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COTTAGE APARTMENT IN A RESTORED FARMHOUSE WITH SWIMMING POOL

Sydney & Antoinette Higgins

Advertiser since: 2006
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Speaks: english, italian
Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
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COTTAGE APARTMENT IN A RESTORED FARMHOUSE WITH SWIMMING POOL

Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay nights

Overview

Camerino Apartment Rental Photos and Description

Self-catering rentals in idyllic location with large garden and fantastic views

Dating partly from the seventeenth century, this romantic farmhouse with its white-stuccoed, thick stone walls is set in five-acres of grounds with lawns, fruit-trees, flower-beds and a small fish-pond. There is also a welcoming 12m x 6m swimming-pool with amenities including sun-loungers, a hot shower, fridge, a barbecue area and an inside toilet. From the house and grounds there are splendid views across a gentle valley to distant mountains and the medieval, hill-town of Camerino, the site of what is claimed to be the second oldest university in Western Europe. The English owners have lived here since 1989 and have lovingly restored the whole building including the two self-catering apartments. The largest has been available for holiday rentals since 2004: the studio apartment was finished in May, 2008. A guest remarked that it was wonderful to be somewhere free from all sounds of the modern world. Yet the house is close to shops, restaurants, great walks and famed tourist centres.

The Weather: The house is at the end of a private road and so it is a peaceful haven with no sounds of passing traffic and, as we are about 450m above sea level, the air is pure and healthy. Although there can be many sunny days, January to March is usually dry and chilly with a heavy snowfall in early January. (Bolognola, the nearest ski resort, is only a forty-minute drive away.) In April, May and early June, there can be rainy days but Spring is a fantastic season - fruit trees blossom, the sun frequently shines, wild flowers blanket the fields and verges, the birds sing and, at night, the fire-flies glow. From mid-June to early September, it is normally very hot, sunny and dry. Autumn, with its burnished and russet foliage, is a magical time. It does sometime rain and, as the days shorten, it becomes cooler. It is the ideal time for walking and exploring.

Our swimming pool is normally open from mid-May until early October. For the rest of the year, the pool is covered and not used.

Local Wines and Food: The best known regional white wine is Verdicchio, produced mainly in Matelica (10 kilometres away) and Castelli di Jesi. It varies from the cheap and cheerful to superb vintage wine. Local red wines, named after where the wine is made, are Rosso Conero and Rosso Piceno. A famous local, sweet, sparkling wine is Vernaccia di Serra Petrona. Produced in Camerino and other nearby towns is a superb aniseed spirit, called Mistrà, that is delightfully used to 'correct' a coffee.

Local foods include 'ciauscolo' (a spreadable salame), 'frappe' (a Carnival sweet made of fried strips of sugared dough) and 'torrone' (a nougat). Among local dishes are 'coniglio in prochetta' (rabbit stuffed with pork and wild fennel), 'polenta' (a solid pasta made from maize flour on top of which is meat or vegetables) and 'vincisgrassi' (a superior lasagna). Local cheeses include 'pecorino' (from sheep's milk) and 'ricotta' (from the remaining whey). Excellent honey and olive oil are also produced locally.

Eating In and Out: Within 3 kilometres of the apartment, there are two supermarkets selling a wide range of foods that includes local and regional specialities. Also close by, there are local specialist bakers, butchers, greengrocers and delicatessens. There is also a local market where it is possible to buy fresh fish. It is, therefore, very easy to buy locally almost any food required - apart from some essential Ingredients for Indian and Chinese food!

Close by, there are several unpretentious restaurants and pizzerias, serving good and inexpensive meals. At some of them, it is possible to eat outside in summer. Within a twenty-minute drive, there are about a dozen slightly more expensive restaurants that present very good food and an excellent range of Italian wines.

All guests are provided with a list of local restaurants and we are very happy, if required, to provide advice and make any required bookings. At weekends in summer and on feast days, it is normally essential to book in advance.

More Details

Details for Studio Apartment 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2, 1 Bathroom

This is a recently renovated independent studio apartment for self-catering holiday rental. It consists of an entrance lobby, a bathroom and a large room providing sleeping and dining areas. The Studio is entered through a restored antique chapel door with stained-glass panels. Steps lead down into the Studio with the bathroom to the right and the main area ahead. The attractive bathroom contains a toilet, bidet, sink with large mirror and a full-sized shower cabinet. There is also a heated towel rack. In the bedroom area, there are two antique and very comfortable single beds, each with its own lighting controls. Furnishings include antique painted wardrobe and chest of drawers. While lying in bed you can look through both windows at the splendid view or watch television. There is a well-equipped kitchen with sink, four-ring stove, large fridge/freezer and a microwave. Guests have their own outside dining areas, as well as shared use of the rest of the large garden and swimming pool.
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Sydney & Antoinette Higgins (Owner)
Advertiser since: 2006
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Speaks: english, italian

About Sydney & Antoinette Higgins

Sydney and Anna Higgins moved permanently to their Italian house in 1990 and have lived there very happily ever since. They are now retired but for much of the last 19 years, they both taught at the University of Camerino where Sydney has been the Professor of English in the Law Faculty. Both are writers and between them they have had published over 50 books, including travel guides, books for children and biographies. In 1993, they founded the Camerino Players, a theatre group that has presented many productions in both English and Italian. The company still flourishes, most recently producing plays for young children. From 1996 to 1999, Sydney organised a very successful annual European Medieval Drama Confrence and Festival. In 2000, he received the award of Camerino Citizen of the Year.

