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Casa Serena, pool and garden

Farmhouse | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 10

Key Info
  • Beach or lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming Pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden
  • Car essential
  • Nearest beach 20km

The impressive Casa Serena is sympathetically restored, retaining a wealth of original features; it is a rustic, traditional, spacious and inviting 5 bedroom Marchigianan farmhouse with an adjoining one bedroom self contained apartment (which is sometimes occupied by the owner Jenny, a single, retired ex teacher and grandmother.)

Set in 5 acres of beautiful private grounds, Casa Serena boasts a vineyard, a walnut grove and numerous fruit trees. French doors open onto terracing which encircle the house and border the landscaped gardens and pool terrace. The extensive lawn merges with a meadow that stretches to the vineyard and beyond to the Saline river at the foot of the valley, perfect for country walks and spotting the local wildlife.

The swimming pool has stunning glass mosaic tiles and is for the exclusive use of our guests only and boasts enchanting views along the valley and a classic Italian vista composing white road and cypress encircled distant hillside villa, the tranquillity and privacy create the perfect environment for a relaxing, sun soaking holiday.

Size Sleeps up to 10, 5 bedrooms
Nearest beach Porto San Giorgio 20 km
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month)
Access Car essential
Nearest Amenities 3 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Ancona 60 km, Nearest railway: Fermo/Porto San Giorgio 20 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, 1 En suites and 1 Shower rooms
Furniture Single beds (4), Double beds (3), Cots (2), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ

The Marche/Abruzzo region

The beautiful Le Marche region is positioned on the eastern side of central Italy between the Adriatic Sea and the Apennine mountain range. The region is relatively undiscovered and untouched by the ravages of mass tourism. Travellers who are looking for the unspoilt Italy will appreciate the outstanding natural beauty and culture of Le Marche, steeped in history with a number of important archaeological sites, hidden art treasures and ancient towns. There are places here where time really has stood still and compared to its central Italian sisters, Tuscany and Umbria, life in Marche is tranquil and relaxing.

Le Marche is text book Italy – sheep bells and church bells, elderly men in bars, vegetable vans selling local produce, hot days and siestas, simple but delicious food, smart shops, opera, ice creams late at night, star studded skies, cypress trees on a hill, vines, olive trees and sunflowers. Le Marche really does encompass all this but without the tour buses, trooping tourists and queues. The people of the region are gentle, funny and genuine. They adore children and greet them with open arms, often literally!

The beauty of the region lies in its geography – hills and mountains and a diverse coast line. The mountains are snow capped until April and covered in wild flowers in May and June. There are several ski resorts offering good facilities and runs, and excellent walking and trekking can be had in the many parks and nature reserves – Monti Sibillini National Park, Monte Conero Regional Park, Gran Sasso National Park and Gola della Rosa. The largest underground cave system in Europe, Frasassi , is a highlight of the region.

The coast of Le Marche has many classic Italian beaches- flat, sandy and clean, with beds and umbrellas for daily hire. There are an abundance of good restaurants serving fresh fish dishes. The swimming is safe and the main beaches are attended by life guards. The town beaches are a haven for small children with play areas containing swings and slides etc. On the Conero peninsula you can find relatively unknown and stunning craggy beaches, some only accessible by boat.

Le Marche is full of medieval hill top towns and villages, which are, for the most part, living thriving places. They have bars, shops, restaurants and fascinating churches often containing astonishing art treasures. The area is a cultural treat and many towns have restored theatres (72 in Le Marche) where plays and recitals regularly take place.

Penna San Giovanni has a tiny theatre with the interior constructed entirely in wood and is well worth a visit. Sadly many are kept locked and as a consequence are often missed by visitors. ( please let me know if you would like to visit the Penna theatre – Teatro Flora).

Macerata is an interesting small city which holds a spectacular opera festival every summer in the Sferisterio. These are truly memorable evenings preceded by an excellent dinner in one of the fine restaurants in the city. This ancient walled city boasts one of the oldest universities in Italy, smart shops, cool bars, excellent coffee and fine dining.

Le Marche hides several masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance both art and architecture. The most notable landmark, in the cultural sense, is Urbino in the north. The birth place of Raphael and home to one of Italy's most beautiful renaissance palaces, once belonging to Duke Federico da Montefeltro, now housing Le Marche's National Art Gallery, Urbino makes for a fascinating cultural tour.

In the south of the region Ascoli Piceno is an elegant ancient town with a full itinerary of cultural treats, a number of excellent restaurants and two stunning important piazzas. The Duomo in Piazza Arringo contains an important polyptych of Madonna and Child by Carlo Crivelli. In Piazza del Popolo you will find the wonderful art deco Café Meletti providing a perfect place for a morning coffee or an aperitivo whilst people watching.

Loreto is the most important pilgrimage destination in Europe after Lourdes. There is a fascinating church which, we are told, contains the Madonna's childhood home . Legend has it that it was miraculously transported to Loreto from Jerusalem.

The Roman remains at Falerone and Urbisaglia are also part of Le Marche's rich cultural heritage.

A personal favourite is the large hill town of Fermo with its stunning piazza and white marble Duomo. Fermo's underground Roman water system is the most impressive in Italy. Just 8kms from the sea Fermo has spectacular views of the surrounding countryside, mountains and coastal plain. Every Thursday in July and August there is an interesting and lively market between 6pm and midnight.

Penna San Giovanni

Penna San Giovanni is a small, charming, fortified medieval hill town with Roman origins. Named after its patron saint St. John the Baptist, Penna boasts a number of important monuments and buildings but most impressive is Teatro Flora, an important example of Baroque art and architecture. This is not only the smallest of Le Marche's 72 theatres but is unique in that the interior is constructed entirely in wood. Dating from 1780 Teatro Flora was painted by the Penna born artist Antonio Liozzi.

Penna has approximately 1200 inhabitants although this number increases in the summer months, particularly in August, when families return to stay with relatives still living in the town.

For a small town Penna has a surprising number of amenities. You will find two small grocery shops, a post office, a pharmacy, a bank with cash point, a bakery, a ladies' hairdresser, a barber, a butcher, a newsagent, two bars and a fabulous pizzeria.

The views from the ruins of the fortress in the highest part of the town are spectacular.

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20 May 2013

5/5

"Perfect family retreat for cultural immersion"

Casa Serena is simply that, a quiet location, beautiful, comfortable home in a serene setting. Our extended family stayed here for 10 days, and loved it. The house is very well maintained and in perf… More

20 May 2013

5/5

"A Great Multi-Generational Family Retreat"

We arrived down a country lane that led by tilled and growing fields and scattered stone farmhouses, serenaded by the sounds of birds in the forests and accompanied by the footprints of wild pigs, por… More

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