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The Casina dei Tordi is a modern and charming apartment with beamed ceilings, airy and bright interiors and great views of the hills surrounding Urbino, Le Marche, it stands 500m away from the main house and the swimming pool. It's perfect for a couple but it also features a comfortable sofa bed in the sitting room.
Casina dei Tordi is located on the ground floor of the same building as our bigger apartment (Casina Nuova) but each apartment has its own entrance and privacy is assured. The dining/living room has a table for four and a comfortable large sofa (which can be a double bed) that, along with extra seating, can easily accommodate four people. The well-equipped gourmet kitchen is fitted with fridge-freezer, four hob gas cooker, oven, kettle, toaster, coffee machine and an Italian coffee pot, dishwasher and all the crockery, pots and pans that you need to cook and enjoy a full meal. The bedroom has a comfortable queensize bed, a large wardrobe (with drawers, hanging rail and shelves) and sunset views (the best sunsets are usually in September). There’s a bathroom with basin and bath/shower (with a view!) as well as a separate toilet with wc, bidet and washing machine. The apartment is not air-conditioned but has very good insulation and double glazing and assures a pleasant stay even in the hottest months (if you think you really need air-conditioning, check the Casina dei Cavalli). For your comfort all the windows are fitted with mosquito screens. The terrace has a big parasol to protect you and the house during the hottest hours, a table and chairs to eat outside or to enjoy the outstanding views of the Marche hills near Urbino. The swimming pool is 500 metres away can be easily reached walking an easy and safe road within the farm. The pool is available for you to use any time you wish. Sunloungers and a shady hammock, tables and chairs on the common terrace with parasols and wi-fi are also at guests’ disposal.
Wi-fi is available in the apartment and on the terrace.
The apartment is very private and it stands 500 metres away from the swimming pool.
Interaction with guests
We're always at the farm and at guest's disposal for information or any need.
Other things to note
All windows are fitted with mosquito screens. Towels, pool towels, bedlinen, kitchen linen and table linen provided. The apartments are cleaned and the linen and towels are changed once a week. Free wifi access availableinside the apartment and on the grounds, a computer with internet connection is available for guests' use in the main house, along with more guidebooks, maps and an extensive library about travel, architecture, herbalism and nature. We are a working farm and the apartments and grounds were not specifically planned to accommodate small children, please check with us before booking. Upon arrival you'll find a welcome basket with our wine, jams, fruit juices and goods from our farm (bread, eggs, vegetables, legumes and fruit, depending on the season) for you not to miss our home produce.
Dinners can be arranged at the inn (booking at least 1 day in advance). We organize cooking classes, foraging walks and truffle hunts (depending on the season. Horse riding on site We can help you organize guided treks and biking, bike rent, food and wine tours, cheesemaking classes, natural dying courses, basket weaving courses.
We're a registered Agriturismo business.
We didn't want to leave
By CAB1201 on 29-Jun-2017
What can I add to the reviews that have already been written. A self catering rental apartment on a working organic farm in a idyllic rural location, complete with cows and very friendly cats. The apartment itself was beautifully outfitted and serious thought had gone into outfitting it to meet every possible need and consideration.
Guilia was very welcoming (she had patiently waited as our flight was delayed by three hours and the welcome pack she had placed in the kitchen was very much appreciated - we now have a taste for home made wild cherry jam...and Niccino, following one of Guilia's excellent dinners..... and the local chilled white wine was to die for!
The apartment itself was on a hilltop so it collected a welcoming breeze (temperatures reached 36C during the day whilst we were there), no air conditioning in the apartment but the quality of the insulation was such that it wasn't needed - warm outside, cool inside and the location itself was very secluded with privacy guaranteed. Bearing in mind that the Locanda is relatively remote, there was an excellent free Wi-Fi service and we were able to connect to anything and everything without any difficulty.
We were very grateful for the use of the outdoor pool at the main house - being able to dive in and cool off at the end of the day was a merciful relief. The pool was beautifully kept at a perfect temperature - I've noted in other reviews complaints about leaves and insects landing in the water - heaven's sake! It's a rural organic farm, it's going to happen, and that's why Guilia keeps a net at the side of the pool so you can fish the things out if they bother you.
This is a perfect place to base yourself if you want to completely switch off or do the cultural thing - Urbino is in sight on a hilltop to the north (about 15-20 minutes drive) and towns such as Fabriano and Gubbio are within striking distance on uncrowded roads. The fortress of San Leo is well worth a visit but harder work to get there.
A Conad supermarket is in Fermignano - about 10 minutes drive - alongside the SP4 as it passes the south side of the town, and it's worth exploring the town market on Saturday morning.
Highlight for us was walking back in the dark to the apartment from the main house following one of Guilia's dinners, turning off the torch and being surrounded by fireflies - something we've never experienced before - a very surreal experience and actually a sign of a true organic farm and the absence of chemicals.
Top Tip - you have to have a car to get around in this area of Marche which was hillier than I had expected. We had hired a 5 door Toyota Aygo out of Bologna and with two people in it, it struggled to get up the hills and around the switchbacks. Small cars are a good idea but go for something with at least 1.8-2.0L under the bonnet to make sure that you're not holding up the locals or coming to a juddering halt when you least need it....
Valle Nuova is a delight - my wife and I rarely return for a second visit to somewhere we've been, but this is one place we *will* come back to. Very many thanks Guilia, we loved it! **Highly recommended**
Lovely place for a relaxing holiday with great food and views
By Scouse_skiers on 15-Aug-2016
We had a great two weeks in Casa de Tordi, the first week on our own, the second with our grown up son. The apartment is cool and airy, and we didnt miss aircon despite it being in the 30's outside. Lovely views, fabulous veg in the kitchen garden nice pool, lots of peace and quiet,great meals in the main house cooked every few days by Julia and her mum, highly recommended, and a nice way to meet up with the other guests.It was interesting to learn a bit about life on an organic farm - I hadnt realised how little I knew ! Julia is friendly, welcoming, well organised and professional - which makes for a relaxing holiday.
Fermignano is a nice local town for shopping and coffees, and Urbino an interesting place to visit. We enjoyed exploring the local area - no need to travel far on the rather (to me ) scary main roads! We had travelled to the area by train but were glad we hired to car (at Pesaro station) to get around in - it would be a very long walk or cycle to any sort of shop.