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Apartment in breathtaking location with pool

Bedrooms 2
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Two bedroom (sleeps 4-6), well-equipped, self-catering /meals by arrangement

Villetta Cerre is a large villa split into two apartments (owners in residence) set in over 5 acres of meadow and woodland (in a national park) with spectacular views. The two-bedroom ground-floor rental property will sleep 4- 6 people in comfortable, stylish surroundings.A swimming pool is available (middle June - September) - 5m diam. and 1.5m deep (shared with the family).Children's play area. We are handily placed for a number of villages with shops, bars and restaurants. There are outdoor swimming pools in Toano (10mins) and Villa Minozzo (20mins). For children or adults the Cerwood Adventure Park (40 min) provides challenging fun. The nearest ski centre is Febbio, also good for walking. Wildlife, in the form of deer and birds of prey, are in abundance and fruit and nuts are there for the picking depending on the season.

There is a private outdoor seating area which, in sunshine or shade provides a lovely spot for an al fresco aperitivo. Parking. A venue for all seasons.

Cuisine and Local Produce: As the gastronomic centre of Italy Emilia-Romagna is very proud of its culinary prowess (Parma Ham, Parmesan Cheese, Balsamic Vinegar, a variety of quality Wines,etc) as the many and varied local dishes attest. There are many fine welcoming restaurants in the area to cater for all budgets and trips can be organized round cheese and vinegar making factories.Balsamic Vinegar barrels have been inherited in wills on a par with other precious family objects! Eating out here is a serious business but enjoyable at the same time.

Skiing: The province of Reggio - Emilia boasts 6 ski resorts all within the Gigante National Park.Our nearest is at Febbio, 35 mins. drive away which also offers snow-boarding and cross-country opportunities.Lifts take you to over 2000m on the highest mountain in the Apennines.There are artificial snow machines, 3 chair lifts, 3 cable lifts and 2 ski schools for different skills.There are 12 km of ski runs and 5 km for cross country enthusiasts.For those staying behind there are pleasant restaurants and excellent clearly marked walks.We can arrange guided walks for anyone staying with us (by arrangement) .

The National Park and Bismantova: The bulk of the area is set in the National Park an area of conserved natural beauty and an important feature of that is Pietra di Bismantova - a large, raised sandstone plateau of over 1000m , accessed by 2 paths and many rock climbs for the more adventurous.A striking symbol of our locality, Bismantova seems to be visible 'round every corner' - it certainly is from Villetta Cerre together with the ancient castle at Carpinetti which is also clearly in view.

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible

Pauline and Michael Wright
Member since: 2009
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
31 January, 2016
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Guestbook comments from the owner

Every day has been wonderful, the scenery breathtaking and the villa has been everything we could ask for. We hope to keep in touch and return one day to this fantastic region of Italy.Thankyou so much for making our holday so memorable.
Jul 2010
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Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Apartment in breathtaking location with pool
average rating of 4.9 based on 13 reviews
Telford, England

A Walkers Paradise!

  • 5 of 5

This is a great location for those who enjoy walking and appreciate flora and wildlife.The views are spectacular wherever you go in this area. Well equipped apartment with nice big rooms and though the weather was sunny and very hot at times the house was always nice and cool inside. The owners Mike and Pauline were perfect hosts.

David & Judith

  • Review Submitted: Jul 2, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2013
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Among the hills of Reggio Emilia

  • 4 of 5

I have stayed at this apartment twice, in 2011 and in 2012, on one occasion with friends and the other on my own, and I am now contemplating a third autumn visit.

Italy is a lovely country and I have barely scratched its surface, but this locality and its growing familiarity calls me back. As an Englishman in his mid-sixties, and still fairly active, I find the walking in this hilly, agricultural area to be magnificent, offering well marked footpaths (sentieri) that take in splendid views from wooded ridge-lines and villages with cafes offering the real coffee you expect and, most importantly, wonderful ice creams!

The region has much else to offer and if the weather 'mends worse' there is plenty to do on a poor day within an hour or so's drive. I still regret not taking the opportunity to drive that Ferrari on the test circuit at Maranello last year!

This is Parmigiano Reggiano country, so good food is there to be had.

As the name of the road which serves the property suggests, this area was partisan country and this lends the area added character with frequent reminders of a more recent history than that of Roman civilisation and the Renaissance.

Once found ( an arrival after dark is not especially recommended, but finding one's way by a car's headlights can feel like an adventure! ) Cerre Marabino has that important quality for a good holiday - it is 'easy'.

The clean, well-maintained and well-appointed apartment is comfortable and the hosts, ex-pats from northern England, are welcoming, knowledgeable, invariably on-hand and ready to offer helpful advice about the area and make useful recommendations if they should be sought. There is a mini-supermarket in a nearby village, but take note that a lot of Italy closes during the afternoon.

