The situation is on a plateau overlooking the valley of the River Ete with panoramic views including a bewitching vista of the central Sibillini Mountains and a patchwork of medieval villages waiting to be explored.
The Casetta dell`Orto is a self contained single storey cottage that once formed part of the stables of our Marche farmhouse. It dates from 1780. The Casetta, which sleeps a maximum of six, has a private terrace with shade from a large, old, italian poplar and tamarisk trees as well as an individual pergola covering an outside eating area.
The Casetta is halfway ( about 30 minutes ) between the mountains and the sea with fantastic walks in the Apennines and a mixture of beaches along the coast from typical Porto San Giorgio with its vibrant Italian ambience including great cafes and fish restaurants to the Conero Peninsular, a national park with white rocks and crystal clear water, ideal in May, June, and September. Beaches are clean and parking is rarely a problem in any of these locations.
Many walks are possible direct from the house along country trails and the Sibillini Mountains are a mass of wild flowers in spring and early summer.
The 12 metre by 4 metre swimming pool which is 1.4 metres deep is shared only with the owners so that for much of the time guests have it to themselves. The pool is equipped with loungers and a covered area for eating ` al fresco `. The garden contains points where you can sit and admire the view or read a book. Pool maintenance is carried out daily by the owners.
The Casetta is completely self contained with a large farmhouse living / dining area, separate kitchen and three double bedrooms, two with en suite showers and the third with a separate bathroom. The two large doubles can also be made up as twins and the third has a romantic, large ` matrimoniale ` bed.
The Casetta is fully equipped for self catering with a cooker, frig/freezer and washing- up machine in the kitchen and dining for six. The standard of fittings reflects the care of the owners, Madeleine David who is an artist and Tony Burke who is an architect, and a desire for the conversion to fit in seamlessly with the rural landscape.
Although the setting has been described by guests as ` idyllic `, it is not isolated. A number of good value restaurants with great food are within a few minutes drive.
Wireless broadband internet access is available and if you do not have a laptop with you then e-mails can be checked on our computer on request. Central heating is provided as well as wood for log fires off-season and a barbeque for outside cooking in summer. None of these are extras. A laundry solely for guests use is part of the Casetta.
The fruits of the orchard including cherries, apricots, plums and figs are available in season and Madeleine is a passionate gardener who usually has produce available including a plentiful supply of herbs. Local olive oil and wines are fantastic and inexpensive. Eggs are free range from our neighbours. Local shopping is comprehensive and can supply all your needs.
We aim to make our presence ` seamless ` and can be visible or invisible as you please. This is your holiday. However, we are always available for help or advice should you require it.
Although the surrounding area is lovely, it is possible to visit outstanding attractions such as Urbino or Asissi, world heritage sites within a two hour drive. More locally Ascoli Piceno has a vibrant atmosphere and matches, in our opinion, any small town in Italy with many romanesque churches and a fabulous piazza. The untouched local villages reveal countless hidden gems such as frescoed churches waiting to be explored. The coast offers beach activities to suit everyone and you can mountain bike or climb in the Sibillini.
Please e-mail or phone is if you require any further information and we will be happy to oblige.
madeleine and tony