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As featured on the TV show 'A Sense of Place'

Francavilla d'Ete FM, Italy
  • Apartment753 sq. ft.
  • Bedrooms1
  • Sleeps4
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay3 - 7 nights

'Expect luxurious bathroom, designer kitchen & beamed ceilings' Sunday Times

Looking for a luxurious place to stay where you can relax and unwind? Would you like to stay in a beautiful apartment with everything you need and gorgeous views? Fancy joining us for our complimentary pizza party and learn to make fantastic pizzas in a wood fired oven?

Casal dei Fichi is a traditional farmhouse carefully restored into luxury holiday apartments, set in a tranquil spot with spectacular views over the rolling countryside. Your large well appointed apartment has everything you will need for a relaxing and luxurious holiday in one of the undiscovered parts of Italy.

The 15m heated pool has all day sunshine and is boarded by a full length deck and lawns with lots of sun loungers plus a grape covered pergola from which you can take in the scenery.

The extensive landscaped grounds are surrounded by sunflower fields, olive groves and vines and there is lots of space to find sun or shade under a tree or in a hammock. Your panorama includes the stunning views of the rolling countryside, medieval towns and the fantastic Sibillini mountains.

Within the grounds you have your own private garden in which you can dine or relax in privacy.

Apartment Leopardi has a large living room with a double sofa bed. There is a fully fitted kitchen/diner, a magnificent large private terrace, luxurious bathroom and a spacious bedroom with king size bed. It is one of 6 apartments at Casal dei Fichi. Please contact us for further information.

Complimentary Produce: Guests are encouraged to help themselves daily to the produce from our vegetable and herb gardens as well as fruit from the orchard and eggs from our chickens - no food miles here and it all tastes so good straight from the garden to the plate in minutes!

Sense of Place tv show: We are honoured to be featured in the tv series 'A Sense of Place'. Our episode showcases some of the amazing things you can see and do whilst staying with us at Casal dei Fichi.

Pizza Party: Each week we hold a complimentary pizza party. We make the dough and bring along the ingredients and you get a chance to roll out and make your own pizza of choice. Cooked in our original brick oven in the garden it's great fun with a glass or two of local wine - everyone enjoys it!

Press Reviews: Please take a look at our website for extensive press reviews of Casal dei Fichi: 'Expect luxurious bathroom, designer kitchens & beamed ceilings...' Sunday Times Newspaper. 'beautifully furnished apartments in a landscape by a Renaissance painter' Observer Newspaper. '..stylish good value apartments with a terrific decked swimming pool.' Telegraph Newspaper.

Environmental policy: We are Bob and Ian, owners of Casal dei Fichi and we do our best to be active and responsible members of the local and global communities. Check out our environmental page which outlines the efforts we have made to make our business and your holiday environmentally friendly.


Bob Garner

Member Since 2012
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english, italian
Calendar last updated:
Apr 13, 2018
About Bob Garner

We are Bob and Ian and moved to Marche 13 years ago to set up Casal dei Fichi. We left behind successful careers in London to move to a less stressful way of life in an area often described as 'all of Italy in one region'. We live on site with our 3 dogs, 4 cats and 7 chickens. We are very proud to have established a reputation for helping our guests have a fantastic holiday.

Bob Garner purchased this Apartment in 2005

Why Bob Garner chose Province of Fermo

We chose this property to renovate and convert into apartments because of the vista - it has a wonderful panoramic 360 degree view and it is the first thing that our guests comment on when they arrive! The area is truly stunning and we are located near to a village for shops, restaurants and things to see and do. We also chose our area as it less than one hour's drive from the airport which we think is an important factor for our guests - why be driving when you can be sat by the pool with a glass of local vino!

What makes this Apartment unique

We have tried to create a friendly, stylish and comfortable place for your holiday. We are here if you need us and we are always ready to give advice, book a restaurant or organise a day out or an event for you. If you like your peace and quiet then you have it - as one guest review said 'Bob and Ian are available but never intrusive'. Please join us for our weekly complimentary pizza party based on our original brick oven in the garden - great fun to make your own pizza and share it with your fellow guests. In the grounds you will find an orchard, herb and vegetable gardens and our free range chickens, please help yourself to our produce - nothing better than fresh ingredients straight from the garden! Finally we have worked hard to make sure you have everything you need in your kitchen to prepare a wonderful meal. The feedback we get is that we have thought of everything and we have tried to equip your kitchen to the same standard as you have at home.


