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200 yr old farmhouse restored to provide comfortable and tranquil accommodation

Overview

Property

Updated: 01-Nov-2016
Villa in Pergola, Pesaro-Urbino Province, Le Marche, Italy - Complete privacy and tranquillity are just two of the delights of Villa Gelsi

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Villa Gelsi is a 200 year old farmhouse which we have completely restored to provide comfortable accommodation for up to 11 guests. It takes its name from the majestic mulberry trees that grace the grounds around the house, which is approached along a private track leading up a hillside and through a wooded archway formed by the trees of a small copse. The track ends in a large car park area to the north-eastern end of the house. The property is about 55 minutes drive from Ancona airport, and is situated in approximately 1.5 acres surrounded by farmed fields – some of which will be found glowing with sunflowers in July. Villa Gelsi is approached via a 'white’ road or ‘strada bianca' (i.e. not tarmac, but common in rural Italy), and is about a quarter of a mile from the nearest minor tarmac road. Complete privacy and tranquillity are just two of the delights of Villa Gelsi. The ground floor consists of an entrance hall leading to a dining room, which in turn leads into a large living room - complete with a preserved feeding trough! (the ground floor was originally home to farm animals). Off the living room is a smaller TV room with a 32" flat panel TV, satellite, DVD player, hi-fi unit with iPod/MP3 connection, and a double sofa-bed. Free WiFi is now available within the house. Also on the ground floor are a large kitchen with fridge/freezer, electric oven, gas hob, double sink, and dishwasher; and a shower room with wash basin and toilet, which doubles a laundry room - a common feature in Italian country houses. Full laundry facilities include a sink, automatic washing machine, ironing board and iron. The main bathroom on the first floor has a shower, wash basin, roll-top cast iron bath, toilet and bidet. All the showers have thermostatically controlled mixer taps. Also on the first floor is a second living room with hi-fi unit and iPod/MP3 connection, a double bedroom with king-sized four-poster bed (bedroom 1), a twin-bedded room (bedroom 2), a second double room with a king-sized bed, a dressing room with an additional single daybed, and an en-suite bathroom (bedroom 3). Finally, there’s another twin-bedded room (bedroom 4). All the bedrooms are air-conditioned and have commanding views over the local countryside. The house is equipped with double sets of bed linen and towels, plus a supply of additional towels for pool use (depending on the time of year). Outside there is a 12m x 6m pool with steps and a diving board at one end, and walk-in steps at the other end. A solar shower located by the pool provides ample hot water during the summer months. Swimming Pool. Suitable for children over 5. Air conditioning. No pets allowed. Private garden. Car essential.

More Details
  • Sleeps 11
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Bookable online

About the Owner

We found Villa Gelsi in Italy after an extensive search of nearly 40 properties during a very hot summer in 2003, with the help of our younger daughter who now lives and works in Italy. An abandoned farmhouse surrounded by rolling, peaceful countryside, the building was in need of major restoration and improvement to create a stylish 4-bedroomed family holiday home. After several years of often frustrating activity, this 200 year old farmhouse was finally brought back to life and made ready for occupation in 2008.

When we’re not savouring the delights of rural Le Marche with our family, or our grand-daughter who lives in the north of Italy, we enjoy occasional short breaks at our Grade II thatched cottage in rural Dorset – which is also available for rental. See property reference E8182

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Guestbook comments from the owner

Very stylish and comfortable. ~~ P C Buckinghamshire
Sep 2009
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Location

From the Owner

Our Italian property search avoided Tuscany (too many Brits!), Umbria (landlocked), so we ended up in Le Marche, not too far from the sea. This agricultural region, on the eastern side of the country, is often described as the 'real Italy', and much of it remains unspoilt by hordes of visitors. The property is about 55 minutes drive from Ancona airport, and is about a quarter of a mile from the nearest minor tarmac road. Complete privacy and tranquillity are just two of the delights of Villa Gelsi. The neighbouring countryside is dotted with delightful medieval hill-top villages. The two local towns - San Lorenzo in Campo and Pergola – are just a short drive away, and are as yet untouched by tourism. Both have bustling colourful weekly local markets plus local stores, and supermarkets.

Activity and Interests

Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

The neighbouring countryside is dotted with delightful medieval hill-top villages. The two local towns - San Lorenzo in Campo and Pergola - a few minutes drive away, are as yet untouched by tourism. Both have bustling colourful weekly local markets plus local stores, and supermarkets.

Here, in the medieval town centres, you can enjoy an ‘aperitivo’ followed by sophisticated shopping and an opportunity to discover the delights of their stylish restaurants or pizzeria. Later, the many delicious Italian ice cream bars are difficult to resist.

Coast/Beach:

The beaches are renowned for their cleanliness, and you can drive down to the sea and the pebble beaches of peaceful Marotta, with its favoured fish restaurants overlooking the Adriatic sea, or the broad, sandy, well organized beaches at Senigallia and Fano in about 40 – 45 minutes.

Travel:

The best (and cheapest) way to get to Villa Gelsi is to fly with Ryanair from Stansted to Ancona Falconara. Ryanair currently have a daily scheduled flight which arrives at Ancona at about 13.00.

