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Spacious Villa Near Friendly Village. Lovely Wooded Valley Views,Salt Water Pool

Overview

Property

Updated: 10-Oct-2016
Villa in Monte San Martino, Macerata Province, Le Marche, Italy - Enchanting Hillside Location, Good Local Amenities, Fine Restaurant In Walking Distance

This spacious and beautifully restored holiday villa sits in a secluded spot overlooking a wide wooded valley; beyond are distant views of the Monti Azzurri Mountains and the ancient town of Penna San Giovanni. Alla Selva, with its private gardens and its new 'saltwater' pool is a wonderfully peaceful place to be, tucked away in Le Marche, in the depths of the Italian countryside. The silence is broken only by birdsong and distant sheep bells.

This is a country house for every season. Cool and tranquil in mid-summer, with all windows protected by net blinds and traditional wooden shutters whilst, in the winter, underfloor heating on all floors and a log burning stove make it a welcoming and cosy retreat. Designed by two artists for their own use, the house is furnished with an eclectic mix of period furniture collected from across Europe. High ceilinged, spacious rooms, squashy chairs and downy beds, en suite bathrooms – all make for a luxurious holiday in Le Marche.

We aim to provide a pleasurable experience and organise things so that you do not have to worry about life's everyday chores. On arrival you will find a welcome hamper to cater for your immediate needs. The house is cleaned once a week on changeover days (Saturday). The housekeeper is always contactable and can deal with any problems. For an extra charge, she will do grocery shopping for you before your arrival and during your stay and provide additional cleaning, laundry and extra linen/towels. The housekeeper speaks only Italian but is used to communicating with English speaking visitors and has access to an interpreter should more complicated matters arise. If you would like to have meals prepared for you to eat in the house or put in the deep freeze, the housekeeper can also arrange this for you - although there would be an extra charge here too. There is a good WiFi signal (7 mb download) A folder will be provided with full information on local attractions and amenities. Enjoy your stay!

Activities

The gentle hills and dramatic mountains of Le Marche makes every journey a pleasure. There seems always to be something new to see; people working late in the field or in their vineyards, a tractor, perched at an unbelievable angle on a hillside, bathed in golden light with the crows and rooks circling above; a view across fields scarlet and blue with poppies and wild chicory, an elderly couple, seemingly miles from any house, collecting wild food from the hedgerows - (is it growing up in the hills that keeps them so amazingly trim and fit ? ) Days can be spent simply exploring, choosing at random one of the little white roads with their sudden views of vertiginous stony out-crops, with the tumbling rivers far below. As the roads lace their way through the clear green of the acacia trees there always seems to be yet another tiny hamlet to be discovered amongs the slopes. Houses, built from narrow rosy bricks or the pale local stone, sit peacefully between the fields of bright wheat, interiors secret behind their faded grey shutters. Even the smallest village often has a bar. The coffee and crisp pastries make a wonderful breakfast and, of course, ice cream in the afternoon is enjoyed by everyone, not just visitors.

Macerata, the provincial capital, is a stunning medieval walled city and holds a well-known open air opera season every summer for three weeks - 45 minute drive from the house.

Walking

There are some wonderful walks in the area with the web of narrow white roads leading over the rolling hills, connecting the little villages and hamlets. Their hard packed surfaces are very well suited for walking and cycling - the views are bewitching - such fun wondering what is to be discovered just around a corner or over the brow of a hill. On a grander scale, the house is a few miles from the Sibillini National park. (Parco Nazionale dei Monti Sibillini). The varied terrain here offers a huge range of walks, some more demanding than others. Example of these walks are listed on the excellent web site for Sibillini Walks, www.sibillini-walks.com

The mountains are half an hour away with all kinds of activities available including restaurants and bars, quad bike hire, hiking, abseiling and horse rides.

Golf

Conero golf club, Ancona: 18 holes. They also have tennis courts and swimming pool.

Beaches

The coast is no more than 45 minutes drive with clean white beaches, night life, bars, cafes and countless fish restaurants. For full details see our Restaurant and Area Guide which will be in the house.The drive itself is pleasant, taking one through several pretty towns and villages, all set among the hills and plains so typical of this countryside.

