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La Mela Rosa Bed & Breakfast
Ranked #3 of 6 Amandola B&B and Inns
Norwich, England, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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“Peaceful and welcoming”
Reviewed 2 August 2012

Pauline and Rob have a large restored house in lovely countryside near Amandola. Our room was large by any standards but we also had our own sitting room with books to browse. Breakfast on the patio was excellent- even including bacon and eggs! And the pool was all you needed. In case we couldn't find the place Rob met us in town and guided us to La Mela Rosa. What more could you want? Make sure you make the pleasant walk to the nearby lake.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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London
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Reviewed 24 July 2012

It was good to find such a gem so close to the charming town of Amandola. Pauline and Rob were perfect hosts, always offering us a glass of wine after a long day out in the countryside. The place itself is immaculate and really beautifully restored, with nice spots to chill out and a great pool area. We were both quite jealous of their life there... If you're looking for a place that has charm and people who can give you tips on everything there is to do around, go there. Pauline and Rob were like locals, except they spoke perfect English! Oh, and they know where all the good restaurants are too!

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 24 June 2012

'La Mela Rosa' and the magical setting of the Le March countryside gave us the most memorable experience we have had in our travels to Italy. Being older and driving through Italy we have had some challenging moments, but from the moment we arrived we knew the time here would be wonderful! An impeccably restored farmhouse, La Mela Rosa boasts spacious rooms that have been tastefully decorated to evoke a sense of the luxurious whilst maintaining the feeling of calm that can only come from being in the country away from the bustle of chaotic cities and their tourism. This villa reflects the love and passion of its owners but also has strong reminders of its own past story - an era gone by when a farmer and his family survived there because they worked together to farm their land and pay their landlord. Stone walls and tumbling roses surround the original grape press area that Rob and Pauline have preserved. There are newer additions to the villa, such as the pool and the pergola that is almost swathed in honeysuckle; they blend seamlessly with the old, and are enhanced by the surrounding countryside's peace and quiet.

Special touches in this B and B reflect the impeccable taste of its owners. All rooms overlook the rolling, green countryside and are beautifully appointed with tall shuttered windows, comfortable beds, quality linen, magnificent antique wardrobes and chests of drawers to provide an opportunity to escape from living out of a suitcase! Many hand picked pieces of furniture and artwork ensure there is a sense of this place being a real home, not just a B and B. The bathrooms provide that extra touch of luxury so often missing from the accommodation offered by most of the places that we have stayed in during our time in Italy. The supply of sweet smelling local handmade soaps, freshly laundered towels and fresh flowers from the garden all add to this feeling of luxury.

Breakfasts were leisurely and whatever style you wanted. We discovered that Pauline's fruit compote and home made jams, followed by Rob's scrambled eggs, were difficult to resist! By day we explored the sights of the area, its towns and mountains and lakes. At night the fragrance of the honeysuckle and the gentle sounds of the country wafted in through the windows........we always slept soundly after a day walking in the mountains or a delicious dinner in a nearby medieval town.

La Mela Rosa is so much more than a B and B and you are instantly made to feel at ease by Pauline and Rob's friendly welcome; we found them to be very perceptive about the mood of their guests and could offer a lively chat or just the chance to relax in the garden with a cup of tea or coffee while munching on some of Pauline's home baked goodies. They certainly made you feel a part of the local area quite easily and we were even treated to some local cheese and meats and a glass of wine before we headed out to an evening in Amandola. Pauline speaks fluent Italian and is very knowledgable about the local area; she and Rob looked after us brilliantly with a supply of maps, directions and suggestions of where to go and where to eat so we could experience more of the 'real' Italy.

The local towns and the surrounding areas are easy to fall in love with - everywhere we went we met friendly people, ate the best local produce and were constantly surrounded by glorious views of the mountains or forests of oak trees where the prized truffles we enjoyed eating so much are found. To holiday here while the daily life of the country continues on in the surrounding fields and farms, was a chance to give one's soul some time to breathe. Wild flowers carpeted the roadsides and land around the villa and I was fortunate to see a wild deer grazing peacefully beside La Mela Rosa's pool as I swam!

We felt as though we would have liked to have stayed here for so much longer - and we will definitely return! For those who are visiting Le Marche and who love to enjoy life's riches - great food, magnificent wine, glorious scenery and the company of friendly people who have a zest for life, 'La Mela Rosa' is the place for you!

Room Tip: All rooms have excellent amenities, decor and views
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Sydney
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Reviewed 23 June 2012

We stayed at La Mela Rosa 4 years ago when it was pretty new. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay then and were interested to see what it was like now. It was looking really lovely...the garden is now established and there is a swimming pool. The roses were a source of envy.....magnificent blooms with beautiful fragrance. The weather was better than on our last visit and the countryside seen from our windows and the garden was at its best and prettiest. The inside is still clean, spacious, comfortable, and attractive. Rob and Pauline, are still helpful and knowledgeable.....but more so. Pauline even managing to find a factory shop, rather off the beaten track,but in Amandola, where we were able to buy cashmere at a good price.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Reviewed 31 May 2012

Just spent a week at La Mela Rosa with my partner, his brother's wife and of course his brother! And what a hoot of a week we had running poor old Robert and Pauline ragged!! Spring in Amandola was picture perfect. We walked around in summer attire during the day and rugged up in the evening...perfect for snuggling up for a fantastic nights sleep.