Bologna Marconi airport is a convenient touchdown for both the mainstream scheduled flights and budget airlines Ryanair and easyJet, but the drive is about 2-2½ hours to Villa Gelsi by car.

Distances:

Both Alitalia (from Heathrow, but via Rome), and British Airways (from Gatwick, but direct) offer daily flights to Bologna (approx 2-2½ hours to Villa Gelsi by car).

Rome Fiumicino airport (approx 3½ hours drive by car) offers a wide choice of airlines.

Further Details:

Pergola

The Museum of the Bronze Dorati in Pergola is worth a visit.

The Furlo Gorge (Gola del Furlo) is spectacularly scenic, and not to be missed.

The remarkable limestone caves - the Grotte di Frasassi - are stunning.

The best mountain views are on the doorstep of Urbino, around the giant Monte Catria.

Of the many seaside resorts, the prettiest is Sirolo, on the Conero peninsula.

Throughout the summer, many of the local towns and villages stage ‘feste’ or ‘sagre’, and as the day becomes cooler the whole population turns out to enjoy themselves celebrating local specialities or harvests of regional produce in a carnival-like atmosphere with costume, performances, arts, and of course, a jolly good meal!

‘Sagra’ means a local fair, usually a celebration of the bounties of the earth - i.e. food, as in a preparation (sagra di torta di erbe) or a raw ingredient (sagra di pesce [fish]). Larger sagre may feature musical bands and perhaps a competition of some sort. Most of them are held in small towns, usually in the main piazza. When you drive through the Italian countryside, you'll see colourful posters at intersections indicating the ‘sagra di………’, with the dates and times large enough to be read from a passing car.

Visiting a sagra is a good fun and great way to get a taste of Italian country life. You order food to be cooked by locals with a passion for the local cuisine, then sit at communal tables to eat.

Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Winter
4 Nov 2016 - 2 Mar 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
£813
for 7 nights
£813 **
 
Notes: Rates are based on 1 guests; add £3 per night, per additional guest
 
Spring
3 Mar 2017 - 13 Apr 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
£993
for 7 nights
£993 **
 
 
Easter
14 Apr 2017 - 27 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,088
for 7 nights
£1,088 **
 
 
Early Summer
28 Apr 2017 - 25 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,208
for 7 nights
£1,208 **
 
 
Mid Summer
26 May 2017 - 8 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,483
for 7 nights
£1,483 **
 
 
High Summer
9 Jun 2017 - 24 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,943
for 7 nights
£1,943 **
 
 
Late Summer
25 Aug 2017 - 21 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,263
for 7 nights
£1,263 **
 
 
Autumn
22 Sep 2017 - 2 Nov 2017
7 night minimum stay
£993
for 7 nights
£993 **
 
 
Winter
3 Nov 2017 - 1 Mar 2018
7 night minimum stay
£813
for 7 nights
£813 **
 

Additional pricing information

bed linen + towels £ 3 per person per night
Refundable Damage Deposit £250
house clean £120

Booking Notes:
The property does not have weekend tariffs.
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion
Rental rates includes electricity, cooking gas and water.
Bed linen, towels, and pool towels are charged per person per week.
Central heating and cleaning are charged separately.
A 10% discount on the rental rate is offered for a two week bookings in June and September.

Changeover Day:
Friday

Notes on prices:
Additional: Security deposit: £250.00 (Usually refunded at the end of your booking)~~~~~~~~
Bed linen per person per week: £12.00
Towels per person per week: £6.00 ~~~~~~~~
Pool towels per person per week: £4.00 (Depending on the time of year) ~~~~~~~~
Central Heating (per day): £10.00 ~~~~~~~~~
House cleaning at end of booking: £120.00

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Facilities

From the Owner

We aimed to preserve elements of the past within the farmhouse, such as the old beams, a feeding trough, and the original warm stonework left untouched on some walls. Combined with the past are modern conveniences; e.g. air conditioning, thermostatic showers, free WiFi, flat panel satellite TV and DVD, 12 x 6 metre pool, and a 21st century standard of comfort. There are numerous restaurants in the area. The food is generally locally sourced, freshly prepared, simple, tasty, and usually relatively cheap. Most nights they will be found buzzing with locals enjoying a typical, lively, Italian evening out. Full details and directions are available at the house. The locals may not speak much English, but are universally regarded as being very friendly. There is a wealth of places to go, and things to do

Property Type

  • villa

General

  • Air Conditioning
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine

Kitchen

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

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool

Suitability

  • children welcome

Location Type

  • rural
  • village

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • 3 bathrooms: Master bathroom with shower and bath, en-suite bathroom with shower, laundry room with shower, basin and toilet.

Bedrooms

  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 11 (4 bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: 4 bedrooms; King-sized beds (2), Single beds (5), 1 double sofa bed, Cots (2).

Outside

  • Garden
  • Barbecue

Meals

  • Self-catering

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

Notes:

  • Notes on accommodation: Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days) Outside: Private outdoor pool (unheated) Private garden BBQ Parking Utility Room: Iron, Clothes dryer, Washing machine Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen provided, Towels (including pool towels) provided Other: Hair dryer, Dining seats for 8, Parking

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