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Charming Cottage Farmhouse with Secluded Jacuzzi Pool and close to medieval town



Updated: 04-Nov-2016
Stone Farmhouse near Penna San Giovanni, Le Marche - Panoramic Views, Quiet Location.Close to village with shops, bars & restaurants.

Casa Carlo is a charming cottage farmhouse commanding magnificent uninterrupted views of rolling hills and the distant Sybillini mountains. A short distance from a quiet road connecting the two medieval hilltop towns of Penna san Giovanni and Monte san Martino, it is almost hidden from view providing a tranquil, secluded rural setting with its own young olive grove and spacious gardens. The large sun terrace overlooks the pool which has Roman steps and in-built jacuzzi. Penna is a 2 minute drive away and provides all facilities including bars, restaurant, pharmacy, butcher, baker, newsagent, bank and supermarket. The main house has two double bedrooms and a bunk room upstairs.There is a double bed-settee in the garden room. There is an upstairs bathroom with shower and a further one on the ground floor. In addition, a self contained studio for two situated below the sun terrace has its own fitted kitchen and bathroom with shower. Large patio doors from the studio open directly to the pool. The main house has a separate well-equipped kitchen, utility room (with dishwasher, fridge/freezer and washing machine), dining room and sitting room. I-pod docking stations and DVD player are provided with a varied collection of DVDs, books and games. Double doors from the garden room open directly onto the sun terrace offering amazing views of the mountains.

  • Sleeps 10
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Andrew is retired GP and Elaine a retired teacher. We have a son and a daughter, both married. They have both given us a grandson apiece and Harry and George keep us busy during our retirement. The whole family now spend some very happy times at Casa Carlo.

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Speaks English, Italian

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you so much for a wonderful holiday home . Perfect in so many ways in such a magnificent location.

Edmondson family August 2013.

Thanks so much for the use of a wonderful gem of a farmhouse.

Burrows family August 2012.

We spent a great two weeks in your place with two families and really had a wonderful time. Enjoyed your swimming pool a lot.Your house is perfectly equipped and I dont think we missed anything at all.

Heleen Boerman August 2103
Apr 2008
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Stunning views!

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay here. The house is clean and well furnished and feels more 'homely' than many rental properties. We were three couples and there is plenty of room so you can always find a quiet place to get away from everyone if you need to! However we spent most of our time outside in the beautiful pool area and enjoying the magnificent views from the extensive terrace. The local village is delightful with some lovely bars and restaurants and is within walking distance if you don't mind a bit of an uphill challenge. I highly recommend the local butcher who did his best to understand our feeble attempts at Italian and the brilliant little wine bar serving local produce which is only open for a few weeks in the summer. The owners were extremely prompt and helpful throughout the booking process and provided lots of useful information about the house and the surrounding area. Elaine has a wealth of local knowledge and will answer any questions you may have. I have no hesitation in recommending this property for a relaxing and peaceful holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 27, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

We discovered Le Marche (described as 'The New Tuscany') in a magazine article. We took several stories about Le Marche in The Times Travel to be a sign that we should visit, but weren't prepared for the sheer beauty of the place and instantly fell in love with it. It has so much to offer with beaches, mountains, opera, good wine, excellent cuisine all at reasonable prices and remains relatively undiscovered. The wonderful Marchiaganians are friendly and helpful and have made us feel so welcomed. When Carlo Bellabarba needed to sell to move in with his daughter it provided us with the perfect opportunity to buy the house with one of the best views in Italy. The moment we walk through the gate instant relaxation sets in and lifes worries disappear into the blue Italian skies.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Ancona Falconara at 61 Miles Nearest Barpub : Penna san Giovanni at 1 Miles Nearest Ferry : Ancona at 61 Miles Nearest Golf : Abbadia di Fiastra (9 hole) at 17 Miles Nearest Train : Porto san Giorgio at 26 Miles Nearest Motorway : A14 Porto san Giorgio at 25 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Penna san Giovanni at 1 Miles Nearest Ski : Sasso Tetto at 20 Miles Nearest Beach : Porto san Giorgio at 26 Miles Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

Excellent views of the night sky can be seen from the terrace. The 'Milky Way' is clearly visible making this a 'Dark Sky' area. The area is abundant in wildlife-nightingales and fireflies in June, a large variety of birds visit the garden including buzzard, hoopoes, redstart, owls and the elusive Golden Oriole. The Sibillini National Park offers spectacular walks and treks of varying difficulty with Rifugios and restaurant never too far away. Maps and compass are provided, together with flask and basic picnic set. A number of local vineyards offer wine tasting with the famous Verdicchio wine about 45 mins away. Local honey can be bought directly 3 mins away and a number of nearby cheese outlets sell directly. Outlet designer shopping (including Prada) is available near Civitanova and the area is famous for shoes and other leather goods (Loriblu, Samsonite). Local markets with a colourful array of fresh produce, clothes, shoes and other goods bustle in many villages (details at house)


The nearest beach of Porto san Giorgio is a 40 minute drive away offering sandy beaches and a wide choice of fish restaurants. The chic resorts of Grottamare and San Benedetto are a further 30 minutes to the south. Monte Conero National Park is about an hours drive to the north with well marked walks, mountain biking and excellent beaches and restaurants at Sirolo, Numana and Portonovo.


