|Minimum Stay||4 - 7 nights|
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 owners live on site and will help introduce you to all the local places of interest.
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 constantly. We live a relaxed country life with our dog and cat, 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 more than a meter of snow at a time, 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
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.
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.
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.
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!
We had an extremely pleasant stay in Casa Brown in july with our 4 kids (from age 8 to 17).
We enjoyed the surrounding nature, the pool, the walks (and a single run. HOT!!) and the small villages nearby as well as the extraordinary hospitality of Stephen and Caroline, who introduced us to the local sights, culture and restaurants.
The apartment is very spacious and tastefully decorated with great care for the original house. It had everything we needed (including wifi).
We took a day trip through the mountains all the way to Lucca and Pisa. A three hour drive with spectacular views.
We also took a trip to a local market in Pavullo (dont miss the icecream in K2) - very recommendable.
It seems that very few tourists have found their way to this area of Italy - making it perfect for anyone who prefers the quiet, authentic lifestyle of rural Italy.
All in all a very very nice stay and we plan to come back to explore the area more.
Spent a very relaxing week at Casa Brown and we will definitely be returning. The apartment is in a stunning location with views all around and the new pool could not be in a better setting. Caroline and Stephen were excellent hosts and had thought of everything to ensure our stay was comfortable. The apartment had everything we needed, with plenty of space and homely touches. We spent our days relaxing by the pool and exploring the local area and very much look forward to a return visit.
My family and I stayed at Casa Brown for a week in July. It was a truly wonderful and peaceful place. Caroline and Stephen couldn't have been better hosts. They did everything to make us feel welcome and even provided a tour of the local Parmesan cheese factory, where you can see how 'Parmegiano' is produced from start to finish as well as taste the various varieties. This was one of the highlights of our stay! Casa Brown is in a beautiful location, and the new swimming pool with its background of hills and valleys is the icing on the cake. The photos of the apartment and its surroundings don't do it justice. We can recommend this apartment to anyone who loves amazing views, enjoys hiking and wants to enjoy the Italian countryside and culture at its best.
We stayed at the Casa Brown apartment for a week in May 2014. Our stay was the final week of a tour of Switzerland and Northern Italy. We were looking for peace and relaxation in a rural italian environment and that was exactly what we found at Casa Brown. The apartment itself was newly decorated and furnished to a very high standard and it was all in pristine condition. The owners were very helpful and welcoming, suggesting several excellent restaurants, scenic walking routes, and other useful local information. It was a very convenient base for exploring the beautiful countryside of Emilia Romagna. I would definitely recommend a holiday at Casa Brown!
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.
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 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.