Real Italy nr. Urbino
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House | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Situated on the edge of a typical hilltop village surrounded by the beautiful scenery of the Le Marche region, the property hass been modernised but retains many of its original features and its charm. With wooden shutters and tiled floors throughout, the house stays cool in the summer yet, with the benefit of gas central heating and a log-burning stove, is cosy in the winter.
Whilst the property is well away from the crowds it is still close to the Adriatic coastal resorts and the Renaissance city of Urbino, a UNESCO World Heritage site. There are many local places of interest as well as the rolling hills which are ideal for walking, cycling, bird-watching or sight-seeing.
The property offers a comfortable and relaxing holiday in a friendly authentic Italian village which has an excellent restaurant.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Gabicce Mare 15 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||300 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Rimini 30 km, Nearest railway: Pesaro 20 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
This traditional three-bedroomed house, built at the turn of the last century, has been modernised but retains many of its original features and charm. Downstairs there is a double-aspect sitting room, a kitchen/dining room, a newly- installed cloakroom with toilet, large wash basin and bidet and a traditional 'cantina'. The cantina contains the washing machine and acts as a storage area for firewood, garden furniture and barbecue.
The sitting room is comfortably furnished and has a DVD player, satellite TV (not UK), books,games and DVDs. It is well- stocked with maps,books and literature on the area, its attractions and lots of ideas and recommendations on restaurants, places of interest and activities from the owners and previous guests. There is a log burning stove for winter evenings by the fire.
A traditional balustrade stairway from the entrance hall leads upstairs to a newly- installed shower room and three large double- sized bedrooms, one with a balcony window overlooking the piazza, a second with views right across the Le Marche hills. The bedrooms are comfortably furnished and will easily sleep 6. There are 2 double beds, a single bed and a day-bed.
|Further details outdoors|
The views!! The property is right on the edge of the ancient village walls with uninterrupted, stunning views for miles right across the hills to San Marino and to the sea at Pesaro . There is a small garden with a terrace on one side and a patio on the other which, between them, catch the sun for most of the day. Sunsets are particularly stunning.
The local swimming pool is at the bottom of the hill and can be seen from the house, It has three pools, including one for children, a water slide and is clean and smart. As you would expect in Italy, it also offers a good restaurant .The swimming pool is open in the summer only.
The house and garden are situated above the town wall at the top of the hill. Young children will need to be supervised in the garden so that they do not climb onto the wall, although access can easily be closed off by shutting the cantina door.
Our representative in the village speaks excellent English and lives very close to the property.
The Marche region
The region of Le Marche is one of Italy's best kept secrets, with scenery and climate similar to Tuscany but without the crowds. The region offers gentle, sloping hills and rugged mountain peaks. The province of Pesaro-Urbino is in the north of the region and includes the picturesque Montefeltro area. There are mountain fortress towns , traditional villages with their markets and festivals as well as a beautiful stretch of coastline, particularly around the San Bartolo National Park, between Gabicce Mare and Pesaro. Pesaro itself combines the charm of an historical Italian city with the sophistication of a smart, traditional coastal resort.
The birthplace of Rossini, its internationally renowned Rossini Opera Festival is held here each summer in August.
Urbino is the highlight of the area with the whole of this Renaissance city a UNESCO World Heritage protected site. The magnificent Ducal Palace is home to the National Gallery of Le Marche and includes works by Piero della Francesca, Titian and Raphael, who was born in the city and whose home is open to the public.
The famous Republic of San Marino is close by, a scenic half -hour drive across the hills.
The weather is generally hot in the summer, warm in spring and autumn (May and September are particularly beautiful) and snowy (cosy) in winter.
Montecalvo in Foglia
Montecalvo in Foglia is a hill-top village with panoramic views of the surrounding countryside in every direction .In the village itself there a general shop, a post office, a cafe-bar , a church and a park with a childrens playground and a bird-hide.There is also an excellent restaurant serving local Marche cuisine on the edge of the village, within walking distance and many others in the neighbouring villages. There are books, guides, maps and brochures containing details of restaurants, wine bars, day trips and lists of ideas and recommendations we and our enthusiastic guests have left at the house.
The village of Montecalvo is very friendly and we and our guests are always invited to celebrate Ferragosta in August with a street party, Easter by welcoming the competitors in an Italian cycle race for lunch, an arts and antiques festival in July and a Christmas fair in early December. Every event involves the entire village sitting down to a long and lavish dinner.
The village really is a taste of authentic Italy with friendly villagers happy to talk to visitors, even if you don't speak Italian!
During the year there are many local 'festas' and pageants in the surrounding towns and villages as they each attempt to outdo each other's offerings of local food, wine and entertainment. Just buy a ticket on arrival and join in.
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6 Oct 2014
Whilst the owners were approachable and good to deal with and the view from the tiny back garden is lovely we were disappointed. We only stayed 3 out of the 7 nights we booked because we felt uncomfo… More
Oh dear! No microwave or wi-fi? But this is a holiday in real rural Italy as the web-site makes clear.Fast food is that morning's foccaccia with fresh ricotta and a tomato! The church bells have chimed for hundreds of years and our guests do sometimes fall asleep to the sound of the villagers chatting in the piazza below when the nights are warm.
The bathroom should always be spotless and had been cleaned. Had this couple mentioned any of these issues to our English-speaking agent on arrival, and who spoke with them several times during their stay, she would willingly have re-cleaned it and shown them the bales of cotton towels, including two shower mats and the woollen rugs, one for each room, which are in the villa. The log-burner, complimentary logs and gas central heating should have kept them warm, together with the bottle of Rosso di Conero we left them to enjoy.Our home is two hundred years old and full of original features which our guests normally love. I am very sorry that this couple did not.
11 Jan 2014
"Comfortable village- top house with wonderful views"
Comfortable house in charming village with wonderful views from small terrace garden - sunsets were spectacular, but the best is the morning mist in the valleys. Plenty of space in the house with co… More
8 Nov 2012
"EXCELLENT HILLTOP VILLAGE STAY WITH WONDERFUL VIEWS"
We arrived to a perfectly cleaned and maintained home which was exactly as described. (In fact the outside photo does not do it justice). We were immediately warmly welcomed by the landlord's r… More
11 Jul 2012
"A little pearl in the beautiful region of Marche"
Stress down watching sunset over the hills at the terrace. Sleep well in comfortable beds. Wake up at the churchbells ringing, buy your fresh bread at Roberto´s, the little local shop. Make tours in … More
5 May 2012
"Cozy getaway in Marche!"
The Montecalvo home is a wonderful vacation spot. The spacious house is nicely furnished with a well equipped kitchen. The view of the surrounding hillsides from the garden is spectacular. Convenien… More
6 Jul 2011
"A wonderful week in an authentic italian village"
A beautiful hillside location - it was lovely to be a part of ordinary italian life - the locals were very welcoming and it provided a wonderful opportunity to practice some rusty italian!Highlights f… More
5 Jul 2011
"A perfect Italian retreat"
This was our third visit in last three years.Beautiful traditional Italian home tastefully renovated providing all mod cons without compromising on authenticity.Located in a prominent position at the … More
4 Jul 2011
"brilliant - wonderful"
What a location! What a lovely house. Situated at the top of a charming, very friendly village, its a great base to discover this unspolit part of Italy. Rimini beach 15 miles, San Marino, San Leo, wo… More
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