|Minimum Stay||5 - 7 nights|
Villa Marziali is idyllically situated, 1km from the medieval hilltop village of Montefalcone Appenino, with truly stunning panoramic views of the Monte Sibillini. The villa offers exclusive and very private accommodation in a truly magical, unspoiled, undiscovered area of Italy.
The villa has a fabulous 52 ft private swimming pool, a new replacement of the original and for 2016 we have now installed a Jacuzzi hot-tub to celebrate our first twenty years of this wonderful house.
Villa Marziali, built at the turn of the century, has been fully refurbished to the highest standard, combining the elegance of antique furniture from both UK and Italy with high quality contemporary facilities and fittings. The original wine making cantinas on the ground floor, with evocative brick vaulted arches, have been converted to living space all leading out to the south facing terrace. From here, steps lead to the private swimming pool terrace with vines, fruit and figs, truly stunning views & garden furniture including a sunbed for all guests.
The villa is a haven of peace and tranquility in an area often described as Italy's best kept secret. It is as suitable for 2 as for 12, a romantic hideaway for a couple or a perfect setting for family holidays or groups of friends. If you visit as a couple, simply ignore the top floor bedrooms.
The house has been the setting for many special occasions, both within our own family and for guests. Many special birthdays & anniversaries have been spent here, indeed one party used the property as the base for their delightful wedding in the neighbouring village of Smerillo. We can help you with appropriate contacts if you want to do something similar.
The house works very well for family groups which span the generations. There is such peace and tranquility for those who don't want to do too much & there is the diversion of the 52ft pool for the more active and the Jacuzzi hot tub for relaxation.
Stunning is an overused word, but the views from here defy both photography and description. Truly panoramic views take in the village of Montefalcone to the east, to the peak of Gran Sasso, often snow-capped, an incredible 52 km away on the far horizon, round to the ski slopes of Sassotetto in the west. The mountains change colour throughout the day & are fascinating in all weathers & seasons. By night the lights from each tiny village are complemented by the twinkling of the stars in the amazingly clear night skies.
You can stroll up to the village of Montefalcone to buy bread by an ancient medieval strada which is punctuated by a small shrine & by fabulous vistas as far as the sea. You can walk to the next village (with an excellent restaurant) by a back road, making a full circle via Montefalcone for a gelato or digestivo. Or you can do absolutely nothing at all...
The villa is set in mature gardens, offering a haven of peace and tranquility for guests. You have the opportunity to enjoy days at a pace far removed from the frenetic rush of normal daily life.There is plenty of space to find a quiet corner of your own. The sounds you will hear come from agriculture or wild life. As we garden organically there are lots of native birds... at night you will often hear the nightingales sing...
For many guests the 16m swimming pool has been a main focus for holidays, complemented by the vine-clad gazebo with sunbeds for everyone. At 52ft, it has been one of the longest pools in the area - long enough for serious swimmers to put in some laps, large enough to accommodate everyone. However for 2016 we are building a completely new replacement pool. The new pool is still be 52ft long, so still one of the longest pools in the area. We have also added a telescopic retractable cover which will add many benefits. Easily retractable, you can choose whether or not to cover the pool each evening or to leave it open. Particularly for those with young children who expect to swim whatever the weather - if you are unlucky enough to have dull or even wet weather they will be able to swim under the cover. The cover will also keep the pool warmer by preserving the heat in the water instead of it evaporating in the air if you choose to cover it at night. It will also be cleaner than an uncovered pool.
We have also installed a Jacuzzi hot tub in the garden. It is discreetly placed in the west garden - you can sip a chilled evening prosecco under the stars whilst enjoying a relaxing hydro-massage.
The upper terrace has Iroko dining furniture for 14 & a large Weber barbecue for relaxed meals al fresco. It is from here that you enjoy the widest views of the distant mountains.
To the west of the villa is garden with grass, box-edged beds, a pool with fountain and trees which provide welcome shade in summer. A perfect place to while away an afternoon reading a book quietly...
Beyond the garden, we also own two small fields and some woodland, so a gentle stroll is always in prospect.
To the east is a grassed area and our 'orto' where you will find tomatoes, aubergines, courgettes, peppers, salad and perhaps other vegetables according to the season, all organically grown. You can pick tomatoes still warm from the sun... tear fresh basil... make your salad... or...
If you would like to enjoy an authentically prepared Italian meal using the best local seasonal ingredients but you don't want to leave the villa... just ask our wonderful Mariarosa to cook for you. Her excellent cooking has been a highlight for guests these last few years. This service is not included in the rental, although we are always happy to facilitate any requirements you have, helping with menus for example and you then settle with her locally in cash. The quality of her cooking is matched by her enthusiasm and has always been complimented by our guests. We are so lucky to be able to offer this.
