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We had a fantastic one week stay at Villa Casa Oleandra in the hills of Gualdo. We immediately fell in love with the luxury villa and the scenery from the property is breath taking. The mountains in the distance and the farm landscape surrounding the property is beautiful and peaceful. The only sound to be heard was the sheep bells of the resident flock which was so relaxing to listen to.
The villa is immaculate and has a very high spec finish throughout. It had everything we needed for our stay making it feel like home. The rooms are nicely decorated throughout, and the kitchen is very well equipped. We cooked a few nights in the villa and found everything we needed to do this. The bedroom and en-suite facilities were fantastic and the roof terrace was lovely for an early morning coffee or evening wine.
Gail, the owner was very helpful and provided all the information we wanted. The info pack gave great recommendations of where to visit in the vicinity. We found this very helpful.
The village of Gualdo is close by with a café, restaurant and supermarket. Everyone was so friendly making you feel very welcome. Our favourite was Sarnano, a hilltop town that must be visited for the amazing scenery and authentic Italian lifestyle. The restaurants are a delight and very affordable. The locals again are so welcoming, it is defiantly worth a visit.
We are looking forward to staying here again and have already recommended the villa and area to friends and neighbours.
We had a lovely two weeks here in September 2018. Having visited this part of the Marche before we were looking for somewhere that was close to familiar favourite spots (e.g. Lago di Fiastra for swimming, Sarnano and San Ginesio) and this really ticked all the boxes. The view from the patio is stunning, looking towards the mountains so that sunsets are available to order, weather permitting. The pool is large and deep enough to dive at one end. The house itself is simply decorated and furnished and was equipped with everything we needed. We found the owner to be very helpful and responsive during our stay, and the people who came to change the beds and clean the pool were very pleasant. The unmade road to the house requires some care at first but very good advice is provided by the owner and it worked for us.
San Ginesio is about 30 mins walk from the house up hill, where you will find a bar serving coffees and ice creams, and a nice restaurant, Terra Nostra that we visitied three times in our two weeks. San Ginesio has a baker, grocer and greengrocer on the road from the main square towards the south gate to the town, although you may miss them - look for bead curtains!
Sarnano has a market on Thursdays and more cafes to get a coffee. Other nice villages we went to were Urbisaglia (which has a castle), Penna San Giovanna and Amandola.
All in all we had a wonderful relaxing time, read lots of books, saw wildlife (deer outside the house and on the road to the Lago) and ate well. This is a great part of Italy to visit: not too touristy, not too hilly, lots of rolling hill farms, hill top villages with the inevitable stunning church interior, and great swimming in the Lago (we avoid the coast, too may sunbeds).
We cannot recommend this house highly enough for a great family holiday.