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

Ruth Hodkinson

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

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

Bedrooms 3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Grizzana Morandi Villa 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 Olimpia 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, 2 Bathrooms

Olimpia is a detached, three-bedroomed, stone villa beside the garden, renovated in 2011. Entrance to fully equipped modern kitchen-dining room, double-height living room with free-sat TV & DVD player, double bedroom, bathroom with shower over bath-tub and lobby downstairs, two further double bedrooms and shower room on the first floor. The ground floor bedroom has a large double bed and french windows onto the courtyard. One upstairs bedoom has two single beds and large picture window onto the courtyard. The other upstairs bedroom with large 4-poster double bed, has a magnificent view west, over woodland, the valley and mountains beyond. French windows from the living room lead to the private patio with outside dining area. Two interior walls have been left as exposed stone whereas the external stone walls have been insulated and plastered inside. There are antique timber beam and planked ceilings in the bedrooms and kitchen and a new wooden roof over the double-height, living area.
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
Ruth Hodkinson (Owner)
Member since: 2009
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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 villa 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 villa 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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We have lived from the 15.06 to the 19.06 with you and we have visited

Dieter with his family in Olimpia. It was a wonderful time for us and your porcetta

party was dreamlike. When we had to depart, the earthquakes started in the region around

Ferrara. I hope you have felt nothing of it and no damages have originated

with you.

Many thanks to you again for the wonderful time with you. We come again


quite dear greeting

Ursula and Uwe from Germany
Jun 2012
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average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews

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  • 5 of 5

We found Olimpia clean and well maintained, it's new and done to a high standard. They're all very friendly and helpful. You'll need a car. The nearest town, Vergato is good for groceries, very good groceries. It's well situated, you can see the motorway in the valley with Bologna to the north and Florence to the south. We made day trips as far as Verona, Siena and Pisa and Carrara and a lot in between. We ate in a local restaraunt, a place that translates to 'The Chestnuts' I believe, it was quiet and the food was very good. Everywhere, the food is of a high standard. There was four of us, my wife and 3 year old son and my father and my brother rode in by motorcycle for a couple of days and we all ate figs out of the garden.

We'd all recommend Olimpia to anyone.

  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2010
  • Stayed: Sep 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Bristol, England

An excellent

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week staying a 6 Stanco in late May 2009

We had an excellent time and after just a few days back at home we are already keen to make plans to go back.

We had a really peaceful and relaxing time. 6 Stanco is in a beautiful mountain setting, and has spectacular views and sunsets.

The apartment (Olimpia) was stylish, comfortable and well equipped. The other apartments are equally as good. Some real thought and effort has gone in to their design and conversion.

The property was very clean, well maintained and the owner (Ruth) worked very hard to make sure we had all we needed to make us feel at home.

The description of the accommodation provided was accurate.

Ruth and her family were very welcoming and my children were very sad to leave their new found friends at the end of the week. We are really missing being there.

My children enjoyed exploring the garden and loved the trampoline and pool (which Ruth kindly opened up early for us).

I am very keen to visit again and would strongly recommend this for a holiday rental.

The nearby village and restaurant are good and very welcoming; by the end of our stay we were starting to fell like part of the community.

The apartment was also an excellent base for exploring Emilia Romagna:

Modena and Maranello make an excellent day trips. Porretta Terme is nearby and good for shopping and restaurants.

The surrounding countryside would also me great for mountain biking.

The trip to/from Bologna airport can be done in 45 minutes (given a good SatNav or map reader)

This holiday gave us a great relaxing break, a taste of Italian life, with the added bonus of a chance to make some easy and very interesting day trips.

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2009
  • Stayed: May 2009
  • 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 €764 Per week

Grizzana Morandi Villa Rental Rates

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

Additional information about rental rates

Optional final cleaning €60
Tax Rate 10.0%
Notes IMPORTANT: The advertised rental rate is for use of the villa by up to 6 people and includes utility bills and use of our facilities. 25% of the total tariff is required as a non-refundable deposit to secure your booking. Your balance is then to be settled on arrival. Saturday is the changeover day. Contact for holiday quotes of more than a week.

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Grizzana Morandi Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 105 m²
  • 2 stories
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • ISDN Access
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • Luxury bathroom fixtures and ceramic tiling. Easily openable Velux rooflight to first floor shower-room, for natural light and good ventilation. Window with obscured glass to ground floor bathroom, for natural light and good ventilation but people outside can't see in.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • All have large picture windows; At ground floor the full-height glazing also serves as optional entrance door. Upstairs these full-length windows open to Juliet balconies - enough to lean on the balustrades but not large enough balconies to sit on. All have antique timber beam and plank ceilings and one exposed stone wall, the others are plastered. Floor tiles throughout. Combination of stylish modern furniture and antique wooden furniture with character. Either black-out curtains or a shutter.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome ...
  • limited accessibility ...
  • non smoking only ...
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 6Stanco outdoor pool (open May - September), sun terrace and exterior shower beside the main sun terrace. There is a trampoline in the garden. Children must be accompanied at all times. The garden leads down to our woodland, with pathway, pine forest, football area and recently planted Olive Grove which are open to all our guests. There is a private consecrated chapel at 6Stanco, open on request. We organise Painting courses in september, Ceramics and English Language courses in June and September, personal foot reflexology, shiatsu or massage at 6Stanco if requested when booking. Hatha Yoga courses run thurs morn and fri eve all year round. We organise weekly buffet/ pizza evenings under the grapevine, to meet all our guests. In the summer months the 60 sq.m. Course Room will be available to our guests unless already in use by our organised activities.

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