Farmhouse | 6 bedrooms | sleeps 12
Casa Renata is a nineteenth century country house recently restored to a very high standard using local materials, yet furnished with all the modern conveniences.
Tucked away in the green hills of central Marche and within easy reach of the golden sandy beaches of the Adriatic and the awesome Sibillini Mountains, Casa Renata could not be better placed.
The Monti Sibillini National Park boasts some of the highest mountains in the Apennines, with Monte Vettore the highest in the park at 2,476m (8,124 ft) and many others including Sibilla and Priora (both well over 2,000m) which dominate the skyline for miles around.
|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|
|General||Central heating, TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||6 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms of which 5 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||2 Sofa beds, Single beds (4), Double beds (4)|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
- Apartment A sleeps 2/4 people and comprises a kitchen/living room with double sofa bed, one double bedroom and a bathroom and an exclusive outside area with portico ideal for outdoor dining.
- Apartment B sleeps 2/4 people and has a kitchen/dining room which can become a second bedroom and a separate kitchenette, one double bedroom and one bathroom and an outside dining area under a covered portico.
- Entry to Apartment C is by an external staircase to a large terrace outside and a kitchen/dining room with fireplace and double sofa bed. It sleeps 6/7 people and has one double bedroom and two twin rooms and three bathrooms.
- All three apartments have private entry and can be booked individually or together.
|Further details outdoors|
- Swimming pool and jacuzzi
- Communal washing machine
- Garden and lawns with swing and slide
- Ping Pong table
- Horse riding nearby
- Tennis nearby
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 nearest town to Casa Renata is Montélparo, a beautiful hilltop town surrounded by medieval walls and supplying all basic needs, with a shop, bars, restaurant, local doctor and church.
Just a couple of miles from the house La Ginestra Country House Hotel offers horse riding tuition, tennis lessons in one of its four tennis courts, a very impressive crazy golf course for the kids, a swimming pool, restaurant and bar.
Nearby is the village of Montottone, home of the famous Bozzi Pottery, with handmade pots and crockery made to ancient designs.
And the towns of Fermo, Offida, Ascoli Piceno and Amandola are all within easy driving distance and each offers something unique - Fermo's dominating cathedral and art gallery (which has one of the few paintings by Rubens in Italy), Ascoli Piceno's central piazza made entirely of marble, Offida's lace-making tradition and Amandola, the gateway to the mountains with its amazing views.
An abundance of other historic hilltop towns are also close by, many with their own town festivals and sagras.
And if all that sounds a bit too strenuous, then just relax in the garden or by the pool at Casa Renata, enjoying the panorama and passing the time in total peace and tranquillity, far from the stresses and strains of everyday life.