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Apennine mountain village, old stone buildings, garden & new pool - Giacomina

Ruth Hodkinson

Member since: 2009
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Speaks: english, french, italian
Bedrooms Studio
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Apennine mountain village, old stone buildings, garden & new pool - Giacomina

Bedrooms Studio
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


Grizzana Morandi Barn Rental Photos and Description

4 rental units, new pool, sun-terrace, mountain views, 10km to BO-FI motorway

Conveniently located 10km from the 'Rioveggio' exit of the A1 motorway, backbone to Italy, between Bologna and Florence, 6Stanco is situated at the beginning of the Apennine mountain range on the southern slope of Monte Stanco, with stunning mountain views towards Tuscany. Set in the intimate village of 'Stanco', 6Stanco is a group of stone buildings surrounding a courtyard, originally the main landowner's home, private chapel, barn and haywain, residence of their farm workers and harvesters. Refurbished in 2011, the converted chestnut-drying barn, Olimpia, is a three-bedroomed independant villa, beside the garden and the new 5x11m pool, completed in 2013. Giacomina and Giuseppina are the two mirror-image, studio flats on the raised ground floor of the converted (in 2008) haywain and cattle stalls, each with its own balconied entrance. Petronio is the two-bedroomed apartment at 2nd floor level, next to the main stone house, restored in 2006. We can accommodate groups of friends or extended families for unforgettable holidays! We live all year round in the main stone house; also a Bed & Breakfast with three double rooms available, restoration completed in 2007.

The lower level of the Hay barn is the 60sq.m Course Room; adjacent to the sun terrace. We offer English language courses in June and September, Ceramics if requested at time of booking and Painting Courses in September, Hatha Yoga courses run weekly, Reflexology, Shiatsu and Thai Massage, if requested at the time of your booking. There is Horse riding at our local Pegasus Riding Stables and trekking for seasoned riders. At 600m.a.s.l. no air-conditioning is necessary here and the mountain panorama is breathtaking.

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Details for Giacomina Studio, Sleeps 5, 1 Bathroom

Giacomina and Giuseppina are two romantic, self-catering, studio flats in the converted stone barn, with independent entrances to raised ground floor. Entrance, kitchenette & bathroom with window, under the sleeping gallery & on into the double-height living room with huge picture window which looks onto woodland and mountains beyond. Free-sat TV & DVD player. There is a double Sofa-Bed in the living space for use by a fourth and fifth person. Open-tread stairs up to the sleeping gallery above, which has a single bed and a large double bed that can be converted into two singles if desired. Ideal for a couple but will sleep a family of 5. The conversion, completed in August 2008, has internally retained the ancient wooden roof but fully insulated it. The original stone is visible internally in zones where insulation has not been added. Heating and hot water are provided by the 'sustainable energy' biomass boiler in the main house, but each dwelling has thermostatiic control.
  • Events Allowed
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Ruth Hodkinson (Owner)
Member since: 2009
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Speaks: english, french, italian
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About Ruth Hodkinson

We probably watched too many 'buy a ruin and do it up ' television programmes, but that's what we chose to do, left the big city and now we live all year-round in the community of this small mountain village.

Ruth, an architect by profession, was born and educated in London, UK. Andrea is Bolognese and is a Restaurant food company director. We have three children all in school, our daughters in Bologna and our son here in the Apennine mountains. We like good food, wine and travelling or at least planning and discussing the next trip!

Ruth Hodkinson purchased this barn in 2005

Why Ruth Hodkinson chose Grizzana Morandi

Beautiful, stylish, comfortable and well-equipped stone buildings. New, modern convenience but with architectural character so you can relax and enjoy yourselves. Situated in a safe, peaceful village with friendly locals and very helpful hosts next door! New swimming pool and plenty of space for al fresco dining, sun bathing or just reading a book in the garden. Only 12 minutes to the closest motorway exit which is between Bologna and Florence so very well-located for daytrips all over Emilia Romagna and Tuscany, even as far as Venice. The perfect combination of cultural visits to a variety of important Art Cities, or more low-key trips locally, by day, then coming back to your beautiful 6Stanco apartment each evening to cooler, balmier temperatures, after a sometimes stiflingly hot inner-city visit in mid-summer, with no need for air-con here, breath-taking sunsets across the Reno valley, less noise than the bustling towns and cities and easy parking! Unforgettably fantastic holidays!

