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Spacious 3 bedroom self-contained apartment with swimming pool and panoramic views.



Updated: 29-Sep-2016
Apartment in Polinago, Emilia Romagna, Italy: Immerse yourself in quiet mountain life or absorb the beauty and culture of the area.

The apartment comprises the whole top floor of this large three storey country home and offers an opportunity to relax and enjoy the stunning views in every direction. The property has 11 acres of hilly grounds. The location is perfect for walkers, hikers, outdoor enthusiasts, writers, artists or those seeking a quiet retreat or peaceful rural break in the Appennines.

We provide all sheets, towels (bathroom and swimming) and kitchen linen.

10m x 4m swimming pool with sun terrace. Solar heated

The owners live on site and will help introduce you to all the local places of interest.

  • Sleeps 8
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

In 2013 we made the momentous decision to move to Emilia Romagna. We found a house that fulfilled our requirements, the main one being beautiful views in every possible direction! Family and friends visit us here constantly. We live a relaxed country life with our dog and cat, and have relished the work involved in renovating this large house which had been empty for twenty years. We have been thrilled by the warm welcome of all the local people we have met, and are delighted to feel a part of the community in such a short space of time.

My wife Caroline grew up in Northern Italy where she learned Italian before her family returned to England.

The area appealed to us both for the setting and the climate. We have full-blown winters with more than a meter of snow at a time, and summers where the temperatures often sit around the low 30s for weeks at a time. This is a lovely quiet environment, which is also close enough to cultural centres to fulfil a broad range of holiday requirements.

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Speaks English, French, Italian, A little German

7 Reviews

based on 7 holidaymaker reviews


An amazing holiday easily surpassing our expectations; great location, beautiful views & fab hosts.

  • 5 of 5

Stephen and Caroline made us feel really welcome from the moment we arrived at Casa Brown. Everything you could ask for to ensure a relaxing and stressfree holiday was provided; including a comprehensuive welcome pack with beer and wine (just what we needed after our journey) and all the basics plus extras we could have wished for. There were towels for both indoor and outdoor use and adaptors,books, DVDs etc...even the hand soap in the bathroom was of a better quality than we would use at home!

Our whole family enjoyed the somewhat hilly walks in the beautiful countryside and we wished our dog had been with us. The views were tremendous and the guided tour of the immediate area that Stephen took us on was extremely interesting, even if we didn't manage to see all the potential views as the weather was hazy.

The pool area was brilliant and it was lovely to spend time relaxing as a family around the pool.

The meals we experienced in the surrounding area were great and the locals very friendly and helpful - especially as none of us speak any Italian.

Stephen took us on a tour of the parmesan factory which was really interesting and not to be missed and we ended up coming home with cheese that took us up to our weight limit in our luggage!

We would have loved to have spent longer at Casa Brown, but have all come home feeling very relaxed.

We would love to return in the future. Thank you for a wonderful stay Stephen and Caroline!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A beautiful house in fantastic surroundings

  • 5 of 5

We had an extremely pleasant stay in Casa Brown in july with our 4 kids (from age 8 to 17).

We enjoyed the surrounding nature, the pool, the walks (and a single run. HOT!!) and the small villages nearby as well as the extraordinary hospitality of Stephen and Caroline, who introduced us to the local sights, culture and restaurants.

The apartment is very spacious and tastefully decorated with great care for the original house. It had everything we needed (including wifi).

We took a day trip through the mountains all the way to Lucca and Pisa. A three hour drive with spectacular views.

We also took a trip to a local market in Pavullo (dont miss the icecream in K2) - very recommendable.

It seems that very few tourists have found their way to this area of Italy - making it perfect for anyone who prefers the quiet, authentic lifestyle of rural Italy.

All in all a very very nice stay and we plan to come back to explore the area more.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Spent a very relaxing week at Casa Brown and we will definitely be returning. The apartment is in a stunning location with views all around and the new pool could not be in a better setting. Caroline and Stephen were excellent hosts and had thought of everything to ensure our stay was comfortable. The apartment had everything we needed, with plenty of space and homely touches. We spent our days relaxing by the pool and exploring the local area and very much look forward to a return visit.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful location! Great hosts - friendly and welcoming. Clean and bright apartment.

  • 5 of 5

My family and I stayed at Casa Brown for a week in July. It was a truly wonderful and peaceful place. Caroline and Stephen couldn't have been better hosts. They did everything to make us feel welcome and even provided a tour of the local Parmesan cheese factory, where you can see how 'Parmegiano' is produced from start to finish as well as taste the various varieties. This was one of the highlights of our stay! Casa Brown is in a beautiful location, and the new swimming pool with its background of hills and valleys is the icing on the cake. The photos of the apartment and its surroundings don't do it justice. We can recommend this apartment to anyone who loves amazing views, enjoys hiking and wants to enjoy the Italian countryside and culture at its best.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the Casa Brown apartment for a week in May 2014. Our stay was the final week of a tour of Switzerland and Northern Italy. We were looking for peace and relaxation in a rural italian environment and that was exactly what we found at Casa Brown. The apartment itself was newly decorated and furnished to a very high standard and it was all in pristine condition. The owners were very helpful and welcoming, suggesting several excellent restaurants, scenic walking routes, and other useful local information. It was a very convenient base for exploring the beautiful countryside of Emilia Romagna. I would definitely recommend a holiday at Casa Brown!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 16, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Relaxing stay in Apennines

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for just under a week in this beautiful apartment.

The drive down from Bologna airport was easy. It took about one and a half hours. The roads for the last bit were narrow and windy but there is hardly any traffic in this area.

