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First floor apartment in traditional Italian farmhouse with pool

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,237 sq. ft.
Property type apartment


About the property

2 Bedrooms, 1 bathroom, living room and verandah sleeps up to 5

This recently restored farmhouse is located just outside the town of Loro Piceno with its local speciality 'vino cotto' wine industry. It is set in 15 acres of our own farmland including vines, olive trees, and fruit and nut trees. South-facing, it enjoys panoramic views over the rolling countryside.

The accommodation offers one apartment on the first floor having one double bedroom and one twin bedroom, and a divan bed in the living room. It has a large lounge leading to a verandah, a large farmhouse kitchen/dining room and a bathroom.

Outside there is an illuminated 6 x 12 metre private swimming pool. Outdoor lighting has been installed in the garden and there is plenty of parking for all visitors.

Loro Piceno is a mile away and has a full range of facilities including 3 churches, 2 supermarkets, a petrol station, 2 banks, pizzeria, 3 cafes and 3 good restaurants. There are also 2 bakeries, 2 butchers, ice cream parlour, hairdresser, florist and a weekly market (Mondays).

Within the garden there is a summer house close to the swimming pool. The building includes power points, a shower and toilet, and outside there is a patio area overlooking the pool where barbecues can be held.

The whole garden can be illuminated in sections to produce a relaxing ambience in the evenings.

Activities: The seductive Adriatic coast with its safe and inviting sandy/shingle beaches is but a 40 minute drive away. All forms of watersports are possible including swimming, skiing, sailing and windsurfing. For freshwater swimming Lake Fiastra is not far away in the foothills of the Sibillini mountains.

Paragliding (local school) outside Sarnano, horse riding, hill walking, mountain biking (hire/guides at Amandola with Sibillini Cycling), and water sports are available locally.

The resorts of Porto San Giorgio, Grottamare and Monte Conero with its nature reserve are all within easy driving distance. The coastal towns are renowned for their excellint seafood restaurants.

Activities: There is an excellent championship golf course about 60 minutes away at Numana, near Monte Conero, and a driving range nearer home, near Abbadia Fiastra.

Simple skiing facilities are available in the Sibillini mountains at Sarnano-Sassotetto, about 20 minutes away. This is not a sophisticated resort, but it offers well-organised family skiing opportunities with a wide range of grades on 9 pistes. Snow usually holds from December through to April.

Hot air ballon trips can be organised on request with Balloon Italy for a fantastic flight over the rolling countryside, and now we can arrange short courses on bushcraft and survival skills as well as truffle hunting and cooking.

Macerata Opera and Music Festival, held in the open air in a grand 2nd Century ampitheatre known as the Sferesterio from the middle of July to the beginning of August - second only to Verona in terms of importance. Also visit the up-and-coming Colmurano music festival normally held in the middle of July.

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Chris & Judith Thorp
Member since: 2006
Speaks English, French, German
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
11 August, 2018

About Chris & Judith Thorp

Judith and I live in Derbyshire and have had a lifetime love of and interest in Italy, its traditions and culture. When we discovered the region we realised that it represented a way of life that was untarnished by tourism yet readily accessible and with much to offer to holiday makers with many different interests.

We love every minute when we have the opportunity to stay there and hope that all our guests will feel the same way about it and want to come back again and again.

Chris & Judith Thorp purchased this apartment in 2005

Why Chris & Judith Thorp chose Loro Piceno

This is a lovely place to stay for a families of up to 4/5 people, with plenty of space inside and out. It is not directly overlooked and has a large garden for relaxation with an exceptionally lovely pool and super views. The nearby town of Loro Piceno provides everything you need for stay, and there is no need to go beyond the town if you don't want to explore the surrounding area but just want to put your feet up.

What makes this apartment unique

We fell in love with what was a semi-derelict farmhouse in the countryside of Le Marche and knew it could be turned into a place of beauty and tranquility. And so it proved to be. Set against a backdrop of our own vines and olives the restored farmhouses and pool nestles unobtrusively into the landscape.

It's sunny south-facing aspect gives beautiful views over the countryside and is not directly overlooked because we have no immediate neighbours. Here you have an opportunity to escape the rat-race of modern life yet all the facilities you need for an enjoyable holiday are on your doorstep in Loro Piceno village.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We have had an absolutimo brilliant time! Love the house and views, great pool! - Gina Chadwick and family

The house is beautiful - and the region stunning. Had a fantastic break - we'll be back - Nicola Dalby and family.

