BEAUTIFUL SELF-CATERING FLAT FOR RENT IN THE COUNTRY

Isabelle Riviere

Speaks french, italian, english
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Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights
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BEAUTIFUL SELF-CATERING FLAT FOR RENT IN THE COUNTRY

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Peaceful self-catering rental with terrace and beautiful mountain views

First floor self-catering flat in a charming cottage in the Marche countryside. Beautiful views and lovely fresh air. Pretty terrace for out of doors dining and relaxing. Sleeps 3 to 5 people. Well furnished. Charming fireplace. Central heating. Quiet spot. Ideal for visitors to local attractions such as Urbino, Urbania, Gubbio, San Sepolcro also for family with children who want a safe garden and friendly welcome. Away from main roads. Ideal for walkers. Romantic views. Dishwasher, washing machine, linen provided and cleaning at the end of stay included. Ideal for artists or lovers of countryside. Local shopping Urbania, good restaurants and' rosticcerie'; art and culture courses.

Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Isabelle Riviere (Owner)
Advertiser since 2007
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About Isabelle Riviere

I am English, despite my French name, Isabelle Riviere, and was brought up in Shropshire. I came to Italy more than 20 years ago when I met and married an English writer and university lecturer who was working here in Urbino. We have two daughters who are 14 and 10. Perhaps we all grow fond of our surroundings, who knows, or perhaps it is particularly lovely here, I'm not sure, but we have had a lot of fun in this house and feel very much at home in our neighbourhood.

Isabelle Riviere purchased this cottage in 1997

Why Isabelle Riviere chose Urbania

We bought this house 18 years ago from an unusual and talented blacksmith who had made the iron windows, banisters and even built the porch. Over the years we have made our own improvements too and we adore our little house which is quite hidden down our lane. As the road finishes here, no cars pass except our local bee keeper who has dozens of hives nearby. His honey is certainly exceptional and I have come to exchange a pot or two for some of my jam every summer. I think I get the better deal!

I recently translated a book about the landscape backgrounds of some of Piero della Francesca's paintings and was very excited to learn that according to recent research the background to his Triumphs painting (now in the Uffizzi) was painted from a hill just across the river from here! The book described his journey from San Sepolcro to Urbino, which he may have done over the mountain roads instead of in the valley, in which case he would havve passed very close to my house!

When you buy a house, you don't know a million things abuit it, but over the years I have come to appreciate and respect the diverse skills and working methods of the people I have got to know here. There is a Sardinian family just across the way that owns hundreds of sheep and it is such a pleasure to see them grazing on the hill opposite guarded by two or three Maremmano sheep dogs. I took my daughters to see them being milked a few years ago. The milk is sold to make Caciotta di Urbino cheese which was a favourite of Michelangelo's!

What makes this cottage unique

I have tried to make the flat as pretty and comfortable as possible. I put in a wood burning stove last autumn that heats the whole flat and I hope that my winter guests find it as cosy as I do. Though not a natural or very willing gardener, I have come to appreciate the wonderful effects and atmosphere that can be created out of doors by careful planting. Every year I do a bit more!

Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights
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Reviews

Reviews

4.9
based on 11 traveler reviews

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Beautiful self-catering flat for rent in the country
average rating of 4.909091 based on 11 reviews
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Beautiful self-catering flat for rent in the country
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p80226
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Urbania Pesaro-Urbino
5

Very comfortable appartment set in lovely country

  • 5 of 5
We had a beautiful time at Isabelle's bouse. The appartment is large, comfortable, very clean and very well equipped.The bouse is set in beautiful surroundings with great views on the hilly countryside. We had a very friendly welcome from Isabelle who provided us with a lot of information on the area. We would certainly warmly recommend this excellent address.
Franck and Jean-Michel from Paris, France
  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful self-catering flat for rent in the country
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p80226
+39 346 2251888
Urbania Pesaro-Urbino
5

Perfection

  • 5 of 5
Isabelle's wonderful flat was our home for a month, a month that went by far too quickly. Everything about it was perfect, from the views to the sweet dogs to Isabelle and her lovely daughters. They made us feel completely welcome and cared for, while somehow managing to be invisible unless we wanted their company, which we did, often. Isabelle is an enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide to the stunning Le Marche region and we enjoyed her recommendations immensely. We also came to dearly love the town of Urbania, which unveiled a wonderful new dimension every day. What can one say about the food of Italy that hasn't already been said? Nothing, probably, but that won't stop me from raving about the gelato at Il Teatro (best in the world, trust me), and the fresh pasta from Francesca's shop. Isabelle deserves all the guests she wants, and reviews that sing her praises and those of wonderful Urbania. Five stars isn't nearly enough. We will be back.
  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful self-catering flat for rent in the country
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+39 346 2251888
Urbania Pesaro-Urbino
San Jose, Ca
5

Warm hospitality in a charming country cottage

  • 5 of 5
My husband and I came to Le Marche for the first time and were very impressed by the beautiful countryside, the historic dukedoms, the hill top towns, the farm villages, the food and the charming hostess at our cottage in the midst of it all.
Isabelle is a kind and considerate neighbor in a separate part of this old stone home with stunning views over the very green land. Our two bedroom place was furnished with lovely antiques, original art, comfortable sofa and easy chairs. The kitchen is well equipped for cooking with the excellent local ingredients and the shopping is a five minute drive into town.
There's a friendly dog in the yard, not a barker, just there to greet you in the morning or when you return from sightseeing.

