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“Gourmet Olive Weekend”
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Relax in the evening - so peaceful
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Relax in the evening - so peaceful
Your apartment has lots of room and wide open views. A pool with a view
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Relax in the evening - so peaceful
Your apartment has lots of room and wide open views.
A pool with a view
Shall we take a drive out this afternoon or just take it easy and look at the view?
Maybe you fancy apartment Ricci with a spiral staircase?
Your own private garden - would you like lunch here?
One of the things you really want is a good nights sleep
Fancy a swim? or maybe just take it easy and read your magazine
Are you joining us for our free pizza party on Monday?
We think a nice bathroom is so important
Extensive landscaped grounds means there is space for everyone
Get lost in a big big bed!
Sunflowers everywhere in the summer
If there is anything else you need, just ask
Now maybe that is the spot to chill-out this afternoon!
I never get tired of that view!
We have lots of lavender by the steps to the pool
There is everything I need in this kitchen
Each apartment has a  unique feature
What do you fancy for lunch?
Shall we have a game of Bocce on the top lawn?
Not too much around to disturb you
There are always lots of places to sit, relax and look at the view.
Take a trip up to the mountains - spectacular!
Breakfast in bed? -  relax, you deserve it
I wonder what's in that little town over there on the hill? let's ask Bob & Ian
Sit for a while - no need to rush around here!
Lunch in your own private garden.
Lets pick something from the veggie garden for lunch
I want to find a beautiful bay on the Conero today
Lets go for a walk in the grounds
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1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Francavilla d'Ete, Province of Fermo, Marche

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Pat B
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
1 review
“Gourmet Olive Weekend”
Reviewed 6 November 2013 for a stay in November 2013

This weekend came highly recommended by friends. We were not disappointed!

We enjoyed every aspect of our stay. Bob and Ian are excellent hosts and gave us five star care. Our apartment was inviting, comfortable and equipped to a high standard. We ate sumptuous food in a variety of restaurants, some in quite glorious settings. In between all that eating we visited a beautiful theatre, explored an ancient Roman water system, relaxed at a wine tasting, harvested an olive tree and saw the results of our labours turned into oil at a local olive oil factory. And if that wasn't enough, we had an excellent cooking lesson from a local chef and ate our efforts afterwards. it was an action packed and fun filled weekend!

We are now looking forward to visiting Casal dei Fichi next year for a week's walking and sightseeing.

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Liked best: The food
Liked least: Putting on weight!
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Springer1...
Norfolk, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“Gourmet Olive Weekend Break”
Reviewed 5 November 2013 for a stay in November 2013

This was our third stay at Casal dei Fichi, a charming Italian farmhouse which is divided into 6 luxury appartments overlooking the beautiful Marche countryside. This time it was for an all-inclusive short break with no worries about driving as our hosts were waiting for us at the airport and drove us around all weekend. As well as being wined and dined in some fantastic restaurants we also had a meal cooked for us by a charming Italian chef, picked olives, watched oil production at the press, had a cookery lesson, enjoyed wine tasting at a local vineyard, visited Fermo and toured the theatre. The accommodation at Casal dei Fichi is spacious, comfortable and the views are stunning. For anyone who hasn't visited the area before, this weekend break would be the perfect introduction to sample what Le Marche has to offer, and to try the fabulous local foods and wines. Owners Bob and Ian go out of their way to make your stay everything you want it to be and are a wealth of information about this beautiful part of Italy. Like many of CDF's guests, we look forward to returning.

