A Restored Watermill in the Heart of Le Marche

La Fenella, Caudino, Marche, Italy
La Fenella, Caudino, Marche, Italy | villas for rent, villas to rent
  • Villa
  • 8 BR
  • Sleeps 16
  • from € 425 nt
Sensitive Restoration with Great Attention to Detail

We love the sympathetic restoration of this ancient mill and the pastoral location with its private stream and waterfalls, and acres of unspoiled nature. Changing very little of what history and the former inhabitants originally intended, this extra large vacation home rental in Italy is a place of inspired preservation with welcoming warmth and simple country charms.

To view the individual units, click here: Costa Conero and Grotte di Frasassi. More information about a new third unit, Gola della Rossa, click here.

Description

Surrounded by over 32 acres of stunning natural beauty in the heart of Le Marche, this vacation home rental in Italy immerses you into the authentic history of the region in a thousand-year-old former water mill. Nestled up against the Gola della Rossa national park, the ancient structure was lovingly and respectfully restored by a Dutch couple who, while in search of their dream home, stumbled on the dilapidated ruins and fell in love.

Renovations took over three years and the painstaking process revealed ancient frescoes and many of the unique and original structural features. The property played a dramatic role in history when previous owner signor Caverni sheltered the Alcalay family during World War II in the original kitchen on the second floor. Due to his efforts, the entire family survived the war including son Albert Alcalay who went on to become a world-renowned abstract artist with exhibitions in the Guggenheim and around the world.

Divided into two separate apartments that can be joined to accommodate up to 12 guests, each are eye-catching in their authenticity with huge rustic oak beams, limestone walls and rustic tiles, with bright open spaces offering lovely views of the property.

Entering from the grand hall covered in frescoes, you arrive into a spacious ground floor living and dining room with a big fireplace and sitting areas which connect to a large well equipped kitchen. Adjacent to the living room is the master bedroom and an additional double bedroom, each with comfortable sitting areas. A third bedroom was designed from the original millers kitchen and sleeps two. The bedrooms share a spacious and modern double bathroom with a two person spa tub.

Upstairs, is a cozy living room and dining area with a breakfast corner and rounded fireplace. The apartment offers sleeping space for four to six people with two double bedrooms and one bath, and from the living area a small archway leads to a fun sleeping nook that can accommodate one additional adult or two kids. A large professionally equipped kitchen is situated just outside of the apartment in one of the former caves. 

The owners have recently added a new two-bedroom apartment to the property: Gola della Rossa. This is a two-story space for four guests, with a high ceiling, stucco decoration and wooden beams, complemented by great works of art and a large designer lamp. It has a well-equipped kitchen and a living room with dining space for up to six people. Each of the bedrooms is en-suite. Booked together, the three units can accommodate 16 guests.

The grounds are ideal for wandering and exploring the beautiful countryside with a private stream, lagoons and waterfalls as well as acres of forests. Simple and rustic, this property offers a peaceful and authentic rural escape.

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

Welcome basket of Prosecco and antipasti. Optional welcome dinners and private chef with cooking workshops, wine tastings and truffle hunts available. Picnic services, mountain bike, scooter and quad rentals available. Wifi throughout. Luxury linens (changed weekly), orthopedic mattresses, shared laundry facilities. Games and books, trampoline and table tennis, child beds and seats available on request with optional child care services available. Firewood available at €5 per bundle. Parking. 

AROUND

Located in the Marche region, south of the capital coastal city of Pesaro and San Marino, the area is often described as one of Italy’s best kept secrets and offers spectacular mountain scenery, unspoiled beaches and picturesque villages full of beautifully preserved ancient architectural and cultural treasures. Nearby Arcevia is located in the foothills of the Appennine surrounded by the Gola della Rossa national park.

Located half an hour inland from the Adriatic, you’ll find some of the best and largest beaches in Italy. The province is surrounded by San Marino and Emilia Romagna in the north, Umbria and Tuscany in the west and Ancona and the Adriatic Sea to the east. The province is also known as “Riviera of Hills.”

LOCATION

Marche, Italy. Nearest Airport: Ancona Airport (58km)

BEST TIME TO VISIT: Le Marche is beautiful year round with high season and the best weather from Spring through Fall

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La Fenella

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BedroomsConero: 3 bedrooms. Frasassi: 2 bedrooms plus sleeping nook suitable for one adult or two children. Gola della Rossa: 2 bedrooms.
Bed TypeConero: 1 king, 2 twins, 1 double sofa bed, Frasassi: 2 kings, 1 twin, Gola Della Rossa 2 doubles
Kitchen2 indoor kitchens, and 1 outdoor kitchen
Bathrooms4 bathrooms
AccommodateConero: 6, Frasassi: 6, Gola della Rossa: 4
InternetWifi throughout
Kid FriendlyFamilies welcome
Pet friendlyPets are allowed on request with a €5 per pet per day fee
ViewCountryside views
Rates
Cleaning (One Time)€275
Sec. Deposit€300
Check-In5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Check-Out10:00 AM
CancellationGuest will receive a full refund if booking is cancelled at least 60 days before the time of check-in. If the guest cancels 30-60 days before the start of the stay, they will receive a 50% refund. If they cancel within 30 days of the start of the stay, no refund will be given.
NotesA 40% deposit of your total reservation is required in advance with remaining balance due within at least six weeks prior to your arrival. When booking within six weeks upon arrival the entire amount of your reservation is due in advance €300 Security deposit required when renting the entire property €275 cleaning fee for the whole property Heating fees during off season (see rates table) are €70 per week
Season Start Date End Date Nightly Min Stay
April May and JuneApr 1Jul 2€4253 nights
July and AugustJul 1Aug 31€6107 nights
Changeover DaySaturday
September to OctSep 1Oct 31€4257 nights
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Reviews

