About the property
- Apartment376 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay1 - 4 nights
Apartment in Polinago, Emilia Romagna, Italy: Immerse yourself in quiet mountain life or absorb the beauty and culture of the area.
The apartment comprises the whole top floor of this large three storey country home and offers an opportunity to relax and enjoy the stunning views in every direction. The property has 11 acres of hilly grounds. The location is perfect for walkers, hikers, outdoor enthusiasts, writers, artists or those seeking a quiet retreat or peaceful rural break in the Appennines.
We provide all sheets, towels (bathroom and swimming) and kitchen linen.
10m x 4m swimming pool with sun terrace. Solar heated
The pool is open from May to September
The owners live on site and will help introduce you to all the local places of interest.
Stephen C Brown
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- within a few hours
- English, Italian, French, A little German
- Calendar last updated:
- May 16, 2018
About Stephen C Brown
In 2013 we made the momentous decision to move to Emilia Romagna. We found a house that fulfilled our requirements, the main one being beautiful views in every possible direction! Family and friends visit us here regularly. We live a relaxed country life with our dog and cats, and have relished the work involved in renovating this large house which had been empty for twenty years. We have been thrilled by the warm welcome of all the local people we have met, and are delighted to feel a part of the community in such a short space of time. My wife Caroline grew up in Northern Italy where she learned Italian before her family returned to England. The area appealed to us both for the setting and the climate. We have full-blown winters with lots of snow and summers where the temperatures often sit around the low 30s for weeks at a time. This is a lovely quiet environment, which is also close enough to cultural centres to fulfil a broad range of holiday requirements.
Stephen C Brown purchased this Apartment in 2012
Why Stephen C Brown chose Polinago
When you sit outside the house you hear absolutely nothing except the occasional bird of prey, working tractor or chainsaw. Very occasionally you hear classical music coming across the valley, and we think this may be the local farmer playing music to his cows which produce milk for Parmigiano Reggiano cheese! The peace and tranquility is the main reason we chose this location, as well as the chance to live a simple life without the influence of too much modern technology and noise. Our lives and diets have changed immeasurably simply by following the Italian way of using fruit and vegetables when they are in season, rather than buying everything all year round from the supermarkets.
What makes this Apartment unique
There is an impressive array of seasonal foods available in Emilia Romagna. You may want to try the Modena balsamic vinegar, the Parma ham or the Parmigiano Reggiano parmesan cheese, not to mention the range of wines also on our doorstep. This is a large and airy apartment only recently completed, and is easy to get to from Bologna airport (about 70 minutes). We supply a simple welcome pack of food and drink so that you don't have to rush out shopping the moment you get here.
Pool / Spa
Local Services & Businesses
Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
What a lovely apartment with gorgeous views
I cannot recommend this property enough, unless you hate mountain roads ! The apartment has everything you could reasonably ask for. The owners are attentive and genuine and have mastered the art of not appearing to be in your face whilst trying to look after you. The position of the property is simply stunning and definitely don't make assumptions from the drive from Bologna - which is rather flat and uninteresting. To wake to the views from the bedrooms every day was a true privilege and left me somewhat envious of Caroline and Stephen.
There is lots to do around particularly if you are a car nut or just relax around the pool, drink fine Italian wine and enjoy the rest.
A tranquil hilltop haven
We spent a glorious 8 days in Casa Brown. Stephen and Caroline could not have been more helpful. The views are stunning and we left refreshed and relaxed. We enjoyed several meals in local restaurants suggested by our hosts. Would highly recommend this as a base to explore the area or just to chill and get away from it all. The views from the pool are breathtaking.
Best hosts ever!
We heartily recommend a vacation at Casa Brown. Caroline and Stephen were warm, welcoming, helpful and generous. We arrived in a Fiat, 8 person van we unaffectionately labeled “the beast” which was surely too big for the narrow, wiggly roads. We comprised a group of 2 grandparents, 2 parents and 2 grandchildren and found ample space in the beautifully decorated apartment. The picture of the swimming pool on the website is beautiful, but magnify that view to all directions.
The apartment had 2 baths and 3 bedrooms with a large, stocked kitchen / living area, with a balcony. The weather in many of the places we visited was hot, so coming back to the house was a treat with the breezes cooling us. The apartment stayed cool with the terrific windows and shutters.
One of our daughters especially loved Winnie the dog, Ginger and Basil, the cats, and being able to go outside and pick fresh plums and figs. The pool was a plus for our grand -daughter and her mother. Photography opportunities were everywhere. We saw hares, lots of deer, and Winnie up on her hind legs checking out the deer. This is truly a lovely part of Italy.
We traveled to Venice, Verona, Florence, Pisa, Lucca, Abetone, local shopping, and took two nights away to visit Rome and Pompeii. We got a brief overview of the gems of Italy, and in retrospect would have spent far more time relaxing at Casa Brown. We had to return to the U.S. to get rested!