Reggio-Emilia has much of which to be proud. In my experience, Cerre Marabino has proved a very convenient and comfortable base from which to explore the things that justify such pride.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 26, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2012
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Lovely relaxing holiday with stunning scenery

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely relaxing holiday at this property. The scenery is amazing and the property was very comfortable with everything we needed (and more!). The property is in a very peaceful area but there is plenty to do within a short drive and Mike and Pauline offered much appreciated advice on where to go and how to get there. Our 2 boys had a wonderful time, doing things they hadn't done before like taking the ski lift up the mountain in Febio and having a go at the adventure course at Cerwood. They also enjoyed the pool, which they used every day. It is a delightful place in a lovely area and we are very pleased to have visited it.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 1, 2011
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2011
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Guildford, Surrey, UK

Perfect Holiday

  • 5 of 5

This property offers spacious, well-equipped and comfortable accommodation in a very scenic location. It's "off the beaten track" location ensures a quiet and peaceful stay. If it's hot, you can cool off in the circular swimming pool! Pauline and Mike will make you very welcome and will be able to help with any queries about what to see and do, where to eat out, etc.

In nearby Cavola there is a restaurant called Tanaka, where you can enjoy excellent lunches at very reasonable prices. Fine dining can be enjoyed at La Cantoria, a 15 minute walk down the road.

If you're into cars, the Ferrari and Lamborghini museums are nearby. For spectacular scenery and views, visit nearby Bismantova. (There is a good bar/restaurant at the base of the rock). If you fancy an adventure park with a difference, try "Cerwood". Kids and adults alike will love this, but it's not for the faint-hearted!

Several interesting towns are nearby - Bologna, Parma & Mantova, to name but three.

If you visit in summer, the fireflies are an unforgettable sight after dark.

In short, you can just chill out if you want to, but there's lots to see and do in this lovely part of Italy.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 19, 2011
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2011
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Edinburgh, Scotland

Comfort, scenery and a warm welcome

  • 5 of 5

We had a fabulous week at Viletta Cerre in August. Mike & Pauline get it just right - both in terms of the accommodation and their hospitality, always on hand if required but never intruding.

It's a stunning area, and the local villages and towns can provide everything you need. We really enjoyed a day trip to Mantova (90mins drive) and the Cerwood adventure park was a very big hit with the boys (9 & 12).

All in all a great place for a week's holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 25, 2010
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2010
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John Jones & Family (Cumbria UK)

  • 5 of 5

A super time enjoyed by all thanks to Pauline & Michael. A car is a necessity to get around this lovely area of Italy.The apartment is home from home with all facilities at hand.The local people so friendly and helpfull .Thoroughly enjoyed our experience . Many thanks .

  • Review Submitted: Aug 12, 2010
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2010
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Parma or Bologna
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
La Cantoria (www.lacantoria.com)
Nearest Golf
20 Kilometres
Nearest Train
35 Miles
Reggio Emilia
Nearest Motorway
30 Miles
A1 at Modena or Reggio
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
La Cantoria (www.lacantoria.com)
Nearest Ski
20 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
60 Miles
Car: recommended

In one of the loveliest, unspoiled parts of Northern Italy the Appennine mountains form the natural border between Emilia-Romagna and Tuscany. Throughout the year these hills are ideal for a wide range of activities: from painting, walking, cycling and climbing to the more leisurely pursuit of eating and drinking the locally produced food and wine.There are a number of renowned resorts for skiing enthusiasts. As well as being one of the gastronomic centres of Italy the region has cities of great historical importance - Bologna, Modena, Parma,etc with their splendid architecture and art treasures.Motor sport fans are catered for by the museums of Ferrari ,Lamborghini,etc.The very many small villages are enlivened throughout the year by numerous festivals celebrating local traditions and produce - visitors are made especially welcome. Villetta Cerre is the perfect place for travellers who want to set their own pace during their stay in an area of great beauty and cultural interest.

Other Activities: Other activities are available,like Golf ,but farther afield.

Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Toano, Emilia Romagna

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

We require a deposit of £100 per week to secure your booking with the balance of payment due 6 weeks before arrival. The above rates are for up to 4 adults and 2 children ( under 16 years ). Any 5th or 6th persons (over 16 years ) will be charged £50 per person per week. For other rental times during the year please contact us for availability and rates.

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Toano in Emilia Romagna

Property Type:
  • apartment (semi-detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 80 m²
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Sports & Activities
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Sunbed
  • Thermos Flask
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
  • The tiled bathroom is a good size with small bath (with hand-held shower) plus shower cubicle, toilet ,bidet, hand-basin and electric water heater. The washer is also situated in the bathroom.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , 1 Child Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 1 has a King-size bed plus a single bed. A folding child's bed and cot are also available if need be. Bedroom 1 has very large wardrobes and bedside cabinets. Two central heating radiators. Bedroom 2 is a good sized room with double bed. Plus chest of drawers , hanging space and a gas radiator. Both bedrooms are well decorated and feature original artworks. A double sofa bed is in the lounge.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Player
  • Video Library
  • Deck Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Child's Swing
  • Large Cooler
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Veranda
  • Sand Pit
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 4 deck chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf pass optional
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • ski lift pass
  • ski
  • swimming
  • tennis
The dining-kitchen is fully fitted with generous storage and work surfaces. It also benefits from having a wood-burning Aga-style stove. A Welcome Pack including a bottle of locally produced wine awaits you on your arrival. Although there is a first class restaurant and bar within walking distance we can provide meals by prior arrangement. We set great store by making our guests extremely welcome and providing a friendly service which gives you a worry-free holiday experience.

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