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Large house with shared pool, sleeps up to 12, wonderful mountain setting

People12
Bedrooms 6
Bathrooms5
Space 2,152 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

Rustic stone house perfect for large families or groups of friends

L'Antico Palazzo is a deceptively large, rustic stone house situated in Villa Bonicelli, a picturesque and peaceful hamlet in the beautiful Emilia-Romagnan countryside. It sleeps up to 12 people comfortably, making it ideal for families or groups of friends. It can be rented as a stand-alone property or in conjunction with one or both of our other properties: La Stalla, a barn conversion located next door to L'Antico Palazzo and which sleeps 2-3 people; and Casa Vigneto, a three-bedroom house just a couple of minutes' walk away, across a small vineyard. An outdoor swimming pool with stunning mountain views is located behind L'Antico Palazzo and is shared between the three properties.

L'Antico Palazzo is a historically interesting building, being part of the original 'casa padronale' (manor house) of the hamlet. It has been furnished partly with antiques and quirky one-off pieces that reflect its history. It really is an original holiday home from which to explore this stunning and little-known area of Italy.

The beautiful arched doorway (clearly dated 1824, although the building itself dates back to the late 16th/early 17th century) opens onto a warren of rooms! First is a large and atmospheric drawing room. This opens onto another large sitting room, which is shared between two separate double bedrooms with beautiful views of the valley, and a shower room.

There is a second shower room at the foot of the stairs that lead up to the first floor. Here, a large communal 'day room' leads onto an en suite double (with extra single bed), plus a double and a twin with shared shower room. The layout is labyrinthine, so please take a look at the floorplan (in the photos) to get a better idea of this huge property!

At the bottom of the house is a large kitchen, another shower room and a dining room. There is also the owners' private wine cellar for which, upon payment of an additional security deposit, the key can be provided. The kitchen door opens onto a large terraced area for al fresco dining. Guests have use of a large outdoor table and chairs, sun loungers and a barbecue.

On request we can arrange a cooking lesson at a local restaurant with an experienced English-speaking chef. Please contact us if you would like more information on this service. Booking well in advance is essential, especially in peak season, and depends on availability.

More Details

Property Manager
Polly Fox, Property Manager
Member since: 2009
Speaks English, French, Italian
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
9 June, 2017

Guestbook comments from the manager

What a wonderful find! Tucked away in a little hamlet in the hills, our family group of 9 (ranging from 10 months to 70 years) had a lovely, relaxing week at L'Antico Palazzo. We took a bit of a gamble on the location as we didn't know the area at all, but if you are looking for a quiet getaway, far from busy towns and roads this is the perfect place. The views were stunning from the terrace, the front rooms of the house and the pool. The house was very spacious - in fact we didn't use the living room at all as we spent all our time on the terrace (which is next to the kitchen). There were plenty of bathrooms/shower rooms which was great with a large group. The top floor was perfect for a family of four with two interconnecting rooms and large bathroom. There are a further two lovely double rooms and a twin room you have to walk through to get to the other rooms (perhaps more suitable for children as not much privacy). The area is very quiet, but there are small towns not far away (the nearest is 5 mins by car and has enough shops to top up your food supplies for the week). The property manager organized a cooking course for us with a local chef, which was great! We couldn't find the exact location of the property on Google maps or on our sat nav, but the directions given to us by the property manager were excellent. Note that the house is not exactly in the town of Toano itself (it's about 7 kms away from memory!). Overall a very enjoyable stay and great value for money too.
Aug 2014
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Toano in Emilia Romagna

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2152 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Fireplace ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , This bathroom is en suite to bedroom 5
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Middle floor - shared by bedrooms 1 & 2
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Middle floor
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Shared by bedrooms 4 and 5
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , On the lower floor, between the kitchen and dining room
  • Bathrooms 1 & 2 are on the middle floor of the house. Bathrooms 3 & 4 are on the top floor. Bathroom 5 is on the bottom floor.
Bedrooms:
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , This room has views of the mountains and river
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , This bedroom looks out onto the Appennini and the river Dolo
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Double Bed , This bedroom shares a shower room with bedroom 5
    Bedroom 5 - 2 Single Bed , This room shares a shower room with bedroom 4
    Bedroom 6 - 1 Single Bed , Extra single bed possible in this sitting room (not private)
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , This bedroom has an en suite bathroom
  • Bedrooms 1 & 2 are on the middle floor of the house. Bedrooms 3, 4, 5 are on the top floor. All the bedrooms on the top floor lead off a central sitting room. An extra single bed can be put in this room, however please note that it is not private as other guests will need to pass through it to reach their rooms.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Terrace ...
  • Barbecue ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
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 her. She can also help with any bookings you wish to make and can offer babysitting services (please book in advance to avoid disappointment). We can organise cooking lessons for small groups at a local restaurant.

Reviews

4.4/5 -
(5 traveller reviews)

4

Rural but nice house

  • 4 of 5

This home is very nice but it is in a rural area so if you rent it you want to make sure that you are aware that most larger towns are well over an hour away. Richard was great to work with and everything that we needed, he was very responsive. When we arrived, they had a wonderful basket of fresh veggies, bread, wine and spices. It was much appreciated. We had a group of 10 people, 6 adults and 4 kids and we were very comfortable in the home. The home has screens on several of the rooms but you should be aware that if the weather is warm, the house is very warm in the bedrooms but they did bring us fans when we requested them which helped. The kids loved playing in the pool and it helped us cool down with the hot summer days. This home is perfect for families that want to be off the beaten path and don't mind spending time in the car to get to some of the larger cities near by.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Perfect family location

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time in the big house at Villa Bonicelli. Thank you.