Sydney & Antoinette Higgins purchased this apartment in 1990

Why Sydney & Antoinette Higgins chose Camerino

We had visited these beautiful and unspoilt rural area of Italy several times when we decided to look for a house we could use for holidays. Eventually, we found this house and because it and the surroundings were so exceptionally beautiful and tranquil we decided, after owning it for a few months, to move here permanently. It is a decision we have never regretted. Although the house is on its own at the end of a long road, we are only ten minutes drive from the centre of the beautiful walled medieval hill town of Camerino with its ancient university, cathedral and one of the mose beautiful theatres in Italy. A short distance away are spectacular mountain walks orand drives, other fascinating sities including Macerata, Tolentino and Urbino. And the sea is only a thirty-minutes drive away.

What makes this apartment unique

The previous owner, a local from Camerino, told us that he wished to sell the house only to someone who, like him, would understand that it is a little slice of paradise. It is!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Dear Anna and Sydney,

We are very grateful that we could stay in your "Little Paradise". We will always remember your kindness and friendliness. E have enjoyed your company, your lovely house and Benson!
Jul 2012
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4.8
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Camerino Macerata
Bonn, Germany
5

holiday 2009

  • 5 of 5
Dear Anna and Sidney,
Thorsten and I had a wonderful time in your studio. I loved the view from our window every morning.I wish I could have taken it home.
The property and the pool area are relaxing and comfortable.
It is a very nice vacation area where everybody will find a bit of Italy at its best.
Beautiful nature, typical villages where you can`t by a postcard, extraordinary museums, endless hiking trails and last but most important caring hosts with a very interesting vita.
I already recommended it to a friendly neighbor who loves hiking :-)her name is Tina.
We want to thank you for the wine.
We had a lovely family dinner where we shared the wine and the memories.
The next time we will be coming we would stay a little longer.
All the best to you, your family and your lovely dog.
Claudia and Thorsten
  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2009
  • Stayed: Jul 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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5

Absolutely wonderful!

  • 5 of 5
Such a wonderful, Idyllic place to have stayed for two weeks. There wasn't anything we didn't love about Casa Anna. We stayed in the studio apartment, which was fully equipped with everything we needed or could want. Exceptionally clean and very comfortable with beautiful landscapes greeting us through the windows. Loved the swimming pool, which was much welcomed in the searing heat! The location is great as there are many interesting towns and villages quite close by to explore. Amazing scenery all around. The added bonus were Anna and Sydney... they really are perfect hosts! We didn't want to leave at the end of our stay. Thank-you so much for a such an unforgettable holiday! Hope to see you both next year... Oh and Benson too!

Pete and Michelle.
  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Pete and Michelle. It was a pleasure meeting you and we greatly enjoyed your vivacious company. What a privilege to have guests who volunteered to open and close the swimming pool daily and even re-cemented a couple of loose bricks. Please come again! Sydney&Anna
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Limerick, Ireland
5

Beyond words!

  • 5 of 5
Hugh and I had to email to say what an amazing time we had with you both at your beautiful home! When we got home to Ireland and settled back into everyday life we began to realise what a truly memorable experience our trip was... we took in so many sights and authentic Italian experiences made possible only by the completely 'un-touristy' environment in which you are fortunate enough to live! Camerino and its surrounds are far removed from the hoards of tourists and Anglicised menus that can be so often seen in the larger commercialised cities. We feel privileged to have spent a month in such an untouched environment and will recommend your apartment (and pretty cottage) to anyone who will listen! I really am waiting for the first opportunity I get to return to Camerino, the Higgins’ warm hospitality (with their hens freshly laid eggs), and the authentic Italy that we will always love!
  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2009
  • Stayed: May 2009
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Camerino Macerata
Leeuwarden, The Netherlands
5

Strongly recommanded!

  • 5 of 5
My husband and I had a great time at the holiday home of Sidney and Anna (we stayed at the studio-apartment). We appreciated very much the warmness of our hosts, the beautiful garden, the relaxing swimmingpool and the great views. The studio-apartment was not very big, but comfortable enough. Camerino is a beautiful old university town, very nearby. There are a lot of interesting trips possible from this location, f.e. Macerata, Castelluccio, S.Severino Marche, Sarnano, etc. etc. We really intend to come back some year!
  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2009
  • Stayed: Jul 2009
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Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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Hinckley
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'Away from it all'

'Away from it all'
  • 4 of 5
The studio was excellent with full use of commodities - it met our needs. We used the BBQ for a few nights.
Antoinette and Sidney were more than helpful on the local amenities within the area.
Peaceful and relaxing with 3 chickens, 3 cats and 'Benston' for company!
Beautiful views from the apartment and pool area as well as the local countryside to visit.
Restaurant in Camerino is well worth the visit including the three local bars and 2 Pizzerias for take outs.
  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2008
  • Stayed: Sep 2008
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Recommended for:  Sightseeing
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Regenstauf
5

Große Lässigkeit - ein Ort zum Erholen!

