A beautiful villa/farm in unspoilt countryside with every amenity, large pool, magnificent views, sweet fresh air, many and varied restaurants serving wonderful seasonal food and close to great Italian art and architecture. The whole property and pool is for your exclusive use. No sharing! Perfect privacy and only bird song to disturb you. Nearest house is 0.75km away. Please see the guests comments at the bottom of the page! Please note: this is a non-smoking villa. It is filled with a lovely art collection which many guests have commented on. We accept cats and small dogs. However, the property and the pool are not fenced and bringing them will be at your own risk. It is serviced by Alexandra and Manfred who maintain it in a spotless condition. The villa is serviced every week, but could be done more frequently should you wish at a relatively small cost.
Villa Near Santagata Feltria, just outside San Donato, RN, Italy - Beautiful, Peaceful and Private Location in Hills, Located 0.75km from Nearest Small Village
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- Aug 23, 2018
I am a retired medical doctor who bought the property and spent some 5 years totally refurbishing and upgrading it to a standard that I was happy with. We decided to rent it out only to cover ever rising costs - not to make it into a business venture, but it has become so successful that our family now need to book our vacation early in order to enjoy the villa! We do not use it whilst guests are staying. Our guests use the main villa which you can see in the photographs on the left. We use the both left and right villas. You will have full use of the property and pool whilst you are there. No sharing at any time. We are entering the 8th year of renting - 2016. Heart warming are the number of guests who return having enjoyed Poggio Bello, its solitude, peace and quiet and a totally safe environment.
Ronald purchased this Villa in 2003
Why Ronald chose Sant'Agata Feltria
We bought the property which is in an area of outstanding natural beauty. It has the most wonderful air and totally uninterrupted views in all directions. The Renaissance began an hours drive away in Urbino, birthplace of Rafael. It is not on the commercial tourist trail unlike Tuscany and Umbria, and has so much to offer in terms of authentic local food, festivals, amongst which are truffle, cheese, chestnut, bread, wine (Verdiccio-the white and San Giovese- the red ), medieval, operatic etc. It is about 45 minutes drive to Ravenna with its world heritage site of mosaics and Rimini, with its Tiberian marble bridge still in use both on the Adriatic coast. To the north is the Rubicon, and thermal bathing can be found 40 minutes away. The source of the Tiber close to the thermal baths and San Leo, the finest hill top city in all of Italy according to Machiavelli is 35 minutes away. The Republic of San Marino, the oldest republic in the world is some 45 minutes drive. Arrezo in Umbria with its Della Francesca paintings and frescos is just over an hour away. Michelin starred restaurants and Michelin recommended restaurants are all within easy reach, and the variety and authenticity of the local food offered is wonderful. The property is about a kilometre from the local town and only the church bells will disturb you. It is extremely private and an easy cycle ride to Santagata Feltria, the nearest small town about 4 km away.
What makes this Villa unique
The property is private, quiet, has a huge beautiful garden and a large pool - 14 metres long x 7metres x 2.1metres deep. Glorious views of hill top towns and valleys from the property - nothing unpleasant is visible. Safe and lengthy walks according to energy levels and steep hills for the serious cyclist and wonderful food which is totally seasonal in the locality. The best restaurant in Emilio Romagna - voted for the past 2 years is only 30 to 40 minutes drive away, and do bear in mind that Emilio Romagna (Bologna its capital city) is recognised as the "Food Capital" of all of Italy! Historically we were Le Marche, but since a vote in 2010, we are now part of Emilio Romagna. Because we are in the mountains, the villa is very rarely too hot and cool breezes in the evening are often welcome after a hot day!
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 3:00 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.
Lovely villa in the charming countryside of Italy
A great secluded villa to truly relax and get away from everything. Much fun for the young family and overall a good place to stay to get away from everything - thank you!
Beautiful house, excellent location
Villa Poggio Bello was exactly what we needed. The house was in a fantastic location with real treasures (not least the fairytale town of Sant'Agata Feltria) right on the doorstep. Very well appointed, immaculate, beautifully cool in the hot summer, with lovely gardens and a great pool, we couldn't have been happier with the place. Alexandra (manager) is lovely, as is Ronald (owner) who communicates excellently!
It is always such a joy to hear that our guests have had an enjoyable stay. I take their holidays very seriously as many guests book well in advance and the week or two they spend at the villa might just be their only annual holiday, and even if it is not, that holiday is very important.
A fantastic stay at Poggio Bello
We had a lovely stay at Poggio Bello. The house, the garden and swimming pool are fabulous. It is peaceful, well protected from the heat, has a beautiful view on San Donato and the sound of charming church bell which “sings” the Ave Maria at 21 hours.
Sant’Agata Feltria is also a very charming town where we enjoyed the fine products from the bakery, butcher and fish monger. And of course the pizza’s at Graziano’s and the nice pasta at the Tulipano Nero.
The restaurants and touristic attractions mentioned in the guideline paper issued by Ronald are all worthwhile visiting. He really has a very good taste.
We enjoyed our visit to sulphur museum and the tree climbing at the Sky Park of Perticara, the magnificent castle of San Leo and the picturesque town of Pennabilli.
We will certainly return to this magnificent location.
We have been very fortunate in receiving excellent reviews. We run the villa not as a business, but for the benefit of our guests and of course ourselves using the proceeds to maintain and upgrade the facilities every year. It therefore is really pleasing to receive feedback such as this review happy in the knowledge that our guests had a wonderful holiday at Poggio Bello.
