Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 4668: Owner, Costa San Severo
1bed/1bath apartment near Camerino, Marche
March/April 2010, 10 days
Costa san Severo is in a tiny hillside village overlooking the old hilltop town of Camerino, and across to the spectacular Monte Sibillini mountains, part of the Apennine chain. The province is Le Marche.
You do need a car, but towns and villages are only a short drive away.
The cottage we stayed in is a restored farm building which sleeps two. A downstairs section has been added with additional bedrooms if required.
The buildings and the little village are beautiful, and it is all very quiet and peaceful.
The owners live nearby.
There is a loggia, which would be cool in summer - we were there in very early spring. We tended to sit looking out the kitchen windows at the beautiful landscape.
Clean, comfortable, attractively furnished. The living room (nicely furnished) is downstairs; we sat in the kitchen because it was so nice.
The bed is very comfortable, a very good bathroom, no bath, good shower.
We regularly stay in self catering cottages in Italy, France and Scotland, and the big reason is that we love to buy local produce and cook our own meals (with added inspiration from eating out as well!). There is a full kitchen for preparing proper meals, also a dishwasher.
Problems or Bonuses
Only good surprises! Like fresh eggs and a bottle of wine.
Mary and Uli (English and German) are fantastic and knowledgeable hosts. With their help and advice we have seen and done many things we would otherwise have missed.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
We found Costa san Severo on the net, and booked with the owners directly. No problems with language - as well as English and Italian, they speak Dutch and German, and possibly more!
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
We have just returned from Europe, where we stayed at Costa san Severo for the third time. There will be a fourth, and a fifth ... God willing!
I would definitely recommend Costa san Severo to anyone who wants to experience the "real" Italy. Le Marche is off the beaten track, but blessed with spectacular scenery, beautiful hill towns, great markets, wonderful food - and not a queue in sight!
Things to do in this area
We went to Le Marche originally for the mountains, as we love hill walking/climbing. The mountains are stunningly beautiful, and you can walk all day and not meet a soul. Because it's Italy, it always seems to be sunny (we've been in both Spring and Autumn).
The surrounding towns are really worth exploring. Camerino is lovely, Visso has an old, old church with recently uncovered ancient frescoes, Macerata is lively and bustling. Assisi are withing striking distance, as are beaches on the Adriatic.
Shopping is good and not extortionate. We went to a leather workshop and had some things made for us in just a few days, and we were thrilled with them. Deruta is the place to go for china - that wonderful, characteristi Italian look, and again, you can buy it from the maker.
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