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5* Rated Villa & Apts, Big Pool, Wifi, Top Views, 1km to Sarnano, National Park - Grazia

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Sarnano apartment description

This old Rustico or farmhouse and attached barn has been restored to an exceptional level; retaining best of the original architecture. It has stunning 360' views of the buzzing medieval Sarnano, named 'one of Italy's most beautiful villages' and the Sibillini Mts, many alfresco eating areas, vineyard, organic veg garden, loggia and shady cortile. Games, Wifi, DVD, music & book library 1km from over 20 restaurant and great delicatessens.
The two floors of the house have exposed wooden lintels and beams, old cotto tiles and a number of arches. The first floor has a double bedroom and 2 twin bedrooms, a bathroom with a shower, an open plan lounge with fireplace and a comfortable sofa bed, DVD, WiFi and a dining room leading onto a funky modern well equipped kitchen with a range style 6 burner stainless steel cooker and hob, fridge/freezer and dishwasher.
The second floor of the house commands great all round views of the dramatic appenine mountains, the medieval town of Sarnano and the glorious countryside that surrounds our Le Marche Villa. The two-tiered roof in this part of our Le Marche farmhouse has been carefully restored and exposed to reveal old beams and cotto tiles to create a characteristic and spacious feel. This self catering apartment has three large bedrooms; a double and two twins. The double bedroom has an en-suite shower room and there is also a spacious family bathroom with a shower. The open plan living area in this part of the Marche Villa is light and airy and consists of a roomy lounge with comfortable, high quality sofa bed and a dining area together with a well-equipped kitchen. There is an oven and hob, fridge freezer and a dishwasher. The lounge in this part of the Marche Villa comes equipped with a movie and music player and Wifi internet connection. See our facilities page for details of music, film, book libraries and more.
The 2 bedroom ground floor of the barn has exposed wooden ceilings, exposed original stonework and doors leading to both the pool area, the garden and the tranquillity of the 'cortile' or indoor courtyard garden. There is a double and a twin bedroom, both have en-suite bathrooms with showers. The large open plan lounge is furnished with a mix of antiques and quirky bespoke furniture and has a wood burning stove, WiFi, DVD, a comfortable sofa bed and a dining room leading onto a modern well equipped kitchen with oven and hob, fridge freezer and dishwasher. The bedrooms can be rented separately from the apartment on a room only basis.
The first floor of the barn wonderful restored dovecots, exposed stone walls and big architectural wooden beams, it has a double bedroom and a twin bedroom, a bathroom with shower, lounge and a large kitchen dining room. The kitchen is well equipped with oven and hob, fridge freezer and dishwasher. The lounge, featuring a wood burning stove, and a comfortable sofa bed, leads onto a large balcony, where you can eat alfresco in the evening sun and take in the stunning views of the medieval village of Sarnano & Sibillini mountains beyond. The lounge comes equipped with a movie and music player and Wifi internet connection. See our facilities page for details of music, film, book libraries and more.
The villa has extensive gardens, with ample outdoor furniture, there are various areas designed for your free time and relaxation, all of them have amazing views of either the countryside or medieval Sarnano and the spectacular sibillini mountains.
You can choose between the 14m pool and the 100sq.m. sun deck, the surrounding gardens, the covered loggia with its restored pizza oven, the large balcony, the 2 pergolas, or, the indoor cortile. There is an organic fruit, vegetable and herb garden, the abundant produce is provided free to guests as is a bottle of our home-produced wine.
All apartments have dishwashers, linen and towels are provided but guests should bring towels for the pool and beach. There is a communal washing machine. A few bikes, badminton and tennis racquets are available. A cot and high chairs are available and a baby-sitting service can be arranged. For winter lets all apartments have gas central heating and wood burning facilities which are charged separately.

We provide visitors with comprehensive information on the local area and the things on offer and encourage all guests to shop locally and buy direct when possible and to use local restaurants bars and services, we provide many recommendations to help guest get the most from their vacations and local businesses to flourish.

We have written over 100 web pages of information on the Le Marche area which includes itineraries, info on where to go and what to do, see, eat, try and we try to ensure that guests experience local food, arts, crafts and customs on vacation and use local services to make the local community more self sufficient.