Local towns

For any one interested in social history or architecture the streets of the surrounding towns will be a source of fascination. Just to walk, slowly and thoughtfully, taking in small details of carvings, doors, glimpses of walled gardens, views up tiny, twisting steps and stairways can fill a morning. A list of the market days is available at the house. These old towns each have a day when the streets are taken over by stalls with really wonderful food, cheeses, bread and salamis, honey and pastries, fruit and vegetables, usually locally produced.

Festivals

Local festivals include the Chestnut Festival in Monte San Martino, the Truffle and Fungi Festival in nearby Amandola and the Flower Festival in Servigliano. In summer, Fano has a festival known as "Fano dei Cesari", where for a week people dress in Roman tunics, drive chariots and do battle with barbarians from Norway. The annual Opera Festival "Stagione Lirica" in Macerata is held at the Sferisterio in July and August. This open air venue for opera is second only to Verona.

One of the best known white wines of the region is Verdicchio dei Castelli dI Jesi. October in Cupramontana a festival celebrates the grape harvest. Other events of note are Verdicchio Festo at Montecarotto in July and in autumn, the Verdicchio d'Oro Festival at Staffolo and the Wine Fare at Offida that celebrates the red wine, "Rosso Piceno Superiore".

Art and historic buildings

There are often excellent exhibitions of rated early artists as well as the paintings hanging n the surrounding churches. The two 15th Centuary churches that stand within the village walls have fine examples of work by Carlo and Vittore Crivelli and Giovanni da Camerino

Castles, churches and buildings of interest are open to visitors. Information of up and coming shows are in the information pack. As is a wealth of local information and helpful pointers for shoppers and foodies.

More Details
  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

We are both artists, I am a sculptor and my partner is a painter who also designs houses. We live in Suffolk near the sea and are always busy, both working from home. Our escapes to Italy are hugely soothing after the rush of our existence in England. We use our time at Alla Selva to be truly lazy. We read and explore and go to the market, we could do so much more but, somehow, we don’t need to. Alla Selva casts its spell and we are soothed and made tranquil. Over the past few years we have let Alla Selva by word of mouth but we realized that, because of projects in the UK, we were using the house less often than we did . Letting it keeps the house a home and allows others to also get pleasure from what is a very special place. We hope you will love it too!

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Guestbook comments from the owner

Sarah Lambeth London

Keith Maunder Dunwich (UK)

Elisabeth Mc Cormick London
Mar 2013
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9 Reviews

4.9
based on 9 holidaymaker reviews

5

Beautiful villa with stunning views

  • 5 of 5

Nothing spared for our 2 week stay, comfy beds, spacious, cool interiors, amazing saline pool. A most worthy herb garden. Local eateries with yummy food. We loved the local area, mountains and seaside, both a days happy distraction. Most attentive owners, thank you,

  • Review Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Northamptonshire
5

Idyllic location

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful villa with stunning views. Complete privacy, peace and quiet. We had the most wonderful holiday with family and friends. The villa is stunning and very spacious. Perfect for families holidaying together. It really is even better than the photos suggest if that is possible. The owners could not have been more helpful. Thank you, we loved it.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 21, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
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Wiltshire
4

Alla Selva

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed a lovely holiday at Alla Selva with 4 friends, and really enjoyed the space of the beautiful villa. It is very well equipped and there are great views from the pool area. The surrounding countryside is gorgeous, and Monte San Martino is a short drive or brisk 20 mins walk away. We enjoyed dinner at Le Querce, at the top of the drive, on the first night and a very entertaining evening, and delicious dinner at I Priori in town, while listening to the local band. Italian life at its best! The only reason I have reviewed it as 4* rather than 5 is that it is quite remote which you could also regard as part of its charm...

  • Review Submitted: Sep 20, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
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United Kingdom
5

Gorgeous villa and oh what a view!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Alla Selva for only one week and SO wished it were longer. From the minute we arrived after a long drive down from Venice, we fell in love. The view over the mountains is spectacular and when you arrive at the house, nestled away in the hills down a windy dirt track, you feel like you've found a tremendous secret.

There were 7 of us and the space was perfect. More than enough room to spread out between all of the various living spaces and having the pool was like having an extra room in the house. We spent a great deal of time by the pool, gazing out over those hills. We had 3 kids with us (9,11, and 13) and the 2 younger ones spent the most time IN the pool by far and declared it "epic."