  • 5 of 5
Wir waren die ersten Gäste der Saison und hatten neben Traumwetter sehr liebenswürdige Gastgeber. Das Haus war gemütlich eingerichtet und schnell warm. Vom Bett im 1. Stock hat man eine schöne Aussicht auf Camerino. Dort gibt es ein schönes Restaurant im Park. Tagesauflüge machten wir nach Gubbio und zum Monte Conero inbei Ancona. Dieses Haus empfehlen wir unseren Freunden gerne weiter. Wir wünschen Antoinette und Sydeny weiterhin viele Freude mit Ihren Gästen.
  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! You were perfect guests!

Map

Nearest Airport
75 Kilometres
Falconara, Ancona
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Bar Europa, Canapena
Nearest Ferry
111 Kilometres
Ancona
Nearest Golf
81 Kilometres
Golf Club Conero Sirolo
Nearest Train
4 Kilometres
Castelraimondo/Camerino
Nearest Motorway
6 Kilometres
Camerino La Sfercia
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Pappafò. Camerino
Nearest Ski
32 Kilometres
Bolognola
Nearest Beach
69 Kilometres
Civitanova Marche
Car: necessary

Despite recent publicity, the Marche is still one of the least visited tourist areas in Italy. Our farmhouse is situated in open countryside within sight of Camerino. This walled, medieval city has a population of less than 5,000. Yet it has its own Archbishop and is the home of a university that claims to be the second oldest in Europe. It is difficult, when sitting at a table outside the bar in the main piazza or when strolling along the narrow streets, not to feel you have wandered into an elaborate film-set. This is an ideal base for exploring this fascinating area. Within easy reach, you can be walking in the Sibylline National Park, having a picnic beside a large mountain lake, sunbathing on an Adriatic beach, visiting the cultural centres of Urbino and Assisi, or finding an unexpected art treasure in a village church. Of course, if you prefer, you can laze, drinking a glass of the excellent local wine, in the silence of our extensive garden or beside our swimming pool.

Ski: About a 45-minute drive away, you can ski in the spectacular scenery of the Sibylline Mountains. The nearest small village is Bolognola, or 'Little Bologna' so named by the four rich families who, in medieval times, fled from Bologna. A few kilometres away, at a height of 1070 meters, is Punterra where there are seven ski lifts taking you up to 1845 meters and the pists that have a run of 5 kilometres. The place is unsophisticated but never overcrowded and with no queues for the ski lifts. It is also unusually cheap! The ski season is normally from mid-December to the end of March.

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Rates & Availability

Camerino Apartment Rental Rates

Notes

  • * A 25% deposit is required to confirm a booking. Arrangements for paying the remainder will be made with the guests. All payments can be paid in euros or UK pounds.
    * Payment covers electricity, gas, water, parking and the use of the swimming pool (from May to September). Towels and bed linen are changed weekly. From December to March, an additional charge of €25.00 a week is made for guest using the central-heating.
    * In addition, on arrival, we require an additional payment of €50 that will be refunded on departure if there were no breakages and the kitchen area (inc. cooker & fridge) is as clean as it was on arrival.
    * Clients who book both our apartments at the same time will receive a 15% discount on the listed price of both the apartment and the studio/apartment.
    * Returning guests are given a 10% discount on their new booking charge.
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Amenities

Camerino Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment (detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 45 m²
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
General:
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet
  • The attractive room contains a toilet, bidet, sink with large mirror and a full-sized shower cabinet. There is also a heated towel rack. As the Studio has its own boiler, a constant supply of hot water is ensured!
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 twin/ single , A crib/cot can be added for a young child
  • This is a studio apartment with an entrance lobby, a separate bathroom and a large room providing sleeping and dining areas with a kitchenette. In the bedroom area, there are two antique and very comfortable single beds, each with its own lighting controls. Furnishings include an antique painted wardrobe and chest of drawers. While lying in bed, you can look through both windows at the splendid view or watch television. On the walls there are black-and-white photographs taken by the famous Cuban photographer, Osvaldo Salas. If required, a crib/cot for a young child can be added.
Entertainment:
  • Books for Adults
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Child's Swing
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theater
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
This completely self-contained studio apartment is in a separate building a few metres away from the main house that is permanently occupied by the owners who have been residents since 1989. This is not, therefore, a holiday home rarely visited by the owners. They are available to provide any assistance you require. Because the studio is very close the the main apartment, both can be booked together by those (such as friends or parents with either teenage children or relatives) who wish to go on holiday together but still have independent accommodation. * Although smoking is not permitted in the apartments, it is possible to smoke in the gardens. * Guests must vacate the apartment before 10.30 a.m. to allow for cleaning and changing of bed linen etc. Departing guests may, however, stay in the garden or around the swimming pool until 3 p.m. Incoming guests may arrive when they wish but the apartment will not be available until 2 p.m.

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