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Ruth Hodkinson

Member since: 2009
Speaks English, French, Italian

Apennine mountain village, old stone buildings, garden & new pool - Petronio

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Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday apartment in Grizzana Morandi - 6Stanco

4 rental units, new pool, sun-terrace, mountain views, 10km to BO-FI motorway

Conveniently located 10km from the 'Rioveggio' exit of the A1 motorway, backbone to Italy, between Bologna and Florence, 6Stanco is situated at the beginning of the Apennine mountain range on the southern slope of Monte Stanco, with stunning mountain views towards Tuscany. Set in the intimate village of 'Stanco', 6Stanco is a group of stone buildings surrounding a courtyard, originally the main landowner's home, private chapel, barn and haywain, residence of their farm workers and harvesters. Refurbished in 2011, the converted chestnut-drying barn, Olimpia, is a three-bedroomed independant villa, beside the garden and the new 5x11m pool, completed in 2013. Giacomina and Giuseppina are the two mirror-image, studio flats on the raised ground floor of the converted (in 2008) haywain and cattle stalls, each with its own balconied entrance. Petronio is the two-bedroomed apartment at 2nd floor level, next to the main stone house, restored in 2006. We can accommodate groups of friends or extended families for unforgettable holidays! We live all year round in the main stone house; also a Bed & Breakfast with three double rooms available, restoration completed in 2007.

The lower level of the Hay barn is the 60sq.m Course Room; adjacent to the sun terrace. We offer English language courses in June and September, Ceramics if requested at time of booking and Painting Courses in September, Hatha Yoga courses run weekly, Reflexology, Shiatsu and Thai Massage, if requested at the time of your booking. There is Horse riding at our local Pegasus Riding Stables and trekking for seasoned riders. At 600m.a.s.l. no air-conditioning is necessary here and the mountain panorama is breathtaking.

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Details for holiday apartment Petronio, 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, 1 Bathroom

This second floor apartment was completely refurbished in 2006. It is adjacent to the main '6Stanco' house with a separate entrance from the courtyard. It consists of entrance hall, bathroom with a shower over the bath-tub and a window with a great view south to Montovolo beyond. There is a double bedroom, prepared as either a double bed or two singles and a triple bedroom with a double and a single bed, both with breathtaking views west, across the Reno valley towards the skiing-mountain peaks 'Cimone' and 'Corno alle Scale'. The open plan kitchen/living room has a fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher, washing machine, electric oven and 5 ring gas hob. It has a very large dining table. There is a flat screen TV with free-sat and DVD player and comfortable seating for five. The apartment has ceramic tiles throughout and two antique, revealed stone walls giving rustic character to an otherwise modern apartment interior. There's a complimentary wireless internet connection downstairs.

  • Events Allowed
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Ruth Hodkinson (Owner)
Member since: 2009
Speaks English, French, Italian

About Ruth Hodkinson

We probably watched too many 'buy a ruin and do it up ' television programmes, but that's what we chose to do, left the big city and now we live all year-round in the community of this small mountain village.

Ruth, an architect by profession, was born and educated in London, UK. Andrea is Bolognese and is a Restaurant food company director. We have two daughters and a son. We like good food, wine and travelling or at least planning and discussing the next trip!

Ruth Hodkinson purchased this apartment in 2005

Why Ruth Hodkinson chose Bologna

Beautiful, stylish, comfortable and well-equipped stone buildings. New, modern convenience but with architectural character so you can relax and enjoy yourselves. Situated in a safe, peaceful village with friendly locals and very helpful hosts next door! New swimming pool and plenty of space for al fresco dining, sun bathing or just reading a book in the garden. Only 12 minutes to the closest motorway exit which is between Bologna and Florence so very well-located for daytrips all over Emilia Romagna and Tuscany, even as far as Venice. The perfect combination of cultural visits to a variety of important Art Cities, or more low-key trips locally, by day, then coming back to your beautiful 6Stanco apartment each evening to cooler, balmier temperatures, after a sometimes stiflingly hot inner-city visit in mid-summer, with no need for air-con here, breath-taking sunsets across the Reno valley, less noise than the bustling towns and cities and easy parking! Unforgettably fantastic holidays!

What makes this apartment unique

Our complimentary, weekly, summer dinners under the ancient vine in the company of the other interesting guests. Animated by master funster, Andrea. Relaxing in a private homestead and garden, not a huge impersonal complex, with the new pool in 2013. Our shared, inside- knowledge of the best places to visit in this relatively un-tourist-trodden area, plus what to avoid when you day-trip further afield. Regional cookery, yoga, painting, massage, horseriding and ceramics courses offered.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hello Ruth!

I´m sorry for the late the late response, but we really wanted to thank you for all your help and lovely accomodation. Also thank you for the nice dinner! We had such a good time and we would like to come back some day!

Thank you and we wish all the best!

Kind regards

Sep 2012
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1 holidaymaker review

average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews

Great apartment, hospitable owners

  • 5 of 5

My husband, one year old, and I stayed in the Petronio apartment for one week as part of a 4 week holiday in Italy. Below are some details:

- Extremely clean.

- Provided age-appropriate toys from their son for our son.

- Warm in winter.

- Well provisioned.

-Laundry machine right in the apartment.

- Great place for staying with a baby/toddler (baby proofing was easy and the high chair and cot were great)

- Kindly provided a starter kit of basic kitchen stuff (coffee, balsamic, milk, pasta, etc)

- Owners were generous, helpful, and friendly. They even invited us into their home for dinner one night with their family and friends.

We had a great experience and we would recommend Petonio to others.

