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Beautifully restored 17th century former Monastery and Chapel

Bedrooms 7
Separate WC's1
Property type villa



About the property

Sleeps 12-15. 7 Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms, open fires, swimming pool, vineyard

Believed to have been a rural monastic retreat to the nearby Abbazia Sant' Urbano, the house and its attached chapel sit in 6 acres of lovely mature grounds, including a newly-planted red grape vineyard.

Built of local stone around 1680, the small regular brick shaped pieces apparently denoted the owner's wealth and status. The house remained under the ownership of two wealthy Jesi/Ancona families, the Federicis and Pichiettis, for over 200 years until it fell into disrepair in the post war years and was used as the local village school. Further neglect ensued and its latter incarnation was as a farm dwelling with cow stalls on the ground floor and basic farmer's living accommodation on the first floor. An outside staircase dating from the 1950s was added for this purpose but removed by the current owner to restore the frontage to its original state.

The Chapel was built in around 1750 and dedicated to San Bernadetto. Regular village masses were performed here until the 1980s.

Accommodating 12-15 people, this historic property comprises 7 bedrooms over 2 floors: a master bedroom with en suite bathroom (claw foot bath and wet room shower) and adjoining single bedroom/dressing room on the first floor; 5 further double bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, underfloor heating, modern fitted kitchen linked to kitchen/breakfast room with open fireplace, 2 large sitting rooms with open fire, TV/DVD room, separate dining room, utility room and downstairs shower/WC room, grand central corridor, sacristy/entrance hall, cloakroom and chapel. To the exterior lies a swimming pool and terrace with wonderful views over the surrounding villages and rolling hills and vineyards. Mature trees, including olives, pear, walnut and grand oaks compliment the newly laid grass lawns and sweeping driveway around the property.

The house comfortably accommodates three families: on the first floor the master bedroom and adjoining single room share one bathroom and separate entrance; one small double bedroom is located off the central landing area; a separate archway links two further double bedrooms and shared bathroom between them with sunken bath, WC, bidet and walk-in shower. The attic (third) floor has full standing height and comprises of two large double bedrooms (one with 3 x single beds and one with double sofa bed) with bathroom in between them with WC, bidet, bath and shower attachment. Note there is some compromised head space here.

The ground floor accommodation comprises of library/study room with archway leading to a large sitting room with two comfortable 3 seater sofas surrounding an open fire place and French windows out to the garden and outdoor eating terrace under the shade of a beautiful oak tree opposite. The house was restored respecting the original room layouts, thus the rooms flow off the main central corridor with archways to the chapel at one end and library/sitting room at the other. The old kitchen with fireplace and breakfast table links to a modern fitted kitchen; the TV room with DVD player and Dolby Surround Sound lies between the study and formal dining room, both with French windows to an outside gravel terrace. There is a utility room with washing machine, tumble dryer and butler's sink with adjoining downstairs shower room and WC with door to the outside which serves as a useful swimming pool change area. A further downstairs cloakroom with sink and bidet lies off the sacristy/entrance hall. Here, the original baptismal/Holy water font is set into the stone wall. Outside, the 14m x 5m swimming pool is situated a short walk from the house across the lawn. A pizza oven and BBQ area are currently under construction nearby. Plenty of trees offer shady spots for relaxation around the garden and for those of a more active nature, a field behind the barn/garage area is perfect for football/badminton etc. Tennis courts are located nearby in Apiro and Poggio San Vicino.

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Camilla Wood
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, French, Italian
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Calendar last updated:
9 June, 2016

About Camilla Wood

I renovated the house solely after gaining it in my divorce settlement in 2009 - it was a long and sometimes painful journey - but as they say all things that are worthwhile in life are hard and what doesn't kill you makes you stronger! Now beautifully restored with its soul strongly intact I am proud to be the custodian and owner of a piece of Italian history and culture. Now my three children and I call it home although we live most of the year in Somerset, UK for schooling and work reasons. My heart is in Le Marche!

Camilla Wood purchased this villa in 2006

Why Camilla Wood chose Macerata

My ex-husband and I chose this property because rather than being one of many picturesque tumble-down ruined farmhouses, this was a unique property in the region, a 'villa padronale' or gentleman's villa built by a family of some wealth and status and it was crying out for TLC. It is an honour to have now restored a piece of Italian history. We fell in love with the villa as a ruin, a real sleeping beauty and couldn't fail to be touched by it's bucolic and picturesque setting: with true panoramic 360 degrees views of the surrounding rolling hills, classic Italian towns and mountains. To cap it all, the charming Chapel adjoining the house made this property a truly special find.

What makes this villa unique

The stunning setting, classicly Italian with vineyards, olive groves, rolling hills, the church spires and mellow terracotta buildings of Apiro town and Poggio village in the distance, the beautiful mature trees of the villa's original parkland.... The wonderful proportions of the villa, space, grandeur but not too big to be overwhelming - it is still a family home.... The charming and mystical little chapel which adjoins the house compete with naively painted frescoes of angels on the ceiling... The fact that the house sits in a wine region of some repute - home to the Verdicchio grape! wonderful cellar doors and their top-rated wines abound in the area. Le Marche is an undiscovered gem, truly as the tourist board suggests 'All Of Italy In One Region'. Swinging peacefully in the hammock overlooking the villa's fledgling vineyard is just one of this property's many unique benefits!

Guestbook comments from the owner

An exquisitely converted house, stunning views of Le Marche countryside from all points of the property, was the basis of a marvellous family holiday. Ages stretched from 7 to 70 and we all had the greatest time together at the Monastero and the surrounding area. You can feel the 'love', and the hard work, that has gone into creating a charming and beautiful 'home'. Thank you (and there is talk of going back soon !). Baci,
Aug 2013
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Something to Behold in Le Marche!