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Liked best: The high standard of comfort the appartments provide
Liked least: Having to go home!
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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SXDave
Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
130 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Keep it under your hat”
Reviewed 5 November 2013 for a stay in November 2013

Each year they say they won’t do it again. You can see why - it’s a lot for them to do in a short time! Each year they do do it again – it’s so much fun. We went to Bob and Ian’s “Gourmet Weekend” at the beginning of November. We were collected from the airport in time for lunch out on Friday and delivered back to the airport on Monday after a visit to the local miller to see your olives changed into oil. We were taken to five different delightful local restaurants for Menu Degustazione. The emphasis was on local Marche products (wine, olive oil etc.). One of the mornings, our group of eight had a masterclass from a local chef, who then served us the super lunch “we” had prepared. We had a winetasting visit to a local winery. We picked Casal dei Fichi olives and came away with bottles of olive oil. All excellent but you need to have fasted for several days beforehand and don’t plan anything for the evening you get back!

All of this as part of the family - Bob and Ian, two friendly dogs, a cat and 4 chickens. We stayed in one of their well-appointed holiday flats in the farmhouse they renovated a few years ago. Lovely views over the garden, swimming pool, the countryside and away to the hills. Marche is still relatively off the tourist track and Casal dei Fichi is clearly a great place to explore it from – so keep it under your hat.

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lorena p
London, United Kingdom
1 review
“Fantastic place!!!”
Reviewed 4 November 2013 for a stay in November 2013

We loved staying at Casal dei Fichi. Wonderful views!
We stayed only for one week and it felt longer than that. It also felt safe, quiet and child friendly at all times. Our little one loved going to see the chickens and playing with the dogs.
Ian and Bob are great hosts. You will not be disappointed!

Travelling group: Young Children
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McClann
Auckland Central, New Zealand
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26 reviews
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“Peace and comfort in Marche”
Reviewed 20 October 2013 for a stay in September 2013

A glance at the photo album in the Raphael apartment quickly gives an understanding of the transformation that Bob and Ian have brought to this old farmhouse. The apartment is very spacious and comfortable, and well equipped. The setting is postcard-perfect. The grounds are beautifully planted and the vegetable garden is replete with seasonal deliciousness ready to be eaten. The environment is immensely peaceful and relaxing. No wonder so many people come back! We greatly enjoyed exploring the area, and relished in its small number of tourists. Bob and Ian are gracious, charming, and helpful hosts. This was particularly evident on the famous pizza night, the last of the season. It's a long way from NZ, but this is one place we would be keen to come back to ourselves.

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Liked best: the setting and facilities
Liked least: nothing I can think of
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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CMcW
Toronto, Ontario
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41 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Perfecto”
Reviewed 17 October 2013 for a stay in September 2013

My spouse and I spent 4 nights in one of the second floor apartments at Casal dei Fichi. Bob and Ian were perfect hosts anticipating our every need. The apartment was very comfortable and well-equipped for self-catering. We particularly enjoyed the weekly pizza party and meeting the other guests at the beginning of our stay. Another bonus their lovely garden and invitation to help ourselves to its considerable bounty, beautiful figs, tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, herbs etc. They also have a wide selection of DVDs, particularly Italian and English titles. We would love to return ASAP.

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Liked best: Pizza Party, garden, privacy
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
Large groups
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jgiardina
Cheshire, Massachusetts
1 review
“Why stay anywhere else?”
Reviewed 12 October 2013 for a stay in September 2013

Unfamiliar with the Le Marche region it was difficult to select a place to stay. After much online searching we settled on Casal dei Fichi. We are happy to report that it was an excellent choice! Bob and Ian were great from the first email to the last goodbye. Booking and payment were easy. Ian and the dogs greeted us on our arrival like were we were old friends come to visit. The apartment - Bramante - was perfect. Very homey and comfortable. Meticulously clean and everything you could possibly need for a relaxing stay. The grounds are beautiful and the views spectacular. Location is very convenient for traveling around the region. Thanks to Bob and Ian's recommendations we were able to sample local cuisine and explore the area like locals. Pizza night is not to be missed!! What a wonderful way to meet and interact with people from all over the world. Ian and Bob's attention to detail affords a truly relaxing and worry free holiday. Thanks to them we too have fallen in love with Le Marche. Will definitely be returning.

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Liked best: everything!
Liked least: nothing
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway
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