3 Bedroom Farmhouse With Modern Facilities, A Terrazzo And Even An Old Wood Oven
- english, italian
About Frank Bragoli
This is the old family home that dad and I refurbished in 2002
Why Frank Bragoli chose Vernasca
This house was used by my family as far back as records go, i spend a lot of time here upkeeping all so that we and our guests find it pleasant.
What makes this Farmhouse unique
The benefits of this house is that its self contained so one can relax and unwind and enjoy their holiday.
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Everything we needed in the area we wanted
My husband and I rented this beautiful home for 9 nights in September 2017. It was our first trip to Italy, and we wanted to experience the Emilia-Romagna area in particular. In the end we only stayed 6 nights, but that was because we made some last-minute changes to our itinerary once we arrived. Frank was super helpful from start to finish and very prompt in responding to emails. He gave us great directions to the house and provided suggestions for shopping, dining, and sightseeing. We were not able to coordinate a time to meet in person, but we had no trouble getting into the house and found everything easily once inside.
We had two minor issues: there was no tumble dryer as listed on HomeAway, so we had to hang laundry outside to dry. We normally have no problem with this but we happened to be there during a rainy week; happily we managed, and having the washing machine was very helpful. Also, at the risk of sounding like a pair of Goldilocks, we didn't find any of the three beds very comfortable. However we recently invested in a very high-end mattress at home so it's entirely possible we have become snobs.
As mentioned there was quite a bit of rain while we were there, and temperatures ranged from 11C in the hills to 23C on lower ground. Luckily Frank had warned us in advance that the typical weather was off-kilter, so we had packed accordingly. We did have a very nice fire one night to help ward off the chill. On nice mornings I sat outside on the terrace with a book and hot chocolate while letting hubby sleep late, and we dined outside a few times too.
Frank generously left us a case each of his red and white wines. We only tried the red and found it delightful. What a nice treat!
We had researched activities, festivals, and other events in advance of our arrival, but we did not come across "The Best of Italy 100" race until we arrived. This was a car, cycle and bike race based in Castel'Arquatto, so we were able to go check out all the Italian-made vehicles which was a very nice surprise while we checked out the castle and village. We were able to find online information regarding road closures during the race which was helpful in our planning over those three days. We took some long drives through the countryside and had some great meals despite a bit of a language barrier. Everyone was welcoming, and Google Translate was extremely helpful throughout our trip! Next trip we'll have better Italian. Excellent rental!
My husband and I have recently relocated to the Netherlands and decided to take our Holiday in Italy with our 3 grown children. Franks Home was the perfect spot for us. The small beautiful town that was perfect for us to take day trips to the ocean, Milan, Parma, and Modena. The house and it's amenities were everything we needed to hang out, cook, relax and sleep! Thanks Frank and family! We would recommend your home to all of our friends and family! A perfect spot for a family reunion!
We spent a week in this beautiful villa during a heatwave in July. The house was spotless and well appointed and we appreciated also having a fan. The thick walls and shutters kept the house cool and we loved eating out on the balcony in the cool of the evening. Frank and Gaby were delightful hosts and we enjoyed the complimentary wine. There are many interesting towns to visit in the vicinity and we made interesting trips to Cremona and Parma. We would definitely return, if possible.
Ideale locatie voor de sportieve tourfietser
De locatie is in een dag vanuit Nederland aan te rijden en ligt op het randje van de Apennijnen, zodat voor maken van fietstochten gekozen kan worden tussen de Po-vlakte in het noorden en oosten, en de Apennijnen in het zuiden en westen. Keuze te over dus. Daarnaast zijn talloze alternatieven aanwezig (zoals de beschrijving ook aangeeft) om een rustdagje in de omgeving door te komen. Na vele jaren verschillende locaties in Noord-Italië geboekt te hebben zitten we nu al weer 5 jaar aaneen jaarlijks op deze locatie om er een weekje te fietsen met de fietsgroep waarbij ook de partners zich in de omgeving vermaken. Daarnaast spreekt eigenaar Frank accentloos Engels, wat de communicatie erg makkelijk maakt. What to say more about this beautiful location...
I don't understand a word but I am shore it's a great review,
Wonderful stay at this charming farmhouse.
We rented this property over the holidays and had a wonderful stay. It is just as it is described and Frank was very accommodating and helpful with all of our questions (there were a lot since it was our first trip to the area!). The town is quite charming and a great place to stay if you are looking for an authentic Italian experience. We found some great spots to eat in Lugagnano which is only about a 10 minute drive. We took day trips to Milan, Piacenza, Bologna, and Venice and found the driving easy. There are also smaller towns nearby like Castell'Arquato which are worth seeing. The home had everything we needed and was quite comfortable. It was also great to have internet access. I would definitely recommend this lovely home and plan on returning. We will always have lovely memories of this trip!
QUIET, COZY AND A BARGAIN FOR THE PRICE
Our small family ( Dad, Mom and adult son) were fortunate to call Francesco's smaller apartment, home for 2 weeks while traveling in Emelia Romagna. We used it as "home base" for all the trips that took us to the sites that we longed to visit ... Parma, Bologna, Genoa, Cinque Terre. We found it delightful in that it was spotlessly clean, peaceful and soooo....cozy. The kitchen was well equipped (thank you, Frank) and the wood stove was a delight on the days when it snowed and we chose to stay home and read. Although somewhat off the beaten path, (Casteletto is teeny) a short drive to neighboring towns provided necessities and groceries for the many meals that we made made at the villa. Internet, peace, good food and family....in the midst of the Italian countryside...what more could one ask for?
Castelletto is a small village near Vernasca and Lugagnano (10 min drive) for small shops etc. It is on the Via Francigena, one of the old pilgrim routes, that where used by people from all over Europe, to get to Rome. The whole area is full of places of interests. Medieval castles, Castell'arquato and Vigoleno, where opera concerts are held, just to name a few. There are many market towns, 1 for every day of the week. There is an abundance of things to do and see. Clients have remarked how beautiful and peaceful, and how friendly the locals were. So come and see for yourself. For lovers of great food this is one of the best areas in Italy to visit, and if you want to learn how to make home made food this is the place to come and learn, cooking classes can be arranged.
Patrick Symmes.( travel writer and author, stayed in our house) wrote an article in Traveler Magazine about this area, and Emiliaromagna.
Golf: There are 22 championship golf courses in Emilia-Romagna 3 within 30min drive ( we are members of the Castell'arquato Golf Club ).
Ski: Skiing resorts are about two hours drive north in the Italian Alps
PS.WE ALSO ARRANGE CATERING FOR WEDDINGS AND ORGANIZE COOKING CLASSES