    • Internet
    • Swimming pool
    • Accessible
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 1 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
      • Bedroom 1
        1 king, 1 baby crib, 1 sleep sofa /futon, There is also a double luxury sofabed in the living room.
      • Your bedroom has a king size bed with lovely cool crisp sheets and lots of space and storage for all your things. The windows have fly nets and external shutters so you are comfortable while you sleep.


      • 1 Bathroom
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, shower, bidet
      • Your bathroom is modern and stylish and has a powerful spacious shower - we think one of the most important elements of a great apartment!

      Location Type

        • Mountain View
          From your apartment you can see the Sibillini mountains and nearby are ancient hilltop villages waiting to be explored.
        • Rural
          You will have no doubt that you are in Italy. With few tourists you will find the locals warm and friendly. A great safe spot for all of the family.
        • Village
          We are 1 mile from the village of Francavilla d'Ete where you will find all the facilities you need while staying with us.


            • Away From It All
            • Family
            • Historic
            • Romantic


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Linens Provided
                      All linen is provided including bedsheets, duvet and covers, and pillow cases.
                    • Clothes Dryer
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                      Gas central heating throughout.
                    • Internet
                      Free WIFI throughout the property and in much of the grounds.
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Fireplace
                      In addition to central heating there is also an open fire in case you fancy a cosy evening in on a cool winter's night!
                    • Living Room
                      Your spacious living room with amazing views across the countryside has two sofas, one of which converts to a double bed. Plus flat screen TV, DVD player & music system. Book and CD library.
                    • Parking
                    • Towels Provided
                      All towels are included including pool towels which you are free to take to the beach.
                    • Washing Machine
                      Full free laundry facilities are available.
                    • Free Wifi


                        • Microwave
                        • Coffee Maker
                        • Dishwasher
                          Plus dishwasher tablets and all the cleaning materials and products you might need - no need to buy anything.
                        • Freezer
                        • Ice Maker
                        • Kitchen
                          Your kitchen has granite worktops and all the appliances/utensils that you would expect to find at home. In your kitchen you need space, equipment and style, we believe we have provided all three.
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          We have tried to think of everything you might need on holiday in the kitchen so that if you want to prepare a special meal, you can!
                        • Oven
                        • Pantry Items
                          You will find some essentials in your kitchen with our compliments including fresh olive oil from our own trees. You will also find lots of herbs, vegetables and fruit freely available in the garden.
                        • Refrigerator
                          There is of course a refrigerator and freezer but also fresh free produce for you in our garden - much nicer fresh each day!
                        • Stove
                        • Toaster


                            • Child's Highchair
                            • Dining
                              Your dining area has a table and chairs for 4 but remember you also have a private garden as well where you can dine al fresco!
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 4 people


                                • Books
                                  You will find an extensive selection of books in your apartment.
                                • DVD Player
                                • Games
                                • Music Library
                                  An extensive wide ranging CD library can be found in your living room.
                                • Stereo
                                  Complete with connections for your MP3 player.
                                • Television
                                • Video Library
                                  There is a DVD library of over 1,000 films, documentaries, comedies and dramas.


                                    • Balcony
                                      Your apartment has it's own private outdoor garden or balcony where you can relax and eat al fresco!
                                    • Bicycles
                                      Feel free to use our bikes to explore the area
                                    • Boat
                                      We highly recommend you hire the La Torre boat which offer delicious dining as you cruise up the coast. It only carries 12 so you are guaranteed a wonderfully personal experience. Ask us about it.
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      We have a large wooden deck where you can relax and admire the view.
                                    • Golf
                                      The nearest golf course is one hour away.
                                    • Lanai / Gazebo
                                      Take it easy under the Gazebo and pick grapes which are hanging down in all directions!
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      The extensive grounds are waiting to be explored or you may prefer to relax under an old olive, fruit or walnut tree and take in the views.
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      We have a large outdoor grill next to the pizza oven. Additionally we have smaller portable grills so you can cook and eat just where you want to.
                                    • Ski & Snowboard
                                      Snow activities are available in the Sibillini mountains.
                                    • Tennis
                                      Free tennis on a modern court is available 1 mile away.


