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Spacious villa between sea and mountains in unspoilt Italian region

Bedrooms 5
Separate WC's1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Secluded five-bedroom villa with garden and pool in Loro Piceno near Macerata. Close to beautiful hill towns, Adriatic coast and mountains

If you want a peaceful holiday away from tourist crowds in the heart of traditional Italy, Casa Valentina is the place for you. Once a summer residence for monks dating back hundreds of years, the tastefully restored villa is situated in rolling countryside close to both sea and mountains in a region where the warmth and hospitality of the Italian people survives. The ancient town of Loro Piceno is home of vino cotto, a delicious dessert wine, and the area has many excellent but inexpensive restaurants. Our house is on three floors in more than an acre of land with a large garden and swimming pool surrounded by an extensive tiled area. The peace is only disturbed by the melodic chiming of Loro Piceno's church bells on the hillside opposite the villa. Beaches or the majestic Sibillini mountains are 40 minutes away. The extensive ruins of the ancient Roman city of Urbs Salvia are less than 10 minutes from the house and the area is full of hill towns as beautiful as those in Umbria and Tuscany, but less well known and developed. Art treasures wait to be discovered in little-known, ancient churches and festivals light up local hill towns during the summer. There are terracotta tiles throughout the spacious and airy house, a hand-made maple kitchen and three modern bathrooms plus a downstairs toilet. Four double/one single bedroom. One hour from Ancona airport. Also accessible from Bologna, Rome, Pisa and Pescara. Many picturesque hill towns are nearby including Macerata -- which hosts a renowned summer opera festival -- Tolentino and Ascoli Piceno, the jewel of the Marche region.

Barry Moody
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, French, Italian
Calendar last updated:
28 March, 2017

About Barry Moody

I am a journalist and have worked all over the world as an international correspondent, including several assignments in Italy. We now split our time between the house in Loro Piceno and London. I am a lifelong Italophile and speak fluent Italian. We love the warm and welcoming character of the Marche people who have maintained the traditional Italian virtues that have been lost in more commercialised areas of the country.

Barry Moody purchased this villa in 2011

Why Barry Moody chose Macerata

This is a marvellously unspoilt region of Italy which has escaped the over-development of Tuscany and Umbria. Our house is close to both sea and mountains in beautiful, tranquil countryside. The local people are extremely hospitable, generous and friendly. The area is full of little known hill towns with secret art treasures hidden in their churches. Le Marche is the region where Italy's old values survive.

What makes this villa unique

The house is tranquil and in its own land, with lovely views but with no noise except the birds. It is close to excellent restaurants and beautiful towns.

Guestbook comments from the owner

This property has pretty much everything one could wish for on a holiday. Inside it has been tastefully modernised, is very comfortable and had ample space for us, the seven adults and a baby who stayed there, while outside there was a spacious patio area, surrounded by lawns and a flower border, ideal for an evening barbecue, and beyond that a lovely pool. All with a panoramic view over the valley to the hillside beyond and the village of Loro Piceno perched on the hilltop in the distance. There is also plenty to see and places of interest to visit in the surrounding area. If I had a holiday place in Italy it would be something very like this.

Jill and Mike, Manchester, August 2014
Nov 2011
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Loro Piceno in Marche

Property Type:
  • villa
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • En-suite bathroom to bedroom 1 with shower, bidet, wc. Family bathroom with bath, shower, bidet, wc (both first floor). Bathroom with shower, wc (Second floor), serving bedrooms 4 and 5. Downstairs toilet with small hand basin.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 9 (5 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 -master bedroom with double bed, en-suite bathroom with shower. Bedroom 2 -twin beds. Bedroom 3 - double bed, next to family bathroom. Bedroom 4 - on second floor with double bed Bedroom 5 - on second floor with single bed.
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • ski lift pass
  • ski
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: Discounts available for smaller groups . Agent manages house and provides key/answers problems etc . Outside: Private pool, 10x4 metres with large tiled seating area. Olive trees, sun beds, umbrellas, plus small rustic table and chairs. Terrace under outside loggia with dining table, coffee table and chairs. Open terrace with table and chairs, umbrellas. Formal garden in front of the house with low hedges and lavender and roses. Small olive grove in acre of land, walnut trees. superb views. Utility Room: See above in kitchen area. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bath and pool towels and linen included. Cleaning once a week with change of linen and towels. Pool maintenance and cleaning. Other: Indoor eating area in large kitchen with table and chairs for nine. Outside eating areas under portico or on terrace with umbrellas. Indoor loggia with views on first floor.

