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Le Marche holiday apartment with stunning views of Sibillini Mountains - Priora



Updated: 21-Oct-2016
Spacious accommodation, large beautiful garden in tranquil location.

The apartments are part of an old stone farmhouse. The house has been sensitively restored adhering, where possible, to traditional design and retaining architectural features. The house is located in a small hamlet near Sarnano. It sits atop a small hill with stunning views of the mountains and the surrounding woodland and fields. The woodland offers opportunities for short strolls or even mountain biking. The apartments are on the ground floor of the farmhouse with their own entrances and outdoor space with table and chairs for al fresco dining. All apartments face the mountains and are surrounded by a large two tiered garden for the sole use of guests. The garden is mostly laid to grass with some terracing and flower beds. There are plenty of sun loungers available. There is a wash room equipped with washing machine, sink and iron for guests to use. We also have a small library of games, books and DVDs..

Cultural Activities: The Macerata area has been inhabited for 10000 years so there is plenty of history to enjoy. Urbs Salvia is the largest Roman era excavation in the area. Casa Carotondo is surrounded by medieval hilltop towns with architectural and artistic treasures of interest. In the Middle Ages Castles were built around the Calderola area, some have been restored and are worth visiting.The works of Carlo Crivelli are exhibited throughout the Marche, the nearest to Casa Carotondo being at Monte San Martino. Paintings by Lorenzo, Lotto, Titian and others are to be seen at various locations. For modern art head to Ripe San Ginesio. Visit the home of the famous Italian poet Giacomo Leopardi who was born and lived in the Marche in Recanati. Religion has played an important role in the Marche history find out more and visit the beautiful Cathedrals of Tolentino and Loretto. Day trips to famous Umbrian towns such as Assissi and Perugia are also possible..

Outdoors: Around Casa Carotondo you can take short strolls or mountainbike through woodland. There are routes in the surrounding countryside for walking or cycling from Sarnano or you can head into the Sibillini mountains. There are guidebooks for walking and cycling and we can help with route planning. Other possibilities include horse riding - the experienced can trek in the mountains. Paragliding is possible as are balloon flights over the area. You can swim or fish in Lago di Fiastra surrounded by mountains. If you just want to relax, drive to the top of the mountains, have a picnic and take in the views. In winter there is the possibility of downhill or cross country skiing. Further afield the Adriatic coast beckons with its sandy beaches and excellent fish restaurants. The Conero regional park is a rocky but beautiful stretch of coastline. Alternatively head north to the caves of Frassasi and the Gola della Rosa regional park.

Other: Sarnano, the nearest town, has a wide range of shops and three supermarkets. There is a weekly market for fresh produce and a number of shops selling specialty foods such as locally made Pecorino cheese. Alternatively you can try out 'la cucina marchigiana' at the many reasonably priced restaurants in the area. For those in need of more retail therapy outlet shopping is a possibility with names such as Armani and Hogans. Every summer each town puts on a number of festas to attract tourists. These generally involve live music and food. A number of the medieval towns also stage Palios. Every year San Ginesio reenacts a battle it fought with Fermo in 1377. There are numerous historical theaters in the area, which regularly have performances. There are a number of music festivals during the summer for blues, jazz and most famously the Sferisterio opera in Macerata. All too hectic? Then sit on your apartment terrace, enjoy a glass of wine, the cool evening breeze and listen to the cicadas

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Details for holiday apartment Priora , 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3, 1 Bathroom

The apartment has been renovated to a high standard and in the traditional style with chestnut beams, cotto tiles and, where possible, exposed stone walls. The loggia outside the apartment provides the ideal dining venue for those warm summer evenings. The living room and bedroom both rooms have large French windows to let in plenty of light and allow guests to enjoy the wonderful views from inside. The living area has a modern fully equipped kitchen including microwave, gas cooker and hob, fridge/freezer, toaster and coffee machine. It contains a table and chairs for dining indoors with a sofa for relaxing afterwords. There is satellite TV, a DVD player and small sound system in the flat. Should the weather be inclement there is a wood burning stove and for the winter a full central heating system. The bedroom contains a double bed, bedside tables with lamps, chest of drawers, mirror and wardrobe in the Arte Povere style. The bathroom comprises a toilet, bidet, shower and washbasin.

  • Sleeps 3
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

We are Rob Newman and Vanessa Foulkes. Before arriving in Le Marche, we lived in London working respectively as goldsmith and software consultant. We have done most of the renovation work at Casa Carotondo ourselves, which is why it took so long for us to start renting the apartments! We believe the renovation work to be of a high quality and have added character to the place as well as using traditional architectural features. We share the house with our friendly dog Chico.

Although we live on site we respect your desire for privacy while staying at Casa Carotondo. We are here, however, should you need help or want information.

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Speaks English, French, German, Italian

Guestbook comments from the owner

Although our holidays started with a breakdown of our car - just 3,5 km to our destination we spent two great weeks here. This place is not just special because of the magnificent view and the lovely apartment but because of you - Rob and Vanessa. Thank you for everything ... towing the car (more than one time), taking us for a walk, to the lake, shopping ... and for opening your Schwimmteich. We enjoyed the evening with you very much and we hope to return soon. We will keep you in mind
Aug 2014
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11 Reviews

based on 11 holidaymaker reviews


The place to be!

  • 5 of 5

Carotondo is a quiet, beautiful, comfortable cottage, with a wonderful garden and magnificent view. We came this year for the 4th time and it will not be the last. Close to the Monti Sibillini (ideal for hiking) and nice villages, like Sarnano and San Ginesio. A lot of incredible restaurants around for reasonable prices

  • Review Submitted: Aug 17, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Great hospitality by the hosts. Rob and Vanessa.

