Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 1758: Bonclerici House, Square Apartment
apartments in Cagli, Marche
October 2005, 8 days
The apartment is located 2 blocks from the main piazza in Cagli, a town of about 5,000 in the Le Marche region. Cagli is on the Via Flamminia, about mid-way between Urbino and Gubbio.
Every amenity you would expect in a town this size was in walking distance. There are several good cafes, beautiful shops, grocery stores, bakeries, laundries, bancomats, etc. The restaurant choices are limited, but that was not an issue for us because we were often on day-trips.
According to its website, the Bonclerici House is an apartment in "the historical Palazzo Bonclerici, which takes its name from the noble family of Guido Bonclerici, secretary and adviser to Federico da Montefeltro Duke of Urbino, and then bishop of Cagli (1478-1484)."
There are 2 apartments in the building: The Garden (1 bedroom/1 bath) and, one story above, The Square (the 2 bedroom apartment we were renting).
The Square Apartment has 2 large, comfortable bedrooms, one with a Queen size bed and the other with 2 singles. There is a large tiled bathroom with a shower stall and another half bath, an eat-in kitchen and a living area with television and DVD/CD player.
The Garden apartment has one large bedroom with a Queen bed. It has a large eat-in kitchen, a living/dining area and a very large tiled bathroom with shower stall.
Both apartments are equipped with small washing machines. You hang the clothes outside to dry, or, in my case, because of constant rain, I hung them on the towel warmer in the bathroom and the big drying rack provided by our hostess, Tilde.
The apartments share a lovely view of the large backyard garden. There is direct access to the garden from the Garden apartment; there is an outside gate entrance for the Square apartment. The garden is private and perfect for sun-bathing, reading and writing.
Everything was immaculate. Tilde is proud of the decor and furnishings, and she should be. The apartments are furnished with beautiful antique beds, armoires, desks, and tables. There is plenty of room in the armoires - there are three of them: one in each bedroom and one in the living area.
There are two dining tables with chairs. There is a day-bed in the living area, but no sofa. The one draw-back in the apartment is the lack of cozy seating. Mostly, we sat around the kitchen table in the evenings, talking and drinking coffee or tea.
The bed was too soft for our taste, but we slept comfortably. Great sheets and blankets. As I said before, beautifully decorated with antique furniture: armoires, bedside tables, a vanity with mirror in the master bedroom.
The master bedroom is on the street-side of the apartment. I think they should switch the rooms around. The other room is quieter and has the beautiful view of the garden out back. Street noise is minimal, however, because it is strictly residential on that street. Some cars go by in the morning, but we had the windows closed so it was quiet.
The bathrooms were great with large thick towels. There was always how water for everyone. There were four of us sharing the apartment and there was plenty of room for everyone's toiletries. And with the extra half-bath, facilities were more than adequate.
The kitchen is very well equipped. Plenty of pots and pans, beautiful dishes and bowls, glasses, utensils, an espresso maker, and tea kettle. We made dinner one night for five people without any problem. No dishwasher.
Problems or Bonuses
When we arrived, there was a large beautiful basket of fruit on the kitchen table with a pineapple, pears, kiwi, apples, lemons, and more; a basket of assorted biscotti; and a delicious amaretto pound cake. Romano also presented us with a bottle of wine produced locally by a friend of his.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The owners are the Romanini family: Father, Romano; Mother, Tilde; and 2 sons in their 30's, Simone and Guido. Romano is a geologist and very much the Cagli "good-will ambassador". Tilde is an elegant Italian woman of a family long-established in Cagli. Simone is the web contact and speaks excellent English. This warm and wonderful family welcomed us into their own home and did everything to make our stay enjoyable.
Simone is proud of the fact his website honestly reflects the reality of the property. We agree. You can view the website for information, pictures and floor plans.
Romano gives his guests tours of the town of Cagli, including a private tour of the beautiful teatro. He is happy to tell you how to get anywhere you want to go and to recommend places to visit in the region. It seems like he has "connections" everywhere!
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
We would definitely stay there again. For us, our Cagli experience was as much about becoming acquainted with the wonderful Romanini family as anything else. If you want a peaceful experience in a small town in northern Le Marche, or if you want a base from which you can tour the region, this is a wonderful place.
There is no air conditioning (according to Tilde, it's unnecessary because of the mild summers) so that might be an issue for some people. It wasn't for us because it was quite chilly; we used the heat which worked great, by the way.
Things to do in this area
We did day trips to Urbino, Gubbio, Assisi, Ravenna, San Leo, and down the coast to Monte Conero, Portonovo, Sirollo, Numana. Incredibly beautiful countryside! A great trip!
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