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Explore, relax and understand immediately why people come back, and back

Bedrooms 1
Space 753 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

'Expect luxurious bathroom, designer kitchen & beamed ceilings' Sunday Times

Looking for a luxurious place to stay where you can relax and unwind? Would you like to stay in a beautiful apartment with everything you need and gorgeous views? Fancy joining us for our complimentary pizza party and learn to make fantastic pizzas in a wood fired oven?

Casal dei Fichi is a traditional farmhouse carefully restored into luxury holiday apartments, set in a tranquil spot with spectacular views over the rolling countryside. Your large well appointed apartment has everything you will need for a relaxing and luxurious holiday in one of the undiscovered parts of Italy.

The 15m heated pool has all day sunshine and is boarded by a full length deck and lawns with lots of sun loungers and a grape covered pergola from which you can take in the scenery.

Your own private garden awaits you in which you can dine or relax in privacy.

The extensive landscaped grounds are surrounded by sunflower fields, olive groves and vines and there is lots of space to find sun or shade under a tree or in a hammock. Your view includes the stunning views of the rolling countryside, medieval towns and the fantastic Sibillini mountains.

Apartment Leopardi has a large living room with a double sofa bed. There is a fully fitted kitchen/diner, a magnificent large private terrace, luxurious bathroom and a spacious bedroom with king size bed. It is one of 6 apartments at Casal dei Fichi. Please contact us for further information.

Complimentary Produce: Guests are encouraged to help themselves daily to the produce from our vegetable and herb gardens as well as fruit from the orchard and eggs from our chickens - no food miles here and it all tastes so good straight from the garden to the plate in minutes!

Pizza Party: Each week we hold a complimentary pizza party. We make the dough and bring along the ingredients and you get a chance to roll out and make your own pizza of choice. Cooked in our original brick oven in the garden it's great fun with a glass or two of local wine - everyone enjoys it!

Press Reviews: Please take a look at our website for extensive press reviews of Casal dei Fichi: 'Expect luxurious bathroom, designer kitchens & beamed ceilings...' Sunday Times Newspaper. 'beautifully furnished apartments in a landscape by a Renaissance painter' Observer Newspaper. '..stylish good value apartments with a terrific decked swimming pool.' Telegraph Newspaper.

Environmental policy: We are Bob and Ian, owners of Casal dei Fichi and we do our best to be active and responsible members of the local and global communities. Check out our environmental page on our website which outlines the efforts we have made to make our business and your holiday environmentally friendly.

More Details

Bob Garner
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, Italian
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
24 April, 2017

About Bob Garner

We are Bob and Ian and moved to Marche 11 years ago to set up Casal dei Fichi. We left behind successful careers in London to move to a less stressful way of life in an area often described as 'all of Italy in one region'. We live on site with our two dogs, 4 cats and 7 chickens. We are very proud to have established a reputation for helping our guests have a fantastic holiday.

Bob Garner purchased this apartment in 2005

Why Bob Garner chose Fermo

We chose this property to renovate and convert into apartments because of the view - it has a wonderful panoramic 360 degree view and it is the first thing that our guests comment on when they arrive! The area is truly stunning and we are located near to a village for shops, restaurants and things to see and do. We also chose our area as it less than one hour's drive from the airport which we think is an important factor for our guests - why be driving when you can be sat by the pool with a glass of local vino!

What makes this apartment unique

We have tried to create a friendly, stylish and comfortable place for your holiday. We are there if you need us and we are always ready to give advice, book a restaurant or organise a day out or event for you. If you like your peace and quiet then you have it - as one guest review said 'Bob and Ian are available but never intrusive'.

Please join us for our weekly complimentary pizza party based on our original brick oven in the garden - great fun to make your own pizza and share it with your fellow guests.

In the grounds you will find an orchard, herb and vegetable gardens and our free range chickens, please help yourself to our produce - nothing better than fresh ingredients straight from the garden!

