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Totally Restored Farmhouse with Stunning Views



Updated: 04-Aug-2016
Holiday Home in Penna San Giovanni, Le Marche, Italy - Private Pool and Garden

This lovely old farmhouse was completely re-built, combining the best of the old with the unashamedly new, in terms of bathrooms, pool, central heating etc. Situated at a height of 350 metres, the setting is stunning with spectacular views on every side. To the east, the sun rises over the hill town of Penna San Giovanni, to the south lies Monte San Martino at 603 metres, while you can watch the sun set over the Sibillini Mountains at over 2,400 metres. Floors throughout the house are beautifully tiled in dusky local terracotta and all the ceilings have exposed beams. We have tried to make the house as toddler-friendly as possible; we cannot fence the pool and children should always be supervised, but we have made life a bit easier by building a low fence around the terrace. Stair gates, baby alarms and cupboard locks are available, plus a playhouse and swing.

  • Sleeps 8
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

I am a London Blue Badge tour guide, but have spent most of my career as a driver-guide, taking Americans all over Europe, but specialising particularly in France and Italy. Casa Giulia was originally purchased as a holiday/rental home, in 2003. In the summer of 2004, however, I had a Damascene moment on my return to London. It was a hot sweaty August day and as I was slaving away in the garden, with Reggae music floating across from the neighbours, I began to wonder what on earth I was doing there, when I had a beautiful house in Italy and half my work was in Italy. In October 2005, I moved here permanently and bought another house just down the road from Casa Giulia - it's the best thing I've ever done.

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Speaks English, French, German, Italian

Guestbook comments from the owner

'We have had our best holiday ever! Loved the quiet and the views from the pool. Loads to see in the immediate area... we will certainly recommend Casa Giulia to others' - Helen & Matthew, London

'A very enjoyable week in one of the nicest houses that we have ever stayed in, in Italy' - Families T & H, Essex & London

'What can we say! Fantastic week, lovely weather, brilliant pool. The villa is everything we could have asked for' - Doreen,Pete, Jamie & Carly, Herts.
Jan 2004
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2 Reviews

2 holidaymaker reviews


Idyllic holiday

  • 5 of 5

Just trying to readjust to reality in dreary old England after our lovely stay in Italy. We really enjoyed our week in your house. We loved everything about it. You have restored the property magnificently, and of course the pool was

fantastic too. We also really appreciated your flexibility over non-Saturday arrivals. I couldn't believe how ludicrously beautiful the landscape was either. I have been to places like Urbino in the past but I had no idea just how lovely the southern Marche are. Why the region is not better known and celebrated is beyond me.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 26, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much, lovely to know that you feel as I do about Le Marche
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Wiltshire, UK

Peace & tranquility with stunning views

  • 5 of 5

My first visit to this region of Italy was a revelation, we adored the abundance of hill towns with their amazing quality local produce and magnificent architecture. The house was very well appointed but no frills, very clean, lovely pool which we enjoyed day and night, and what a view! we wanted rural, peace and quiet and it certainly is that, but there is lots to do if you want to explore. Owner very helpful too, we could have stayed a month

  • Review Submitted: Jul 23, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So pleased you enjoyed everything. We look forward to welcoming you back next year. Carole
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From the Owner

My best friend Suzanne used to tease me by saying that we would end up retiring to 'stone cottages' side by side. My cry was 'I don't want to live next door to you'. In 2002, however, I arranged her daughter's wedding in Tuscany and at some point, Suzanne said 'we could get the stone cottages in Italy'. This seemed a much better idea. I had read an article about Le Marche and in November 2002, went to take a look - I was blown away by what I saw and came back with Casa Giulia. I couldn't afford to buy it without selling up in London, so asked Suzanne if she would like to go halves. We exchanged on Christmas Eve 2002, by fax, Suzanne having seen nothing but a photograph!