8 Reviews

  • Simone, July 22, 2020

    We had the most amazing stay at La Fenella, the renovated water mill is showing in every corner the passion and love the owners Jeannette und René have put with lots of labor to create this gem in the Marche. Surrounded by lush nature, it is an oasis in a valley, providing a natural pool to cool off during warm days or after a hike on their own hill. The hosts have created such a welcoming atmosphere, that you feel instantly at home. The welcome basket with essentials to cook and all the amenities make it really easy to settle and start your vacation right away. Great location to branch out, visit local markets, do some sightseeing, wine tasting, or even a trip to the beach. Jeannette und René are not getting tired to give recommendations and really know the best places for regional and local food. Very inspiring, relaxing and yummy stay – we will be back!

    Simone

  • Karen V., April 22, 2018

    We had a wonderful holiday. Very nice place to play for our children. Building dams in the brook, table tennis and jumping on the trampo. And also a lot of cuddling with the dogs. We were received very in a very hospitable way. The house is spacious and in a very quiet surrounding. Delicious! In the area many beautiful places and beautiful beaches.

    Karen V.

    The Netherlands

  • Nelleke, January 14, 2018

    What a wonderful week of untouched Italy.
    Together with a number of other guests we did the retreat weekend’. A wonderful (long) weekend full of relaxation, good food, drinks, pleasant conversations and all that under the inspiration of our fantastic hosts. An Italian meal provided by Luciano, a cooking workshop by maestraFrancesca,the typical Italian restaurants and the evenings at the fire.
    The water mill has been lovingly and tastefully decorated and decorated! The relaxed atmosphere, the humor and the love of the owners for Italy and the environment where you are allowed to live is contagious!
    I was looking for a few days of relaxation to get out of the busy life in the Netherlands and that was a great success! An absolute must for anyone looking for relaxation in a beautiful setting and want to experience La Dolce Vita in Italy.

    Molte grazie!
    Nelleke

    Nelleke

    Rotterdam, The Netherlands

  • Esther, Dimitri and kids, August 9, 2017

    This is Italy of which we dream, no mass tourism, but a piece of authentic Italy.
    La Fenella is a surprising, warm, beautiful, special place! The owners are very hospitable and we felt immediately welcome.
    The location and surroundings are soothing and enjoyable. The owners clearly have a good relationship with the local people, making contact for us very easy and pleasant. They surprised us with special restaurants and beautiful towns / villages and beaches. Nice accessory was Pluis (the dog).
    We sat there for a week and enjoyed it. We can highly recommend this and will definitely be back!

    Esther, Dimitri and kids

    The Hague, The Netherlands

  • Nancy, June 16, 2017

    Delicious stay with my family in La Fenella. Beautiful decoration of the watermill and our apartment Grotte di Frasassi. We had a fabulous dinner at La Fenella prepared by the Ialian chef Luciano. Good tips for trips in the area and tasty restaurants.

    I can highly recommend it.

    Nancy

    The Netherlands

  • Markus, June 16, 2017

    The reason for our trip to Italy, Le Marche was my 4oth birthday. Together with my wife, my children and my best friends, we went to the watermill by the brook. It was a big party for a whole week. The mill lies in a beautiful scenery. Jeanette and René are fantastic hosts. They took care of everything, so we did not have to do anything. They also brought us the best food in the area (prepared by chef Luciano) for my birthday. We usually spent our evenings at the camp fire. The beer was stored in a cool place, the owls were screaming and the dogs were watching around us. I can highly recommend this accommodation.

    Markus

    Austria

  • Raymond, June 16, 2017

    Tranquility, beauty, space and fun owner.

    Our group of six friends stayed here for an extended weekend. After a very long day’s travelling, we arrived to this beautiful house brilliantly lit in a pitch-black valley, and nestled in the mountains. We were met by a warm reception and some delicious local wine provided by Rene. So began a lovely weekend at La Fenella. The house itself is huge but cosy, decked out in half-Dutch minimalist, half-Roman villa style – all very tasteful. There is a full kitchen which we used to cook for six with no trouble. Rene was always on hand for help if we needed it: an extra towel, or a local recommendation. On our second night Rene organised for a local chef to come and cook us a 4 course meal – it was simple but delicious. We even tried white truffle which Rene had been saving for us in his fridge. We didn’t make it very far into the surrounding countryside, so satisfied were we with the peace and tranquillity of the place, and with enjoying our friends. But it is truly beautiful out there, stacked full of walks, truffle hunts, quad bikes etc. – great for an adventurous group. I would highly recommend this place to anyone wanting to get away from the buzz, but who still wants a little bit of interaction.

    Raymond

    London, United Kingdom

  • Jochem, June 16, 2017

    The old water mill lies in a beautiful place in a wide valley, with nothing but nature. The house is beautiful, spacious and very nice light and tastefully decorated. And then around the house. Not only a delicious big dining table, a trampoline, swings and a table tennis table, but above all the stream. Perfect to cool down. We enjoyed our week at La Fenella, with 6 adults and 4 children aged 11 to 2, and we would really have liked to stay longer. The area is also beautiful. Green mountains with rugged old villages on the top. And also the larger towns, the coast and the caves in the area are easily reached from La Fenella. We would recommend it to anyone!

    Jochem

    The Netherlands

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