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Self-Catering in Romantic Farmhouse with Swimming Pool and Spectacular Views



Updated: 19-Aug-2016
Cottage in completely restored Farmhouse near Camerino - Peaceful Location close to Camerino

Dating partly from the seventeenth century, this romantic farmhouse with its white-stuccoed, thick stone walls is set in five-acres of grounds with lawns, fruit-trees, flower-beds and a small fish-pond. There is also a welcoming 12m x 6m swimming-pool with amenities including sun loungers, a hot shower, fridge, a barbecue area and an inside toilet. From the house and grounds, there are splendid views across a gentle valley to distant mountains and the medieval, hill-town of Camerino, the site of what is claimed to be the second oldest university in Western Europe. The English owners have lived here since 1989 and have lovingly restored the whole building including the two self-catering apartments. The largest has been available for holiday rentals since 2004: the studio apartment was finished in May, 2008. A guest remarked that it was wonderful to be somewhere free from all sounds of the modern world. Yet the house is close to shops, restaurants, great walks and famed tourist centres.

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

About the Owner

Sydney and Anna Higgins moved permanently to their Italian house in 1990 and have lived there very happily ever since. They are now retired but for much of the last 19 years, they both taught at the University of Camerino where Sydney has been the Professor of English in the Law Faculty. Both are writers and between them they have had published over 50 books, including travel guides, books for children and biographies. In 1993, they founded the Camerino Players, a theatre group that has presented many productions in both English and Italian. The company still flourishes, most recently producing plays for young children. From 1996 to 1999, Sydney organised a very successful annual European Medieval Drama Confrence and Festival. In 2000, he received the award of Camerino Citizen of the Year.

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Speaks English, Italian

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Such a wonderful, Idyllic place to have stayed for two weeks. There wasn't anything we didn't love about Casa Anna. We stayed in the studio apartment, which was fully equipped with everything we needed or could want. Exceptionally clean and very comfortable with beautiful landscapes greeting us through the windows. Loved the swimming pool, which was much welcomed in the searing heat! Amazing scenery all around. The added bonus were Anna and Sydney... they really are perfect hosts! We didn't want to leave at the end of our stay. Thank-you so much for a such an unforgettable holiday! Hope to see you both next year... Oh and Benson too!" Pete & Michelle (UK), 3 August 2013

"Unfortunately we have to return to the sodden UK tomorrow. We have had almost two weeks of glorious hot, sunny weather. Delightful hosts and a beautiful place to stay. Have accordingly spent much more time here - at the end of the 'strada bianca' - than out exploring." Sarah & Vincent (UK) - July 2012.
Mar 2007
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From the Owner

We had visited these beautiful and unspoilt rural area of Italy several times when we decided to look for a house we could use for holidays. Eventually, we found this house and because it and the surroundings were so exceptionally beautiful and tranquil we decided, after owning it for a few months, to move here permanently. It is a decision we have never regretted. Although the house is on its own at the end of a long road, we are only ten minutes drive from the centre of the beautiful walled medieval hill town of Camerino with its ancient university, cathedral and one of the mose beautiful theatres in Italy. A short distance away are spectacular mountain walks or drives. Other fascinating sities including Macerata, Tolentino and Urbino. And the sea is only a thirty-minutes drive away.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Ancona (Falconara) at 77 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Bar Centrale, Camerino at 5 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Ancona at 82 Kilometres Nearest Train : Castelraimondo at 10 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : Sfercia (SS77) at 15 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Papafo at 4 Kilometres Nearest Ski : Bolognola at 35 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Civitanova Marche at 67 Kilometres Car: necessary

Despite recent publicity, Le Marche is one of the areas in Italy least visited by tourists. However, there is plenty to do and see.

The Sibillini National Park is within easy reach of the property allowing access to numerous walking and mountain bike trails. The main walking season runs from May to October. A series of challenging but very rewarding walks in the national park can be purchased from UK based Sibillini Walks. At Fiastra there is a large mountain lake where it is possible to go fishing. For those interested in winter sports, there is a ski centre at Bolognola, around 45 minutes drive from the properties.

The Frasassi caves (complete with a cavern so big that it could house the whole of Milan cathedral) are within 25 miles of the property and set within a nature park with walking trails and picnic areas. Guided tours of the caves lasting approximately one hour are available in Italian, English and other selected languages on request.

The 180 kilometres of Le Marche’s Adriatic coast and sandy beaches are within reasonable driving distance. The cities of Urbino with its Ducal Palace, Assisi with St Francis’ Basilica and Perugia with its Duomo and Fontana Maggiore are within day tripping range although slightly further afield.

There are also many attractive small towns in the area. The nearest, Camerino, is less than ten minutes away by car and offers several supermarkets, specialist food shops and places to eat and enjoy the atmosphere. Although it has a population of less than 5000, it has its own Archbishop and is home to a University that claims to be the second oldest in Europe. In May, the city relives its past with the ‘Corsa Alla Spada’, a footrace where the winner receives a sword and ‘the Palio’ a competition for the city banner between its three districts. Camerino has museums devoted to art and archaeology, a botanical garden and a castle with panoramic views over the surrounding area. At one time, Camerino controlled around 30 castles that were used to defend its territory in the middle ages.

