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

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 - Giuseppina

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 Giuseppina 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 woodlands and mountains beyond. Free-sat TV & DVD player with open stair to gallery. There is a double Sofa-Bed in the living space for use by a fourth & fifth person. The sleeping gallery above 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 biomass boiler in our main house, source of sustainable energy, but each dwelling has thermostatic 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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Calendar last updated:
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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
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Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
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frankfurt, germany

Beautiful summer holiday in 2009

  • 5 of 5

We spent two weeks in Guiseppina in August 2009. It has been a wonderful holiday. The location has more than lived up to our expectations. The appartment has been completely renovated recently and Ruth and Andrea have created a beautiful home that is perfect for 2-4 people. We stayed there with our two children (5 and 3 years of age). 6stanco has been ideal for our young boys. There is a large garden and a pool that is ideal for young children.

What has made our holidays really unforgettable, however, has been the warm and friendly atmosphere that both, Ruth and Andrea, create for their guests. They have invited us to join them for local festivals and common dinners.

6 stanco is an ideal place to visit nearby cities like Bologna and Firenze. We also took the chance to visit Ravenna and Ferrara. 6stanco is located in a pitoresque small village in the Appenine which is a marvellous place also to hike (which we did not try due to the children). The area is not touristic and you have the chance to get to know the local cuisine (our favourite has been a little restaurant in approx. 2 km distance).

6stanco seems also to be the right place for a short-time stop on your way to the south.

  • Submitted: Feb 19, 2010
  • Stayed: Aug 2009
  • Source: HomeAway

Very nice

  • 5 of 5

We stayed a week at 6 Stanco in July 2009 and had a fantastic time. The area is incredibly beautiful. Before we left, we thought that the Bolognese Apennines were mere hills, but I fact they turned out to be entirely respectable mountains.

The hosts, Ruth and Andrea (and their children) are extremely friendly, and altogether people in the area were enormously accommodating.

The apartment we lived in, Giuseppina, was neat, clean and cozy.

The two restaurants in the neighbourhood are both good - the nearest one is much localized and has no menus, but it turned out to be no problem.

Shopping opportunities are quite good. In the nearby village, Grizzana Morandi (about 4 km away) is a reasonably well-stocked shop and a bar, and in Vergato (around 17 km away) is a large Coop, which has more or less everything.

It is fairly easy to get to Bologna and Florence (it is greatly recommended to take the train that runs from Grizzana), but it is possible to get to the most cities in Emila Romanga and Tuscany in a relatively short time.

In short, we had a fantastic holiday, which both we and our children – aged 7 and 3 - enjoyed to the full, and we would very much like to com back some time.

  • Submitted: Dec 22, 2009
  • Stayed: Jul 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Abensberg, Germany

A wonderful stay in the Apennines

  • 5 of 5

For our visit to the Emilia Romagna we had two wishes: having a lovely apartment in the mountains near Bologna and to get to know the Italian way of life. Both wishes were more than fulfilled by our decision to stay in 6 Stanco.

For one week we were guests in the apartment Giuseppina which was very neat, comfortable, clean and equipped with all one needs. We stayed for one week. We arrived by plane in Bologna and took a rental car which is absolut necessary to explore the country side, do shopping for food or to catch the train for Bologna or Florence.

The area around Bologna is also called "La terra dei motori". You can visit the museums of Ducati, Lamborghini or Ferrari. It is also not far to the Adria (2h) and of course there are a lot of beautiful cities to visit (Modena, Imola,...). But Bologna itself is a must to visit of course. We could have easily spent a week more.

We had a perfect vacation and enjoyed a very relaxing time. The hosts Ruth and Andrea help you in every question you have and make you feel really welcome.

We would love to come back again.

Lea & Thomas

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2010
  • Stayed: Aug 2010
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from 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

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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
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • ISDN Access
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking ...
  • Shampoo
  • 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
  • The three sleeping spaces up on the sleeping gallery can be arranged as a double bed and a single for couples or families with one child, otherwise arranged as three single beds for up to three children, with parents sleeping in the double sofa-bed below 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 ...
  • 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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