The interior of the house is well appointed. The kitchen satisfies all keen cooks - there are two ovens, one a professional model, two sinks, a dishwasher and two fridges. The kitchen has been set up to ensure that cooks are not isolated from the rest of the party. The semi-open plan aspect of the ground floor means that it connects out to the terrace where there is a full set of Iroko dining furniture for up to 14. The upper terrace is the ideal setting for many a leisurely lunch shaded as it is by the pine trees and our large parasols in the heat of the day. Its equally appealing for those long relaxing dinners when you can linger over yet another glass of wine as the various hilltop villages twinkle their distant lights in the dark. Above you there will inevitably be a starscape to take your breath away as it often does ours... magical at all times but especially in August when clusters of shooting stars are at their most active.
If you prefer to dine indoors the 'tinello' which adjoins the kitchen with its vaulted brick arches is atmospheric and convenient. There is a wall mounted TV and DVD.
The sitting room offers a cool and comfortable respite from the heat of the day. There is TV, DVD, Bose docking station, Bose bluetooth speaker & small grand piano which is tuned at the beginning of each season.
Bedrooms & their en-suite bathrooms at Villa Marziali are all of a high standard, all the bathrooms having been newly fitted in 2011. The main bedroom & the Music Room bedroom on the first floor are particularly spacious, separated by an 'ante-room' which can be furnished with a single bed on request. In this case the 'extra' landing bathroom can be designated for exclusive use by this bedroom. There is a cloakroom on the ground floor.
A wealth of art, music & historic places to visit:
Le Marche is unspoiled and the provincial capital Ascoli Piceno is worth a visit at any time of year. The beautiful main piazza is paved in luminous travertine marble and home to the famous Art Noveau Cafe Meletti. The 14th century Venetian artist Carlo Crivelli spent most of his life here and you can create your own Crivelli trail visiting his masterpieces. Several are still in their original location whether in humble parish churches as at Monte San Martino, or in the cathedral at Ascoli.
Macerata has an open air international opera festival in July & August. On offer in 2016 are Norma, Il Trovatore, and Otello (see www.sferisterio.it for details).
This tranquil inland rural area is almost tourist free with scenes of country life which could be taken from a medieval tapestry or fresco and throughout summer each beautiful hilltop village has its own 'festa' which celebrates local produce, often with fireworks. Restaurants offer authentic and inexpensive Marchegianian fare.
Recreational activities for all abilities :
From the south facing terrace of Villa Marziali you can clearly see three distinct gorges offering walks for all abilities, all within half an hour's drive. All ages can walk through the Gola d'Infernaccio and if you then climb up the wooded spur you might easily meet the hermit monk who lives there in the church he has built! Serious walkers may wish to visit Lago di Pilate (Pontius Pilate's lake) populated by an ancient type of fish who turn the water red once a year. Keen walkers can sit on the terrace with maps and binoculars and plan the next day's walk. Try Stanfords for a map of Monte Sibillini (Edizioni Multigraphic, Firenze). Just by walking out of the main gate you can take in the beautiful landscape.
There are tennis courts in the village and a professional speaks some English in nearby Comunanza. At Montelparo both tennis and riding are available. There is a riding school 15mins drive from the villa. Two mountain bikes are available for those undaunted by the hills.
We are owner managers of a family business which theoretically gives us lots of independence, but in reality it also means we cannot spend as much time at Villa Marziali as we would ideally like. We enjoy walking, reading, gardening, looking at art, star-gazing, cooking, eating, drinking wine - all the wonderful things in life which seem even more enjoyable when we do them in Italy.
More often than not we occupy the house as a couple which is blissful (you simply ignore the top floor), but we equally enjoy the occasions when friends and family visit and the house really comes into its own as chatter, laughter and music bring it to life.
When we are there, we spend most of the time outdoors, sometimes working really hard in the garden, sometimes pottering about in the orto or the tiny vineyard we have planted, sometimes simply sitting on the terrace just marveling yet again at the ever changing views.
Whilst the beautiful landscape is the focus of outdoor life, inside we have all the technology of wifi to allow us to continue to run our business and stay connected to clients, friends and family. Bluetooth means we can listen to all our favourite music anywhere in the house which is important as we are music lovers. We often visit the Macerata Opera festival in July and August (Norma, Il Trovatore and Otello in 2016).
