VIa Borgo 25 Gualdo
Uncompromisable Luxury, Total Relaxation
From waking up to your own private ceiling fresco, wafts of the purest, sweetest mountain air, country views bathed in soft, golden light and then the fragrance of bread just out of the oven, it just gets better. Breakfast of local produce, perfectly roasted coffee and then the day is yours. Walk in the fields, tan at the pool, visit the local towns and villages for the best in truffles, charcuterie, cheeses, seafood and wines. Shop for designer clothes, knitwear, bags, shoes and perfumes. Highly addictive. Bring all your appetites.
It’s hard to believe that in our modern world, relics of the past can still be discovered. But, at this beautiful friendly boutique establishment, rare ceiling frescos were discovered in bedrooms during renovation, each painstakingly restored to their former glory. Boutique Accommodation with spectacular panoramic views, an outdoor marble pool in undiscovered Italy, this is a genuine treasure.
The Borgo Storico, a golden sandstone Palazzo built into the side of a medieval hill, with it’s five luxurious suites, is situated in ancient Gualdo Macerata, a medieval walled town in one of Italy’s least known, but most beautiful regions on the east coast. With magnificent views from every bedroom window, you look out across the valley to the mountains of the Sibillini National Park, where you can hike or ski in winter. The property, it’s marble pool, pretty garden, boutique accommodation and immediate area is so breathtaking, you may not want to go far.
But, with a car, it’s easy to see some incredibly memorable sights, off the beaten tourist track. The region is bursting with the most beautiful medieval towns and villages, such as Macerata (50 mins away) where you’ll find the amazing outdoor theatre, Arena Sferisterio, built around 1820. There’s also Perugia (2 hours away), with it’s 13th century palace and fabulous architecture and Ascoli Piceno (1hr 15 mins away), with its magnificent central square – one of Italy’s hidden gems. Closer to home you can explore the gastronomic triumphs of the local Italian cuisine, such as Brodetto (fish stew) and Porchetta (spit-roasted pig), peruse markets and local shops or enjoy a hike or cycle through the glorious countryside. In winter, the large ski resort of Sassotetto is close by. If you crave the beach, just 50 minutes away, you’ll find the Adriatic Coast, with various sandy beaches. To get to the property, it’s approximately 80 minutes drive from Ancona airport. From Rome, it would be a 3.5 hour drive and Rimini 2 hours. Once you’re there, Gualdo is on your doorstep with various shops and eateries, so you can ditch the car and walk to dinner.
1. Boutique accommodation comprising five luxurious suites, some with 16th century restored ceiling frescos, all with incredible views, decorated with great attention to detail.
2. Soft, sumptuous beds, with finest quality linens and bedding.
3. TV, DVD and MPs players.
4. The price is inclusive of local wine and a delicious breakfast.
5. A guest’s dining room and lounge offer a place to relax and enjoy a glass of wine or breakfast.
6. The marble pool, with poolside deck, offers a wonderful place to appreciate the views.
7. The bathrooms, though with separate shower, offer gorgeous deep baths in which to fully relax.
8. At the property, there is a small Cooking School, where you can take classes to learn more and appreciate Italian cookery and wine.
1. The views are incredible! All the five suites have 180-degree south facing views of rolling landscape and mountains stretching for miles. Throw open the windows to soak up the sunshine and views.
2. The beautifully restored ceiling frescos – discovered during the renovations – are stunning. They originate from the Middle Ages and the time of the Knights Templar, some revealing coded maps of safe houses en route to Bari, from where they sailed to the Holy Lands.
3. Lovingly restored house with clear respect for its history while also managing to provide a high degree of guest comfort.
4. Unlike many hotels in the area, this one is in a small town and not miles from anywhere so you can ditch at the car at night and walk to a local bar or restaurant. Let Ivan and Marc be your guide to the best places to eat. This isn’t the tourist trail here, so bring your dictionary! The food is rustic and amazing and the portions huge. Don’t be put off by the garish interior design; remember this isn’t Milan.
5. Ivan and Marc are warm and friendly. They manage to be attentive hosts while also creating a soothing and relaxing feel. They have family connections with the area stretching back so they know the area intimately and can help guide you.
6. The beds! We defy anyone not to sleep like a log in these huge, sumptuous and incredibly comfortable beds, specially ordered from South Africa.
Ivan, from South Africa and Marc, originally from Wales, were living in Cape Town where they operated a highly regarded luxury guesthouse. They decided to sell up and move to Italy to follow their longstanding love and passion for Italy, in particular the Le Marche region, which is largely untouched by tourism. Marc continues to work within PR within the financial sector, which takes him to London and South Africa, but his heart is in Italy sharing their special boutique accommodation.