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Charming Three-Bed Stone House With Mountain and River Views



Updated: 19-Oct-2016
Outstanding mountain and river views from this comfortable family home

'Casa Vigneto' is a traditional, rustic stone house that is ideal for families or groups of friends. It can be rented as a stand-alone property or in conjunction with L'Antico Palazzo, a large stone house that sleeps up to 10, and/or 'La Stalla', a barn conversion that sleeps two people, both of which are situated just a couple of minutes' walk away. A shared outdoor swimming pool is located next to 'La Stalla', a 1-2 min walk from 'Casa Vigneto', across a small vineyard and up some steps.

'Casa Vigneto' has truly magnificent views of the Appennini mountains and the river Dolo, and is situated in Villa Bonicelli, a picturesque and peaceful hamlet in the beautiful Emilia-Romagnan countryside. It sleeps up to seven people (there are three bedrooms, plus a day bed with comfortable single mattress in the upstairs sitting room). The house is set back from the road, with a garden, shared with one other property, to the front. Guests have use of an outdoor table with chairs, sun loungers and a barbecue.

The property is furnished with many antique one-off pieces, making it a quirky and original holiday home in which to base yourselves while exploring this stunning and little-known area of Italy. On the ground floor is a large open-plan kitchen/diner with wood-burning stove, exposed stonework and an unusual vaulted ceiling. The dining table seats six, and there is also a comfortable seating area with TV and DVD library. Also on the ground floor is a double bedroom (again with vaulted ceiling) and shower room (loo, basin, shower cubicle).

Upstairs, taking full advantage of the beautiful views, there is a large sitting room that opens onto a spacious south-facing covered balcony overlooking a small orchard, a vineyard and the Appennini mountains – a wonderful setting for your al fresco meals! The sitting room itself has an attractive original terracotta floor and a small wood-burning stove and is stylishly furnished. Also on the first floor is a second shower room and two further bedrooms: a comfortable twin room and a double room with doors opening onto a second, east-facing balcony. All three bedrooms have windows with a view of the river Dolo and the mountains.

More Details
  • Sleeps 7
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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Speaks English, French, Italian

Guestbook comments from the manager

We spent a fantastic week in Casa Vigneto. The house is in a small hamlet a few miles from Quara right in the heart of Emilia Romagna but within reach of the main cities e.g Bologna is about a 90 minute drive. It's very comfortable and extremely quiet. There are a number of local neighbours all of whom are very friendly - we got a delivery of cakes and gnocchi fritto one afternoon - which adds to the atmosphere. The kitchen may look a little primitive at first but is actually very well equipped to a standard I've rarely found - it has everything you'd need to cook a family meal easily. The local shops in Quara and Toano are small by English standards but sufficient. Prior to our arrival we received a great information pack from the owner who also arranged a cookery lesson for us at one of the local restaurants (Al Ciocco) which was a real highlight. The welcome basket of some local produce on day one was also a bonus. It was a fantastic first week to our holiday and we'd definitely return.
Aug 2016
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based on 4 holidaymaker reviews


Beautiful Rural Retreat

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay in Casa Vigneto! The house contained everything we needed and the pool area was ideal. Although it is in quite a rural location, there is loads to do nearby. Polly has also but together an excellent guide book in the house containing lots of suggestions of where to go! This was brilliant:)

Hikes in the area are lovely and there are plenty of nice restaurants. The highlight of our stay was the cooking course with Gabriella (Polly can organise this for you). We learnt LOADS and could not have squeezed in another bite. She also gave us plenty of local wines and Lambrusco to try out.

All in all, a great stay!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 10, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Delightful Rural Retreat

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our recent stay in this well equipped property. In contrast to other areas of Italy, we were the only tourists in the area!

We found the house very clean and as it had been described on the website. The property manager was extremely helpful in answering all our questions and in booking a 1 day cooking class for us with Gabriella at the nearby Al Ciocco. Gabriella is an incredibly friendly and generous host who, after spending most of the day cooking with us, took us to a nearby parmesan maker after we expressed interest in learning about the cheese making process.

