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"A holiday and wedding never to forget…"
On the 9th of June we got married in Sarnano. We had rented all apartments in Villa San Raffaello for an entire week to accommodate our guests (and of course ourselves) to celebrate our wedding with us. Since we live in the Netherlands, quite some preparations were needed and so we contacted Damien and Sharon, owners of Villa San Raffaello, in an early stage. They were extremely friendly and helpful, and knowing Sarnano and the people living there they have greatly assisted us with our wedding preparations. Basically thanks to them, our Italian wedding became the wedding we’ve dreamt of. <br><br>The villa itself is just amazing! All of our guests were surprised by the spacious apartments and lovely garden with pool. The garden has lots of different areas so that everybody could also enjoy some private time. The apartments were very clean and tidy, and offer everything you may need during your holidays. And then we’re not talking about the stunning view over the village of Sarnano, it’s really breathtaking! <br><br>The entire wedding was celebrated in and around the villa (except the ceremony which took place in the old city hall). It’s such a suitable location and I would definitely recommend the villa for a “normal” holiday and especially for a wedding like we did. We could not have made a better choice than renting Villa San Raffaello and we are definitely planning to return at some point in time.Read moreLess
"Sarnano: Wonderful Vacation Spot June 2015…"
Our family (2 adults, 2 children) stayed at Villa San Raffaello, Sarnano, Italy, for 2 weeks in June 2015. We absolutely loved our stay at the Villa and in Sarnano. We generally do not write reviews of vacations, but this one was different so here goes: <br><br>The accommodation is precisely as described in the website for the property, and there is plenty to do in Sarnano and the immediate area for children (2 and 5). This is all described in the website so we won’t repeat it here. For those considering a mid to late September 2015 vacation in Italy, Damien and Sharon (the hosts) expect an abundant and tasty wine harvest (300 liters or so of quality wine), so it is destination to be seriously considered!<br><br>The best part of our stay, which is really not obvious from the website and reviews is that Damien acts as a de facto personal tour guide. He has produced a detailed and extensive booklet of different things going on the area, and constantly brings new ideas to guests—all of which contributes to a rewarding experience. <br><br>As we said in the title, we only have great things to say and strongly recommend Sarnano and Villa San Raffaello to anyone who wants to experience Italian culture in a pure form and not the pre-packaged, highly produced experience one might experience in other more “touristy” areas of Italy—Sarnano is the real deal, much to its credit.Read moreLess
"We just had to go back again!…"
It's been a few years since we last visited the villa and the children are now older - 18, 17, 14 & 11 but we knew it would be just as good, in fact it was better. The accommodation is superb. We had a three bedroom apartment, the bedrooms were a great size with enough room in the rest of the apartment for us all to have our own space. Arriving to a few supplies was a great touch and very welcome indeed. <br>The children couldn't wait to get outside, two in the pool, one in a hammock with a book, one on the climbing frame - something for each of them. I'd forgotten how safe the surrounding areas of the villa are. You really can get to relax. <br>The other guests were nice and a couple of other children for mine to play with too. There is so much land surrounding the villa that you can be very alone if you really want to be. <br>The town was a 10 min walk away so very accessible. Full of bars, restaurants, park, shops and more. Locals were very friendly and welcoming. <br>We ventured out on foot and by bikes another day, so you really didn't need a car too much if you stayed local. We heard there might be a paint ball venue nearby soon too. <br>We drove 40mins to the nearest beach one day which was fab but soon realised that all we needed was right on the doorstep so spent the rest of the holiday chilling at or near the villa. It really was bliss. <br>A perfect holiday for our varying needs as a family of 6. <br>A would highly recommend the villa and we will be back a little sooner next time.Read moreLess
2 people found this review helpful.
"fabulous family place…"
We stayed for a week in late September 2014 at Villa San Raffaello. We are an Australian family and hired the Damiano and Grazia apartments. My son, his wife and 2 young sons stayed in the Damiano apartment. It was absolutely ideal for them, large living area, ensuites to both bedrooms, very spacious and safe for their 1 and 4 year old sons. Just outside their apartment was a table and chairs where we spent many a happy lazy lunch. Their children loved exploring the grounds, finding special hiding places, picking herbs, grapes, other fruit and vegetables, lying in hammocks. Our 4 year old grandson loved the property so much he asked if he could live there. <br>My husband and I stayed upstairs in a 3 bedroom apartment with our son, daughter and boyfriend. At the last minute we had an extra guest and our host kindly organised extra linen and towels for the sofa bed, on which she was very comfortable. I loved that the apartments were very clean, charming and had everything we needed for cooking. The property very much lends itself to lazy days reading, lying in the hammocks, eating outdoors. We visited Sarnarno regularly – you need a car to get around the region. There are lots of beautiful areas you can visit nearby including Sarnarno itself. Fabulous last night meal at the La Clarisse restaurant in Sarnarno.<br>We could not have asked for more. Damien was a great host, giving us lots of tips and suggestions for activities. And booking us into restaurants, organising a bike for my older son. Lots of games, reading material, DVDs – you can be as lazy or busy as you wish. Fabulous spot for a family get together or special occasion. Highly recommended. Liz and Peter, Canberra, Australia.Read moreLess
"Amazing accommodation. Fantastic venue. Great location.…"
Beautifully restored apartment, with much attention to detail, sharing lovely gardens. Only a short walk into local town, Sarnarno. Friendly host Damien gave lots of helpful info for daytrips out when we could stir up enough energy to leave the superb pool. <br>Would definitely recommend.Read moreLess
3 people found this review helpful.
"Un bel posto - A fantastic place to stay!…"
Our family of 5 (2 adults, 3 children aged 6,5, 1.5) stayed at Villa Raffaello for one week during April/May and just loved it! Our apartment was well-equipped and felt just like home. Damian, our host, was very welcoming and helpful. He suggested some great itineraries for our family outings. We just loved the Villa, its gardens...the view is AMAZING. The town of Sarnano is lovely, very easy to get by (in Italian or English), and there is plenty to see and do in the surrounding areas. We thoroughly recommend a stay at Villa San Raffaello. We would love to go back!Read moreLess
1 person found this review helpful.
"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
4 people found this review helpful.
"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.<br><br>Room Tip: We've stayed in all four apartments but our marginal favourite is Damiano - on the ground floor...Read moreLess
1 person found this review helpful.