Beautiful villa with stunning views
We visited this property in August and the sun shone every day. Our days were spent by the pool looking out onto the beautiful vista, enjoying walks and visiting some amazing places. We enjoyed a glass of wine watching the marvellous sunsets, listening to the church bells in the far distance and soaking up the real Italy. Our three young chidren loved the pool. Despite our lack of Italian we were understood and made to feel very welcome by the locals. Food in the local restaurants and further a field was fabulous and so very cheap! The house is in the most beautiful setting, high on a hill overlooking the village of San Donato. The interior is beautifully decorated with art work and antiques filling each room. The beds were extremely comfortable and the home had everything one requires. The gardens are mature and well tendered - an english garden in Italy! If you are looking for a holiday to get away from the madding crowd this is for you. Yet, this area is rich in history and gastronomy and offers more day trips than it is possible to take in a two week break. The secluded villa is a delight yet the villa’s strength is that the local cafe/bar is a 5 min walk away and the main town Sant'Agata Feltria which contains a supermarket, cafes, butcher, baker , theatre, pizzeria and weekly market is 2.5km away. There are restaurants which are scattered along the routes to other villages.We have visited many parts of Italy but this region surprised us with its rustic charm, its cheap yet good living, its refined landscapes and friendly locals. The villa contains log buners so I would imagine it is snug in the winter too. If you are a walker of cyclist this is a perfect location.
Relax, silenzio e tanta serenità
La casa è grande e molto accogliente, immersa nel verde e nel silenzio. Ci siamo fermati per una settimana e non ci siamo mai mossi da casa, perché vi abbiamo trovato tutto ciò di cui avevamo bisogno: relax, natura, clima gradevole, tranquillità... e tanto divertimento nella bella piscina! Ci torneremo sicuramente!
The Family of two parents and four children were a joy to host. I was a little worried as I always am with children as our pool is 2.2 metres deep at its deep end and 1 metre at the shallow end and is not fenced, but Monica assured me that their children were good swimmers and were never allowed into the pool without adult supervision. Our manager Christin was delighted with them.I rely on her for immediate feedback. We would love to host them and their lovely children again !
Translation : The house is great and very welcoming, immersed in the greenery and silence. We stayed for a week and we never moved from home, because we found everything we needed: relax, nature and pleasant climate, calm... and a lot of fun in the beautiful swimming pool! We will definitely be back!
Monica, who gave us 5 stars *****
Special interest holidays:
The sweetest cleanest country air in Italy; excellent for re-charging the batteries! Safe walking - picturesque kilometres both flat and hilly. Very, very little traffic! Cycling - very testing hills and mountains in vicinity - used by professional cyclists in training. Exclusive "Sky Park" in the woods nearby (5kms) in Perticara - for all the family. Tennis in Santagata Feltria.
40km to Rimini and Ravenna beaches. Gabice Mare about 90 minutes away (beautiful beach with 3 restaurants). Rimini, originally a fishing port is a great place to buy freshly caught fish and crustacea directly from the dockside.
Car essential. Car hire from airports.
Forli : 45 to 60 minutes (Wind Jet from Luton/Gatwick).
Bologna: 80 - 90 minutes (BA and Ryanair).
Perugia : Ryanair 70 minutes.
San Leo 15kms (Macchiavelli called it the finest mountain top town in Italy) - Dante wrote and resided here, historic artistic town. Urbino 1 hour by car: University town where the Renaissance began; magnificent ducal palace. San Pietro di Bagno 40 minutes by car: hot mineral baths. Rimini 40kms: upmarket, lively town with excellent restaurants, clubs, beaches, Roman architecture, expensive shops. Santarcangelo 45 minutes: brilliant restaurants. San Marino 25kms: Oldest Republic est. 3rd century
Santagata Feltria - about 3kms away - a local small town with restaurants, supermarket, shops, bank, excellent pizzeria, XVIIIc theatre in Piazza - evening concerts - 2nd largest White Truffle (tartuffi) centre in Italy. Truffle and Wine Festa every Sunday in October. Tennis in village. Wonderful safe walks and cycling. In Coriano near San Marino - Ristorante Vite - voted "The Best Restaurant in Emelio Romagna" for two years is some 30 mins away. Osteria Francescana voted in 2011 as the 4th BEST RESTAURANT IN THE WORLD by Conde Naste Magazines ! Alexandra, our manager bakes wonderful white and brown bread as well as providing her own free range eggs and local wine should you wish to avail yourself of these. In addition home made preserves, jams and pickles which you may purchase. She offers a "concierge" type of service in that she has intimate knowledge of the area and its facilities and restaurants and is extremely helpful. The 3rd BEST RESTAURANT IN THE WORLD is to be found in Modena. Also Michelin starred in Bagno di Romagna. Restaurante Vite in Coriano - Best in Emelio Romagna ! Brilliant Albergo del Lago in Aqua Partite - best pasta I have ever tasted. Sommelier superb knowledge of wines - both Italian and French. Madama Dore in Nova Feltria - excellent and reasonably priced food and wines. Many more all within 30 to 40 minutes and some in less time.
Coordinates : 43*52'55"N 12*12'22"E
Booking Notes: Please email Ronald. Changeover Day: Saturday, ideally, although we will try and accommodate you and your flights ! You will be met by our English/Italian/German speaking manageress, Alexandra who will explain all the workings of the villa and more. A welcome basket of goodies awaits you on arrival, all made by Alexandra. She also bakes rather good bread ! Notes on prices: Prices are for your sole use of property per day or per week in £UK. The villa has central heating as well as 3 woodburning stufa's (stoves). There is a €25 excess per day during the winter months if using the gas fired central heating. The wood burning stoves are free to use and wood is provided. These stoves are often sufficient to heat the villa without the need for the gas. THE POOL IS NOT FENCED BUT HAS STEPS AT EITHER END. IT IS 2.2 METRES DEEP AT THE DEEPEST END.