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.
Peaceful self-catering rental with terrace and beautiful mountain views
- english, french, italian
- Calendar last updated:
- Nov 17, 2018
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!
Check-in: 2:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
The best of both worlds
We had a great stay here with our two children (ages 4 and 8) and found the house to be well equipped and spotlessly presented. The location is great with mountains within a short drive and the beaches on the Adriatic about 45 mins drive away. There are local pools to swim in if you don't want to drive and great scenery with historic towns and cities within easy range. The nearest towns of Urbania and Fermignano have good amenities including trattorias and restaurants and a large supermarket in Fermignano.
a perfect flat for those who choose not to stay in the city. secluded, tasteful an d
Quiet, clean we definitely recommend this location.
After spending a week in Rome and Venice, this location was perfect to calm down and enjoy the beautiful area.
We had a bit a trouble finding the house (our GPS was lost) , but Isabelle was easy to reach and immediately offered to come to get us in Urbania. The house has a great cachet, we had everything we needed for a comfortable stay.
Urbania is close by with stores, supermarket and of course, great gelato.
A quiet, peaceful place in The Marken
Located at a very quiet and peaceful place, at the end of a "Strada Bianca" we really enjoyed our stay in Isabelle's appartment. We never noticed that Isabelle and her daughters were living in the appartment below.The appartement was equipped with all necessary items to have a nice stay. The only reason I couldn't give a 5 star rating is the fact that we missed the sun after 3 o"clock. However, this gave us a good reason to travel around in Le Marche during the afternoons. With many restaurants close by we thorougly enjoyed this part of Italy.
Lovely flat in the Marche
We had a wonderfull time in the flat in August 2015. The facilities were very complete, all we needed was there. The owner is very kind and helpfull. The property was private, despite the owner lives at the other side of the .
We visited many old villages like Gubbio and Urbino. We have found local wineries and enjoyed the beach at Fano.
I can highly recommand the appartement of Isabelle. Last week of August 2014 we stayed at the beautiful an large apartment of Isabelle. Everything you need you will find in the well equipt apartment. Outside there is a nice place to sit in the sun and enjoy your meal with a nice glass of wine.
By car It's just about 15 minutes drive to Urbania where you will find different restaurants. Urbino is a beautifull town not far from Urbania. Sant' Angelo in Vado is a small town near Urbania. Tip, visit the museo Archelogico and Domus del Mito, an old Roman house with wonderful mosaic flours.
Isabelle is always there when you need some help or information. Isabelle, thanks for the nice time we had in your place.
I've read the book we changed, it was beautiful. I will send it to you or deliver when we come to Italy next year. I will let you know.
Best regards from Wim and Kath (Holland)
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.
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.