Borgo Tranquillo

Arcevia, Umbria & Le Marche, Italy Book from Book from £138 per night

Rustic charm meets contemporary cool at this rural Italian 'design resort' with 4 romantic apartments and a stylish family villa
On its very own hill between the sun-drenched Adriatic coast and mighty Apennine mountains of central Italy, the first thing you'll notice about Borgo Tranquillo are the views: a breathtaking expanse of patchwork fields as far as the eye can see. The second thing you'll become aware of - as you sip a crisp Prosecco - is the feeling of tranquility that pervades the whole estate. It was this that convinced owners Ariane and Frank, a designer, to give up their high-powered London jobs in pursuit of la dolce vita. Teaming up with local architects, they have poured heart and soul into transforming this sleepy hamlet (or 'borgo') into an exclusive self-catering hideaway for just 12 guests.

From the outside, the traditional rustic buildings blend seamlessly with the undulating Marche landscape. Yet hidden within, the 4 loft-style apartments and 2-bedroom villa feature sleek minimalist interiors, creating a sense of light, space and, above all, calm. The vibe continues at the chic clubhouse, where a floating spiral staircase sweeps down to the spa and stunning black infinity pool beyond. Fifteen acres of landscaped gardens offer peaceful walks and secluded sunset drinks. We can't wait to visit and explore rural Italy at its best: medieval churches, Renaissance art and fabulous gastronomy.


    • The welcoming atmosphere created by Ariane and Frank - special touches such as homemade jams and cakes make you feel at home
    • It's a great base for exploring the Marche region, with its medieval hilltop towns, vineyards, Renaissance art and beaches
    • We love the sleek modern design: super-stylish but wonderfully comfortable
    • The chic clubhouse is a great sociable place to chill out in the evenings and chat with other guests - and there's a free bar!
    • Enjoy fresh produce from the wonderful markets or dine out at one of many local restaurants


    • The isolated location means you'll definitely need a hire car to get around
    • There's no restaurant on site but the nearest is just 2km away and there are plenty more in Arcevia (7.5km)
    • A strict minimum 7-night booking policy with a Saturday changeover; the property is closed November-March
    • The summer months are popular with families; honeymooners may find more seclusion off season
    • If you are looking for the buzz of a city you won't find it here; teenagers may find it a little quiet

Best time to go

Summer (mid-June to early September) gets very hot in this part of Italy, it’s a great time for relaxing by the pool or visiting the coast – though beaches tend to be crowded. If you’re keen to explore the region, spring and autumn and magical times for walking, cycling and visiting the nearby towns.

Our top tips

Pour yourself a drink and take an early evening stroll up the hill to the sunset bench - strategically placed for its stunning west-facing views, and the perfect spot for some quiet contemplation.

Great for...

Great Outdoors
  • Boutique Apartments & Villas
  • 4 apartments and a 2-bed villa
  • Self-catering
  • All ages welcome
  • Closed: 3 Nov 2018 - 23 Mar 2019
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Sauna
  • 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


As you might expect from a designer, the accommodation at Borgo Tranquillo is of the highest spec. Though the properties are individually styled, they each juxtapose traditional regional architecture with chic, minimalist interiors - designed to be bright, spacious and exceptionally comfortable.

The 4 loft-style apartments, sleeping 2 adults and 1 child, are popular with honeymooners or couples with young children. Modern and cool with high ceilings, open-plan living areas and fully integrated marble kitchens, the beautiful bathrooms feature wet-room showers. Apartments 3&4 are on the first floor, with double-ended baths in the bedrooms for added decadence; apartments 1&2 are on the ground floor, with their tub in the bathroom. Each apartment has a woodburning stove and its own private terrace for alfresco wining and dining.

The secluded 2-bedroom villa is well set up for families or groups. On the ground floor, the large timber-beamed kitchen-diner opens out onto an enclosed garden, while upstairs the living room has an open fire and a balcony with panoramic views. Both bedrooms are ensuite and have kingsized beds (one of which can be twinned).

Features include:

  • Barbecue
  • Bathrobes
  • CD player
  • CD/DVD library
  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Coffee maker
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD player
  • Fan
  • Fireplace (some rooms)
  • Firewood
  • Food blender
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Hairdryer
  • Hob or stove
  • Ipod dock
  • Nespresso coffee machine
  • Pool/beach towels
  • Radio
  • Safe box
  • Satellite TV
  • Terrace
  • Toaster
  • Toiletries
  • TV
  • Washing machine
  • WiFi


All accommodation is fully self-catering and kitchens are fully equipped with everything you could possible need. The nearby village of Arcevia has supermarkets, restaurants, bars, artisan bakeries, a butcher, a grocers, a fresh pasta shop and a cheese shop. Twice a week, a fishmonger comes up from the coast selling fresh fish and seafood. Ariane and Frank have encyclopedic knowledge of the local area and provide guests with a comprehensive guide to nearby places to eat, drink and visit.

In the clubhouse there's a free bar with generous supplies, and a Nespresso machine. Throughout your stay, Ariane leaves little treats for guests to help themselves to: trays of freshly baked madeleines might appear one day; the next it might be rustic baskets of fruit and vegetables grown on the estate, such as Datterini tomatoes, courgettes and shiny aubergines.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Coffee maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Food blender
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Hob or stove
  • Toaster
  • Basic ingredients


  • Find a secluded spot in the extensive gardens to enjoy a sunset cocktail or enjoy a moment of utter peace in one of the hammocks
  • Take a walk round the estate on follow the 2.5-km nature trail
  • Indulge yourself in the Turkish bath before retreating to the black infinity pool to cool off and admire the views
  • Visit the centro storico of charming hilltop village of Arcevia, a 5-minute drive away, with its ancient palazzos and churches
  • Explore the Frasassi Caves, 16km to the south, with its huge Grotta del Vento full of stalactites and stalagmites
  • Take a day trip to Urbino, the birthplace of Raphael, known for its Renaissance art and architecture
  • Head to the beach at Senigallia, just 35km away, with some of Italy's longest beaches and plentiful seafood restaurants

    Activities on site or nearby include:

    • Birdwatching
    • Boules
    • Cycling
    • Hiking
    • Historical sites
    • Mountain biking
    • Museums / galleries
    • Plantlife / flora
    • Shopping / markets
    • Swimming
    • Well being
    • Wine tasting


Children of all ages can stay, though it's perhaps best suited to younger families who are happy pottering around the grounds, splashing in the pool or taking easy day trips. Italians are always very welcoming to children and the ready availability of pizza and pasta makes eating out a joy. The long, sandy Adriatic beaches are within an hour's drive and there are some lovely villages to visit nearby. Note that no more than 4-6 children are accommodated at any one time.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years)

Family friendly accommodation:

The apartments can sleep 2 adults and 1 child (2 children during high season), though the villa is more suitable for families and comfortably sleeps up to 5

Baby equipment:

    Stair gates
  • High chairs
    Baby cot

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Kids Activities on site:

  • 15 acres of gardens
  • Football pitch
  • Bicycles to borrow
  • 2.5-km nature trail
  • Outdoor pool
  • Games in the clubhouse
  • Boules pitch

Kids Activities nearby:

  • Some adventure parks nearby
  • Frassassi Caves (20 minutes)
  • Monte Catria for skiing/hiking
  • Beaches at Senigalla and Portonovo
  • Exploring Conero National Park by boat

Families Should Know:

The infinity pool is unfenced


  • Airport: 53km (Ancona)
  • Beach: 40km
  • Shops: 7.5km
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