What makes this barn unique

Our complimentary, weekly, summer dinners under the ancient vine in the company of the other interesting guests. Animated by master funster, Andrea. Relaxing in a private homestead and garden, not a huge impersonal complex, with the new pool in 2013. Our shared, inside- knowledge of the best places to visit in this relatively un-tourist-trodden area, plus what to avoid when you day-trip further afield. Regional cookery, yoga, painting, massage, horseriding and ceramics courses offered.

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Bedrooms Studio
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
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average rating of 4.909091 based on 11 reviews

August stay in 6Stanco

  • 5 of 5

This place is wonderful. The three of us had a split holiday here, spending four nights in the B and B (wonderful rooms, delicious al fresco breakfasts), then we spent a night in Rome, followed by three nights back at 6Stanco in Giacomina. We were made to feel so welcome, not just by Ruth and Andrea, but by the entire community. The facilities here are of a very high standard. There are wonderful restaurants nearby (Nel Castangeto serves delicious local cuisine and is run by the most delightful English speaking local lady). The weather was perfect - sunny and warm, but due to the altitude, not too hot. The new pool is perfect for families. We got lucky with our week of stay - it was the annual village "Fete" week and there were lots of additional things going on, but I'd recommend a visit there any time.

The hosts could not have been more accommodating and the setting is simply idylic.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway

Stunning setting and top quality accommodation.

  • 5 of 5

We were most impressed at the standard of 6 Stanco. The owner made us feel very welcome. The kids loved the pool and each evening was just lovely sitting out relaxing after our meal. If you are looking for a holiday of just relaxation in a picture postcard setting then look no further.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway

Wonderful stay

  • 5 of 5

My friend and I had a wonderful time in 6Stanco in June. Beautiful surroundings, a friendly village a litle bit down the hill, impeccable and comfortable accomodation and above all, very hospitable hosts. There's plenty to do in the surroundings, but the accomodation was also very convenient for those who favour lazy afternoons by the pool... A very agreeable and highly recommended experience!

  • Submitted: Nov 24, 2011
  • Stayed: Jun 2011
  • Source: HomeAway

One week in June ( a couple from Finland)

  • 5 of 5

The listing description was excellent !

And the property was were clean, and it was in very good condition.

We was very satisfied with all help and information about the place and sourrandings that Ruth gave us.

The place 6 Stanco/no problem , was a lovely place that we for shore can recommend if you are looking for a quiet and peacefull holliday.

The small Trattorios in the naighbordhud served very good italianfood!

We injoid every day in Grizzana Morandi

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2011
  • Stayed: Jun 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Eindhoven, Noord-Brabant

6Stanco: convenient, stylish and very welcoming

  • 5 of 5

We (Dutch family, 1 child) had a wonderful time @6Stanco end of july 2011. The Giuseppina apartment is very clean and well furnished. Enough space for a small family (we even had 2 extra lodgers on our last night on the upper sleeping gallery). New and luxury sanitary facilities. The sleeping sofa in the living room functions extremely well both as sofa AND as bed. The owners Ruth and Andrea have create a very welcoming atmosphere and are very helpful. The joint dinner on Thursday evening was very enjoyable.

Grizzana Morandi is a nice small village and a good operating base for trips to Bologna, Ravenna + Adriatic coast and Tuscany. Lots of challenging climbs for cyclists in the direct surroundings.

We have enjoyed our stay in Grizzana Morandi !

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2011
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Sydney Australia

Relaxing Week in the Appenines

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I both agree that we have never felt more at home anywhere in the world! The apartments are stunning the people are the friendliest you could ever hope for and the region is absolutely stunning.

If you are looking for somewhere to feel close to friends and enjoy the less tourist trodden aspect of Italy then head to 6 Stanoc!

We'll be back!

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2010
  • Stayed: Sep 2010
  • Source: HomeAway


Nearest Airport
45 Kilometres
Bologna - Guglielmo Marconi
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Bar Pina, Grizzana
Nearest Ferry
190 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
25 Kilometres
Molino del Pero, Monzuno
Nearest Train
6 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Rioveggio on A1 motorway
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Nel Castagneto and La Prada at edge of the village
Nearest Ski
40 Kilometres
Corno alle Scale
Nearest Beach
150 Kilometres
Car: necessary

The village of Stanco, GPS coordinates: n44d 14,790; e11d 08,200: is at an altitude of 600m and lies on the southern slope of Monte Stanco, offering wonderful panoramic views towards Tuscany and spectacular terrain for hiking or cycling. Only a ten minute walk away is the pretty medieval village of Stanco di Sotto, followed by the Pegasus Riding stables which offers great pony-treks. The town of Grizzana is on the boundary of the Regional Historical Park of Monte Sole, also home to wild boar, red deer, fallow deer & hare. There are specific Hunting seasons.

