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“FABULOUS!! 10/10!!! LOVED IT!!!”
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The shared outdoor pool has a glorious mountain vista
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La Stalla La Stalla (centre) from the vineyard below
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The shared outdoor pool has a glorious mountain vista
La Stalla
La Stalla (centre) from the vineyard below
The shared pool, at sunrise
Sundowners, anyone?!
The views from La Stalla are stunning
Enjoy the mountain vista from your private terrace
Watch the sun rise from your east-facing terrace
Kitchen and dining area
The cosy sitting area with pellet-burning stove
The dining area and staircase
The double-height ceiling with stairs to mezzanine floor
The huge double bedroom has large picture windows with lovely mountain views
La Stalla on a beautiful winter's day
The river is just a few minutes' walk from La Stalla
River swimming
Keen walkers might brave the Tibetan Bridge, part of a Via Ferrata
The Pietra di Bismantova is a local landmark
Bismantova, viewed from Quara
Visit the Castello delle Carpinete for some spectacular views!
The lovely town of Modena is only an hour away
A visit to Bologna is a must
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1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 3
Toano, Province of Reggio Emilia, Emilia-Romagna

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bexbee
Billingham, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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“FABULOUS!! 10/10!!! LOVED IT!!!”
Reviewed 14 June 2014 for a stay in June 2014

My husband and I spent a week here in early Italy and, WOW, what an amazing place!!

The house is delightful, spotlessly clean with everything you need (including a washing machine - not that I had any intention of doing laundry on my holiday!) and it was extremely comfortable and nicely decorated. The shared pool is only 10 feet from the door of the villa and it catches the sun all day, with wonderful views of vineyards, trees and rolling hills. Cooling off in the outdoor shower and/or pool was a total necessity in the heat that we experienced during our visit - brilliant!

Polly, the property manager, was very welcoming and helpful. She gave us some great tips about where to eat and the best places to shop - Toano and Quara are only a short drive away and both have everything you will need, including copious amounts of the local tipple, Lambrusco frizzante!.

The locals, though clearly not used to many tourists (it is, after all, a rural farming area with rolling hills, winding roads and FANTASTIC scenery) were very welcoming. Not many spoke more than a couple of words of English but with my couple of words of Italian and lots of hand gesticulation and shoulder shrugging (very Italian!), we managed to communicate and they were all very helpful and friendly. We even got some locally made Parmigiano Reggiano which is delicious and a great holiday souvenir - don't forget to get some from Quara! We did some walking, paddling in the river, a bit of sightseeing and eating out but really it was just a week of R&R, and what a perfect place for it!

The added bonus was that the sun shone for the entire week - we couldn't have asked for more!

I would most definitely recommend a visit to Villa Bonicelli - a beautiful oasis of peace and tranquility in the Italian countryside, and we're definitely planning on returning very soon!

Date of stay: June 2014
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Your age range 35-49
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BenFriend
Bangkok
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“Everything we hoped it would be”
Reviewed 16 August 2013 for a stay in July 2013
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A beautiful conversion of an archetypal Italian farm building, we fell in love as soon as we arrived. Polly, the property manager, was there to greet us (even though we were a little late arriving) and had prepared a welcome pack with all the basics we needed until we could get to the shops, and a bottle of wine to sooth the aches of the journey! She was warm, friendly and helped us massively with her extensive local knowledge and fluent Italian. The property was immaculately clean and extremely well appointed and the views from the terrace across the valley are stunning. We spent the majority of our 5 nights there just enjoying being in such a beautiful place - it is a tremendous spot for doing very little! When we did venture out the local people were extraordinarily friendly (although having some basic Italian is a big help) with ample shops and restaurants within a 30 min drive. Don't expect extensive menus and silver service, do expect real home-cooking, local wine and genuine warmth. The area is dotted with some wonderful, moderate to easy walking with some more challenging routes available also. Many routes start/finish at cafes or restaurants, which is an added incentive! About 10 minutes drive from the property is a parmesan cheese 'factory' which provided us with gifts for friends and family and enough delicious cheese to keep us going till Christmas! We would whole-heartedly recommend this property to friends and family looking to experience rural Italy and undertake some deep relaxation. My only reservations are that the short (10m) path from the driveway is very steep and, although we were travelling with our 6 month old baby and had no issues, it would not be suitably for anyone with limited mobility. Also, if you're over 6 feet you may find the bed a bit short. All in all, a wonderful place to unwind and one which we will certainly be going back to.

Date of stay: July 2013
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Liked best: Superb renovation and stunning location
Liked least: Access is steep (fine for the able bodied) and bed's a bit short if you're over 6 feet
Travelling group: Young Children
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Reviewed 19 July 2013 for a stay in July 2013

Date of stay: July 2013
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Liked best: Views from the property and the location near the river
Liked least: Insects, but that is to be expected in the country side. There are fly screens in the bedroom for protection at night.
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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