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Romantic Farm House Apartment in Central Italy
2 - 12岁

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….


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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.

Dog(s)、cat(s)、other pet(s) live in the house




Nous avons passé quelques jours (pas assez) ...l appartement/maison correspond bien à la description et au commentaires, c est une ferme charmente et rustique, au calme avec ses arbres fruitiers (dont on s est régalé ) et ses animaux..... pour ceux qui veulent profiter de la ferme, tout est là, pour ceux qui veulent juste profiter du décor, de la terrasse et du bbq c est parfait aussi. Les hôtes sont discrets mais très disponible, vous disposez d une entrée et d un jardin complètement privatif....souvent on s est dis avoir vraiment bien fait d acheter cette résidence secondaire dans une région magnifique italienne. ....(il y a de quoi s occuper ) ...puis on réalise qu on est la que pour quelques jours :-(...... Ne vous inquiétez pas delà route d accès à la propriété, c est raide mais rien de bien méchant. Merci Susan , merci Phelan pour votre accueil, le vin , les figues , les noix , le raisin étaient très (URL HIDDEN) plaisir de revenir . Cordialement Naima et Julien

Endroit merveilleux. Très calme , en pleine campagne. Retiré de tout. Les alentours de la maison sont délicieux: Terrasse, bassin, petite fontaine, salle de bain extérieure très originale. Beaucoup de goût! A l'intérieur la maison est confortable. Une des pièces , la "bleue" donnant sur le jardin est bien plus jolie que l'autre, un peu sombre et austère. Seul bémol, l'accès en voiture! Le chemin pour arriver est très raide et accidenté. Avec notre petite Fiat 500 louée et automatique , nous sommes tombés en panne en pleine montée!! Conseil, louer une voiture assez puissante et manuelle .

Susan and Fred are very friendly and welcoming. Their dogs and cats too. Their house is a piece of heaven in the nature, with a wonderful outdoor shower with great view (there is another very too inside), a nice terrasse, and several places where you can chill, hearing only the nature sounds. We hope to come back later for a longer stay.
Thanks for those lovely words and yes, please do return !

points faibles : - qualité de la literie - personnellement, nous n'avons pas trop apprécié la présence du colombier sur le terrain. points forts : - Accueil et conseils de découvertes (plages, resto, villes, marchés...) - Lieu - Calme - Douche extérieure

The rustic artistry of this working farm is what we had hoped for - sheep, goats, burros, olive groves, walnut trees, tomato vines and best of all, hosts who give a glimpse of what it means to live in rural Italy. Susie and Phelan have created something unique. We were a group of four adults who lived comfortably for a week in the farmhouse. Bedrooms are on separate ends of the space and both offer views of the valley and mountains. Kitchen is well-stocked with a large dining table. The outside shower is a stone/mosaic open-air paradise built by Phelan and Susie. Complete privacy with a spectacular view. The property offers lots of niches for solitude if one feels like reading in a swing or just taking in the scenery. Our visit coincided with record-breaking heat, so we made day trips to the Adriatic for swimming or to the nearby Bosso River in the ancient town of Cagli. Everything is reachable within an hour of the farmhouse - great food, cathedrals, walled cities, nature trails, etc. The highlight was always our afternoon return to the farmhouse. The unexpected occurred everywhere - fresh cherries delivered to our door step, or the invitation to join pizza night - Susie, Phelan, their family and friends making pizzas at the stone over outside. The communal feeling is lasting. Grazia tante!

Endroit magnifique. L’accueil et le séjour étaient parfaits.Nos enfants ont adoré pouvoir s'occuper des animaux de la ferme.Nos hôtes ont été d'une grande gentillesse.Seul petit bémol, le chemin d’accès peut surprendre au début.

La casa è semplicemente incantevole. Risvegliarsi in mezzo alla natura rigogliosa, simpatici animali e una vista mozzafiato sulle campagne romagnole è impagabile. La casa ha un meraviglioso gusto bohemien e trasmette la forte personalità artistica di Susan e Black.


Mondaino, 意大利注册时间:三月 2012

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.

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