Activity and Interests

Special interest holidays:

Following a very successful cookery course, a couple of years ago, we intend to offer another one in October 2016. This will be for a minimum of 4 people with a maximum of 8 and will be based at Tre Querce, a nearby agritourismo. In addition to hands-on cookery classes, there will be local sightseeing, olive picking and truffle hunting, and a visit to a local chestnut festival. A cookery demonstration at one of the region's best restaurants, followed by lunch, will be one of the highlights. As numbers are small, this should have particular appeal for a group of friends. Email for further details.


Casa Giulia is just 35kms from miles of sandy beaches on the Adriatic coast. As always in Italy, every beach has a children's' play area.


Ancona airport is just 1 hour 15 minutes away and Ryanair has daily flights. They also have flights to Pescara (2 hours)and Perugia 1 hour 35 minutes. Rome and Bologna are about 3 hours. Journey from the Channel ports is about a day and a half. A car is essential.


Penna San Giovanni 3kms

Gualdo: 6kms.

San Ginesio: 20 minutes

Macerata 40 minutes

Assisi: 1 hour 40 minutes

Further Details:

The nearest village is about 3km away and has all facilities, bank, butcher, baker, restaurant etc. For serious sightseers, the area abounds in Medieval hill towns and there are extensive Roman ruins at Falerone and Urbis Salvia. Loreto is a famous pilgrammage shrine with major works of art as has capital Urbino. Assisi is just 1 hour 40 minutes away. Macerata (40 mins) hosts a major opera festival every July. With the Sibillini National Park just 30 mins away, nature lovers and bird watchers are in for a real treat. Likewise there are numerous walks and mountain-bike rides right around the house. Foodies will be in paradise as the area is reknowned for its truffles. Otherwise, Marchegiani cuisine consists of the freshest of ingredients, simply cooked; on the coast, fish straight from the sea, inland, marinated meats grilled over an open fire. Prices are low and portions are huge! The house contains a full description of the best local restaurants.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
1 Oct 2016 - 23 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
24 Dec 2016 - 7 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £250

Booking Notes:
Booking is via our booking form which can be downloaded from our website.

Changeover Day:
We like to be flexible on changeover days to allow people to take advantage of cheap flights. In July and August changeover is normally on Saturdays but again we will try to be flexible.

Deposit of £500 per week on booking. Balance due 8 weeks before arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 04-Aug-2016
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From the Owner

As our principle aim was to have a holiday home that we could use, we equipped it as such, rather than the minimal requirements of a rental only property and it is something that most of our guests comment on. As Suzanne's grandchildren started coming along, we also made it as toddler friendly as possible, which has made Casa Giulia very popular with young families. The views from most houses in this area are pretty spectacular, but when a friend commented that we have the best views of any rental property in the area, I could not disagree, indeed, though beautiful, my own house comes nowhere near!

Property Type

  • farmhouse


  • Ceiling Fans
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine


  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob


  • Child's Highchair


  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool


  • children welcome
  • pets considered

Location Type

  • mountain
  • rural


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Ground floor: Bathroom with huge shower,WC,bidet and basin plus washing machine. Main bathroom: Bath, separate shower, WC, Bidet and basin En-suite to bedroom 3, shower, WC, basin.


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6/8 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1: can be made as a double or twin and has beautiful views on 2 sides. Bedroom 2: twin bedded with views over the pool Bedroom 3: Reached by a spiral staircase, double or twin with an en-suite bathroom and the same views as bedroom 1.


  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Notes on accommodation: The pool is unfenced and children must be supervised at all times, but we have made life much easier for parents of young children. In addition to the facilities mentioned above, we have plug-guards, bath toys, mats, steps, potties, indeed everything parents of toddlers could wish for! Outside: Fabulous Mediterranean garden to the front of the house. To the rear, 10x5m pool with lighting and wonderful views. Tiled surround with sun-loungers and umbrellas and surrounded by lawn with a lavender walk. Very large pergola to the side of the house, overlooking the pool with seating for 8 and a portable barbecue. Toddler swing and play house. Utility Room: Washing machine in ground floor bathroom. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels (including pool towels) and linen,included and changed once weekly plus cleaning. Extra maid service can be provided for an additional charge, payable locally.

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