Idyllic, peaceful country house near mountains, beaches and pretty villages
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About Fiona Leney
I am half-Italian and spent many happy childhood holidays in this area. When I introduced my husband to the northern Marche, he fell in love with it too, and eventually we decided to buy a family home in an area that has strong sentimental ties. We hope to spend much more time at Ca' Stefioli after retirement, but for the time being we want others to enjoy the house as much as we do. We have great family holidays at the house, with my son bringing his friends out to stay with us too. The boys enjoy the beach, but also just taking off and roaming around the neighbouring fields - our garden isn't fenced - and they love exploring to see who can find porcupine quills or bird nests.
Fiona Leney purchased this Farmhouse in 2007
Why Fiona Leney chose Terre Roveresche
Stefioli was a ruin for almost 40 years before we bought it and had it lovingly restored by a local builder. Our neighbours have told us plenty of stories of how the families used to congregate around Stefioli's wood oven to bake on high days and holidays. This sense of friendliness and community is very special to our area, which considers itself blessed to lie between the coast and the mountains and "have the best of both" as our neighbours put it. Sentimental reasons aside, what we love as a family is that there is something for everyone - beach, hiking, fantastic food & wine and interesting day trips and cultural visits. It's easy to get anywhere in central Italy and then return to complete peace and tranquillity after a long day out.
What makes this Farmhouse unique
Vistors have commented that Stefioli is like a new house in an old house's skin. What they mean is that while the character of the old house is still very much there, everything works. It is warm in winter and cool in summer, comfortable and clean. Mod cons such as the heating, double glazing and dishwasher do not detract from the charm of the old building. We looked long and hard for the perfect location, and we think this is it: it is hard to remember that we are only minutes away from modern amenities when all you can hear is the brook in the field below, birdsong, and the occasional church bell. And after a hot day on the beach, it's lovely to sit quietly surrounded by greenery and just drink in the view.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
No parties/events allowed at the house
Pets only by agreement, supplement payable.
Not suitable for small children
Minimum age of primary renter:30
Max guests:6 (sleeps up to 6 adults)
Guests must take rubbish, sorted into appropriate containers, especially kitchen waste, up to the public road for collection.
Cars must be parked in the parking area by the gas tank, and NOT driven down onto the lawn.
Do not leave dirty dishes and cutlery. If washing up is left, we will keep a sum back from the security deposit.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Fantastic farm house in a rural setting with beautiful views over the valley.
Spacious house with grand living areas with highlight being the covered terrace.
Totally remote and yet only minutes from a number of historic villages and a number of shopping options for any supplies you need.
A great place for a family, a group of friends or just a couple.
Thank you for your comments, Michael. I'm so glad you enjoyed staying at Ca Stefioli.
Upon our arrival at Ca Stefioli (after hours on the Autostrada in driving rain and wind) the sun magically broke through the clouds and we were met with the most charming stone house set on the edge of one of the most spectacular scenic vistas we have ever seen. Before unpacking, we just sat on the terrace and drank in the views. Over the next two weeks we spent part of every day simply enjoying the surroundings, as well as the spectacular sunsets at the end of nearly every day.
The house itself was comfortable and roomy, equipped with everything you might need. At night, from the bedrooms on the second floor, you can see the lights of distant villages on the hills and on clear nights, a thousand stars.
The location is also perfect for exploring the popular sites in the Marche.
We particularly enjoyed San Marino, Gubbio, Pesaro, Urbino, and Fano, in that order. The nearby towns of Barchi and Mondavio were great for shopping and dinners. Not to be missed is nearby Furlo Gorge.
We loved everything about this vacation and hope to return again soon.
Thank you very much, Susan, for your appreciative comments. I am so pleased you enjoyed Ca Stefioli and the great places to visit in the area. I look forward to welcoming you back! Fiona
Beautiful property with stunning views
I like to paint when I’m on holiday and this place provided me with such a variety of inspiration. Sitting out on the terrace with the pergola shading the sun we drank in that view for hours. With at least, I think, a 160 degree span of the hills, it was so relaxing just to watch the light shift, change and dance. We picked and ate figs for breakfast - hope that was OK! Local villages, like Barchi gave us a chance to stretch our legs and the swimming in Fano was dreamy. Fano is a nice town, the market on the Saturday was a good trip out too and we came back loaded up with cheeses, bread, fruit and veg, for more meals on the terrace! The house is lovely, very clean and obviously much loved. I loved it too and to be honest it did give me a bit of ‘property envy’! Hope very much to come again :-)
Thank you so much for your kind review. I'm so glad you enjoyed the house, the views and the nearby villages and towns. You'd be more than welcome to return to complete your sketches/paintings!
All the best, Fiona
Beautiful peaceful place.
Lovely veranda with a beautiful view of the surrounding countryside. House was very clean and comfortable.
Wunderschönes Haus in toller Landschaft
Wir waren mit 5 Personen (2 Erwachsene und 3 Kinder) zum ersten mal in den Marken.
Das Haus liegt am Rande der kleinen Ortschaft Villa del Monte. Dort gibt es eine kleine unbefestigte relative steile Straße die zum Haus führt. Das Haus liegt wunderschön gelegen über ein angrenzendes Tal mit Blick bis hin zu den Bergen Monte Catria, Petrone und Nerone.
Das Haus war sauber und mit allen notwendigen ausgestattet. Der Pizzaofen außen ist leider nicht mehr ganz in Ordnung, Grillen war aber kein Problem.
