Stunning Villa in Amandola, Le Marche, Italy - Spacious, Walkers Paradise, Romantic Getaway
Casa della Luna has been recently restored to a high standard with warm maple wood floors on top levels accessed by softly-lit travertine staircases and lies in a quiet lane in the historic center of Amandola, a few minutes walk from the medieval piazza.
The villa retains original 19th century stenciled and domed ceiling, oak beams and an open fireplace in the living room that leads to a pretty patio with a fountain for al fresco dining and a tranquil garden with a palm tree, flowering jasmine, roses and fruit trees.
Set over 3 floors with 2 large and airy double bedrooms, a 3rd bedroom/study and 3 bathrooms, the bedrooms offer breathtaking views over rooftops and church spire, beautifully lit at night, to the changing vistas of the Sibillini mountains beyond, which offer walking and hiking on well marked paths suitable for all levels of fitness and other outdoor activities.
The middle floor has a relaxing living-dining room and galley kitchen leading directly onto the patio and garden, offering space to relax away from the bustle of main piazza with its historic café-bar, delicious gelateria, a convenient small supermarket with well stocked delicatessen, bakery, banks with ATMs and other small shops.
The sandy beaches of the Adriatic and, in winter, ski slopes, are less than an hour’s drive away, as are many pretty neighbouring medieval hill towns and villages with year-round festivals of food, wine, jazz, theatre, opera. Amandola is renowned for its truffles and every November a truffle festival is held in the main square with music and local produce.
The sandy beaches of the Adriatic coast are just 30-40 minutes away by car as is a freshwater lake with its own beach. In winter skiing is available in neighbouring Sarnano.
This area of Le Marche is truly an undiscovered gem with stunning scenery and a warm welcome by the local people.
Top Traveller Review
Fabulous villa in an ideal location
About the Owner
After travelling the world as a writer and correspondent for more than twenty years I was looking for a place of beauty and peace in Italy, a country I know well, in which to rest and recuperate whenever possible. I stumbled on this beautiful corner of Le Marche by accident and, though I had spent years looking at properties to renovate in Tuscany and Umbria, was convinced almost immediately this was the place I wanted my Italian haven to be. The moment I walked up the stairs in this historic old house, long abandoned before I arrived, and saw the stunning views it offered, combined with its rare sense of peace, I was smitten. The process of renovation revealed some extraordinary surprises which I have written about in The Sunday Times. The link to this article can be sent on enquiry.
Guestbook comments from the owner
We immediately felt at home within minutes of arrival. Reading through the visitors book was a brilliant move with many helpful suggestions. Should you be sitting on the terrace and see something larger than a bee amongst the geraniums it's more than likely the resident Humming-bird.
4.7 based on 18 holidaymaker reviews
Fabulous villa in an ideal location
The house is charming and perfectly equipped for a relaxing holiday on rural Le Marche. Amandola is a beautiful medieval town and the perfect place to sit with a cup of coffee or glass of wine and watch the world go by. To top it all is the stunning mountain scenery. This was a perfect holiday.
Bright, impeccable, authentic & charming property
The location’s perfect. Amandola itself for the authentic village Italy you hoped still existed: friendly people, men playing cards and fresh everything (from spremuta (fresh juice) to market artichokes, squid from the village fishmonger and fabulous local beef at Smerillo’s restaurant Le Logge…). We wanted an unpretentious retreat from London and found it here. ‘Popping out’ is literally that, with baker, bars, deli, restaurants, supermarket, cinema (yes, we went) on the doorstep and sniff-the-air type activities either by foot or a short drive away. The house – and lovely garden – are the comfortable haven they present themselves as. We shared breakfast with blackbird song and enjoyed the streaming light, and stunning views, of a corner / dual aspect allows. My husband and I spent our time reading in Christine’s lovely home, also gently sightseeing, walking - both in the Sibillini (wild flowers, butterflies, isolated hamlets) and between the rivers Chienti and Potenza, and, of course, eating and drinking. A fabulous break. Christine couldn't be more helpful and concerned. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend. A hugely easy and relaxing place.
