About the property
- Farmhouse1184 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay4 nights
Restored Farmhouse:sleeps 8.Full Kitchen, Dining, Lounge, Terraces, Olive groves
A beautifully restored farmhouse. Sleeps up to 8 with full kitchen; dining room; sitting room; 2 bathrooms; outside dining, lounge, grilling and children's play areas all set within an olive grove, grapevines and other fruit trees. Over 350 years old, this farmhouse was originally a grain mill and “cotto” for local wine. A beautiful home with great character and history and where all rooms are peaceful, relaxing and uniquely decorated. Natural building systems mean indoors is both cool in summer and warm in winter – perfect because this area has activities for every season. The land is tended naturally: olives, vines, vegetables and herbs; and wonderful wildlife: butterflies, lizards, boar and birds of prey are everywhere. Spectacular scenery in all directions – hilltop towns: Colmurano, San Ginesio, Macerata and the Monti Sibillini – means the view is one of the best in unspoilt Le Marche. It is surely the most romantic place to see the full moon float across the horizon. Welcome!
For more details see: www.foglie-ridenti.com
Other local facilities: Local shops for all the basics are only a few kms away in Colmurano, Paterno or Urbisaglia. Larger supermarkets, shops, bars and restaurants in nearby Tolentino offer everything you need as well as “outlet shopping” (also in Civitanova and Ancona). Many superior quality agriturismo restaurants using organic home-grown produce are within a short drive – Villa Bice (Santa Croce), Le Logge (Urbisaglia), Agra Mater (Colmurano) to name a few. Regional food and wine can be explored everywhere, particularly at the sagra festivals which celebrate local cuisine throughout the summer and also during harvest times in the cooler months. Stuffed olives, porchetta, truffles and, of course, mouthwatering seafood, pastas and ice creams of all varieties. Le Marche is famous for Verdicchio, Rosso Cónero and Rosso Piceno wines but there are so many more to discover. Graham's career is wine and he offers wine related holidays, tours, short courses and wine tastings at some of the local vineyards as yet undiscovered beyond the region. A delicious and interesting adventure!
Culture – interesting museums, fabulous theatres and countless churches are found in every village, town and city close to the farmhouse. For example, the Roman archaeological town of Urbs Salvia (Urbisaglia) (with its original amphitheatre still in use today) and fascinating abbey (Abbadia di Fiastra). Also close is Macerata with its famous arena which hosts opera and ballet every summer, the pilgrimage site at Loreto, the amazing caves at Grotte di Frasassi and the beautiful cliffs and coves of the Monte Cónero Riviera. (Recommended cultural reading is the “Blue Guide – The Marche and San Marino” or “The Heritage Guide - The Marches”). Festivals occur almost every day from May until October and most weekends even in autumn and winter. The Artistrada Buskers Festival in Colmurano in mid-July is one of our favourites but there are countless events too numerous to mention here. A selection of our favourites are Carneval in February, Civitanova Marche Wine Festival in April, Gualdo Formaggi d'autore in May, Veregra Street Festival in June, International Children's Theatre Festival in July, San Ginesio Medieval Festival and Ferragosto in August, Artcevia international Art Festival in September, an amazing Halloween festival in Mogliano and the presipi, markets and La Befana festivals over Christmas. Needless to say, during your visit you are bound to find at least one festival to celebrate with the locals in traditional style! Saranne's career is theatre, and theatre weeks are also on offer based around specific performances in the regional theatres. Please ask for further details.
For the sport lover – sports for all seasons are available here as the stunning Sibillini Mountain National Park with its gorgeous lake, hiking and skiing areas are only a short drive away and we can recommend many wonderful walks in this area as well as hundreds of mountain bike trails and horse riding. The nearby beaches and resorts of the Adriatic coast also offer water sports such as sailing, windsurfing and kite surfing, jet skiing, and naturally swimming and, for children and the whole family, there is also a water park - Verde Azzuro.
