Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 2686: Owner, La Chiesa di Santo Stefano
8bed/9bath home near Treia, Marche
June 2006, 2 weeks
This luxury 16 bed villa was as isolated as it gets, but still near enough to the unspoiled local town to get a feel for the area. The house was in an idyllic setting, surrounded by lovely grounds and extremely private. The area itself is typical rural Italy, not sullied by any Inglese!
Nearest groceries, a five minute drive (into the local town). Coffee likewise, or a 15 minute walk up the hill.
The building itself used to be a monastery. Ask to see the photo of how the site looked when the owners bought it, and you will never believe the transformation! You will either stay in the Oratorio (where the monks prayed), the Granaio (the Grain store), or the Stalla (the monks kept the animals here and slept above, no sign of the original inhabitants, thankfully). The tiny chapel is unchanged from the original, your own piece of culture for as long as you're there! The house was tranquil and cool, even in the summer, and the ceiling fans in every room helped to stave off the heat.
The pool was amazing! Kidney shaped and perfect in every way, such a nice place to cool down and have a nice swim. The surrounding area was large enough for sunbeds in three areas (cushions miraculously changed each day). Each section of the house has its own patio seating area, completely private and secluded from the others, ideal for large groups who want a little independence.
All the furniture in the house was antique and luxurious in every way imaginable. Everyone had somewhere to sit and relax in front of the big open fire places (not that we needed to light them!)
The beds ... oh the beds. If you wanted to you could sleep forever in these gorgeous, soft, comfortable, exquisite beds. Each room is en suite except for one shared between two in the Stalla. These matched the standard of the rooms, and the complimentary Jo Malone toileteries were an unexpected and lovely bonus.
There were three kitchens to choose from, each with its own character and all of them well stocked with Le Creuset. The extra bits (wine, milk, jam, bread, cereal, coffee) we were left as a welcome for our first day was such a nice touch. Each kitchen has a professional Saeco espresso machine, just what you need in the morning. All come with a dishwasher and washing machine.
Problems or Bonuses
The welcome pack of food was the icing on the cake, and totally unexpected. Such a nice touch. Also the standard of toiletries was first rate five star luxury.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The English owner was unobtrusively available at all times to deal with any queries, and pointed us in the direction of some of the most excellent restaurants in the area.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
This was the most luxurious villa we have ever rented, perfect in every way. From the rooms to the pool to the welcome pack to the five-hole golf course on the grounds (complete with lake), this tranquil, historic, luxury villa was amazing.
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