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Our home, Palomba, is a large farmhouse built of local sandstone and overlooking a valley of woods and fields. We've restored the holiday apartment very simply, keeping it uncluttered, comfortable, light and fresh. Downstairs, the veranda leads into the well-equipped kitchen/dining room, with granite worktop and antique oak table. The living room is furnished with sofas and a wood-burning stove. One bedroom is located on this floor, with twin beds and an antique chest of drawers; a corridor leads to a terrace room – a favourite place to eat breakfast while enjoying the view of the hills opposite. Upstairs are a wood-floored double bedroom under the eaves, and the bathroom. Outside, enjoy eating on the veranda, laze away the days reading or dreaming in the shady garden, cool off in the fun splashpool, or take a stroll in the beautiful countryside. We'll supply you with fresh eggs from our hens and vegetables from our garden.
Our local town of Camerino provides all essential shops and services (post office, banks, tourist information etc), with a few very good specialist shops selling local produce (sheep's cheese, smoked ham, wild-boar sausages...), and several small supermarkets. Slightly further afield there are larger shopping facilities at Matelica, San Severino, Tolentino and Macerata. Local products can also be bought direct from the farms, and we can direct you to several wine-producers where you can buy prize-winning local Verdicchio wine for less than 2 euros a litre! In fact, Marche wine is attracting increasing interest and local 'enogastromia' (wine/gastronomy) is thriving, with many wine tours and tastings on offer, combined with tastings of typical products of the region. There has also been a recent flourishing of local restaurants and agriturismi around Camerino, where you can eat incredibly well for very good value for money. (Lessening the pain of the sterling exchange rate!!)
Further afield, there are numerous picturesque towns and villages that make an excellent focus for day trips. These include small towns such as Sarnano and Amandola in the foothills of the Apennines; Ascoli Piceno, a big, busy medieval/Renaissance city built of travertine; elegant Urbino, the famous ‘Renaissance gem’ of Le Marche and the birthplace of Raphael; Macerata, a bustling medieval hill town with an ancient university, a great market, and a renowned open-air opera festival in July/August; and Tolentino with frescoes to rival Assisi's. Many towns have quirky little museums or art galleries, often containing something amazing and unexpected. Local open-air 'festas’ take place throughout the summer months, with a couple of international jazz and classical music festivals held locally too. Day trips are also possible to more familiar tourist destinations in Umbria, such as Assisi, Spello, Perugia, Gubbio, Todi, Spoleto and Orvieto: all these take 1–2 hours to reach by car.
As well as the two bedrooms we have a futon sofa-bed in the terrace room (semi-open to the outside) which is great for teenagers, and we have two futon mattresses suitable for an extra child or two, which can be placed on the floor in either bedroom. We can also supply a cot for a baby. We prefer not to have more than 4 adults staying because of pressure on facilities, but we can accommodate up to 6 guests if some of them are children....moreless
Fresh veg supplied from our garden, fresh eggs from our hens.
Children can help look after our pony and ride her under supervision.
Fun circular splashpool which is large enough for children to swim and play about in and adults to relax and cool off in (3m diameter).
WINE TOURISM: In collaboration with a nearby agriturismo, we can arrange a guided tour of a local award-winning vineyard (principally making the delicious white Verdicchio di Matelica), ending with a buffet supper and wine-tasting.
TABLE TENNIS TABLE IN COVERED BARN. FUN!!!...moreless
Charges are per property per week. We ask for an initial deposit of €100 per week.
Changeover day is Saturday, but we are flexible outside of the summer season.
Discounts available for long lets.
Additional charge for central heating (winter). Firewood supplied for a nominal charge, if required for spring or autumn evenings (not usually needed!).
We ask for a non-refundable deposit at time of booking, of €100 per week's booking (so €100 for a 1-week reservation, €200 for a 2-week reservation, etc). This sum is payable via Paypal with a credit card and is deducted from your total rental amount. The balance of the rental is due in cash on arrival or by bank transfer approximately 2 months before the start of your holiday.
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The house provides a great base for a holiday of varied pleasures, whether you enjoy relaxing on the beach, hiking in the mountains or visiting the pretty, non tourist nearby towns for their art or their ice-cream. Excellent, inexpensive local food and wine are abundant and summer festas enliven the smallest village. The area immediately around the house is a nature reserve – sightings of creatures from porcupines to peregrine falcons are common – while the beautiful Sibillini Mountain National Park is just a short drive away. Camerino itself, our nearest town, is a pretty little hilltop town with one of Italy's oldest universities and an air of not quite having hit the 21st century yet. The summer music scene is varied and lively, with the world-quality Macerata opera festival a main feature, along with jazz festivals based in Camerino and nearby San Severino. Assisi, Perugia, Urbino and other famous cultural centres are all within easy reach for a day trip.
Year Purchased: 2004
About the owner: We first came here 15 years ago on a brief foray, and we loved the area's ruggedness and unpretentiousness, its air of real life just going on, and the fact that we never heard another English voice. The area is a fantastic mix of nature and culture. You can go from hiking in the mountains, to eating ice cream in a village square having just admired a forgotten Renaissance masterpiece in the local church, to swimming in the balmy waters of the Adriatic before treating yourself to a slap-up fish supper - all in the course of a single day, should you have the energy. We're easily accessible now via Ryanair, yet amazingly the area hasn't been overrun or spoilt. Safe, sandy, family beaches are about 50 minutes away, while slightly further the Conero peninsula provides dramatic scenery and quiet coves and beaches to explore. Nearby, our own favourite summer spot, Lake Fiastra, is a great place for a swim and a picnic in a spectacular mountain setting.