Borgo Farneto

Near Montecarotto, Umbria & Le Marche, Italy
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Four boho apartments for 2-6 with a shared infinity pool overlooking the glorious rolling landscape of Le Marche

Escape Chianti-shire and head for Le Marche, Italy's little-known gem. Stretching for 100 miles between the hills and the Adriatic sea, Le Marche may not have Tuscany’s cultural allure but it has heaps of off-piste charm. Find long sandy beaches and rolling fields of wheat, abundant seafood, truffles a-go-go, and crisp verdicchio wines. And near Montecarotto, this: an architect-designed borgo with a saltwater pool and a gorgeous panorama of patchwork hills.

Owners Sabine and Konrad welcome all ages. This is a warm, rustic, artistic retreat, ideal for a romantic getaway or a gathering of family and friends. A party of 12 plus kids would fill the place nicely. There’s a small shop of homemade products, and each rustic-chic apartment has a dining terrace with barbecue. Borrow the ebikes and have a coffee in the village; you’ll be there in a trice. Or stroll there for simple dinners at one of the friendly restaurants. Further afield is Urbino, best known for its 15th-century Ducal Palace, a cliff-hung World Heritage site heaped with treasures. Head for the Sibillini Mountains, too, criss-crossed with ancient paths.

Highs

  • The beautiful, tranquil setting… you could bask by the pool all day
  • But it’s a great base from which to discover medieval hilltop villages and gorgeous Adriatic beaches
  • Just 4 apartments spread over 2 traditional houses: contemporary yet they exude character and charm
  • The flexibility of self catering or walking/cycling to local restaurants
  • Owners Konrad and Sabine create a warm, welcoming feel

Lows

  • The pool and garden are shared
  • Summer months are popular with families; honeymooners may find more seclusion off season
  • A 3-night minimum stay
  • You'll want a car to explore, though airport transfers are free if you're happy to just potter locally by ebike

Best time to go

June to September are very hot months; keep cool by the pool, or visit the beaches. Spring and autumn are perfect seasons for walking, biking and hiking. The apartments are open all year and have wood-burners to keep things cosy in winter.

Our top tips

Acqualagna, a 45-minute drive, is the best place in Italy for fresh truffles all year round. Note the local annual fairs: ‘Prized Black Truffle’, the last Sunday of February; ‘Black Summer Truffle’, the last Sunday of July; and ‘National White Truffle’, the last 2 weeks of October.

Great for...

Family
Great Outdoors
Romantic
  • Boutique Retreat
  • 4 apartments sleeping 2-6
  • Self catering. Walk to restaurants
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Towels & Bedlinen
  • Bicycles Available
  • Laundry Service
Room: Olivo

Rooms

The traditional houses each hold 2 apartments. Wooden beams are chunky, floors terracotta, stairs open-tread, and bathrooms lined with travertine. There are many characterful rustic touches, including mellow stone walls in the smaller house.

Highlights are wood-burners for open-plan living rooms, kingsize beds, handmade soaps for rain showers, and home-pressed olive oil. Each apartment also has a dining loggia with a barbecue and a stunning view of the hills.

HOUSE 1
Apartments Cipresso and Noce each sleep 6. There's a double bedroom, plus a mezzanine area in the open-plan living area with an additional double bed and double sofabed. The bathroom is downstairs.

HOUSE 2
Apartments Olivo and Olmo each have one bedroom, plus 2 single sofabeds (one upstairs, one downstairs). The bathroom is upstairs.

Features include:

  • Bathrobes
  • Central heating
  • Fireplace
  • Hairdryer
  • Mosquito net
  • Pool and beach towels
  • Satellite TV
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi

Eating

Kitchens have all the kit, from coffee makers to barbecues. There's a small shop on-site or grocery stores in the village (2km). Serra de' Conti is also home to a couple of friendly little places for pizza: Coquus Fornacis and L'Infinito, which serves seafood, too. Head to Osteria 101 for pastries, ice creams and aperitifs.

There are very good seafood restaurants in Senigallia, including Pagaia (try the swordfish) and the hip new Tajamare Osteria di Mare, where you can watch fresh pasta being rolled out and crafted.

