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Greetings to you future guest!
It is a pleasure to welcome you at the Bed and Breakfast ''Il Mulino Di Valle'' here, in the heart of the Apennines Mountains between Tuscany and Emila. Our centuries old Mill has been refurbished and kept in all it's ancient beauty since the last day the grinding wheels stopped turning more than 40 years ago. Before starting your visit of our unique structure, walk with me across our natural domain that has seen history passing by for the last 1000 years. We are part of many books, stories and legends across all this time.
Our special little micro climate has helped growing an endless mature woods that homed incredible wildlife and are filled with countless wild flowers in every months of the year. Only a few steps away from the watermill you can either follow animals tracks for hours or discover kilometres of our natural walking and cycling trails. The wildlife often come to visit our garden filled with millions of fireflies in summer or during our magic mystic winter nights. Il Mulino di Valle geographical position, deep in the end of a valley where 3 rivers converge, make it ideal for the perfect getaway from the excess of mother nature. Here our summer nights are fresh and winter shows up just enough to be enjoyed. Like an echo from the past, you can hear water running everywhere inside and outside our little B&B. If all this seems already promising: falling asleep in a fresh comfortable bed, under the sound of running water, will blow your mind away... But wait, as the magic is far from over...
As we walked back to the Mill, following the ancient mill stream, you can noticed a first glimpse of what we will offer you. You see a lone stone structure with no neighbour, standing among tall trees, with two large verandas where you will maybe read or enjoy dinner and the river-rock paved court to dance under traditional music on special events. As you get closer to the old entrance door of Il Mulino Di Valle, you are passing by one of the last working Antique Wood Oven where we cook our breakfast bread, meals and pizzas for your own delight.
Ready to push the old door carved with the initials of the last millers?
It opened onto centuries ago. Thick rock walls are framing the intact remains of the mill grinders and mechanisms, still waiting for the water to make them move again. Maybe on your way to admire this piece of history, you will notice the old dinning room next door with its 2 meter wide fireplace and a range of unique Mountain Wine and Balsamic Vinegar. This is where you will enjoy your complete organic homemade breakfast with sweet and salty options or one of the traditional Italian dinners we can offer. Next to the grinding wheels, our newly install wood stove make sure to keep you warm in colder months. This large mill room can host different events, group dinners and use for different purpose.
The stairs will bring you to the hall of the Grain Floor of the mill, where they used to store the grain many years ago. The only two bedrooms of this floor are sharing a living room with TV(movies), books and games, a hall with a tourist information centre and a bathroom. The full Grain Floor is then ideal for families or group of friends. On the other hand, both rooms can be rented separately giving, in either of them, all the privacy and intimacy you can wish for.
***On one side you will find the impressive Suite Peonia that offers a unique antique experience. With its incredible furniture chosen to create a peaceful harmony between the low majestic wood beam ceiling and the three rock walls, it will stunned you without any doubt. The opening of any of its 4 windows will bring inside a soft sound of the ever running water from the mill stream.
***On the other side of the hall, the beautiful Twin Girasole is waiting for you under its old wooden ceiling. This room offers a double or twin bed solution ideal for friends, children or workers. It is flooded in light by two windows that easily bring in the fresh breeze of our valley.
***Our last option of room will need you to return to the outside courtyard where a private entrance opens upon to our complete Apartment Lilium. It has a newly equipped kitchen, a private bathroom, a dining room and a wonderful bedroom. The smell of burning wood from the stone fireplace situated the heart of this last one, a liberty set of couches and a large comfortable bed are welcoming you to a unique timeless atmosphere. Antique floor, wood ceiling and multiple rock walls open up to green nature through the seven windows.
Now the difficult choice is for you to make between all those options which all included our complete range of services:
– Large Organic Breakfast – Wireless Internet – Free Parking – Sheets, towels and bathrobes – Room cleaning – Luggage deposit – Tourist Information Centre – Laundry Service – Transport Service
Then, as you finally enjoy your holiday, you can choose between our vast range of activities, products, local discounts, traditional meals, classes and tours to enjoy a memorable stay. All these services are private, unique and shared by locals just for you. There is some for all tastes:
- Discounted Ferrari Drive in Maranello (10 minutes away) where you also find the Ferrari F1 Museum
- Paragliding above the Mill from the Castle of Monfestino
- Famous Castle Restaurant Balugola discounts (300 meter from us) where are served some 16e century recipes
- Reflexology Massages
- Naturopathic consultation
- Adventure Park discounts in Serramazzoni (10 min) where you can find all the facilities (Bank, local markets, pharmacy, craft shop, very quiet swimming pool, tennis court and sport facilities)
- Pasta Making or Cooking Lessons with a real Italian Mamma!
