OwnersDirect uses cookies to improve your site experience. Learn more. By continuing, you consent to our use of cookies.
OwnersDirect uses cookies to improve your site experience. Learn more. By continuing, you consent to our use of cookies.
Verified Review icon check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag pet-dog svg-multiunit Default Owner Icon heart-filled Family icon
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance +44 (0) 800 917 5992
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance +44 (0) 800 917 5992

Lovely Stone Farmhouse With Spectacular Views between Urbino and the sea

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,152 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Air Conditioning
  • Parking


About the property

Restored farmhouse in peaceful, idyllic location, near beaches, mountains and historic cities. WiFi and air condioning.

Surrounded by lawns and fruit trees at the end of a private gravel track, Ca' Stefioli offers perfect relaxation. Guests can enjoy a barbecue on the terrace by the old bread oven, or dine al fresco under the vines of the back terrace, with its panoramic view across the valley to the bell-tower of Sant'Ippolito. We love to sit out with a glass of the excellent white wine from our local vineyard as we watch the sun set behind the peaks of San Marino on the sky-line. We also enjoy the excellent authentic cooking on offer in the pretty hill-top villages all around us. Barchi, our local village a few minutes away by car, has flowered ramparts, cobbled streets and offers every amenity. This is the "real" Italy - unspoilt and largely undiscovered by tourists. It offers gorgeous, rolling countryside, high culture in the world-renowned renaissance city of Urbino, as well as opera in Pesaro, birthplace of Rossini and the famous open air arena at Macerata. For sun lovers, there are safe beaches 20 minutes away at the old Roman port of Fano and fantastic hiking and bird-watching in the nearby mountain nature reserves.

The house, restored in 2007, combines its original character with modern comforts. The rooms are bright and airy, with a huge family bathroom and three spacious bedrooms on the top floor, offering amazing views over the valley. Downstairs, French windows open on to the long vine-shaded terrace at the back of the house, while the fully-equipped kitchen-diner has plenty of room for family meals, and also leads out onto the terrace, where guests can dine under the pergola while admiring the views.

More Details

Fiona Leney
Member since: 2013
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, French, Italian
Calendar last updated:
23 May, 2018

About Fiona Leney

I am half-Italian and spent many happy childhood holidays in this area. When I introduced my husband to the northern Marche, he fell in love with it too, and eventually we decided to buy a family home in an area that has strong sentimental ties.

We hope to spend much more time at Ca' Stefioli after retirement, but for the time being we want others to enjoy the house as much as we do.

We have great family holidays at the house, with my son bringing his friends out to stay with us too. The boys enjoy the beach, but also just taking off and roaming around the neighbouring fields - our garden isn't fenced - and they love exploring to see who can find porcupine quills or bird nests.

Fiona Leney purchased this farmhouse in 2007

Why Fiona Leney chose Barchi

Stefioli was a ruin for almost 40 years before we bought it and had it lovingly restored by a local builder. Our neighbours have told us plenty of stories of how the families used to congregate around Stefioli's wood oven to bake on high days and holidays.

This sense of friendliness and community is very special to our area, which considers itself blessed to lie between the coast and the mountains and "have the best of both" as our neighbours put it.

Sentimental reasons aside, what we love as a family is that there is something for everyone - beach, hiking, fantastic food & wine and interesting day trips and cultural visits. It's easy to get anywhere in central Italy and then return to complete peace and tranquillity after a long day out.

What makes this farmhouse unique

Vistors have commented that Stefioli is like a new house in an old house's skin. What they mean is that while the character of the old house is still very much there, everything works. It is warm in winter and cool in summer, comfortable and clean. Mod cons such as the heating, double glazing and dishwasher do not detract from the charm of the old building.

