Le Marche Farmhouse

  • Location: Countryside
    Medieval market towns of Aprio, Cingoli and Staffolo.: 5-10 minutes by car
    Lake Cingoli: 8km (10 mins by car)
    Riviera del Conero with its superb collection of beaches: 45km (50 mins by car)
  • Ancona Airport (AOI): 35km (35 mins by car)
    Perugia Airport (PEG): 95km (1h 30 mins by car)
    Car recommended
    Free parking
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An introduction to Le Marche Farmhouse

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.

Pool area
Kitchen
Kitchen
Dining area
Living area
Living area
Living area
Living area
Bedroom
Bathroom
Upstairs bedroom
Terrace
Outside dining area
Pool
Pool
Pool
View
View

Le Marche Farmhouse rooms & rates

The farmhouse is 230 square metres and set over three floors, with a kitchen, open-plan living and dining space and service toilet on the ground floor. French doors lead from here to the outdoor dining area, which has hammocks, a table and sun beds, as well as a shallow swimming pool that’s designed with respect to old animal drinking troughs.

On the first floor is a second living room that was designed as my workspace, plus two double bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms. The third floor is an attic-style space where you’ll find a spacious bedroom with an ensuite bathroom. Surrounding the farmhouse is a large garden with fruit trees and an olive grove.

The layout of the house is as follows.

Ground Floor: Open-plan kitchen and dining room, Living Room and a WC.

First Floor: 2 double bedrooms with en-suite bathroom (sink, WC, bidet, rain head showers) and closet. And there is an additional living room with fireplace and desk.

Attic: 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom (sink, WC and shower).

Garden: 3.000 m2 with plunge pool, sun-beds, hammock, outdoor dining table and chairs surrounded by olive trees and various fruit trees.

  • Le Marche Farmhouse for 6-7 people / 230 m²
    / night
    • 3 Double bedrooms
    • 3 Shower rooms (ensuite)
    • 1 Bathroom
    • 2 Living rooms
    • 1 Dining room
    • 1 Kitchen
    • Terrace
Included in the rates
Rates include bed & bath linens, utilities, final cleaning and a welcome basket.
Optional extras
Available on request: Cleaning (EUR 15/hr paid directly to housekeeper), advance booking necessary. Lunch/Dinner cooked at home (full meal from antipasti to dessert, wine included; EUR 40/pp minimum 4 people). Laundry (ironing also, if requested). Price to be discussed with housekeeper directly. Fridge stocking before arrival (costs of food requested + EUR 30) Prices subject to change.
Children & Extra beds
Children are welcome. But please note that we do not have child safety features at the property and the pool is not fenced (it is however very shallow and perfect for children). Extra bed for child (EUR 100 for entire duration of stay, whatever that is).
Minimum stay
7 nights
Check in time
after 16:00
Check out time
before 10:00
Closed October 15 to April 15

Facilities & services

  • Children welcome
  • Swimming pool
  • WiFi
  • Terrace
  • TV
  • Garden
  • Music system
  • Central heating
  • Pets welcome

On request, I can organise for a local lady to come and cook homestyle Italian meals in the kitchen or guests can cook alongside her while learning how to make lasagna. Alternatively, she can prepare the meals in her home and serve them at the house – it’s up to guests’ preferences. She’s not a professional chef but is a wonderful cook and this can be arranged for a minimum of four people.

Seasonally, I can also organise for guests to be involved in the olive harvest on our property, with their own bottle of olive oil at the end, or they can help our neighbours with the wine harvest. We also provide guests with a list of recommended activities and restaurants in the region or I’m more than happy to chat with them prior to their visit if they have particular interests.

Please note that the pool is a plunge pool (6m x 2m x 0.7m) and that there is no WiFi at the house.

Things to do in Le Marche & Cingoli

  • Art / Culture
  • Shopping / Markets
  • Wine tastings
  • Cooking classes
  • Wildlife / Animals
  • Hiking
  • Cycling
  • Horseback riding
  • Sailing / Kayaking

I would highly recommend visiting the town of Elcito, which is around 20 minutes away and has some of the most spectacular scenery in the region. Also beautiful is the Riviera del Conero, with white pebbly beaches and perfect turquoise waters beneath its cliff faces.

Another highlight is horse riding down to the lake of Cingoli, which is surrounded by fields of sunflowers and olive groves that make it an idyllic picnic setting. Sometimes I like to ride my bicycle down there, which I’d also recommend. There are also plenty of great hikes in the region and sampling the local cuisine at the restaurants is essential. But in my experience, a lot of guests arrive, buy food and just spend their time enjoying the pool and views.

The location of Le Marche Farmhouse

The House is equidistant from four medieval towns — Cupramontana, Aprio, Cingoli and Staffolo — in Italy’s Le Marche region. It hugs the east coast of the country, with the Apennine Mountains on one side and the Adriatic Sea on the other.

Rome Fiumicino International Airport is around three hours’ drive from the house while guests coming from Northern Europe can take the A14 highway and a 30-minute drive along countryside roads. Le Marche Airport is just 30 minutes away and we can organise a pickup for guests on request, although most rent a car as you do need one for exploring the region.

There are no restaurants within walking distance (unless you make a point of hiking there), although the closest one is just 3-4 minutes by car. In all of the surrounding towns you’ll find nice restaurants and in the summer months, they all host market days and festivals.

The city of Jesi is also nearby, with a wonderful opera house, high-end boutiques and restaurants while Macerata is slightly further away and renowned for its outdoor summer operas. In 40 minutes you can be in Ancona, which operates ferries to Greece and Croatia, and there are several attractive towns in Umbria that can be accessed in one to two hours.

While many parts of Italy are living off tourism, in Le Marche, there’s a balance between living a productive life and respect for the land. People have a deep-rooted attachment to their land and working it as their own boss and most don’t want to sell it. They’re also incredibly helpful and have a strong community spirit.

I had previous guests who arrived at 11 pm (five hours after they were supposed to) due to a broken-down vehicle and, realising all the stores and restaurants were closed, my neighbours cooked them a complete meal. Doing things like this is just normal over there. Nobody is scamming you or trying to make quick money. People have dignity and they want to offer a good service. To me, it’s the best of Italy.

When is the best time to visit Le Marche?

Spring is the lushest time in Le Marche when the wheat fields are still green and the fruit trees are blooming. The days are slowly getting longer and it’s warm enough to swim in the daytime while still having that crisp air in the evenings.

The charm of summer is definitely the bustle of country life, with farmers out working in their fields and festivals taking place in each of the towns. You also have those super hot, long summer days and for families, this is a great time to visit as the kids can be out playing in the pool.

In autumn, the foliage is at its most impressive and there’s a sense of cosiness and calm. You want to be curled up reading a book. My mother loves to be at the house in autumn!