Finally we have worked hard to make sure you have everything you need in your kitchen to prepare a wonderful meal. The feedback we get is that we have thought of everything and we have tried to equip your kitchen to the same standard as you have at home.

Guestbook comments from the owner

After reading about Casal Dei Fichi's gourmet break years ago we finally took the plunge and signed up.

In the 72 hours between being picked up and dropped off at the airport we had 6 amazing dining experiences (not including the breakfast. The venues for dining ranged from rustic traditional places atop a hill, to a stunning spot at the foot of the mountains, to fine dining within an ancient walled town, to a cosy spot in a medieval plaza to a seafood restaurant by the Adriatic coast, and even Casal dei Fichi itself. In this time we had antipasti, pasta, vegetables, fish, shellfish, meats, desserts in more guises than I can remember and all were delicious.

Somehow there was also time for visits to some very cool (literally) underground Roman cisterns, the ornate local theatre, a cathedral, a vineyard (just in case we hadn't had the opportunity of a glass of wine for the previous 30 minutes) the local olive press, a cookery course and even a beach.

Casal dei Fichi is a great spot with fabulous views onto the rolling hills of the local countryside. Our hosts Bob and Ian treated us like old friends and ferried us around the winding roads of Le Marche from one fantastic experience to the next. Nothing was too much trouble for them and they are obviously passionate and knowledgeable about the place they call home.

All in all a fantastic experience that will unfortunately involve you going home at least 2kg heavier. You will also have experience the finest hospitality, accommodation, food, wine and scenery this lesser known area of Italy has to offer.
Nov 2014
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Francavilla d'Ete in Province of Fermo

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 753 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • rural ...
  • village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
  • Your bathroom is modern and stylish and has a powerful spacious shower - we think one of the most important elements of a great apartment!
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Cot , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , There is also a double luxury sofabed in the living room.
  • Your bedroom has a king size bed with lovely cool crisp sheets and lots of space and storage for all your things. The windows have fly nets and external shutters so you are comfortable while you sleep.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • Miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • Parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Snowboarding
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
We have an original outdoor bread oven which we use to each week to make pizzas. Join us for our complimentary pizza party where you can roll out your own pizza, add your choice of toppings and cook it in our oven. A perfect evening with our guests, just add a glass of wine and a few friends!


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(19 traveller reviews)

Explore, relax and understand immediately why people come back, and back
average rating of 5.0 based on 134 reviews
San Francisco


  • 5 of 5

If anyone is looking to treat yourself to a fabulous holiday I highly recommend a stay with Bob & Ian at Casal di Fichi. Le Marche is a hidden gem to explore by foot, car, bicycle or on horseback. Thanks to Bob & Ian they gave us many recommendations on places to visit including some exceptional osterias to sample local regional cuisine. The 'Tenuta' ie 'Estate' is picturesque and our apartment was very spacious and comfortable. To top off our visit every morning Obi, their cute little puppy, left us a few stones on our doorstep as a greeting. I definitely recommend a visit & we look forward to returning.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much Cristine, glad to hear Obi did his proper marketing role!
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  • 5 of 5

Wonderful as ever. The fifth visit was as good as the first.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Kami, so pleased you still love it here. You are in good company!
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Napa, CA USA


  • 5 of 5

Le Marche is a great area to explore, beautiful hillside towns, excellent dining, good shopping, beach access and no crowds. Staying with Bob & Ian is a perfect way to enjoy the area. They are ever so gracious hosts and have a vast knowledge of the many things there are to do and see. The apartments are roomy and comfortable and the setting for the property is absolutely beautiful.

Can't wait to return.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Pat for your lovely review. We are so pleased that we help you have a great holiday, it was our pleasure. We have got to know the region well over the last 12 years and we really enjoy sharing that insight with our guests and friends.
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Cambridge UK

Wendy and Howard

  • 5 of 5

We had a most enjoyable Gourmet break with our kind and attentive hosts Bob and Ian.