Location
The bustling spa town of Sarnano is 1km and has been awarded the 'Bandiera Arancione' and also been named 'one of Italy's most beautiful villages'. Sarnano has great architecture, restaurants, food & wine shops, bars & year round tourism thanks to its proximity to the Sibillini National Park; which is great for hiking and biking and is home to Italy's most picturesque gorges.
There are also many fantastic historic towns, art galleries, theatres and museums, Roman excavations, and wonderful rivers, lakes and beaches nearby.
Special interest
Walking and hiking holidays - Informative itineraries are provided for circular hikes from the villa and nearby in the Sibillini Mountains National Park. There is a wide range of durations and degrees of difficulty and most will include absolutely stunning views and amazing butterflies, flowers, animals and bird life. Past guests have seen golden eagles, buzzards, kestrels and falcons, wild boar, porcupine, deer.
It’s possible to take an incredible tandem parascending trip in the mountains 10 mins from the villa.
We can arrange art holidays, guided trekking, mountain biking, quad biking, Roman archaeology days and many guests come for foodie or wine holidays, ornithology or botany and wild flower spotting. There are also great lakes and the coastline for swimming, many museums and a vast array of fascinating medieval towns nearby.

The Adriatic Coast of Le Marche is 45 mins away and consists of a long stretch of beautiful, clean, safe beaches. Within easy reach are seaside resorts with sandy or pebbly beaches, private or free beaches, pine clad hills rolling down to secluded coves, wonderful seafront restaurants and bars, markets, designer outlets, sophisticated shopping and buzzing night-life. Oh and some delicious gelatin!
If you are prepared to take some time out from relaxing around the villa or days on Le Marche's beaches, then the wonderful Le Marche landscape provides visitors to this incredible part of Italy with the perfect backdrop to a variety of cultural tours, or, outdoor activity and adventure
If you prefer a vacation touring the history and culture of the local area or visiting a place of pilgrimage, we provide guests with an overview of the best museums, sightseeing and itineraries and tours for your visit to Le Marche. We can also arrange for you to volunteer to dig and excavate the impressive Roman Ruins at Urbisaglia on your holiday. Alternatively, why not try an art and Craft Holiday in Italy, we offer courses that include Icon painting, renaissance art painting, furniture making using Green Wood and Contemporary Mosaic Design.
For those looking for a bustling place to pick up fresh local produce or wanting to haggle for that bargain antique then don't miss our markets page. If you want to go upmarket, then our directory and map of designer outlets helps guests source cut-price Italian chic on your Le Marche vacation. If you fancy making a bigger purchase and dream of returning to Le Marche on a regular basis, then maybe you fancy buying a house in Le Marche.

Outdoor & sporty things to do in Le Marche
For active guests, looking for things to do in Le Marche, we have our sports page and for the more adventurous extreme sports. Alternatively, if you fancy other activity in the local Marche Sibillini mountains then we can offer walking and hiking holidays together with local facilities and itineraries for horse riders and cyclists.
Festas & things to do in Le Marche at night
Better still, if you have relaxed sufficiently during the day and are still looking for what to do in Le Marche, you should be in fine fettle for a night out at a fiesta or other outdoor event. In this part of Marche these occur almost every night during the height of the summer (see Summer 2011 events in Marche) and normally involve al-fresco eating, drinking and dancing, with themes ranging from Historical Pageants to heats of the Miss Italia competition.

Travel
We are situated between Pescara (1 hour 45 mins) and Ancona (1.5 hours) airports, both of which are serviced daily by Ryanair flights
It is also worth considering flying to Perugia (1 hour 45 mins) Rimini (2 hours 15 mins), Bologna-Forli (2.5 hours), Rome (2 hours 45 mins) or Bologna (3 hours) as British Airways and Easyjet and a couple of other smaller airlines provide low cost flights to these destinations

Grazia: Sarnano Vacation Rental by Owner Listing 1077724ha

The Apartment commands great all round views of the dramatic appenine mountains, the medieval town of Sarnano and the glorious countryside that surrounds our Le MarcheVilla. The high ceilings have been carefully restored and exposed to reveal old beams and cotto tiles that maintain the historic feel of the property. This self catering apartment has three large bedrooms; a double with en-suite bathroom and two twins plus a spacious family bathroom with a shower. The open plan living area is light and airy and consists of an open plan lounge with a high quality sofa bed and a dining area together with a well-equipped kitchen with an oven, hob, fridge freezer and a dishwasher. The lounge has a movie & music player and high speed internet connection. We also provide free organic fruit and veg in the garden, music, film, book libraries and more. 5 alfresco dining areas in the garden allow you to relax whilst gazing at the magical Sibillini mountains & medieval Sarnano.