WE ALSO OFFER WINE HOLIDAYS (THE ART OF VITICULTURE) AND OLIVE HOLIDAYS (HARVEST AND PRUNING) AS WELL AS OTHER SPECIALIST WEEKS SUCH AS THEATRE, MUSIC, ART AND CULTURE. PLEASE ASK US FOR FURTHER DETAILS.
We are very proud of our natural swimming pool and outside living areas. Ask for more details!!
Saranne and Graham
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About Saranne and Graham
We (Graham and Saranne) live here with our two daughters who go to school just across the valley in Colmurano. We moved here to take advantage of the beautiful peace and quiet that both this house and the surrounding area offers and to provide our children with a safe and yet also challenging place to grow up. It was our dream and it is now a wonderful reality. That's not to say it isn't hard work - it is a farmhouse after all! We spend most of our free time from our careers tending to the land and the house.(Graham works for the local wineries and Saranne's career is divided between a love of theatre, writing and being a full-time mum.) Our olive trees, veggie patches and vines need constant care and, of course, when the time comes to harvest it is all hands on deck! September is time for grapes, October/November is olive harvest and the veggie patch supplies us with delicious produce all year round which naturally means we are also planting most of the year to ensure a steady flow of food. Then there's making jams and preserves to make use of all the fruits growing on our land - figs, persimmon, pears, apples, elderberries, blackberries, walnuts, almonds, peaches to name just a few of a wide variety! There are many ways to describe our interests and passions in life – but no specifics quite fit. We share a deep interest in wine, theatre and slowfood and that’s why we live here as they are all in abundance in this area of Le Marche: the wineries of La Murola, Il Pollenza, Saputi and Sant'Isidoro are practically on our doorstep; theatres such as the beautiful Sferisterio Arena and Teatro Lauro Rossi in Macerata, Nicola Vaccaj in Tolentino, and the amphitheatres in Urbisaglia are a wonder; and gourmet restaurants in Serrapetrona, Colmurano and Belforte are a delicious treat. And then there's the local outdoor activities: hiking, mountain biking, skiing, swimming, sailing etc. It's funny - we love living life on the slow side but there's always so much to do!
Saranne and Graham purchased this Farmhouse in 2006
Why Saranne and Graham chose Province of Macerata
We live in this area of Italy mainly because of its similarities to Graham's home country of Ireland; from the landscape to the outlook of the local people. We love everything that Le Marche and its people represent: the Marchigiani are hard-working yet have a relaxed approach to life, a deep-rooted sense of tradition and a strong community spirit. Above all, they are warm and friendly people who love a story over a glass or two! The rolling hills of Le Marche are punctuated by beautiful rivers, valleys, dramatic mountain ranges and over 150 km of coastline. Sublimely tranquil, the historical hilltop towns and stunning cities of this area are awe-inspiring. For those, like us, interested in art, history and culture, the churches, museums, galleries, theatres, shrines and roman ruins in this area are plentiful. It is a meticulously preserved treasure trove of times past. In fact, we find that travelling through this region’s countryside is best done off the beaten track. There is so much more to discover by leaving the map behind and getting lost! When we were looking for a home we were thrilled to find this property because it had everything we wanted: wonderful views, a house with masses of character and history and land which could be tended and developed. Our olive grove was close to being abandoned and over the years we have brought it back to life so we can now enjoy our own olive oil all year round. In fact, so can our customers who come to help with the harvest and leave with a bottle or two in their luggage - both oil and wine! Delicious! Lastly, although all rooms in the house have the luxury of a balanced temperature whatever the season - we have eco-insulation and underfloor heating - we encourage our guests to spend as much time as possible discovering the region and all it has to offer. We feel truly privileged to be able to live here and even though it can be strenuous running a farmhouse, every day is an inspiration and joy in Le Marche!
