“Hi Stephen - we LOVED LOVED LOVED casa maria - you are very lucky to have such a special place. The villa worked perfectly for 2 families - we were not on top of each other at all! It was brilliant having the top play room - kids used it alot. We loved the Lago di Fiastra - great day out ! Also went down to Porto san Giorgio for a day - was remarkable easy to get a park on beach etc so that was also relatively easy with the kids. Your suggestions for restaurants were fab - we would wander up to the pizza place in penna - brilliant and cheap! All in all we greatly enjoyed it - loved this area of Italy - a lot cheaper to eat out etc than other places we have stayed. We will definitely recommend your place to other families - I would walk up to the top of the village every morning and then have a cappuccino - I love being able to walk somewhere - we didn't feel too isolated which is a real plus!” Angie B, Dubai, August 2012.
"What can I say about Casa Maria only how lucky you are! It is such a wonderful place. The house style, furnishings and attic play room, the terrace and views, and pool with more of the view, all make it really quite special. We all loved it! No complaints at all. One or 2 kitchen items were a minor miss - garlic press especially, but mostly we were just glad of the amount of cutlery, crockery and glassware. I could ask you a million questions - that are none of my business - along the lines of, how do you stay away, and how did you ever find it?, but will content myself with hoping that you continue to rent it out sometimes so that we can return someday!" Diana B.Northumberland, August 2012
"Our party had a lovely time at Casa Maria. Everything worked well, the house was all you said it was and the area was gorgeous." Tony L. London, July 2012
“Just a quick note to let you know we had a great holiday at your villa. We have been taking villa holidays for the last 10 years. Yours is up towards the top of the list and I think my brother's family who came with us for the first time have been won over. The games room was a big hit and the pool was perfect. The whole villa has been furnished to a high standard both internally and outside and this sets yours above others we have stayed in. I shall definitely be recommending your villa to several friends.” Mark B, Andover, UK July 2012
“Loved the area - I have never been anywhere quite like it - and the house was great too. Children spent a huge amount of time in the den which was perfect and everything was very comfortable. April wasn't quite warm enough to use the pool or make too much use of the patio dining table but breakfast out on the bench at the top of the drive overlooking the view was quite incredible. Restaurant recommendations were extremely helpful - and reliable. The standard (and cost) of the local restaurants really is fantastic.” Tim H., Staffs, UK. April 2012.
We had a truly wonderful time in Italy this summer. We couldn't get over how stunning the scenery was and that round every corner was a glorious view. We loved the fact that it was so unspoilt and off the tourist route. The "locals" were so friendly and made us feel very welcome. Your house was ideal for us. You have been clever with the space as we never felt on top of each other. The outside eating area is fantastic and we managed to have every meal there! The pool got a lot of use and we loved it. We found Barry and Wendy very helpful and they did a very good job making it look spotless for our arrival and were so friendly and kind. It is certainly an area we would all happily visit again and the whole age range loved it so thank you for opening up your house to other people. The games room was a big hit by the four younger ones but we were so lucky with the weather that we spent most of the time outside! Emma F., Dorset, UK, August 2011.
“We had a fantastic week at the villa Casa Maria. The villa was spacious and suited well for two families. We enjoyed the pool area and in the beautiful garden surrounding the property. The view here was simply fantasktisk! We hope to come back another time.” Elin Y, Norway, July 2011
“Just a brief note to let you know how much we enjoyed our holiday in Villa Casa Maria. Wendy and Barry were very helpful and attentive and the house was very comfortable. Both Fred and I and our family really enjoyed our two weeks. I will certainly spread the word among friends, family and indeed work colleagues with regard to how much we enjoyed our time there.” Susan and Fred O'M, Co Waterford, July 2010.
“We enjoyed our stay at Casa Maria very much. It's an amazing house, fantastic location, stunning view and ambience. The house is super equipped. The proximity to Penne San Giovanni, enables one to do most basic shopping on foot and to enjoy the local pizzeria and bar/café. We also - with help from employees in the cityhall - managed to see the little theatre.” Ann Marie, Denmark, August 2010
'House was absolutely fantastic...really beautiful location with amazing views and furnished very well to an excellent standard..we truly had a fabulous week.........paulos was fantastic and we went to another one in a village about 20 mins away which has a picture of Prince Charles on the wall ...........the most amazing figs you have ever tasted...........' Jenny T, Herts July 2009.
“We thought the house was beautiful - very tastefully kitted out - and the location was great in terms of scenery, sightseeing and closeness to the village. We will definitely be back and if you ever think of selling, let me know!” Kate S, Herts. July 2009
"We had absolutely fantastic time in Italy, the villa was perfect, very well equipped and we would certainly recommend it to friends and family. That area of Italy is stunning and we did a huge amount of exploring. A great holiday enjoyed by all - children and adults alike." Becky O Essex, August 2009
'Just wanted to drop a line to say we had a fantastic time. The weather and the scenery was fantastic. The villa is superb for a larger group and so well equiped! All our friends thoroughly enjoyed their stay and needless to say we dined al fresco most days on the terrace!' Mrs Lorna M, Scotland June 2008.
'I got back from Italy today and I would like to thank you on behalf of my friends and myself for an excellent week at Casa Maria. We had a really good time and found the villa to be everything you had said. thanks also to your agents in penna for their prompt response to any requests we made. We are very jealous of your house.' Tom K. Liverpool. 4th September 2008.