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


4.3/5 -
(3 traveller reviews)


Fantastic 2 weeks holiday in beautiful Le Marche

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for 2 weeks in Casa Valentina this summer 2016 with our 3 children (all in their 20ties) and their partners (7 people). This place was fully addressing our expectations in terms of location, space, comfort, style and available relaxation possibilities. Right in the middle of the wonderful landscape of Le Marche (unknown to us before our stay) with old towns such as San Ginesio, Loro Piceno, Recanati, Fermo … easily reachable (even during summer not really overwhelmed by tourists - the historic centers are beautifully lit at night – perfect atmosphere for a quiet outside diner). Only 1 hour driving to the Adriatic coast (nice beach at Saint Elpidio) and to the Monte Sibilini national park (exciting hiking trails – Gola dell’Infernaccio is fantastic !). In nearby Macerata, the open air Sferisterio is a must for opera lovers. Less then 2 hours drive to Ancona where we especially enjoyed the Monte Conero area (Sirolo) (exciting views !). The supermarkets in Tolentino offer a wide choice of fresh food and drinks: meat, fish and local wines (Rosso Conero (Montepulciano+Sangiovese) and the white Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi are our favourites). Casa Valentina is a stylishly renovated old house with a big 2 level backyard and swimming pool having fantastic view on the hills and the small town of Loro Piceno. The 6 archs in the back wall of the house and the porch on the ground level are a very nice decor for family meals on the big terrace any time of the day (barbecue is available !). The 3 bedrooms (and 2 bathrooms) on the first floor are very comfortable, spacious and nicely decorated with easy access via a wide passage (also suitable to relax with nice view on the garden through the 3 large windows). There is also a practical, large kitchen and a cosy living room with library (too many interesting books for a 2 weeks stay only !!). The house is more than big enough to provide enough comfort and privacy for 3 couples and 1 single. Some attention points: the house lies down at the end of a 500 meter long gravel road which is a bit scary the first time you drive it because some parts are quite steep. This is only a first impression however – all of us were getting used to it very quickly and luckily (at least in summer) there is a water pipe available at the back of the house – otherwise it would have been hard to recognize our own car after a few days;-). Some basic knowledge of the Italian language is recommended here (this is not Tuscany !)

  • Review Submitted: Sep 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks indeed for this review. We are so glad you enjoyed the Marche region and our house as much as we do!
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Comfortable house in lovely countryside

  • 4 of 5

The house has been lovingly converted and is very well-equipped. The view from the house and pool is exceptional. The area is appealing with few tourists and lots of interesting hill-top towns.

Our only warning is to take care your car has a decent-sized engine as when we tried with a tiny car it struggled to get up the hill.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 22, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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The real Italy

  • 4 of 5

If you're looking for complete tranquillity, a stunning location and a taste of rural Italian life away from the main tourist trail then this is the place for you. The villa is extremely comfortable, sympathetically restored, with good accommodation and a lovely pool. Arrival is dramatic down a steep stony track but it's well worth the ride! A car is a must and the short journey to delightful local towns such as Loro Piceno, Tolentino and Urbisaglia is a treat in itself. A little further afield is the jewel of Ascoli Piceno. On top of that there are some wonderful local restaurants, which goes without saying in Italy! Casa Valentina gives you the chance to experience the real Italy. We'll be back!!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 22, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Early summer
3 Jun 2017 - 7 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High season
8 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late summer
2 Sep 2017 - 7 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £252.87

Booking Notes:
Booking by email. Deposits of 25 pct of rent to secure booking by bank transfer. Full payment one month before. Security deposit of 300 euros by bank transfer, refundable within few days of departure. For UK guests, the euro rate will be converted to sterling at the rate on xe.com on the day of payment.

Changeover Day:
Flexible but Saturday most usual.

Notes on prices:
Discounts available for smaller groups

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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