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Charming farmhouse with views, pool & cottage in the National Park

11 Reviews
Bedrooms 6
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Photos and Description of this 6 bedroom holiday farmhouse in Amandola - Villa Gelso - Amandola

Self-catering villa in Marche, with cottage, if required, sleep up to 12

Gelso is a spacious villa, traditionally restored, with a welcoming atmosphere. It has a warmth inside with lovely curtains, comfortable sofas, large dining room and is furnished with some antiques of the owners family. It is bright and airy inside and sleeps 8 people with 4 bedrooms and a cottage in the grounds has 2 bedrooms, perfect for teenagers or two families wishing to holiday together. (Sleeps 12 in total) Mediterranean herbs, fruit trees, panoramic views, barbeque and a secluded swimming pool makes your summer holiday complete.

Villa Gelso is a romantic hideaway just inside the National Park, full of adventurous walks to places of myth and legend, Visit 'Hell's Gorge' 'Paradise Hill' The 'Rebel Friers Caves'. Tourist maps and leaflets are supplied and a maid service if required. Linen and towels are provided, and a welcome pack of some essentials and food can be booked in advance. The owner is available for help and advice.

Things to Do: Sandy beaches, Mountain drives or walks, Swimming/sunbathing at Lake Fiastra, Tour of Vineyards - winemakers, Roman Ruins, Renaissance Art tours, Shopping - Italian Outlet Stores, Italian handmade shoes, Churches & Abbeys, The opera festivals in summer, Local markets and festas, Medieval costume re-enactments of battles and palios, Cave exploration at Frasassi, or just stay by the secluded sunny pool.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered

Marco Selandari
Member since: 2002
Speaks English, Italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
26 October, 2016
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About Marco Selandari

I was born in Venice, but have been in Marche region for nearly 30 years and the mountain scenery stills takes my breath away. I speak English and with the help of my English partner we can advise you on where to go and what to see.

Why Marco Selandari chose Fermo

I have been welcoming guests for many years and Villa Gelso is my favourite, in fact I had a holiday here myself last summer. The location is stunning, secluded and peaceful but only 10 minutes from Amandola and Sarnano.

What makes this farmhouse unique

I fell in love with the views!


based on 11 holidaymaker reviews

Charming farmhouse with views, pool & cottage in the National Park
average rating of 4.909091 based on 11 reviews

Exciting and eventful

  • 5 of 5

This property is fabulous. It really has everything, fabulous views, great facilities and welcoming hosts Marco and Sally. The main house is light and spacious with 3 doubles bedrooms and one twin. It also has a good sized bathroom upstairs and a shower room downstairs. The cottage is cosy with 2 double bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. The pool is a good size. The property is private and extremely quiet with only local families in the hamlet. The views from the grounds and the main villa are amazing. We did experience a 6.2 magnitude Earthquake whilst staying in this property with the epicentre some 20 miles distant. The property appeared to suffer no effects from the quake. Marco and Sally have renovated the properties to the highest standards making sure that they comply with all regulations regarding buildings in Earthquake zones.

There are many historic hill towns, markets and festivals in the local region as well as opportunities to go in extended walks and enjoy the great outdoors.

As an extended family of brorhers, sisters and their partners we general rent a large property for an annual break. This property was certainly one of the best that our extended family has stayed in.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi there, thanks for your review, so glad you enjoyed your visit. The "Event" will entertain dinner guests for months! No damages to the houses. Thankfully quakes of this magnitude are extremely rare and hopefully that's finished now, for another 20 years!
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Ideal private (re)treat in Monti Sibillini National Park

  • 5 of 5

This is a first class property in almost every way, so let's get the downsides out of the way upfront.

Villa Gelso is not walking distance to the local towns of Amandola and Sarnano. These are a 15 min drive away, so no strolling down to the village for that morning cappuccino or evening aperativo.

And Le Marche does not have a museum, art gallery or Michelin listed restaurant in every village, nor does it offer an 'all hours' nightlife.

It is, in that sense, relatively rural, remote and decidedly not Rome or Milan.

However, that was exactly what we wanted.

A private and comfortable establishment where a large extended family could hang out around the pool or garden, do many of the excellent walks ( or, for the cyclists among us, rides) in the surrounding mountains, or explore Le Marche villages, cafes and restaurants without sharing these with the large numbers of fellow tourists that have now taken the pleasure from many other places in Italy.

Villa Gelso is spacious & well equipped, the wifi works very well, and few home comforts are missing. Some of our tribe complained about the odd insect, but most thought that the biodiversity was entirely manageable, with or without chemicals. We didn't do the Le Marche outlets, but heard others had enjoyed a day doing some of these.

Owners Marco and Sally could not have been more friendly & helpful.

Overall, a very attractive value proposition.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Trip to Paradise!

  • 5 of 5

Sally and Marco are exceptional hosts which was reflected in every aspect of our stay. From the outset, even before we arrived at Villa Gelso, Sally and Marco did everything to make our trip a complete success. They advised on the best ways to travel, organised a food parcel for our first night and ensured the kitchen was stocked with condiments. Communication at all times was easy and immediate.

We will always treasure memories of Sally and Marco's generosity and thoughtfulness. They left a library of guidebooks and information leaflets, and gave freely of their time advising us on the best places to go.

