Description from owner
Description from owner
La Pieve at San Cristoforo is a carefully restored 18thC rural chapel set in outstanding countryside in the northern Marche between Urbino and Gubbio. It provides a romantic getaway for two with over 55 square metres (590 square feet) of floor space.
The striking main living space features a four-metre high pitched ceiling and a pair of arches in what was once a rural chapel. Outside there is a large well-equipped, private terrace and garden.
The property boasts the highest standard of furnishings and decoration, a properly equipped kitchen, breathtaking views and an easy and convenient access road. The owners live onsite and have over 20 years experience of living and working in the area.
La Pieve and our other rental property, La Casetta, together with the main house - once the canonica, or presbytery - make up San Cristoforo, the former heart of a 13th century rural parish. The buildings stand on a small hillock in outstanding countryside with splendid views in every direction. To the front lie fields and woodland that lead the eye to the high peaks of Monte Catria, while to the sides are the tree-clad slopes of a small river valley and our vineyard and views of rolling hills as far as the horizon.
La Pieve is well placed for exploring the historic cities of Le Marche and Umbria. Urbino and Gubbio, two of central Italy's best conserved Citta' d'arte, are less than half an hour's drive away.
The delightful town of Cagli - a beguiling example of a small, Medieval Italian town - is only 5 km away.
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Travelers are sharing their opinions on this property. It has an overall rating of 5/5 thanks to an average of 24 reviews.
Costs vary, with the average weekly rate as low as $717, depending on travel dates.
The owner last updated the property’s calendar Jan 18, 2019.
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About the owner
About the owner
Tourist License: 5613 / 10 April 2012
- Calendar last updated:
- 18 Jan 2019
- Overall rating:
Languages spoken: English, Italian
- This rental can only be paid for online through FlipKey using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).
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- Cancellation policy
Proximity to TripAdvisor's Top Cagli Attractions
- Ceiling Fans
- Central heating
- Hair dryer
- Linen provided
- Towels provided
- Washing machine
Phone / Internet
- Internet access
- Mountain Views
- CD player
- Balcony or terrace
- Shared garden
- Children - Ask
- Smoking - Ask
- 1 Shower
– based on 24 reviews
- Very Good
“Even Better than Last Time!”
The weather was the only room for improvement on last year's visit - and it duly obliged.Once again a warm welcome from Peter, Richard, Tagghi & Mister and lots of help on new places to visit and/or eat, as well as some extra coaching with my ongoing task learning Italian.Highlights this time - the night of 'La Luna Rossa' when during the lunar eclipse, the moon appeared to be red - quite beautiful. Also, the frescoes in S. Giovanni Battista, Urbino (can't think how we missed them on previous visits!),The fresco in S.Domenico, Cagli where a young Raffaello appears in the guise of an angel in his father's painting.It is a lovely experience to contemplate a beautiful painting in its intended setting - and to have the place to yourself. It wasn't all natural wonders and works of art - we ate great food, drank good wine and bought delicious things from 'Alimentare'as well!
We spent a perfect week at La Pieve. The property is full of character, well equipped and we immediately felt at home. There is a fantastic terrace with fine views where we spent many happy hours eating, drinking, reading, sleeping and wishing we could stay for a long time. On the occasions that we did tear ourselves away from La Pieve, we discovered charming, picture perfect towns and stunning countryside which didn't feel too touristy, even in august. Peter and Richard, our hosts, couldn't have been more helpful and accomodating and their knowledge of the area was extremely useful. This was a holiday we won't forget for the best possible reasons.
“Beautiful, quiet Italy”
In June this year we stayed two weeks in La Pieve, and after two months the images are still very clear in our mind: the superb view on the mountains from our terrace, the blue skie, in the warm evenings the twinkling stars above and in the vineyard: the fireflies. In this season you see everywhere mowing-machines like big insects on the fields. It is a very busy season, and it inspires you to do things, for example: to follow one of the intineraries by car around Cagli, described by Peter Greene on his website, in "Marche Voyager". We really recommend this, you can visit many delightful small villages, often on the top of the hills. You can sit among the beautiful flowers on the mountains. And everywhere you meet very friendly people. Also it is a great relief to be the only foreigner in this region, at least you think so. Our hosts Peter Greene and Richard Dixon gave us the feeling that we were friends, and La Pieve became a home instead of a rented property. This winter I shall try to improve the Italian language, to to be able to have "small talks" with the local people.
