Montefalcone Appennino Villa Rental Photos and Description
6 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, slps 14, spacious country house with fabulous 52ft pool
Villa Marziali is idyllically situated, 1km from Montefalcone Appenino, with stunning views of the Monte Sibillini. The villa offers exclusive and very private accommodation in a truly magical, unspoilt, undiscovered area of Italy. The villa has a fabulous 52 ft private swimming pool with diving board.
Villa Marziali, built at the turn of the century, has been fully refurbished to the highest standard, combining elegance with modern facilities and fittings. The original wine making cantinas on the ground floor, with brick vaulted arches, have been converted to living space 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 for all guests.
The villa is a haven of peace and tranquillity in an area often described as Italy's best kept secret. It is just as suitable for 2 as 12, a romantic hideaway or a perfect setting for family holidays or groups of friends.
Stunning position, panoramic views, privacy:
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 snowcapped, an incredible 56 km on the far horizon, round to the skiable slopes of Sassotetto in the west. The mountains change colour throughout the day and are fascinating in all weathers and 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 using an ancient medieval strada which is punctuated by a small shrine and also by fabulous vistas as far as the sea. You can walk to the next village (which has 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 tranquillity 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 only sounds you will hear come from agriculture or wild life. As we garden organically there are lots of native birds and at night you may well hear the nightingales sing... For many guests the 16x8m swimming pool is a main focus for holidays with its generous vine-clad gazebo and sunbeds for every guest. It is one of the longest pools in the area - long enough for serious swimmers to put in some laps and large enough to accomodate everyone. There is a serious deep end for those who wish to dive, whilst at the shallower end there are curved steps for easy entry. The upper terrace has iroko dining furniture for 14 and 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. To the east is a grassed area and also our small 'orto' where you will find tomatoes, aubergines, courgettes, peppers, salad and perhaps other vegetables according to the season, all organically grown. Beyond the garden, we also own two small fields and some woodland, so a gentle stroll is always in prospect.
A wealth of art, music & historic places to visit:
Le Marche is unspoilt 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 2013 are Nab,ucco, Il Trovatore, Sogni di una notte di mezza estate and Il piccolo spazzacamino (see www.sferisterio.it for details). This tranquil inland rural area is almost tourist free with scenes of country life that could be taken from a medieval tapestry or fresco and throughout summer each beautiful hilltop village has its own 'fiesta' 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!
- non smoking only
- pets not allowed
- wheelchair accessible