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Charming Villa, Pool - 14m x 7m x 2.1m, Large Gardens, Superb Views, privacy +.



Updated: 03-Oct-2016
Villa Near Santagata Feltria, just outside San Donato, RN, Italy - Beautiful, Peaceful and Private Location in Hills, Located 0.75km from Nearest Small Village

A beautiful villa/farm in unspoilt countryside with every amenity, large pool, magnificent views, sweet fresh air, many and varied restaurants serving wonderful seasonal food and close to great Italian art and architecture. The whole property and pool is for your exclusive use. No sharing! Perfect privacy and only bird song to disturb you. Nearest house is 0.75km away. Please see the guests comments at the bottom of the page! Please note: this is a non-smoking villa. It is filled with a lovely art collection which many guests have commented on. We accept cats and small dogs. However, the property and the pool are not fenced and bringing them will be at your own risk. It is serviced by Alexandra and Manfred who maintain it in a spotless condition. The villa is serviced every week, but could be done more frequently should you wish at a relatively small cost.

  • Sleeps 7
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

I am a retired medical doctor who bought the property and spent some 5 years totally refurbishing and upgrading it to a standard that I was happy with. We decided to rent it out only to cover ever rising costs - not to make it into a business venture, but it has become so successful that our family now need to book our vacation early in order to enjoy the villa! We do not use it whilst guests are staying. Our guests use the main villa which you can see in the photographs on the left. We use the both left and right villas. You will have full use of the property and pool whilst you are there. No sharing at any time. We are entering the 8th year of renting - 2016. Heart warming are the number of guests who return having enjoyed Poggio Bello, its solitude, peace and quiet and a totally safe environment.

Speaks English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Swedish, Greek, Danish, Norwegian, Finnish, Afrikaans

Guestbook comments from the owner

Dear Ronald,

We have just arrived home from having an absolutely fabulous time at the villa. It was everything we all needed. Super views, very comfortable house, peace and tranquility all around and then to finish it off a dip in the pool for the 'wow' factor.

Alexandra and her family were excellent ambassadors and so welcoming.. When there was a slight problem with the chlorine for the pool David rang Alexandra and within a few minutes it was fixed.

We enjoyed visiting the places suggested in your guide too. San Leo was truly magnificent Lunch at 'La Rocca' the next day will not be forgotten easily. We all waddled out having chosen the meat platter and steak. What a hidden gem Le Marche is.

We were all so interested in the eclectic art work in the house, different styles certainly made excellent discussion points.

We shall certainly remember the villa and all the surrounding people and places with great joy and hope to visit again another year.

The only blight being that when our daughter Laura, son in law Jonathan and grandchildren Harry and Olivia arrived home in Devon this afternoon they found that their home had been burgled! Everything of value has been stolen and the house ransacked which is very upsetting.

with kind regards

Glyn and David Lxxxxxn and Family.
Jul 2015
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3 Reviews

based on 3 holidaymaker reviews


A fantastic stay at Poggio Bello

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely stay at Poggio Bello. The house, the garden and swimming pool are fabulous. It is peaceful, well protected from the heat, has a beautiful view on San Donato and the sound of charming church bell which “sings” the Ave Maria at 21 hours.

Sant’Agata Feltria is also a very charming town where we enjoyed the fine products from the bakery, butcher and fish monger. And of course the pizza’s at Graziano’s and the nice pasta at the Tulipano Nero.

The restaurants and touristic attractions mentioned in the guideline paper issued by Ronald are all worthwhile visiting. He really has a very good taste.

We enjoyed our visit to sulphur museum and the tree climbing at the Sky Park of Perticara, the magnificent castle of San Leo and the picturesque town of Pennabilli.

We will certainly return to this magnificent location.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We have been very fortunate in receiving excellent reviews. We run the villa not as a business, but for the benefit of our guests and of course ourselves using the proceeds to maintain and upgrade the facilities every year. It therefore is really pleasing to receive feedback such as this review happy in the knowledge that our guests had a wonderful holiday at Poggio Bello.
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Beautiful house, excellent location

  • 5 of 5

Villa Poggio Bello was exactly what we needed. The house was in a fantastic location with real treasures (not least the fairytale town of Sant'Agata Feltria) right on the doorstep. Very well appointed, immaculate, beautifully cool in the hot summer, with lovely gardens and a great pool, we couldn't have been happier with the place. Alexandra (manager) is lovely, as is Ronald (owner) who communicates excellently!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is always such a joy to hear that our guests have had an enjoyable stay. I take their holidays very seriously as many guests book well in advance and the week or two they spend at the villa might just be their only annual holiday, and even if it is not, that holiday is very important.
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Beautiful villa with stunning views