Die Umgebung bietet gute Einkaufsmöglichkeieten in ca. 9km Lebenmittel (Supermarkt) oder in ca. 15km in einem großen Einkaufszentrum in der Nähe von Fano. Natürlich sollte man auch einmal die Wochenmärkte besuchen die es zahlreich gibt. In direkter Nähe (5km) gibt es auch noch ein Bekleidungsoutlet mit relativ gutem Sortiment.
Zu unserer Zeit waren so gut wie keine Touristen auszumachen. Ich denke aber das in Meeresnähe die Saison gerdae erst anfängt und dort durchaus im Sommer etwas los ist. Etwas weiter im Landesinnerern dagegen ist die Touristendichte doch sehr gering.
Außer der Natur die zum Wandern einläd sind vor allem die historischen Gegebenheiten zu nennen die wie z.B. in den Städten Urbino, Fano oder die Catellos in Gradaro und Mondavio.
Ein Augenmerk hatte ich auf das Rennradfahren gelegt, um es vorweg zu sagen, die Straßen sind wirklich miserabel aber landschaftlich sehr schön und die gegebene Geograpfie wirklich herausfordernd (Steigungen mit mehr als 20%) .Die drei zuvorgenannten Berge waren leider zu meiner Zeit noch mit Schnee bedeckt so das ich den Gipfel nicht erreichen konnte.
Alles in allem war der Urlaub für uns in den Marken eine rundum schöne Erfahrung und das Haus ist absolut weiterzuempfehlen.
Thank you for your kind comments, Heiko. We are so pleased that you loved your stay!
We are very proud of the way our house has been renovated while conserving its original character, and we're glad you enjoyed that too. Unfortunately it was never going to be possible to restore the old bread oven to its original purpose, but, as you say, it makes a fantastic barbecue!
Hoping to host you again, maybe when the mountains are not covered in snow!
Fiona & Steve
Charming, authentic farmhouse with a wonderful view!
We loved your place, Fiona! Beautiful, nicely maintained and very well equipped farmhouse in a wonderful rural location! The local little villages are must to visit with Mondavio as a gem. The coastal towns Fano and Pesaro offer a good variety of truly wonderful and simple fish restaurants – we have our favourites! And finally, having been to Le Marche for the fourth time, we finally made it to Urbino – a hometown of Raphael and le Grotte di Frasassi! Thank you, Fiona, for our truly memorable and utterly authentic stay at your beautiful farmhouse – we would love to come back! Highly recommended!
Thank you for your kind words, Sergey! I am delighted that you enjoyed your holiday at Ca' Stefioli and saw many of the very different sights that make our part of Le Marche so special (not to mention the fantastic food and wonderful shopping!). You were great guests, and we look forward to welcoming you and the family back next time!
Special interest holidays:
We can arrange cookery holidays, or short courses as part of your stay at our house, with renowned local chef Alberto Melograna, who specialises in authentic dishes with a modern twist using produce such as wild mushrooms and truffles. The courses are held at his restaurant in the Furlo Gorge nature reserve, 15 minutes by car from the house. Contact us for further details.
Stefioli is situated 20 kms inland from the coastal town of Fano, accessed by a speedy dual carriageway which makes the journey quick and easy. At Fano there is a choice of pebble beach, offering steeply shelving, clear blue water, chic bars and restaurants and shops, or driving a few minutes out of town to quieter beaches with pale, soft sand which shelves gently into the water, making it ideal for small children.
Ancona airport (Ryanair) is an easy 50-minute drive down the A14 motorway south along the coast.
Bologna airport (Ryanair, British Airways and Easyjet) is an easy two-hour drive north along the same motorway.
Car hire essential.
Nearest grocery store is 2kms away.
Nearest restaurant, mini-mart, pharmacy and church 4kms away.
Nearest nature reserve 15 minutes away by car.
Nearest beach, Fano 20 kms away.
UNESCO city of Urbino 30 minutes by car.
Pesaro, with its International Opera Festival, 45 minutes by car.
Stefioli is ideally placed to offer everything you could want for a perfect holiday. - with easy access to lovely beaches, spectacular hiking country, authentic restaurants and cultural gems.
While Tuscany and Umbria may be better known, the Marche offers similar scenery, but with a quieter, less touristy feel. Stefioli's position, near the border between the three provinces, means that guests can be on the beach in 20 minutes, or in Arezzo, Gubbio or Assisi in one and a half hours; in Florence or Perugia in two or even north to Venice in three hours along the A14 motorway. The stunning beaches of the Conero and the lovely Marchigiano towns of Macerata and Ascoli Piceno are a short drive south on the A14 motorway.
For those who do want to stay local, the villages around Stefioli all have their own character and history.
Barchi, nearest us, is renowned for its terracotta pots. Orciano, a little further, has a tradition of rope-making. Sant'Ippolito, which you can see from our back terrace, holds an annual summer festival celebrating its artisans' skill at carving the local river stone (of which our house is made).
There are year-round markets and festivals, from the internationally-renowned October truffle festival in Acqualagna to the Renaissance-themed Caccia al Cinghiale in the fortified village of Mondavio in August. The historic town of Fossombrone , a 10-minute drive towards the mountains, has a colourful market each Monday, while Fano's market is each Wednesday and Saturday, with a monthly antiques fair.
For the outdoor enthusiast or bird-watcher, well-signed trails cross the hills around our house. Nightingales can be heard and buzzards, golden orioles, swallows and a host of other birds can be seen from our garden, while the Furlo nature reserve offers sightings of eagles, as well as horse-riding and hiking.