1 restaurant, 1 post office and 1 bar. The village bar is a 3 minute walk from the house down a steep hill but a 7 minute walk back (but you tend not to notice).

There is large outdoor swimming pool in Villa Minozzo open from mid June until mid September (15 minute drive).

Main supermarket type shopping can be undertaken in either Villa Minozzo (market day is on Thursday) with its 2 supermarkets and about a 15 minute drive Or alternatively in the bigger town of Castelnovo ne’ Monti (market day is on Monday) with its 4 supermarkets about a 23 minute drive.

Typically at these country Italian markets the blokes stand around chatting in the piazza and bars and the women go and do the shopping. Fruit, vegetables and clothing are good buys at these markets.

There are several Parmesan cheese (dairies) close to the house where you can buy cheese direct at prices that make you buy a lot. The younger it is, the cheaper it is - we always buy the youngest (fresca).

The nearest biggest Italian Cities are Reggio nel’ Emilia, Parma, Modena and Bologna. The nearest of all (about 1 hour) is Reggio nel’ Emilia and is our favorite. It’s very Italian and non-touristy - worth a drive to.

The Tuscan border is only about 8 miles away (as the crow flies but further by road) and places like Florence and Venice are ‘doable’ in about half a days travel to get there, but you do really need to stay at least 1 night. We would not dream of driving to these places but would drive to (say) Modena and take a train. The last time we went to Venice on the train it cost Euro 11 each way!

The Mediterranean Sea is about a 2 hour drive. There are some beautiful coastal areas and villages like Tellaro, Lerici and the Cinque Terre area with it's steep terraced hills falling to the sea.

There's an abundance of wild life around - wild boar, deer, mountain wolves, hares, buzzards, wood peckers, owls and porcupines and we've seen them all.

The tap water is filtered and comes direct from the mountains and is probably the best water you will ever drink. Often we see Italians parked by the public fountains filling loads of containers with water to take home.

There are plenty of good family restaurants and Pizzeria's in the immediate area. Prices can be very reasonable. It's possible to get a 3 course 'workers lunch' that usually includes as much wine as you want and a basic pizza. A local Pizzeria we go to has very good house wine (fizzy or not).

All 3 properties have satellite Free sat television and radio carrying all the usual non-subscription channels

A must try wine is the locally produced Lambrusco.

The easiest way to get to Sologno is to fly and then hire a car. Parma (1.5hrs), Bologna (2 hrs) and Pisa (3hrs).

More Details

Larry Harris
Member since: 2012
Speaks English
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Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
23 March, 2018

About Larry Harris

We bought the house, that was in need of total refurbishment, in 2003 and the labour of love is now over. In 2006 we moved lock stock and barrel from the UK to Italy and have been living in Sologno full time until April 2012. Then grandchildren came along . . . inconveniently they were UK grandchildren - so for the immediate future we are back in the UK and have decided to rent out the house for others to enjoy as much as we’ve done !

Larry Harris purchased this house in 2003

Why Larry Harris chose Villa Minozzo

The region of Emilia Romagna shares the same Appennino Mountain range with Tuscany - the backbone of Italy. Emilia Romagna is famous for producing Parma Ham, Balsamic Vinegar and Parmesan Cheese and is one of the most affluent regions of Italy.

Within The Appennino Tuscany-Emiliano National Park is the part medieval village of Sologno (750 meters above sea level) and this is where our house is. The Appennino Mountains surrounding the village are around 2000 meters high. (Snowdon is 1038 meters, Ben Nevis is 1344 meters for comparison). The house is in the older part of the village called ‘Castello’ and is built on a ridge giving panoramic views from both sides of the property. Beautiful sunrises and sunsets can be seen from the private enclosed courtyard and terrace.

What makes this house unique

No mosquitos !

Part of the property includes an original 'torre' gatehouse dating from 1791 formerly the entrance to the 'Castello'.

