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Villa | 6 bedrooms | sleeps 12
This beautifully restored country retreat and converted hay barn boast stunning 360 degree views of the Sibillini Mountains and the rolling fields and foothills that make up the confines of Marche's Ascoli Piceno and Macerata provinces.
Set in 45 acres of its own unspoilt farmland, Casa Caterina is the perfect relaxing rural idyll for anyone wanting to live the Italian dream for a while.
The property itself is blessed with modern comforts in a thoroughly traditional and rustic setting. The large open plan kitchen in the main villa is the natural focal point of the property and as well as a modern fully equipped kitchen has a waist high open fire designed for cooking alla braccia.
|Size||Sleeps up to 12, 6 bedrooms|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Telephone, Table tennis, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||6 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms of which 6 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||2 Sofa beds, Single beds (8), Double beds (5), Dining seats for 16, Lounge seats for 12|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
-Also on the ground floor is an en suite double bedroom and a charming snug with fireplace, next to which is a second downstairs bathroom.
-Patio doors at the back of the kitchen lead to the garden, swimming pool and shaded dining area.
-On the first floor a further three bedrooms (one double, one twin and one with bunk bed) share a bathroom with tub and shower. Also on this floor is a second living room with open fireplace and handy kitchen corner as well as access to an outdoor covered loggia with working pizza oven and external stairs leading down into the garden.
-The second floor has a further two bedrooms sleeping four guests, one bathroom with shower and a large living room area where a further two guests can sleep in single beds if required.
-The recently converted barn has a fully equipped kitchen and open plan living room with fireplace, leading off which are double and twin bedrooms each with a bathroom and shower. The double bedroom also has a split level upper floor reached by a wooden stair ladder which has a comfy double futon ideal for children.
-In the first floor tower is an extra bedroom/living room with a large double sofa bed.
- Cots available
- Washroom with washing machine
|Further details outdoors|
- Outdoor tables and chairs for sixteen
- Ping pong
- Mountain bikes
- Private fenced swimming pool
- Mature garden with olives, fruit trees (apples, cherries and plums) and lawns
About this location
The Marche region
Even today Marche remains a largely undiscovered gem in the heart of Italy, sandwiched between the stunning Apennine mountains on its western fringes and the beautiful Adriatic coast to the east.
Perhaps because Marche has historically been an isolated region, sheltered as it is from intrusion by its natural mountain borders to the north, south and west and by the Adriatic Sea, it is only slowly gaining rightful recognition.
The region gets comparatively little mention in the travel media, deferring to the wider fame of neighbouring Tuscany and Umbria. Yet it can justifiably claim to be Italy’s very own Garden of Eden.
It boasts lush greenery (often a surprise to visitors) and an enchanting mixture of sunflower fields, abundant woodland, many rivers which wind their way down to a beautiful coastline, and stunning mountain scenery.
Bordering both Umbria and Tuscany, as well as Abruzzo, Lazio and Emilia-Romagna, the region has an identity all of its own.
Walkers, trekkers and nature lovers can also find their feet here, with regional and national parks offering an abundance of outdoor activities, including trekking, mountain biking, paragliding, nature trails, hunting and fishing and ski-ing.
Marche has two national parks, the Monti Sibillini National Park and the Gran Sasso Monti Della Laga National Park.
The Monti Sibillini National Park actively promotes and protects wildlife habitats and has played a key role in building a stable population of wolves and other creatures such as the golden eagle. Wild boar abound and with the help of active re-introduction programmes there are also now signs of the return of the Marsicana brown bear from its stronghold in neighbouring Abruzzo. There are even signs of the return of the secretive and shy lynx.
Rising 572m from the sea near Ancona, Monte Conero is one of Marche’s best known landmarks. It is home to a regional park and is an excellent place to see birds such as the marsh harrier and long-legged buzzard, while its coastal waters offer beautiful coved beaches and are ideal for organised boat trips.
The other regional park by the sea is the Colle San Bartolo Regional Park near Gabicce, home to wetlands of national importance.
A myriad of fascinating caves form the central attraction of the inland park, Gola della Rossa Frasassi Regional Park, recognised as the most interesting limestone caves in Italy. Special tours lead you through a series of caves complete with small lakes, stalactites, huge stalagmites and onto the truly cavernous Abisso Ancona, a cave from ground to ceiling fully 240m high.
Nearby Amandola, Monte San Martino and the spa town of Sarnano are charming medieval hilltop towns and provide all amenities and shops, as well as excellent restaurants serving delicious local delicacies such as wild boar, porcini mushrooms and white and black truffles.
The National Antiques Fair is held annually in the historic centre of Sarnano and sees the winding medieval streets of the town transformed into an antiques market, whilst in August the Medieval Festival - Palio del Serafino - is an unmissable event for tourists and locals alike. The International Theatre Festival, which takes place in Amandola in September, attracts visitors and artists from all over the world.
Numerous other towns and villages are a treasure trove of history and art waiting to be discovered. In the small church of San Martino in the lovely village of Monte San Martino you can see one of the few remaining intact poliptych painted by the brothers Carlo and Vittore Crivelli.
And if you feel like a dip in the sea or visiting some fine fish restaurants, then the Adriatic coast with its numerous seaside resorts is only 40 minutes drive away.
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