'Home safe and well and very much relaxed after a perfect week. I doubt it will come as any shock to you to learn that we found the villa to be of a very high quality, I will try and summarise our thoughts in a review format. The Villa itself is very spacious and of the highest standard of cleanliness. It is very well equipped with all the “fixtures and fittings” you could possibly need, and all in pristine condition. There is more than enough crockery and cutlery to mean you don’t have to use the dishwasher after every meal, and things like the plastic glasses are an excellent thought either for general use by the pool or simply for use by the younger ones amongst a group. The pool and pool area are very clean and well laid out and having the steps built in to the design of the pool is a very pleasant change to the normal metal ladders. The surrounding area is simply beautiful and views spectacular. Penne itself is very friendly and we found the restaurants we tried to be excellent and accurately reflected in the information pack, but equally it is not difficult to cook a meal for 10 or more at the villa. Overall we found the villa to be a tranquil and utterly enjoyable holiday location either for a large family or multiple family group. Thanks for a great property, we are already talking about the possibility of a return visit.' Mark M. Birmingham.
'We returned from Casa Maria yesterday, having had a really enjoyable holiday amid glorious weather, indeed something of a heatwave. We liked the villa very much, and are considering returning next year if you are still renting it. Please could you contact me when you have prices and a bookings register for 2008? We really enjoyed le Marche (having spent a number of years of villa holidays in Tuscany and Umbria) for its unspoilt towns, friendly people and for the superb views from the villa. Penne itself offers a good range of facilities. Bedrooms were large, and beds were very comfortable. Pool was very nice. Great background info. Liked your restaurant recommendations and put on weight!' Martin B, Cheshire
'Just got back from Casa Maria & thought we'd send a quick note of thanks. What a wonderful place to holiday - fantastic accomodation, amazing scenery and superb food. Casa Maria and Penna were beautiful places to visit and we hope that we get the chance to return soon - we'll certainly be recommending them to friends!! Please can you pass on our thanks to Wendy & Barry for their help during our stay. Everything was perfect - even the friendly scorpion or two! - and we all relaxed totally.' Paul T. Kent,
‘Casa Maria is a lovely home and the views were to die for. Swimming pool was very pleasant. The crockery and glassware are of good quality. We found your comments about the local restaurants were very helpful and the local shops were excellent and extremely friendly.’ Mr and Mrs P, Bury St. Edmonds, Suffolk
‘Thanks for a very enjoyable stay. The house is beautiful and the views are outstanding. Fantastic china and glass; very impressed with the cot and high chair- great quality. All in all a great holiday in a lovely house - we’ve had an absolutely fantastic time.’ Mr and Mrs S – Tring, Herts.
'Had a tremendous time in Le Marche. Thanks for your part in it. We found the villa perfect and very clean on our arrival, especially the pool where we spent quite a lot of time. Great idea having steps into it rather than a vertical ladder. We also went to several of the resturants you recommended. The kitchen we found really well supplied with good quality utensils. Mr and Mrs B - Malpas, Cheshire
'Villa: Absolutely top quality accommodation, nicely done, clean, cool in the heat and just about every thing we could have wanted. Nice kitchen and good barbeque outside. Good standard of bathroom fitting etc. Quality and tasteful furniture throughout. Nice clean and solid beds. Nice to have a CD player too – kids loved it. Nice that there was plenty of crockery/glass wear etc and none of it was “chintzy”! Pool: Great, hard to fault. Given that it was 30-35 oC we were in it a lot. Nice design and the loungers were top notch too. Area/location: Also great. The instructions were absolutely fine. We tried many of your suggestions for local restaurants as well as some of the tours/places to visit. So overall we had to give Casa Maria well at least 9.5 out of 10! We were very pleased with our stay.' Mr. B, London
'We had a fantastic holiday in superb villa in a glorious part of Italy. Every thing was spot on, the attention to detail was second to none. I will certainly be recommending the villa to friends and family. Thank you for allowing us to stay in your beautiful villa.' Mr and Mrs M, Birlingham, Worcs.
We had a fantastic holiday. We absolutely loved the house and the area - I'm only slightly jealous that it's all yours! We had a pretty lazy holiday and spent a lot of time at the house and in the pool - well, it was just so lovely. All your details about the village and restaurants were very helpful. We ate at several, a wonderful lunch on the terrace at Dulia in Sant Angelo in Pontano and a humongous meal at La Querce were highlights. Mr. and Mrs T. Crosspool, Sheffield
We had a very good holiday with hot weather and lots to do. We did a lot of sightseeing in the surrounding area including the roman ruins and abbey, the lake and the mountains. We could not fit everything into a fortnight’s holiday. The villa proved to be lovely, very well equipped and easy to live in. The people in the village were very friendly and helpful. Mr and Mrs H.
We were very happy with the house, both in terms of space, amenities, the superb view and the location. I had never been to the Marche before and loved the wonderful array of landscapes it offers. We loved the ability to go to the mountains and the beaches within the space of an hour, and very much enjoyed the local pastoral landscape. We found people friendly and helpful. Your information sheets are certainly more extensive than we have ever seen, and were very helpful to us. Many thanks for sharing your wonderful property with us. Ms. SJ G. Canada.
“We returned early this morning from a very relaxing and enjoyable stay in your beautiful villa. It is simply stunning and very well appointed. The panoramic view is breathtaking - the photos on your website don't do it full justice - with the many inviting hill towns and the snow capped mountains laid out before you.”
Steve D London, June 2013
Steve D London, June 2013
"It was absolutely wonderful on all counts. What a beautiful place to be. (I was almost overwhelmed on arrival...) Opening the shutters every morning to such views was such a fantastic start to the day. It was ideal for our purposes and your details of the area were v useful. We explored a lot (one of us on a bike!)"
Margaret C July 2013
Margaret C July 2013