HISTORIC HUNTING LODGE, A RURAL RETREAT BORDERING THE SIBILLINI NATIONAL PARK

Alex and Francis Graham-Dixon

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HISTORIC HUNTING LODGE, A RURAL RETREAT BORDERING THE SIBILLINI NATIONAL PARK

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Il Roccolo, a detached hunting lodge in beautiful, private grounds, sleeps 2-4

Il Roccolo is a late 18th century hunting lodge hidden away down a beautiful drive lined with lavender hedges, olive, fruit and walnut trees. Il Roccolo is completely private and secluded and within 5 minutes drive of the local town that has everything a visitor could need. The garden and woodland setting in which Il Roccolo sits is a haven for birds and one of the great joys of visiting the house is waking to exuberant birdsong in the mornings.

The views from the house look out across rolling hills towards the medieval Marche hill towns of Monte San Martino, Montefalcone and Smerillo to the north and the magnificent Sibillini mountains to the south-west. The house opens out onto a well-proportioned terrace surrounded by aromatic herbs and scented shrubs ideal for outdoor dining and rest and relaxation during the summer months.

This is the ideal, rural and romantic retreat, lovingly restored and combining architectural character with modern comfort for up to 4 self-catering guests. Upstairs are two comfortable bedrooms and a stylish bathroom. Downstairs is a sitting/dining room with original fireplace and wood-burning stove. Relaxed seating on sofa and antique settle for 4 people and dining table seating up to 4 people. There is a well-designed contemporary kitchen. Wi-Fi internet is available as well as IPhone loudspeaker dock. Il Roccolo is available to rent normally from April/May to November.

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Suitability:
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome
Guestbook comments from the owner
'We wanted to let you know that we really liked your house - the location is wonderful and we found the interior very tasteful.'
Jul 2012
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Alex and Francis Graham-Dixon

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We have been coming to Italy for many years, since living in Florence and Perugia respectively as students. Our love of Italian food, language, landscapes, design, history and culture has sustained us through the decades. We live in London and work in the fields of child mental health, european history and human rights.

Alex and Francis Graham-Dixon purchased this house in 2000

We discovered the Marche in 2000, after many visits to different regions. We were drawn to the area around Amandola because of the stunning scenery, the magnificent Sibillini mountains and the friendliness of the people. We found Il Roccolo in a ruinous state, the roof about to collapse and a tree growing out of what is now the kitchen. We were enchanted by the beauty of the setting, the profound spirit of place, and the sense that time had truly stood still. A local architect impressed upon us the rarity of this type of building, and was saddened that a part of Marche heritage might become a pile of rubble. Interested in the arts and history we wanted to preserve Il Roccolo for future generations. It has been a delightful and restful retreat for us, our family, friends and many guests over the years.

This is a place of perfect peace and relaxation with far-reaching unspoilt views of the rolling countryside. Il Roccolo offers total privacy from neighbours and yet is easily accessible for all local amenities.

To stay in the hunting lodge is to immerse yourself in the exuberance of nature. You will be woken by a chorus of birdsong in the morning and can lie in bed and watch the black squirrels leaping through the walnut trees.

The habitat supports displays of fireflies in May and June - only possible in areas with less than 2% environmental pollution.

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights
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Historic hunting lodge, a rural retreat bordering the Sibillini National Park
average rating of 4.75 based on 4 reviews
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Amandola Fermo
5

A WONDERFULLY RESTORED AND EQUIPPED HOLIDAY HOME.

  • 5 of 5
We arrived at Il Roccolo utterly exhausted after a long period of heavy work, and we found that it was absolutely perfect for our needs. The house is superbly restored and wonderfully equipped. An excellent kitchen and bathroom, as well as comfortable furniture and beds, all make it a wonderful place to stay. Good Wi-Fi means that it's easy to keep in touch if you want to. At the other end of technology, the wood fire was a great help for the first couple of (slightly-chilly) days, and sitting looking at it in the evening was very relaxing. The house was spotlessly clean when we arrived, with basic stocks of essentials in, all the beds made up and basically ready to go.

The views from the terrace were wonderful, and having breakfast looking out over them was a great way to start the day - and dinner with the same view was a pretty good way to finish it as well. In addition, the views of the mountains as you drive (or walk) down into Communanza were equally or more stunning: Il Roccolo is on a watershed, so there are different panoramic views both to the north and, within a few metres, to the south.

The facilities in Communanza are excellent, and well explained in the house book, so it's very easy to settle into the area once you arrive. We particularly enjoyed the Hotel in town, with its excellent restaurant. It was well worth the visit, and we went there twice.

The surrounding area is worth exploring, both scenically and for its facilities. We visited restaurants in Ortezzano and in Ascoli Piceno, both of which were well worth the journey, and we had a lovely drive up into the mountains. We didn't do a lot of 'culture' this time, but there's plenty in the area, especially at Ascoli Piceno, if you want it.

We certainly intend to use this again if you'll have us back a second time.

We left after a week thoroughly refreshed
  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
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Amandola Fermo
5

FANTASTIC SPOT!

  • 5 of 5
What a fantastic house in stunning surroundings.

The house is immaculately kept with a lovely feel to it, clean and tidy, a very comfy bed, a superbly stocked kitchen and all the mod cons you could want, yet in an house that is entirely fitting with the regions architecture.

The surrounding countryside is absolutely breathtaking, with a fantastic view of rolling hills from the house's own large garden.

I look forward to coming back again!

