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Haybarn, Sublime Mountain Views, Private Sauna, Art works



Updated: 19-Aug-2016
Villa in Sarnano area of Monti Sibillini National Park, 5 Min Drive To Historic Town And All Services

The 400 year old hay barn, now an open-plan cottage, is located on a quiet country lane which was the first Roman road in the area. It is private but not isolated. With it's own entrance, two patios and private, extensive grounds with pomegranates, figs and grapes nestled in the verdant foothills of the Sibillini mountains the hay barn offers some of the best views. Visitors kindly tell us the views of the mountains and foothills are the most outstanding scenery they have enjoyed in Europe. This is enhanced by the cottage having a glass wall facing the panorama in an ideal location. Many people come to paint and the hay barn can be used as an artist's studio. There is underfloor heating run by a wood burning stove and solar panels for hot water - this is a semi ecological house. The heating is included in the rental price and represents a large savings for visitors, as places heated by gas can often present a bill that is almost as high as the rental price in some cases. We service the haybarn ourselves. An historic town is five min. drive away and has a range of services. The hay barn now has it's own private sauna for guests which is a delight most of the year. Personalized local maps offer hiking and walking in stunning scenery. Culture and hilltowns abound. Beach and ski resorts near by. Likewise capital cities Ascoli and Fermo.

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Wheelchair access

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

My husband and I have lived in many countries globally. We have settled here because we find it to be one of the most rewarding and interesting places in the world. This rental property is serviced by us, so unlike most holiday rentals we can help you if you have any difficulties and assist you with your holiday plans while you are here so you have a fantastic vacation.

Speaks English

Guestbook comments from the owner

"This is a wonderful place to stay – an old villa which has been restored with care and imagination to make it a unique experience for discerning holiday-makers. The considerate hosts have thought of every little detail, providing quality fittings and furnishings of character to suit the special style of the house. Our welcome made us feel very much at home and our week at the start of February, in snow and low temperatures, was warm and comfortable thanks to the sophisticated under-floor heating system. The view from the house to the nearby mountains was matchless.

The area is brim-full of fascinating and charming hill towns to explore and for those interested in art and culture there are countless places to admire the marvels of medieval and renaissance art and architecture. For outdoor pursuits the Sibillini mountains and national park offer spectacular opportunities. We'll be back!" Fiona and Geoff - Isle of Sky
Jan 2010
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A perfect, peaceful retreat with superb views.

  • 5 of 5

This was our second visit & we love it. A sympathetically restored & thoughtfully appointed hay barn offering peace & privacy, but with the helpful, friendly owner nearby to offer advice on activities & excursions. Nearby Amandola had all the facilities we needed. There are many waymarked paths through varied landscape with stunning mountain views. The historic hill towns offer many cultural experiences.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 19, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

This is an outstanding area unlike few others in Europe.

Activity and Interests

Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

Guests are offered the opportunity to do landscape painting, in the mountains (full day), or even from inside the cottage (half day), which has been designed with a glass wall to give the experience of painting outdoors with the comfort of being inside. Generally it is useful to book painting experiences in advance and the cost is not included. There is a possibility to organize a range of experiences to suit guests' interests. Guided hiking and/or historic tours can be booked. There is no lack of things to do here! Overall there is a uniqueness about this home partly due to the fusion of ancient with modern, and there is also a piano for those with musical interests.


45 min away are several different types of beaches - there is a nature beach, a secluded/quiet beach with a lovely beach club that has an outstanding restaurant, and there are a number of crowded, fashionable beaches where the shopping is good, with a huge choice of restaurants and entertainment. Evening events start late, and carry on the whole night long. The fish restaurants are of a high standard and some are positioned right on the water's edge.


Ancona and Pescara airports are one and a half hours drive away. Rome airport is three hours drive away. This part of Italy is not very developed nor touristic so it is necessary to hire a car.


