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Casa Venessere-Old Italian Farmhouse w/Private Pool In Peaceful/Secluded Valley

Bedrooms 3
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Stone built farmhouse near Ripe San Ginesio, Macerata, Le Marche, Italy. - Your Comfortable Home Away From Home In A Small Italian Community In The Heart Of Rural Le Marche.

We would like you to think of Casa Benessere as your home away from home during your stay in Italy. Tranquillity is its main feature; the only sounds you will hear while dozing among the olive trees, making use of the outdoor pizza oven or barbequing on the sun terrace are the local church bells or farmers ploughing the fields - and sometimes our chickens.

The house belonged to our friends the Pioli family until late 2007 and is now our home - and we love to make sure our guests get as much pleasure from it as we do. The house and grounds are all yours for the duration of your stay; we move out into a small house in the next village so you have total privacy, although we are on hand should you need us.

It's not a luxury villa but our family home - and we want it to stay that way. It is thoughtfully and comfortably furnished, with all the furniture and equipment we ourselves would like to find on holiday. You'll find facilities you wouldn't normally expect in a 'holiday home' - because it's not a holiday home.

The house was partly modernised by the Piolis for their mother Anita and is therefore a good mix of 'typical Italian farmhouse' and comfortable modern home. Guests are welcome to use all the (organic) fruit and veggies in our orchard and to collect fresh eggs from our little flock of chickens.

The chickens have their own stone coop and fenced-in run at the side of the house; you're welcome to feed them if you want, but if not, they will look after themselves. We do have cockerels who do what cockerels do and crow in the mornings - it's a common sound in this rural part of Italy. We do come to take care of the chickens every other day, or whenever the need arises, but we do it without disturbing our guests.

This is a small Italian community, not a touristy area, and there is no public transport by the house so you'll need a car to get around. Our village is accessible on foot but as we live on the side of a valley it's mostly uphill on the way there, and a steep climb. Mostly downhill on the way back, of course!

More Details

Mike Andrews
Member since: 2008
Speaks English, French, German, Spanish, Italian
Calendar last updated:
21 May, 2015

About Mike Andrews

We are Cath and Mike Andrews and we love Italy, all things Italian and Le Marche in particular. We were married in Rome and fell in love with this area when we honeymooned here, in the house just across the valley from Casa Benessere!

This is not a holiday villa but an old Italian farmhouse which is furnished as a home, not a rental property. We love it so much that it's now our permanent home. However, while you're here the house is yours - we stay in a nearby village. We understand guests' need for privacy so we are never intrusive but always available should you need us.

We'd love to share our house with you; we delight in being able to make sure that guests have a relaxed, peaceful and enjoyable time. We would like you to feel that our house is your 'home away from home'.


Mike Andrews purchased this farmhouse in 2007

Why Mike Andrews chose Macerata

We love this area because it's such a wonderful mix of peaceful and accessible. This is not a touristy area so there are no crowds (unless you count sheep!) but within thirty minutes it's possible to be down on the coast with the Italian holiday makers, or up in the mountains doing some serious (or not so serious) walking or skiing.

Casa Benessere is over 100 years old and we love its history. Our olive grove has been producing the most delicious olive oil for centuries and our large field is still used to grow sunflowers and wheat.

The house is in a small, friendly valley just across from the tiny mediaeval hilltop village of Ripe San Ginesio which has a church, baker's, bar, small supermarket and the all important square to sit and pass the time of day. What more could anyone want

What makes this farmhouse unique

We love how relaxed and peaceful this part of Italy is, and guests have consistently told us they wind down from the stresses of everyday life very quickly here. Lying in the hammock under the cool of the fruit trees listening to birdsong is amazingly peaceful.

The pool is a godsend in the hot days of summer and in a fantastic secluded position overlooking the valley. We love floating, watching buzzards and eagles soar in the sky.

The grounds are extensive. Wander and you will see deer, black squirrels, porcupine, wild boar and so much birdlife. The olive grove is equally tranquil and we give all guests some of our organic cold pressed oil.

We have a small flock of chickens who look after themselves. Children love them, and you are welcome to use their deliciously healthy fresh

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Love the house, and picking fruit from the trees was bliss! Thank you Cath and Mike for looking after us and thanks for an awesome honeymoon" (Stephen and Kip, Chicago, USA).

