Surrounded by lawns and fruit trees at the end of a private gravel track, Ca' Stefioli offers perfect relaxation. Guests can enjoy a barbecue on the terrace by the old bread oven, or dine al fresco under the vines of the back terrace, with its panoramic view across the valley to the bell-tower of Sant'Ippolito. We love to sit out with a glass of the excellent white wine from our local vineyard as we watch the sun set behind the peaks of San Marino on the sky-line. We also enjoy the excellent authentic cooking on offer in the pretty hill-top villages all around us. Barchi, our local village a few minutes away by car, has flowered ramparts, cobbled streets and offers every amenity. This is the "real" Italy - unspoilt and largely undiscovered by tourists. It offers gorgeous, rolling countryside, high culture in the world-renowned renaissance city of Urbino, as well as opera in Pesaro, birthplace of Rossini and the famous open air arena at Macerata. For sun lovers, there are safe beaches 20 minutes away at the old Roman port of Fano and fantastic hiking and bird-watching in the nearby mountain nature reserves.
The house, restored in 2007, combines its original character with modern comforts. The rooms are bright and airy, with a huge family bathroom and three spacious bedrooms on the top floor, offering amazing views over the valley. Downstairs, French windows open on to the long vine-shaded terrace at the back of the house, while the fully-equipped kitchen-diner has plenty of room for family meals, and also leads out onto the terrace, where guests can dine under the pergola while admiring the views.