Villa | 6 bedrooms | sleeps 12
This splendid villa is found on a 120 hectare organic farming estate boasting some of the lovliest countryside in Marche and wonderful views across the Sibillini Mountains and several national parks.
The property is surrounded by vineyards producing optimum wines using grapes such as merlot, montepulciano and cabernet sauvignon and is reached by a private country lane lined with a mix of cypresses, olives, mulberry trees and oaks. Olive oil and red and white wine are provided free of charge in abundance to all our guests at Casa Carlo!
|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||Jacuzzi or hot tub, Sauna, Log fire, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, Telephone, Pool or snooker table, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||6 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms of which 6 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (6), Double beds (3), Dining seats for 12, Lounge seats for 14|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Further details indoors|
- Cots and high chairs available
- Six en suite bedrooms (doubles or twins as requested)
- xbox and games
|Further details outdoors|
- Bikes and sun loungers and umbrellas provided down at the coast 15 minutes away at a renowned local beach chalet and seafood restaurant
- Horse riding nearby
- Hot water and electricity provided in part by solar and photovoltaic panels at this environmentally friendly holiday villa
- six mountain bikes at the property and six beach bikes on the coast, where guests also have free use of sun loungers and umbrellas at a locally renowned beach chalet and seafood restaurant in Grottammare
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 villa is immersed in some of the most peaceful Marche countryside and is close to three national parks, Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga, Maiella and the Monti Sibillini, together providing a total of almost 3,000 sq km of incontaminated countryside and wildlife. Views from the property take in parts of all three of these parks and the mountains of Abruzzo, Marche-Umbria and Lazio.
The property is at the very centre of Italy in an area famed for its "buon vivere," history and culture.
Within 90 minutes drive, over and above the three parks, there are towns and cities of great cultural and historical importance and beauty - with historical figures and legends creating a magical sense of history, among them St Francis of Assisi, the mythical Sybil, Guerrin Meschino, master painter Raffael and poet Giacomo Leopardi of Recanati.
Fine cuisine, good wines and local festivals and sagras are central to this part of Marche and are celebrated all year round, providing the visitor with a varied choice of events to witness and enjoy - some Christian and some pagan in origin but all accompanied by culinary delights.
For music lovers summer events include Umbria Jazz and Pescara Jazz, among the most important jazz festivals in Europe
On the estate itself tranquility is paramount but as well as relaxing by the pool or on the shaded terrace it can also take the form of various acitivities, including trekking on horseback down to the Adriatic Coast.
A little further afield is the 18 hole golf course within an hour's drive.
Also available for touring trips are various classic motorbikes and an 86 year-old 35ft yawl yacht moored at nearby San Benedetto del Tronto and originally owned by the family of Francis Chichester in Glasgow.
Mountain bike excursions can be undertaken and there is some wonderful winter skiing, with the Abruzzo mountains providing some of the heaviest sustained snowfalls in Italy.
And of course the Adriatic Coast just ten minutes drive away provides an enormous choice of beaches - from the secretive sandy coves of the Conero Riviera south of Ancona to the large sandy umbrella-filled beaches popular with Italian holiday makers around San Benedetto and Grottamare.