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Charming Three-Bed Stone House With Mountain and River Views

Bedrooms 3
Space 968 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Outstanding mountain and river views from this comfortable family home

'Casa Vigneto' is a traditional, rustic stone house that is ideal for families or groups of friends. It can be rented as a stand-alone property or in conjunction with L'Antico Palazzo, a large stone house that sleeps up to 10, and/or 'La Stalla', a barn conversion that sleeps two people, both of which are situated just a couple of minutes' walk away. A shared outdoor swimming pool is located next to 'La Stalla', a 1-2 min walk from 'Casa Vigneto', across a small vineyard and up some steps.

'Casa Vigneto' has truly magnificent views of the Appennini mountains and the river Dolo, and is situated in Villa Bonicelli, a picturesque and peaceful hamlet in the beautiful Emilia-Romagnan countryside. It sleeps up to seven people (there are three bedrooms, plus a day bed with comfortable single mattress in the upstairs sitting room). The house is set back from the road, with a garden, shared with one other property, to the front. Guests have use of an outdoor table with chairs, sun loungers and a barbecue.

The property is furnished with many antique one-off pieces, making it a quirky and original holiday home in which to base yourselves while exploring this stunning and little-known area of Italy. On the ground floor is a large open-plan kitchen/diner with wood-burning stove, exposed stonework and an unusual vaulted ceiling. The dining table seats six, and there is also a comfortable seating area with TV and DVD library. Also on the ground floor is a double bedroom (again with vaulted ceiling) and shower room (loo, basin, shower cubicle).

Upstairs, taking full advantage of the beautiful views, there is a large sitting room that opens onto a spacious south-facing covered balcony overlooking a small orchard, a vineyard and the Appennini mountains – a wonderful setting for your al fresco meals! The sitting room itself has an attractive original terracotta floor and a small wood-burning stove and is stylishly furnished. Also on the first floor is a second shower room and two further bedrooms: a comfortable twin room and a double room with doors opening onto a second, east-facing balcony. All three bedrooms have windows with a view of the river Dolo and the mountains.

More Details

Property Manager
Polly Fox, Property Manager
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, french, italian
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 16, 2018

Guestbook comments from the manager

As a group of 8, we combined la Stalla and casa vigneto. We loved the environment, the river, the pool and the local restaurants. The houses were perfect: more than enough household appliances, we also had a nice welcome.
Jul 2017
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Bonzeto House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 968 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , This shower room is on the ground floor.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , bidet , This shower room is on the first floor.
  • The first-floor bathroom also has a washing machine.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , This bedroom is on the ground floor.
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , This first-floor bedroom has an east-facing balcony.
  • The first double bedroom is located on the ground floor and has an attractive vaulted ceiling. There is also a shower room on the ground floor. Upstairs, there are two further bedrooms: a twin room and a double room with west-facing balcony. All three bedrooms have views of the river Dolo and the mountains. It is possible to accommodate an extra person on the comfortable day bed that is situated in the first-floor sitting room.
  • Books ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Our property manager will be there to welcome you on your arrival and to answer any questions you might have about the house and the area. You will also be provided with a comprehensive guide to the area before you arrive, so that you can plan any day trips etc you might wish to make. If you would like any help putting together a customised itinerary that will make the most of your stay, don't hesitate to contact us.


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Charming Three-Bed Stone House With Mountain and River Views
average rating of 4.142857 based on 11 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Wonderful property, extremely comfortable. Excellent welcome - Richard took us to see Parmesan being made in the local dairy - very interesting.

The pool was lovely, we were in it every day and enjoyed swimming in local rivers and waterfalls.

This property is very off the beaten track so although we found plenty to amuse ourselves with, if you want to visit lots of cities etc this probably isn't for you.

Would definitely recommend for an active (or totally inactive) family holiday!

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful Pool

  • 4 of 5

A truly wonderful location! We had such a fantastic time swimming in the lovely pool with its splendid view of the mountains. The walk from the house to the pool itself is not far at all and it we really enjoyed the fact that this property is nestled amongst lovely (and very friendly) Italian neighbours!

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful Rural Retreat

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay in Casa Vigneto! The house contained everything we needed and the pool area was ideal. Although it is in quite a rural location, there is loads to do nearby. Polly has also but together an excellent guide book in the house containing lots of suggestions of where to go! This was brilliant:)

Hikes in the area are lovely and there are plenty of nice restaurants. The highlight of our stay was the cooking course with Gabriella (Polly can organise this for you). We learnt LOADS and could not have squeezed in another bite. She also gave us plenty of local wines and Lambrusco to try out.

All in all, a great stay!

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2014
  • Stayed: July 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Delightful Rural Retreat

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our recent stay in this well equipped property. In contrast to other areas of Italy, we were the only tourists in the area!

