This lovely old farmhouse was completely re-built, combining the best of the old with the unashamedly new, in terms of bathrooms, pool, central heating etc. Situated at a height of 350 metres, the setting is stunning with spectacular views on every side. To the east, the sun rises over the hill town of Penna San Giovanni, to the south lies Monte San Martino at 603 metres, while you can watch the sun set over the Sibillini Mountains at over 2,400 metres. Floors throughout the house are beautifully tiled in dusky local terracotta and all the ceilings have exposed beams. We have tried to make the house as toddler-friendly as possible; we cannot fence the pool and children should always be supervised, but we have made life a bit easier by building a low fence around the terrace. Stair gates, baby alarms and cupboard locks are available, plus a playhouse and swing.
Holiday Home in Penna San Giovanni, Le Marche, Italy - Private Pool and Garden
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I am a London Blue Badge tour guide, but have spent most of my career as a driver-guide, taking Americans all over Europe, but specialising particularly in France and Italy. Casa Giulia was originally purchased as a holiday/rental home, in 2003. In the summer of 2004, however, I had a Damascene moment on my return to London. It was a hot sweaty August day and as I was slaving away in the garden, with Reggae music floating across from the neighbours, I began to wonder what on earth I was doing there, when I had a beautiful house in Italy and half my work was in Italy. In October 2005, I moved here permanently and bought another house just down the road from Casa Giulia - it's the best thing I've ever done.
Carole purchased this Farmhouse in 2002
Why Carole chose Penna San Giovanni
My best friend Suzanne used to tease me by saying that we would end up retiring to 'stone cottages' side by side. My cry was 'I don't want to live next door to you'. In 2002, however, I arranged her daughter's wedding in Tuscany and at some point, Suzanne said 'we could get the stone cottages in Italy'. This seemed a much better idea. I had read an article about Le Marche and in November 2002, went to take a look - I was blown away by what I saw and came back with Casa Giulia. I couldn't afford to buy it without selling up in London, so asked Suzanne if she would like to go halves. We exchanged on Christmas Eve 2002, by fax, Suzanne having seen nothing but a photograph!
What makes this Farmhouse unique
As our principle aim was to have a holiday home that we could use, we equipped it as such, rather than the minimal requirements of a rental only property and it is something that most of our guests comment on. As Suzanne's grandchildren started coming along, we also made it as toddler friendly as possible, which has made Casa Giulia very popular with young families. The views from most houses in this area are pretty spectacular, but when a friend commented that we have the best views of any rental property in the area, I could not disagree, indeed, though beautiful, my own house comes nowhere near!
Pool / Spa
100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
Really lovely holiday in this super property.
Lovely villa, comfortable, clean and very well appointed, peaceful with super views over countryside. Well located with small towns for local produce and many very good restaurants a short drive away. We really appreciated the good size pool for swimming, the quality sun loungers and eating lunch under the pergola. The night sky was so clear we could see the milky way and a meteor shower overhead. Thank you.
Thank you so much, your comments are much appreciated, as was the clean and tidy state you left the house.
Just trying to readjust to reality in dreary old England after our lovely stay in Italy. We really enjoyed our week in your house. We loved everything about it. You have restored the property magnificently, and of course the pool was
fantastic too. We also really appreciated your flexibility over non-Saturday arrivals. I couldn't believe how ludicrously beautiful the landscape was either. I have been to places like Urbino in the past but I had no idea just how lovely the southern Marche are. Why the region is not better known and celebrated is beyond me.
Thank you so much, lovely to know that you feel as I do about Le Marche
Peace & tranquility with stunning views
My first visit to this region of Italy was a revelation, we adored the abundance of hill towns with their amazing quality local produce and magnificent architecture. The house was very well appointed but no frills, very clean, lovely pool which we enjoyed day and night, and what a view! we wanted rural, peace and quiet and it certainly is that, but there is lots to do if you want to explore. Owner very helpful too, we could have stayed a month
So pleased you enjoyed everything. We look forward to welcoming you back next year.
a verry plesant and quiet week in Penna san Giovanni
The house is perfect, usefull, quiet and colse to many beautifull village. a very good location to discover Marche. Carole is a very kind welcoming person. She gave us many good advices and services. thanks Carole!
Thank you so much, you were great and charming guests too!
Special interest holidays:
Following a very successful cookery course, a couple of years ago, we intend to offer another one in October 2016. This will be for a minimum of 4 people with a maximum of 8 and will be based at Tre Querce, a nearby agritourismo. In addition to hands-on cookery classes, there will be local sightseeing, olive picking and truffle hunting, and a visit to a local chestnut festival. A cookery demonstration at one of the region's best restaurants, followed by lunch, will be one of the highlights. As numbers are small, this should have particular appeal for a group of friends. Email for further details.
Casa Giulia is just 35kms from miles of sandy beaches on the Adriatic coast. As always in Italy, every beach has a children's' play area.
Ancona airport is just 1 hour 15 minutes away and Ryanair has daily flights. They also have flights to Pescara (2 hours)and Perugia 1 hour 35 minutes. Rome and Bologna are about 3 hours. Journey from the Channel ports is about a day and a half. A car is essential.
Penna San Giovanni 3kms
San Ginesio: 20 minutes
Macerata 40 minutes
Assisi: 1 hour 40 minutes
The nearest village is about 3km away and has all facilities, bank, butcher, baker, restaurant etc. For serious sightseers, the area abounds in Medieval hill towns and there are extensive Roman ruins at Falerone and Urbis Salvia. Loreto is a famous pilgrammage shrine with major works of art as has capital Urbino. Assisi is just 1 hour 40 minutes away. Macerata (40 mins) hosts a major opera festival every July. With the Sibillini National Park just 30 mins away, nature lovers and bird watchers are in for a real treat. Likewise there are numerous walks and mountain-bike rides right around the house. Foodies will be in paradise as the area is reknowned for its truffles. Otherwise, Marchegiani cuisine consists of the freshest of ingredients, simply cooked; on the coast, fish straight from the sea, inland, marinated meats grilled over an open fire. Prices are low and portions are huge! The house contains a full description of the best local restaurants.
Additional pricing information
Booking Notes: Booking is via our booking form which can be downloaded from our website. Changeover Day: We like to be flexible on changeover days to allow people to take advantage of cheap flights. In July and August changeover is normally on Saturdays but again we will try to be flexible.