  • 5 of 5

We visited this property in August and the sun shone every day. Our days were spent by the pool looking out onto the beautiful vista, enjoying walks and visiting some amazing places. We enjoyed a glass of wine watching the marvellous sunsets, listening to the church bells in the far distance and soaking up the real Italy. Our three young chidren loved the pool. Despite our lack of Italian we were understood and made to feel very welcome by the locals. Food in the local restaurants and further a field was fabulous and so very cheap! The house is in the most beautiful setting, high on a hill overlooking the village of San Donato. The interior is beautifully decorated with art work and antiques filling each room. The beds were extremely comfortable and the home had everything one requires. The gardens are mature and well tendered - an english garden in Italy! If you are looking for a holiday to get away from the madding crowd this is for you. Yet, this area is rich in history and gastronomy and offers more day trips than it is possible to take in a two week break. The secluded villa is a delight yet the villa’s strength is that the local cafe/bar is a 5 min walk away and the main town Sant'Agata Feltria which contains a supermarket, cafes, butcher, baker , theatre, pizzeria and weekly market is 2.5km away. There are restaurants which are scattered along the routes to other villages.We have visited many parts of Italy but this region surprised us with its rustic charm, its cheap yet good living, its refined landscapes and friendly locals. The villa contains log buners so I would imagine it is snug in the winter too. If you are a walker of cyclist this is a perfect location.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 20, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

We bought the property which is in an area of outstanding natural beauty. It has the most wonderful air and totally uninterrupted views in all directions. The Renaissance began an hours drive away in Urbino, birthplace of Rafael. It is not on the commercial tourist trail unlike Tuscany and Umbria, and has so much to offer in terms of authentic local food, festivals, amongst which are truffle, cheese, chestnut, bread, wine (Verdiccio-the white and San Giovese- the red ), medieval, operatic etc. It is about 45 minutes drive to Ravenna with its world heritage site of mosaics and Rimini, with its Tiberian marble bridge still in use both on the Adriatic coast. To the north is the Rubicon, and thermal bathing can be found 40 minutes away. The source of the Tiber close to the thermal baths and San Leo, the finest hill top city in all of Italy according to Machiavelli is 35 minutes away. The Republic of San Marino, the oldest republic in the world is some 45 minutes drive. Arrezo in Umbria with its Della Francesca paintings and frescos is just over an hour away. Michelin starred restaurants and Michelin recommended restaurants are all within easy reach, and the variety and authenticity of the local food offered is wonderful. The property is about a kilometre from the local town and only the church bells will disturb you. It is extremely private and an easy cycle ride to Santagata Feltria, the nearest small town about 4 km away.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Rimini at 50 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Bar Luna at 3 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Villa Verucchio at 25 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : E45 at 10 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : il Tuliponero;Pizza Graziano;Da Marchesi +++ at 3 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Rimini at 50 Kilometres Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

The sweetest cleanest country air in Italy; excellent for re-charging the batteries! Safe walking - picturesque kilometres both flat and hilly. Very, very little traffic! Cycling - very testing hills and mountains in vicinity - used by professional cyclists in training. Exclusive "Sky Park" in the woods nearby (5kms) in Perticara - for all the family. Tennis in Santagata Feltria.


40km to Rimini and Ravenna beaches. Gabice Mare about 90 minutes away (beautiful beach with 3 restaurants). Rimini, originally a fishing port is a great place to buy freshly caught fish and crustacea directly from the dockside.


Car essential. Car hire from airports.

Forli : 45 to 60 minutes (Wind Jet from Luton/Gatwick).

Bologna: 80 - 90 minutes (BA and Ryanair).

Perugia : Ryanair 70 minutes.


San Leo 15kms (Macchiavelli called it the finest mountain top town in Italy) - Dante wrote and resided here, historic artistic town. Urbino 1 hour by car: University town where the Renaissance began; magnificent ducal palace. San Pietro di Bagno 40 minutes by car: hot mineral baths. Rimini 40kms: upmarket, lively town with excellent restaurants, clubs, beaches, Roman architecture, expensive shops. Santarcangelo 45 minutes: brilliant restaurants. San Marino 25kms: Oldest Republic est. 3rd century

Further Details:

