Casa Benessere, a restored farmhouse, is set in the magical, untouched Le Marche region which neighbours Umbria and Tuscany. Close, and to the west, lies the wonder of the Sibillini mountains. And just 50 minute’s drive to the east, there’s 180km of bewitching Adriatic coastline including the exquisite beaches of Sirolo, where you can also take a short boat ride to one of the many isolated coves.
The property, the landscape and the peaceful, inspiring spirit of this area are why we chose the name Benessere, which means wellbeing. Casa Benessere is made up of three buildings. There’s the main farm house with five bedrooms, the old barn with two bedrooms and an impressive studio for yoga & pilates and, on the hill-top overlooking the property, the privata casa. All eight bedrooms are en suite doubles, there is a large swimming pool and a host of contemporary comforts including a large extensively equipped kitchen with a big granite worktop as its focal point.
The renovation has been carried out by Italian specialists in historic rural dwellings so we could keep the property’s true, timeless nature. We have also, where possible, selected original and reclaimed materials along with traditional pieces crafted by local artisans.
|Size||Sleeps up to 18, 8 bedrooms|
|Rooms||8 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms of which 8 en suites and 1 shower room|
|Nearest beach||Civitanova 40 km|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Ancona 60 km, Nearest railway: San Severino 11 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Fireplace, DVD player|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Telephone|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Furniture||Double Beds (8), Sofa Beds (1), Cots available (1), Dining seats for 20, Lounge seats for 14|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair available|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Access||Parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
|Further details indoors|
Fully equipped kitchen: 6 ring gas hob plus wok burner, separate drink fridge, 2 ovens, double sink, top of the range A appliances. Large granite island, perfect for cooking courses.
|Further details outdoors|
Set in 1.5 hectares the property enjoys completely private landscaped gardens and uninterrupted views over the surrounding countyside. There are plenty of areas around the grounds to take in the sun or to enjoy the shade, whatever your preference. To ensure its continued conditioning the garden is maintained weekly during the summer months and has an automated irrigation system. The 12x 6m swimming pool also enjoys beautiful views and is equipped with 16 sun loungers and plenty of sun umbrellas. It also has a diving board and EU certified security cover. There is a shaded pergola area for outdoor dining alongsidethe kitchen for those long leisurely lunches. There is ample car parking.
Our Italian caretaker, Antonio, is wonderful and will show you around the house on your arrival and will be available to deal with any problems during your stay. There is a full complementary welcome pack provided with information on the house, the local area and places of interest to visit.
We also have additional services available to our guests:
Meet and greet on your arrival / emergency assistance in English. We can also organise a local cook, mid-week cleaning as required.
The swimming pool opens in May and closes at the start of October.
There is a hospital 15 minutes away in San Severino.
See more photographs of the property at www.flickr.com/photos/monteluce
Most have heard of Tuscany and Umbria. Yet few people know about Le Marche. Set between the sea and soaring mountains, this part of central Italy remains an undiscovered jewel.
Untouched by mass tourism, Le Marche moves at its own gentle pace while offering the visitor a host of memorable experiences. Casa Benessere is the perfect base from which to explore its riches.
You can wander from one medieval hill-top town to another, they are scattered throughout Le Marche, each one a jewel - Cingoli, Urbino, Osimo, Loreto, to name a few. To the North, you’ll discover Urbino, the Renaissance town and birthplace of Raphael (1hr 40min). Then there’s Macerata (40min), an elegant town celebrated for its annual outdoor opera festival running from June to August. Throughout summer, in fact, open air festivals, palios and pageants take place across all of Le Marche.
The region is also home to many natural wonders. The Frassasi Caves (45min) are one example. Discovered in 1971, this is the longest cave network in Italy, with one chamber big enough to house Milan Cathedral. The Sibillini National Park (50min) has many great walks and hikes, with skiing in the winter months. And of course, then there are the beaches with many choices along the 180km coastline.
The medieval hill-top city of Cingoli, known as the 'Balcony of the Marches' is just 20 minutes’ drive away and has panoramic views over the hills to the sea. It is home to Italy’s best known motor cross trails. Cingoli also has a beautiful lake ideal for swimming and a Water park great for family days out. Closer to home (15 minutes’ drive), you’ll find San Severino, known as the 'City of Art'. Like Cingoli, it has museums, galleries, churches and monasteries while there are lots of excellent dining choices, bars and shops. Matelica (25 mins) has excellent museums and is well known for its excellent DOC wine, Verdicchio di Matelica. The Frasassi caves in Genga (45 mins) are the most extensive cave system in Europe. One of the caves is large enough to house Milan Cathedral. Fabriano (40 mins) is long renowned for the manufacture of paper, which dates back to the 12th century, the oldest in Italy. The paper museum there is worth a visit.
Le Marche is a pioneering region in organic farming. Around the coast, you’ll find excellent seafood and brodetto (fish soup), with each area offering its own delicious variant on the ingredients. Inland there are other delights. This is truffle country, and they have been part of the culture for the past 300 years. Every type is found in the area, so local restaurants serve seasonal truffle dishes all year long. Le Marche is home to the famous white wine Verdicchio. In fact, there are currently 11 DOC areas in Le Marche (this denotes a regulated wine of a high standard, so watch out for the label).
There is also great shopping, many of Italy's top design houses have outlet shops in Le Marche and within 1.5- 2 hours there are four of Italy's most famous theme parks (Mirabilandia, Fabilandia, Le Navi & Italia in Miniatura).