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"Perfect place for all the family…"
We spent an amazing week here during the Easter holidays 2012. A beautiful villa, lovingly restored set against the most spectacular backdrop of the Sibillini Mountains. An amazing view whilst sitting by the pool, watching the landscape changing with the light. The picturesque town of Sarnarno, with its locally produced food market, gelaterie,cafes and bars open till late with live music meant the whole family was catered for even the teenagers!. A memorable trip to Amandola for ice-cream and then on to the breathtaking gorge at Gola dell'Infernaccio to walk it off!!. Most of the time we were all just happy to be around the villa enjoying the spacious accommodation and relaxed atmosphere. Highly recommended for a relaxing family holiday.Read moreLess
"Villa San Raffaello gets better and better…"
Yet another great holiday at Villa San Raffaello! I'm losing count of the times we've been here since it opened - it's a place easy to fall in love with. It's hard to beat lying on a sunbed beside the pool in glorious 30 degree September sunshine, gazing at the mountain scenery and warming up for a dip in the 25 degree pool - bliss.
Room Tip: We've stayed in all four apartments but our marginal favourite is Damiano - on the ground floor...Read moreLess
"Our family, with children aged 10 and 12, stayed at…"
Our family, with children aged 10 and 12, stayed at Villa San Raffaello for a week at the end of August and can only say that it was a really magical experience. The weather was hot but the pool is big and cool. The kids had great fun with the owners' children who were lovely and very hospitable.
The Villa, which is located in the Le Marche region of Italy, between the Sibillini Mountains and the Adriatic coastline, has been tastefully restored, combining old with all mod cons. It's within walking distance of the quaint hillside town of Sarnano. We enjoyed the dramatic views of the mountains and Sarnano town from the pool and from the apartment.
The Villa is located in the most sublime spot and great for walking or cycling if you're that way inclined. We enjoyed lots of daytrips to the nearby Lake Fiastra in the mountains, the coast and the Frassasi Caves, which we can highly recommend. There are too many stunning medieval towns, sports and cultural activities to fit into a week holiday. The local town of Sarnano had a different festa on every night and loads of great restaurants. We found Damien & Sharon extremely helpful with ideas of places to vist, how to get there and booking restaurants using their fluent Italian on our behalf - a great service.
If you're looking for a spectacular location, relaxation and fun I'd really recommend the Villa San Raffaello. This place is great for kids too as, on top of the pool, there's so many things to keep them entertained; Sky TV, DVDs, books and games fantastic local eats and drinks. Local food is easy for the kids and you can even pick free organic produce right from the owners garden. We felt as though we were staying with old friends with the owners easy personalities.
Top tips: If you are allowed time away from the family, make sure you try the local Terme (Spa) for a massage.
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