L'Antico Palazzo is a deceptively large, rustic stone house situated in Villa Bonicelli, a picturesque and peaceful hamlet in the beautiful Emilia-Romagnan countryside. It sleeps up to 12 people comfortably, making it ideal for families or groups of friends. It can be rented as a stand-alone property or in conjunction with one or both of our other properties: La Stalla, a barn conversion located next door to L'Antico Palazzo and which sleeps 2-3 people; and Casa Vigneto, a three-bedroom house just a couple of minutes' walk away, across a small vineyard. An outdoor swimming pool with stunning mountain views is located behind L'Antico Palazzo and is shared between the three properties.
L'Antico Palazzo is a historically interesting building, being part of the original 'casa padronale' (manor house) of the hamlet. It has been furnished partly with antiques and quirky one-off pieces that reflect its history. It really is an original holiday home from which to explore this stunning and little-known area of Italy.
The beautiful arched doorway (clearly dated 1824, although the building itself dates back to the late 16th/early 17th century) opens onto a warren of rooms! First is a large and atmospheric drawing room. This opens onto another large sitting room, which is shared between two separate double bedrooms with beautiful views of the valley, and a shower room.
There is a second shower room at the foot of the stairs that lead up to the first floor. Here, a large communal 'day room' leads onto an en suite double (with extra single bed), plus a double and a twin with shared shower room. The layout is labyrinthine, so please take a look at the floorplan (in the photos) to get a better idea of this huge property!
At the bottom of the house is a large kitchen, another shower room and a dining room. There is also the owners' private wine cellar for which, upon payment of an additional security deposit, the key can be provided. The kitchen door opens onto a large terraced area for al fresco dining. Guests have use of a large outdoor table and chairs, sun loungers and a barbecue.
On request we can arrange a cooking lesson at a local restaurant with an experienced English-speaking chef. Please contact us if you would like more information on this service. Booking well in advance is essential, especially in peak season, and depends on availability.