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AUTHENTIC ITALIAN COUNTRY FARMHOUSE

Paul Magid

Advertiser since: 2013
Speaks English, French, Spanish, Italian
People20
Bedrooms 6
Bathrooms4
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Paul Magid

Advertiser since: 2013
Speaks English, French, Spanish, Italian
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
50%
Calendar last updated:
10 November, 2014
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AUTHENTIC ITALIAN COUNTRY FARMHOUSE

People20
Bedrooms 6
Bathrooms4
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

Overview

Photos and Description of this 6 bedroom holiday farmhouse in Modena City - Dragodena

6 Bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, with Mountain Views, outdoor shower, indoor pizza oven

Dragodena is a private 15th century Italian stone farmhouse for rent with Wi-Fi, large salon, fully equipped kitchen, 6 beautiful bedrooms and a panoramic view of the fields and forests of the Apennine Hills. The isolated and dominant position of this medieval farm house guarantees total privacy and complete tranquility for a completely relaxing vacation. Located between Florence and Bologna, Dragodena is an excellent rental base for exploring both central and northern Italy from Sienna to La Spezia and from Pisa to Venice. With 4088 square feet of space, Dragodena is the perfect refuge for a large group of friends, a family reunion or as a refuge for those seeking to be far away from the maddening crowd.

Dragodena has a storied past reaching back 600 years. Both a farm house and a small fortress it has seen battle on its fields over the many centuries until WWII when it was requisitioned by the German Army and used as a base. After the war Dragodena was shut up with everything in it until 2007 when it was sold to its present owner, Paul Magid, founder of the world renowned Flying Karamazov Brothes. That it was virtuly untouched for over 60 years is what sets Dragodena apart as the a unique vacation rental property for those who want the true Italian country experience.

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Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Groups
  • Singles
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Paul Magid (Owner)
Advertiser since: 2013
Speaks English, French, Spanish, Italian

About Paul Magid

I am a theatre director, playwright and founding member of The Flying Karamazov Brothers and the New Old Time Chautauqua. I have had my work played on Broadway, London's West End, in theatres around the world.

Paul Magid purchased this farmhouse in 2007

Why Paul Magid chose Modena City

I was looking for a home in Italy that was authentic. I searched for a long while for an Italian home that had been untouched by a modern renovation. I was also looking for an area that was in the Apennine Hills that was a bit isolated but shared the look and feel of Tuscany but was an area as yet undiscovered . This house had been closed since WW2 but the last owners had kept the roof in good condition. Inside was a museum, a dusty museum, but a place that remained as much as it had been since it was built in the early 15th century. The rolling hills, the beautiful meadows and forests captured my imagination.

What makes this farmhouse unique

The interplay of medieval architecture combined with the conservative renovation offers a unique environment for a peaceful respite surrounded by 600 years of accumulated beauty. My aesthetic in bringing this house into the present century was to solve each problem, as the original inhabitants had done before me, by using the materials at hand.

When I bought the house there were no bathrooms, the electricity was pre-war, the cantina had been a stable and chicken coop with much of the floor was dirt.

I used stone found in the area. I made most of the beds from found beams and wood. The bathroom sinks rest on ancient shutters, the shower curtains are held up by barrel straps found in the house.

The outdoor shower in the afternoon sun as one views the rolling meadows is to die for. Having an outdoor lunch under the cherry trees surrounded by medieval stone architecture amidst the songs of birds and the sound of rustling leaves is to travel back in time.

Being with your friends and or family in a place that is both aesthetically and naturally beautiful adds to unique and memorable nature of such a gathering.

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People20
Bedrooms 6
Bathrooms4
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 nights
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Reviews

Reviews

Authentic Italian Country Farmhouse
average rating of 5.0 based on 1 reviews
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Authentic Italian Country Farmhouse
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p6572276
Modena City Modena
5

Stunningly Beautiful and Perfectly Located

  • 5 out of 5
My wife and I loved our two week stay in this magnificent 600 year old house. It provided a perfect combination of rustic charm and modern convenience. This huge house served as our home base for our adventures throughout the region, and it was always wonderful to return to this peaceful retreat via the winding hilly roads. The landscape all around is breathtaking with wonderful little villages near-by. We can't wait to return to Italy and would definitely come back to this special place.
  • Review Submitted: 22-Jun-2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2013
  • Source: HomeAway

Location

Location

Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Bologna
Nearest Barpub
3.5 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
3.5 Kilometres
La Fenice Agriturismo
Car: necessary

You can drive to Dragodena but it is not easily found on google maps. From the Bologna airport take the Tangenziale towards Caselecchio. Then follow directions for Tole and exit on to SS 26. If the owner is there, in Tolè take a right off SS26 following the signs for Zocca. Drive exactly3.5 kilometers (do not follow sign to S. Croce). Take a left at the driveway and then a left into the borgo. On your right will be a house with a tower, followed by two houses on the left, the next house on the right, as you head downhiil, is your destination. It has blue-green doors.