The week we visited was a little chilly at night, but the wood stove was easy to use and kept us cozy. There's a large supply of firewood near the front for. The hot water is from a gas boiler and provided plenty for showers and the washing machine.
There's a nice table on the private terrace for sunny day dining.

There's so much to do in Le Marche and nearby Umbria that a week wasn't long enough. We plan to return next year to explore the area more fully. The rural roads are well maintained and signposted so it's easy to find the little outoftheway spots
The national parks are excellent for hiking. Urbino is an amazing city to visit, as was Gubbio. Lake Scano is just 30 minutes away.

Communication prior to arrival was easy, the property is well maintained and a good value. The description is accurate and the reality better than that. Isabelle is an artist and her work is on view there. We enjoyed our time at her house and recommend it highly.
  • Submitted: May 17, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful self-catering flat for rent in the country
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p80226
+39 346 2251888
Urbania Pesaro-Urbino
5

Home is where your heart is

  • 5 of 5
In January 2014 I spent 10 days in this very nice and cozy flat.Although January is not the best of the travel seasons, I enjoyed my holiday cooking in a kitchen with all the best facilities, reading on the sofa near the fire place, where the logs were burning the whole day long.Thnak you Isabelle for keeping the bonfire burning like a Vesta priestin the Roman age, when I was away from "home" - this tastefully furnished flat really was "my home", my relaxing retrat for all senses. I would like to recommend this apartment for all those who are searching for pure nature in one of the most beautiful regions of Italy combined with the comfort of the 21 st century. Thank you Isabelle for this experience! Susanne from Munich
  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure to have Suzanne to stay and I am delighted that she was comfortable in the flat.
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Beautiful self-catering flat for rent in the country
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p80226
+39 346 2251888
Urbania Pesaro-Urbino
4

a quiet few days in the Italian countryside

  • 4 of 5
Beautifully situated, comfortable and very quiet - and just as described in the owners listing - if you have small children or a baby you might wish to note that the tap water is not drinkable but dont let that put you off. The bathroom must qualify for having the best view from it ever. Loved it.
  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful self-catering flat for rent in the country
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p80226
+39 346 2251888
Urbania Pesaro-Urbino
Ballina & Sydney, Australia
5

Thoroughly enjoyable!

  • 5 of 5
We had trouble finding "our kind of place" in the Marche until we came across Isabelle's house. It is in the country with great views but also conveniently close to all amenities. Well provisioned for those who want to be self contained, ie eat at home!
We had some misgivings about the bed situation with 4 adults but this was ultimately, not a problem and we all had a great time.
Interaction with Isabelle and her two daughters was delightful and, we think enjoyed by all.
We highly recommend the property (and have rented across Italy and France for 15 years)
  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2010
  • Stayed: Jun 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Map

Map

Nearest Airport
100 Kilometres
ANCONA or FORLI
Nearest Ferry
100 Kilometres
Ancona
Nearest Train
50 Kilometres
Fano
Nearest Motorway
50 Kilometres
Fano
Nearest Beach
50 Kilometres
Fano
Car: necessary

5 minutes from Urbania which has very good food shops and restaurants as well as excellent 'rosticcerie' for take-away prepared food. It also has a fine ducal palace and museum. Urbania also offers many courses to visitors, including painting and drawing, Italian language and culture, ceramics, opera singing, etc. The house is situated 20 min from Urbino, a stunning Renaissance university city with ducal palace and collection of paintings inc. by Piero della Francesca and Raphael; good restaurants and shops. 1 hour from Gubbio, beautiful Umbrian city with much to see. Just over 1 hour from San Sepolcro, delightful Tuscan town with museum and pictures by Piero della Francesca, excellent restaurants. 50 min from incredible mountain walks. 40 min from sea at Fano. We are just over an hour's drive from the truly extraordinary caves at Frasassi.

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Availability & Rates

Availability & Rates

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Urbania Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Spring/Summer
Apr 1 2014 - Oct 31 2014
2 night minimum stay
€65
€390
€1,350
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
€65
€1,250
 

Additional information about rental rates

Notes There is a supplement of € 10 a day if there are 4 or more people staying. This is to cover the additional use of water and gas.

A deposit of 100 Euros can be sent by bank transfer upon booking, and the rest of the rental is paid at some point during the stay.

There is a supplement of 10 Euros a day in winter if heating is necessary.

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Amenities

Urbania Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 66 m²
  • 1 story
Location Type:
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
General:
  • Washing Machine
  • Fireplace
  • Sofa Bed
  • Linens Provided
  • Internet
  • Towels Provided
  • Parking
  • Broadband Access
  • Living Room
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Heating ...
Kitchen:
  • Grill
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Kitchen
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
  • The bathroom is spacious and recently refurbished with arguably the best view of the hills!
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 twin/ single
  • The double room can be converted into two single beds if required. The living room has a very comfortable sofa bed which can sleep 2 people. All rooms have windows with mosquito nets.
Entertainment:
  • Television
  • Books
  • Radio
Outside:
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Deck / Patio
  • 2 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • children welcome ...
  • pets considered
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • walking
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • Babysitter
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • swimming
  • tennis
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