Very comfortable, lovely views, lovely area
We were very happy in the villa and being in the real Italy. The town is attractive and a good base to visit the may beautiful and interesting surrounding sites.
A Wonderful Stay!
We had a wonderful stay at Casa della Luna! The villa is beautiful and accurately depicted in the listing. The beds were very comfortable, not too hard and not too soft. The views from the second floor were beautiful. We spent a week in the villa with our son and another couple and there was plenty of room for everyone. We enjoyed the town of Amandola and the people in town were so very nice to us. Our two favorite places to eat in Amandola were Gusteau and the restaurant at Hotel Paradiso. The pizza and bean soup (it was more like a hearty bean stew with lots of ham) were fantastic at Gusteau. Our favorite spot for a glass of wine was at Caffe Belli in the Piazza. It's a great place to relax and people watch.
We enjoyed hiking in the Sibillini National Park, and if you only venture out on one hiking trip, the gola del infernaccio is not to be missed! The coast is not far, maybe 30-45 minutes depending on which beach you visit. We just wish it had been warmer so we could have gone swimming in Lago di Fiastra! Go ahead and book it, you won't be disappointed!
The house is a fantastic base to explore the local towns and countryside, allowing you to mix relaxation with as much activity as you wish. There's plenty to see & do and I'm sure visitors will want to return to the area again and again for the scenery alone.
Great Place to Stay
What a beautiful property in such a convenient position. It was the best of both worlds with a garden but shops and restaurants a couple of 100 yards away. We visited several of the hilltop villages and the Simillini mountains. Jacqueline who looks after the property was very helpful with local information.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, and if there were not so many places in the world to visit we would certainly come back –we might even yet!
From the Owner
“This area of Le Marche is quite unique with its combination of stunning views at every turn, easy access to country walks - both gentle and challenging - in the unspoilt surroundings of a national park, together with access to areas of great historical interest and and also the coast. I had not initially planned to buy a town house, but after winding my way along too many narrow country lanes and dirt tracks to reach country properties, especially at night, I realised it was the gentler pace of Italian life I wanted to savour and what better way to do that than in the heart of a small community. All the feedback I have had from past guests has mentioned how welcoming those in the area have been - helping where possible, if asked, yet respecting privacy in this unusually secluded house too.”
Activity and Interests
Sandy beaches of the Adriatic start just 30-40 mins drive away. There are both quiet and lively beaches with safe swimming, clean water, sun beds and umbrellas available for hire. Many both lively and more tranquil resorts with nightlife and very good fish restaurants all along the coast starting from those of the spectacular cliff-encircled Conero coastline close to Ancona, south through the well-known fishing port of Porto San Giorgio to the wide palm-lined boulevards San Benedetto del Tronto.
Nearest airports are Ancona 1 hour and 30 minutes by car and Pescara 1 hours and 45 mins by car (both served by Ryanair from Stansted) or from Gatwick BA flies to Bologna Forli around 2 hour 15 minutes drive away. Other airports are Perugia around 2 and a half hours and Rome 3 hours drive. Other possibilities are Rimini with Ryanair from East Midlands airport around 2 hours and 30 mins by car. Ancona port for ships to Croatia and Greece.
Ancona - 1 hour 30 mins.
Pescara - 1 hour 45 mins.
Rome - 3 hours.
Macerata - 1 hour.
Ascoli Piceno - 1 hour.
Urbino - 2 hours and 30 mins.
Guided mountain walks can be arranged in the National Park Office in Amandola. The region is full of masterpieces of Renaissance art with those by Crivelli brothers in nearby Monte San Martino and Ascoli Piceno and Piero della Francesca and Ucello in Urbino. Other energetic quests/activities nearby include horse riding, bird watching, kayaking and mountain biking. This stunning area is a truly a year-round destination with the wild flowers of the Sibillini mountains at their best April-June. May can have superb weather and by June the area is starting to get very warm. September still has lovely weather and a there is a theatre and music festival in Amandola at the beginning of that month in the town's gorgeous jewel-box theatre of La Fenice. Local markets are held on the following days: Amandola, Wednesday, Sarnano, Thursday and Communanza, Saturday.