                                        • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                        • wheelchair accessible
                                          Apartment Raffaello is most suitable for guests with a disability. Please contact us for a full description of the facilities.

                                          Pool / Spa

                                            • Communal Pool
                                              The large heated pool is boarded by a wooden deck, lawns and a pergola covered in grape vines. There are many loungers from which to admire the views which all our guests comment on!
                                            • Heated Pool

                                              Onsite Services

                                                • Staff


                                                    • playground
                                                    • churches
                                                    • festivals
                                                    • health/beauty spa
                                                    • museums
                                                    • cinemas
                                                    • restaurants
                                                    • ruins
                                                    • synagogues
                                                    • water parks
                                                    • winery tours

                                                      Leisure Activities

                                                        • outlet shopping
                                                        • antiquing
                                                        • bird watching
                                                        • boating
                                                        • eco tourism
                                                        • horseback riding
                                                        • miniature golf
                                                        • beachcombing
                                                        • paddle boating
                                                        • photography
                                                        • scenic drives
                                                        • shopping
                                                        • sight seeing
                                                        • walking
                                                        • wildlife viewing

                                                          Local Services & Businesses

                                                            • ATM/bank
                                                            • Babysitter
                                                            • fitness center
                                                            • groceries
                                                            • hospital
                                                            • laundromat
                                                            • massage therapist
                                                            • medical services

                                                              Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                                • parasailing
                                                                • cross country skiing
                                                                • deepsea fishing
                                                                • fishing
                                                                • fly fishing
                                                                • golf
                                                                • golf privileges optional
                                                                • hiking
                                                                • hot air ballooning
                                                                • ice skating
                                                                • jet skiing
                                                                • kayaking
                                                                • mountain biking
                                                                • mountain climbing
                                                                • mountaineering
                                                                • paragliding
                                                                • cycling
                                                                • pier fishing
                                                                • rafting
                                                                • rock climbing
                                                                • roller blading
                                                                • sailing
                                                                • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                                • skiing
                                                                • snorkeling
                                                                • snorkeling/diving
                                                                • snowboarding
                                                                • surfing
                                                                • swimming
                                                                • tennis
                                                                • water tubing
                                                                • wind-surfing


                                                                    • We have an original outdoor bread oven which we use to each week to make pizzas. Join us for our complimentary pizza party where you can roll out your own pizza, add your choice of toppings and cook it in our oven. A perfect evening with our guests, just add a glass of wine and a few friends!

                                                                      21 Reviews


                                                                      Latest reviews

                                                                      A gorgeous early getaway

                                                                      regina f.

                                                                      We took the opportunity for a short getaway to Marche and had a fabulous time at Casal dei Fichi. Bob and Ian were excellent hosts and showed us the undiscovered part of Marche. Can't wait to come back

                                                                      Owner's Response:

                                                                      Thanks Regina for your kind comments - see you later in the year

                                                                      Fantastic, even in February

                                                                      Ian R.-

                                                                      Our family has totally fallen in love with Le Marche. We have wanted many times to stay at Casal dei Fichi but have never been able to book early enough to get in. This visit, to review progress on a property we have purchased gave us an insight into Marche in winter and it was still fantastic. Our apartment was very spacious but centrally heated and very warm with everything we needed from fully fitted kitchen, super comfy bed to powerful hot showers. A real bonus was enjoying a glass of local red wine in front of the log fire.

                                                                      It was also great to see snow on the mountains and walk on deserted beaches but still find a good choice of restaurants for a delicious seafood lunch.

                                                                      This year we're not leaving it to chance and have already booked our summer holiday at Casal dei Fichi. We were only just in time.

                                                                      Owner's Response:

                                                                      It was our pleasure to look after you and exciting to hear about your project and your future plans for your home in our area. Thanks for your very kind comments and we look forward to seeing you here in the summer.

                                                                      Wendy and Howard

                                                                      We had a most enjoyable Gourmet break with our kind and attentive hosts Bob and Ian.

