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We stayed in this stunning townhouse for a few days during the annual truffle festival in Amandola. The location just off the main piazza was perfect – restaurants, cafés, supermarkets (and the exhibits in the truffle festival) were just a stone's throw away. The house is large and very comfortable, well equipped and beautifully decorated by the owner, who told us that she uses it herself when she's visiting. It really is a home from home. The weather was amazingly good, which meant we could enjoy the stunning garden – such a peaceful place right in the middle of town, with roses blooming (in November!). That was a real bonus. We found a lot to see and do around and about – the nearby towns of Sarnano and Ascoli Piceno are well worth a visit. We're not walkers, but other visitors we met said it's a walkers' Paradise, which makes sense when you see the mountains soaring into view from the bedroom window. The wifi in the house was good (not a given in rural Italy, we've found), and there's also public wifi in the piazza. We'll definitely be back – a summer trip next time, perhaps!
A simply beautiful location, with stunning views over the valley and across the hills. The property itself has been finished to a really high standard, with some great little touches that make it something special.
The compact, but not cramped, offshot kitchen is modern and well equiped, there's a full size hob and oven, dishwasher, and fridge with icebox. Plenty of pots, pans, and a very good selection of sharp knives (something often lacking).
This leads nicely into a comfortable sitting room, with sofa, TV, speaker, a selection of books, etc - and a multi USB charging block - really handy!
There's also a very well detailed visitors pack, with a lot of really useful info on the local area.
The bedroom is light and airy, with doors that will open fully onto the pool area, there's a ceiling fan for those very hot nights, and a huge wardrobe for all your clothes.
Dressing gowns and a hairdrier are provided, as are standard and pool towels, the bed is huge, and really comfortable.
The bathroom has double sinks set in a cabinet, a huge lit mirror, plug sockets, a toilet, and a huge shower with a rain shower head - and the best thing for me was that the water is very soft, which meant that my hair has not felt so good in ages!
All the doors and windows have well build fly screens, so you can have your windows open all day and night if you want, and they havec shutters that can be used if wanted too.
Theres a really private little covered outdoor BBQ and dining area to the side of the house, with a gas BBQ, which is useful for drying clothes too.
The sun loungers and sun shade by the pool are a great place to spend a few hours reading and relaxing, and the pool itself was a pleasant surprise - 15m long, and more than deep enough for a good swim, or a bit of a splash about to cool off.
the whole outside area is well maintained, and well designed for either socialising or privacy.
Overall the property was incredibly clean, absolutely spotless! As were all the towels and linen, the cutlery, etc
Lona is a fantastic host, very friendly, and happy to give advice on what to do, where to go, or how to get there if requested.
Favourite places - Centanni for wine, Lake Fiastra, the village for sunset views, Rosita for pizza, PSG for shopping, Mecozzi for icecream