  • Review Submitted: May 5, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
45 Kilometres
Bologna - Guglielmo Marconi
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Bar Pina, Grizzana
Nearest Ferry
190 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
25 Kilometres
Molino del Pero, Monzuno
Nearest Train
6 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Rioveggio on A1 motorway
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Nel Castagneto and La Prada at edge of the village
Nearest Ski
40 Kilometres
Corno alle Scale
Nearest Beach
150 Kilometres
Car: necessary

Between Bologna and Florence there are now two motorways to choose from. Our exit 'Rioveggio', lies on the Firenze - Rioveggio branch not Firenze -Badia - which you should avoid.

The village of Stanco, GPS coordinates: n44d 14,790; e11d 08,200: is at an altitude of 600m and lies on the southern slope of Monte Stanco, offering wonderful panoramic views towards Tuscany and spectacular terrain for hiking or cycling. Only a ten minute walk away is the pretty medieval village of Stanco di Sotto, followed by the Pegasus Riding stables which offers great pony-treks. The town of Grizzana is on the boundary of the Regional Historical Park of Monte Sole, also home to wild boar, red deer, fallow deer & hare. There are specific Hunting seasons.

The museum-house of the painter, Giorgio Morandi, exhibiting some paintings in his summer studio, is at the ‘Fienili del Campiaro’ on the outskirts of Grizzana where there is also the restaurant of the same name. Grizzana also boasts the restaurant 'Il Crinale' and Trattoria at Bar Pina for lunch.

Immediately to the south of Stanco are Montovolo & Monte Vigese in the Provincial Park of Montovolo. On the way to Monteacuto Ragazza, a 30 minute walk away or 5 minute drive and 10 minute walk, is the site where Etruscan bronze statuettes were recovered, A 25 minute drive away lies the intact, medieval village of Scola with ancient Cypress tree, en route to the Church Sanctuary at the top of Montovolo. Beyond lies the Regional Park of Lakes Suviana and Brasimone, good for picnics and splashing around, then the Regional Park of Corno alle Scale. Good 'outlet shopping' three exits south on the A1 motorway at Barberino di Mugello, in Tuscany.

Other Activities: Montepizzo adventure park - climbing-ropes-pulley agility course up in the trees. Vidiciatico leisure pool with beautiful view. Guglielmo Marconi laboratory & museum

Golf: 'Molino del Pero' 18- hole Golf Course at Monzuno, approximately 25km from 6Stanco and about 35 minutes by car.

Ski: 'Corno alle scale' ski resort lies just above Vidiciatico, in the Bologna area, deeper into the Apennine range. It takes almost an hour to reach by car from 6stanco but is a beautiful journey with postcard views. You can buy day passes at the booths on the slopes and rent equipment too.

Marzabotto: 30mins drive to Misa, the Etruscan site, now with small intimate museum of Etruscan and Greek artefacts and temple ruins on the acropolis and tombs in the necropolis.

Riola di Vergato. Sole Architectural work in Italy of Alvar Aalto's Church. Modern but spiritual. The Rocchetta Mattei; 19th century castle / Neo-Medieval folly with references to the Alhambra plus some Russian minarets thrown in, on the original site of a medieval defence tower.

Labante: Spring water and waterfall which has over time deposited an amazing rock formation and grottoes

Local towns worth visiting: Castiglione dei Pepoli, Porretta Terme and Castel di Casio. Alot of the architectural heritage of Vergato and Sasso Marconi was lost during the second World War.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Grizzana Morandi, Bologna

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
25 Jun 2016 - 2 Sep 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Tax Rate 10.0%

IMPORTANT: Advertised rates are for use of the apartment by up to four people. A Euro70 supplement will be added to the weekly tariff for a fifth person which becomes a Euro100 supplement in the summer season. Saturday is the changeover day in the summer. Utility bills & use of our facilities are included in the rates. 25% of the final total is required as a non-refundable deposit to secure your booking. Contact info@6stanco.it for a quote of more than a week.

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Accommodation and facilities for Petronioin Grizzana Morandi in Emilia Romagna

Property Type:
  • apartment (semi-detached)
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 65 m²
  • 2 stories
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • ISDN Access
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
  • Good-sized window, south-facing also with a panoramic view(!) so good ventilation and natural light available. Wall mounted shower head grip so you can have a shower standing inside the bath. Rack over the bathtub for hanging laundry. Large, well-illuminated wall mirror above the sink. Bidet, bath-tub, WC and sink
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Single Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , which can be prepared as a double bed
  • First bedroom has a large double bed and a single bed. An infant's travel cot can be put in here. Second bedroom has two single beds which by adding an additional mattress, can be made to form a double bed if requested. Wall lights and bed-side lamps on bedside tables. Large built-in cupboard in the double bedroom with ample hanging and storage space. Open hanging and storage space - shop style - in the triple room.
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck Chairs
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • 5 garden chairs
  • 2 deck chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • swimming
  • tennis
Includes free use of the outdoor pool (open May-September), sun terrace and exterior shower. Guests have their own dining table and chairs for eating al fresco on terraces near the pool. There is a trampoline in the garden. Children using this must be accompanied at all times.The garden leads down to woodland, with pathway, pine forest, football area with goal posts and recently planted Olive Grove; open for exploration by all our guests. There is a private consecrated chapel, open on request. We organise Painting, Ceramics and English Language courses at 6Stanco or personal foot reflexology, shiatsu or massages to coincide with your visit. Hatha Yoga sessions run on thursday mornings and friday evenings all year round. Over the summer we organise weekly buffet/pizza evenings to meet all our guests. The Course Room is available for our guests, unless already in use by our organised activities.

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