We had a very warm welcome from the owners, a retired couple from Sussex. They live in the bottom part of the house (with their two lovely dogs). They were always friendly and helpful - particularly with information about the locality.

The house has been recently refurbished to a very high standard and is very clean throughout. There are two bathrooms which are excellent. The views from the apartment are stunning - you are near the top of a mountain and look down a valley.

We originally had plans to do day trips to Bologna and Modena but simply relaxed in the locality visiting small towns and villages. Although the area doesn't have the historic hill top towns of Tuscany/Umbria, it is very beautiful and authentic - there were hardly any other tourists.

We spent hours watching the tractors doing the first cut of hay in the meadows below the house. It was amazing seeing them cling to the steep valley sides! The whole valley echoed to the sounds of cuckoos. We also saw a lovely bird called the hoopoe and there were buzzards hovering above. On one evening we saw deer in the meadow immediately below the house.

It is very wooded on the tops of the mountains - covered in oak, chestnut trees. There are excellent walking tracks through the woods. It only takes about 45 minutes to get to the top of Monte Giulia. The roads are also very quiet so we often just walked along these.

Overall, we had a very relaxing break and we look forward to going back sometime to do some more walking in this beautiful area.


  • Review Submitted: May 30, 2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
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From the Owner

When you sit outside the house you hear absolutely nothing except the occasional bird of prey, working tractor or chainsaw. Very occasionally you hear classical music coming across the valley, and we think this may be the local farmer playing music to his cows which produce milk for Parmigiano Reggiano cheese! The peace and tranquility is the main reason we chose this location, as well as the chance to live a simple life without the influence of too much modern technology and noise. Our lives and diets have changed immeasurably simply by following the Italian way of using fruit and vegetables when they are in season, rather than buying everything all year round from the supermarkets.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Bologna at 60 Miles Nearest Barpub : Monchio at 3 Miles Nearest Train : Bologna at 60 Miles Nearest Motorway : A1 at 28 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Taverna del Brutto (pizzeria) at 4 Miles Nearest Ski : Abetone/Febbio at 35 Miles Car: recommended

Coast/Beach: We are situated roughly midway between the Mediterranean and Adriatic coasts. The house is 720 meters above sea level. From Monte Cimone you can see the sea on both sides of Italy on a clear day.

Travel: We are approximately 70 minutes from Bologna airport and car hire is essential so that you can explore the area.

Collection from and delivery to the airport can be arranged by separate agreement.

Distances: Nearest basic shop/bakery is approx 7 minutes away in the car. Small supermarket with all requirements is 15 minutes away by car. Larger supermarkets available in Pavullo (35 mins) and Sassuolo (35 mins). The city of Modena is just under an hour from here and Bologna is over an hour away. Both have a wide range of cultural and historical sights and places of interest to visit. Venice, Verona, Como, Milano and Firenze are all within approximately three hours of our house.

Locally: Wonderful mountain pizzeria Taverna del Brutto (see Trip Advisor) is just ten mins away. Range of bars, banks, butcher, chemist, baker and small shops available in Polinago. Beautiful churches and shrines in all towns and villages. Parmesan cheese dairies are open for visits and we can arrange guided tours very locally.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
1 Sep 2016 - 30 Nov 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Spring 2017
11 Feb 2017 - 26 May 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Summer 2017
27 May 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Autumn 2017
2 Sep 2017 - 1 Dec 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning £50

Booking Notes:
Reservations are reconfirmed upon receipt of a deposit (via bank transfer) equal to 25% of the rate for the entire stay. The remaining 75% of the rate is due a month before arrival. The keys of the apartment will be handed to you upon arrival.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Saturday but can be flexible dependent on flights and other bookings. Guests are expected the vacate the property by 10am on their last day so that cleaning can be undertaken for new arrivals.

Notes on prices:
Special offers are available from time to time. Please enquire at booking stage.

Owner'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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From the Owner

There is an impressive array of seasonal foods available in Emilia Romagna. You may want to try the Modena balsamic vinegar, the Parma ham or the Parmigiano Reggiano parmesan cheese, not to mention the range of wines also on our doorstep. This is a large and airy apartment only recently completed, and is easy to get to from Bologna airport (about 70 minutes). We supply a simple welcome pack of food and drink so that you don't have to rush out shopping the moment you get here.

Property Type

  • apartment


  • Away From It All


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


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


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Television ...

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...


  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...

Location Type

  • mountain
  • rural


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

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

Local Services & Businesses

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

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • ski pass optional
  • swimming

Floor Area

  • 35 m²


  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet, Wet room shower
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet, Wet room shower.
  • En-suite shower room with shower, wc, basin, bidet, and heated towel rail. Main shower room with shower, wc, basin, bidet, and heated towel rail. Both newly installed wetrooms also have central heating.


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed, 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed, 2 Child Bed, There are two full single beds and two fold out beds.
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 adults, 2 children and baby in cot (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1. King size bed and cot Bedroom 2. 2 single beds + 2 fold out beds for children Bedroom 3. King size bed and en-suite shower room.


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


  • Self-catering


  • Children welcome. Cot provided if required. No pets please. No smoking in the house Eleven acres of privately owned fields and woodland for your enjoyment. There is a wide variety of hilly walks, including the very local Monte Santa Giulia park with well signed trails. Private parking available All towels and bed-linen included and changed weekly. Washing machine and clothes airer for personal washing. Private terrace with table and seating, perfectly positioned for the afternoon and late evening sunshine.

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