A beautiful spacious bohemian apartment. Large kitchen and living area with 2 double bedrooms, one with an extra single bed. Wonderful private exotic and large garden with lilly pond and fountain.There is a terrace with a mountain view for outside meals .
Enjoy the soothing sound of sheep bells while you dine outside with soft and golden lighting.
Mondaino (2 kms) is a lovely medieval hill top village . Only 25kms from Urbino and 22 kms from the sea. Nearest airport Ancona, then Bologna.
The sunny magical south-facing apartment, which sleeps 5 in 2 bedrooms.( or 7, see below. )
There is a third double bedroom with a separate entrance and it's own terrace available from June onwards with an extra price of 25 euros per night.
It is situated on the border of Marche and Emilia-Romagna , a conversion of old stables underneath the romantic, isolated farmhouse, home to painter and mosaic artist Phelan Black & Susan Harlock where they have now lived for over 30 years and have a small organic farm.
French windows open on an exotic, shady private garden, for the sole use of guests, with unusual plants, lily pond and fountain. It has stunning views and vine-covered spaces for relaxing and eating all'aperto. Garden furniture and a barbecue are provided. There is an extra shower in the garden with a large low stone and mosaic bath which doubles up as a paddling pool for children.
Inside it is both extremely comfortable and creatively decorated. It has a large country kitchen at one end of the spacious living area, two double bedrooms, one with an extra single bed and a bathroom with a beautiful mosaic shower.
It is an ideal place for creative activities, writing, painting....lovely area to hike about.
And an area excellent for eating real Italian food in real Italian places among Italians
It is well equipped and linen , towels bed covers ar provided.
There is also a free wifi in the apartment if you wish to use your laptop etc while you're here.
Mondaino is 25kms from the famous town of Urbino and 25kms from the Adriatic coast, as well as being in easy reach of stunning mountains areas.
The nearest airports are Rimini, Ancona, Bologna.
Minimum stay 3 nights. ( 2 nights in very low season.)
One of the enjoyable features of the apartment is the nearby presence of our farmyard animals, including sheep, exotic pigeons, chickens,ducks rabbits and goats always much appreciated by children.
It's also a wonderful place for bird-watching, including frequent visits by Golden Orioles just feet away from the apartment.
Our guests in the Apartment have their own private area, separate entrance and large garden and outside eating areas exclusively for themselves.
Our living area is attached (in part above and in front of the apartment ) but this does not infringe on the privacy of the Apartment guests.
Our little lane from the main road is not all asphalted and is bumpy and steep in parts.
Public transport is not very good up here, especially in the summer when the school buses don't run.
We are at hand if needed.
We are busy with our art and on the farm but are always happy to chat/help in anyway we can.
We sell eggs, oil when we have enough to do so.
Various other seasonal produce we like to give away.
Well behaved pets are welcome.
Wherever you see umbrellas and sun beds thickly together, there is a fee for using these beaches. This varies but in high season the cost for an umbrella and 2 sunbeds is around 20 euros.This includes the use of toilets and showers.
There are however plenty of free beaches scattered about.
The free beach in Cattolica is found near “Le Nave”near the Aquarium and there is a free beach just outside Cattolica (more scenic) at Baia Vallugola, passing past the restaurant towards the right, just walk past it and then you will see quite a large more natural beach. This is not so good for young children
Gabbice is a sandy and slighty less chaotic alternative to Cattolica .
At Fiorenzuola di Focara there is a wild beach. You cannot drive to it but must leave the car in the little town and descend 1.5 kms to the beach.A lovely walk down though a hot climb back up.
There is now a little bus which can take you down and up, or just up…charge 1 euro each way, children free.But this only runs in very high season.
If you go to the sea on week days rather than weekends, there are far less people.
There is a long strip of free beach to be found on the coast road out of Pesaro towards Fano.
This begins just after a couple of camp sites on the beach.
You access the beaches by parking in a field, just after a ristorante called “Baia del Re “ and taking an underpass beneath the railway by foot.
