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Monestero Favari
Macerata Province
Le Marche
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 Monestero Favari
This beautifully restored ex monastery with an attached private chapel has been painstakingly renovated to more than its former glory by its English owner.
The rather trite term "lovingly restored" has a genuine place here in this ancient residence with  its under stated , elegant  interiors and lush  grounds. Comfort
and elegance prevail  although the house is very well adapted for families and groups up to 12. The 17C house is set in a peaceful , verdant valley surrounded by
green fields and sunflowers in early summer with impressive views of the mountains and the hill town Apiro in Central Le Marche .All is peace and serenity at
the Monastero which is steeped in local history and close to Macerata and Apiro and conveniently placed for guests to get out and explore this magical land. 30
mins to the coast and equidistant to the mountains . The extensive lawns and elegant 14 m pool provide a sanctuary for guests to immerse themselves in the
special calming atmosphere that prevails within this special  house  and  its grounds.
PHOTO GALLERY

HOUSE LAYOUT
Total Floor Space
On  Floors.

GROUND FLOOR
The house is ideal  for 2 or 3 families sharing but also ideal for one extended family group or groups of friends.

Accommodating 12-15 people, this historic property comprises 2 large sitting rooms with open fire, TV/DVD room  -
modern fitted kitchen linked to kitchen/breakfast room with open fireplace, Separate dining room,
Utility room , Cloakroom with Shower and WC,
grand central corridor, sacristy/entrance hall, cloakroom and chapel.

1st FLOOR

A master bedroom with en suite bathroom (claw foot bath and wet room shower)
Adjoining single bedroom/dressing room on the first floor Shared Bathroom with Master - Separate Entrance
One small double bedroom with a French “one and a half bed” is located off the central landing area
An archway links two further double bedrooms
Bedroom 4  King size bed,  Bedroom 5  Queen sized bed plus a single bed
Shared bathroom between the two bedrooms have a sunken bath, WC, bidet and walk-in shower.
The attic (third) floor has full standing height and comprises of two large double bedrooms (one with 3 x single beds and one with a queen bed and sofa
bed) with bathroom in between them with WC, bidet, bath and shower attachment. Note there is some compromised head space here.

2nd FLOOR
Full head room  Two large double bedrooms
1 with  3 x single beds and one with a queen bed and sofa bed
Shared bathroom separate the two room  WC, bidet, bath and shower attachment.
Note there is some compromised head space here.

All windows fitted with insect screens and shutters with slats .

OUTSIDE AREA
POOL
Pool  14 x 6
Roman steps
Depth Overall 1.4M
Diving board
Paved Surround
Plentiful supply of comfortable sun recliners with cushions or canvas
Sun Parasols
Pool light -  Solar shower
Table Tennis on Terrace.
Garden is maintained once a week which is a necessary routine to maintain the beautiful lawns and flower beds.
Garden furniture

TERRACES SEATING AREAS
Wooden loggia with tiled roof
Seating area other side of the house with stylish sofas and chairs with table.
Dining Table - Seating for 10
Barbecue - Outside lighting - Bread oven
Table Tennis
Gated grounds - parking for  cars.
Olive grove
Fruit trees - Herbs for use.

LOCAL AREA
Nearest Village
Medieval architecture - Theatre - Museum
Small shop, restaurant , bars , Post office, bank , Doctor, Chemist
Supermarket km
Town Market km Apiro
Annual Events Macerata Opera Festival
Train Station Macerata
Airport Ancona less than one hour
Bus Macerata
Car essential

LOCAL AREA

A stunning, tranquil position offers up a soulful, historic house with chapel, recently reborn after a sensitive restoration.
Situated on a quiet country 'white' road, overlooking the town of Apiro to the north and the picturesque mountain village of Poggio San Vicino to the south, in
the foothills of Monte San Vicino, Monastero di Favari is a beautiful 17th century former monastery-turned gentleman's villa. Discovered 6 years ago as a sleeping
romantic ruin, it has been recently renovated to a high standard whilst keeping its character and soul strongly intact. The charming small town of Apiro is only 5
minutes drive away, lovely Cupramontana, the capital of the Verdicchio wine region, lies 10 minutes away and the town of Cingoli 20 minutes drive away past the
pretty man made Cingoli lake. The historic cities of Jesi and Fabriano, two important centres, lie within a 25 minutes drive. The house offers the perfect
combination for a family holiday: a beautiful rural setting not far from the life of lovely Marchigani towns.