  • 5 of 5

Villa Monastero di Favari is a truly special place. It has been renovated with a designer's eye, but yet the owner has kept the "bones" of the old Italian Monastery at the forefront of the rehab. And the LeMarche backdrop is something to behold. Off the beaten path, but yet easily accessible to some of Italy's best kept secret towns and villages. Your vacation at Villa Monastero Di Favari will be something you, your family and friends will never forget.

On our first morning I opened up the shutters to discover the most stunning view of the Le Marche hills with a herd of long-haired sheep being herded down the white country road! It was a lovely way to start the day which consisted of sitting by the pool soaking up the Le Marche sun, going into Apiro for market day, and wine tasting some of the LaCrema red wine at a local vineyard (kindly arranged by the villa's caretaker!)

The Villa has every high quality amenity you can ever hope to have in a vacation rental and is so beautifully appointed. The kitchen is gorgeous and the living room so cozy. There are six bedrooms (really seven if you count the little bedroom off of the master bedroom) that all have amazing views! The linens and towels are first class. The views around the pool are amazing. It was just so very relaxing and we felt totally disconnected and relaxed. It was a wonderful way to be away and connect with girlfriends who had all gathered at The Villa for the week for my 40th birthday celebration.

I highly recommend this special Italian getaway if you are seeking a vacation where you can unwind, relax, eat amazing Italian food and soak up the Italian culture that is still authentic and not contrived by masses of tourists!

Lucy (American expat living in Amsterdam)

  • Review Submitted: Nov 20, 2012
  • Date of Stay: May 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Don't forget the kittens

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic holiday, the villa was as described and more. Plenty of room for us all to rattle around in, a gorgeous swimming pool and amazing views. The villa is very tastefully decorated and kitted out, with a lovely relaxing feel to it. The children found the chapel fairly spooky but to us it was quite serene. There is plenty to do locally with lots of super restaurants and cafes to explore. The nearest (pebbly) beach is about half an hour away but to be honest we mostly preferred to laze around the villa as it was so peaceful. We adopted three kittens who turned up during our stay and to all accounts are still there, my nephew says please ask anyone staying to look out for them (and feed them if you're so inclined). There is also a fairly tame hedgehog in the woodpile. All in all I would thoroughly recommend this villa for anyone seeking a luxurious retreat.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 20, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic, relaxing home

  • 5 of 5

I had the chance to go to this villa for 4 days with my girlfriends and it was superb! The villa is located in a peaceful region of Italy, although it was only a 30 minute drive to a charming town with restaurants, bars, wine tasting, shops, etc. The main thing for us was that it was not flooded with tourists, so it felt very authentic.

The house itself is huge and easily accommodated all of us. The linens on the beds were freshly ironed and every room was immaculate. It's definitely a luxury place to rent. The kitchen was big enough for us to all get in and cook a big meal together + there were enough coffee mugs and wine glasses that we didn't have to run the dish washer every meal!

Overall, it was a fantastic place to hang out for the weekend and I would definitely recommend it to others.

  • Review Submitted: May 18, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £427

For all rates and booking info please kindly refer to the Info & Rates page on our website: www.monasterofavari.com

Changeover day is Saturday but we aim to be flexible if there is no other booking.

25% of the full rental fee is payable by bank transfer to secure booking. Remainder of fee payable 6 weeks prior to commencement of booking together with Security Deposit of Euro 500. This will be refunded within 2 weeks after departure. Cancellation

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Apiro in Marche

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 600 m²
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Sunbed
  • Thermos Flask
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
    Shower room - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Downstairs for pool use
    Cloakroom - Toilet , Bidet , Downstairs cloakroom
  • The Master bathroom has an antique claw foot bath and wet room style walk-in shower, bidet and double sinks on an oak top. The First Floor guest bathroom has a sunken bath with shower attachment and a separate shower enclosure, large single sink and bidet. The Second Floor attic bathroom has a bath with shower attachment, large single sink and bidet but some compromised head space. All bathrooms have heated towel rails. The Ground Floor has a shower room with WC accessible from the garden, ideal as a swimming pool changing area. There is also a separate cloakroom with bidet next to the Chapel and entrance hall.
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Master Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Single Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 5 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 6 - 3 Single Bed
    Bedroom 7 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon
  • All bedrooms are elegantly decorated with mirrors, chests of drawers and hanging wardrobes. Electric fans for summer use and hairdryers provided. The Attic bedrooms have a double bed and a double sofa bed in one and three single beds in the other. Travel cot available with linen for babies.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games for Kids
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Large Cooler
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Terrace
  • 10 garden chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Meet and Greet service (Englishman and Italian wife) for all guests, airport pick up service available at an extra charge. A lady cook is available for private catering. Kitchen - all appliances are top-quality: large Smeg fridge, double Smeg oven, 90cm hob with wok burner, separate drinks fridge, double sink. Flat screen TV with DVD player. Bose speaker system for use with guests' iPod/iPad. All linen, quilts, duvets, pillows of very high quality, swimming towels provided. Waterproof mattress protectors available for young children. High chair and 2 travel cots available with linen. 2 x open fireplaces with wood provided, underfloor heating on ground and first floors, radiators on attic floor. Heated towel rails in bathrooms. Pool - measures 14m x 5m The property has its own well and cistern connected to an automatic irrigation system which waters the lawn and plants. The lawn is mown regularly and the pool and garden maintained. Roof and tiles treated to inhibit insect infestation.

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