Clare Robertson-McIsaac purchased this villa in 1996
We fell in love with this house the moment we first saw it. Along with Casa Umberto, about half a mile away, we think it has one of the most stunning views left in Le Marche. As Casa Umberto wasn’t for sale at the time, we bought the beautiful Villa Marziali instead which we have restored as our family home in Italy rather than as a rental proposition. The house had been sadly neglected for many years and was literally surrounded by waist-high nettles. None of this could undermine the impression of our first visit. We were fascinated by the incredible panoramic mountain views from every part of the site. We loved the challenge of restoring not only the derelict house but also the ravaged garden, which is now a haven of peace and tranquility. As we garden organically we have a lot of wildlife - you will find butterflies galore, dragonflies, all kinds of birds including nightingales.
The house and its garden are so self-contained that its often difficult to decide to leave. However the area has so much to offer the inquisitive traveler. The area is rich in art and history all of which merit exploration. What we loved twenty years ago was the different pace of life we could find here and although technology has moved us all along very quickly, this is still an area which fiercely preserves tradition, whether in the skills of local craftsmen or in the numerous local festas which celebrate food in all its guises. This is quite simply the place where we feel most content.
The single most startling thing about this property is its position - it really is impossible to capture in photographs the depth and breadth of the views, you just have to be here.
In 2016 we have replaced our original pool with a new one. At 52ft this is be one of the longest in Le Marche. Very unusually it will have a retractable telescopic cover which can be easily opened and closed. However if the weather is dull or you have a rainy day when all the children are desperate to swim, you can swim with the cover in position. It will also help to keep the pool temperature up.
We believe our new hot tub to be virtually unique in Le Marche region - certainly it is a new experience for us!The starscape here is often spellbinding - Lying back in the hot tub and sipping prosecco whilst stargazing... could this be paradise?
Villa Marziali is a wonderful place, we had an amazing time, for our mothers 70th birthday celebrations, everyone from teenagers to adults fell in love with the place and the incredible views. The villa was absolutely as described, a large well equipped kitchen, leading out on to the terrace, was where we spent most of our time and there was more than enough space to accommodate all 10 of us. The villa was very tastefully decorated and had large spacious bedrooms and bathrooms, which gave it a very spacious feel. The pool area was fantastic, with amazing views and i have to say this was one of the nicest villas we have rented and would highly recommend it to anyone.
Villa Marziali was the perfect place for our family holiday. Indeed, it was our second trip there in a couple of years, and aged from 5 - 80, it suited us all. It is spacious and cool inside and every aspect of one's comfort and convenience has been covered by the most thoughtful and considerate of owners. Outside it has the most amazing panoramic mountain views, a lovely garden and superb pool, much used by our family. Within a few miles you can eat food of the highest possible standard and everyone is so welcoming and attentive. We would struggle to fault it on any level. Highly recommended.
What a wonderful holiday! We have a family get together every few years and have a wide range of ages to satisfy - this villa certainly did that! The scenery is absolutely incredible, it changes daily with the weather and light, there is always something new to see. The villa is beautifully appointed with lovely bathrooms and spacious bedrooms. There is a very practical kitchen which made cooking all the lovely fresh food bought locally a pleasure. The swimming pool and gardens are lovely; the children loved picking cherries and checking whether the strawberries were ripe.
The village is a 10 minute walk away and is very beautiful with more wonderful views. There is a well-stocked shop, and a bar which is open early in the morning for a cappuccino and brioche. Smerillo is a couple of kilometers further and has even more spectacular views and two good restaurants. The food in all the restaurants we visited was of a very high standard, particularly the Agriturismo's.
Clare, the owner, was incredibly helpful throughout booking and the holiday, always available to help with any queries we had. The prosecco and beers waiting for us on arrival were a lovely touch! I cannot recommend this villa highly enough and look forward to another visit!
We were absolutely bowled over by the comfort and convenience of villa where it seemed every need had been anticipated. It was spotlessly clean and in superb condition and we were given clear instructions as to where to find it. The views were out of this world.
Set quite high up the mountains you have many miles of countryside and mountain ranges, as well as the village of Montefalcone high up on a sheer cliff, to gaze at endlessly. The swimming pool is in the foreground, and this we found extremely popular. It was sparkling clean and well maintained, including during our visit, and was much used. There is a very nice shaded are nearby. There is a charming garden on two sides of the property, and a large drive at the front.
Whenever possible we ate on the terrace where there are big umbrellas to provide shade.
The dining area in the kitchen comfortably seated all 10 of us, and we asked the recommended cook to do our dinner one night, which was absolutely delicious. We would highly recommend "Le Logge " in Smerillo, where we ate twice, and the highspot of the week was the most amazing meal at the Agrituristo "La Conca" in Ceresola. Everywhere we went we were made most welcome and have never eaten such good food for a whole week!
The younger members of the family really enjoyed visiting the local towns and villages, while those not quite as active were happy to read and enjoy the views.
Wine was extremely cheap and it is so easy to eat wonderful lunches with the local breads, cheese, prosciutto, fruit etc.