Santagata Feltria - about 3kms away - a local small town with restaurants, supermarket, shops, bank, excellent pizzeria, XVIIIc theatre in Piazza - evening concerts - 2nd largest White Truffle (tartuffi) centre in Italy. Truffle and Wine Festa every Sunday in October. Tennis in village. Wonderful safe walks and cycling. In Coriano near San Marino - Ristorante Vite - voted "The Best Restaurant in Emelio Romagna" for two years is some 30 mins away. Osteria Francescana voted in 2011 as the 4th BEST RESTAURANT IN THE WORLD by Conde Naste Magazines ! Alexandra, our manager bakes wonderful white and brown bread as well as providing her own free range eggs and local wine should you wish to avail yourself of these. In addition home made preserves, jams and pickles which you may purchase. She offers a "concierge" type of service in that she has intimate knowledge of the area and its facilities and restaurants and is extremely helpful. The 3rd BEST RESTAURANT IN THE WORLD is to be found in Modena. Also Michelin starred in Bagno di Romagna. Restaurante Vite in Coriano - Best in Emelio Romagna ! Brilliant Albergo del Lago in Aqua Partite - best pasta I have ever tasted. Sommelier superb knowledge of wines - both Italian and French. Madama Dore in Nova Feltria - excellent and reasonably priced food and wines. Many more all within 30 to 40 minutes and some in less time.

Coordinates : 43*52'55"N 12*12'22"E


Rental rates

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Autumn/Truffle Time
24 Sep 2016 - 30 Oct 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

Booking Notes:
Please email Ronald.

Changeover Day:
Saturday, although we will try and accommodate you and your flights ! You will be met by our English/Italian/German speaking manageress, Alexandra who will explain all the workings of the villa and more. A welcome basket of goodies awaits you on arrival, all made by Alexandra. She also bakes rather good bread !

Notes on prices:
Prices are for sole use of property per day or per week in £UK ! The villa has central heating as well as 3 woodburning stufa's (stoves). There is a €30 excess per day during the winter months if using the gas fired central heating. The wood burning stoves are free to use and wood is provided. These stoves are often sufficient to heat the villa without the need for the gas. Deposit of €250 ( £200 ) is payable to the Alexandra on arrival and is fully refunded on departure.

Barclays Bank in London UK, or Italian Bank for Europeans. Details of banks provided on making a booking.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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From the Owner

The property is private, quiet, has a huge beautiful garden and a large pool - 14 metres long x 7metres x 2.1metres deep. Glorious views of hill top towns and valleys from the property - nothing unpleasant is visible. Safe and lengthy walks according to energy levels and steep hills for the serious cyclist and wonderful food which is totally seasonal in the locality. The best restaurant in Emilio Romagna - voted for the past 2 years is only 30 to 40 minutes drive away, and do bear in mind that Emilio Romagna (Bologna its capital city) is recognised as the "Food Capital" of all of Italy! Historically we were Le Marche, but since a vote in 2010, we are now part of Emilio Romagna. Because we are in the mountains, the villa is very rarely too hot and cool breezes in the evening are often welcome after a hot day!

Property Type

  • villa


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic


  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...


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


  • Dining Area


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

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool ...


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • mountain
  • rural


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

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

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

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


  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • En suite - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 1: beautiful modern en-suite shower, basin, WC. Bathroom 2: beautiful modern shower, sitting bath, WC, bidet, basin. Bathroom 3: guest WC/basin ground floor.


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 7 (3 Bedrooms) Please see pricing. Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1: 1 large double bed. Fully sprung mattress Bedroom 2: 1 large double bed. Fully sprung mattress Bedroom 3: 3 single beds. Fully sprung mattresses


  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda


  • Self-catering

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


  • Notes on accommodation: Very comfortable and characterful double storey villa with numerous paintings, recently renovated, magnificent views, hand made tiled floors, two verandas upstairs with beautiful views. Adjacent is a 200 year old stone farm house which has been renovated but is never occupied whilst you are in residence. You will have sole use of the property and pool whilst you are renting the villa. The master bedroom has an en-suite bathroom and a large and very modern second bathroom serves the other two bedrooms. It has a separate shower cubicle, bath, bidet, wc and basin. Outside: Large lawns/gardens, patios under vine, paved area adjacent to pool. Pool (sole use): 14 long x 7 wide x 2.1m deep. Shallow end with gentle steps : 1m deep. The pool is not fenced. Large table and chairs for alfresco dining, loungers / deck chairs, 2 mountain bikes. Utility Room: Washing machine, large basin, drying area. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen and towels/pool towels included. A Weekly clean and change of all linen and towels is provided, but more frequent cleaning can be arranged through Alexandra. She offers a type of "concierge" service in that she has intimate knowledge of the area.

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