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San Ginesio: Villa Sibillini Country House

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Reviewed by: SarahL from UK, review #1479


They do their best to make you feel at home!!

The English family that own and run Villa Sibillini do everything they can to make you feel extremely welcome. We stayed for 2 nights on a house hunting trip. The property is a great base for reaching lots of Le Marche places of interest and has lovely views to the mountains. The beach, mountains and loads of lovely towns are all within an easy drive.

Pam, David and Georgina were all more than happy to offer any advice or help that they could. Although we didn't have time (and I don't think my partner would have been in the least bit interested) I was highly excited by Pam's tales of designer bargains at the handbag and shoe market!

One thing that I particularly liked was that although it has the feel of a small hotel/B&B you didn't feel like you had to vacate the place for the whole day. If you want to relax by the pool for a few hours or chill out on the terrace you can.

I definitely recommend this place to fellow travellers, not least for the fab location and warm welcome.

Rooms were 85 euros per night, B&B, which was perfectly reasonable and seem to be the going rate for the area.

Reviewed by: carrol smith from OR, review #1478

When: May 2006

Wonderful country house a few miles outside San Ginesio. Nice and large rooms with beautiful views. Excellent dinners by owners. I would go back in a minute.

85 euros per night including breakfast.

The owners were very helpful with suggestions about short trips to take. Also provided advice and help on everything about Marche.

We did not see any other Americans in the 4 days we spent in Marche.

This country house was set in beautiful countryside near mountains for hiking and walled cities for exploring (without teeshirt shops!)

Reviewed by: freeman travel from UK, review #1387

When: March 2006

A weekend of relaxation and full of surprises.

My friend and I spent four days at Villa Sibillini, close to San Ginesio in the wonderful Marche region. I cannot believe how marvellous the scenery was, how many places of interest to see. We will have to return as we ran out of time. This region is full or surprises and none more so than our stay at Villa Sibillini run by a very hospitable English family, that have been unreservedly welcomed and adopted by the locals.

The accommodation was spacious, clean and very comfortable. We woke to views of snow topped mountains, fresh, clean air and went to bed with the most spectacular starry night.

We were also lucky enough to book in for some beauty treatments and Reiki, which neither of us had experienced before. I couldn't recommend them highly enough, we came back totally relaxed and revived.

The food at Villa Sibillini was a revelation - marvellous platters of antipasta, followed by delicious risotto of piselli and parmigiano (sounds so much better in Italian). As if that weren't enough, there was a rustic stew of beef with tomato and garlic, before the most incredible dessert with panetone and amaretto.

This family has embraced the magic of Italy and we were astounded at the mix of guests during our stay - Dutch, Americans and Italians.

I'm gathering all my friends to go back when the weather is warmer. Thanks so much to the Bates' family for making us so welcome, and sharing their local knowledge - a very, very successful trip.

Reviewed by: ann from UK, review #981

When: April 2005

A delicious little place ... and dinner with VIPs.

Pat and Kat with snow capped mountains, photo by Kat

My friend and I travel all over the world, staying in 5 star hotels, B&B's and anywhere a bit different. Our stay at Villa Sibillini Country House this month was a delight. The Marche region was fabulous. We saw the Duomo in Ancona, had tea in a Napoleonic fort, enjoyed a trip around Lake Fiastra set in the middle of the most amazing mountains, and we wandered around the local towns.

We were treated as long lost friends and even invited to join the family for the most splendid dinner with the Mayor of San Ginesio and a journalist from the New York Post who was also staying at Villa Sibillini. The courses just kept coming: 6 different antipasti, including the most delicious rosemary and parmesan shortbreads, risotto with an orange sauce, a Campari and orange granita, followed by fillet of beef with red wine sauce before completely indulging in panetone bread and butter pudding with amaretto.

The family is warm and very hospitable, the rooms lovely and the garden a beautiful place to sit and stare at the mountains. We slept really well - which could have had something to do with the wine, and it was honestly the most relaxing break we have experienced. Pat and I can't wait to go back - there's so much more to discover. We thoroughly recommend this country house and also the area which is truly stunning.

Bed and breakfast cost us 85 for a twin room with dinner at 25.

Reviewed by: italy traveller from UK, review #855

When: Summer 2004

Excellent, relaxing break - warm hospitality, great atmosphere, great food, incredible views. Close to medieval town. Already booked to go back.

This family run country house is set overlooking incredible scenery. We were treated like long-lost friends - nothing was too much trouble. Pam, David and Georgina went out of their way to book us into great restaurants, organised beauty treatments and riding at the base of the mountains. We also enjoyed meals on the terrace at the villa - the best antipasta of the whole holiday, watching the sun going down. The whole area is amazing - so much to see and do, really friendly locals.

Our very spacious room cost just 85 euros for bed and breakfast and views from the bedroom were wonderful - the best nights sleep I've had in a long time. We stayed for 10 days which wasn't long enough - have now booked a return visit, this time to see the Pallio of San Ginesio.

Georgina also babysat a couple of nights, allowing us a night of freedom in the restaurant in the town. Thoroughly recommend it - not the normal stuffy hotel, just very friendly - we were very sad to leave.

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