Holiday Home in Barzano di Gropparello, Piacenza, Emilia Romagna - Built on an Apennine Ridge, the House has Magnificent Views to the Alps on a clear day
The house is ideal as a base for relaxation or for touring or both. Built in stone and timbers, it dominates the ridge with sensational views over the surrounding country. In high summer it offers welcome cooling breezes. The bedrooms offer ample space and storage-the kitchen seats 8. The house is managed by Giuseppina and her mother, the wonderful Renata, who speaks English. Renata would be more than happy to divulge some of the secrets of Piacentine cookery with a lesson at the house.
About the Owner
About Carlo Gajewski
Casa Rosa is owned by Carlo, son of Bina Pellati, who lived in the house for many years. Carlo lives in England but as a child he spent many happy holidays here. He has returned on a regular basis with his children and friends. All who visit comment that Barzano and the area make a lasting impression-I am more than happy to share it with visitors.
What makes this house unique
The charm of the area is in its honest rustic character, its gentle pace of life and its friendly and helpful people.
Yes, it is off the beaten track and is uncommercialised in a province that has been described as "unsung", yet it has such ready access to a rich variety of cities and cultural/sporting activities as to keep the visitor fully occupied. Our invitation is extended to all who want to sample some of the magic.
Activity and Interests
2.5/3 hours drive to the beaches of La Spezia, Cinque Terre, Portofino etc
One hour drive to airports of Milan Linate and Parma-car hire readily available
20 mins walk to the nearest town, Gropparello, which has most of the main services eg banks, supermarket, shops, pharmacy, post office etc. Market day is Thursday, but markets are held on every day of the week in the local area.
For the astronomer – fantastic conditions for observing the stars, and spectacular shooting stars in August.
For the gastronome – world famous cheeses, salamis and pastas. Sample the local wines Gutturnio Red and Ortrugo White.
For culture – visit the birth place of Verdi or take in opera at Vigoleno or Salsomaggiore. Every town has a range of festas during the summer.
For history lovers – visit the Roman settlement of Velleia, the castles of Gropparello, Bardi, Castell’Arquato or the delightful medieval village of Grazzano Visconti.
For the geologist – fossils in Rio Rosello and learn about the disused oil-fields at Montechino.
For the ornithologist – a wide range of birdlife.
For walkers – local circuits or access to the higher Apennine ranges with possible sightings of hare, wild boar, fox or birds of prey.
For the sports person – Golf, swimming and horse-riding.
For the fisherman – Try catching giant Wels catfish in the River Po.
For shopping, Fidenza village outlet, Parma, Milan
For indulgence-the Spas at Tabiano and Salsomaggiore
For the petrolhead-the Ferrari factory at Modena
For insight into the local area and people – read Eric Newby’s “Love and War in the Apennines” or “A Small Place in Italy”.
- Booking Notes:
30% non refundable deposit on booking-the balance 6 weeks before start of rental.
Happy to discuss longer term bookings.
Arrival Saturday after 4pm
Departure Saturday by 10am
Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week.
Prices for longer term off season letting negotiable.
Long weekend stays can be accommodated.
- Available arrival
From the Owner
“The charm of the area is in its honest rustic character, its gentle pace of life and its friendly and helpful people. Yes, it is off the beaten track and is uncommercialised in a province that has been described as "unsung", yet it has such ready access to a rich variety of cities and cultural/sporting activities as to keep the visitor fully occupied. Our invitation is extended to all who want to sample some of the magic.”
- Iron & Board
- Living Room ...
- Washing Machine
- Kitchen ...
- pets considered
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
- Jack and Jill bathroom-ensuite to bedroom 1 plus separate access. Bath/shower over, wc, bidet Separate wc ground floor
- 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
- Bedroom 1
- Bedroom 2
- Bedroom 3
- Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8(3 Bedrooms)-1 on sofa Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with twin/double Bedroom 2 with three singles Bedroom 3 with double Sofa-sleeps one
- Golf ...
- Ski & Snowboard ...
- Notes on accommodation: Cots to be requested when booking. Outside: Off road parking for two cars. Small garden area overlooking the valley-good for al fresco dining, sunsets and star gazing. Garden table/chairs stored in adjacent barn. Utility Room: Garden furniture stored in adjacent barn. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linens/towels supplied-changed weekly. Property cleaned weekly before each tenancy.