The swimming pool is a short walk through the vines and was well used during our stay, particularly by the children The neighbouring residents, when we saw them, were extremely friendly and welcoming.

Within day trip access to Bologna, Modena & Parma.

Highly recommend for a rural foodie Italian holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 14, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful rustic home ideal for a peaceful holiday

  • 5 of 5

Even though it is very rural, the instructions were clear on how to get there - a pretty easy drive from Bologna.

The property was very clean and a great welcome basket with basic provisions was available on arrival. Had great service throughout my stay and would definitely recommend.

If you are looking for a quiet holiday in a part of Italy which is not full of tourists, this is the place for you. Everyone in the local restaurants and villages were incredibly friendly and we enjoyed kicking about the property sunbathing, reading, walking in the surrounding area or visiting local villages.

Oh and the food was amazing too. We did a half day cookery course which was a highlight for me. We also went to Modena for the day which was lovely but just make sure you don't arrive during the lunch period as nowhere will be open!

If I were you, I'd go before others discover this charming part of Italy...

  • Review Submitted: Jul 31, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Italienisches Landleben

  • 4 of 5

sehr ländlich gelegene Ferienwohnung in wunderschöner Landschaft

Unterkunft großräumig und sauber

Wer ruhige, italienische Tagen fernab von Touristenpfaden verbringen will, ist hier bestens aufgehoben. Es empfiehlt sich, die kleinen Ortschaften zu besuchen, dort einzukaufen und in regionalen, von Italiener besuchte Osterias Essen zu gehen.

Da die Vermieter alle Unterlagen in Englisch erstellt haben, empfehlen wir über Englischkenntnisse zu verfügen.

Thanks for the great week. Best regards :)

  • Review Submitted: Jul 22, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Bologna, Parma at 95 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Quara at 3 Kilometres Nearest Golf : San Valentino Golf Club, Castellarano at 42 Kilometres Nearest Train : Modena at 62 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : A1 motorway at 67 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Several within at 6 Kilometres Nearest Ski : Cerreto Laghi, Sestola, Abetone at 55 Kilometres Nearest Beach : La Spezia at 110 Kilometres Car: necessary

In the immediate vicinity the river Dolo, which is in places deep enough to bathe, is on your doorstep and there are some spectacular walks that can be enjoyed directly from your front door. There's also a wealth of wildlife to observe – sharp-eyed guests might spot woodpeckers in the forest, deer in the fields and birds of prey circling over the mountains.

This area is extremely popular with walkers, cyclists and bikers thanks to the stunning mountainous scenery. There are marked walking routes that can be picked up from Villa Bonicelli, from the river or from the nearby hamlet of Castagnola, including one that takes you across a rope bridge (see photo). There is also an excellent Via Ferrata that enables less experienced climbers to access some of the more dramatic routes usually only accessible to the expert mountaineer! About 30 min away is the Pietra di Bismantova, a magnificent sandstone plateau over 1,000m high. It is a climbers' paradise, with about fifty routes and climbing variants. Guided treks, half-day climbing lessons etc at Bismantova can be arranged – please contact us for more information. The Parco del Gigante, one of the largest parks in Emilia, is great for walking and horse riding.

The area has many restaurants and pizzerias that offer great value for money, including one approx 10 mins' drive away in Farneta. It is a friendly family-run restaurant with a lovely terrace on which to enjoy your meal. We have a partnership with this restaurant and can offer tailor-made cooking courses there on request (advance booking essential). It's a fantastic experience that comes highly recommended - our guests have said that it was a highlight of their holiday. For an alternative foodie experience, look no further than our local Parmesan producer in Quara to learn all about - and taste - the best Parmesan around! Get there early for a tour of the dairy and to see the artisans at work.

Throughout summer and autumn there are 'feste' being held most weekends in one or other of the local villages, with the focus of the celebrations ranging from wine and beer to chestnuts, mushrooms and truffles, not to mention various obscure saints!