A few kilometres to the south east is such a castle, the Rocca Varano, a ruin dating back to the 1200’s. It has recently been restored and is mainly used as an exhibition area for local craftspeople artisans to display their produce. From the castle ramparts there are extensive views of the surrounding countryside.

Pioraco (around twenty minutes by car) is nestled in a valley between a river and a mountain and sports a couple of museums covering a variety of topics including card and paper, fossils and model fungi. There is also a short nature trail around the town that takes you to a viewpoint high above the town and returns you through a river gorge.

Slightly further away is the town of Cingoli, sometimes called the ‘balcony of the Marche’ because of its panoramic views and also Norcia, a town devoted to the art of sausages and cured meats. En route to Norcia is the Piano Grande – a huge glacial plain -The pool overlooked by the town of Castelluccio.

If these options all sound too strenuous it is only too easy to relax beside the outdoor swimming pool at the property or to sit in the extensive, well maintained garden, drinking a glass or two of the local wine. It is also possible to drive round the area following signposted ‘wine routes’ and to taste and buy direct from local suppliers.


Rental rates

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £42

Booking Notes:
A 25% deposit is required to confirm a booking. Arrangements for paying the remainder will be made with the guests.
Payment covers electricity, gas, water, parking, the use of the swimming pool (from mid-June to mid-September) and central-heating (November-April). Towels and bed linen are changed weekly. In addition, on arrival we require an additional deposit of €50 which will be refunded on if there have been no breakages and if all the kitchen area (including the cooker and the fridge) are

Changeover Day:
The changeover day is Saturday.
You can arrive at any time - although the apartment will not be available until 14.00! You must leave the apartment before 10.30 to enable it to be cleaned.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in Euros. A 25% deposit is required to confirm a booking. All payments can be paid in either euros or UK pounds.
Payment covers utilities, parking and use of the swimming pool (from May to September). Towels and bed linen are changed weekly.
In addition, on arrival, we require an additional payment of €50 that will be refunded on departure if there were no breakages and the kitchen area (inc. cooker & fridge) is as clean as it was on arrival.

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From the Owner

Normally there is peace and tranquility - although it is a rural area and for odd days in the year there is the rumble of tractors or the whine of chain-saws. In the large garden there are many fruit trees from which guests can pick fresh fruit that, according to the season, include plums, figs, apples, cherries, pears and mulberries. The large swimming pool has spectacular views of Camerino and distant mountains. The surrounding land is - a rarity in Italy - a non-hunting area and so here it is possible to hear birds singing (including masses of nightingales in May) and if you are lucky, catch sight of wild pigs, deer and porcupines. The grounds are totally fenced and so the wild animals do not enter the garden! We also have a large, friendly dog (called Benson) and 3 cats.

Property Type

  • apartment


  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic


  • Ceiling Fans
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool ...


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • pets considered ...
  • smoking allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • mountain
  • rural


  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • swimming
  • tennis


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • The spacious, beamed en-suite bathroom has recently been beautifully refurbished with fittings including a large marble surround for the hand-basin and a glass fronted shower cabinet. There is a WC and a bidet. The apartment has its own hot-water boiler.


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2/3 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1, large double bed and 1 single bed in the lobby. The bedroom has a fully-beamed ceiling. The antique decorative iron-framed bed has, of course, a modern, very comfortable mattress. Furnishings include a wardrobe, chest of drawers.


  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...


  • Self-catering

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


  • Notes on accommodation: Children are welcome. Apart from the swimming pool, there are two children's swings in the garden and over 5 acres of our land to explore. In a small copse of oak trees there is also a 'secret' tree-house. The Cottage: obviously, the spiral staircase makes it somewhat unsuitable for very young children. Outside the main bedroom, there is a small lobby (with its own door to the Cottage's terrace). A single bed is located there so that the Cottage comfortably sleeps 3. A cot can be provided. Outside: Guests have their own outside shaded dining areas in a separate part of the garden. The rest of the large garden and the swimming-pool are shared. There is parking space for guests. The 12m x 6m swimming pool (which is shared with the owners) has a hydro-massage and a counter-current flow - so you can swim on the spot for hours! Also provided at the pool, in addition to the fridge, are plastic glasses because, obviously, it is unwise to use glass beakers around the pool. Other provisions include an inside toilet and small changing room, an outside hot-water shower, and excellent sun-beds. Guests are invited to pick fruit from the trees that include (in season) figs, plums, cherries, apples and mulberries. There are also grapes (some above the Apartment's front door) and a small herb garden reserved for guests. There are several easy walks from the house and, within a 20-minute drive, there are many excellent walks - easy to difficult. Utility Room: Outside the main cottage, next to the front door, is a utility room (shared with Studio) that contains a washing-machine, sink and toilet. There is also a vacuum cleaner, electric iron and ironing-board. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are included and are changed weekly. If required by guests staying for more than a week, the apartment will be cleaned each Saturday. Other: There is a bedroom with an attached bathroom. Off the bedroom, there is a small area that can accommodate a bed or cot for a third person. There is also a desk that is very useful for internet use.

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