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The grand old Bishop's House in the historic centre of Force, a 13th C hill-top village, is the perfect place to experience the real Italy. Situated half-way between the Adriatic Coast and the Sibillini Mountains, surrounded by stunning countryside, the house sleeps 10 comfortably. Beautifully restored and furnished, it has 3 large, airy double bedrooms upstairs, one with a private sitting room, one with a balcony, all offering magnificent views. The ground-floor has a bright sitting room, balcony and dining room featuring a superb ancient fireplace. The fully-equipped kitchen has another balcony from which to savour the breath-taking views. Downstairs, the Bishop's House has a further 2 charming rustic bedrooms with original beam ceilings, 2 modern shower rooms, and an arched sitting room with its own street entrance. The games room is equipped with table-tennis. The house has a pretty olive and lavender-filled garden with two patios on which to relax. Parking is available close-by.
About Force: Force (pronounced for-chay) is a hill-top farming community in the Sibillini National Park, once famous for its copper beaters, one of whom still works next to the blacksmith. There is ample free parking, 2 bars, a restaurant, pizzeria, take-away pizza, 2 supermarkets, baker, greengrocer, butcher, post office, bank, pharmacy, doctor, dentist, newsagents, hairdresser, hardware shop, a petrol station, mechanic and a Friday Morning market. The children's playground has a climbing frame etc, and there is a sports field.
There are many good restaurants serving typical local specialities in the area and summer and autumn food festivals.
Additional services : We will be happy to arrange additional services or to help you book activities at an additional charge, payable locally.
Why not ask us to arrange for a local cook to prepare a feast of locally-sourced gastronomic treats at home? We can also stock a welcome fridge for your arrival.
A variety of activities can be arranged and these include painting, cookery classes, Italian language and truffle-tasting courses. Local guides can be arranged for those who enjoy wine and guided walks in the Sibillini Mountains, as well as truffle-hunting in season.
There are many walks in the Sibillini Mountains within an hour's drive. Castellucio, a popular destination is 51km, 1 hr 5mins. The caves, Grotte di Frasassi, at Genga are 160km or 2 hrs 10 min. Assissi is 130km, 2 hrs 30 min.
Distances: Ancona Falconara Airport is 116km and Pescara Airport 135km, about 1 hr 40mins. Ryanair flies daily from Stansted and car hire is available at the airport. Ryanair now serves internal destinations within Italy from Ancona. There are also ferries to the Dalmatian Coast from Ancona.
The drive to Rome takes 3 hr 30 min on the SS4. Ciampino airport is 214km, Fumicino International Airport is 257 km (4hrs 15 mins). Central Rome can be reached by express coach from Ascoli in 3 hrs. The closest large trains stations are San Benedetto, Porto San Giorgio and Ascoli Piceno (24km).
The Adriatic Coast boasts many 'Blue Flag' beaches, notably the famous resort of San Benedetto. There are also lovely sandy beaches at Port Giorgio (50km) and Cupra Marittima as well the Conero Peninsula near Ancona. There are often markets and exhibitions during the summer at the beaches.
Top floor: 3 Large double bedrooms all with queen size beds and views which span from the Adriatic coast to the Gran Sasso Mountains of Abruzzo. I bedroom has a private sitting room and one has a private balcony. I bathroom with shower, with another large modern bathroom with bath and shower situated on the ground floor.
Lower ground floor: 2 rustic bedrooms with twin beds(one with zip-lock mattresses which can form a king-size bed). There is a large, adjacent sitting room with its own street access. Modern bathroom with shower. There is another modern shower room on the garden floor....moreless
We offer a complimentary meet and greet service for all our guests. Free parking is readily available close-by. Being on 4 floors, although the grand staircase leading to the upper floor is wide, the house is not suitable for people with severe mobility problems. Young Children must be supervised at all times in the house and garden. No pets and no smoking please.
The house is fully equipped: oven, dishwasher, fridge with freezer, toaster, hair dryer, iron, ironing board, washing machine, clothes horse, fans, heating, TV&DVD, speaker system (for I Pods, computers), good selection of board games, books and DVDs. Bed linen, towels and beach towel are provided and changed weekly. Bicycle storage is available on request. There is table-tennis in the games room and the house has a mature garden with 2 patios and garden furniture....moreless
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay
Additional information about rental rates
Refundable Damage Deposit£500
Rental rates apply for up to 6 people using the 3 top-floor double bedrooms. 2 twin bedrooms are also available at £120 per room per week June-September. £100 per week at other times.
Shorter lets: Stays of a minimum of 3 nights will be considered and guests will be charges a per person rate of £30 per night for the top-floor rooms (£15 per person for the lower ground floor)
A non refundable deposit of one third the rental is due at the time of booking. The balance is due 8 weeks before the rental starts.
Payment may be made by cheque, bank transfer or by PayPal. We accept credit cards via PayPal ( a 3% surcharge to the rental value will be applied).
A damage deposit of £500 is required. This will be returned within 14 days after the rental ends.
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The Bishop's House, in the hill-top farming community of Force, is the ideal location to sample the calm, relaxing pleasures of Le Marche. The sandy, family-friendly beaches of Porto San Giorgio or San Benedetto and fabulous walks in the Sibilllini Mountains are all close-by. In a region renowned for its stunning scenery, dotted with medieval hill-top villages, home to some wonderful works of art, you can savour delicious local speciality foods at summer and autumn sagras, enjoy the Quintana parade at Ascoli Piceno, famous for its towers, churches, its anisetta and delicious stuffed olives, or attend the opera in the Roman amphitheatre in Macerata. Le Marche has something for everyone. For the active this is extensive walking, cycling, golf, horse-riding, skiing, snow-shoeing and even hot air ballooning. For those who enjoy culture, painting, cooking, Italian language and truffle-tasting courses are offered, as are wine and guided walking tours, also truffle-hunting (in season).
Other Activities: Food festivals, painting, snow-shoeing, ballooning
Golf: There is an 18 hole golf course, I Lauri, less than 40 minutes away at Montefiore Dell'Aso.
The Sirolo Golf Club near Conero, Ancona is 95 km, 1 hr 20 min.
Ski: The Sibillini Mountains rise to 2476 metres at Monte Vettore. Snow is frequent from November to March.
Skiing at Sassotetto, near Sarnano is 1 hrs drive. There is a bus from Sarnano to the slopes.
Skiing is also available at Forca Canapine near Castellucio. Castellucio also has cross-country skiing and snowing expeditions (at weekends).
Skiing for beginners is also available at Monte Piselli, 45km, an hour's drive.
Speaks: english, italian
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