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La Pieve & La Casetta at San Cristoforowww.sancristoforo.info
Vacation Rentals, Italy, Marche
Two idyllic properties between Urbino and Gubbio - a stone cottage for 4 and converted chapel for 2
Location: Cagli, Northern Marche
Sleeps: 4 and 2
La Casetta and La Pieve were once at the heart of the 13th century rural parish of San Cristoforo. Together with the main house that was once the presbytery, they stand on a small hillock in outstanding countryside with splendid views in all directions.
La Casetta is a spacious 18th Century stone-built country cottage, carefully restored and furnished with taste to a high standard. It has breathtaking mountain views and a well-established private garden and terrace.
Upstairs are two bedrooms and two bathrooms (one en suite). Downstairs are a comfortable sitting room and a country kitchen, both opening on the south-facing garden where you can sip your aperitif while enjoying breathtaking views of the Apennine mountains in privacy.
La Pieve is a carefully restored 18thC rural chapel with a pair of arches and four-metre high pitched ceiling in the striking main living space. The well-equipped kitchen/dining area takes up the end third of the space. From here a pair of half-glazed French doors opens on to a large, private terrace overlooking our vines and vegetable garden with uninterrupted views of delightful rolling hills. The rest of the chapel is equipped as a living area with two sofas, writing desk and bookshelves as well as a wood-burning stove for colder weather. The former sacristy at the back of the chapel has been made into a double bedroom with an en suite bathroom.
Both La Pieve and La Casetta have wireless or wired, unlimited, free broadband (ADSL) access.
San Cristoforo is home to Richard Dixon and Peter Greene, former Londoners who have lived and worked here full-time as guide book writers and translators since 1988. They also run Marche Voyager, the region's official English-language tourist information web site. They are always on hand to give you advice to help you make the most of your stay but are equally happy to remain invisible if that's what you prefer. They have been playing host to guests since 1995 and over 70% of their bookings are return visits.
The small medieval town of Cagli, 5 kms away, lies in the mountains of the northern Marche about 40 kms inland from the coastal town of Fano. This courtly little town, set against a backdrop of some of the highest peaks in the northern Marches, still retains its Roman grid plan, all roads leading to a proper central square with a florid fountain, a steely medieval town hall, and huddles of old men deep in gossip. Take time to wander along the medieval streets looking out for some of the many aristocratic palazzi that abound or laze away a morning at a table outside one of the pleasant bars on the main square.
The beauty of Cagli as a town, however, is overshadowed by the natural splendour of its setting amidst some of the Marche's most uncontaminated countryside. Right on the doorstep of San Cristoforo stand the twin peaks of Monte Catria (1700m) and Monte Acuto (1527m), an untouched wilderness with breathtaking views.
Peter and Richard look forward to seeing you here.
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Company: La Pieve & La Casetta at San Cristoforo
Name: Richard Dixon & Peter Greene
Street: strada Santa Barbara 5
State/Province: Pesaro e Urbino
Zip/Postal Code: 61043
Phone: +39 0721 790215
Fax: +39 0721 0431154
Website: www.sancristoforo.infoE-mail: Click here to send an e-mail inquiry
Listing #2402, on Slow Travel since 6/10/2006
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