We found the house very clean and as it had been described on the website. The property manager was extremely helpful in answering all our questions and in booking a 1 day cooking class for us with Gabriella at the nearby Al Ciocco. Gabriella is an incredibly friendly and generous host who, after spending most of the day cooking with us, took us to a nearby parmesan maker after we expressed interest in learning about the cheese making process.

The swimming pool is a short walk through the vines and was well used during our stay, particularly by the children The neighbouring residents, when we saw them, were extremely friendly and welcoming.

Within day trip access to Bologna, Modena & Parma.

Highly recommend for a rural foodie Italian holiday.

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2014
  • Stayed: June 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful rustic home ideal for a peaceful holiday

  • 5 of 5

Even though it is very rural, the instructions were clear on how to get there - a pretty easy drive from Bologna.

The property was very clean and a great welcome basket with basic provisions was available on arrival. Had great service throughout my stay and would definitely recommend.

If you are looking for a quiet holiday in a part of Italy which is not full of tourists, this is the place for you. Everyone in the local restaurants and villages were incredibly friendly and we enjoyed kicking about the property sunbathing, reading, walking in the surrounding area or visiting local villages.

Oh and the food was amazing too. We did a half day cookery course which was a highlight for me. We also went to Modena for the day which was lovely but just make sure you don't arrive during the lunch period as nowhere will be open!

If I were you, I'd go before others discover this charming part of Italy...

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2013
  • Stayed: July 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Unter aller Sau...

  • 1 of 5

Hallo. Wir hatten uns auf einen sehr schönen Urlaub in der Toskana gefreut. Ein Stern für dieses Objekt ist noch zu viel. Angefangen von dreckigen Pfannen und Töpfen und einen dreckigen Gasherd. Ging es weiter mit stinkigen Nachtschränken und nassen verschimmelten Wänden. Der Pool wurde nie gereinigt. Auch wenn das behauptet wurde. Für ca. 12 Personen auf drei Häuser verteilt gab es vier Liegen. Toilettenbürsten und Ablagemöglichkeiten in den Bädern.... Fehlanzeige. Internet nie bekommen. War wahrscheinlich verloren gegangen. Schimmel in den Bädern. ja. Lustlos herum geputzt. Elektroanschlüsse bzw. Steckdose hängen aus der Wand. Fliesen locker. In den oberen Zimmern alte stinkige Teppiche über kaputte Fliesen gelegt. Alles abgewohnt.. Ich habe schon viele rustikale Häuser über Fewo in anderen Ländern gebucht...aber das geht garnicht. Deshalb haben wir den Urlaub abgebrochen. Schade. Die Landschaft ist sehr schön...

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wir möchten künftige Reisende darauf hinweisen, dass wir bisher nur positive Reaktionen auf den Aufenthalt in unserem Haus bekommen haben. Darüber hinaus hat sich noch nie jemand über die Sauberkeit im Haus beschwert. Leider war unser Haus einfach nicht das richtige für diesen Gast. Er scheint weder die Beschreibung des Objekts gelesen noch sich über die Gegend informiert zu haben, was darin deutlich wird, dass er glaubte Urlaub in der Toskana und nicht in Emilia Romagna zu machen. Und das obwohl wir den Link zur Webseite und umfangreiche Informationen über die Gegend geschickt hatten. Die ursprünglichen Beschwerden bezogen sich a) auf den Ort und die Größe des Pools b) darauf, dass der Pool mit anderen Gästen geteilt wurde c) darauf, dass das Haus eine Doppelhaushälfte ist, und d) auf die Tatsache, dass der Gast bei seiner Ankunft nicht empfangen wurde. Als wir ihn darauf hinwiesen, dass die Beschreibung des Objektes all diese Informationen enthielt und er nicht empfangen wurde, weil er den Anreisehinweisen nicht gefolgt war, fand er neue Einwände. Das Haus ist ein altes Landhaus - die Werbung ist ehrlich und der Preis angemessen. Das Listing enthält das Maximum an erlaubten Bildern, um den Interessenten einen möglichst genauen Eindruck von dem Haus zu vermitteln. Der Pool wurde während des Aufenthaltes dieses Gastes zweimal gereinigt - natürlich versuchen wir diese Aufgabe zu erledigen, wenn keine Gäste anwesend sind, um unnötige Störungen zu vermeiden. Wir haben uns sehr große Mühe gegeben den Wünschen des Gastes während seines Aufenthaltes entgegenzukommen: Wir trafen uns mit ihm, sobald er seine Unzufriedenheit mitgeteilt hatte, und baten ihn seine Beschwerden aufzulisten. Als aber der Hausmanager am darauffolgenden Tag zur verabredeten Zeit kam, war keine solche Liste vorhanden. Wir haben als Zeichen besten Willens unser Einverständnis gegeben, den Gästen das Geld für die Tage zurückzuzahlen, die sie nicht im Haus verbracht hatten, obwohl wir nach ihrem Auszug noch mit aggressiven Nachrichten belästigt wurden.
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Nearest Airport
95 Kilometres
Bologna, Parma
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
42 Kilometres
San Valentino Golf Club, Castellarano
Nearest Train
62 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
67 Kilometres
A1 motorway
Nearest Restaurant
6 Kilometres
Several within
Nearest Ski
55 Kilometres
Cerreto Laghi, Sestola, Abetone
Nearest Beach
110 Kilometres
La Spezia
Car: necessary

In the immediate vicinity the river Dolo, which is in places deep enough to bathe, is on your doorstep and there are some spectacular walks that can be enjoyed directly from your front door. There's also a wealth of wildlife to observe – sharp-eyed guests might spot woodpeckers in the forest, deer in the fields and birds of prey circling over the mountains.