Property Type

  • Apartment
  • 80 m²

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

              • Housekeeper Optional

              Suitability

              • Non Smoking Only
              • Children Welcome

              Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8

              Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

              • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower, bidet

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              • Double ensuite: toilet, shower

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              • Both showers are very high powered

              Other Amenities

                  • There is ample space for relaxing in the Villa's gardens and several spots dedicated to alfresco eating to ensure that each apartment has an area of their own in which to relax and enjoy the Marche views. The gardens have been landscaped and numerous trees have been planted to create interest, provide shade and to reduce carbon emissions. The organic vegetable and herb gardens provide guests with a daily supply of tasty treats at no extra cost. past crops included bay, marjoram, peppermint, lavender, rosemary, basil, wild mint, fennel and sage, pears, plums, figs and cherries. Also walnuts and hazelnuts, lettuces, rocket, tomatoes, aubergine, chillis, courgettes, squashes, broad beans, peas, potatoes, carrot, onion, garlic, squash, melon, cabbage, chick-peas, cauliflower, chard and chicoria. We also have a newly planted vineyard and there is a communal pizza oven and a BBQ available for guests....moreless

                  Entertainment

                  • DVD Player
                  • Books
                  • Games
                  • Music Library
                  • Toys
                  • Video Library

                  Theme

                  • Away From It All
                  • Historic

                  Attractions

                  • Autumn Foliage
                  • Churches
                  • Cinemas
                  • Library
                  • Museums
                  • Playground
                  • Recreation Center
                  • Forests
                  • Live Theater
                  • Restaurants
                  • Ruins
                  • Waterfalls
                  • Winery Tours

                  Leisure Activities

                  • Walking
                  • Eco Tourism
                  • Beachcombing
                  • Bird Watching
                  • Horseback Riding
                  • Scenic Drives
                  • Outlet Shopping
                  • Paddle Boating
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Sledding

                  local services and businesses

                  • Groceries
                  • Hospital
                  • Laundromat
                  • Massage Therapist
                  • Medical Services
                  • Fitness Center
                  • ATM/Bank

                  Location Type

                  • Mountain
                  • Rural
                  • Village

                  sports and adventure activities

                  • Mountain Climbing
                  • Ski Lift Privileges
                  • Swimming
                  • Tennis
                  • Skiing
                  • Mountain Biking
                  • Mountaineering
                  • Paragliding
                  • Cycling
                  • Fishing
                  • Freshwater Fishing
                  • Hiking
                  • Ice Skating

                  Arrival Day

                      • Negotiable

                      catering options

                          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

                          Dining

                          • Dining
                          • Dining Area
                          • Child's Highchair

                          General

                          • Heating
                          • Linens Provided
                          • Internet
                          • Towels Provided
                          • Washing Machine
                          • Clothes Dryer
                          • Parking
                          • Hair Dryer
                          • Iron & Board
                          • Living Room

                          house cleaning

                              • Housekeeper Optional

                              Kitchen

                              • Dishes & Utensils
                              • Ice Maker
                              • Pantry Items
                              • Kitchen
                              • Coffee Maker
                              • Toaster
                              • Dishwasher
                              • Refrigerator
                              • Freezer
                              • Stove

                              Outside

                              • Bicycles
                              • Outdoor Grill
                              • Lawn / Garden
                              • Deck / Patio
                              • Porch / Veranda

                              Pool / Spa

                                  • Private Pool

                                  property descriptor

                                      • Semi-Detached
                                       

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                                      Last updated: 07/30/2014
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                                      Location

                                      80 Kilometres
                                      Nearest Airport
                                      ancona
                                      70 Kilometres
                                      Nearest Ferry
                                      Ancona
                                      20 Kilometres
                                      Nearest Train
                                      Tolentino
                                      15 Kilometres
                                      Nearest Motorway
                                      Belforte Del Chienti
                                      60 Kilometres
                                      Nearest Beach
                                      Civitanova Marche
                                      0.5 Kilometres
                                      Nearest Barpub
                                      Sarnano
                                      15 Kilometres
                                      Nearest Ski
                                      Sassotetto
                                      70 Kilometres
                                      Nearest Golf
                                      Conero
                                      0.5 Kilometres
                                      Nearest Restaurant
                                      Sarnano

                                      Car: Recommended

                                      The bustling Spa town of Sarnano is 1km and has been named 'one of Italy's most beautiful villages'. Sarnano has great architecture, 20+ restaurants, food & wine shops, bars & year round tourism thanks to its proximity to the Sibillini National Park; which is great for hiking and biking and is home to 2 of Italy’s most picturesque gorges. There are also many fantastic historic towns, art galleries, theatres and museums, Roman excavations, and wonderful rivers, lakes and beaches nearby.