We looked long and hard for the perfect location, and we think this is it: it is hard to remember that we are only minutes away from modern amenities when all you can hear is the brook in the field below, birdsong, and the occasional church bell. And after a hot day on the beach, it's lovely to sit quietly surrounded by greenery and just drink in the view.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"When we arrived at your house, after following your excellent directions, we were delighted to find not only the natural beauty of the setting but the elegance of the interiors. You really must be congratulated on the way you have renovated the property. We were in the holiday letting business for many years before we retired, have rented many homes ourselves over the years and also renovated four homes here in France. We can honestly say that, in our opinion, you have done a fantastic job. We were only sorry that we did not spend our whole holiday there. The surrounding countryside, towns and villages were also a delight to discover as well as the local wine, we managed to cram 18 bottles into our small convertable BMW, sold to us by a charming lady. Everyone was so friendly especially your farmer and his wife who really tried to communicate with us despite our almost total lack of Italian! We are only sorry that the house is two day's drive from us otherwise we would ask to use it again. All in all it was a very good experience and one which we shall never forget." John M, stayed late September 2014.

"Ca'Stefioli is really beautiful - comfortable, welcoming and perfectly appointed with all one could need.

The situation is really beautiful too and so near everything else one could need: shops, excellent restaurants, cultural gems like Urbino, beaches - I could go on.

We had a wonderful time, and there were some lovely beach days to go sailing off in a dinghy." Hilda B, stayed early September 2014.

"We had a lovely, peaceful time. The views are so beautiful and we had everything we needed." Sarah P, stayed August 2014.
Oct 2013
  • 1 of 1


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Barchi in Province of Pesaro and Urbino

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2152 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Travellers must take rubbish, especially kitchen waste, up to the public road for collection on the days indicated.
Location Type:
  • beach
  • mountain
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
  • Bathroom 1 - very large family bathroom on first floor. Bidet, large basin, WC, double-width built-in shower, corner bath. Bathroom 2 - downstairs. Basin, shower, WC. Both modern and spacious, with high-quality contemporary fittings.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Sofa bed/Futon is suitable for a child only
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with king-sized bed, Bedroom 2 with king-sized bed, Bedroom 3 with twin beds and an armchair which can fold down into a low bed for a child. There air-conditioning in all the bedrooms.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: The house was built about 200 years ago, so it has thick stone walls, keeping it cool in summer and warm in winter (double glazing, central heating and a huge open log fire in the living room also help make it cosy out of season). Because the house is situated down its own track, screened by majestic old oaks behind it and surrounded by fields, it feels completely isolated, yet the tarmacked road and hamlet is only 100 metres away, and friendly neighbours are always on hand if needed. We do not routinely rent the house out between December and the end of February as heavy snow in recent years has made our gravel road impassable for cars (although it is possible to leave the car on the tarmacked road and walk down to the house). We would consider a rental in this period as long as guests were happy to accept the possible inconvenience caused by snow. Outside: The land around the house is a mixture of lawn, dry-stone walled terraces and woodland, offering lovely views from every corner. Guests can laze on the rattan lounger on the long, vine-shaded terrace that runs along the back of the house, and eat dinner at the 10-seater table there. Alternatively, you can enjoy the view from the upper terrace while your steak or fresh fish from the market grills on the barbecue fitted into the old bread oven. There is a long table up here too, so you've a choice of al fresco dining areas. The garden itself is unfenced, running down to fields that used to belong to the house. We are still welcome to walk across this land, meaning you can start a walk from your own back door, across fields and over to the bar in the village across the valley for a drink! Utility Room: The large utility room leads off the kitchen and has ample storage shelves and wine rack. It also houses the dishwasher and washing machine, clothes horse, ironing board, iron and beach equipment (umbrellas, chairs etc) Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bed linen and towels are included. House cleaned before and after your visit. There is the possibility of cleaning/having linen changed and washed for you during your stay for an additional charge. There are no beach towels provided. Other: There is another sitting area-cum-downstairs entrance hall, where we keep sunbeds and loungers for use outside, a bookshelf with hiking guides and maps, and a telescope for stargazing. The night skies over Stefioli are brilliant, with no light pollution!


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(16 traveller reviews)

93% Complete
6% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
Lovely Stone Farmhouse With Spectacular Views between Urbino and the sea
average rating of 4.9375 based on 17 reviews

Stunning Farmhouse and Views!

