Villa San Raffaello

Sarnano, Italy

Villa San Raffaello is a great base for family holidays in the most beautiful part of the Le Marche region of Italy.

Culinary Vacations 1

8 Days Cooking Holidays in Italy

Available in September & October

Speaks English

from US$1,675
from US$1,675
Price for:

8 days / 7 nights

Testimonials 11

  • A traveler Auckland

    TripAdvisor website

    We had ten days at Villa San Raffaello and shared the apartment with friends for five of those. It was a perfect base to be able to do everything we wanted to - local and mountain walks, bike rides, exploring the countryside and villages or swimming and relaxing by the pool. The village of Sarnano is picture-perfect, with great restaurants (La Patata Bollente being a highlight) and friendly locals. Damien and Sharon are fantastic hosts - Damien helped organise rental bikes for us from an amazing bike shop in Polenza - we loved the bikes so much they came back to NZ with us! The apartment and grounds fulfilled all our needs and more. Our Italian home away from home - we would return in a heartbeat.

  • A traveler Kansas

    TripAdvisor website

    We rented the whole villa for a group of 24 people...worked out great. Everyone had their own bed/space. Pool was a great gathering spot every morning for coffee. View of Sarnano is fabulous from the villa and even more from the pool. Lots of activities for everyone...grown kids played badminton. Made a fire in the fire pit several nights. Lots of things to do around the area within an hour. All of Damien's recommendations were great!

  • Travelers

    Trip Advisor website

    We spent a fabulous two weeks at Villa San Raffaello in July 2016. The villa is in such a stunning setting with the beautiful gardens, pool and views of Sarnano. Sipping the local wine, watching the children play hide and seek in the vines whilst the sun is starting to set over the town... it really was idyllic.

    Sarnano is a very pretty little town, where the pace of life is wonderfully relaxed. We went out most days, returning each day to spend a few hours in the pool. We especially enjoyed the lake (Lago di Fiastra) the gorge (Gola dell'infernaccio), and the beach (Porto San Georgio).

    Thanks Damien and Sharon for making us feel so welcome.

  • Arne S United Kingdom

    TripAdvisor website

    My husband and I spent two fantastic weeks at Villa San Raffaella in Sanarno during September 2015. From the minute we arrived, we felt at home. Damien (the owner) had thoughtfully provided a bottle of wine, bread, and cheese which we tucked into on our arrival. Our apartment, downstairs and near the pool, was fully equipped for cooking, with comfortable sofa, chairs, and a large dining table. There was plenty of space for our art and film equipment, plus WiFi so we could listen to our favorite Radio 4/4 Extra programs whilst we were busy. We helped with the wine harvest - it was a bumper crop - picking and pressing the grapes. As an artist who had come to paint the local landscape the perfect panorama was a mere short climb of steps from the apartment and was enough to keep any artist occupied for a year! Sarnano is within a 20 minute walk or 5 minutes if that by car. The town has loads of food stores, restaurants, and a well preserved medieval quarter with many ancient churches and a museum. Nearby there are lots of interesting places to visit within a short car ride - Amandola, San Ginesio, and others. The nearby lake is a brilliant turquoise blue with safe swimming and lakeside / mountain walks. For a trip further afield - Macerata, Ascoli Piceno, and the coast are within easy travelling distance. We have booked to go back to Villa San Rafaello for six weeks in May / June 2016 - as we loved it so much. Will post Dropbox link to photographs on another post.

  • David D United Kingdom

    TripAdvisor website

    We spent a lovely 10 nights in Villa Raffaello in mid-September of this year. It’s a beautiful area with mountains to climb, ancient towns and villages to wander around and lots of excellent restaurants to enjoy fantastic food. Damien was a mine of information and gave us lots of tips about where to visit and things to do. He could get a job as the local historian! Eating out in the area is exceptional value for money, for example a liter of very nice local wine costs about 6 Euros in most restaurants! We stayed in Villa Grazia and our friends stayed in Villa Elisa. Both of them are very comfortable and well-equipped with everything you could need. The pool is lovely where there are plenty of sunbeds and there are also hammocks dotted around the gardens. Our only slight disappointment was that Grazia didn’t have a balcony although there were tables in the garden where you could eat and drink. Luckily, Elisa had a balcony so we mainly used this. Overall, we would highly recommend Villa Raffaello for anyone who wants to enjoy Italy away from the tourist hustle and bustle. It would be hard to have a better base.

  • a traveler

    Trip Advisor website

    Our recent holiday at the Villa San Raffaello was as good as we had hoped. Looking at the website sold it to me. A hammock in a vineyard with a pile of books and a beautiful view. When we arrived we found that it is just like that and more. Booking was easy: Damien answered all my questions and kindly booked a restaurant for the first night. The apartment was very comfortable and it had the best-stocked kitchen I have ever seen in a self-catering apartment. There were herbs, spices, olive oil and also a bottle of white wine in the fridge, as well as a loaf of bread on the table on arrival. The apartment was clean and comfortable. Sharon and Damien were always around to answer questions and advise us on trips. Our three children loved the pool and soon started a Risk game which lasted nearly a week. There were books and DVDs to borrow on the odd stormy afternoon.Sarnano is stunning. Great supermarkets and food shops. We thought we would eat out more than we did, but we chose to work our way through one of the River Cafe cookbooks in the apartment. There is plenty going on in town; you can just sit in the square and watch people pass by. The villa is a good mile from the town, so if you plan on walking back at night, torches are advisable.