You have created a lovely house in a beautiful area. We have all had a super hoiday - John and Anne Illingworth.
Nov 2007
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment around the Loro Piceno around the Province of Macerata

Property Type:
  • apartment (detached)
  • floor 0
Building Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1237 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Sunbed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
  • The bathroom includes a shaving point with a double sided mirror. There is also a heated towel rail. Facilities include a shower, handbasin, bidet and toilet.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 3 Single Bed
  • The double bedroom has a king-size bed, wardrobe with drawers, table, mirror, chairs and bedside cabinets. The triple bedroom has a wardrobe with drawers, chest of drawers, mirror, chairs and bedside cabinets. Hairdryer.
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Player
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck Chairs
  • Terrace ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda ...
  • Terrace
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 6 deck chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • ski pass optional
  • ski
  • swimming
  • tennis
The property includes a summer house near to the swimming pool with shower, toilet and hand basin incorporated. Guests are asked to bring their own beach towels. All linen and towels are changed weekly. Cleaning is undertaken every week. Insulated picnic box with ice blocks. Cot and high chair available.


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First floor apartment in traditional Italian farmhouse with pool
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 7 reviews
Ann Arbor

Hard to beat!

  • 5 of 5

The property is wonderful. We were the first tenants of the season in early May. The pool was not open--and it would have been too cool to use it if it had been. The apartment was spotless. The beds were very comfortable. There is an amazing view to the next hillside from the covered veranda. We spent a good amount of time sitting there at the end of the day watching the sheep being herded to there next pasture.

Loro Piceno is a small town but had two small supermarkets that had everything we needed. There also is a fresh pasta shop where we got pasta for two nights evening dinner. It is a good spot to tour this area of Marche.

There is a loose leaf notebook that has photos of the restoration of the property. It basically was a complete tear-down of the original building along with a completely new landscape plan.

We have been renting apartments in Italy for close to 20 years. This is right up there with the best. In fact, it is the best one of those not in main towns/cities. We hope to go back again!

  • Review Submitted: 29-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are clearly very pleased to have received such a lovely review. We work hard to ensure that the presentation and facilities are what people would expect, and constantly seek to make improvements. Thank you, Diane!
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Spectacular property and beautiful home

  • 5 of 5

The view was breathtaking and the house absolutely beautiful, clean and it had everything we needed. I would strongly recommend this home to anyone who wishes to visit this spectacular yet remote part of Italy. You will need a car as it is a very long walk up a very steep hill to the village of Loro Piceno but you can get a car for a good price in Macerata. There are rows and rows of grape vines as well as prune and pear trees, we picked our fruit every morning for breakfast. We had a great time swimming in the pool and just relaxing and enjoying the view. The owner was very kind and always very responsive and helpful. Thank you Christopher and I certainly hope we have an opportunity to return one day.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are, of course, delighted when our guests enjoy their stay at Casa Tranquilla. We strive to provide a good service at all times and constantly improve the facilities and equipment each year, based on what we would expect to find and our guests' recommendations. Thank you for your positive comments.
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Rotterdam, Netherlands

Great house, fantastic place!

  • 5 of 5

Casa Tranquila is a wonderful house/apartment, beautifully situated in the hills of Le Marche, close to the little mediaeval hilltop town of Loro Piceno. We stayed at the Papavero apartment on the ground floor. We loved the terrace in front of the apartment, which provided excellent shade and allowing the stay and eat outside until late in the warm summer evenings. The apartment is very spacious and well equiped, and offers a real 'home away' feeling. The beds are excellent and there is plenty of space for your clothing and other things you bring along. There is a terraced garden with Mediterrean plants and herbs, where you can spot small (and very fast moving) lizards. Then there is a great pool, that we enjoyed very much during our 2 weeks warm summer stay, with plenty of sun loungers (to read a good book or have an afternoon nap). The area is beautiful and quiet. No overcrowded turisty places/locations. This is Italy pure, with lots to discover. We visited Ascoli Piceno, the Sibilli Mountains, drove the coast line up until Ancona, Macerata, San Ginesio (with great pizzeria on the towns central square). Overall, eating and drinking out is cheap and of good quality and taste. We had a wonderful holiday and would most certianly recommend Casa Tranquila as your place to stay for your holidays in Le Marche!