Local attractions include the world-renowned Frasassi Caves only 20 minutes drive away, the beautiful rocky beaches of the Conero Peninsula and the sandy
beaches of Senigallia and San Benedetto del Tronto within 50 minutes. The historic picturesque towns of Cingoli ('The Balcony of the Marches'), Treja, Fabriano,
San Severino Marche are all within easy reach, and a 2 hour drive will take you to the famous cities of Urbino, Ascoli Piceno, Todi, Assisi and Perugia in Umbria.
For children, there is horse riding nearby in Apiro, the famous El Dorado water park and Cingoli lake with its mini beach and pedalos. For wine lovers, the house
is on the Vie dell Verdicchio, the route of the region's celebrated white grape and offers cellar door tastings all within 30 minutes drive and closer. For hikers and
nature lovers the Monte San Vicino park is on your doorstep (with the less peaceful option of quad biking!) and for winter skiers the Sibillini Mountains lie
within a 90 minute drive. For those of a cultural mind, in July Macerata (40 minutes) stages the world famous Opera festival in its historic arena, the Sferisterio
and is host to the world's best opera singers and performers. Concerts run year round. Sports enthusiasts can enjoy seasonal cinghale (wild boar) hunting and
fishing, golf at the renowned Monte Conero Golf Club on the coast in Sirolo, yachting and water sports at Ancona and the beaches of the Conero Peninsula.

CITIES OF IMPORTANCE
Macerata - Medieval city holding an annual spectacular opera season in August
Weekly designer shoe market
Fermo - Medieval walled city - Duomo  - Piazza Centrale weekly market and annual antique festival August
Ascoli Piceno - Regions Provincial city - Spectacular main piazzas , duomo and churches
Weekly Market
Urbino - Marches most visited city - The ancient and stunning university city  Urbino is  the birth place of the Rennaisance.
A visit to the Palazzo is a must not miss experience.
Frassasi Caves - Discovered in the 50's - largest caves in Europe.
Tolentino ancient gated town is crammed with astonishing churches and tombs .
All the cities have a huge choice of places to eat and drink or enjoy a coffee in the medieval piazza .

OTHER TOWNS OF INTEREST
Marche has a plethora of perfectly preserved, living , breathing Medieval hill towns perched on hills containing an immense collection of art and treasures.
Each has its own character and history , the majority a jewel like theatre, churches with astonishing art treasures such as the 15C church in MOnte San Martino
and Urbisaglia which have kept original paintings from the Crevelli Brothers. All the towns hold festas to celebrate their own unique produce and intriguing
histories . San Ginesio and Servigliano hold annual reenactments of battles that forged the towns place in local history.
South Marche is the centre of white wine production and lace making centered around the magical town Offida.
The list of perfectly preserved hill towns is seemingly endless. Most of which are today fully inhabited and are lively , buzzing centres where visitors can mingle
and become a part of daily Italian life. The people of Le Marche are hospitable and warm hearted towards tourists , a region still quite untouched by mass tourism
is retains its own uniqie charm and authenticity. This to is reflected in the hearty dishes served up in the local restaurants for which Marche is justifiably proud.
See our section in the area guide .
The wine from both Ancona - hearty , soft , deep reds and the white from Offida , crisp , fruity Falerio or buttery flowery Pecorino are of a consisently excellent
quality.
Wine trips where one can indulge in both the delights of the antipasta accompanying the delectable wine are a perfect day out.
Towards the coast one can splurge in the outlets shops - Todds - Prada to name just the top names.
Beautiful sandy , clean beaches on the Adriatic coast - the beaches of Seningalia are award winning but most of the beaches have been awarded the blue band
award for clean beaches and safe swimming.
Enjoy fresh fish and seafood served with a cold, crisp white wine in one of the hundreds of stylish restaurants with terraces looking out over the shimmering
Adriatic sea .  
Music festivals prevail  through out summer , Jazz , Opera , Classical and modern dance .
One should make a days trip to the Sibillini mountains and the deep fresh water Lake Fiastra an experience the hearty, huge dishes like tagiatelle with truffles
and porcini mushrooms .


