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Believed to have been a rural monastic retreat to the nearby Abbazia Sant' Urbano, the house and its attached chapel sit in 6 acres of lovely mature grounds, including a newly-planted red grape vineyard.
Built of local stone around 1680, the small regular brick shaped pieces apparently denoted the owner's wealth and status. The house remained under the ownership of two wealthy Jesi/Ancona families, the Federicis and Pichiettis, for over 200 years until it fell into disrepair in the post war years and was used as the local village school. Further neglect ensued and its latter incarnation was as a farm dwelling with cow stalls on the ground floor and basic farmer's living accommodation on the first floor. An outside staircase dating from the 1950s was added for this purpose but removed by the current owner to restore the frontage to its original state.
The Chapel was built in around 1750 and dedicated to San Bernadetto. Regular village masses were performed here until the 1980s.
Accommodating 12-15 people, this historic property comprises 7 bedrooms over 2 floors: a master bedroom with en suite bathroom (claw foot bath and wet room shower) and adjoining single bedroom/dressing room on the first floor; 5 further double bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, underfloor heating, modern fitted kitchen linked to kitchen/breakfast room with open fireplace, 2 large sitting rooms with open fire, TV/DVD room, separate dining room, utility room and downstairs shower/WC room, grand central corridor, sacristy/entrance hall, cloakroom and chapel. To the exterior lies a swimming pool and terrace with wonderful views over the surrounding villages and rolling hills and vineyards. Mature trees, including olives, pear, walnut and grand oaks compliment the newly laid grass lawns and sweeping driveway around the property.
The house comfortably accommodates three families: on the first floor the master bedroom and adjoining single room share one bathroom and separate entrance; one small double bedroom is located off the central landing area; a separate archway links two further double bedrooms and shared bathroom between them with sunken bath, WC, bidet and walk-in shower. The attic (third) floor has full standing height and comprises of two large double bedrooms (one with 3 x single beds and one with double sofa bed) with bathroom in between them with WC, bidet, bath and shower attachment. Note there is some compromised head space here.
The ground floor accommodation comprises of library/study room with archway leading to a large sitting room with two comfortable 3 seater sofas surrounding an open fire place and French windows out to the garden and outdoor eating terrace under the shade of a beautiful oak tree opposite. The house was restored respecting the original room layouts, thus the rooms flow off the main central corridor with archways to the chapel at one end and library/sitting room at the other. The old kitchen with fireplace and breakfast table links to a modern fitted kitchen; the TV room with DVD player and Dolby Surround Sound lies between the study and formal dining room, both with French windows to an outside gravel terrace. There is a utility room with washing machine, tumble dryer and butler's sink with adjoining downstairs shower room and WC with door to the outside which serves as a useful swimming pool change area. A further downstairs cloakroom with sink and bidet lies off the sacristy/entrance hall. Here, the original baptismal/Holy water font is set into the stone wall. Outside, the 14m x 5m swimming pool is situated a short walk from the house across the lawn. A pizza oven and BBQ area are currently under construction nearby. Plenty of trees offer shady spots for relaxation around the garden and for those of a more active nature, a field behind the barn/garage area is perfect for football/badminton etc. Tennis courts are located nearby in Apiro and Poggio San Vicino.
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the owner's discretion. Changeover day is Saturday but we aim to be flexible if there is no other booking. 25% of the full rental fee is payable by bank transfer to secure booking. Remainder of fee payable 6 weeks prior to commencement of booking together with Security Deposit of Euro 500. This will be refunded within 2 weeks after departure. Cancellation fee 50% of rental fee if booking cancelled 3 weeks or more before commencement date. Thereafter the full fee is retained. A supplementary charge will be made for any additional services such as daily cleaning and off-site laundry or supply of a private chef. Guests staying during low season periods when central heating is used will be required to pay a gas supplement based on usage. Advice on local area/restaurants/trips/winery tours etc. available from our caretakers who will assist with bookings where possible. For further information and a full photo gallery please visit our new website at: www.monasterofavari.com and do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.
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AS SEEN IN THE SUNDAY TIMES - HOME SECTION COVER STORY - 20th MAY 2012. ALSO JUST APPEARED ON 3/1/15 IN TELEGRAPH BEST OF ITALY 2015 - TOP 10 VILLA HOLIDAYS
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A stunning, tranquil position offers up a soulful, historic house with chapel, recently reborn after a sensitive restoration.
Situated on a quiet country 'white' road, overlooking the town of Apiro to the north and the picturesque mountain village of Poggio San Vicino to the south, in the foothills of Monte San Vicino, Monastero di Favari is a beautiful 17th century former monastery-turned gentleman's villa. Discovered 6 years ago as a sleeping romantic ruin, it has been recently renovated to a high standard whilst keeping its character and soul strongly intact. The charming small town of Apiro is only 5 minutes drive away, lovely Cupramontana, the capital of the Verdicchio wine region, lies 10 minutes away and the town of Cingoli 20 minutes drive away past the pretty man made Cingoli lake. The historic cities of Jesi and Fabriano, two important centres, lie within a 25 minutes drive. The house offers the perfect combination for a family holiday: a beautiful rural setting not far from the life of lovely Marchigani towns.