There was a large television in the cool, comfortable sitting room. The kiitchen was very well equipped with plenty of cutlery, crockery and glasses, and an efficient dishwasher. There was ample fridge space and a washing machine. The downstairs cloakroom was very useful with small children in the family.
All the bedrooms were comfortable and 2 were exceptionally spacious. Each en suite bathroom provided all that you needed - in some cases also a view which might have kept you in the bath for several hours!
You need to be fit enough to cope with stairs, and a car is pretty essential, but we would highly recommend it to anyone we know. It suited us - aged between 3 an 78. We have particularly enjoyed visiting le Marche during our last 2 Italian holidays. It is a really beautiful and seemingly unspoilt region, perhaps a bit less "touristy" than Tuscany and we are certainly hoping to go to the villa again.
We, six adults and five children, rented the house to celebrate my father’s 70´th birthday. What a great house!
Located high on the hillside, just below Monte Falcone the views are spectacular! A few minutes walk to the cute village Monte Falcone where you can get fresh bread for breakfast.
Beautiful, just renovated building inside and out. Tastefully decorated, spacious bedrooms, most with rebuilt en-suite bathrooms, spacious kitchen on the lower floor connected with door to the terrace. Nice outside dining are with stunning views over the landscape and and the Apennines. Spacious pool area and a huge pool, which was used heavily by the kids. Couldn’t be much better!
The best house we have ever rented. Highly recommended!
11 of us ,adults and children had a fantastic holiday-great house full of character ,peace and space.Environs just right for feeling in rural italy with access to beach and mountains as well as a variety of local towns.pool was great with diving board and what a veiw! Use of the fresh lovely garden produce was an unexpected boon. i couldn't recommend the villa highly enough.
Villa Marziali, thoroughly refurbishedt in 2011, is 1km from the beautiful village of Montefalcone Appenino, a minute by car or several on foot by a medieval strada with stunning panoramic mountain views and vistas as far as the sea. The villa has 6 en-suite bedrooms and a fabulous 52ft pool set in very private gardens with idyllic panoramic views. Open plan ground floor with excellent kitchen for serious cooks, satellite TV and Bose music system all deliver the opportunity to live the Bella Vita in comfort and authentic style.
Some guests hardly leave the privacy of the villa and its 52ft pool, peaceful gardens and stunning views. Days can be spent by the pool with a good book, sitting in the shade of vines with a glass of Rosso Piceno, drinking in the huge panoramic views of the Sibillini mountains
The 6 en-suite bedrooms are all spacious and in some we can be flexible with the arrangement of beds to suit your particular requirements.
Do not hesitate to call us to discuss.
Other Activities: 2 mountain bikes are available at the villa for the use of guests
Ski: There is winter skiing at the resort of Sassotetto which can be seen in the distance from the terrace and garden of Villa Marziali. With good binoculars it is possible to see if the slopes are open without ringing up (as we did one Christmas morning!). However the snow is not guaranteed and the length of the season varies from year to year, do contact us to discuss.
From the slopes you can clearly make out Villa Marziali - it is near enough for us to be able to ski in the morning and be home to garden in the afternoon, but of course in holiday mode spending all day up there is fun. It is an unsophisticated resort where queuing is virtually unknown. The more distant resort of Visso has more facilities and slopes.
Villa Marziali is suitable for winter holidays as there is full central heating and considerable insulation following our recent refurbishment however please note we do charge for winter fuel so please contact us for details.
If you refer to the satellite map, please note that these photos must have been taken in early summer when Villa Marziali's pool was not open, therefore it is not clearly visible as it is covered by its winter cover. Please also note that the swimming pool which is visible on the satellite map is a covered pool which has been recently built at a nearby property which also belongs to us but which is never, ever let. It is possible that two or three of us (adults) may be there very occasionally in the summer, but if so, please be assured that we do not involve ourselves in Villa Marziali at all when guests are in residence. If we were renting a beautiful house we would expect complete privacy and we aim to give our guests exactly that. We mainly visit Italy in the spring and in October.
The satellite map also gives the impression that Villa Marziali is near a potentially busy road. This requires some explanation as that is absolutely not the case at all (otherwise we would never have bought it!). The road which winds up the hill is marked as a strada provinciale, until the last few years half its length was a gravel road, the original 'strada bianca'. You can therefore imagine that the amount of traffic is minimal, locals travelling to and from their homes rather than passing traffic. Montefalcone is not on the way to anywhere at all, that is why it is so delightfully peaceful.
If you fall in love with this unspoiled pocket of Le Marche as we did and if you feel like a full blown renovation project, we have a third property, a beautifully situated old farmhouse about half a mile away which we are considering selling. Please contact us if you are interested.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£750|
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