Original stone arched cellars (cantinas), cinema and sound system and breathtaking panoramic views from the house and terrace.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you for a beautiful villa that has made our holiday so very special. Over the time that we were here we never once tired of the view - stunning ! The welcome pack was Buonissimo ! If we were to offer advice - a dish washer would be lovely (especially after all the Italian food & wine we consumed !!)

Many Thanks. - Note from Owner: The above comment was taken from our house Guest Book

(We now have a Dishwasher installed !)
Aug 2012
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Villa Minozzo in Province of Reggio Emilia

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 3369 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , in la Casa
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet , in la Casa
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , in la Stalla
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , in il Fienile
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , in la Casa
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , in la Casa
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , 1 Cot , in la Casa
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed , 2 Sofa bed/Futon , in la Stalla
    Bedroom 5 - 2 Single Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , in il Fienile
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Binoculars
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
  • Terrace
  • 14 garden chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • swimming
  • tennis
'la Stalla' has 1 double bedroom and a lounge that could be used as an extra bedroom with 2 single z-beds. 'Il Fienile' has 2 single beds and a double z-bed (that could be used as an extra sleeping in the same room). also a small kitchenette (no cooking facilities, only a toaster). The properties sleep 10 comfortably but can sleep up to 14.


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average rating of 5.0 based on 13 reviews

Great Views in Quiet Small Town

  • 5 of 5

Our party of ten enjoyed a week in the small town of Sologno, high on a hill overlooking a beautiful valley. The gentle sound of sheep bells could be heard in the morning as shepherds with their dogs moved large flocks between pastures in the valley below. A well equipped kitchen gave us the opportunity to prepare light meals in the evening after our day trips to Parma, Ravenna, Modena, and more. We were met by our host who provided a welcome basket of fruit, bread, and pasta that we quickly turned in to a meal, allowing us to avoid shopping on our first night. Very thoughtful touch as Sologno is a considerable distance (25 minutes) to the nearest super market. A small shop in town kept us supplied with fresh fruits, salad essentials, bread, wine and beer. Alas the town's restaurant was closed for remodel, so I can't comment.

Two large, clean apartments and the main house surround a courtyard that includes a large dining table. Bedrooms and baths with large showers easily met our needs. Trips to major cities require an hour to two hours or more depending on your destination, so beware if that is your intent . Parking is also very limited for large groups with multiple cars. It works, barely, but requires complicated maneuvers. Our local host was very helpful, and for a small fee, she arranged a private tour of a local Parmigiano Reggiano maker, acting as our interpreter.

It was a great stay and we appreciated the hospitality.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Exceeded our expectations!

  • 5 of 5

We arrived at the house at 10pm, we were given clear instructions on where to find the key and let ourselves in as we had been delayed. Often you steel yourself for the fact that the photos of the property you have chosen are carefully angled and sometimes photoshopped to give the best impression. The house was better than the pictures and had a lovely relaxed atmosphere. We settled ourselves in for the night and all slept well (partly due to the courtesy hamper provided which included wine!). When we woke up in the morning and opened the shutters we were all amazed by the fantastic views from the front and rear of the property, and continued commenting on them for the full 2 weeks we were there. We saw some amazing sunsets and watched wild boar and deer in the fields below the property. The house is very well equipped and we made use of the entertainment system and comprehensive DVD collection for a couple of Movie nights. The small shop in the village was great for buying morning bread and croissants and essential items, although its opening times were a little bit random at times. Sologno is a great location for exploring the region and we went to Bologna, Lake Garda, Maranello and Modena whilst we were there. A car is necessary if staying at this property but that means that you can take advantage of exploring the picturesque hamlets and villages dotted about. The property manager is a very informative, helpful lady who gave us directions to a couple of very good restaurants close to the property. There were 3 generations of us who holidayed together (youngest being 20) and we all had a really enjoyable time.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful View, Lovely Character, Very Spacious

  • 5 of 5

We chose this place to stay as part of our honeymoon, and we were glad we did!

The house is very spacious and has all the character of a centuries old building but with all the modern facilities needed.

We loved the woodburner down in the Cantina, and all the original features that the building still retains, which creates a special atmosphere to the place. The indoor swing was great fun too!

