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6 bedrooms
5 bathrooms
20 guests
4 nights minimum
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Summary Welcome to our big, rustic farmhouse in the hills between Ravenna, Bologna and Florence. With comfy rooms, a massive loft, huge terrace, big lawn and vegetable garden, this is a perfect place to retreat and recharge with a group of friends. The Space Built as a luxury farmhouse ('podere') in the 40's, this place tends to bring out the primitive side in guests. Chop wood, build a fire, roast veggies from the garden and stare at the world in the distance. The fresh air and absolute silence makes for deep sleeps at night and peaceful slumber during the day. We bought the place in 2010 and have been renovating until 2015. The result is a simple, but very comfortable, home that works well for groups of up to 20 people. Expect no exquisite decoration or fancy linens here: it's a farmh...Summary Welcome to our big, rustic farmhouse in the hills between Ravenna, Bologna and Florence. With comfy rooms, a massive loft, huge terrace, big lawn and vegetable garden, this is a perfect place to retreat and recharge with a group of friends. The Space Built as a luxury farmhouse ('podere') in the 40's, this place tends to bring out the primitive side in guests. Chop wood, build a fire, roast veggies from the garden and stare at the world in the distance. The fresh air and absolute silence makes for deep sleeps at night and peaceful slumber during the day. We bought the place in 2010 and have been renovating until 2015. The result is a simple, but very comfortable, home that works well for groups of up to 20 people. Expect no exquisite decoration or fancy linens here: it's a farmhouse. Its luxury lies in the abundance of privacy and space: great rooms, big terrace, huge loft and lots of nooks and crannies to discover. And a night sky you rarely see. The house consists of 6 big bedrooms which easily fit 12 guests, but can handle 20 people well. Four bathrooms, a living room with a dinner table the size of an Italian family, an indoor fireplace, a well-equipped kitchen, a massive loft, an organic vegetable garden to eat from, a lawn to play on, all situated within the 3000 acre Parco Oriani: your private Forest Farmhouse Retreat. Interaction with Guests You'll have the whole house for yourself which means that, apart from the occasional mountain-biker who passes by, your privacy is guaranteed. Upon your first arrival at the restaurant 'Il Cardello Locanda' just before Casola Valsenio, our local friends Gabriela and/or Cor will welcome you and escort you to the house to show you the way and to demonstrate how things work in the house. Gabriela - an Italian sweetheart who grew up in the area - and Cor - her Dutch husband who's a great artist - live nearby and will be there when you need them. They speak English, Italian, Dutch, French, German so you should be fine. Of course we'll be available online if you have questions regarding the reservation itself. Other Things to Note Though Casola is a relatively modern village, it's still rural Italy. This means the people are heart-warmingly kind and generous and we really want them to stay that way. So please be nice to everyone in Casola, especially to our neighbours Massimo and Alex. And their pet wild boar Gino... NB as mentioned, the home is reached by an unpaved road that can be challenging. Don't worry, you and your car will be fine. Just make sure that Gabriela and/or Cor show you the way the first time and follow the indicators along the way. Once your booking is confirmed you'll get a detailed route description. The Neighborhood Vidovina lies on top of a cliff that gives you great vistas over the valley and nearby ridges. Truly beautiful. You'll see that the Parco Oriani - in which the farmhouse lies - is situated within the larger Parco National del Vena di Gesso (Gypsum Vein Park), which is perfect for hiking, mountain-biking and gypsum cave excursions. But even a short stroll through the woods or vineyards behind the house is great. There's probably a pheasant or deer or porcupine behind the next corner... Two kilometres away lies Casola Valsenio, a small but nice farmer's village that doesn't see many tourists yet, despite its lively character, interesting culinary festivals and ancient herb garden. Main sites in the village are the Cardello-house at the park entrance, the nearby Valsenio Church, both from the 11th century, and the clif overlooking the Senio River on which the village is built. Casola's got some nice spots to walk/swim/fish near the river, a big public swimming pool during summer and horse/quad riding facilities nearby. Getting Around If you come by plane to Bologna Airport (a hub for most big carriers and price fighters such as Ryanair) we advise you to rent a car at the airport to get around and do groceries. We usually rent a Fiat Panda, not a Lamborghini, because those aren't suited for the unpaved road the house is on. In our experience, renting via the major car rental services such as Hertz is preferable to renting price-fighters like Goldcar. Less hassle. Public transport is very limited here and, frankly, we do not recommend you rent this house if your group doesn't have a car. Casola Valsenio can be reached by train from Bologna via the station at Castelbolognese and then either by taxi (ask in the bar at the Castelbolognese station, should cost around 30 euros) or by bus (about 4 a day, 3 euros). That said, apart from picking up guests and dropping them off at Castelbolognese, we rarely use public transport. There are two mountain-bikes available for guests. More
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Languages spoken:German, English, Italian, French, Spanish, Dutch
Response Rate:100%
Response Time:Within a day
Listed Since:October 2015
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We spent a week to celebrate our wedding anniversary here with 15 people. We sat around the fire at night, BBQd and cooked amazing Italian food with fresh ingredients from the village nearby. The nature is amazing. Very private and secluded feeling. Enough and comfortable...More

Date of stay: June 2019
Thank Sara H
Amenities
Pets Allowed: Yes
Smoking Allowed: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Cooker
Grill
Suitable For Children Under 5
Fishing Nearby
Refrigerator
Long Term Rentals (Over 1 Month)
Washer
Dishwasher
Towels Provided
Cycling Trips
Beach Or Lakeside Relaxation
Stereo System
Corporate Bookings
Hiking Trips
Microwave
Rural/Countryside Retreats
Balcony
Mountain Views
Linens Provided
Horse Riding Nearby
Wi-Fi
Kettle
Internet Access
Terrace
Fireplace
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Does this holiday rental have a loft?YesNoUnsure
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