People everywhere were friendly and fun. We were only sorry we did’t have time for the local Parmesan cheese farm visit. The Parmesan cheese sample Caroline and Stephen gave us was delicious. Who knew you actually slice and eat it- not just use if for spaghetti!
We thank Caroline and Stephen for a wonderful family vacation and especially recommend Casa Brown for more relaxation than we took advantage of! Caroline and Stephen absolutely thought of everything one could want in a vacation getaway.
Wonderful Retreat in the Appenino Modenese
Our family spend an amazing two weeks in June at Casa Brown. The location is absolutely stunning and the accommodations are beautifully maintained, well equipped and very comfortable. Caroline and Stephen are generous hosts who ensured that our stay was unforgettable.
Casa Brown is in the midst of the beautiful Appenino Modenese but is also convenient to the historic cities of Modena and Bologna, which are very much worth visiting. We found the location great for hiking (the area has a well defined trail network) and for exploring the charming local villages, all in the absence of crowds. Of course, the food in the region is the best in Italy!
We highly recommend Casa Brown as a destination for those who want to experience the beauty of the Appenino Modenese in a wonderful setting in comfort and tranquility.
Immaculate apartment with stunning views and great hosts
We had a fantastic autumn week at 'Casa Brown'. Caroline and Stephen are extremely generous and friendly hosts, who are happy to give you plenty of tips for your stay - and some homemade culinary creations courtesy of Caroline's fabulous work with the fruits of the local land. (We think her limoncello outshines the version served at the local restaurants). She and Stephen are equally happy to let you do your own thing and enjoy a very comfortable place to stay. The apartment has everything you need, including breathtaking views of the appenine hills, with no sign of industry, or indeed anything other than rural beauty in every direction. Local towns and villages are all worth exploring - as are local bars, cafes and very reasonable trattorias. Further afield are the more urban delights of cities such as Modena and Bologna. Either way you'll get used to some windy roads: our advice is look at the scenery, wind down a window and stop regularly for coffee or gelato - and any car sickness is easily avoided. All-in-all a holiday to be whole-heartedly recommended - and that's before you consider the solar-heated swimming pool which, in late October, we only imagined rather than enjoyed.
An amazing holiday easily surpassing our expectations; great location, beautiful views & fab hosts.
Stephen and Caroline made us feel really welcome from the moment we arrived at Casa Brown. Everything you could ask for to ensure a relaxing and stressfree holiday was provided; including a comprehensuive welcome pack with beer and wine (just what we needed after our journey) and all the basics plus extras we could have wished for. There were towels for both indoor and outdoor use and adaptors,books, DVDs etc...even the hand soap in the bathroom was of a better quality than we would use at home!
Our whole family enjoyed the somewhat hilly walks in the beautiful countryside and we wished our dog had been with us. The views were tremendous and the guided tour of the immediate area that Stephen took us on was extremely interesting, even if we didn't manage to see all the potential views as the weather was hazy.
The pool area was brilliant and it was lovely to spend time relaxing as a family around the pool.
The meals we experienced in the surrounding area were great and the locals very friendly and helpful - especially as none of us speak any Italian.
Stephen took us on a tour of the parmesan factory which was really interesting and not to be missed and we ended up coming home with cheese that took us up to our weight limit in our luggage!
We would have loved to have spent longer at Casa Brown, but have all come home feeling very relaxed.
We would love to return in the future. Thank you for a wonderful stay Stephen and Caroline!
Coast/Beach: We are situated roughly midway between the Mediterranean and Adriatic coasts. The house is 720 meters above sea level. From Monte Cimone you can see the sea on both sides of Italy on a clear day. Travel: We are approximately 70 minutes from Bologna airport and car hire is essential so that you can explore the area. Collection from and delivery to the airport can be arranged by separate agreement. Distances: Nearest basic shop/bakery is approx 7 minutes away in the car. Small supermarket with all requirements is 15 minutes away by car. Larger supermarkets available in Pavullo (35 mins) and Sassuolo (35 mins). The city of Modena is just under an hour from here and Bologna is over an hour away. Both have a wide range of cultural and historical sights and places of interest to visit. Venice, Verona, Como, Milano and Firenze are all within approximately three hours of our house. Locally: Wonderful mountain pizzeria Taverna del Brutto (see Trip Advisor) is just ten mins away. Range of bars, banks, butcher, chemist, baker and small shops available in Polinago. Beautiful churches and shrines in all towns and villages. Parmesan cheese dairies are open for visits and we can arrange guided tours very locally.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Booking Notes: Reservations are reconfirmed upon receipt of a deposit (via bank transfer) equal to 25% of the rate for the entire stay. The remaining 75% of the rate is due a month before arrival. The keys of the apartment will be handed to you upon arrival. Changeover Day: Changeover day is Saturday but can be flexible dependent on flights and other bookings. Guests are expected the vacate the property by 10am on their last day so that cleaning can be undertaken for new arrivals. Notes on prices: Special offers are available from time to time. Please enquire at booking stage.