Farmhouse | 10 bedrooms | sleeps 20
This beautiful seventeenth century stone-built farmhouse is in a truly wonderful panoramic position. Perched on a hilltop at a height of 700m it commands stunning views of Marche and the Apennine mountains. Casa Giacomo offers great walking straight from your doorstep.
Set in the heart of the countryside but within easy distance of the small town of Apecchio, Casa Giacomo is the ideal place to relax and enjoy the beauty of the green wooded hills and majestic mountains. The house itself is thought to have been built by Benedictine monks from the nearby abbey at Scalocchio and was certainly intended to stand the test of time. It was built entirely from local sandstone and inside has spacious rooms with grand fireplaces and thick stone walls, that take you back in time.
Surrounded by a 60 hectare organic farm managed by the owner means that local organic produce is always available.
To taste the local delights you need look no further than the family run restaurant on the site in the converted barn.
And immediately surrounding the property is a large garden furnished with garden chairs, tables and benches, and complete with a superbly positioned swimming pool.
|Size||Sleeps up to 20, 10 bedrooms|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|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
|General||TV, Table tennis, Games room|
|Standard||Kettle, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||10 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms of which 5 Family bathrooms and 4 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (8), Double beds (6), Cots (2)|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Access||Parking, Wheelchair users|
|Further details indoors|
- The apartments can be booked individually or the farmhouse can be booked in its entirety
- Apartment Scalocchio is accessed from an external staircase which leads to a covered outside porch. Inside is a spacious living/dining room with kitchen and fireplace.
One double bedroom is provided with its own en suite and a second bathroom serves the other two bedrooms. The apartment sleeps 6 but two extra beds are available and the apartment has satellite TV.
- Apartment Serriola is on the ground floor and is accessed via a covered porch which adjoins the garden. Inside is a large living/dining room and kitchen with fireplace, one double bedroom with en suite and two more bedrooms which share a bathroom. The apartment sleeps 6 but two extra beds are available and a satellite TV is provided.
- Apartment Tartufo has an independent entrance from the garden into a small kitchen/living room. There is one large bedroom with a kingsize bed and a single bed. A second single bed can be added here or in the living area. The apartment has one bathroom and satellite TV is provided. Outside there is plenty of space to eat with outdoor furniture provided. Sleeps 2/4.
- Apartment Eolo is found in the new barn conversion above the restaurant but exits directly onto the lawn without the need of stairs. There is a small kitchen/living room, a double bedroom with disabled access bathroom. The apartment has a second bathroom and satellite TV is provided. Outside there is plenty of space to eat with outdoor furniture provided. Sleeps 2/4.
- Apartments Pisolo and Cucciolo are also found above the restaurant. They are both small each with one en suite double bedroom. Cucciolo also has a kitchen corner. Sleep 2 each.
|Further details outdoors|
- Large communal dining hall/recreation room, ideal for entertaining or meetings, with large fireplace, kitchen area and bathroom and the possibility to book a double bedroom
- Pets permitted on request
- Horse stables
- Excursions such as trekking, fishing/hunting, mountain biking and horse-riding can be organised on request
- Superbly positioned swimming pool
The Marche/Abruzzo 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.
The local town of Apecchio 3.5km away is home to a fossil museum and the town centre is defined by the impressive Palazzo Ubaldini and other historical buildings, seemingly untouched by the passing of time. The town is also known for its mineral springs and is popular with tourists in the summer months.
Even closer to Casa Giacomo is Il Guiso restaurant, an easy stroll away at 1km and well worth a visit especially as guests of Casa Giacomo can expect a very warm welcome and perhaps even a discount.
The famous university Renaissance town of Urbino is within half an hour's drive and offers fine museums and architecture, including the famous Palazzo Ducale which houses one of Marche's most outstanding art collections.
The local area is ideal for trekking and mountain biking and the fresh waters of the Biscubio River offer the possibility of fishing.
With the help of his trained dogs, the owner of Casa Giacomo also offers guided excursions in search of prized white truffles, as well as mushrooms and wild berries.
Private Italian lessons for individuals or groups can be arranged at Casa Giacomo and a free cookery course is on offer each week.
For the intrepid it is also possible to employ expert guides and explore the underground caves of nearby Monte Nerone, complete with underground lakes. And in the winter ski-ing is popular, weather permitting.