We spent our days driving merrily through the Le Marche region and had an absolute ball. Even with Pauline's detailed hand drawn mudmaps, we managed to get lost at every opportunity...which only resulted in us stumbling onto the most amazing towns we may never have found intentionally...it was like stepping back in time...making cheese (which was fun for some but not this little duck), joining a local funeral procession which was a gala event in itself, dodging mad women in electric wheelchairs in Salerno, eating a fabulous lunch in Smerillo (getting there was an experience in itself...thank God Pauline has a mobile phone), bleeding the local Conad Supermart dry of sparkling Lambrusco, not to mention the local gelaterio of its sooper dooper pistachio gelato, eat, drink and be merry....we certainly applied that ethos!!!

We walked...even in the rain...we ate, we drank (at every opportunity).

Pauline arranged an amazing dinner cooked by a michellin man...oops, I mean michellin starred chef. What a night, fantastic food you had to see and taste to believe and fantastic wine and pro secco to accompany...along with some very relaxing conversation.

Then there was lunch in San Vittoria. Delectable pasta with fig and cream sauce and roast goat...yummmmo!! Great wine and great Italian beer....And what a beautiful village..who would have thought we would stumble onto phallic lollipops :).

Next was a pasta cooking class in Pauline's kitchen...what fun. I know how to make pasta from scratch now along with different sauces to accompany.It has been a long time since I was scolded by a teacher it was so funny :))

And of course there was the fabulous Georgio!!! A wine tasting course accompanied with delicious antipasto and finger food...most enjoyable wine tasting we have done. Georgio was so patient with us all...I know we distracted him because he was mortified we made him swallow instead of spit! Such a gentleman with so much composure.

I saw the scales but purposely avoided them...I could tell by my belt how much weight I was gaining, but what the heck...when in Rome!

Sorry about re-arranging the furniture inside and out (its a gay thing), but at least we remembered to put it back.I cant believe how patient you guys were, especially with our Lambrusco and grano padano fuelled card nights and facebook sessions.

Now, we love love love Pauline's cooking and her special gluten free treats for Helen and the fruit compote, but we also loved Robert's scrambled eggs and breakfast banter.

So after a week of eating, drinking, drinking, rally car spotting, killing 18 frogs (they jumped in front of the car!!), deer spotting (we all saw it except for Helen), big fox spotting in Smerillo, Polly walking, rally car spotting (it was a skoda), snow spotting on the Sibillini's, swimming...yes swimming (okay everyone but me but I did dangle my legs in!), drinking, driving and even more drinking, we are totally relaxed if not a tad overweight.

Thank you Pauline and Robert, your hospitatility and guidance was amazing. It was great enjoying your company for the week!! It was a fantastic, fun and relaxing week...so much so we even did the old "we should invest here"...poor Georgio, we picked his brain!

Look forward to seeing you both again when you come to Sydney!!!

Tony & Reece
Sydney

Room Tip: They all have their own individual charm...love the shutters!
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with friends
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Evergreen, Colorado
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Reviewed 14 May 2012

We stayed at La Mela Rosa for eight nights in early May -- twice as many as we had planned. The hosts, Pauline and Rob, were so warm, friendly, helpful and gracious, and the B&B and its setting so beautiful that we didn't want to leave. The B&B is a restored stone farmhouse, which made for a very "Italian" stay. It was spotless and comfortable, and the rural setting breathtaking. The views of the rolling hills and fields of Le Marche were beautiful and tranquil and made for a restful, peaceful stay. We had problems at home while we were at La Mela Rosa, and Rob and Pauline generously helped us work through them from far away, which greatly eased some of our worries. The breakfasts were delicious with fresh fruit and yogurt and eggs (!), a welcome change from the Italian tradition of sweets for breakfast. We will definitely return to Le Marche and, most assuredly, to Le Mela Rose.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 2 November 2011

Rob and Pauline are just the best hosts. The B&B is the most comfortable and the position magnificent. We just loved being there, away in the beautiful hills and without the tourist. For once I felt I experienced a place rather than seen! Can't recommend enough
Di Limburg, Sydney

Room Tip: Rooms are well appointed and huge in comparison to most places
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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with family
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Property: La Mela Rosa Bed & Breakfast
Address: Villa Caccianebbia 4, 63857 Amandola, Italy
Region: Italy > Marche > Province of Fermo > Amandola
Amenities:
Free Parking Swimming Pool
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Ranked #3 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Amandola
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 3

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