ACTIVITIES - EVENTS
The Monastero provides a perfect venue for weddings . Ceremonies are held in the adjoining chapel and receptions on the lawn.
Other events such as birthday and anniversary or Christenings are also held off peak season.
Golf course, wine tasting tours, excellent seafood restaurants and designer outlet shopping.
Babysitting, Taxis, chefs, wine tastings are all available and can be arranged through Italian Idyll
Skiing is available January to March approximately 1 hour  drive.
Christmas and new years are wonderful times to visit Italy for a purely Italian experience.
Most especially spectacular on new years eve - it is the ideal position to watch the firework displays from the surrounding hill towns.
In summer there are endless sagras - the Italian Festa - held in each hill town with a different theme traditionally connected to the harvest but now anything can
happen. Many towns hold annual spectacular events to commemorate a battle in medieval times between each faction of the town.
A Festa involves  street food, wine and beer for sale, art and crafts on sal, live music often with dancing held in the medieval piazza late into the night.
Popular with children and adults alike partying under the stars in a  relaxed and extremely fun atmosphere.
Close to shopping outlets especially leather goods made in Le Marche - Todd's - Prada - Armani - DG -
See our area guide for more ideas on days out - places of interest - childrens activities - restaurant guide.

HOUSE KEEPING - BOOKING - PAYMENT
What is included in the price: Always check this with the owner or agent .
Utilities, Arrival and Departure Clean, Welcome Basket, Pool Cleaning, Gardening,
Bed  Linen changed 1 weekly,  Towels - house 1 per person  and pool 1 per person plus 1 per person  hand towel.
Basic Larder and Sundries - Toilet paper , bin liner, included
House Manager for Help in an Emergency - Check you have the number
Management by House Manager  - Owner
House notes, instructions and emergency numbers
Extra cleaning on request.
Arrival  after 3.30 pm - unless on prior arrangement.
Key location - or code to safe supplied by text - day prior to arrival or as per owners own systems.
House keepers numbers should be supplied prior to arrival.
Departure is strictly before 10.00 am unless by prior arrangement.

PAYMENTS
Online Payments available via Worldpay - Credit or debit card - 1.6% Card Charge to payee
Payment through PayPal through payees account on card - 3.25 % charge to payee
Transfer on line to our nominated account.
Payment by cheque.
1/3rd of Total to book - at time of booking  Unless under Special Offer.
Remainder due 9 weeks before arrival day.
If booking within 9 weeks of arrival the total booking rate will be due.
Security Deposit - £
Payable on card or by transfer or by hand in euros on arrival.
Return - within 3 weeks of departure unless damage or breakage occurs during your stay for which your party is responsible.
It is guests responsibility to notify the house manager when a breakage or damage occurs .
Please refer to our T & C's which will be attached with the booking form.
If paid by hand - returned after a search has been done .
No entry is allowed without the full security deposit.
No entry is allowed if the guest has not submitted the booking form to the agent or owner having given the contact details as requested on the form.
In the unlikely event of substantial damage or breakage occurring the tenant must notify the house managers immediately.
There is a full house instruction booklet at the house -
The  owner or agent will email you a copy prior to arrival along with driving directions.
The house is strictly non smoking inside and in all but the designated areas.
The security deposit can be withheld if guests smoke in areas not designated - including dropping butts.
Pets allowed only by prior agreement and at the disgression of the owner -  an extra cleaning charge of minimum 50 euros will be charged .


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