We were truly arrived in paradise!

Very neat, complete and very clean apartment ...

Beautiful nature and environment with the typical beautiful Italian mountain villages. Sometimes you imagined you 50years back in time. Beautiful!

And if you wanted to stay at the apartment it is from the beginning to end of the day enjoying the beautiful views to the mountains. Here you will really relax!

ps: and you had questions or problems Rob and Vanessa were always ready to help TOP!

Absolutely recommended by friends or family.

Earned five stars!!!!

John and Ron

  • Review Submitted: Sep 29, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Es war einfach toll!

  • 5 of 5

Liebe Vanessa, Lieber Rob! It was great here! Although the weather was not the best, we enjoyed the landscape, the small villages and especially the nice and cosy ('gemütlich') appartment! The view to the mountains, the relaxed environment and your friendly help made our stay here great. Also Lena, our 6 months old daughter enjoyed it. When we plan to visit Italy again, we will come here again! Best Regards.”

  • Review Submitted: Jun 10, 2013
  • Date of Stay: May 2013
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

“Vielen Dank für eine unvergessliche Ferienwoche voller Ruhe, Natur, Sonne, Wein, Käse, Wandern!

Ein wundervoller Platz, um dem Alltag zu entfliehen und Kraft zu tanken, um sich diesem zu stellen.”

  • Review Submitted: Oct 9, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2012
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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ein unvergeßlicher Urlaub in den Marken (Italien)

  • 5 of 5

Wir haben hier das und mehr gefunden, was wir uns erhofft hatten:

Natur und Ruhe; freundliche, stets bemühte und hilfsbereite Gastgeber in

Rob und Vanessa; eine sehr geschmackvolle, komfortable, gemütliche

Wohnung Rotondo mit atemberaubendem Blick auf die Berge und Nachts auf

die Sternschnuppen am Himmel! Prima! Wir können diese Ferienwohnung jedem, der mit dem Auto oder Mietwagen anreist, wärmstens empfehlen!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 16, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2012
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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Italien wie es italienischer nicht sein kann

  • 5 of 5

Casa Carotondo – welch’ wunderbarer Ort auf Erden. Es ist so schön und friedlich dort! Man kann wunderbar entspannen! Eine grandiose Landschaft und so typisch italienisch! Wir werden irgendwann wiederkommen, aber dann soll es Herbst sein. Wir haben uns sehr wohl gefühlt und möchten, das alles so bleibt wie es ist.Die Wohnung ist sehr schön und sinnvoll eingerichtet, die Vermieter sind nett und hilfsbereit. Toller Ausblick, wunderbares italienisches Ambiente !

  • Review Submitted: May 27, 2012
  • Date of Stay: May 2012
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Ancona Falconara at 105 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Sarnano at 5 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Ancona at 98 Kilometres Nearest Train : Macerata at 30 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : Civitanova Marche at 54 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Gabella Nuova at 3 Kilometres Nearest Ski : Sassotetto at 20 Kilometres Nearest Beach : St. Elpidio at 58 Kilometres Car: necessary

Casa Carotondo sits atop a small hill surrounded by farm and woodland. Our nearest neighbour is about 1km away. The holiday apartments face south-west and have a stunning view of the Sibillini Mountains (25 mins to the ski lifts). Despite the quiet location, Casa Carotondo is only 10 mins away from the lively market town of Sarnano offering culture, retail therapy and entertainment. Surrounded by medieval hilltop towns there is plenty of historical interest to enjoy. Nearby Lago di Fiastra offers swimming, fishing or paddling. The Adriatic coast is about 45 mins away offering sun, sea and some wonderful fish restaurants. The Sibillini mountains are the perfect playground for those wanting an active holiday; sports include hiking, mountain biking, horse-riding, and paragliding. If all that is too much, just drive up there, have a picnic and enjoy the breath taking views.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Winter 2016
8 Oct 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Christmas 2016
17 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Spring 2017
13 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Summer 2017
1 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Autumn 2017
2 Sep 2017 - 13 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Winter 2017
14 Oct 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Christmas 2017
23 Dec 2017 - 8 Jan 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Rental rates include towels, bedlinen, hot water, electricity, heating and the cleaning of the apartment. Please bring beach towels. Payment can be made via bank transfer or Paypal. Payments through Paypal attract an extra 2% to partially cover charges. Payment can be made in sterling. Returnees receive a 10% discount. Bookings of less than a week are charged on a pro rata basis.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 21-Oct-2016
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Property Type

  • apartment


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Firewood
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Thermos Flask
  • Tiled Stove
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster


  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • mountain
  • rural


  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • ski lift pass
  • ski
  • swimming
  • tennis

Floor Area

  • 50 m²


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed, A sofa bed is available for a third person
  • The bedroom has oak flooring and a ceiling constructed of chestnut beams and cotto tiles. There is a large French window fitted with a flyscreen and with wonderful views of the Sibillini Mountains. Besides the double bed the bedroom also contains two bedside tables with lamps, a chest of drawers and a wardrobe in the Arte Povere style. Should you wish we can swap the double bed for two singles. We also have a child's bed suitable for a child between the ages of 3 months and 4 years.


  • Deck Chairs
  • Terrace ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Terrace
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 8 deck chairs


  • Self-catering


  • There is a communal washroom for guests with washing machine, iron, ironing board and sink. There is also a small communal library with DVDs, books and games.

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