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event Price|
24 Sep 2016 - 17 Dec 2016
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Additional pricing information
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£200|
£200 refundable breakages deposit secures booking - this is refundable in full within 2 weeks of end of rental period once property has been checked. The balance is payable 8 weeks before the start of rental period.
In high season the normal changeover day is Saturday, but outside of high season this is flexible. Departure by 10am and arrival not before 4pm unless otherwise agreed.
The cancellation policy is as follows:
Cancellation between 4-8 weeks prior to start of rental period - 50% of rate refunded.
Cancellation 2-4 weeks prior to start of rental period - 25% of rate refunded.
Cancellation less than two weeks prior to start of rental period – no refund.
If, however, I am able to re-let the property at short notice, should you need/wish to cancel, none of the above charges will apply.
During colder periods there will be an extra charge for the use of central heating system based on gas consumed (checked by meter reading at start and end of rental period).
Owner's Cancellation Policy
- Available arrival
From the Owner
“The unique advantage of this property - appreciated and commented upon by all those who have stayed in the past - is the fact that you can stroll out of the house and down to the main square in a few minutes for a morning coffee and again in the evening for an meal or aperitivo without having to worry about getting in a car. There is also a secluded garden and terrace for outside dining. All the rooms in the house are unusually spacious and airy and the property has been furnished as a second home not as a rental property so is warm and welcoming and well equipped.”
- Away From It All
- Tourist Attractions
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Living Room ...
- Towels Provided
- Washing Machine
- Dishes & Utensils
- Kitchen ...
- Dining Area
- DVD Player
- Satellite / Cable ...
- Television ...
- Video Library
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- non smoking only
- pets not allowed
- wheelchair inaccessible
- autumn foliage
- live theatre
- winery tours
- bird watching
- horse riding
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- laundrette - serviced
- massage therapist
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- mountain biking
- mountain climbing
- Bathroom 1 - ensuite - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet, en-suite to bedroom 1, shower, basin, wc, bidet.
- Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Bidet, bath/shower, basin, wc, bidet.
- Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, ground floor/former wine cellar - shower room, wc, basin.
- Bathroom 1: en-suite to bedroom 1, shower, basin, wc, bidet. Bathroom 2: bath/shower, basin, wc, bidet. Bathroom 3: ground floor/former wine cellar - shower room, wc, basin.
- 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
- Bedroom 1
- Bedroom 2
- Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4/6 (2/3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1, super king double bed, en-suite shower room. Bedroom 2, double bed with shared access to bathroom 2 - bath/shower. 3rd bedroom/study with double sofa bed and single futon sofa bed.
- Golf ...
- Garden ...
- Ski & Snowboard ...
- Notes on accommodation: This house has been furnished as a second home for a travel writer with interesting photographs and artifacts from writer-owner's travels on display throughout. Caution required in the garden and house with small children due to a small number of partially open internal stairs and steps in the garden. Also unsuitable for pets. Smoking outside only please! Outside: Sunny patio/terrace with wall fountain for alfresco dining. Wooden bench, garden chairs and tables seating six. Steps leading up to tranquil 100 foot garden with mature walnut, palm and fruit trees set over two levels and flower borders of roses, jasmine and lavender. Utility Room: Washing machine, ironing board, steam iron and clothes horses. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and bedlinen will be provided. House will be thoroughly cleaned prior to arrival. Cleaning midway in stay of 2 weeks or longer can be arranged (and paid for locally), along with fresh bedlinen and towels. Other: Former wine cellar at ground level restored as recreation room/fourth bedroom with double sofa bed - cool place to rest in summer. Utility room and separate bathroom attached.