  • 5 of 5

Highly recommended. A wonderful farmhouse, offering stunning views and equipped with everything you will need for a truly memorable stay. One of the best holiday properties we have stayed in. Would love to visit again.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your lovely review, Louise! We were delighted that you loved Ca' Stefioli as much as we do. We deliberately decided to equip the house so that we had everything we needed to enjoy our holidays there, and we want our guests to have the same experience. We look forward to welcoming you back again! Fiona
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Wunderschönes Haus in toller Landschaft

  • 5 of 5

Wir waren mit 5 Personen (2 Erwachsene und 3 Kinder) zum ersten mal in den Marken.

Das Haus liegt am Rande der kleinen Ortschaft Villa del Monte. Dort gibt es eine kleine unbefestigte relative steile Straße die zum Haus führt. Das Haus liegt wunderschön gelegen über ein angrenzendes Tal mit Blick bis hin zu den Bergen Monte Catria, Petrone und Nerone.

Das Haus war sauber und mit allen notwendigen ausgestattet. Der Pizzaofen außen ist leider nicht mehr ganz in Ordnung, Grillen war aber kein Problem.

Die Umgebung bietet gute Einkaufsmöglichkeieten in ca. 9km Lebenmittel (Supermarkt) oder in ca. 15km in einem großen Einkaufszentrum in der Nähe von Fano. Natürlich sollte man auch einmal die Wochenmärkte besuchen die es zahlreich gibt. In direkter Nähe (5km) gibt es auch noch ein Bekleidungsoutlet mit relativ gutem Sortiment.

Zu unserer Zeit waren so gut wie keine Touristen auszumachen. Ich denke aber das in Meeresnähe die Saison gerdae erst anfängt und dort durchaus im Sommer etwas los ist. Etwas weiter im Landesinnerern dagegen ist die Touristendichte doch sehr gering.

Außer der Natur die zum Wandern einläd sind vor allem die historischen Gegebenheiten zu nennen die wie z.B. in den Städten Urbino, Fano oder die Catellos in Gradaro und Mondavio.

Ein Augenmerk hatte ich auf das Rennradfahren gelegt, um es vorweg zu sagen, die Straßen sind wirklich miserabel aber landschaftlich sehr schön und die gegebene Geograpfie wirklich herausfordernd (Steigungen mit mehr als 20%) .Die drei zuvorgenannten Berge waren leider zu meiner Zeit noch mit Schnee bedeckt so das ich den Gipfel nicht erreichen konnte.

Alles in allem war der Urlaub für uns in den Marken eine rundum schöne Erfahrung und das Haus ist absolut weiterzuempfehlen.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind comments, Heiko. We are so pleased that you loved your stay! We are very proud of the way our house has been renovated while conserving its original character, and we're glad you enjoyed that too. Unfortunately it was never going to be possible to restore the old bread oven to its original purpose, but, as you say, it makes a fantastic barbecue! Hoping to host you again, maybe when the mountains are not covered in snow! Fiona & Steve
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Charming, authentic farmhouse with a wonderful view!

  • 5 of 5

We loved your place, Fiona! Beautiful, nicely maintained and very well equipped farmhouse in a wonderful rural location! The local little villages are must to visit with Mondavio as a gem. The coastal towns Fano and Pesaro offer a good variety of truly wonderful and simple fish restaurants – we have our favourites! And finally, having been to Le Marche for the fourth time, we finally made it to Urbino – a hometown of Raphael and le Grotte di Frasassi! Thank you, Fiona, for our truly memorable and utterly authentic stay at your beautiful farmhouse – we would love to come back! Highly recommended!

  • Review Submitted: 06-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words, Sergey! I am delighted that you enjoyed your holiday at Ca' Stefioli and saw many of the very different sights that make our part of Le Marche so special (not to mention the fantastic food and wonderful shopping!). You were great guests, and we look forward to welcoming you and the family back next time!
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Great. Beautiful. Easy.

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful home nestled in the hills of Urbino Pesaro. Beautiful views of the surrounding valleys and wonderful accommodations made our two weeks at the home very enjoyable. The owner was very responsive and helped us with a small issue immediately. Would stay again in a heartbeat.

Thanks for the memories!

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Perfect Location

  • 5 of 5

A lovely villa, in a perfect location, absolute silence, Bliss. Ideal for walkers and relaxing in the garden with a glass of the local wine but not for night clubbers and theme park enthusiasts.Very interesting historical villages to visit. Amazing food in the local restaurants. Highly recommend.