The museum-house of the painter, Giorgio Morandi, exhibiting some paintings in his summer studio, is at the ‘Fienili del Campiaro’ on the outskirts of Grizzana. Grizzana boasts Carlotta's Ice-cream parlour, restaurant 'Il Crinale' and Trattoria at Bar Pina for lunch.

Immediately to the south of Stanco are Montovolo & Monte Vigese in the Provincial Park of Montovolo. One passes Monteacuto Ragazza where Etruscan bronze statuettes were recovered and then the intact, medieval village of Scola with ancient Cypress tree, en route to the Church Sanctuary at the top of Montovolo. Beyond lies the Regional Park of Lakes Suviana and Brasimone, good for picnics and splashing around, then the Regional Park of Corno alle Scale. Good 'outlet shopping' three exits south on the A1 motorway at Barberino di Mugello, in Tuscany.

Other Activities: Montepizzo adventure park - climbing-ropes-pulley agility course up in the trees. Vidiciatico leisure pool with beautiful view. Guglielmo Marconi laboratory & museum

Golf: 'Molino del Pero' 18- hole Golf Course at Monzuno, approximately 25km from 6Stanco and about 35 minutes by car.

Ski: 'Corno alle scale' ski resort lies just above Vidiciatico, in the Bologna area, deeper into the Apennine range. It takes almost an hour to reach by car from 6stanco but is a beautiful journey with postcard views. You can buy day passes at the booths on the slopes and rent equipment too.

Marzabotto: 30mins drive to Misa, the Etruscan site, now with small intimate museum of Etruscan and Greek artefacts and temple ruins on the acropolis and tombs in the necropolis.

Riola di Vergato. Sole Architectural work in Italy of Alvar Aalto's Church. Modern but spiritual. The Rocchetta Mattei; 19th century castle / Neo-Medieval folly with references to the Alhambra plus some Russian minarets thrown in, on the original site of a medieval defence tower.

Labante: Spring water and waterfall which has over time deposited an amazing rock formation and grottoes

Local towns worth visiting: Castiglione dei Pepoli, Porretta Terme and Castel di Casio. Alot of the architectural heritage of Vergato and Sasso Marconi was lost during the second World War.


Rates & Availability

From €59 Per night

Grizzana Morandi Barn Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Mar 21 2015 - Jun 19 2015
3 night minimum stay
Jun 20 2015 - Sep 4 2015
7 night minimum stay
Sep 5 2015 - Dec 18 2015
3 night minimum stay
Jan 9 2016 - Mar 18 2016
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Optional final cleaning €30.00
Tax Rate 10.0%
Notes IMPORTANT: Rental rates are for use of the apartment by TWO people on the sleeping gallery. €70 supplement per extra person up to full capacity of FIVE will be added to the weekly/part weekly rate. €100 weekly supplement per extra person in the summer. The 25% deposit is NON-REFUNDABLE. Utilities and use of facilities are included in the rates. Contact for quotes.

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Grizzana Morandi Barn Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • barn (semi-detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 42 m²
  • 2 stories
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • ISDN Access
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • 2 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet
  • Studio, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Three sleeping spaces up on the gallery, Either as a large double bed and a single bed, or else three single beds. There is also a double sofa-bed down in the main living space.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • 5 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting small game
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • swimming
  • tennis
Includes free use of the outdoor pool (open May-September), sun terrace and exterior shower. Barn guests have their own dining table and chairs for eating al fresco on terraces near the pool. There is a trampoline near the pool in the garden. Children using 6Stanco facilities must be accompanied at all times. The garden leads down to woodland, with pathway, pine forest, football area with goal posts and recently planted Olive Grove; open for exploration by all our guests. There is a private consecrated chapel, open on request. We can organise Painting, Ceramics and English Language courses at 6Stanco to coincide with your visit or personal foot reflexology, shiatsu or massages. Hatha Yoga sessions run on thursday mornings and friday evenings all year round. Over the summer we organise weekly buffet/ pizza evenings to meet all our guests. In the summer months the Course Room is available, unless already in use by our organised activities.

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