This area is extremely popular with walkers, cyclists and bikers thanks to the stunning mountainous scenery. There are marked walking routes that can be picked up from Villa Bonicelli, from the river or from the nearby hamlet of Castagnola, including one that takes you across a rope bridge (see photo). There is also an excellent Via Ferrata that enables less experienced climbers to access some of the more dramatic routes usually only accessible to the expert mountaineer! About 30 min away is the Pietra di Bismantova, a magnificent sandstone plateau over 1,000m high. It is a climbers' paradise, with about fifty routes and climbing variants. Guided treks, half-day climbing lessons etc at Bismantova can be arranged – please contact us for more information. The Parco del Gigante, one of the largest parks in Emilia, is great for walking and horse riding.

The area has many restaurants and pizzerias that offer great value for money, including one approx 10 mins' drive away in Farneta. It is a friendly family-run restaurant with a lovely terrace on which to enjoy your meal. We have a partnership with this restaurant and can offer tailor-made cooking courses there on request (advance booking essential). It's a fantastic experience that comes highly recommended - our guests have said that it was a highlight of their holiday. For an alternative foodie experience, look no further than our local Parmesan producer in Quara to learn all about - and taste - the best Parmesan around! Get there early for a tour of the dairy and to see the artisans at work.

Throughout summer and autumn there are 'feste' being held most weekends in one or other of the local villages, with the focus of the celebrations ranging from wine and beer to chestnuts, mushrooms and truffles, not to mention various obscure saints!

The nearby town of Toano (approx 7km) has a good selection of bars, pizzerie, shops etc and is also home to one of the best preserved Roman churches in the Appenines. It also has a lovely outdoor swimming pool, which is open during the school holidays (early June to early September, see pic).

Emilia Romagna is one of Italy's most prosperous regions and is famed for its culinary delights, making it an ideal destination for food lovers. Among other things, it is home to fresh pasta (tortellini, tortelloni...), ragù sauce, Parma ham, Parmesan cheese and traditional balsamic vinegar as well as Lambrusco, which is a light and very drinkable sparkling red.

'Casa Vigneto' is very well placed for a day trip to any of the four main cities in Emilia Romagna, all of which are worth a visit. The ancient Roman town of Reggio Emilia is 50km away. Modena (60km) is a thriving city whose Duomo is considered one of the greatest examples of European Romanesque architecture and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Parma, one of the most affluent towns in Italy, is 70km away. Bologna, the region's capital city, is a real delight, with its characteristic red-brick buildings and its over 40km of covered porticos (useful in bad weather). It is also home to the oldest university in Europe, founded in 1088, earning it one of its nicknames, La Dotta (The Learned). Also known as La Grassa (The Fat), Bologna takes its food very seriously; in fact, it is considered by many to be the food capital of Italy.

This area is a car and motorbike enthusiast's dream come true - Lamborghini (Dosso, nr Ferrara), Ferrari (Maranello), Maserati and Ducati (near Bologna) all have their factories and museums in the region.

For day-trips slightly further afield, a day at the seaside can be enjoyed at La Spezia or Lerici, both about two hours away – and don't miss the Cinque Terre, five beautiful cliff-top villages dotted along the rugged Ligurian coastline that can only be reached by foot or by train. They're charming and surprisingly unspoilt, thanks to their UNESCO status. Alternatively, head to the Adriatic coast to the legendary resort of Rimini, with its 15km of sandy beaches (2.5hrs approx).

For those looking for a winter break, there are several excellent ski resorts – Cerreto Laghi, Cimone/Sestola and Abetone – that can be reached from Villa Bonicelli in little over an hour, depending of course on driving conditions. Contact us for more details.

Golf: There are several good golf courses within an hour's drive of the house, including the 18-hole San Valentino Golf Club in Castellarano (approx 45 min), which is surrounded by over 130 hectares of woodland and green pastures and boasts 4 lakes; and the Matilde di Canossa golf club near the town of Reggio Emilia.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $329.34

We request a fully refundable damage deposit of €300, to be paid in cash on arrival at the property. Bookings during peak season are usually Sat-Sat but other arrival dates will be accommodated where possible.
Our property manager will be there to welcome you on your arrival to help you get the most out of your stay. There is also a comprehensive guide to the area at

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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