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Casa Terracotta, Cosy Self-Catering Holiday Home

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Masanti Di Sopra looking east down the Ceno valley.  Photo courtesy of Boyan Orste.
Casa Terracotta, stone steps lead to the original front door, which is about 5'3' high.
Vigoleno Borgo Medievale and surrounding country-side
1 of 25Masanti Di Sopra looking east down the Ceno valley. Photo courtesy of Boyan Orste.
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Overview
1 bedroom
1 bathroom
2 guests
3 nights minimum
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Get off the tourist track and experience real VERY RURAL Italy at Casa Terracotta, a cosy self-catering holiday home in the peaceful mountain village of Masanti (810 slm). The village has just 24 residents, and nestles on the slopes of Monte Pelpi in the Ceno river valley, in the heart of the idyllic Apennines . Masanti has beautiful views, an abundance of wildlife, excellent walking, and a famous source of natural fresh mineral water which is bottled nearby. The stunning scenery has high peaks and passes, steep valleys, forests, tiny hillside villages, and hairpin bends taking you from one amazing view to the next. The property, a little farmhouse built in the 1800s, has recently been renovated. It has a small garden with table and chairs and exclusive off road parking. Accommodation i...Get off the tourist track and experience real VERY RURAL Italy at Casa Terracotta, a cosy self-catering holiday home in the peaceful mountain village of Masanti (810 slm). The village has just 24 residents, and nestles on the slopes of Monte Pelpi in the Ceno river valley, in the heart of the idyllic Apennines . Masanti has beautiful views, an abundance of wildlife, excellent walking, and a famous source of natural fresh mineral water which is bottled nearby. The stunning scenery has high peaks and passes, steep valleys, forests, tiny hillside villages, and hairpin bends taking you from one amazing view to the next. The property, a little farmhouse built in the 1800s, has recently been renovated. It has a small garden with table and chairs and exclusive off road parking. Accommodation is accessed by a flight of stone steps. A lobby leads to the double bedroom featuring a stone arch believed to have been built in the 1700s. The bathroom has a shower, toilet, sink, electric shaver point and heated towel rail. Stairs lead up to the second floor studio. The seating area has coffee tables, comfy chairs, reading lamps, TV, a DVD player with a few DVDs supplied, and a radio/CD/tape player. There is a small dining table with chairs, and the kitchen is equipped with a fridge/freezer, toaster, kettle, microwave, small oven with grill and twin electric hob, and the all-important coffee percolator for making your own espresso. Within a five minute drive is the local shop, Post Office and two friendly bars, which also offer good meals. Within ten minutes you will find, in one direction a very good restaurant, and in the other a pizzeria. The nearest town, 12 km away, is picturesque Bedonia, situated amongst some of the highest peaks in the Apennines, and 96 km west of the beautiful city of Parma. The area offers opportunities for cycling, skiing, hiking, trout fishing, trail riding, para-gliding, hang-gliding, and swimming, in the river Ceno or at the local swimming pools. It is perfect for photography, painting, bird watching and studying the diverse plant and wild life. Visitors can enjoy tours of the spectacular local castles, fortified towns and museums, and the excellent local produce in the informal and friendly restaurants. A really special treat might be a day being pampered at one of the nearby thermal spas. Your hosts, Suzanne and Pietro, have a good knowledge of the local area; Pietro is fluent in English, Italian and the local dialect; Suzanne is English and is working on her Italian! They have been welcoming guests for several years. One recent guest wrote - 'We had a wonderful stay at Casa Terracotta - the cottage is really lovely and quite unique with every comfort you could wish for and the whole surrounding area is just beautiful. The rates are very reasonable and the owners are extremely friendly and welcoming and supply plenty of information in the cottage about the local and wider area. I would very highly recommend a stay here and will be making a return visit.' Casa Terracotta is an ideal base for exploring the region if you are looking to purchase a new home in Italy. The area is relatively unknown to non-Italians and is therefore unspoiled and offers excellent value in a wide range of properties. Your hosts have good local knowledge and can help with the bureaucratic processes of house buying or renovation. The closest large town is Parma, home of the famous violets, cheese, Barilla pasta, and ham. Masanti is also a great base from which to discover Milano, Portofino, Cinque Terre, Chiavari, Sestri Levanti, Santa Margherita, Pisa, Bologna, Lucca, Prato, Florence, Genova, Venice, Verona, Cremona, the exclusive Italian Riviera, Piacenza, Modena, Ferrara and Ravenna.More
House Rules
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: No
No Parties and events allowed Please say hello to the locals. Only human waste and toilet paper down the pan please, we have our own 'eco-system'. Bags are provided for all other waste. Please do not encourage the local cats and dogs. Most of the regular towns folk are early to bed and early to rise ......
Bathrooms
1 Full bath
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About the Owner
Suzanne D
Languages spoken:English, Italian
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:May 2013
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Reviewed 5 June 2013

Sue and Pietro were great hosts.Make no mistake this is in a small village up in the mountains.The views are fantastic and there are many great places to eat nearby.We had a hire car which meant that we were able to visit many places in...More

Date of stay: June 2012
Thank Jerry W
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Linas, Bretagne, France
Reviewed 21 May 2013

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Date of stay: July 2012
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Reviewed 19 May 2013

Casa Terracotta is a small house, compact but bursting with character and maintains some of the original features. Masanti is a very quiet village in rural Italy. The perfect place to get away from it all. Great walking country (and other more active pursuits beyond...More

Date of stay: September 2012
Thank Cheryl M
Reviewed 16 May 2013

First impressions go a long way - Masanti is a pretty peaceful little village tucked away in the hillside and Casa Terracotta is a delightful little cottage. Very comfortable 2 storey well equipped and modern self catering accommodation for 2 but not for infirm, elderly...More

Date of stay: September 2012
1  Thank Susi57
Reviewed 13 May 2013 via mobile
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Date of stay: May 2013
Amenities
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: No
DVD Player
Books
Dryer
Freezer
Refrigerator
Hairdryer
Housekeeping Included
Iron
Kettle
Linens Provided
Microwave
Mountain Views
Parking
Patio
Private Garden
Stereo System
Cooker
Toaster
Towels Provided
TV
Fishing Nearby
Horse Riding Nearby
Hiking Trips
Rural/Countryside Retreats
Short Term Rentals (4 Days Or Fewer)
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About the neighbourhood
The imediate area is about 96 kilometres west of the beautiful city of Parma and is predominatley mountainous, with two major vallies, for the rivers Taro and Ceno. Masanti is situated on the slopes of Monte Pelpi in the Ceno river valley and has beautiful views of the Ceno Valley, an abundance of wildlife, excellent walking, and has a famous source of natural fresh mineral water which is bottled by Norda in its plant nearby. The area is also renowned for its Porcini or Cep mushrooms and truffles; Masanti is on La Strada del Fungo Porcino di Borgotaro. These delicious fungi are served in the many good restaurants in the area situated along the world famous Le strade dei vini e dei sapori. The scenery in this area is stunning, with high peaks and passes, steep valleys, forests, tiny st...
Getting around
A car is the best way of getting around but there is a train station about 40 minutes away which has direct routes to places like Pisa. Parma and Milano. There are buses too but are not always convenient unless traveling from Bedonia.
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