  • Review Submitted: 02-Sep-2014
  • Date of Stay: August 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is so gratifying to have such a lovely unsolicited review. We constantly seek to improve what we have on offer. Thank you for your kind comments.
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Wonderful Rural Retreat

  • 5 of 5

This villa is very private and has lovely views of the surrounding countryside.

We stayed in the upstairs appartment and had the pool entirely to ourselves as the downstairs was unoccupied. Both appartments look nice. Our balcony was private and ideal for evening drinks and meals.

The accomodation is very clean and comfortable - a perfect home from home. The beds are large and particularly comfortable.

The owners provided lots of helpful information about the local villages, shops, restaurants and attractions.

The nearby village has a good little supermarket and an adjacent fresh pasta shop. There are lots of restaurants in the surrounding villages.

We made a very pleasant trip to Frassati Caves which are stunning but be aware that it takes about 2 hrs to drive each way.

The hill down to the villa from the village is very steep and our small hire car could not manage to take 4 people and luggage back up the hill in one go when we left!

We will definitely return soon and see more of the surrounding national parks and villages.

Overall a very nice relaxing comfortable place to stay.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Jun-2014
  • Date of Stay: June 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted to receive another positive response from our guests and will strive to maintain a very high standard in the future.
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Great vacation

  • 4 of 5

Apartment Pipistrello is an excellent base for trips to the Sibilinimountains and the places on the coast. Situated beautiful halfway the hills, well furnished and clean and with stunning views. Kitchen furnished with all comforts and convenient. Spacious bathroom, fine bedrooms and a very comfortable living room. The loggia is a perfect place for breakfast, dining, reading etc.. What we missed: some cushions in the plastic loungers by the pool, solid parasols and a sail on the pergola next to the house. (In 2007 we rented Papavero - also an excellent apartment - and spend many hours there).

We had three wonderful weeks in Pipistrello and would recommend this place to our friends.

Fam. Smorenburg Amstelveen, Holland

  • Review Submitted: 26-Aug-2012
  • Date of Stay: July 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are of course very pleased that our guests from Holland returned for another stay and that they had a good time, sufficient to be able to recommend Casa Tranquilla to their friends. We are grateful for feedback from our guests and are constantly improving the facilities that are available through additions and upgrades. We undertake to do our very best to rectify any shortcomings that have been identified by our guests. Unfortunately we lost the canvas roof of the gazebo (pergola) when it was ripped off by a strong gust of wind that destroyed the roof structure, but despite our best efforts have not yet been able to source a suitable replacement. However, we expect to have something in place for next year. In May 2012 we added a new patio, and will be letting a contract to have a solid, tiled roof erected over it before the beginning of the 2013 season. This is intended to provide a cool and sheltered loggia in addition to the gazebo, and will provide enough space so that it can be shared by both apartments if required. Chris and Judith Thorp
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Fabulous Accomodation and area

  • 5 of 5

We had a truly wonderful holiday here, adults and children alike. The property was exactly as described and was 'home away from home', only with far better scenery and weather. All facilities within the cottage that you could require for your holiday were in immaculate condition.

We found 10 days to be just the right amount of time for spending by the pool and sightseeing. We visited Assisi which is steeped in history, the nearby mountains and lakes, Frasassi Caves and the beaches.

Would recommend to all, with or without children. One point to bear in min is you will need a car as this region is well known for its hills and mountains!

  • Review Submitted: 09-Aug-2009
  • Date of Stay: July 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
85 Kilometres
Ancona (Rafaello Sanzio)
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Loro Piceno
Nearest Ferry
75 Kilometres
Nearest Train
20 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
50 Kilometres
Civitanova Marche
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Loro Piceno
Nearest Ski
15 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
55 Kilometres
Civitanova Marche
Car: necessary

Le Marche is known as 'undiscovered Italy', and is relatively untouched by tourism. However, it is steeped in history and culture, stretching back to beyond Roman times. The farmhouse is located about 1 mile outside the medieval hilltop town of Loro Piceno, and is only 20 minutes from the regional centre of Macerata, which is famed for its annual music festival in August. The traditional, unhurried pace of life continues its seasonal rhythms as it has done for centuries. The local restaurants and bars present a delightful range of local dishes and wines of great quality.

Other Activities: hot air ballooning (to be arranged on request)


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment around the Loro Piceno,

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £150

A security deposit of £150 is required with the final balance payment. This is refundable after the accommodation has been checked for damage or breakages.
Special offers are available. Please consult the owners.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

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