Casa Valentina

Loro Piceno, Macerata
Self-catering


Peaceful country house with a swimming pool in an unspoiled corner of Italy, with Roman ruins and hilltop villages to explore

Bed

6 beds

Bedroom

5 bedrooms

Sleeps

Sleeps 8

Children welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

This spacious villa was once the summer residence of monks from nearby Loro Piceno, and there are sweeping views down over open farmland and up to the village, perched on the hillside opposite.

The cosy sitting room has a wall of good books, the sun-filled first floor loggia is a good place to read when it’s cooler and you can sit quietly and gaze at the views. Cook sociably in the country-style kitchen and dine around the large wooden table, or out on the elegant portico – beyond it is a simple garden with a swimming pool, half a hectare of grounds and an olive grove.

You’re a six-minute drive from Loro Piceno, which has a medieval centre and ancient castle; other hilltop towns worth exploring include Macerata, Tolentino and Ascoli Piceno. The Abbey of Fiastra, a 10-minute drive, is now a nature reserve with extensive grounds for walking, cycling or horse-riding, as well as a very good restaurant. There are also extensive Roman ruins to visit at nearby Urbisaglia (an eight-minute drive).

Casa Valentina - Gallery

We think you'll love

  • Lazing in the elegant first floor loggia looking over the lovely views
  • Exploring unspoilt towns and villages nearby
  • The peace and quiet
Casa Valentina - Gallery

You should know

  • There's a steep road down to the property
  • You'll need a car to see the sights
  • Some of the bathrooms are shared

Essentials

  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available

Nearby

  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles

Activities

  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

Information
& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 4pm Saturday
Check out
By 9am Saturday
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay:7 nights.
Closed
November to April.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Meals
Restaurants 3.7km.

Pricing

Nightly price
from €243
Weekly price
from €1800
Damage deposit
€300
Surcharges
House available for smaller parties at discounted rate.
1 House for 8
From €2436 beds5 bedrooms

Reviews

A wonderfully spacious, elegant and restful country house with its beautiful garden and pool, all in a stunning setting in a delightfully unspoilt corner of Italy

Lois, Sawday's inspector

We were fortunate enough to have a wonderful summer holiday at Casa Valentina which is nestled in the heart of Le Marche about an hour's drive from Ancona airport. It was just what our city weary minds and bodies needed. The villa is surrounded by farmlands with beautiful views of rolling hills and the closest town Loro Piceno in the distance. We used the swimming pool every day and I managed to finish two books (a great feat with a 5-yr old) relaxing on the sunbeds. The villa was very clean and tidy when we arrived, the kitchen is well equipped and allows you to cook up a storm, it has a big comfortable lounge with a large selection of books and large bedrooms.The outside layout gives you several options for lunch and dinner and they were all used. The guest book had a great selection of recommendations on restaurants, tourist attractions and all the necessary supermarkets and other info you may need during your stay. Barry is a great source of local knowledge and always responded promptly to my many email queries. Beaches are not on your doorstep but we went to several, and Porto San Giorgio (approx. 40-mins away) is clean with sandy beaches, on Barry's recommendation we had a lovely lunch at La Spiaggetta. I would highly recommend Casa Valentina to anyone needing a break from their hectic day-to-day lives and wanting to stay in a beautiful Italian villa with pool. Highly recommend to families or groups of friends. Thank you Barry we hope to visit again.

Jennifer

We had the most amazing holiday at Casa Valentino and would highly recommend to anyone.Barry the owner was very friendly and helpful from start to finish - great contact and always very quick to respond.When we arrived at the property we were totally blown away by the most amazing views especially from the pool.The villa is spacious and comfortable with great facilities.The local restaurants that Barry recommended to us were all top notch serving delicious food and very reasonable too.The local beaches were amazing with reasonably priced beach bars and comfortable sun beds. We visited the festival at Loro Piceno which was a great experience and were very lucky to watch the final fireworks display from the property.Overall Casa Valentino was a perfect choice for us and we were all extremily sad to leave. Thanks again Barry for making our 2018 holiday such a great and unforgettable experience.

Helen

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Location

The neighbourhood

Casa Valentina is located at the bottom of a steep gravel road, roughly half a kilometre from the main road, so is very peaceful and quiet. The nearest restaurant, Restaurant Girarrosto in Loro Piceno, has reasonably priced cuisine in a beautiful brick vaulted cellar next to the church. For a sophisticated seafood menu in a lovely setting, try nearby Seta Cruda in the Casa Azzurra agriturismo, a five-minute drive away. There are lots of summer food festivals, including the local speciality of vino cotto, a delicious dessert wine, in August.

Local points of interest from Barry Moody

  • The Abbadia di Fiastra, 10 minutes drive away is a huge and beautiful area for walking and cycling (bikes for hire). It also has a very good restaurant, coffee shop and a beautiful church attached to the monastery.
  • The Adriatic coast is 40 minutes to an hour away with plenty of resorts as well as the Conero national park with unspoilt beaches .
  • The beautiful Sibillini mountains are 40 minutes away, filled with legends of magic and many marked trails through lovely countryside. There is skiing there in the season and you can swim in Lago di Fiastra
  • Beautiful medieval and Renaissance churches and castles abound in quaint hill towns all around the area, including nearby Loro Piceno and Urbisaglia. Paintings by the region's most famous artist, Carlo Crivelli, can be found in churches and museums.
  • Further away is the jewel of Ascoli Piceno, a glorious Renaissance city with marbled squares and beautiful churches. It is home of the regional speciality of stuffed olives or olive Ascolane.
  • There are many inexpensive but high quality restaurants serving traditional regional dishes all over the area.

Introducing

Barry Moody

Barry lives in London and is a journalist who has worked for Reuters as an international correspondent for the last 43 years. He’s very well-travelled and a lifelong Italophile, and bought Casa Valentina in 2011. You’ll let yourself in with a key safe, but there’s a lady called Maja who lives 20 minutes away if any help is needed.