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Villa San Raffaello
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Reviewed 19 October 2008

We said we'd go back and we did! Our previous visit was in July last year, so this time we decided to sample the delights of Marche in autumn and weren't disappointed - far from it! If anything this holiday surpassed the first one. The villa in autumn is even more attractive; set as it is amongst gilding trees and vines and with the first dusting of snow on the mountain tops in the distance. The whole family couldn't have made us more welcome and this time generously gave us supplies of fresh organic vegetables from the Villa's own garden!

The whole week was very special with long al fresco lunches, glorious walks, snoozing in a hammock in the autumn sun, helping a neighbour harvest her grapes, visiting cantinas and consuming the results, watching our 16 month old grandson enjoying real freedom ....... blissfully relaxing.

Well done Damien,Sharon, Louis & Grace - the Villa San Raffaello goes from strength to strength!

  • Stayed: October 2008, travelled with family
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1  Thank rspjones
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Reviewed 29 September 2008

Villa San Raffaello is a piece of paradise. It's situated in the Le Marche region of Italy between the Sibillini Mountains and the Adriatic. This lovingly restored farmhouse is within walking distance of the quaint hillside town, Sarnano. The area is gorgeous, sunflower fields, tall mountains, olive orchards and high meadows.

My husband, myself and our two daughters, ages 5 and 7 stayed for a week at the end of June and early July. It was quite a bit warmer than our coastal CA climate, but the cool pool, and trips to the gelateria saved us. The girls had a blast playing with the owners' children, they were both very sweet and hospitable, they must've gotten it from their parents, Sharon and Damien. We felt as though we were visiting friends at their estate with Sharon and Damien's easy personalities and warm demeanor. The whole family speaks Italian fluently and will bend over backwards to accommodate your needs and desires.

We loved taking lovely day trips from here, to the mountains, the sea and the Frassasi Caves, which we highly recommend. Definitely allow yourself some time to get used to road signs and travel time, we were constantly getting lost, but maybe that's just us :)

If you're looking for peace, relaxation, freedom, comfort and ease, this is the place for you. If you have children, it doesn't get better than this, it's kid friendly, you can feed them at will and make everyone's favorite meals. Grocery shopping is quite easy, and you can pick produce right from their garden, too, but if you'd like to go out, there are many options.

Choose this place if you're headed to Le Marche.

  • Stayed: June 2008, travelled with family
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Thank coastalCAgirl
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Reviewed 28 September 2008

Villa San Raffaello, is a large farmhouse and barn which has been converted in to four well equipped apartments. We stayed in a two bedroom apartment located on the 1st floor of the barn. Off the lounge there is a large balcony that overlooks a small courtyard and affords a spectacular view of the Sibbilini Mountains, is a fantastic place to eat a meal or just sit and relax with a glass of wine! The owners, Damien and Sharon have a large organic vegetable plot which is for the use of the guests; this is just one of the small touches that made our week at the villa so memorable. This being our 1st visit to the area, we can’t state enough how helpful Damien and Sharon were, supplying information about local events/festivities, walking itineraries etc.
Sarnano is a very nice town with thriving bars and restaurants’ (some of the décor is very 70’s but the food is of the highest standard and very reasonable in price). It seems to come alive after 9 pm with families out for an evening stroll or bars that have live music, the Italians do like their tribute bands, the two we saw were quite good.
To sum up the week at Villa San Raffaello: Great accommodation, great location, great time!

  • Stayed: September 2008, travelled with family
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Thank Grey_Moptop
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Reviewed 10 September 2008

We are a bit late writing this review as we came back from Villa San Rafaello at the end of July and its now middle of September but hope it will be useful for next years travellers.

We, (myself, wife, 4 year old, 2 year old and grandparents for 1 of the weeks) stayed in the upstairs x2 bed apartment (Elise I think it was called) which was superbly appointed as was the rest of the Villa. Secure, child friendly (with stair gates and netting over the balcony railings for extra security) so we could be pretty relaxed about the children. Eating on the balcony in the evening was a pleasure as the views to Sarnarno and the sibilini mountains were fabulous. The swimming pool was a good size, warm and the main attraction for the children. If I had one suggestion it would be for a little more shade in the nature of parrasols but that's a minor point and didnt seem to worry the 2 year old even though she's a red-head.

Sarnarno was a pretty little villlage with most everyting you need in the way of food and daily necessaries but our favourate was probably Amandola, about 10 mins south with a lovely square ringed with cafe/pattisseries/pizzeria etc. The area had some excellent restaurants many of which are reviewed in the information compiled by Damien and Sharon for the guests.

Le marche itself is rural, very pretty and sometimes spectacular in its scenery with lakes, mountains, gorges to explore although very young children make it hard to go off the beaten track. The beaches on the Adriatic are accessible (although at least an hour's drive), clean and in the first half of July remarkably quiet.

Damien and Sharon have worked hard to provide a comfortable, safe, relaxing and friendly holiday environment and I wish them all the best for the future. got to go now, the baby's pulling at my leg!

Stayed: July 2008
Thank Matildahilda
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Reviewed 28 August 2008

This was the first time we had been to this region of Italy but based on this experience, it won't be the last!

Whilst it obviously helped that the scenery was stunning (ooh those Sibellini mountains!), the weather hot and Sarnano contained everything you could wish for (great shops/restaurants/bars etc), I cannot over emphasise the contribution the superb Villa San Raffaello made to our overall holiday experience.

Converted from an old farmhouse, it has everything you could wish for in a holiday home - excellent standard of accommodation, great swimming pool (with amazing views) and the perfect hosts in Damien and Sharon (not forgetting Louis & Grace), who are a mine of information about the places to go, local events/festivities etc.

We will be back!!

  • Stayed: August 2008, travelled with family
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Thank 82Villains
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