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Casa Terracotta, Cosy Self-Catering Holiday Home

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1 bedroom
1 bathroom
2 guests
3 nights minimum
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Get off the tourist track and experience real VERY RURAL Italy at Casa Terracotta, a cosy self-catering holiday home in the peaceful mountain village of Masanti (810 slm). The village has just 24 residents, and nestles on the slopes of Monte Pelpi in the Ceno river valley, in the heart of the idyllic Apennines . Masanti has beautiful views, an abundance of wildlife, excellent walking, and a famous source of natural fresh mineral water which is bottled nearby. The stunning scenery has high peaks and passes, steep valleys, forests, tiny hillside villages, and hairpin bends taking you from one amazing view to the next. The property, a little farmhouse built in the 1800s, has recently been renovated. It has a small garden with table and chairs and exclusive off road parking. Accommodation i...Get off the tourist track and experience real VERY RURAL Italy at Casa Terracotta, a cosy self-catering holiday home in the peaceful mountain village of Masanti (810 slm). The village has just 24 residents, and nestles on the slopes of Monte Pelpi in the Ceno river valley, in the heart of the idyllic Apennines . Masanti has beautiful views, an abundance of wildlife, excellent walking, and a famous source of natural fresh mineral water which is bottled nearby. The stunning scenery has high peaks and passes, steep valleys, forests, tiny hillside villages, and hairpin bends taking you from one amazing view to the next. The property, a little farmhouse built in the 1800s, has recently been renovated. It has a small garden with table and chairs and exclusive off road parking. Accommodation is accessed by a flight of stone steps. A lobby leads to the double bedroom featuring a stone arch believed to have been built in the 1700s. The bathroom has a shower, toilet, sink, electric shaver point and heated towel rail. Stairs lead up to the second floor studio. The seating area has coffee tables, comfy chairs, reading lamps, TV, a DVD player with a few DVDs supplied, and a radio/CD/tape player. There is a small dining table with chairs, and the kitchen is equipped with a fridge/freezer, toaster, kettle, microwave, small oven with grill and twin electric hob, and the all-important coffee percolator for making your own espresso. Within a five minute drive is the local shop, Post Office and two friendly bars, which also offer good meals. Within ten minutes you will find, in one direction a very good restaurant, and in the other a pizzeria. The nearest town, 12 km away, is picturesque Bedonia, situated amongst some of the highest peaks in the Apennines, and 96 km west of the beautiful city of Parma. The area offers opportunities for cycling, skiing, hiking, trout fishing, trail riding, para-gliding, hang-gliding, and swimming, in the river Ceno or at the local swimming pools. It is perfect for photography, painting, bird watching and studying the diverse plant and wild life. Visitors can enjoy tours of the spectacular local castles, fortified towns and museums, and the excellent local produce in the informal and friendly restaurants. A really special treat might be a day being pampered at one of the nearby thermal spas. Your hosts, Suzanne and Pietro, have a good knowledge of the local area; Pietro is fluent in English, Italian and the local dialect; Suzanne is English and is working on her Italian! They have been welcoming guests for several years. One recent guest wrote - 'We had a wonderful stay at Casa Terracotta - the cottage is really lovely and quite unique with every comfort you could wish for and the whole surrounding area is just beautiful. The rates are very reasonable and the owners are extremely friendly and welcoming and supply plenty of information in the cottage about the local and wider area. I would very highly recommend a stay here and will be making a return visit.' Casa Terracotta is an ideal base for exploring the region if you are looking to purchase a new home in Italy. The area is relatively unknown to non-Italians and is therefore unspoiled and offers excellent value in a wide range of properties. Your hosts have good local knowledge and can help with the bureaucratic processes of house buying or renovation. The closest large town is Parma, home of the famous violets, cheese, Barilla pasta, and ham. Masanti is also a great base from which to discover Milano, Portofino, Cinque Terre, Chiavari, Sestri Levanti, Santa Margherita, Pisa, Bologna, Lucca, Prato, Florence, Genova, Venice, Verona, Cremona, the exclusive Italian Riviera, Piacenza, Modena, Ferrara and Ravenna.More
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About the Owner
Suzanne D
Languages spoken:English, Italian
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:May 2013
Interaction with guests
I aim to always greet guests on arrival and show them round the house, I ask what kind of holiday they are looking for and offer tips at that point. I then like to check everything is alright the first morning of the stay. After that I am available if guests have any questions but they have to come to me. I live close by and am usually at home.
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Reviewed April 18, 2017 via mobile

Wonderfull place, very comfortable. You can find everything you need and Susan and Pietro are very generous and helpfull. It's a very quiet place where you can find peace and relax. If you want homemade coocking there is everything you need and excellent places and...More

Date of stay: April 2017
Thank LUIS BARTOLOMÉ Z
Management response:Responded April 20, 2017

Thank you! It was a pleasure to meet you and we hope to see you again. Tante auguri a te!

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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed August 31, 2015

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Date of stay: August 2015
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Folkestone, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 14, 2015

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Date of stay: August 2015
Reviewed June 4, 2015

stumbled on this place purely by accident after being rescued by Pietro on a motorbike tour around Europe where I had an accident on the nearby road. Pietro and Suzanne couldn't have helped me enough. stayed for 3 nights over a bank holiday weekend awaiting...More

Date of stay: June 2015
Thank kevin w
Reviewed May 17, 2015

After spending two weeks touring northern Italy it was a nice treat to end our vacation at Casa Terracotta. The village was small and remote, but beautiful and peaceful. Suzanne and Pietro were very friendly and we enjoyed sitting in the garden with them after...More

Date of stay: May 2015
Thank Wilda L
Amenities
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: No
Cooker
DVD Player
Short Term Rentals (4 Days Or Fewer)
Fishing Nearby
Refrigerator
Housekeeping Included
Dryer
Towels Provided
Freezer
Private Garden
Books
Iron
Hairdryer
Stereo System
TV
Hiking Trips
Parking
Microwave
Rural/Countryside Retreats
Mountain Views
Linens Provided
Horse Riding Nearby
Kettle
Toaster
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About the neighbourhood
The imediate area is about 96 kilometres west of the beautiful city of Parma and is predominatley mountainous, with two major vallies, for the rivers Taro and Ceno. Masanti is situated on the slopes of Monte Pelpi in the Ceno river valley and has beautiful views of the Ceno Valley, an abundance of wildlife, excellent walking, and has a famous source of natural fresh mineral water which is bottled by Norda in its plant nearby. The area is also renowned for its Porcini or Cep mushrooms and truffles; Masanti is on La Strada del Fungo Porcino di Borgotaro. These delicious fungi are served in the many good restaurants in the area situated along the world famous Le strade dei vini e dei sapori. The scenery in this area is stunning, with high peaks and passes, steep valleys, forests, tiny st...
Getting around
A car is the best way of getting around but there is a train station about 40 minutes away which has direct routes to places like Pisa. Parma and Milano. There are buses too but are not always convenient unless traveling from Bedonia.
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