Features include:

  • Barbecue
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Coffee maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Hob or stove
  • Oven
  • Restaurants nearby
Eating:
Activity: Locale

Activities

  • Enjoy a massage in your apartment or yoga class by the pool (both are bookable)
  • Fall in love with the small hilltop city of Urbino: steep cobbled streets, antique markets and a café culture… not forgetting the superb Palazzo Ducale
  • Find great beaches and seafood on Le Marche’s Riviera, starting with Pesaro, 60km. Its Levante beach is ideal for young children
  • Senigallia is a relaxed beach town, lapped by the turquoise Adriatic sea. Watch sunset from the 'Rotonda a Mare' and don't miss Gelateria Brunelli, which won an award for 'the best chocolate ice cream in Italy'
  • Don protective clothing and explore the spectacular caves of Frasassi in the Parco della Gola della Rossa, 25km
  • Visit the old heart of Ancona and puff your way up to its number one glory, the cathedral of San Ciriaco
  • South of Ancona is the craggy Monte Conero peninsula, great for hikers. Take a ferry to the white sands of Due Sorelle (from Numana)

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Cycling

Kids

Families are warmly welcome. 0-6 year olds stay for free but if you're travelling with a baby you need to bring your own travel cot and bedding. Each apartment has a fully equipped kitchen and BBQ; the village of Serra de' Conti is 2km away with family-friendly restaurants and pizzerias.

Best for:

All ages

Family friendly accommodation:

Cipresso and Noce sleep up to 6; Olivo and Olmo sleep up to 4. Extra beds are sofabeds/double beds in the lounge or on a mezzanine level in the open-plan living area

Kids Activities on site:

Shared saltwater infinity pool

Families Should Know:

The pool is unheated and unfenced

Distances:

  • Airport: 39km (Marche; also known as Ancona)
  • Shops and restaurants: 2km
  • Hospital: 23km
Kid Friendly:

Location

Borgo Farneto is surrounded by rolling farmland, 2km outside the small village of Serra de' Conti and 4km from Montecarotto in Le Marche, central Italy.

By Air:
Fly into Marche airport (Ancona). The airports at Forli (160km) and Bologna (225km) are also an option.

From the Airport
Sabine can collect you from Marche (Ancona) airport for free but you'll probably want to hire a car so you can explore the local area.

By Train:
The nearest train stations are Senigallia (40 mins' drive) and Jesi (30 mins' drive). From here you can taxi to Borgo Farneto.

Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.

Airports:

  • Marche (Ancona ) 39.0 km AOI

Other:

  • Beach 33.0 km
  • Shops 2.0 km
  • Restaurant 2.0 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 4 independent reviews from i-escape guests

10/10
Room
9/10
Food
10/10
Service
10/10
Value
10/10
Overall

A perfect and lovely stay at Borgo Farneto. Would recommend this place to anyone looking for a peaceful escape to the Italian countryside. The room, pool, and gardens are meticulously cared for with beautiful views everywhere you look. The ebikes and little store on the property with homemade jams and local olive oil add to luxury touches of this magical place. Highly recommend Osteria Nido dell'Astore near Arcevia, Ristorante Marcello in Portonovo, and a day trip to Urbino. Spaggia Mezzavalle (beach under an hour away) is worth the steep climb for impressive views of the Adriatic Sea. Overall, we loved our stay and can't wait to go back.

10/10,

A wonderful place. The design and details of the house were great. The nature around Le Marche is stunning.

10/10,

This is an amazing place, truly! It is in the most gorgeous setting and the apartments are beautifully designed and private. Little touches such as sharp knives, linen tea towels, local olive oil and jam make this such a special treat and give a strong impression that the hosts have taken the time to consider what it would be like to stay there. The hosts Conrad and Sabine live very close by and are present but unobtrusive and really lovely. Conrad is an architect and you can tell by the design of the house, gardens and pool that everything has been thought out very carefully with great attention to detail. If you are looking for a peaceful, tranquil space to unwind, then this is it. We are definitely going to return.

10/10,

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