- Sourdough Bread class, cooked in an antique wood oven (wholemeal rock grind flour)
- Prosciutto making – Natural and historical tours of our land and our beautiful village of Valle (from 1000)
- Organic and Biodynamic Mountain Wine tour and tasting
- Balsamic Vinegar explain and taste from high quality Private production
- Local farm and natural products
- Complete Italian dinners from our world wide gastronomic renown region Emilia-Romagnia
We are totally dedicated to create real unforgettable memories and new services are always added to the list as we fulfill all the special requests of our guests. Often taking the old Italians of the area out of their retirement for them to share their passions or stories. All those experiences are from friends, family and contacts; nothing is commercial.
What to see and visit:
As you will most probably expend your stay like many before you, you will discover many small hidden treasures of Italy. Our Mill is nicely situated in the first hills between the plain of Modena and the mountains of the Apennines.
In our near neighbourhood, the beautiful natural park of the Bucamante's waterfalls is even connected to our domain by antique walking trails. We also have unique local activities that are worth your visit like the Wood Oven bakery ''Il Forno di Pazzano'' where you can buy fresh organic bread and special homemade products and the CasaBoni Winery offering generous wine Tasting of its unique small production of organic and biodynamic mountain wine aged by ancestral method. Many farm shops are close by and offer high quality products at very convenient prices.
Castles as Pompeano and Montecuccolo can be visited as you follow an incredible scenic drives towards the mountains. Those are even leading you to the ski slopes of the Abetone and Cimone mountains within 45 minutes. You will also find along the way, with our indications, unique roman bridges and gorgeous little villages unknown by tourists. Many national parks as the ''Sassi di Roccamalatina'' that offers breathtaking scenery when explored by car, mountain bikes or by foot. It is worth mentioning that Italy is a worldwide gastronomic centre and our mountains are in fact its heart. (Forbe Magazine reviews).
In the opposite direction, driving towards the plains, you can visit the Antique Rose Museum before reaching the Ferrari town of Maranello 15 minutes away. The castle of Vignola is a must see as much as the village of Castlevetro, just a little off the way towards the historic city of Modena with its beautiful centre. The near town of Sassuolo offers you nice Thermal Spa and Spilamberto hosts the Balsamic Vinegar Museum, that originally comes from Modena.
Il Mulino di Valle, with our stunning geographical position, is a perfect location to relax and recuperate between the visits of crowded main Italian hotspots. We are situated in the middle between Florence (Tuscany), the Dolomites, Venice, Bologna, Mantova, Ferrara, Cinque Terre and Milan. It is the also an incomparable getaway for a Special holiday in the sunny Italian countryside.
Let us transform your vacation in a unique experience, where history, nature and gastronomy meet to then let you go back home with unforgettable memories.
We are looking forward to have a glass of mountain wine with you, next to our old grinders with the echo, through the rock walls, of the running water. Us, the Mill Keepers, and our centuries old antique mill with its atmosphere frozen in time, are warmly welcoming you to sleep back in time and live the ancient Italian rhythm of life...
-The Mill Keepers-
Me and my girlfriend Jess are pleasant and relaxed people. I'm from Canada and Jess is from Italy, but with also English background. We both travelled a lot and we know what it means not to have the comforts of when you're not home, That's why we like to welcome our guests in the best way as possible and to make them feel home. We love company, nature and to share the beauties that our area has to offer. For us it's important that our guests will have a memorable time here and enjoy the chance of feeling the ancient Mill atmosphere, while the sound of running water will follow you through your stay.
Our motto is. Don't Dream your live your dream. :)
Looking forward in meeting you. Yan & Jess
Jessica Marmiroli purchased this mill in 2014
We were driving by this property everyday. It is impossible to not notice and my started calling it the Dream House. After a year of letting the ideas growing in our minds we finally jump onto the beautiful adventure...
So far all our guests, with no exception, agreed that our structure is a little hidden treasure among all the accommodation out there. Yo are finding here an atmosphere impossible to find anywhere else: a perfect combination of real antique rustic Italian house with all the comfort of nowadays, a peacefulness accessible from urban centre and a vast variety of activities and possibilities from Ferrari Drive to wood oven bread making.
We are devote to our guests and make a lot of effort to create a dream to make their stay a real unforgettable memory.
Charming restored mill apartment in the hills outside Modena. Very knowledgeable, friendly, and enthusiastic hosts, Yan and Jessica, provided tons of great information and suggestions for dining, touring, and things to do. We never had a bad meal and the fresh breakfast they prepared every morning was incredible! Thank you for accommodating us at the last minute and making our last week in Italy this year memorable. Give Big Boy a scratch on the head for us!
