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Casa Terracotta, stone steps lead to the original front door, which is about 5'3" high.
Casa Terracotta has double glazed windows and aluminium shutters;  environmentally friendly air con.
The sitting area with TV/DVD/CD players, books, mags, DVDs and tourist information.
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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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Meet the host
Suzanne D
Hosting since May 2013
Languages spoken: English, Italian
Response Time: Within a few hours
Interaction with guestsI aim to always greet guests on arrival and show them round the house, I ask what kind of holiday they are looking for and offer tips at that point. I then like to check everything is alright the first morning of the stay. After that I am available if guests have any questions but they have to come to me. I live close by and am usually at home.
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LUIS BARTOLOMÉ Z
LUIS BARTOLOMÉ Z
14 contributions
Excelente atención y maravilloso lugar
Wonderfull place, very comfortable. You can find everything you need and Susan and Pietro are very generous and helpfull. It's a very quiet place where you can find peace and relax. If you want homemade coocking there is everything you need and excellent places and restaurantes to dinner. In Bedonia there are markets and shopping and the road is fine. Thanks for everything. Tante grazie e auguri per PIETRO E SUSAN SALUTI PELUSA Y LUIS
Visited April 2017
Written April 18, 2017. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Suzanne D
Suzanne D
Thank you! It was a pleasure to meet you and we hope to see you again. Tante auguri a te!
Written April 20, 2017. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

BonoV1
BonoV1
London, United Kingdom
Peaceful fresh air in a lovely place
We had a lovely stay at Casa Terracotta. Suze was an excellent host, with plenty of information that helped us make the most of our 4 days there. Its a challenging walk to the top of Pelpi but the views are worth it; and Bardi is a lumpy 12km cycle but makes for an excellent lunch, and afternoon around the castle. And you must go to the local restaurant (Oppici) and have the Antipasti, followed by everything you still have space for. We will definitely stay again. Thank you
Visited August 2015 Traveled as a couple
Written August 31, 2015. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveler and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Nicola T
Nicola T
Folkestone, United Kingdom22 contributions
Peace, tranquility, quality - the REAL Italian experience
I would Strongly recommend even just a short stay at Casa Terracotta. From the accommodation to the friendliness of hosts Suzanne and Pietro. Their local knowledge, experience and language, to the beauty of the village and surrounding countryside this is a MUST STOP. To truly switch off and feel whole again there is nowhere better to bring you back together. Local food choices are terrific and world wide known names but who knew they all came from this one small area of Italy. Parma ham from Parma; Modena balsamic from Modena; Massanti water from Massanti (where you stay); Parmesan Regianno - the real deal; fungi to eat your heart out; Bolognaise from Bologna - shall I go on? The list is endless. It's ALL right under your nose. Doesn't cost a fortune, which it should. What an under rated part of the world. I would recommend this establishment for a seriously good Italian experience. Tuscany may be good but for true experience Emilia Romagna tops it every time. Try it - you will be So pleasantly surprised.
Visited August 2015 Traveled with family
Written August 14, 2015. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveler and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

kevin w
kevin w
Caernarfon, United Kingdom10 contributions
A very tranquil and pleasent stay
stumbled on this place purely by accident after being rescued by Pietro on a motorbike tour around Europe where I had an accident on the nearby road. Pietro and Suzanne couldn't have helped me enough. stayed for 3 nights over a bank holiday weekend awaiting recovery. Pietro loaded my broken bike on his pickup and took me to their beautiful apartment. I was made to feel so relaxed and welcome. I cant thank them enough for making a stressful ordeal into a pleasant one. I would definitely return and stay at Casa Terracotta in the future as I have fond memories of this place. Hopefully next time it will be under better circumstances..
Visited June 2015 Traveled solo
Written June 4, 2015. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Wilda L
Wilda L
3 contributions
Quaint and Quirky
After spending two weeks touring northern Italy it was a nice treat to end our vacation at Casa Terracotta. The village was small and remote, but beautiful and peaceful. Suzanne and Pietro were very friendly and we enjoyed sitting in the garden with them after a long day of exploration. The property is well maintained and we were invited to walk around the village and explore. So if you are tired of the hustle and bustle of the tourist sites and larger cities, Casa Terracotta is the place to stay.
Visited May 2015 Traveled as a couple
Written May 17, 2015. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Jamie S
Jamie S
Lovely, charming place and very warm people
The hosts, Suzanne and her husband Pietro, were extremely welcoming and accommodating, and Casa Terracotta is a very nice place to stay. We found the property to be very comfortable and charming. It is also surrounded by lush greenery, and the landscape is absolutely stunning. I highly recommend staying here.
Visited August 2014 Traveled as a couple
Written September 30, 2014. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveler and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Brian R
Brian R
Norwich, United Kingdom1 contribution
Delightfully modern and cosy accommodation set in beautful small village midst fantastic scenery.
Casa Terracotta is 100% as advertisements more! It is comfortable, cosy, modern and is an ideal base for walking and sightseeing. It was great to 'come home' to on days we were out and it was also a restful and relaxing place to be anytime of the day. Suzanne and Pietro made us very welcome and were on hand with useful guidance on places to visit and places to eat etc.
Visited July 2014 Traveled as a couple
Written July 30, 2014. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Christina M
Christina M
Fremantle, Australia1 contribution
Wonderful stay in a welcoming friendly private home with excellent hosting
Suzanne welcomed us to such a beautiful home in the mountains - freshly decorated, clean, and very friendly hosting. Casa Teracotta offered a peaceful environment, clean mountain air, easy access to main town centre Bedonia, and a delicious restaurant only 5 minutes down the road. There are so many attractions to explore, different towns, and the surrounding magnificent nature. We would completely recommend Casa Teracotta and Suzanne as a host.
Visited July 2013 Traveled as a couple
Written December 22, 2013. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveler and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

