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Farmhouse | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 10
This beautiful villa was restored in 2005 and has been finished to a good standard to complement its wonderful setting over the Tesino Valley.
Set in a wonderful part of Marche and equidistant between the Adriatic Sea and the Monti Sibillini mountains, Casa Eleonora could not be better placed to take advantage of Marche's twin treasures.
Travel time to the stunning national park, home to some of the highest peaks in the Apennines at well over 8,000ft, is a mere 25 minutes. And in the same time you can head to the coast and take advantage of the many resorts such as San Benedetto, Pedaso and Porto San Giorgio, which in the summer months are popular with Italian holiday-makers.
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 5 bedrooms|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Central heating, TV, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 3 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (3)|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
- Satellite TV in the lounge and TVs in each bedroom
- 2 Extra single beds available.
|Further details outdoors|
- Outdoor dining
- Private swimming pool with Roman steps
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.
Montalto delle Marche
The national park boasts some of the most beautiful yet least known landscapes in the whole of Italy - such as the vast Piano Grande, a huge plain found at 5,000ft altitude and surrounded by mountain peaks, which in the summer months is carpeted with an amazing assortment of flowers reminiscent of a rainbow.
Wildlife abounds in the Monti Sibillini National Park, with a stable wolf population, deer, plenty of wild boar (often on the menu!), porcupines, hares, eagles, falcons and hawks all present in the park.
And around Montalto there is an endless choice of places to dine very well and at modest expense. The area has a number of agriturismos which provide excellent home cooked food made from local ingredients and products and each of the small towns around the villa have at least one good restaurant.
Also near Casa Eleonora is the village of Montottone, home of the famous Bozzi Pottery, with handmade pots and crockery made to ancient designs.
With the towns of Fermo, Offida, Ascoli Piceno and Amandola all within easy driving distance and an abundance of other historic hilltop towns also close by, many with their own town festivals and sagras, a stay at Casa Eleonora is a real opportunity to make the most of Marche's varied delights.
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