                                      Walking and hiking holidays - Informative itineraries are provided for circular hikes from the villa and nearby in the Sibillini Mountains National Park. All include absolutely stunning views and amazing butterflies, flowers, animals and bird life. Past guests have seen golden eagles, buzzards, kestrels and falcons, wild boar, porcupine, deer. It’s possible to take an incredible tandem ascending trip in the mountains 10 mins from the villa.

                                      We can arrange art holidays, guided trekking, mountain biking, quad biking, Roman archaeology days and many guests come for foodie or wine holidays, ornithology or botany and wild flower spotting. There are also great lakes and the coastline for swimming, many museums and a vast array of fascinating medieval towns nearby.

                                      The Adriatic Coast of Le Marche is 45 mins away and consists of a long stretch of beautiful, clean, safe beaches. Within easy reach are seaside resorts with sandy or pebbly beaches, private or free beaches, pine clad hills rolling down to secluded coves, wonderful seafront restaurants and bars, markets, designer outlets, sophisticated shopping and buzzing night-life. Oh and some delicious gelatin!

                                      The dramatic landscape, with a highest peak of 2500metres, flower filled plateaux and the rolling hills below, offers an ideal location for walking, cycling, photography, drawing and painting. The Sibillini National Park has organised tours and treks throughout the spring, summer and autumn months and have numerous predefined itineraries available

                                      •Abbadia di Fiastra-(20mins-take the SS78 towards Macerata) A Cistercian monastery founded in 1142, the building material was taken from the near Roman city “Urbs Salvia” whose farmland stretched 30km to the coast in medieval times. Today the surrounding parkland is still cultivated by the monks and wines and other produce is on sale to the public, there are two very good well priced restaurants, and the monastery, an archaeological museum and beautiful nature reserve is open to the public.

                                      •Urbisaglia (20mins-take the SS78 towards Macerata)- adjacent to abbadia di Fiastra, this impressive Roman site provides free tours of its frescoes, theatre and amphitheatre, which was water filled and where slaves fought on boats (shall I be cut to ribbons or drowned)-

                                      •Ascoli Piceno (40mins)- The city is dominated by numerous medieval towers and the Piazza del Popolo which is tiled with travertine and undoubtedly one of the most elegant squares of Italy. An amazing array of Gothic architecture, great riverside walks, shopping and art galleries, plus some wonderful bars to sample the local Piceni wines.

                                      •Caldarola (15 mins) is dominated by the Pallotta castle, started in the 9th Century and transformed in the 16th by the Pallotta family, who still own the castle and now open it to the public, there are also 3 other castles in the surrounding countryside •Camerino (30mins) - This panoramic university hill town has a history that goes back to Neolithic times. It has remained unchanged since its Renaissance heyday, when the local Da Varanno family governed much of surrounding Le Marche. Imposing churches, palaces and art plus lovely gardens, outdoor cafes and some great shops.

                                      •Amandola (15 mins)- This touring centre for the national park has a wonderful Gothic piazza, sit in one of the bars there and watch the world go by, or try getting up and sampling the museum of rural history.

                                      •Macerata (30mins)- Has a number of central piazzas with stunning architecture, a beautiful theatre, Duomo, art gallery and museums of carriages and the unification of Italy/ wartime resistance. There are also a variety of tempting shops and some lovely bars and ristorante.

                                      •Tolentino(20mins)- This vibrant medieval city is home to the shrine of St Nicola, and some amazing architecture including an ancient Roman bridge and a bizarre clock tower in the main square and the nearby 12thC Castello della Rancia.

                                      Hells Gorge & the Hermit

                                      Visit a real live hermit in one of Italy’s most stunning Gorges, he’s really friendly despite living alone and constructing an amazing church for the last 35 years. Frasassi (90mins). This awesome network of underground limestone caves is the largest in Europe and a must see for any visitor.

                                      Lake Fiastra (20 mins) Lovely lake set in the heart of the mountains. Theres a beach, you can hire boats and quad bikes, there a couple of little trattorie and a bar.