The nearest airports are Ancona and Pescara with direct flights from London Stanstead. Car hire is essential. Ancona is 1 hour 20 mins drive from the house. Pescara 1 hour 45 mins. Rimin, 2 hours. Perugia, 2 hours, Bologna 3 hours. Rome 3 hours approx.


Servigliano and Piane di Falerone are 15 mins away providing larger supermarkets and a wider variety of shops including fishmonger. Market at Servigliano alternate Mondays. Sanarno, an attractive medieval town is 25 mins drive away. Market every Thursday. Urbs Salvia is a large Roman town currently being excavated and open to visitors about 20 mins away. Amandola (30 min) is a good base for exploring the Sybillinis, the main square great for people watching and ice-cream at Cafe Belli.

Further Details:

Fermo (30 mins) has an attractive town square and hosts an antiques and bric-a-brac market on Thursday evenings in the summer months. Guided tours are available of the Roman cisterns and aqueducts. Lago di Fiastra (40 min) in the foothills of the Sybillini mountains is an excellent spot for fresh water swimming and picnicking. Further afield the towns of Macerata (summer open-air opera season), Ascoli Piceno, Urbino and Assisi are well worth a day trip. The Grottes di Frassisi, about two hours drive away contain some spectacular geological formations and can be combined with a visit to the wine Verdicchio wine growing regions of Jesi and Matelica. It may be possible to arrange local cookery courses on request.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
10 Oct 2016 - 30 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Oct 2017 - 30 Apr 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £300

Booking Notes:
25% deposit required at booking. Balance payable 6 weeks before start of holiday. £300 refundable security deposit required. Outside July and August it is possible to book either the main house or the studio alone by arrangement with the owners for a reduced rental. Contact owners directly for special offers and discounts.

Changeover Day:
Flexible-weekend or mid-week. Check in time 3pm. Check out time 10am.

Notes on prices:
Heating and fuel will be charged extra (Euro 150 per week) for winter bookings.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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From the Owner

La Dolce Vita- need we say more!!!!

Property Type

  • cottage


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


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


  • Child's Highchair


  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool


  • pets considered

Location Type

  • mountain
  • rural


  • churches
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

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

Local Services & Businesses

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

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • Main house - ground floor bathroom with basin, wc, shower. First floor beamed bathroom with basin, bidet, wc and shower with mountain views. Studio apartment - basin, wc and shower.


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8/10 (4 Bedrooms + bed in garden room) Notes on bedrooms: Main house - all bedrooms with beamed ceilings and equipped with fans. Bedroom 1 with double bed. Bedroom 2 with double bed. Bedroom 3 with bunk beds. Double bed settee in garden room with double doors to sun terrace. Studio apartment- twin beds.


  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue

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


  • Notes on accommodation: Garden room with sofa bed has a beamed,sloping roof. Some hanging space for clothes here and drawers. Double bedrooms are a good size with hanging space for clothes and drawers. Both have hair dryers. Bunk bedroom is small and suitable for children. Has clothes hanging space and shelves. There is a solar powered pool side shower to wash off sun cream. Spacious apartment with exposed original stone, has a wardrobe with hanging shelves. Hair dryer provided. Apartment is on one level with a walk-in shower. It has double glass doors overlooking the pool. Side windows look towards Monte San Martino. Outside: A short private drive leads to the house with ample parking for 2-3 cars with an adjacent grassy bank shaded by mature olive and mulberry trees. Outside the front door is an enclosed patio which is shaded until midday. The large sun terrace facing south-west offers splendid views of Monte san Martino and the mountains beyond. It is the perfect spot for outdoor dining at the large wooden table and has ample room for sun loungers. In front of the house is a large garden area. Solar lit gazebo outside the lounge is curtained. Steps lead down past the fragrant herb garden (help yourself) to the studio apartment and attractively shaped pool. The pool is entered by Roman steps with jacuzzi, has a solar heated shower and is surrounded by lavender and a grassy area for sun bathing. A gazebo sheltered by the walls of the old pig sty offers an opportunity for alfresco dining. Below the pool is a shaded woodland area with hammock. Further tables, chairs, sun loungers and umbrellas are provided. Utility Room: Utility room off kitchen with fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, combination microwave. Small scullery where cleaning equipment is stored. Shelf for storage. Mosquito repellent plug-ins and outdoor sprays. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen change weekly. Property thoroughly cleaned before arrival. Extra cleaning can be arranged by request for 2 week stays at visitors convenience. Bath and hand towels provided. Pool and beach towels NOT provided. Twin beds in apartment can be a double. Other: Beamed garden room opening to sun terrace - could be used as 5th bedroom to sleep 2. Self contained studio apartment with twin beds, fully fitted kitchen with sink, hob, oven, fridge/freezer, and basin, toilet and shower. Opens directly onto the pool.

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