                                                                      They had planned a very interesting programme of visits to vineyards and an olive oil press. We ate different and delicious meals in lovely surroundings which we never would have found by ourselves.The appartments are spacious , comfortable and well designed. We could also enjoy all the delicious wines as we did not do any of the driving! A wonderful weekend in Le Marche

                                                                      Owner's Response:

                                                                      Thank you very much Wendy and Howard

                                                                      We get a lot of pleasure out of helping others have a great holiday and we are so pleased we changed our lives 12 years ago and started our small business which we enjoy so much. Getting lovely feedback like this feeds the soul!

                                                                      Gourmet week-end

                                                                      If you want to eat and drink le Marche you can do no better than this! Accommodation is very comfortable and the service outstanding. The restaurants we visited were all well chosen and excellent with local dishes and local wines; we also visited two wine producers where we tasted some very good wines, and the local olive press. And as a bonus we had a communal cookery lesson in a professional 'Agriturismo' kitchen. And there's no problems with drinking and driving as our hosts Bob and Ian ferried us everywhere, even from and to the airport.

                                                                      If you enjoy food and wine Italian-style in a relaxed setting then this is for you!

                                                                      ps. this was our fourth visit to Casal dei Fichi - says it all really

                                                                      Owner's Response:

                                                                      Thank you Pam

                                                                      Yes we are so pleased that the Gourmet break lived up to the 'hype' from your friends. We try to vary the weekend each year to keep it fresh and we often get the feedback that it is a wonderful introduction to the food and wine of Le Marche.

                                                                      We really appreciate your generous comments.


                                                                      If anyone is looking to treat yourself to a fabulous holiday I highly recommend a stay with Bob & Ian at Casal di Fichi. Le Marche is a hidden gem to explore by foot, car, bicycle or on horseback. Thanks to Bob & Ian they gave us many recommendations on places to visit including some exceptional osterias to sample local regional cuisine. The 'Tenuta' ie 'Estate' is picturesque and our apartment was very spacious and comfortable. To top off our visit every morning Obi, their cute little puppy, left us a few stones on our doorstep as a greeting. I definitely recommend a visit & we look forward to returning.

                                                                      Owner's Response:

                                                                      Thanks so much Cristine, glad to hear Obi did his proper marketing role!


                                                                      Wonderful as ever. The fifth visit was as good as the first.

                                                                      Owner's Response:

                                                                      Thanks Kami, so pleased you still love it here. You are in good company!


                                                                      Francavilla d'Ete FM, Italy

                                                                      Casal dei Fichi is one mile from the small walled medieval village of Francavilla d'Ete with a pizzeria/restaurant, bars, shops, bank and historic churches. Several renaissance walled towns are within 15 minutes drive, steeped in history and waiting to be explored. Each has a superb restaurant in which to while away a lazy afternoon with fantastic food and excellent local wine. We are 30 mins from the Adriatic coast where the beaches range from secluded coves to vibrant lidos with bars, restaurants wonderful shopping. 30 minutes in the other direction are the Sibillini mountains offering superb walking, mountain biking and scenery. Macerata, with its famous outdoor opera festival, Fermo and Loreto are close by and the Umbrian gems of Assisi and Perugia are only 90 minutes away. A visit to Marche would not be complete with visiting Urbino and Ascoli Piceno - we are equidistant between both cities. Stunning views start on our doorstep and extend for miles and we will be very happy to help guide you to the local attractions and highlights of this unspoilt part of Italy. Please ask us for our Insider Guide to Marche - it will tell you everything you need to know to help you plan your visit. In 2017 72% of our guests had stayed with us before or were recommended to us. What they tell us is that they find 'their kind of holiday' with us - lots to see and do if you want it and also sometimes it's just nice to unwind and do very little. We try to find out what each of our guests is looking for and then we help them find it. Please take a look at our reviews on Tripadvisor for a feel of what previous guests have thought about us.


                                                                      Additional information about rental rates

                                                                      There are no supplements at all based on two people per apartment, the price is fully inclusive. Your apartment has a double sofabed in the living room, a supplement of €30 per person per week is payable for each additional guest.

                                                                      21 Reviews
                                                                      Exceptional 5/5
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