Beautifully Restored Villa
L’Antica Sapienza is located in a serene, rural position, adjacent to the Monti Sibillini National Park, yet only ten minutes from Tolentino and access to the SS77. It is an exceptionally comfortable and welcoming stone and brick home dating from approximately the turn of the twentieth century. However, it is immaculately restored by local craftsmen using original stones and beams. Suitable either for families or up to four couples.
It looks out on an idyllic vista of patchwork fields, gnarled olive groves and orchards and the occasional verdant grapevine. The rose-filled garden tumbles down towards the superb swimming pool which in turn mirrors the surrounding landscape.
The villa is situated 10 – 15 minutes from several exquisite hill towns: San Ginesio, Colmurano and Urbisaglia being just three of them.
Ground floor: there is more than one entrance to L’Antica Sapienza although the most commonly used one is adjacent to the car park (parcheggio). This leads into the living room (soggiorno) with fireplace (imported from Australia!) and inviting leather couches, an entertainment unit containing a television with satellite service, DVD and sound system. Adjacent is the spacious kitchen/dining area, complete with a magnificent granite and wooden island bench containing cooktop, large oven, dishwasher, microwave together with sufficient crockery, cutlery, glassware etc to entertain on a grand scale. The impressive chestnut dining table was designed and made by a local artisan (along with the beds, built-in wardrobes, and other furniture) and can extend to seat 12. Also on the ground floor is a bathroom and separate laundry. The latter is fully equipped with washing machine, dryer, iron, vacuum and laundry tub.
Upper floor: moving upstairs via the stunning atrium foyer, the spacious main bedroom with soaring ceiling and imposing beams. This was actually a former schoolhouse. It now houses a magnificent hand-made matrimonial bed, a comfortable leather couch and beautiful wooden built-in wardrobes. Adjacent is the ensuite bathroom of similarly generous proportions, with a large shower, full bath and double basins. The second and third bedrooms each contain two single beds which can be combined to use as a double bed, depending on requirements, bedside tables and a chair and small table. There is a full bathroom adjacent with shower and bath. Each of the bedrooms provides glorious views over the picturesque countryside.
The “little house” formerly stables, has been set up so that it may be used completely independently if required. The living area has a matrimoniale bed with bedside tables and reading lamps. A large wardrobe with enclosed drawers provides ample space for an extended stay. There is a very comfortable leather Natuzzi couch as well as a small table and two chairs, ideal for a relaxed breakfast. Alternatively the table and chairs can be moved easily to the terrace to allow enjoyment of an evening aperitivo. A small kitchen provides a gas cooktop, refrigerator and even a washing machine, and there is a separate shower room with vanity and toilet so the Casetta is truly self-contained! Also the Casetta is centrally heated and fully screened.
Beautifully designed and maintained gardens lead down from the entrance gates, past the house and pool to the hedged surroundings. There is a sun-drenched terrace on the south side furnished with a solid teak outdoor table and seating for 8 from where one overlooks the classically shaped (10 metre x 5 metre) glamorous pool. At the rear of the house is a spacious loggia (covered terrace) from which the view across the valley to the towers of Regnano and Paterno is simply stunning. When one hears the bells chiming in the distance from the other side of the valley, it is a truly memorable experience.
The grounds include flowers, fragrant hedges, a herb garden and the beginnings of an orchard. The silver-leaved branches of numerous olive trees are metres from the garden. The pool is meticulously maintained, and solid teak sun lounges, deck chairs, umbrellas etc are all provided, giving the place the air of a luxury resort – albeit an extremely peaceful one!
- San Ginesio: 5km
- Tolentino: 5km
- Colmurano: 7km
- Urbisaglia: 10km
- Sarnano: 15km
- Macerata: 25km
- Civitanova Marche (beach): 40km
- Ancona (airport): 110km
What to do?
L’Antica Sapienza is uniquely placed within easy striking distance of both the mountains and the sea. Opportunities abound to enjoy the beautiful beaches of the Adriatic or for the nature-lovers, hiking, mountain-biking and horse riding in the nearby Monti Sibillini National Park.
For those with cultural interests, there are numerous picturesque hilltop villages within close proximity where one can while away the hours wandering the narrow streets or visiting the many churches and museums. A number of significant works of art are located in the region such as the magnificent Crivelli Madonna and Child in Monte San Martino.
Those with culinary interests will delight in the many inexpensive local restaurants. These provide a welcoming atmosphere and use fresh often home grown produce to produce delicious local dishes. A list of recommended restaurants is provided in the house book.
Le Marche also caters to the wine lovers with the wine producing regions of Matelica, Jesi and Mount Conero all within an hour’s drive of the house. Here one can enjoy tasting the white verdicchios and the full flavoured reds crafted from montepulciano and sangiovese grapes. Also try the house wines in the local restaurants – you will surely be pleasantly surprised!
When booking two or more weeks an Italian cookery course is offered at the expense of the owners.
- Mosquito Screens
- Swimming Pool
- Washing machine
- Check In5:00 PM
- Check Out10:00 AM
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|Price per week|
|01.01.2020 - 30.04.2020||€ 1500|
|01.05.2020 - 30.06.2020||€ 2000|
|01.07.2020 - 31.08.2020||€ 2500|
|01.09.2020 - 30.09.2020||€ 2000|