"Thank you for the most wonderful weeks at your beautiful house and for your kind attention both before and during our stay. Your attention to detail is fabulous. Words fail me to describe how lovely it is here - people must just come and see for themselves!" (Warren family, UK).

"Beautiful place, lovely house, so clean and comfortable. We felt like it was our own home! The pool is superb. Cath and Mike, you are very kind, we are very glad to know you!", ("The Fab 4", Belgium).

"What a beautiful place! We had an amazing time here with this lovely house and surroundings. The pool is wonderful. A massive thank you to Cath and Mike - you made us feel so welcome". (Diane, Jonathan and family, Norwich, UK).

"Could this house *get* any better? I don't want to go home!" (Max, aged 8)
Feb 2008
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Ripe San Ginesio in Ripe San Ginesio

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Parties/events not allowed
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • The en-suite is new and has a shower cubicle. There is a family bathroom with bath on the first floor and on the ground floor another shower room which also houses the washing-machine. All towels (including beach towels) are provided, as is guest soap.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 7 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Our 1st bedroom is en-suite with a king size bed overlooking the valley; the 2nd is a large room with king sized bed; the 3rd has three single beds and its own TV for videos - especially child friendly. All bedding provided; change for stays over 10 days.
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Notes on accommodation: Music centre including iPod player is available in the living room; business-speed broadband wifi access throughout house and outside (free of charge). We ask you to observe our strict no smoking policy please. For rainy days, or days when it's just too much trouble to go out, there is a wide selection of books, DVDs, videos, CDs, jigsaws and board games, suitable for both adults and children. Please note that we do *not* have satellite TV - all Italian channels are available together with BBC and CNN news channels. The TV in the triple bedroom plays videos only. Fans and mosquito-proofed window protection in each bedroom. Supermarket five minutes away. Our information pack has details of local places to visit and eat, festivals to enjoy, bike rides to try and mountain walks to wander. We provide details of local doctors etc and we are on hand in the next village should problems arise. We know how important a family pet can be so well-behaved animals are welcome. Outside: You're welcome to wander in our extensive grounds including olive grove, fruit and vegetable garden with tomatoes, courgettes, aubergines, cucumbers, peppers; pear, peach, apricot, cherry, fig, apple, plum and walnut trees (help yourself!), and an extensive woodland with black squirrels, deer, porcupine, wild boar and hundreds of small birds. There is a paved sun terrace with sun loungers which overlooks the valley and has views to the mountains. Includes a 5' outdoor dining table, chairs, pergola and large permanent family barbecue. This is a real sun trap almost all day. The wood-burning pizza oven works perfectly for meat too. We have a beautiful swimming pool (30' x 10') filled with fresh mountain water provided by our own well and surrounded by a sun terrace which can be lit in the evenings. In front of it is our large field which grows wheat, corn and sunflowers in rotation, with views to our woodland, an olive grove and the valley. There'a a hammock in the orchard too! Utility Room: There is a small room off the kitchen which houses pots and pans, picnic ware, a large refrigerator with freezer compartment and the iron and ironing board. There is also a large free-standing upright freezer should you want to buy food in bulk. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bedding and towels (including pool/beach towels) provided with a change for stays longer than ten days. We also provide extra items for your comfort such as soap, washing-up liquid and toilet rolls. A welcome pack includes our own cold pressed olive oil. Other: We have recently refurbished the 'cantina' where wine and oil were once stored as a large sitting and dining area. Its walls show off the beauty of natural local stone; wooden doors open to the outside; beams and our antique pizza table add to its charm.


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Special interest holidays:

We are able to arrange walking days in the mountains, mountain bike riding, and hot air balloon rides but these are with a local guide and will incur a cost. We do not make a profit from this service.

We can also provide lessons in Italian cookery - specifically pasta and pizza making. There is a small cost to cover ingredients and the time of our Italian friend who does the teaching.

Our small local vineyard provides private wine-tastings for (in 2014) only 7 Euros per person.

We also offer our own individually guided tours of Rome, a three hour drive or train ride away. This is based on our extensive knowledge of the city and experience of what to see and where to eat. We can either provide 'do it yourself' written information including pre-booked tickets where necessary to the sites you want to see, or we can accompany you to act as your personal tour guide and translator.

