Self contained private apartment within a charming, secluded, farmhouse setting, within 4 acres of grounds with olive trees, flower gardens, and fish ponds with panoramic views over the Sibillini mountains. This is an almost tourist free agricultural area. To eat and shop in local villages is like stepping back in time with local produce and old fashioned service. The little house is self contained with freedom of the garden, barbeques and pool area. It has a sitting room/kitchen downstairs and double bedroom with en-suite upstairs. Its is well equipped and comfortable. The house lies between the Sibillini National Park and the sandy beaches of the Adriatic with its many fabulous fish restaurants. Both sea and mountains are half an hour drive away.
Nature lovers will also enjoy the wildlife. Badgers, foxes and hares abound also deer, wild boar, martens and my friends the porcupines who have a great taste for flower bulbs. Excellent location for bird lovers, especially birds of prey.
Hi, I have lived here for about 9 years, the house was derelict when I bought it so I have seen a lot of change here. It has been an enormous task but it is so pretty and comfortable now it has all been worth it. Le Marche is such a relaxed and friendly place. Even if you don't speak Italian the people are so kind you never want for help. I live here by myself except for a cat who came from England with me a couple of 'outside' cats. I have 3 grown up children still living in the UK who love to come to visit. I spend quite a bit of time gardening but now that the restoration is all done I am training myself to go to the beach a lot more and to the mountains especially in winter. I have also made a little pottery and hope to get more proficient at that this year.
We used to come to Italy camping as children, I always loved it, but never thought I would come here to live. When my bank sent a magazine with an article about Le Marche I had to come and look. I had never heard of it and there was not a single town or City with a name I recognised. I was enchanted and bought a house that same week.
Of course the restoration took longer and cost more than I had ever dreamed. I love it here, the countryside, which always seems green even when the weather is hot, the food, always fresh and seasonal, the sea, the mountains but most of all the people
Everyone who comes here is delighted, many return. They love the area and especially the house. Although the house is quite small it is comfy and well equipped and they like the fact that the garden is large and there are lots of different places to sit and relax. Mostly they love the tranquility and privacy of the place yet it is not remote. A couple of kilometes give you a choice of bars, shops, restaurants. Not very modern but all the more fun for that.
There is so much going on in the summer, little night markets, parades and competions in the mediaeval style, festas, fireworks, traditional food in the town squares, music and dancing.... but only for those who like it.
We had an absolutely fantastic stay at the little house! We would love to come back some day and send friends here, it's great!
Thys and Sandra, Netherlands June 2012
A nice place for relaxationand contemplation! We has a wonderful week, tried all the recommendations of Pam and found them superb. We loved that cosy place, the nice cats and the beautiful surroundings.
Jutta and Bernard from Germany August 2012.
Nous avons passe 3 semaines inoubliables en companie de la charmant Pamela et de ses chats. Bien sur. Adresse a recommander.
Dominique, Lea, Franca.
Our plan was to relax and we successfully achieved just that! The beautiful little house and grounds are wonderful.
Thank you so much Pam for your kind welcome and helpful tips.
Kevin and Louise Wood
Many years ago when first visiting Le Marche we stumbled onto this lovely little house and were instantly in love.
Meanwhile we've come back five times, never staying anywhere else but here and never being disappointed.
It's hard to pin-point precisely what it makes so wonderful. There is the garden for a start. Sitting there in the evening, with a bottle of wine, gazing at the surrounding hills -
we never get tired of it. And when it gets dark and the fireflies come out, it's just magical. The house itself has everything we need and is comfortable, in a kind of rugged, rural way that we like a lot. The internet works fine - never a given in Italy. It's also ideally located, very quiet, away from the main road, but yet not too far from the surrounding villages for doing a restaurant at night (and there are lot of good ones to choose from: do not forget to consult the house's guest book for suggestions and discoveries made by previous visitors, including our own :-) ). A large part of it is certainly also the welcome we received from Pam, the owner (and from Cato, Pam's cat, who came from the UK and now is a mild-tempered local king of the hill, keeping his Italian cousins in check). She's a wonderful warm person, full of stories about the region - if you like hearing those (we do!).
We read about another visitor complaining about the mosquitos. There are some, varying from year to year, but not more than you'd expect in a country house, and no more than we have at home, in a Belgian city. About the wood stove, yes you can tell it's being used, perhaps a bit more intensely the last year, but it has never actually bothered us. We're also sure that if you just ask, the owner will go out of her way to help you with any issue you may have.
As to us, we will definitely be coming back for a sixth time!
We were really surprised to read the review from Paula K. My wife and I have visited Marche yearly for the last 6 or 7 years (sometimes 2 or 3 times a year) and we always stay in the Little House and we have always found it to be clean and tidy. The owner is so kind and nothing is too much trouble – if you need anything at all you just need to ask and she will arrange it for you – from a change of linen to local olive oil to recommending the best ice cream or booking a table at one of the great local restaurants.
The wood burner is an ideal way to warm the house. You can smell it, but it is just the usual smell you would expect from a wood fire and we liked it very much – it will be a particular memory of our stays, and no doubt every time we smell a wood fire in future we will think of Marche.
It is horrible to be bothered by mosquitos, but the little house is in the middle of the Italian countryside so it should perhaps not be too much of a surprise that there may sometimes be insects to cope with (and one of the up sides of the location is that during our visits we have also encountered porcupines and wild boar, and had lessons in how to find wild asparagus). In any case, although I understand that this summer has been particularly bad for mosquitos throughout Marche, I can say in all honesty that we have never been particularly bothered by them when staying at the Little House, although it is always best to be prepared – in our experience from visits elsewhere some citronella candles are often enough to deal with the problem.
We are already missing the little house and planning our next visit.
The equipment in the house was very basic (kitchen etc) - no spare towels or bed linen and had an aroma of an old kipper smoke house (from the wood burner which had not been cleaned - hence all of our clothing took on the aroma) ! The house needed a thorough clean. We had booked for 7 days but left after 3 days as we were eaten alive by mosquitoes who thrived in the gardens surrounding the property. The positives are: the bed was comfortable, the views are stunning and we did see some fire flies - but we paid the price in mosquito bites!
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
Guests are asked to pay one third deposit on booking and the balance two months before arrival. Although the prices are in euros payments in £ sterling are very welcome. Rates can be agreed at time of payment. Discounts are offered for long stays and very late bookings and returning guests pay the previous year's rates.
Saturday preferred. Arrival and departure times are flexible.