Many thanks!
  • Submitted: Nov 18, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
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Historic hunting lodge, a rural retreat bordering the Sibillini National Park
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+44 (0)208 748 5579
Amandola Fermo
5

WHAT A BEAUTIFUL PLACE

  • 5 of 5
Thank you so much for this beautiful week in your lovely house. We really enjoyed our stay.The nature around the lodge is breathtaking. It´s really a very quiet and romantic spot.
  • Submitted: Nov 10, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
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Historic hunting lodge, a rural retreat bordering the Sibillini National Park
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+44 (0)208 748 5579
Amandola Fermo
Oxford, UK
4

THE CHARM OF THE MARCHE

  • 4 of 5
A most enjoyable week at your hunting lodge: exploring some unfamiliar hill towns, walking in the Sibillini and just enjoying the views. The mountains look spectacular at this time of year, and the view of them from the road down to Comunanza was a beautiful start to every day.
The lodge was charming. A most sensitive piece of restoration.
May 2011
  • Submitted: May 9, 2011
  • Stayed: Apr 2011
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Recommended for:  Age 55+, Romantic Getaway
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Map

Nearest Airport
110 Kilometres
Ancona
Nearest Ferry
55 Kilometres
Porto San Giorgio
Nearest Train
45 Kilometres
Pedaso
Nearest Motorway
45 Kilometres
Pedaso
Nearest Beach
45 Kilometres
Pedaso
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Comunanza
Nearest Ski
30 Kilometres
Sassotetto
Nearest Golf
55 Kilometres
Porto San Giorgio
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Comunanza
Car: necessary

Il Roccolo is most suitable for COUPLES of all ages, HONEYMOONERS, WALKERS, NATURE ENTHUSIASTS, ART LOVERS, GASTRONOMES and SEEKERS OF CALM & QUIET and those in need of a retreat from urban life.

Il Roccolo is ideally placed for visits to the mountains, sea and historic hill towns and urban cultural centres throughout Marche. It is just 5 minutes drive from the Sibillini Mountains National Park with its spectacular scenery and sense of wilderness. It is also within easy reach of beautiful small hill towns such as Amandola, Montefortino, Sarnano, and Monte San Martino,where the local church is home to five Renaissance masterpieces by the great Crivelli brothers. In 30 minutes you can be sitting in the Art Nouveau splendour of Caffe Meletti in the sublime Piazza del Popolo in Ascoli Piceno. The main square is host to outdoor opera, concerts and events during the summer months. The historic centre of Ascoli is crammed with Romanesque churches and artworks. For lovers of opera in the open air, the summer season at the Sferisterio in Macerata is not to be missed.

For those who prefer to laze on the beach, the Riviera delle Palme is within easy access 40 minutes drive away; family-friendly beaches are found in Pedaso (40 mins),Cupra Marittima (50 mins) and Grottamare (55 mins). All have fantastic seafood restaurants. Closer to Il Roccolo in Amandola and Comunanza, there are excellent shops that stock an interesting range of wines and regional products.

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
July & August
Jul 1 2014 - Aug 31 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£600
 
 
September
Sep 1 2014 - Sep 30 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£500
 
 
October
Oct 1 2014 - Oct 31 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£450
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit 200
Notes 30% non-refundable deposit to be paid at the time of booking. Balance of rental payment becomes due two calendar months prior to holiday commencement date.

There is a £200 REFUNDABLE breakages deposit payable at the balance of rental payment due date.

The use of central heating is charged at a flat rate of an extra £70 for each week for the rental period. Firewood from the wood store is

Cancellation Policy

Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund
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Amenities

Amandola House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 78 m²
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Mountain
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Basic Soaps
  • Internet
  • Hair Dryer
  • Wireless Internet
  • Toilet Paper
  • Iron & Board
  • Activities Guide
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Local Maps
  • Laundry Soap
  • Firewood
  • Tiled Stove
Kitchen:
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Stove ...
  • Oven ...
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • Dining ...
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet
  • In the roof space of the house there is a beautifully appointed shower room with shower, WC, basin and bidet in white ceramic. The ceiling is constructed of sloping dark wood beams and white and blue mosaic tiles clad the walls. There is glass shelving above the basin, along with a shaver point and magnifying mirror. Towels are provided for your stay. Guests are requested to bring their own beach towels and not to use house towels on the beach,
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , Firm mattress
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Firm mattress
  • Bedroom 1 has a comfortable double bed with storage drawers, flanked by bedside tables and lamps. There is a chest of drawers and cupboard for hanging clothes. A remnant of a 19th century fresco of Diana the huntress is on one of the walls. This room is light and airy and well ventilated even in the hottest summer months. Bedroom 2 has a Victorian double bed frame on which lie two futon mattresses. The second bedroom is full of atmosphere with original gun windows and beamed ceiling. All bed linen is provided for your stay. All linen is changed weekly at no extra charge. Both bedrooms have far reaching views over the surrounding countryside. There are nets on all the windows to prevent the entrance of insects and birds. Wi-Fi broadband internet has been installed in this bedroom but is accessible from all rooms in the house.
Entertainment:
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • Books for Adults
  • Games ...
  • Books ...
  • Stereo ...
Outside:
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • 4 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome
Attractions:
  • pond
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • forests
  • churches
  • restaurants
  • live theater
  • ruins
  • museums
  • winery tours
  • cinemas
Leisure Activities:
  • sight seeing
  • horseback riding
  • walking
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sledding
Local Services & Businesses:
  • massage therapist
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • fitness center
  • medical services
  • groceries
  • ATM/bank
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • equestrian events
  • mountain biking
  • hiking
  • tennis
  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
Notes:
There is an additional charge for the use of central heating, at a flat rate of £70 per week for each week of the rental period. You will need to ask the owners if you wish to bring pets on your holiday.
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