This service does incur a cost, but not as much as you might think! Contact us for details.


The beautiful mountain Lake Fiastra is 30 minutes away and very safe for swimming with a number of tiny inlet beaches. It also has kayaking and pedaloes for hire.

Local seaside resorts from the beach bars of Porto Sant'Elpidio to the elegant shopping centre at Civitanova Marche are a 30 minute drive.

The chic restaurants or tiny pizza bars on the square at Sirolo, overlooking the cliffs, golden beaches and clear blue waters of the Conero peninsula are a 40 minute drive - and well worth it.


Casa Benessere is a 40 minute drive from Ancona Airport, mostly by major roads. Alternatively, it is 2-3 hours from Rimini, Bologna, or Rome airports, all easy and scenic journies on good roads, often through lovely Appennine villages. Cheap flights are available to Ancona from Stansted, and to the others from most British airports with Ryanair.

A car is essential in Le Marche. Cheap car hire is available from Europcar - friendly service and the cheapest prices we have been able to find.


The square at our local village (Ripe San Ginesio) has a bar, bakery and small supermarket - a two minute drive, 40 min walk but only for the fit (it's uphill). The pretty hilltop town of San Ginesio is a 15 min drive.

10 mins away is a larger supermarket. The town of Tolentino has great ice cream and a larger supermarket - 20 min drive. Marvel at the "Flying House" of Loreto and the magnificent church at Urbino - 50 min drive. The beautiful Frassassi caves are 55 mins away and a must-see.

Further Details:

*Please note* : during the summer, we live in a village ten minutes' away and are always available by phone so can be with you quickly if you need us. We come to manage the pool and chickens every other day, but do so early in the morning so that we do not intrude.

We fell in love with Le Marche when we stayed there on our honeymoon. Here's some reasons why:

Imagine the Cairngorms crossed with Cumbria. Now make the peaks a little higher, and the valleys a little steeper.

Imagine the old bits of Bath, York and Chester that you love. Now dot them in hilltop villages every five miles or so.

Imagine large old farmhouses of Cotswold stone. Now bathe them in the warmth of a gentle golden sun and add sunflower fields around them.

And to finish your picture - transport the whole thing to the hills of rural Italy, take away the crowds, put down the umbrellas, feel the sun on your face and add a large splash of warm Italian hospitality ...

This is why we fell in love with Le Marche. This is why we are sure you will too.

This is not an area for nightlife! - it's a rural, Italian setting with all the fresh food you can eat available from our grounds, local shops or village markets.

If you want to be part of Le Marche life there are opportunities throughout the year to join in with local village communities in one of their many festas - summer palios and saints' days, winter Christmas markets when families open their homes and sell local crafts, autumn festas of white wines or "Vino Cotto" - literally "cooked wine" and a local speciality, if you know where to get it (which you will!) of asparagus or chestnuts, wild boar or parmegiano cheese; of truffles or potatoes - festas basically celebrating everything good about life and Le Marche!

We can also arrange various activities such as guided mountain walks, horse riding, wine tasting or a relaxing massage. We do not make commission from this - we just want to make sure you enjoy your holiday.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday farmhouse in Ripe San Ginesio, Marche

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7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit £500

Booking Notes:
We try to keep our prices competitive so as not to disadvantage people who can only take breaks in school holidays. The price also reflects the fact that you will be staying in a comfortable family home - not a luxury villa.

We ask for an immediate deposit per booking of £250/£150 which reserves your preferred dates. The remainder is due six weeks before your stay begins.

We do not offer discounts but do offer 'friends' rates' for previous guests - drop us a line if you've been before.

Changeover Day:
Arrival and departure day is usually Saturday but because flights can be cheaper on weekdays we are flexible about start and end days. Just ask!
So that we can prepare the house well for you, we ask all guests to leave by 10 a.m. and arrive after 5 p.m.

Notes on prices:
Please note that we do *not* offer discounts, except to people who have stayed with us before. As we think we are very competitively priced and our dates fill very quickly, we consider it unfair to those who book early to discount prices for others later in the year. And as a large proportion of those who visit us do come back, it's the best way to get a discount!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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