We arrived in Modena at the half way point of our 3 week vacation and it was just what we needed. Relaxing, cool (we so needed a break from the heat!) and so beautiful.
The mill is a wonder and Yan and Jessica have created a real paradise. We found the accommodations pristine, comfortable and well appointed.
Yan spent his days with us being our tour guide and was so informed about everything from the history of the mill, the surrounding towns, watch towers, the mountains, balsamic vinigar, goats, cheese etc etc etc he knows his stuff!
Jessica made us amazing food using tomatoes, herbs from the garden and makes her own ricotta cheese, aged meats and on an on. Cannot say enough about the food!
The hosts Yan and Jessica are fun and welcoming and so is their family and dog Big Boy. We even sang songs around a camp fire in the evening after home made pizzas in their pizza oven!
I highly recommend a stay at the mill!!
Il Mulino di Valle is a special place. Nestled in the valley outside of Serramazzoni, you can easily imagine yourself back in time. The sound of the running water from the stream and the church bells ringing every half hour is enough to make anyone chill out. The "Mill Keepers" (Jess & Yann) are wonderful--very knowledgable about the mill, food of the region, and what to do in the area. We had a special experience making pasta and pizza that Jess arranged. The beds were very comfortable and the micro climate of the valley where the Mill is located makes great sleeping weather! This was our favorite spot in the middle of a 10 day trip that included Venice and Lake Maggiore. The only watch-out is that you need to be prepared to drive on narrow winding roads to get to any of the small, charming surrounding towns. I hope to get back there one day!
We spent just under four weeks in Italy with visits in Venice, Rome, Florence, Lucca, Barga and at the Water Mill. The favorite of all of the entire family was the Water Mill. It is beautifully restored and maintained attracting our historic preservation interests. The Balsamic Vinegar and Wine tasting our foodie interests. The Ferrari museum the auto interests. The hiking our our desire for the outdoors. The goats and their milking and making cheese for the Food to Table learning interests and my son's pure joy! The Mill Keepers are amazingly welcoming, kind and full of information. The accommodations nice. The area was wonderful and contain for everyone, including more we hope to see on a later visit to this gem of a location.
When we read the description of this apartment it seemed to good to be true. It looked like everything we hope to find in a vacation rental. We were looking for somewhere to spend three nights at the end of our Italy trip, so we contacted the owner for more information. Jessica suggested that three nights was not enough to appreciate everything the area has to offer, and she made the location sound so delightful that we juggled our schedule a little and ended up booking for five nights.
Well, she was quite right - we have never enjoyed a five night stay more than we did here. Jessica's account was in no way exaggerated. She and Yan were gracious and generous hosts, and we really enjoyed getting to know them. They provided a lovely breakfast to begin our day, and were able to point us towards features we would enjoy. We came to appreciate what a magnificent job they have done in restoring the mill. A highlight of our visit was a tour of the mill property that helped us to appreciate the history of this corner of Emilia Romagna.
To be a little more specific, here's what we seek on a vacation that we found here: Modena is a city that is not too large, but that offers interesting attractions. Food is important for us, and Jessica was able to point us towards delightful restaurants offering food that is traditional to the area, not too expensive. We love hiking in the countryside, and exploring small picturesque villages. This is available around the mill, or a short drive away. If these are your objectives for a vacation, there's nowhere we would recommend more highly.
We had a fantastic time. Jessica and Yan are one of the bests hosts I've met! They really made sure our stay was perfect! The place is super clean and very well taken care of. It is a little "in the middle of nowhere", but it's worth it because of all the nice natural scenery. And actually there are a couple of restaurants at walking distance from the place.
- Antique Rose Museum for plant lovers. :)
- The restaurant '' Balugola'' is an antique Castle from 1029 that gives to our customers the chance of experiencing medieval menus with good discounts.
- REFLEXOLOGY massages can be arranged.
- Cooking courses of all sort and animal/countryside living tours can be arrange.
- Wine tasting tours of organic wine.
- Balsamic vinegar tasting are available.
-And much more! Just mention your interests!
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My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $21 per night, per additional guest|
Upon check-in you must show a valid ID to legal obligations. -Check-in after 14:00. -Check-out before 11:00. -The services included are: breakfast, housekeeping, internet WiFi, free parking, living room with TV, books, games and luggage storage. -Rooms are cleaned twice a week. -Smoking is allow only outside or in the two verandas. -Animals are allow only outside.