Apartment | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Set among the rolling hills of Le Marche, Casa Serafini with its traditional rustic charm and distinctive Italian style is the perfect retreat for those looking for a laid back pace of life. An exclusive self enclosed community of 39 fastidiously refurbished residences, Casa Serafini embodies the fusion of historical and modern traditions, with ancient terracotta tiling and exposed original brickwork.
The swimming pool and tennis court provide the ideal way to spend those long lazy Italian days, or simply wander through the expansive (11 Acres) olive grove private to the development. The perfect setting to relax and absorb the Italian culture.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Ancona 50 km, Nearest railway: Ancona 50 km|
|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||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (2), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Further details indoors|
Casa Serafini is a gated, private development with extensive and and beautifully maintained gardens, a swimming pool and tennis court. The apartment has a modern fitted kitchen with marble work surfaces. If there are any problems, the onsite custodian will be able to assist. There are 2 excellent restaurants within a short walk (Casa Olivia and Villa Federici).
If you wish to venture further afield, the local shop and butchers is only 5 minutes by car. There is also a large supermarket and shopping centre about 20 minutes away by car. The nearest city is Fano, also a 20 minute drive, which has numerous restaurants, excellent shopping, a beach and marina.
There is an intercom in the lounge which allows you to open the front gate and the car park and also see any visitors as they arrive at the front gate.
|Further details outdoors|
The pool has a separate changing room with toilet and showers.
25% of rental to be paid as a deposit at time of booking and the balance 4 weeks before arrival.
The apartment is available from 15:00 on the date of arrival and should be vacated by 11:00 on the day of departure. This could be flexible so please ask.
An extra £175 security deposit is required with the final balance payment to cover any damages.
Gas, Electricity and Water is included, however electricity may be charged if there has been excessive usage.
The balance of the security deposit will be returned to you once all keys have been returned.
We can accept payments by cheque or bank transfer in GBP or Euros.
The Marche/Abruzzo region
Marche is an amazing combination of beautiful rolling countryside, mountain ranges, woodland, ancient hilltop villages, stunning coastline and beautiful cities. Marche offers the traveller a wealth of culture, art, crafts, excellent local cuisine and beautiful scenery and being fairly undiscovered you will rarely be faced with the crowds now associated with the tourist sites of Tuscany. The list of villages, towns and cities worth seeing is endless where you can visit the numerous historic attractions or simply roam the narrow streets and beautiful piazzas.
For the traveller who simply enjoys soaking up the local atmosphere Marche is certainly the place. For those wishing to take part in more energetic activities the region offers it all - skiing, walking, golf, aqua parks, tennis, horse riding, twin-engine go karting, quad biking, hot air ballooning, fishing, sailing and scuba diving.
The Marche region, a rectangle measuring 9693kmsq or 3.2% of Italy's total surface area lies between the Marecchia and Tronto rivers and to the east of the Apennine Mountains. Historically Marche has been an isolated region sheltered by its natural mountain borders and by the Adriatic Sea. However, it is gradually gaining recognition as a stunning region of Italy. Bordering both Umbria and Tuscany, as well as Abruzzo, Lazio and Emilia-Romagna, the region has an identity all of its own.
In general, Marche has a typical Mediterranean climate with mild winters and hot dry summers. Summer temperatures average between 25-30 degrees but can reach the mid 40s. April, May, September and October are lovely warm months but without the extreme summer temperatures.
The historic city of Macerata which holds the second largest open-air opera festival during July and August is only 1 hour 40 minutes by car and the ancient city of Urbino can be reached in 30 minutes.
The well-known Grotte di Frasassi (Frasassi caves) are one of the most complex karst systems in Italy. The caves offer an underground world of lakes, beautiful transparent alabaster formations, vaulted caverns and stalactites suspended like daggers. Guided tours are available throughout the year.
The origins and etymology of the town are still uncertain: it probably rose, like most part of fortified villages of the area, during the eighth and ninth centuries, as a result of the continuous battles for possession of new lands. The Castle of Bargni followed Serrungarina and was involved in the wars between the Malatesta of Fano and the Montefeltro of Urbino; the conquest of the Castle by Federico of Montefeltro in 1462 was a terrible event: the castle was sacked and many of its inhabitants killed. The vestiges left from the Middle Ages are the walls, some buildings and the church of Santa Trinita, dating from the sixteenth century, built on an ancient watch tower. The church kept two important paintings: a Madonna with Child, a 15th century tempera on panel from the school of the Venetian Michele Giambono; a Madonna and Child with San Sebastiano and San Rocco, a 16th century tempera on panel from Giuliano Persiutti from Fano. They both are now in the bishop curia. Just outside the walls lies the 16th century Church of Sant'Apollonia, patron saint of Bargni, now desacrated. Approval to renovate the church has recently been given. At the entrance of the village, you'll find the the villa belonging to the family who made its history: Villa Serafini.
The history of Serrungarina is scarcely documented: originally divided in two parts, Borgo Bello and Serra Longarina or Serra Ungarina, which probably derives its name from Ser Ungaro degli Atti, a well-known 14th century notary. Serrungarina was a centre of important historical events, and had been the battlefield of the war in 207 B.C. between the Romans and the Carthaginians in the Metauro Valley. Located along the Via Flaminia, it has been for centuries a resting place for travellers. Like most part of the communes of the region, during the 16th century the city was disputed between Byzantinians and Goths, and reached a perod of peace and prosperity only after many brutal battles and the rise to power of the Malatesta Family. An important event is closely entwined with the fortress built in this period, an imposing wall which still aligns the picturesque borgo: the attempted invasion by Pope Eugenio IV's troops in a bid to oust the Malatesta family from the Contado Fanese. The centre is still almost intact in its fortified circuit and its narrow alleys, around the main Piazza Serafini, decked with a linden tree several hundred years old. On the Piazza we can admire the town hall, the former Palazzo Malatestiano, and the parish church of Sant'Antonio Abate, which in 1665 replaced the Torre Malatestiana (the previous church was outside the walls), demolished in 1866 but rebuilt in 1870. Inside the church it is possible to admire the paintings of the Guerrieri (Visitation, 1620) and of the Presiutti (Immaculate Conception, 1560). Not to be missed is the romantic staircase, inside the fortress and the cistern from the Malatesta. For several years now you can find inside certain rooms of the parish a superb mechanised crib, displayed around Christmas that is annually visited by more than 10,000 people coming from all over the region and neighbouring areas. Another folkloric event is the Carnival of Serrungarina, with parade carts and sweet-throwing.
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30 Jul 2012
The perfect holiday accommodation for this beautiful part of Italy.
Having stayed in the area several times before, we were looking for somewhere close enough to Fano, in a good, scenic location and with a pool. With two boys aged 8 & 10, we felt that we'd found somewhere that would suit all of our needs.
We were not disappointed and have just returned from a fantastic two weeks that has got us thinking about how soon we can return.
The location is simply perfect, with stunning views, quiet surroundings and yet accessible as long as you have a car (which you can park in the secure underground car park). The pool was always quiet and often we had it to ourselves. The accommodation was very clean, well furnished and practical, with the two bathrooms and a functional kitchen along with AC and a good TV and DVD player.
We couldn't have asked for more and the owners were an absolute pleasure to deal with throughout.
You don't often find the perfect combination of all the different elements you are looking for, but as long as you are OK with two flights of (private) stairs, then you will not be disappointed.
We really hope to come back as soon as possible.
Thanks for a truly memorable stay.
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