They had planned a very interesting programme of visits to vineyards and an olive oil press. We ate different and delicious meals in lovely surroundings which we never would have found by ourselves.The appartments are spacious , comfortable and well designed. We could also enjoy all the delicious wines as we did not do any of the driving! A wonderful weekend in Le Marche

  • Review Submitted: Nov 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much Wendy and Howard We get a lot of pleasure out of helping others have a great holiday and we are so pleased we changed our lives 12 years ago and started our small business which we enjoy so much. Getting lovely feedback like this feeds the soul!
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Cambridge, England

Gourmet week-end

  • 5 of 5

If you want to eat and drink le Marche you can do no better than this! Accommodation is very comfortable and the service outstanding. The restaurants we visited were all well chosen and excellent with local dishes and local wines; we also visited two wine producers where we tasted some very good wines, and the local olive press. And as a bonus we had a communal cookery lesson in a professional 'Agriturismo' kitchen. And there's no problems with drinking and driving as our hosts Bob and Ian ferried us everywhere, even from and to the airport.

If you enjoy food and wine Italian-style in a relaxed setting then this is for you!

ps. this was our fourth visit to Casal dei Fichi - says it all really

  • Review Submitted: Nov 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Pam Yes we are so pleased that the Gourmet break lived up to the 'hype' from your friends. We try to vary the weekend each year to keep it fresh and we often get the feedback that it is a wonderful introduction to the food and wine of Le Marche. We really appreciate your generous comments.
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  • 5 of 5

We had the most relaxing two week at Casal dei Fichi. The accommodation cannot be faulted and it is in such a stunning setting. Bob and Ian are amazing hosts, recommending places to visit and our children absolutely loved pizza night (so did we!) It was the best family holiday we have ever had and we just had to book again for next year as soon as we returned home. We would thoroughly recommend Casal dei Fichi.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much Lynsey, we are so pleased you had such a good time and we are sure your wider family will enjoy it too with you next year. It's so important for parents that the children are happy and safe - less stress all around. The kids had a ball everyday and we remember them in the pool at every possible opportunity. See you next summer! Bob and Ian
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Sibillini National Park
"A trip to the Sibillini mountains is a must while you are staying with us. Just 40 minutes a..."
Nearest Airport
80 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Francavilla d'Ete
Nearest Ferry
80 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Nearest Train
15 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Francavilla d'Ete
Nearest Ski
50 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
30 Kilometres
Car: recommended

Casal dei Fichi is one mile from the small walled medieval town of Francavilla d'Ete with a pizzaria/restaurant, bars, shops, bank and historic churches. Several renaissance walled towns are within 15 minutes drive, steeped in history and waiting to be explored. Each has great restaurants in which to while away a lazy afternoon with fantastic food and excellent local wine.

We are 30 mins from the Adriatic coast where beaches range from secluded coves to vibrant lidos with bars, restaurants and nightclubs. 30 Minutes in the other direction are the Sibillini mountains offering superb walking, mountain biking and scenery. Macerata, with its famous outdoor Opera festival, Fermo, Ascoli Piceno and Loreto are close by and the Umbrian gems of Assisi and Perugia are within 2 hours, as is Urbino.

Stunning views start on our doorstep and extend for miles and we will be very happy to help guide you to the local attractions and highlights of this unspoilt part of Italy.

In 2015 45% of our guests were returning to stay with us again, some for the 5th or 6th time. What they tell us is that they find 'their kind of holiday' with us - lots to see and do if you want it and also sometimes it's just nice to unwind and do very little. We try to find out what each of our guests is looking for and then we help them find it. Please take a look at our reviews on Tripadvisor for a feel of what previous guests have thought about us.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Francavilla d'Ete, Marche

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
4 Jan 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £3 per night, per additional guest
1 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £3 per night, per additional guest
2 Sep 2017 - 15 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £3 per night, per additional guest
16 Dec 2017 - 2 Jan 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £3 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £3 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

There are no supplements at all based on two people per apartment, the price is fully inclusive. Your apartment has a double sofabed in the living room, a supplement of €30 per person per week is payable for each additional guest.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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