If you arrive when the owner is not there you must drive to Agriturismo, La Fenice, to get the keys. This means driving to Tole and continue through and after several kilometers make a right towards La Roca di Rufano. Drive for 2 kilometers and turn into the driveway of Agriturismo, La Fenice, where you will be met. From here you will be guided to Dragodena.

Restaurants - The area is filled with local restaurants, trattorias, osterias, pizzarias and agriculturismos. We recommend Agriturismo La Fenice, Osteria Santa Lucia and La Fogna.

During the fall this is one most coveted areas in which truffles are found. For a fraction of a what they cost anywhere else you can buy locally found truffles at Bortalani's Alimentari. This is also an area famous for it ricottas and parmegiano - go to Caseificio Bortalani for what some consider the best ricotta to be found in Italy.

Mountain Biking and hiking right from the house in Dragodena itself is a wonderful experience. There are many trails to choose from. Bikers come from all over the word to wheel the trails and roads of the Apennines. Dragodena is the perfect base for a bicycle group.

There are many museums in the area little known elsewhere. There is the Chestnut museum in nearby Lamè and a museum dedicated to the battles of WWII in various small towns in the area.

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Availability & Rates

Availability & Rates

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Rental rates for this holiday farmhouse in Modena City, Modena

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Rental Period Minimum Rate Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Rate
 
Low Season Fall
10 Nov 2014 - 21 Dec 2014
Changeover Day: Monday
3 night minimum stay
$750
for 3 nights
From
$250
From
$300
Fri,Sat,Sun
$1,800
$6,000
 
 
Christmas/New Years
22 Dec 2014 - 4 Jan 2015
Changeover Day: Monday
3 night minimum stay
$1,500
for 3 nights
From
$500
$2,500
 
 
Low Season Winter
5 Jan 2015 - 29 Mar 2015
Changeover Day: Monday
3 night minimum stay
$750
for 3 nights
From
$250
From
$300
Fri,Sat,Sun
$1,800
$6,000
 
 
Mid Season Spring
30 Mar 2015 - 31 May 2015
Changeover Day: Monday
3 night minimum stay
$1,050
for 3 nights
From
$350
From
$400
Fri,Sat,Sun
$2,200
$7,000
 
 
High Season Summer
1 Jun 2015 - 20 Sep 2015
Changeover Day: Monday
3 night minimum stay
$1,200
for 3 nights
From
$400
From
$500
Fri,Sat,Sun
$2,500
$8,000
 
 
Mid Season Fall
21 Sep 2015 - 25 Oct 2015
Changeover Day: Monday
3 night minimum stay
$1,050
for 3 nights
From
$350
From
$400
Fri,Sat,Sun
$2,200
$7,000
 
 
Low Season Fall
26 Oct 2015 - 20 Dec 2015
Changeover Day: Monday
3 night minimum stay
$750
for 3 nights
From
$250
From
$300
Fri,Sat,Sun
$1,800
$6,000
 
 
Christmas/New Years
21 Dec 2015 - 3 Jan 2016
Changeover Day: Monday
3 night minimum stay
$1,500
for 3 nights
From
$500
From
$600
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
$2,500
 

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit $250
Notes Downpayment / Deposit requested. Security deposit requested. Supplement for heating depending on the season. Discount depending on length of stay

Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

Facilities

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Modena City in Modena

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 380 m²
Location Type:
  • rural
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Rustic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Fireplace ...
  • Free Local Calls
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Printer
  • Scanner
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Vacuum Cleaner
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • American Kitchen
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 18 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 5 - Outdoor Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
Bedrooms:
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20
  • Bedroom 1 - Main floor - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - Northeast Upper Floor - 2 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - Southwest Upper Floor - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 4 - Southeast Master - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 6 - Southwest - Cantina - Pollaio - 1 Single Bed
    Bedroom 5 - Northwest - Cantina - Formaggiaio - 1 Large Double Bed
  • For large 20 person gatherings there is/are: A large double bed in the Upper Floor Sitting Room (2 person) There are two single bed cots (2 persons) There is a single futon (1 person) There are three extra large double beds (6 people) There are 3 large couches on which to sleep as well.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Cellar
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden Table & Chairs
  • Garden
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Groups
  • Singles
  • children welcome
  • pets considered ...
  • smoking allowed
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeping
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • museums
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking

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