Malatesta Maison is a blissfully beautiful contemporary villa rental with 6 bedrooms in midst of the rolling hills of Le Marche.
How would you describe Le Marche Farmhouse in a nutshell?
It’s an old farmhouse that’s been stripped back to what it was two centuries ago and fitted out with the simple necessities required for modern living. It’s not designed to be a luxury villa — it’s what was there in that landscape 200 years ago, with a clear distinction between old and new.
What is the story behind Le Marche Farmhouse, how did it all start?
I fell in love with the area around 12 years ago when I was on holiday with my husband. What’s quite interesting is that my maternal grandparents are from Le Marche and I hadn’t appreciated it as a child. But when I returned as an adult, it resonated with me and felt like home.
When I found this house for sale in 2015 (I was about to move to the United States), I decided to dive in. I spent a couple of years renovating it and removing the layers that had been added to it over the years to bring it back to the original structure.
For a few years, it served as a meeting place for friends from around the world and they always enjoyed being there. With the introduction of travel restrictions making it harder for me to get there, I thought it would be a good idea to open it up to people who are based in Europe to experience Italy in a mellow way.
How would you describe the atmosphere of Le Marche Farmhouse?
It’s like being peacefully outside of this world, while at the same time, nothing is really missing. You’ve got all the comforts you need but are surrounded by wonderful views, with continuity between the inside and outside. In 30 minutes, you can be at the airport or shops, so you never feel like you’re completely remote. It’s a place where you can escape what you don’t like about city living while still continuing to live your life.
In the morning, the light comes through the bedroom windows in such a wonderful way that it makes you want to get up. You can make a coffee and sit outside looking east as the sun slowly rises. There’s something about being there that makes me want to do things and re-energises me. From driving to cooking, I never dread doing anything because it always feels so nice there. It’s also a wonderful place to work remotely if you need, with a great balance between work time and just enjoying the house.
Is Le Marche Farmhouse good for families?
I don’t impose any restrictions on families but it’s important to be aware that the staircases don’t have railings. That’s the only potential danger to children. Otherwise, everything is child safe.