This is quite low and you will have to walk “bent ” to pass through it.
Immediately on the beach to the left there is a little paying beach and bar, but to either side, it is all free.
Fano is a pleasant town to visit.
There is an outside swimming pool in Morciano called “Acqua Mania”. good for children.snack bar.You take a left before entering the centre
For more peaceful swimming you can drive to Cagli.
Cagli is about an hour drive, via Urbino from where you take the road direction Rome) The route via The Furlo Pass is beautiful ( sometimes closed due to landslides )
Below this beautiful mountain area you will find the wonderful river “Bosso” running alongside the road which leaves Cagli for Secchiano. There are may different points of descent from this road to choose from . Again you will notice where these are by the numerous cars/bikes parked in lay bys.Gets busy at weekends.
The mountains Petrano, Catria, Nerone in the National Park are worth visiting for incredible views, flowers, walking, picnics…
The tracks are perfectly drivable .These routes are indicated by brown and white signs.
. There are many quite unknown towns to visit also. Fossombrone , market day Monday, (via Urbino). Sassocovaro,Urbania, Sant Angelo in Vado.
Sant Archangelo di Romagna , just north of Rimini but a lovely cross country drive via Tavoleto, Mercatino Conca, San Marino ), you could then return via autostrada from Rimini Nord.
PLACES TO EAT. (check before the opening and closing days as these vary throughout the year )
There is a pizzeria just before the arch in Mondaino, also does takeaways.
Il Puledro Mondaino 2 kms along via Pieggia. Closed Mondays.
Pizzeria I due Ruscelli Montespino. An informal sort of local’s place. They make food other than pizza. Noisy fun family venue at weekends. Open Thursdays to Sundays
San Tiador. Follow signs for San Teodoro. (drive to top of lane and turn left then right when the road divides into 3)
Excellent place, sweet people, good food, large portions.
Open only Thursdays to Sundays incl.(evenings only)
If you are carnivorous, try the “tagliate”.There are 2 versions One with rosemary and rock salt, the other parmesan and balsamic vinegar.Castrato also excellent. Delicious antipasti too.
Best to book, we can do that for you…
In Tavoleto the Trattoria “La Posta” da Renata is good. Traditional sort of family place.
Venerina , just outside Saludecio, Take the little road which goes down hill from opposite the mini market there. Very good food in a nice setting, possible to have a table outside. Closed Wednesdays.
Il Mulino Bianco, past Montegridolfo, down via San Pietro towards Trebbio on the left.
Good pizza, closed Tuesdays.
A good old fashioned family run pizzeria “Baita dei Sette Nani” is an amusing place, in Auditore having passed through Tavoleto.
For fish. On the coast, we like “da Betta/Trattoria Il Marittimo” in Cattolica on the port, busy setting good value .You need to book at weekends.
More or less opposite is “La Lampara,” excellent but rather expensive but probably worth it ?
In the centre of Cattolica the is a very good fish place called “Gambero Rozzo” medium priced.
Bar Falco right on the beach at the secluded bay of La Vallugola just outside Cattolica.Beautiful setting.
Romantic to eat outside at sunset.Very good food a bit expensive.
It is very popular during the summer, so probably best to book, at least at weekends.
There is wonderful local sheep milk cheese for sale nearby at Azienda Agricola Il Buon Pastore, via ca’Santino . From here in the direction of Tavoleto turn right before where signposted Levola and Ca’Santino….
I say it is suitable for young children, and they are very welcome. Just to point out there is a bis fish pond in the garden and the wooden terrace has gaps through which children could pass.
Young children do need to be attended while in the garden.
I and my husband Phelan are both English though we have lived in Italy for 30 years now.
We are both artists and also run a family farm here with a few animals and good vegetable gardens.
I also run mosaic workshops and help Phelan with his house decorating work.
We have 2 grown up children.
We have been renting out our apartment and nearby farm house happily for many years.