Set near the beautiful hilltop village of Monte San Martino with almost 360 degree views of mountain peaks, lush green rolling hills and the sea beyond, Casa Lola is the kind of place that melts away stress and tension within moments of arriving. Just one look at the breathtaking views surrounding its pool is all it takes before even the most world-weary urbanites feel the strains of their day to day life subside and a blissful holiday feeling begin to kick in.
Once they've got over the view and venture inside, parents will find a host of thoughtful touches designed to make life easier both for them and their offspring including a useful list of nursery gear (see grey column on right), a smattering of toys and a re-vamped play barn with trampoline, soft play zone, toys, ride ons, ping pong and table football – no prizing for guessing where Dads will be hiding out after dinner!
The house offers a blend of original character and contemporary 'home from home' comfort.
Set over three floors and with numerous outdoor living spaces, Casa Lola is ideal for large groups looking for a truly memorable group holiday.
The ground floor is home to a 30ft living room with exposed stone walls, an additional sitting room adjoining it with TV, DVD player books and additional seating. There is a large and newly renovated bespoke kitchen, perfectly equipped for families with a dishwasher, washing machine, oven and microwave. The kitchen has an indoor dining area with a beautiful and unique 3.2 metre dining table perfect for group dining and there is a wall mounted flat screen TV and DVD player on hand if little ones need entertaining whilst parents are whipping up dinner.
On the 1st floor in the main house there are three of the seven bedrooms comprising a double, a twin, a small twin plus a spacious family bathroom. On the second floor there is a double and twin bedroom and shower room. On the other side of the house there is a double bedroom with balcony and a further twin bedroom with family bathroom. There is an additional W.C. on the ground floor.
The owners have ensured there are plenty of places to enjoy the house's beautiful setting, whether it be whilst drying off at the poolside pergola seating area, enjoying a spot of alfresco dining from the shade of the wrap-around terrace, or taking a wander around the fragrant fig, olive and fruit tree lined garden.
All in all Casa Lola is the perfect rural retreat for large family/friend groups with a real feeling that everyone has been catered for, from the long list of baby gear to selection of cookery books in the kitchen the house clearly aims to please and doesn't disappoint!
Casa Lola is set on a hilltop with a 360 degree view over a designated area of outstanding natural beauty, close to the Sibillini national park. There is a lake at the bottom of the valley with a deer park close by. The nearest restaurants Osteria Del Lago and neighbouring pizzeria are are within a few minutes drive on the lake. There's also the town of Monte San Martino within 10 minutes drive. The town is well served by a bank, small supermarket, bakery, chemist, post office, doctor, hairdresser, two bars and two excellent restaurants.
Beaches: The Le Marche coast is within 50mins drive of the villa and boasts more Blue Flag beaches than almost any other region in Italy. The resorts span the range from glitzy, hotel backed promenades dotted with beach clubs and fantastic for people watching, to pretty coves fringed with pine tree forests and backed by pretty medieval towns. The latter are mainly found along the Coneo coast with Sirolo being possibly the prettiest town and beach, although it does require a trip on one of the half-hourly buses from the Piazza to get down to the sands. Also recommended is Grottammare. This smaller resort on the southern Marche "Palm Riviera" boasts 5km of fine sandy beaches and a pretty traffic-free promenade, backed by some splendid examples of seaside Liberty architecture - grand villas that date back to the turn of the last century.
Walking: For lovers of walking, Casa Lola is on the edge of the Sibillini National Park & a short drive away there are some of the most beautiful treks be undertaken in Italy. Possibly the most famous is the journey up to Lago di Pilato (it is said that Pontius Pilate is buried here), and also Gola dell'Infernaccio (Hell's Gorge) where it is possible to visit the hermit monk, perched at the top of the crag with his hand-built church. The local walking near to the house is outstanding as well; it's possible to walk to Amandola along pathways. It's a 1/2 hour steep walk down to the lake where you can get a cold beer from the friendly Osteria to cool you down - best to have a driver pick you up after that than tackle the uphil trek back!
Getting There: The airport at Ancona is nearest at about 90mins drive, whilst Pescara is next closest at around 2hrs drive.Ryanair fly from London to Perugia which is 2 1/4 hours from the villa.