Everything was perfect. Everyone was extremely helpful and friendly and the house was in nearly every way much better than we'd expected. Often holiday houses are rather over-sold on the internet - and that's okay, really - but in your case I think the house is under-sold, which is great. It was bigger, more comfortable and more atmospheric than we'd dared to expect. It was also cooler. (It was very kind of you to open up the wine cellar, which was a very comfortable room to write in, although on this occasion we managed to resist the temptation to open the wine ...)

We had a great time. The welcome pack was exactly that - welcoming and useful - and the information (and map) proved extremely handy. We ate out four times, once in Bologna, and the local restaurants came up trumps. We particularly liked La Pioppa outside Villa Minozzo where we stopped on our way back from conquering the Pietra de Bismàntova. The baker's at Quara was a firm favourite and they did us a fabulous birthday cake for Nicole (6). Such a good cake, probably a good idea to order one, birthday or not! The river was also a bit hit with the children, who enjoyed clambering, collecting pretty pebbles and swimming in the deeper pools. The museum and castle at Montefiorino were also marvellous.

We drove into Bologna once - we caught the train in from Castelfranco in fact - but that was so I could relive John Berger's book 'The Red Tenda of Bologna' and buy two metres of dark red linen from Pasquini's. Which I did!

My daughter's family stayed an extra night to catch a Sunday flight home. They spent Saturday at the public pool in Toano which they liked a lot, and then stayed in Maranello and visited the Ferrari museum. This was a huge success, although it did include my son-in-law - with two children strapped to the back seats - driving a Ferrari at 200 km/hr along the autostrada. Quite.

I am sending all this because we failed to complete the feedback form - which is odd because we'd kind of discussed it and were almost looking forward to doing it. Maybe it was too much like finishing the holiday early. So sorry about that. Maybe we'd have used an electric kettle and a coffee percolator had these been available. But we used nearly everything else and enjoyed the experience enormously.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 18, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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4

very good location to enjoy countryside Italy

  • 4 of 5

The property has been described very well, no surprises. Everythong was very well prepared. We have also received a welcome basket from the owner. A nice surprise, very useful if you have not done you shopping on the way. The owner is very helpful.

The house is located in the Appenine mountains. The upside is that there are many attractive places within a short distance or literally within the walking distance. A trip to Bismantova Rock is a must - the views are spectacular. Another fantastic place discovered thanks to the owner was Febbio which is within 30 minutes drive - the lift that takes you above 2000 metres. Then there are plenty of trails to choose from.

We have also managed to visit Modena, Ravenna, Firenze and Cinque Terre. All places worth recommending, but in this case it takes longer to drive. When Google tells you that it wiill take you 2 hours to drive 100 km, you better believe it.

Ravenna has been probably the longest drive but certainly worth the effort. We have seen the best Byzantine mosaics remained from ancient period. This is absoilutely different to all other medieval monutes one may find everywhere in Italy.

A day in Firenze was also very enjoyable. During the holiday period one just needs to remember that Uffizi Museum tickets should be booked in advance.

As it is mentioned in the description, the property is located in the village. It is not a "holiday resort". So you need to be prepared to experience normal situations that one might expect during the summer in the village: people work etc.

Generally, very good value for money - worth recommending.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 20, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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4

very good location to enjoy countryside Italy

  • 4 of 5

The property has been described very well, no surprises. Everythong was very well prepared. We have also received a welcome basket from the owner. A nice surprise, very useful if you have not done you shopping on the way. The owner is very helpful.

The house is located in the Appenine mountains. The upside is that there are many attractive places within a short distance or literally within the walking distance. A trip to Bismantova Rock is a must - the views are spectacular. Another fantastic place discovered thanks to the owner was Febbio which is within 30 minutes drive - the lift that takes you above 2000 metres. Then there are plenty of trails to choose from.

We have also managed to visit Modena, Ravenna, Firenze and Cinque Terre. All places worth recommending, but in this case it takes longer to drive. When Google tells you that it wiill take you 2 hours to drive 100 km, you better believe it.

Ravenna has been probably the longest drive but certainly worth the effort. We have seen the best Byzantine mosaics remained from ancient period. This is absoilutely different to all other medieval monutes one may find everywhere in Italy.

A day in Firenze was also very enjoyable. During the holiday period one just needs to remember that Uffizi Museum tickets should be booked in advance.

As it is mentioned in the description, the property is located in the village. It is not a "holiday resort". So you need to be prepared to experience normal situations that one might expect during the summer in the village: people work etc.

Generally, very good value for money - worth recommending.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 20, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Perfect summer retreat

  • 5 of 5

The villa was spacious and comfortable,and just perfect for our three generation family holiday.The welcome box of goodies was lovely and polly was really helpful before and during our stay,with tips on where to eat, etc.The walkers in the group very much enjoyed all the lovely trails right from the backdoor, the more adventurous had a fab time canyoning and for the ones that just wanted to chill , the pool area with that stunning view was just perfect.Will definitely be back!!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 20, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

Convert Currency
Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Summer 2017
1 Jul 2017 - 8 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,400
for 7 nights
£1,400
 
 
Late summer 2017
9 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
£645
for 3 nights
From
£215
£1,400
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
£600
for 3 nights
From
£200
£1,200
 

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

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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