What makes this Farmhouse unique
I fell in love with this farmhouse as soon as I saw it when we first emerged from the windy avenue of trees just above it. Blossom was growing just outside the front door and it all looked so welcoming. Once I went inside, I felt like a child again because of all the nooks and crannies there were to explore! Of course, at that time, it was a true 'rustico' without any kitchen or bathroom. It had water and electricity but at a very basic level so our portable solar showers came in quite handy for our first few visits! After 5 years of renovation, our home is now warm and comfortable. It is made up of three different buildings which have been restored by an amazing team of local builders and a fantastic geometra (surveyor/architect/planner) who is now also a great friend. Because we have tried to recreate the original spirit of the house, there is a little bit of ducking to do! On the ground floor of the first house, the original cowshed, woodstore, olive oil and wine rooms have been renovated into a self-catering apartment which has everything you need for a revitalizing holiday: ensuite double or twin bedroom, kitchen, dining and living space as well as private terraces with beautiful views. On the 1st and 2nd floors there are three separate bedrooms linked by a central staircase with an additional bathroom. Each has its own character – one with stunning mountain views, another was originally the kitchen with an open fire and intriguing cubbyhole, and the attic room, originally used for storage, is now wonderfully cosy and romantic. However, most importantly for us, is the fact that the previous owner, whose family lived in this house for over 300years and who still tends his land on the opposite side of the road, is happy to see the house modernised and cared for, and his approval means more to us than anything else. Finally, we are very proud of our natural swimming pool. Swim with the dragonflies and lilies! A wonderfully peaceful way to commune with nature.
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Quiet, Comfortable, Cosy
fantastic view, friendly reception, well-equipped kitchen, comfortable bed, clean, good hot shower, cosy living room and dining area (with masses of brochures on nearby attractions), yummy products to buy, no hysterics when water-loving Labrador retriever frequently sneaked a quick dip in the eco-pond. Would recommend the property to a friend or relative. Several ancient hamlets nearby. A quiet retreat. Not suitable for disco-loving, night-clubbing types!
Thank you! I'm very glad you had a good time and the quiet was what you were looking for. We love it!! Looking forward to seeing you again! All the best, Saranne and family
Great time in Graham's and Sarrana's property
We had a great time in Graham's and Sarrana's property. This is a charming house, surrounded by outstanding and beautiful view and environment, it is beautiful and clean. The owners are lovely, they helped us a lot during the stay and also before we arrived in arranging our trip. I would definitely recommend to visit this gorgeous area and to stay at this property.
Thank you so much for your review. We really enjoyed your visit and it was so lovely to get to know you. We all hope you can come again and soon! Best wishes for now, Saranne and family
Wonderlijke sterrenhemel in Le Marche
Liefhebbers van Italië die tijdens de schoolvakanties rust zoeken, zullen die vinden in de nog ongerepte streek Le Marche. Hier vind je authenticiteit, rust en veel groen.
Het huis van Saranne en Graham werd gedurende zeven jaar met liefde gerestaureerd. Een rustig landweggetje doorheen velden en olijfbomen leidt naar het huis vanwaar je een prachtig uitzicht hebt. 's Nachts geniet je vanop het terras van een wonderlijke sterrenhemel.
Betere gastheren kan je je niet voorstellen: Saranne en Graham doen alles om het je naar je zin te maken. Alles loopt heel naturel omdat ze oprecht vriendelijk zijn en dat alles draagt bij tot een heel geslaagde vakantie!
Thank you so much for coming. You were such wonderful and easy guests! We hope to see you again - maybe next year?! All the best for now, Saranne, Graham and family
I have a long held and deep seated fascination with the Marche due to annual visits over nine years. By the happy chance I was introduced to Le Foglie Ridenti . What a sensational chance that was. This has seasoned country living at its heart, with sweeping hills of vines, oaks and olive groves. All this at the very heart of a constellation by jewel like hill towns to light out to and explore.
The pioneers of this venture, have spent 7 years planning, building and enhancing Le Foglie Ridenti. This is no fly by night endeavour. It is the most successful “Old /New build” I know of, the care and attention to detail has made the guest house and its attendant garden terraces commodious, harmonious, separate and above all as of one with the panorama. All mod-coms within an authentic rustic ambience beautifully thought through.