The nearby town of Toano (approx 7km) has a good selection of bars, pizzerie, shops etc and is also home to one of the best preserved Roman churches in the Appenines. It also has a lovely outdoor swimming pool, which is open during the school holidays (early June to early September, see pic).

Emilia Romagna is one of Italy's most prosperous regions and is famed for its culinary delights, making it an ideal destination for food lovers. Among other things, it is home to fresh pasta (tortellini, tortelloni...), ragù sauce, Parma ham, Parmesan cheese and traditional balsamic vinegar as well as Lambrusco, which is a light and very drinkable sparkling red.

'Casa Vigneto' is very well placed for a day trip to any of the four main cities in Emilia Romagna, all of which are worth a visit. The ancient Roman town of Reggio Emilia is 50km away. Modena (60km) is a thriving city whose Duomo is considered one of the greatest examples of European Romanesque architecture and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Parma, one of the most affluent towns in Italy, is 70km away. Bologna, the region's capital city, is a real delight, with its characteristic red-brick buildings and its over 40km of covered porticos (useful in bad weather). It is also home to the oldest university in Europe, founded in 1088, earning it one of its nicknames, La Dotta (The Learned). Also known as La Grassa (The Fat), Bologna takes its food very seriously; in fact, it is considered by many to be the food capital of Italy.

This area is a car and motorbike enthusiast's dream come true - Lamborghini (Dosso, nr Ferrara), Ferrari (Maranello), Maserati and Ducati (near Bologna) all have their factories and museums in the region.

For day-trips slightly further afield, a day at the seaside can be enjoyed at La Spezia or Lerici, both about two hours away – and don't miss the Cinque Terre, five beautiful cliff-top villages dotted along the rugged Ligurian coastline that can only be reached by foot or by train. They're charming and surprisingly unspoilt, thanks to their UNESCO status. Alternatively, head to the Adriatic coast to the legendary resort of Rimini, with its 15km of sandy beaches (2.5hrs approx).

For those looking for a winter break, there are several excellent ski resorts – Cerreto Laghi, Cimone/Sestola and Abetone – that can be reached from Villa Bonicelli in little over an hour, depending of course on driving conditions. Contact us for more details.

Golf: There are several good golf courses within an hour's drive of the house, including the 18-hole San Valentino Golf Club in Castellarano (approx 45 min), which is surrounded by over 130 hectares of woodland and green pastures and boasts 4 lakes; and the Matilde di Canossa golf club near the town of Reggio Emilia.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Easter 2016
1 Apr 2017 - 17 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Summer 2017
1 Jul 2017 - 8 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer 2017
9 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £250

We request a fully refundable damage deposit of €300, to be paid in cash on arrival at the property. Bookings during peak season are usually Sat-Sat but other arrival dates will be accommodated where possible.
Our property manager will be there to welcome you on your arrival to help you get the most out of your stay. There is also a comprehensive guide to the area at www.cool-retreats.com.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 19-Oct-2016
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Property Type

  • house


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...


  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool ...


  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • mountain
  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis

Floor Area

  • 90 m²


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, This shower room is on the ground floor.
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet, This shower room is on the first floor.
  • The first-floor bathroom also has a washing machine.


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed, This bedroom is on the ground floor.
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed, This first-floor bedroom has an east-facing balcony.
  • The first double bedroom is located on the ground floor and has an attractive vaulted ceiling. There is also a shower room on the ground floor. Upstairs, there are two further bedrooms: a twin room and a double room with west-facing balcony. All three bedrooms have views of the river Dolo and the mountains. It is possible to accommodate an extra person on the comfortable day bed that is situated in the first-floor sitting room.


  • Balcony ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Our property manager will be there to welcome you on your arrival and to answer any questions you might have about the house and the area. You will also be provided with a comprehensive guide to the area before you arrive, so that you can plan any day trips etc you might wish to make. If you would like any help putting together a customised itinerary that will make the most of your stay, don't hesitate to contact us.

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