The extended kitchen/sitting room was a favorite hang-out -- and not only because that was the room in the house where wifi worked best. It was the perfect place to gather around for coffee or enjoy a late lunch.

The villa is closest to Monte San Martino at the top of the hill, but it is worth venturing further afield. We found a great organic winery (Fioramo) and visited the beach at Pointe San Giogio for a wonderful afternoon in the sun. There are stunning caves near Ancona that even impressed the 13-year-old and we ventured into Ancona afterwards for a wander and a lovely dinner. The roads are windy, though, and if you come back after dark beware of local wild life. We saw wild boar and porcupines one night!

Rosemary was terrific in communication both during the booking process and while we were there. We have rented a variety of places throughout Europe and Rosemary was a true pleasure to deal with.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 8, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
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Utrecht
5

excellent

  • 5 of 5

We really had a very good time in your beautiful house.

What a place and what a view. We have rented a lot of houses in the last years, but this house is surely in our top!

Our friends also enjoyed the views and the silence.

Luciana is such a quiet and nice woman, and her lasagne was great.

So we are very satisfied and really want to come back.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 31, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
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5

beautiful villa

  • 5 of 5

We had a great holiday in this beautiful Villa. Very well equipped with lovely views across the countryside,.... very spacious and comfortable, with everything you could possibly want! hope to go back Highly recommended!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 4, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2013
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Location

From the Owner

My partner is Italian and knew Le Marche long before I did. Unspoiled and still something of a backwater, rural life continues here as it must have done for centuries. We find the people engaging, individual and charming and the towns, with the medieval streets still intact, intriguing. It is near enough to the coast to make a day at the seaside possible and the 2 airports of Pescara and Ancona an easy drive away. When we first saw Alla Selva it was merely a pile of stones and a 3 story tower through which saplings grew. There was a feeling of enchantment about it, hidden away, as it was, amongst the trees with the glorious views stretched out before it. We hope we have captured that magic and that others will find it, as we did, waiting for them at the edge of the valley.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Ancona at 95 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Monte San Martino at 1.3 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Monte San Martino at 1.3 Kilometres Nearest Ski : Sassotetto at 22 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Porto San Giorgio at 40 Kilometres Car: necessary

Coast/Beach:

The coast is no more than 45 minutes drive with clean white beaches, night life, bars, cafes and countless fish restaurants. For full details see our Restaurant Guide which will be in the house.

Travel:

Ancona Airport 1hr 30 mins drive from Monte San Martino

Pescara Airport 1hr 50mins drive

Bologna Airport 3hrs drive

Car hire available at all airports, car hire or use of car is essential.

Distances:

Medieval town of Sarnano, (30 mins) has a busy weekly market & very good food shops. Caldarola, (1 hr), is an ancient town of rose pink buildings surrounding a castle - look out for the stunning linen shop set within its walls. Explore the tiny local hamlets dotted along the mountain roads. Servigliano, (25 mins )- great cafe for ice-cream & people watching, visit the artist/black smith. Roman sites (1 hour) include the theatre in Falerone and the town of Urbisaglia (Urbis Salvia).

Further Details:

The pretty local village of Monte San Martino is 3 minutes drive from the house. It has 2 bars and a restaurant, post office, pharmacy, a doctor and dentist, an all purpose shop with excellent local meat and veg. The church is worth exploring as are the back streets. Servigliano is one of our favourite places to visit. A walled town built in rosy pink brick it has some smart shops and very good cafes all set in picturesque surroundings. There is a blacksmith business that has small items that make lovely presents. The hill town of Sarnano is popular for its natural spa. We buy our fruit and veg at the large market every Thursday and browse the stalls for bargains. The shops and cafes are good, particularly the bakers next to the square. The many butchers shops often sell the meat raised on there own farms - the salamis and air dried sausages are particularly tasty. If you need an IT specialist there is one on the square who speaks English, also banks and tourist information office, police and all one would need for small emergencies. Amandola is another lovely hill town. Cobbled roads wind up hills lined with intriguing houses, many with tiny gardens with vertiginous views. Look out for curious door and window fittings. Cafes and shops border the square and provide excellent people watching.The area around Monte San Martino is rolling hills and quiet roads well suited for walking and/or bicycle touring. Back roads can be used to visit most of the adjacent hill towns within a range of 20+k. These mostly paved back roads have wonderful views of the beautiful country side, farms and hill towns.

