Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 4467: L'Olmo di Casigliano, Apartment
apartments on a farm near San Ginesio, Marche
June 2008, 10 days
The rental is in the country on a farm. Very quiet with beautiful views. It was near the Sibillini mountains. We loved the area and plan to return.
You need a car to stay in this apartment. The nearest supermarket was about 15 minutes away in San Ginesio. Other food shops and good restaurants were also there. The butcher just off the piazza was particularly helpful. There are several small towns in the area and the hostess gave very good advice on where to eat. I enjoyed walking in the area around the apartment but it is all country (and every farm has a dog that barks)!
The building is from the 1920s -- not historical but in good repair. There were three other apartments in the building. The one we stayed in was on the second floor (American). There is also a breakfast room/lounge with a PC you could use to check e-mail, as well as a laundry room with a washing machine that guests may use.
The apartment had a large bedroom and a small kitchen/living room area. It had a small TV. It was adequate for a couple but you would not have space for a visitor! However, we were given a key to the previously mentioned lounge and we hung out there on a few rainy days and played cribbage.
The apartment building was in a quiet area. However, the walls were very thin. So thin that we could hear our neighbor snoring at night and follow conversations in their apartment. If we were to return we would ask for the apartment Ginestra, which was across the hall and did not have neighbors.
There was a very well kept pool and a nice outside sitting area. The outside sitting areas were shared but there were enough so that each apartment could have one.
The furniture was comfortable, in good shape, and sufficient for a couple. The apartment was clean.
The bed was comfortable and the room was large with two windows. The bathroom was fine -- not luxurious but in good repair, enough space and plenty of hot water.
The kitchen was small but usable. There were enough pots, pans, and dishes to cook a full meal, which we did almost every day. I enjoyed cooking because the kitchen was well laid out, including a well placed window with a view over the country side (and a handy, wide sill that I used as a shelf).
Problems or Bonuses
The hostess! She was very friendly and informative. We are 'slow starters' often hanging about the property until late in the morning and she always offered us coffee and usually a treat, such as delicious coffee cake.
San Ginesio is one of the most beautiful little towns we have visited and it is not touristy. We were there for a festa that is somehow connected to the palio in Siena and had a fantastic time (although I never did quite figure out the connection). We were made to feel very welcome wherever we went and on our second afternoon shopping for dinner ingredients, everyone remembered us!
The bad: The thin walls.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
As previously stated the hostess was great! She spoke limited English, but kept the translator up on the computer to help us when her English and my Italian just did not do the job. We paid about €380 for a little over a week in June.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Would I stay again and recommend it? That is a tough call. There were so many good points about the apartment, the location and the owner. However, the thin walls were a problem for us. On the whole, I would stay again but try a different apartment and probably go in the low or middle season when there would be fewer occupied apartments.
Things to do in this area
There is a lot to do in the area and the owner gives excellent advice. San Ginesio was fun, Macerata was also interesting as a day trip, we drove in the Sibillini national park (gorgeous), and went to the piano grande (wonderful).
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