Local attractions include the world-renowned Frasassi Caves only 20 minutes drive away, the beautiful rocky beaches of the Conero Peninsula and the sandy beaches of Senigallia and San Benedetto del Tronto within 50 minutes. The historic picturesque towns of Cingoli ('The Balcony of the Marches'), Treja, Fabriano, San Severino Marche are all within easy reach, and a 2 hour drive will take you to the famous cities of Urbino, Ascoli Piceno, Todi, Assisi and Perugia in Umbria. For children, there is horse riding nearby in Apiro, the famous El Dorado water park and Cingoli lake with its mini beach and pedalos. For wine lovers, the house is on the Vie dell Verdicchio, the route of the region's celebrated white grape and offers cellar door tastings all within 30 minutes drive and closer. For hikers and nature lovers the Monte San Vicino park is on your doorstep (with the less peaceful option of quad biking!) and for winter skiers the Sibillini Mountains lie within a 90 minute drive. For those of a cultural mind, in July Macerata (40 minutes) stages the world famous Opera festival in its historic arena, the Sferisterio and is host to the world's best opera singers and performers. Concerts run year round. Sports enthusiasts can enjoy seasonal cinghale (wild boar) hunting and fishing, golf at the renowned Monte Conero Golf Club on the coast in Sirolo, yachting and water sports at Ancona and the beaches of the Conero Peninsula.
Easily accessible via low cost flights to Ancona, Pescara, Rimini or Perugia from London, Le Marche's wonderful geographical diversity has led to it being labeled as 'The Whole of Italy in One Region'. It remains a largely undiscovered gem in the heart of Italy, sandwiched between the stunning Apennine mountains on its western fringes and the beautiful Adriatic coast to the east.
Perhaps because Le Marche has historically been an isolated region, sheltered as it is from intrusion by its natural mountain borders to the north, south and west and by the Adriatic Sea, it is only slowly gaining rightful recognition overseas, although the Italians have long favored it for their own holidays. Often overshadowed by its better known and more touristy neighbours, Tuscany and Umbria, and strangely overlooked by the travel media, Le Marche can justifiably claim to be Italy’s very own Garden of Eden and hidden secret at that. Boasting lush greenery and an enchanting mixture of vineyards, olive groves, sunflower fields, abundant woodland and rivers which wind their way down to a beautiful coastline, topped off with stunning mountain scenery elsewhere. The region has been labeled variously 'the new Tuscany' or 'Poor man's Tuscany' and if the latter epithet has any credence, those venturing to discover its charms are sure to be blissfully happy in their poverty!
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Year Purchased: 2006
About the owner: I renovated the house solely after gaining it in my divorce settlement in 2009 - it was a long and sometimes painful journey - but as they say all things that are worthwhile in life are hard and what doesn't kill you makes you stronger! Now beautifully restored with its soul strongly intact I am proud to be the custodian and owner of a piece of Italian history and culture. Now my three children and I call it home although we live most of the year in Somerset, UK for schooling and work reasons. My heart is in Le Marche!
Why the Owner Chose Matelica:
My ex-husband and I chose this property because rather than being one of many picturesque tumble-down ruined farmhouses, this was a unique property in the region, a 'villa padronale' or gentleman's villa built by a family of some wealth and status and it was crying out for TLC. It is an honour to have now restored a piece of Italian history. We fell in love with the villa as a ruin, a real sleeping beauty and couldn't fail to be touched by it's bucolic and picturesque setting: with true panoramic 360 degrees views of the surrounding rolling hills, classic Italian towns and mountains. To cap it all, the charming Chapel adjoining the house made this property a truly special find.
The Unique Benefits at this Villa:
The stunning setting, classicly Italian with vineyards, olive groves, rolling hills, the church spires and mellow terracotta buildings of Apiro town and Poggio village in the distance, the beautiful mature trees of the villa's original parkland.... The wonderful proportions of the villa, space, grandeur but not too big to be overwhelming - it is still a family home.... The charming and mystical little chapel which adjoins the house compete with naively painted frescoes of angels on the ceiling... The fact that the house sits in a wine region of some repute - home to the Verdicchio grape! wonderful cellar doors and their top-rated wines abound in the area. Le Marche is an undiscovered gem, truly as the tourist board suggests 'All Of Italy In One Region'. Swinging peacefully in the hammock overlooking the villa's fledgling vineyard is just one of this property's many unique benefits!
Monastero di Favari from the pool terrace
Sitting Room corner
The Central Hallway
Al fresco dining
The Chapel (still under renovation)
View of Apiro from bedroom window
House from distance
Monastero di Favari from the garden side
Old Kitchen/Breakfast Room
First Floor Balcony
Dining in the garden under the elm tree
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