  • Review Submitted: 30-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review. We hope to see you again at Ca' Stefioli!
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Beautiful spot in Le Marche

  • 5 of 5

Clean and beautiful. Comfortable and wonderful place to stay. The photos are accurate and the place was very well maintained. The deck in back of the house is lovely and looks out over the Italian countryside. The owner was very accommodating and allowed us to check in early. We traveled around the Marche area, enjoying the beautiful small towns and getting over to the coastline, too.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the lovely review. We are so glad you enjoyed your time at Ca' Stefioli!
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0


Nearest Airport
60 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
7 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
65 Kilometres
Nearest Train
20 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
15 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
7 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
50 Kilometres
Monte Catria
Nearest Beach
20 Kilometres
Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

We can arrange cookery holidays, or short courses as part of your stay at our house, with renowned local chef Alberto Melograna, who specialises in authentic dishes with a modern twist using produce such as wild mushrooms and truffles. The courses are held at his restaurant in the Furlo Gorge nature reserve, 15 minutes by car from the house. Contact us for further details.


Stefioli is situated 20 kms inland from the coastal town of Fano, accessed by a speedy dual carriageway which makes the journey quick and easy. At Fano there is a choice of pebble beach, offering steeply shelving, clear blue water, chic bars and restaurants and shops, or driving a few minutes out of town to quieter beaches with pale, soft sand which shelves gently into the water, making it ideal for small children.


Ancona airport (Ryanair) is an easy 50-minute drive down the A14 motorway south along the coast.

Bologna airport (Ryanair, British Airways and Easyjet) is an easy two-hour drive north along the same motorway.

Car hire essential.


Nearest grocery store is 2kms away.

Nearest restaurant, mini-mart, pharmacy and church 4kms away.

Nearest nature reserve 15 minutes away by car.

Nearest beach, Fano 20 kms away.

UNESCO city of Urbino 30 minutes by car.

Pesaro, with its International Opera Festival, 45 minutes by car.

Further Details:

Stefioli is ideally placed to offer everything you could want for a perfect holiday. - with easy access to lovely beaches, spectacular hiking country, authentic restaurants and cultural gems.

While Tuscany and Umbria may be better known, the Marche offers similar scenery, but with a quieter, less touristy feel. Stefioli's position, near the border between the three provinces, means that guests can be on the beach in 20 minutes, or in Arezzo, Gubbio or Assisi in one and a half hours; in Florence or Perugia in two or even north to Venice in three hours along the A14 motorway. The stunning beaches of the Conero and the lovely Marchigiano towns of Macerata and Ascoli Piceno are a short drive south on the A14 motorway.

For those who do want to stay local, the villages around Stefioli all have their own character and history.

Barchi, nearest us, is renowned for its terracotta pots. Orciano, a little further, has a tradition of rope-making. Sant'Ippolito, which you can see from our back terrace, holds an annual summer festival celebrating its artisans' skill at carving the local river stone (of which our house is made).

There are year-round markets and festivals, from the internationally-renowned October truffle festival in Acqualagna to the Renaissance-themed Caccia al Cinghiale in the fortified village of Mondavio in August. The historic town of Fossombrone , a 10-minute drive towards the mountains, has a colourful market each Monday, while Fano's market is each Wednesday and Saturday, with a monthly antiques fair.

For the outdoor enthusiast or bird-watcher, well-signed trails cross the hills around our house. Nightingales can be heard and buzzards, golden orioles, swallows and a host of other birds can be seen from our garden, while the Furlo nature reserve offers sightings of eagles, as well as horse-riding and hiking.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday farmhouse in Barchi, Marche

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
Convert Currency
Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Spring 2018
24 Mar 2018 - 25 May 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early summer 2018
26 May 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High summer 2018
30 Jun 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late summer 2018
1 Sep 2018 - 21 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Autumn 2018
22 Sep 2018 - 9 Nov 2018
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 £150

Pets are only accepted by prior agreement, and at the owner's discretion. There is a supplementary charge of £40 a week per pet.

Changeover Day:
Saturday changeover, but other days are possible, particularly out of peak season, by prior arrangement.
Check-in after 4pm
Check-out before 11am (unless agreed by prior arrangement)

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
Ask Owner a Question