A beautifully restored farmhouse. Sleeps up to 8 with full kitchen; dining room; sitting room; 2 bathrooms; outside dining, lounge, grilling and children's play areas all set within an olive grove, grapevines and other fruit trees. Over 350 years old, this farmhouse was originally a grain mill and “cotto” for local wine. A beautiful home with great character and history and where all rooms are peaceful, relaxing and uniquely decorated. Natural building systems mean indoors is both cool in summer and warm in winter – perfect because this area has activities for every season. The land is tended naturally: olives, vines, vegetables and herbs; and wonderful wildlife: butterflies, lizards, boar and birds of prey are everywhere. Spectacular scenery in all directions – hilltop towns: Colmurano, San Ginesio, Macerata and the Monti Sibillini – means the view is one of the best in unspoilt Le Marche. It is surely the most romantic place to see the full moon float across the horizon. Welcome!
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Other local facilities: Local shops for all the basics are only a few kms away in Colmurano, Paterno or Urbisaglia. Larger supermarkets, shops, bars and restaurants in nearby Tolentino offer everything you need as well as “outlet shopping” (also in Civitanova and Ancona). Many superior quality agriturismo restaurants using organic home-grown produce are within a short drive – Villa Bice (Santa Croce), Le Logge (Urbisaglia), Agra Mater (Colmurano) to name a few. Regional food and wine can be explored everywhere, particularly at the sagra festivals which celebrate local cuisine throughout the summer and also during harvest times in the cooler months. Stuffed olives, porchetta, truffles and, of course, mouthwatering seafood, pastas and ice creams of all varieties. Le Marche is famous for Verdicchio, Rosso Cónero and Rosso Piceno wines but there are so many more to discover. Graham's career is wine and he offers wine related holidays, tours, short courses and wine tastings at some of the local vineyards as yet undiscovered beyond the region. A delicious and interesting adventure!
Culture – interesting museums, fabulous theatres and countless churches are found in every village, town and city close to the farmhouse. For example, the Roman archaeological town of Urbs Salvia (Urbisaglia) (with its original amphitheatre still in use today) and fascinating abbey (Abbadia di Fiastra). Also close is Macerata with its famous arena which hosts opera and ballet every summer, the pilgrimage site at Loreto, the amazing caves at Grotte di Frasassi and the beautiful cliffs and coves of the Monte Cónero Riviera. (Recommended cultural reading is the “Blue Guide – The Marche and San Marino” or “The Heritage Guide - The Marches”). Festivals occur almost every day from May until October and most weekends even in autumn and winter. The Artistrada Buskers Festival in Colmurano in mid-July is one of our favourites but there are countless events too numerous to mention here. A selection of our favourites are Carneval in February, Civitanova Marche Wine Festival in April, Gualdo Formaggi d'autore in May, Veregra Street Festival in June, International Children's Theatre Festival in July, San Ginesio Medieval Festival and Ferragosto in August, Artcevia international Art Festival in September, an amazing Halloween festival in Mogliano and the presipi, markets and La Befana festivals over Christmas. Needless to say, during your visit you are bound to find at least one festival to celebrate with the locals in traditional style! Saranne's career is theatre, and theatre weeks are also on offer based around specific performances in the regional theatres. Please ask for further details.
For the sport lover – sports for all seasons are available here as the stunning Sibillini Mountain National Park with its gorgeous lake, hiking and skiing areas are only a short drive away and we can recommend many wonderful walks in this area as well as hundreds of mountain bike trails and horse riding. The nearby beaches and resorts of the Adriatic coast also offer water sports such as sailing, windsurfing and kite surfing, jet skiing, and naturally swimming and, for children and the whole family, there is also a water park - Verde Azzuro.
WE ALSO OFFER WINE HOLIDAYS (THE ART OF VITICULTURE) AND OLIVE HOLIDAYS (HARVEST AND PRUNING) AS WELL AS OTHER SPECIALIST WEEKS SUCH AS THEATRE, MUSIC, ART AND CULTURE. PLEASE ASK US FOR FURTHER DETAILS.
We are very proud of our natural swimming pool and outside living areas. Ask for more details!!