Bedrooms are a good size, and were very clean.

Outside has amazing views and plenty of space to eat outdoors. It is a very peaceful location, and is good for walks in the hills. Easy to get to near by town and we found some really nice restaurants there as well.

Definitely recommended, and will definitely go again!

  • Review Submitted: 09-Jan-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful location for family holiday

  • 5 of 5

We were a family of 10 from Australia, with ages from 10months to 66, and we stayed for 4 weeks. We were 3 families and found the house to be very comfortable and perfect for a group of our size. Each family had their own space to retire to, but at meal times we would get together in the kitchen/dining room and really enjoy the opportunity to cook beautiful food made with local ingredients. Very happy that the kitchen was was so well equipped, and we could cook up some fabulous meals. The view from the villa is amazing. Sunrise on one side and sunset on the other. It never failed to impress. The locals were very friendy, even supplying some of their home grown produce to us

Bedrooms were spacious and comfortable, and the children loved the big swing in La Fienile.

We also watched a few movies downstairs in the cantina. We had plenty to chose from.

The welcome basket was satisfactory for our first night, and we were very happy with the cleanliness and presentation of the whole house.

We took day trips to Florence, Venice, Pisa, Parma and many of the local villages.

We would recommend this villa to any of our friends for a family holiday.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Oct-2014
  • Date of Stay: August 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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What a view!

  • 5 of 5

Everything was perfect! The description is very accurate regarding the location and facilities. It was clean and very confortable. The kids had a fantastic time with the big screen and the basement. Larry (the owner)was very helpful and always understanding. Jill the caretaker was there on location is we needed help. The view was "fantastique", very peaceful, calm. I would recommend this property any time.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Oct-2013
  • Date of Stay: August 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Hidden Gem...

  • 5 of 5

What can I say...absolutely magical stay. We went over as a group of 10 for a friends 30th bday. The place was perfect.

I was a little worried that being in the middle of nowhere, we won't have enough to do. Not at all! The outside pool, volleyball, and tennis courts in the neighbouring village were fantastic. Plenty of mountains to walk...all with great views. Plus castles, cheese factories etc etc!

What made it that extra bit special are the people. Everybody is so friendly. Being not a touristy (yet) place, it is truly unspoilt, and you truly get the proper Italian experience. On top of this there's a lovely little cafe/bar just a minute's walk away, but if that's too far, then the place has it's own pub in the basement! Brilliant.

Can't recommend it highly enough. Excellent for groups of friends, couples, families. A true hidden gem...but for how long!!!?!?!!


  • Review Submitted: 29-Jul-2013
  • Date of Stay: July 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're very pleased to hear you and your group had such a good time in our property and enjoyed the area too. As you say, the house does comes into its own for that special celebration with a group of friends/family.
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Nearest Airport
46 Miles
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
Nearest Ferry
64 Miles
La Spezia
Nearest Train
29 Miles
Nearest Motorway
34 Miles
Reggio Nel' Emilia
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
Nearest Ski
13 Miles
Nearest Beach
67 Miles
Car: necessary

Sologno is in the Appennino Tuscany-Emilia National Park. There are stunning panoramic views of the Appennino Mountains from the property that is set in the older, part medieval, Castello section of the village. The area is famous for producing Parmesan cheese, Parma Ham, Balsamic Vinegar, Tortellini, Lasagne and many other specialty foods. The immediate area is very popular with walkers, cyclists, horse riders and bikers due to it's exceptional mountain scenery. North east of Sologno are the ancient cities of Parma, Reggio nel'Emilia, Modena and Bologna, all between 1-2 hours drive away.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Villa Minozzo, Emilia Romagna

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
16 May 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £500

For smaller groups it is possible to rent 'la Casa' only, please enquire.

A non-refundable deposit of 25% at the time of booking is required and balance by bank transfer, 6 weeks before your arrival date. £500 refundable damage deposit required.

In our opinion the property works best and is more enjoyable for groups and families.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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