Swimming pool, terraces, mountain views, 10km to BO-FI motorway.
- 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 most of the year 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 when not travelling, at least planning and discussing the next trip!
Ruth Hodkinson purchased this Barn in 2005
Why Ruth Hodkinson chose Grizzana Morandi
Beautiful, stylish, comfortable and well-equipped stone buildings. New, modern convenience but with architectural character where you can relax and enjoy yourselves. Situated in a safe, peaceful village with friendly locals and very helpful hosts next door! Great 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 Barn unique
Our complimentary, weekly, summer dinners under the ancient grapevine 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 lovely pool. Courses in Regional cookery, English, Yoga, Painting, Massage, Horse-riding and Ceramics can be offered: We run English language courses in June and September, Ceramics is available if requested in advance and a Potter is available for your dates. Johann runs a Painting Course every September. The local 'Nel Castagneto' restaurant can do a regional cookery demonstration course, usually a Tuesday afternoon, throughout the summer. Hatha Yoga sessions are in Pian di Setta and Massage can be organized in the summer if requested at the time of your booking. 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.
Minimum age of primary renter:18
Max guests:5 (sleeps up to 3 adults)
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
Cosy little hideaway in the hills
This is a lovely spot in the hills, the pool a godsend in the scorching heat. The apartment was everything we expected, ideal for a family of four.
Great restaurants nearby but sadly lacking a bar/pasticceria that is reaslitically walkable. There seems to have once been one but is now closed down.
Ruth and her family were so welcoming and were very helpful and easy to deal with. They left us to it but were on hand if we needed anything
A real taste of Italy
We have just returned from our stay at 6Stanco with wonderful hosts Ruth and Andrea.
Normally, I am ready for home after a few days away but I didn’t want to leave. On day two, the villagers set up their annual bingo event in the courtyard and we were made to feel very welcome and included. Our teenage daughters won a huge hamper of Local produce.
A few days later we were able to go to the village pizza event - all the 6Stanco guests went along for pizza and drinks.
During the week, Ruth and Andrea also invited all their guests to eat together one evening and we enjoyed some lovely home cooked treats.
We were easily able to visit Bologna (we were able to catch the train from from Grizzana Morandi) and Florence (an hours drive - the trains were not running that day) which were both beautiful.
We discovered a lovely gelateria in Vergato, a great pizzeria which took us back to the 80s - in a good way - (Brace).
The shared pool was a real plus at the end of a hot day.
Thank you to Ruth and Andrea. Your hospitality was tremendous and we’d love to come back soon!
This is definitely a home like Airbnb with beautiful architecture and cabin type feel !
6Stanco is a magical place to stay if you enjoy being away from people but want to still have close access to Bologna or Modena. The space is very family friendly and the pool and Ruth’s family are such a fun enjoyble company! If you are looking for a mountain retreat, this is it!
So glad you enjoyed a relaxing week with Appennine mountain scenery, fresh air and time to read in the garden and chill out by the pool. As well as Bologna and Modena, they are easy daytrips to Florence, Pisa, Lucca, Ravenna, Ferrara etc. Then back from the hot cities to the peace, tranquillity and cooler breezes from the woodlands surrounding our village, for a dip in the pool. Very pleased you enjoyed the local restaurant as well as where you dined in Modena. All best wishes for the rest of your summer. Ciao!
Des vacances parfaites!
Nous sommes une famille de 4 personnes (2 enfants, 11 et 13 ans) et nous avons beaucoup aimé notre séjour de deux semaines à 6Stanco. La propriété est idéalement située pour visiter Bologne, Parme, Modène etc.. Nous avons apprécié le calme, la vue magnifique, l'espace (avec tables, chaises, transats) à disposition, la piscine toujours propre, le logement très fonctionnel, les attentions des propriétaires discrets et en même temps très disponibles et chaleureux. Nous avons eu la chance de séjourner en même temps que deux autres familles très sympathiques et les enfants ont pu jouer ensemble dans la piscine et dans la salle commune. Nous recommandons cette adresse sans hésiter.
Beautiful and quiet
Very nice apartment with a huge window that you can open. You feel like staying in a treehouse! Ruth is really nice, friendly and helpfull. The surroundings are beautiful and the family-restaurant are fantastic!
A hidden gem off the beaten track
Our family (2 adults, 2 children - 10 and 7) spent 2 weeks at 6Stanco in July 2014. We stayed in the Olimpia Villa. We have travelled through Italy quite a lot over the last few years and we would definitely put 6Stanco on our return list. We had an amazing two weeks in an area that is probably missed by a lot of tourists.
6Stanco is a beautiful property that has been lovingly renovated by Ruth and Andrea. It sits in a very small village with incredible views across the surrounding hills and valleys. The property is well maintained and our Villa was clean and everything worked. The Villa has 3 bedrooms which was ideal for our family. It has a nice outdoor patio area that overlooks the pool. We really enjoyed the space around the pool area and the kids had an awesome time swimming, playing on the trampoline or just enjoying the beautiful weather while playing cards.
Ruth and Andrea were incredible hosts and did everything to make our stay as enjoyable as possible. Some highlights of our stay:
- East access by car or train to Bologna or Firenze. We were able to explore these great cities and then return to the tranquility of Stanco and unwind after a hard day sightseeing. The Ferrari and Lamborghini museums are also a must!
- There are many beautiful villages in the surrounding valleys and hills. Ruth can provide a great guide to some of these. Our favourite was probably the waterfall at Labante.
- Every morning we would take the short car ride or a nice walk for 3km down the hill to the village of Grizzana Morandi to have a morning coffee and brioche at Bar Pina with the locals. GM also has a small supermarket an a little bakery (Forno Guido) that makes an incredible jam torte - not to be missed! Any more serious food shopping can be done in Vergato which is in the valley below.
- Some great little local restaurants around. Our favourite was Nel Castagneto which is about 10 mins away. Beautiful, traditional food made fresh every day. We even joined Christina for a cooking class one day to learn the tricks of making the local pasta and sauces. The kids made the cookies for desert. We also tried La Prada which was also great.
- Once a week, Ruth hosted a dinner outside the main house for all the guests. Los of pizza, antipasta and cakes. A great chance to meet the other guests and learn more about 6Stanco.
- Incredible bike riding if you are a cyclist.
Overall, a near perfect 2 weeks in a beautiful area of Italy.
Between Bologna and Florence there are now two motorways to choose from. Our exit 'Rioveggio', lies on the Firenze - Rioveggio PANORAMICO branch not the new DIRETTISSIMA Firenze -Badia branch - 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 or walks in the paddock for beginners. 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. In the centre of Grizzana you can have lunch daily in the Trattoria at Bar Pina. Most sophisticated, 'Haute Cuisine' restaurant is on the way to Campolo, Il Sambuca al Sole'.
Immediately to the south of Stanco are Montovolo & Monte Vigese in the Provincial Park of Montovolo. At Riola ponte, not to be missed is the newly renovated and opened, fascinating, eclectic castle of ROCCHETTA MATTEI. On the way to Monteacuto Ragazza, a 5 minute drive then 10 minute walk, is the site where Etruscan bronze statuettes were recovered, now housed in the Archaeological museum of Bologna. 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: Lake Suviana, south side has a beach and picnic area, pedalo boat rental. 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 Kainua, 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, Gothic/Moorish folly with references to the Alhambra plus some Russian minarets thrown in, on the original site of a Matilda of Canossa's medieval Look-out tower.
Labante, Protected natural site: 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. A lot of the architectural heritage of Vergato and Sasso Marconi was lost during the second World War.