Peaceful self-catering rental with terrace and beautiful mountain views
- english, french, italian
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
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!
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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
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.
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.
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.
Peaceful, relaxing and wonderful views too!
We were so glad that we chose to go further inland than we usually do. The Marche region is beautiful and unspoiled. the flat has everything you need for a stress free holiday, and Isabelle is there if you need her.Never intrusive, but very helpful and friendly. She recommended various places to visit, including some very good restaurants. There was plenty of room for the three of us and our two large dogs and it was safe for them to roam around. We would certainly return and would wholeheartedly recommend it to others.
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.