Amadola or Sarnano have the largest amount of services. A range of hill towns within a half hour drive have museums and theatres, and there's an extreme abundance of local seasonal festivals throughout the year. Macerata's open air opera is an hour's drive away. There are four archaeological sites, one of which is the most famous in central Italy and is a 20 min drive away. The capital city of Ascoli is half an hour by car as is Fermo.

Further Details:

The local hospital is excellent and should you need to use it, you will be impressed. All the nearby hill towns have markets each week and there is a good selection of local shops as well. One of the hill towns, twenty minutes away, was voted "the most beautiful town in Italy" twice. Another town, fifteen minutes away, was voted "one of the most beautiful towns in Italy". There are many restaurants for guests to try and the prices are low compared to other parts of Italy and very low compared to the UK. This is an area famous for truffles and wild boar and there is much to please the food lover. There are also a number of good vineyards where you can sample and buy wines at wholesale price. Our town offers an especially good cafe where it is a delight to enjoy a wine or try their home baked pastries. Ten minute's drive away is a well run riding stables and there also is a hand gliding centre half an hour away. As mentioned before, this area is famous throughout Europe for the quality of hiking it offers, and the park has an interesting policy of keeping the mountains natural by not creating a structure for large scale tourism. Like much of Italy, this is an earthquake area and our property has been restored with the new antiseismic laws to ensure as much safety as possible. Since we are in the countryside there are no buildings to fall on to the cottage, and you can enjoy a peaceful sleep even when the local towns are having their top-volume festivals.


Rental rates

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Mid October
8 Oct 2016 - 31 Oct 2016
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
1 Nov 2016 - 30 Nov 2016
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
winter 2016
1 Dec 2016 - 31 Mar 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Emails are checked twice a day so we should know about your booking the same day that you make it. As we are often outside and in the mountains, where there is no reception, email is always the surest method of contact. A deposit is required and as soon as it has cleared your booking is official.

Changeover Day:
We are flexible and try to fit into your travel plans.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK pounds. We are pleased to give discounts at any time of year for longer stays. The heating and gas are included in the rental price, representing significant savings for visitors.

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From the Owner

The property is very near town but avoids the parking problems and noise of being in town. There is also great degree of privacy here which is impossible to find in town. The grounds of the cottage join seamlessly into the fields and woodlands, and as well as the inspiring views the location gives an enormous sense of space, well being, and freedom. The cottage was not designed to be rented so it has a great deal more personality than a rental property and I imagine we are one of the few who offer a piano, guitar, and high quality art works.

Property Type

  • villa


  • Adventure
  • Historic
  • Romantic


  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove


  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...


  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • Stereo

Pool / Spa

  • Sauna ...


  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible ...

Location Type

  • mountain
  • rural


  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

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

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • ski
  • tennis


  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • The bathroom is directly beside bathroom with one bathtub, bidet, WC and sink. The bathroom cabinet doors are original and made of very old wood, while the sink is a fusion of contemporary Italian design and ancient re-claimed materials.


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (1 bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: 1 bedroom with large double bed. Antique bedlinen, made in this area, is available with surcharge 10 euros charge per week as it requires hand washing but adds to the historic atmosphere. The bedroom has a view over the grounds with lavender and grapes.


  • Terrace ...
  • Garden
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: This haybarn is designed for couples and might also suit a new born baby. Once young children can crawl or walk this property would not be suitable. Outside: The property has 12 acres of fields and woodlands and there are fantastic and easy walks right outside the cottage. Two of the oldest and very beautiful churches are a few minutes walk away. One of these is now a Hermitage. The landscape and views are glorious in every direction. Also, this is a perfect base for those who like to hike as the mountains are on your doorstep. The private grounds of the cottage are large with pomegranates, flowers, some grapes, figs and olives. There is outdoor dining. The house can be entered from the ground floor, or the upper floor, and either side has a patio. The house catches the sun the whole day and there are mature trees to offer shade as well as an umbrella and deckchairs. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels,linen all basics included. There is a surcharge of 7 euros per week for antique bed linen if desired. Cleaning, changing of beds is offered at additional cost.

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