The villa is in an area of outstanding unspoilt natural beauty. The villa itself is spacious and comfortable, with a striking brightness of natural light in all the rooms. The bathrooms were luxurious and the generosity of our hosts was reflected in the plentiful provision of towels, toiletries and sundries. The spacious and tastefully decorated bedrooms had extremely comfortable beds and plenty of storage. The kitchen was our dream kitchen, well-designed for cooking and entertaining - with all the equipment you'd want and more! The WiFi is excellent, and all in all, the villa is equipped to a very high standard with no expense spared.

A car is necessary, and the following is a list of places we would recommend: The medieval towns of Amandola, San Ginesio, Sarnarno and the medieval abbey of Abbadia Di Fiastra. The Thursday morning market in Sarnano is worth a visit, especially if you'd like to come home with a souvenir of a leather bag or pair of shoes:) Take time to read the walking guides in the Villa, as there are some wondrous walks in the mountains. We had fabulous mountain days exploring glacial lakes, hermits' caves and canyons. On sunny days we went to the beaches for a dip at the superb Riveria de Conero and the more touristy Porto San Georgia. From the time of our arrival we were overwhelmed with the beauty of the area and we never ceased to be in awe of the stunning scenery and the secret treasures nature revealed every so often. One night a porcupine family lumbered across the road lit up by the car headlights, and on another dark evening a large litter of baby wild boars and their parents ran all round the roadway in disarray! It was lovely to be in such a private space, and we felt like we were the only people on top of the world, sharing our space with unspoilt nature !

Highly recommend this property. Hosts, villa & area superb!

  • Review Submitted: May 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much you guys for this glowing review...I hope people don't think we wrote it ourselves ! So glad you had a great holiday and enjoyed our beautiful area.
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Perfect Peaceful Italian Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Villa Gelso. It was a perfect family retreat for both our Italian and American families to meet and take advantage of the serenity and beautiful surroundings. We were able to accommodate everyone comfortably from small children to grandparents. There was plenty to do just at the house, between swimming, hiking, cooking, and just relaxing. We loved that it was so quiet you could just listen to the breeze and birds singing. We were surrounded by blooming flowers, trees and the literally every view was breath-taking. We would drive the short distance to Amandola or Sarnano for shopping and restaurants and took advantage of the local flavors and ingredients to make some amazing meals at the house. We would highly recommend staying at this Villa if you are looking for a clean, spacious stone farmhouse to accommodate multiple families, have a large kitchen and eating area, want to take advantage of the mountain air and enjoy outdoor activities, and most of all tranquility.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 24, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for taking the time to review Villa Gelso. We hope to see you again another year.
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nice place

  • 4 of 5

good support, good place, everything o.k.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 22, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely house!

  • 5 of 5

This is a fantastic house and we really enjoyed our stay. Having the extra rooms in the cottage was particularly helpful. The whole family really enjoyed the pool.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 21, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your review, we loved to see you all smiling and happy. The additional cottage is perfect for large groups of family and friends.
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Nearest Airport
70 Kilometres
Nearest Train
50 Kilometres
Civitanova Marche
Nearest Motorway
50 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
50 Kilometres
Car: necessary

Located in the beautiful marche region of Italy, just inside the Sibillini National Park, Villa Gelso is a dream holiday home for self catering. With stunning views and on a quiet 'white' road it is in a peaceful rural location, with ever-changing scenery making it a captivating place. Only 10 minutes by car from the village of Amandola and the medieval hill-top town of Sarnano, Gelso is also not far from impressive historical and cultural towns such as Macerata and Ascoli Piceno, with their cathedrals, art museums and of course, designer shopping!

For the lover of Italian fashion, Marche is home to a number of designer outlet stores such as Prada and Armani, and shoe factories with outlets, such as 'Tod's'.

Visit the churches with wonderful paintings, the Abbey of Fiastra, the Roman ruins of Urbs Salvia, the 14th c. frescoes in Tolentino, the incredible Frassasi Caves, wine-makers and vineyards, lakes and mountains, beaches and genuine local Italian food! Its all here for you!


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday farmhouse in Amandola, Fermo

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
May 2017
1 May 2017 - 31 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
July - August
1 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £9


Prices are quoted for the VILLA ONLY, which sleeps 8

(except high season when the price is the same for the villa plus the cottage, even if you just use the villa)

PLEASE CONTACT US for prices if you require the cottage as well during mid and low season. If you do not require the cottage it remains locked.

Changeover day is Saturday. We can be flexible however outside high season.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Amandola in Marche

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 240 m²
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Parking
  • Sunbed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
    Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , This bathroom is in the cottage in the grounds
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Jacuzzi , This bathroom is in the cottage in the grounds
  • Bathrooms 3 & 4 are in the Cottage, one with jacuzzi bath the other with shower room.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Main Bedroom - 1 Double Bed , Cot if required in any room
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed
    Twin Bedroom - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 5 - 1 Double Bed , This bedroom is in the cottage in the grounds
    Bedroom 6 - 2 Single Bed , This bedroom is in the copttage in the grounds
  • Bedrooms 5 & 6 can sleep an extra 4 people in the cottage in the grounds of Gelso.
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Terrace
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 10 deck chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • ski
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
Cottage in the grounds is available if required, sleeps another 4 people with 2 bathrooms. The cottage is not rented at the same time as the villa to other people, If you do not require the extra space it remains locked. DVD and TV, music system. Chess, cards and board games supplied, together with paperbacks and tourist information.

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