Local festivals include the Chestnut Festival in Monte San Martino, the Truffle and Fungi Festival in nearby Amandola and the Flower Festival in Servigliano. In summer Fano has a festival known as "Fano dei Cesari", where for a week people dress in Roman tunics, drive chariots and do battle with barbarians from Norway. The annual Opera Festival "Stagione Lirica"

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Rate 6
30 Oct 2016 - 10 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
£1,450
for 7 nights
£1,450
 
 
Rate 7
11 Dec 2016 - 7 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
£2,450
for 7 nights
£2,450
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £400

Booking Notes:
Prices exclude central heating between 1st November and April 30th

Deposit 20% can be paid by bank transfer
Balance 4 weeks ahead of booking date.
Security deposit £ 400

Changeover Day:
Changeover Saturday only.
Arrival 12 noon
Departure 10 am

Notes on prices:
Prices exclude central heating between 1st November and April 30th
Deposit 20% can be paid by bank transfer
Balance 4 weeks ahead of booking date.
Security deposit £ 400
Security deposit fully refundable one week after end of your stay

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Facilities

From the Owner

We found a group of local craftsmen,all old friends and specialists in different trades. They used the stone to re-build the walls and followed our designs to create an interior of spacious, light-filled rooms with wonderful valley and woodland views. We were able to incorporate all the comfortable things of life as we went along – under-floor heating, modern, en-suit shower rooms, net blinds to keep out stray insects in the summer, an-up to-date kitchen with appliances of our choice and plenty of space thought the house. During this time we came across the blacksmiths family who made our lovely bannisters and the stone yard where we chose the travertine for the stairs, the carpenter who made the chestnut wood doors and the stone mason who build the walls and helped unload our furniture

Property Type

  • villa

Theme

  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic

General

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

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Room

Entertainment

  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool

Onsite Services

  • Staff

Location Type

  • mountain
  • rural

Attractions

  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • groceries
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • ski
  • tennis

Bathrooms

  • 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
  • Ensuite shower room to Bedroom 1: large shower, basin, wc, bidet, heated towel rail. Ensuite shower room to Bedroom 2: large shower, basin, wc, bidet, heated t/rail. Family bathroom serving Bedrooms 3 & 4. Separate shower, bath & wc, heated t/rail.

Bedrooms

  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 has double bed and French windows over looking the garden. Bedroom 2 with double bed, views of woods and wild flowers Bedroom 3 has extra large double bed, Woodland view. Bedroom 4 with double bed (converts to 2 single beds) sofa bed available.

Outside

  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue

Meals

  • Self-catering

Notes:

  • Notes on accommodation: This is a country house for every season. Cool and tranquil in mid-summer, with all windows protected by net blinds and traditional wooden shutters whilst, in the winter, underfloor heating on all floors and a log burning stove make it a welcoming and cosy retreat. Designed by two artists for their own use, the house is furnished with an eclectic mix of antique furniture collected from across Europe. High ceilinged, spacious rooms, squashy chairs and downy beds, en suite bathrooms – all make for luxurious living. Outside: Private saline (chemical free) swimming pool, 10 metres by 5, surrounded by natural stone paving, sun beds with adjustable shades (great for reading or protecting the face whilst sunbathing). 3 large beach umbrellas, 2 pergolas, 1 by the kitchen for al fresco eating and 1 by the pool, just outside the summer sitting room, keeping that room pleasantly cool. Barbecue. Utility Room: Washing machine, tumble dryer, double butler's sink, airing rack, ironing board and electric iron. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels for pool and bathroom, bed linen are included in the price. They are changed weekly, more frequently at extra charge. The house cleaned on changeover day (Saturday) Welcome Bumper. Maid service and cook available at extra charge. Other: Light filled 38 foot day room with arched French doors leading out to pool and garden. 6 triple aspect windows. There are two lounge areas with comfortable sofas, each area seating 8, (1 sofa bed). TV/DVD player and DVDs, games, books and Jigsaws.

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