I loved it all. I loved the domesticity of permanence the ancient cultivation of the hills, the the nearest town, has everything one needs if one is a gourmand (not a gourmet) like myself, the pasticceria is to die for, that is, if you want a night out from preparing the divine veggies, and to cap it all, for a “festa” the town has the very best restaurant in the county.
It ticks all the boxes 5 stars as suggested by this Review guide
It is an amore.
It was lovely to have you come and stay and persuade you of the beauty of this area. I look forward to your next visit perhaps with more of your family? Hope you have a lovely summer! Best wishes, Saranne and family
Le Foglie Ridenti - Tolentino Marche
Un paio di giorni di soggiorno alle Foglie Ridenti sono bastati a farmi innamorare del suo circondario stupendo e delle bonta' gastronomiche di cui la sua terra abbonda! Ho finito per prolungare quello che doveva essere una visita di 3/4 giorni in una settimana.
Paesaggi idilliaci, accoglienza calda e ospitalita' impeccabile. L'appartamento era provvisto di ogni comodita' necessaria, inclusa una cucina perfettamente funzionante e completamente attrezzata. Gli ambienti sono confortevoli pur mantenendo un carattere che si accompagna perfettamente con il paesaggio esteriore.
A poca distanza di macchina ci sono anche molte attrazioni turistiche che vale davvero la pena visitare (Loreto, Recanati, Macerata, ecc.), includendo antiche rovine romane, santuari, abbazie romaniche e medievali - per gl'interessati ad arte e storia; il mare e i Monti Sibillini - per i naturalisti; e vitigni, caseifici e aziende olearie a volonta' per i ghiottoni (come me!); musica dal vivo pare anche essere frequente e un po' d'appertutto... c'e' davvero qualcosa per tutti i gusti.
Raccomanderei a chiunque, e senza nessuna riserva, un soggiorno a Le Foglie Ridenti.
P.S. non dimenticate la macchina fotografica! (e fatevi l'alzataccia per vedervi almeno un sorgere del sole - da togliere il fiato! - davvero un esperienza quasi zen!!!)
Un abbraccio ai favolosi Saranne e Graham, con un grazie di cuore per una mini-vacanza davvero speciale!
Views, vines and olive groves
We had a very relaxing stay in this fantastic rural barn conversion that would not be out of place on Grand Designs. The landlord gave us great advice on local places to visit, shop and eat, and directed us to the quieter beaches. We took one of the vineyard tours and learnt more about tasting wine than in a lifetime of drinking it.
Highly recommended. We shall definitely be back with friends and family to see more of Le Marche and Italy.
It was a real pleasure to have you and your family stay. Thanks for the Grand Designs comparison - we love that programme!! Hope to see you again soon for more wine tastings and relaxation. Saranne and family
Set in a quiet area near hilltop towns of Colmurano and Urbisaglia, the farmhouse is a short drive to Sibillini National Park. Panoramic views of olive groves, vineyards, Monti Sibillini and Adriatic Sea-perfectly located for outdoor activities: hiking, climbing, mountain biking, horse riding, skiing, all water sports. Foglie ridenti is found between Macerata and San Ginesio: both major tourist attractions with museums, galleries and cultural interest as well as theatre, opera, music festivals, pilgrimages etc. Those on a road trip can easily come to relax after the bustle of Rome or Florence in less than 3 hours, and then go on to historical cities of Urbino or Áscoli Piceno in less than 1 hour. Also a ferry ride from Ancona port to coasts of Croatia, Greece or even Turkey! Nearest airport: Ancona (1hr) but many guests also use Pescara (2hrs), Rome or Bologna (3hrs). A sturdy car is vital but public transport reduces driving with bus/train stations in Tolentino-8km / Macerata-25km.
For more details see: www.foglie-ridenti.com
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Payments accepted in Euros or via paypal - the customer is liable for all bank charges and fees. Cancellation policy: Cancellation between 4-8 weeks before arrival - 50% of the total fee is retained by the farmhouse owners. Cancellation less than 4 weeks before arrival - 100% of the fee is retained by the farmhouse owners. Ask about B&B prices or special offers. Check in: 4pm. Check out: 11am.