                                       

                                      Owner info

                                      Year Purchased: 2005

                                      About the owner: We are a family from Southern England who moved to Italy with our 2 kids in 2004. Maybe it was the Italian family roots years ago that fuelled our love of Italy but we arrived in Italy in need of a challenge and a desire for a caring community in which to raise of children. We are all lovers of music, (Damien loves his football), interesting architecture and design, outdoor life and a sustainable lifestyle this is all reflected in the Villa, the gardens and the farmland, where we steadfastly refuse to use chemicals (even if it means endless hours of Summer weeding).Whilst the children are at the local schools we are avid walkers and have travelled extensively through the region, exploring wine cantinas, fiestas, museums, towns etc. and we always. The house was derelict for 20 years when we bought it and it took us 18 months to restore, we lived on site throughout and had to brave a harsh winter all living in the same room with a wood burning stove, a pit latrine outside, a very leaky old roof and biweekly visits to the swimming baths to shower off brick dust. The children survived the embarrassment of a school bus picking them up from the unloved villa & eventually became proud of the restored home. We now devote a great deal of time to exploring the tracks and trails of the Sibillini National Park and the local foothills, we document itineraries and provide these free to guests. Wherever we travel in Le Marche we are continually trying to uncover local gems, whether these be wine cantinas that offer free tastings, designer fashion outlets, restaurants serving sumptuous food, historical architecture, organised outdoor activities and tours, festas, music, theatre, dance and arts. Being foodies with a love of cooking, we have acquired a great deal of knowledge on where to buy the best ingredients locally, from speciality breads and great wines, to locally reared meats. All our local knowledge is distilled into a booklet for guests.

                                      Why the Owner Chose Sarnano:
                                      We spent over 3 years and viewed over 100 properties in Tuscany, Umbria and Marche before deciding on Villa San Raffaello. We felt that whilst there are many wonderful areas and views in Central Italy and in Le Marche, the house has the most amazing views of Sarnano and the Sibillini Mountains. Being keen lovers of the outdoors and of Italian culture we felt that Sarnano offered our visitors more than any of the other area because of its status as a Terme or Spa resort, the ski resort, the national park and its extreme sports, hiking and cycling opportunities- because of this Sarnano has an unusual buzz all year despite its medieval roots, consequently there are many ristorante, bars and Summer Festas. Its also a great location for accessing the many other beautiful surrounding towns. The big old farmhouse; whilst unloved and derelict when we bought it, had a number of interesting architectural features and many more were uncovered during the restoration. Being lovers of art and alternative culture it was a joy to bring the 34 rooms of the property back to life and to restore the key artistic elements. We had a great deal of fun planning the new layout of the interiors and hunting for artworks and antiques to furnish the accommodation. The landscaping of the gardens was a dilemma as the property’s jaw-dropping views mean that less is more. We have added the large pool with an 80m2 sun deck to the brow of the hill, the land that rolls down away from the villa and the pool has been used for a vineyard and extensive vegetable garden for guests use and there are 6 other shady alfresco eating areas that all seat 6 or more. A central feature of the property is the Cortile or indoor courtyard garden, this had been the cow stall and hay barn above, during the restoration the roof was removed to create a cool indoor space for guests with a balcony above for budding Romeos and Juliets.

                                      The Unique Benefits at this Apartment:
                                      The views from Villa San Raffaello are absolutely incredible, access is via a tarmac road (not a white road that aids oil sump removal) and we are a stones throw or 10 min walk into Sarnano, one of the most beautiful towns in Italy. But Sarnano is not your usual sleepy medieval Borgo, it is a famous Spa town with a nearby ski resort and has over 20 ristorante, many bars, great delicatessans, 8 butchers, an enormous weekly market, 3 late music bars, crazy golf, football, tennis, basketball pitches and is home to a great array of cultural events throughout the year. The views beyond Sarnano extend to the Sibillini Mountains with 20 peaks over 2000m, the National Park actually starts 500m from the Villa and we have many itineraries to help you hike into and explore this wonderful landscape that is punctuated with a myriad of medieval villages. Sarnano is also extremely well placed for visits to mountain lakes, the coast, Roman excavations, caves, dramatic gorges, many museums, theatres and important medieval towns such as Tolentino, Macerata, Camerino, Ascoli Piceno, Fermo, Ancona. The Villa is also well served by 7 airports within 3 hours We put our hearts into the restoration & reused many original materials, everywhere we could we tried to add something quirky that would add interest. The landscaped gardens include pergolas, courtyards and outdoor eating areas. A vineyard has been planted and there are numerous hammocks hung amongst the vines for guests relaxation. Every year we plant a large herb and vegetable garden for guests to help themselves from, we also have hazel and walnut, fig, pear, apple, peach, plum and cherry trees. We also have wifi over 100 music Cds per apartment, a large DVD library and suggestions for tours of shopping outlets, tours of wine cantinas. We also provide a range of guided tours, organised days out and art and craft holidays.


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