  • a traveler United Kingdom

    Trip Advisor website

    We have just returned from a perfect week in one of the most beautiful, unspoiled regions of Italy. Our apartment was spacious and very clean. The host, Damien, was helpful and charming. Our two young daughters enjoyed the outdoor pool in the garden, with stunning views of the enchanting town of Sarnano and the dramatic Apennine mountains. Our two young daughters loved picking fresh herbs from the garden to flavor BBQ cooked in the fire-pit, next to the vineyard in the garden, under a million stars. We miss the place so much and we cannot wait to return. I thoroughly recommend it.

  • a traveler United Kingdom

    Trip Advisor website

    What everyone else has written is true: this place is just heavenly! We stayed a week in Apartment Grazia, which has the most stunning views from the kitchen and bedroom windows, over the mountains and the town. The flat has everything you need, and the living room had quiet views over the woods behind - we saw some deer in the field one evening.Damien and Sharon are a goldmine of information, both through their super-helpful guide book and in person. Their restaurant and activity recommendations were spot on and really helpful if you do not know the area. We would thoroughly recommend Lake Fiastra, the Cingoli adventure park (our kids are too small for the one at Lake Fiastra, and this was just the right scale for them), day trips to Ascoli Piceno, Sarnano, the little monastery and park at Abbadia Fiastra. The gardens of the villa are also glorious, just for mooching about and relaxing - we picked flowers and fruit every day and loved the pool. We are definitely hoping to go back another year!

  • a traveler United Kingdom

    Trip Advisor website

    The villa has lovely spacious apartments within a charming characterful building: stunning views from the pool, lovely gardens for alfresco dining, or relaxing in the hammocks. The owners, Damien and Sharon, were always on hand for any help or advice and have a wealth of knowledge about the area; they gave us some great recommendations for local festivals. Sarnano is a lovely picturesque town and there is plenty to do for families with young, teenage children. A good example is Lake Fiastra, which is great for swimming, kayaking, SUP, or simply walking. We would definitely recommend this villa.

  • Lance H.

    Trip Advisor website

    This was the first time we had taken our children on holiday to Italy, despite many previous visits before we had kids to other regions. It was also our first time in Le Marche region, and reflecting post-holiday, we think it is probably the new favorite. Le Marche is best described as a hidden gem. If you have done Tuscany, The Lakes, Puglia and Umbria, this should be top of your list. Amazing scenery, mountains, national parks, lakes, and a great coastline onto the Adriatic, with really good beaches. It seems to have it all: the great weather also helped. Villa San Raffaello was an ideal base. Sharon and Damien were extremely welcoming, friendly, very helpful and with great local knowledge, which we used regularly. The accommodation was very good, with amazing grounds around the property, a lovely pool, and stunning views to the mountains, vines and the local town of Sarnano. Our two young children, aged 3 and 6 loved it, and they also loved the number of lizards and insects they could chase. They were in the pool most days, which had a great temperature and was never cold.As keen cooks we took full advantage of the well-stocked herb garden; fruit trees and vines where we picked tomatoes, courgettes, plums and peppers. We were a bit too late for the fig harvest, which was a shame as there were loads of them. The BBQ in the ground was also great and we used it a couple of times. We enjoyed the great views next to the vines and across to Sarnano, while sipping a cold glass of the local white wine. Talking of wine, Damiens recommendations were spot on. Do not buy the branded bottles, get the 5-liter local wine and pay just 8 or 10 EUR; you can get a bottle of Prosecco for only 3 EUR. As the villa is located in a less touristy region, the general prices were much lower than they are in Tuscany. Our shopping bill was less than we paid in France last year, so it is definitely cheaper once you are there.Local restaurants in Sarnano are also very good, and again, Sharon and Damiens recommendations were spot on. All child friendly and something for everyone, be it Pizza, local family run Osterias, or more upmarket restaurants. The locals in the town were really friendly and we were very lucky to be there at festival time with plenty going on. One word of advise for travelers is to take a strong mosquito repellent. It is a very green and lush area and they come out in force, and seemed to laugh at the stuff we were spraying on, which was mid-strength. We did not let it spoil the holiday; it was too good for that. In summary, it was probably the best holiday we have had since we had children; it has re-energized our love for Italy. We will definitely go back.

  • a traveler United Kingdom

    October 2015. Trip Advisor website

    Villa San Rafaello is an absolutely beautiful place, with a large pool and amazing views of the mountains and the town of Sarnano. We loved the local area and trying different restaurants. Everyone was very friendly, even though we speak very little Italian. The villa is comfortable and we had a lovely balcony where we could always eat, whatever the weather was.

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