SARA S
SARA S
Paignton, United Kingdom27 contributions
Wonderful place to come and unwind and discover some of the real and unspoilt Italy
Lovely cottage in the charming Bedonia area of Italy. Ideal if you wish to explore the stunning countryside of this area and the beautiful local towns and villages, which are filled with character and history. The cottage is in a lovely location in a small hamlet and the owners are on site if you require any help or advice, which I did, and found to be very useful. The cottage was spotlessly clean and fully equipped to a very high standard, and I would say suited mainly to couples who are happy to be 'away from the madning crowd' and want to get out and about and explore. There are lovely walks along rivers and through the hills, with every turn giving yet another fantastic view. We ate at several local restaurants and loved the local dishes, and found the prices very reasonable. Made welcome where ever we went. Hiring a car is highly recommended, but be prepared for winding roads, although in general the driving was quite easy. Take the train to Parma to see a place that is often overlooked and is well worth a visit.
Visited June 2013 Traveled as a couple
Written June 25, 2013. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveler and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Ffoodie
Ffoodie
Faversham, United Kingdom66 contributions
Delightful mountain hideaway
We've been to stay twice at Casaterracotta, enjoyed getting there through marvellous landscapes and feel very welcome when we arrive. Small cottage, well equipped & with some original features. Found it easy to explore all around including going by train from Bedonia to Pisa, and driving to the Ligurian coast. Suzanne and Pete are v hospitable and knowledgeable about the area. Stunning views and architecture in the whole region. Recommended!
Visited September 2011 Traveled as a couple
Written June 21, 2013. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveler and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

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What this rental offers
  • DVD Player
  • Dryer
  • Freezer
  • Refrigerator
  • Housekeeping Included
  • Iron
  • Kettle
  • Linens Provided
  • Microwave
  • Mountain Views
  • Parking
  • Patio
  • Private Yard
  • Stereo System
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Towels Provided
  • TV
  • Fishing Nearby
  • Horse Riding Nearby
  • Hiking Trips
  • Rural/Countryside Retreats
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About the neighborhood
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 stone villages clinging to the sides of the hills, and exciting hair-pin-bend roads taking you from one amazing view to the next. Masanti has proper season's with summer temperatures are in the mid 20's getting much hotter lower down on the plains. The mountains in the winter time are covered with snow we have been known to experience - 20 in the winter!
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.
Access
Car required
How to get there
From Parma aiport. Exit the car park and turn right, at the roundabout head for La Spezia. On to the next roundabout again head for La Spezia taking the 2nd exit. Join the duel carriage way, take the FIRST exit but stay on for no longer than 10 seconds come off right at Junction 9 La Spezia. This junction is not clear so be aware. Stay on the duel carriage way looking for a junction on the right for La Spezia. The exit is not visible and sign is on the junction. Go up the ramp to the roundabout and take the first exit right for La Spezia carry on until the next roundabout, take the first right for Fornovo at the next roundabout take the second exit Fornovo/La Spezia. Carry on through Fornovo, past the Fiat Dealers on left, shortly after the dealers is a junction to the right for Borgotaro/Chiavari stay on this road looking for Borgotaro and Chiavari at junctions. Stay on the main road heading for Borgo Val Di Taro, then on to Bedonia, once in Bedonia follow the signs for Bardi, the junction is on the right up the hill. Stay on the road to Bardi and Masanti is approximately a 20 minute drive up. Shortly past the water factory the road up to Masanti is signed with a blue sign Masanti Di Sopra
Activities nearby
Fishing NearbyHorse Riding Nearby
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