Casa Terracotta is a cosy self-catering holiday home in the mountains; its an ideal base for house hunting, relaxing, painting, sight-seeing, a variety of sports, culture, history, health treatments, eating, shopping, honeymooning and much more.
Get off the tourist track and experience real VERY RURAL Italy at Casa Terracotta, a charming self-catering holiday home in the peaceful mountain village of Masanti (810 slm), 11 k from the town Bedonia. The village has just 24 residents, and nestles on the slopes of Monte Pelpi in the Ceno river valley, in the heart of the idyllic Apennines . Masanti has beautiful views, an abundance of wildlife, excellent walking, and a famous source of natural fresh mineral water which is bottled nearby.
The property, a little farmhouse built in the 1800s, has recently been renovated. It has a small garden with table and chairs and exclusive off road parking. Accommodation is accessed by a flight of stone steps. A lobby leads to the double bedroom featuring a stone arch believed to have been built in the 1700s. The bathroom has a shower, toilet, sink, electric shaver point and heated towel rail.
Stairs lead up to the second floor studio. The seating area has coffee tables, comfy chairs, reading lamps, TV, a DVD player with a few DVDs supplied, and a radio/CD/tape player. There is a small dining table with chairs, and the kitchen is equipped with a fridge/freezer, toaster, kettle, microwave, small oven with grill and twin electric hob, and the all-important coffee percolator for making your own espresso.
Your hosts, Suzanne and Pietro, have a good knowledge of the local area; Pietro is fluent in English, Italian and the local dialect; Suzanne is English and is working on her Italian! They have been welcoming guests for several years. One recent guest wrote - "We had a wonderful stay at Casa Terracotta - the cottage is really lovely and quite unique with every comfort you could wish for and the whole surrounding area is just beautiful. The rates are very reasonable and the owners are extremely friendly and welcoming and supply plenty of information in the cottage about the local and wider area. I would very highly recommend a stay here and will be making a return visit."
Within a five minute drive is the local shop, Post Office and two friendly bars, which also offer good meals. Within ten minutes you will find, in one direction a very good restaurant, and in the other a pizzeria.
The nearest town, 11 km away, is picturesque Bedonia, situated amongst some of the highest peaks in the Apennines, and 96 km west of the beautiful city of Parma. The stunning scenery has high peaks and passes, steep valleys, forests, tiny hillside villages, and hairpin bends taking you from one amazing view to the next.
The area offers opportunities for cycling, skiing, hiking, trout fishing, trail riding, horse riding and swimming, in the river Ceno or at the local swimming pools. It is perfect for photography, painting, bird watching and studying the diverse plant and wild life. Visitors can enjoy tours of the spectacular local castles, fortified towns and museums, and the excellent local produce in the informal and friendly restaurants. A really special treat might be a day being pampered at one of the nearby thermal spas.
Another guest wrote "This was a welcome break from the touristy bustle of Venice and Pisa, and a delightful taste of the charms of a real, unspoilt rural Italy. A wonderfully peaceful base for long walks over the hills and through the woods, looking for chestnuts and mushrooms and looking out for wild boar! Great food in a little restaurant a mile or two down the road, too. We very much hope to return soon."
The closest large town is Parma, home of the famous violets, cheese, Barilla pasta, and ham. Masanti is also a great base from which to discover Milan, Portofino, Cinque Terre, Chiavari, Sestri Levanti, Santa Margherita, Pisa, Bologna, Lucca, Prato, Florence, Genova, Venice, Verona, Mantova, Cremona and the stunning Italian Riviera.
There is a limited bus service which is more frequent between the larger towns, and a train station with InterCity links 30 minutes away.
Casa Terracotta is an ideal base for exploring the region if you are looking to purchase a new home in Italy. The area is relatively unknown to non-Italians and is therefore unspoilt and offers excellent value in a wide range of properties. Your hosts have good local knowledge and can help with the bureaucratic processes of house buying or renovation.
Tipus de propietat
Bedonia, Emília-Romanya, Itàlia