3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, sleeps up to 9 plus cot
- english, french, italian, greek
I lived in Emilia Romagna after leaving school and then again while studying Italian at university. I have 3 children who love the house and the surrounding woods. There are fairies there, as they will tell you!
Candida purchased this Cottage in 2002
Why Candida chose Granaglione
I have travelled every region of Italy but always come back to Emilia Romagna for its wonderful food, warm and welcoming people, history and lack of tourists. For me it is the epitome of everything I love about Italy. This house is in a small village where the partisans hid out. The views are stunning, the night skies are filled with stars and the screeching of owls and a stay there is pure medicine for the soul.
What makes this Cottage unique
utter peace and quiet. Not a tourist in sight. Excellent wild swimming in nearby lakes, rivers and waterfalls, fantastic foraging opportunities, tree house!
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Absolutely delightful. This is the second time we've been, returning this year with more people, including 10-and 12-year-olds who were in heaven, able to clamber freely through the woods. Whenever I'm stressed now I imagine myself back on the terrace listening to the sound of the breeze in the treetops.
The fact that the railway line is almost back in full working order is a big plus.
It's so lovely to know that our special place is special for other families too and we look forward to welcoming you all back again soon.
Lets cut to the chase. Truly beautiful staying in the mountains with autum colours draped over the landscape. Candida's house fits beautifuly into the landscape. The house itself isnt fancy, nevertheless, it is wonderful. It has all that you need and more: open fire, internet and views. The instuctions regarding the house are comprehensive and Candida has thought of everything, its all there. The house is near a mountain top and on our first night staying there we had a wonderful display of thunder and lightening, all very frightening, truly memorable. The only downside was my inability to cope with driving up the mountains with hairpin bends and Italian drivers! But I got used to it. The people in this area of Italy are truly friendly and helpful The nearby restaurants, 20 minutes a way or so, provide Italian localy sourced food. Candida will give you the names of the restaurants I recomend, she knows whats' what. Bring some good books to read and stought walking boots, enjoy the peace and quiet and the landscape, you will have a wonderful time.
David and Simone
Thanks for your review, David. I am of course happy to provide guests with a very comprehensive list of local eateries and they are indeed superb and inexpensive. The tip is to only eat where locals do! And thank you for making a return booking for next year!
Welcoming and peaceful
We had a fantastic time here - eating dinner in the garden under the stars, wandering around the pretty little village, learning about the rich partisan history of the area from locals in the know. The owners gave us a detailed description of the route and it wasn't hard to find. The property was clean and well-maintained. The house feels cosy and welcoming and the views are gorgeous (and there’s an amazing new treehouse in the garden). There's a beautiful man-made lake a 20-minute drive away – perfect for a day out with the kids. Some excellent local restaurants are also easily accessible by car. Not to mention the fabulous local produce and the thermal baths found in nearby Porretta di Terme. The charming medieval town of Lucca is a 30-min drive across the Tuscan border. If you're looking for a tranquil hideaway far from the madd(en)ing crowds, Casa Castagna is for you. We had never been to this region before but will definitely be back. I feel very grateful to the owner for showing us the unique corner of Italy.
I'm so glad those who stay at Casa Castagna are so positive about the house. it is our second home and we love it too! The tree house is almost finished (just needs a ladder) and then the kids will have even more reason to explore the woods, leaving the grown-ups to enjoy the views..
Bello, bello, bello!
Torniamo ogni anno, più o meno per una settimana, in questa casetta che sembra uscire direttamente dal mondo delle fiabe. Il borgo è bellissimo, caratteristico, con tutte queste abitazioni in pietra e un panorama da spezzare il fiato. La casa è accogliente, non così grande ma ha tutto quello di cui si può aver bisogno: tre camere, un bagno, una cucina, un salottino ed un bagno ed è veramente tenuta benissimo...è riuscita subito a conquistarci e ogni anno ci torniamo con gioia!
Il posto è perfetto per rilassarsi, passare un po' di giorni "fuori dal mondo", senza traffico, senza confusione... ed è adatto a tutti: per una settimana tra amici o in famiglia!
La signora che gestisce la casa, Candida è veramente gentile e disponibile e offre tutte le informazioni cui si può aver bisogno!
Raccomandato altamente, noi già non vediamo l'ora di tornarci.. e ormai manca poco!
Silvia and her group of friends visit every new year and have done so for years. I offer a 10% discount for returning guests. It's wonderful to know that Italians find the house an enchanting as us foreigners!
Nice and wild
Old charming house in a small idyllic village with very nice people in the middle of the mountains. Have enjoyed our stay with kids and dogs very much! Especially recommendable for hikers and nature lovers: lots of fauna around - we have seen snakes, scorpions, deer, pheasant, weasel, fat dormouse and many porcupine dens.
Thank you for your lovely review, Christian. The neighbours contacted me after you left to say what a pleasure it was to have you as guests in the village and they hope you'll come again. I've never seen a weasel, but we are regularly visited by badgers and eagles!
Perfect for visiting Tuscany or Emilia, the house is in a quiet mountain hamlet on the Emilia/Tuscany border, 1hr or less from Florence, Bologna, Lucca and Pisa. The house is surrounded by a large private woodland and is ideal for adventurous people who want to walk, explore, build log fires in the evening and hear very little other than bird song, woodpeckers, owls and the odd wild boar. It is an ideal location for mountain walking and for wild swimming in lakes, streams, rivers and numerous waterfalls. The woods have many attractions including a tree house with a view and an abandoned village. Great for adventurous children! It is perfect for foragers on the hunt for porcini and chestnuts or for flora and fauna enthusiasts. The stars at night are brilliantly bright.
The nearest airports are Florence, Bologna and Pisa, all roughly 1hr away, (Bologna Forli 2hrs). The quiet spa town of Porretta Terme, with restaurants bars and a health complex, is 20 mins away. Less than 5kms from the house are local shops, a train station and several pretty Tuscan villages with banks, small hotels, restaurants, bars etc. It is a comfortable family home and not for those looking for hotel-standard luxury. The 1km road to the house from the main road up the mountain is steep.
Other Activities: Health and beauty centre at spa town Porretta Terme, large lake with beaches, cafes, pedalos and boat hire, excellent local restaurants, sightseeing and skiing (winter only!)