“A Slice of Paradise”
A great week in fabulous surroundings, comfortable & well-equipped accommodation. Tagghi & Mister are superb hosts - Peter & Richard do their bit as well with useful tips on itineraries, restaurants, wine & the best places to buy it. Everywhere we went we felt welcome as guests - not simply part of a tourist horde. Memorable moments:- -seeing 2 porcupines crossing the road on our way back from 'Le Fontane' one evening. -the lady at Recanati who looks after the Gigli museum - what she doesn't know about opera isn't worth knowing! - lunch at San Leo - the monastery at Fonte avellana -meadows full of wild flowers So much to see, not enough time!
“Romantic and inspiring”
Le Pieve is the most romantic place to spend a vacation. Not only is this little chapel adjacent to the main house very tastefully renovated with all the stuff you need when you are on vacation but the whole idea of sleeping in a former chapel is just thrilling. Oh, and the view is just spectacular. We stayed in this idealic place for about 5 days the first week of December. Unfortunately Peter was in London at the time but we had the best time with Richard, a more gracious host and inspiring person is hard to find. He gave us many good tips on where to go, what the best day was to take a long walk (rain was always in the forcast but never really materialized, where to eat etc. Peter and Richard have a most enviable collection of books and CD's which they are willing to share with you when ever you have a need for it. We listed to many an opera while preparing dinner. We are already thinking about our next visit and I am actually a bit reluctant to write this glowing review. Maybe we want to keep this our little secret!
“A haven of peace and tranquility in Le Marche.”
We found this on the internet and were attracted by the look of the place, plus accompanying online information about the property and guide to the area. Prior arrangements were very efficiently dealt with and included personal touches regarding recommendations for maps and guides of the area. On arrival we were given a very pleasant welcome by one of the owners, Peter Greene. The property fulfilled all our expectations and exactly matches the lovely internet pictures.It is organised with the owners house and one other rental neither of which intrudes on a sense of seclusion and peace. The setting is just as beautiful as it looks, if not more so; rural, ploughed fields in September, early morning mists clearing to mellow sunshine with views of the mountains, hills and farmland from the large private terrace. We had very useful guidance from Peter Greene about shopping, car parks and directions for cultural visits, Gubbio and Urbino etc, and maps and advice for the splendid mountain walks on the doorstep. Food shopping was in nearby Cagli and we found everything we needed there - except mustard! A local speciality is Visner, red wine that has had sour cherries soaked in it. Wonderful! Other local wines were way better that we had expected and we had some good meals out. This is a rural area and the cooking in the local restaurants we tried reflects this, lacking subtlety and sophistication perhaps but making up in bold flavours, good quality and locally sourced. We saw very few tourists, only one set of English in the whole week, in Gubbio. No Negatives. Would we go back? Tomorrow, and take the whole family if we could. A week was not at all long enough. We left with a list of undone activities but having had a wonderful mix of exploration and relaxation. One tip, do try to learn a little Italian, it helped us and provided some hilarity for locals!
“Peaceful, scenic and comfortable”
We spent a week in this lovely converted chapel situated near calgi. It has been sympathetically transformed into comfortable living acomodation and is well equipt. There are stunning views of the surrounding countryside from the private patio area. It is quiet and peaceful and the hosts were always helpful and knowledgeable about the area,yet unintrusive. We would happily return to this accomodation. There are many places of interest to visit in the area, and we found local places to eat which were first class.
“This is a lovely and peaceful place to unwind and explore Marche”
Some years ago, Peter Greene and Richard Dixon restored this lovely stone farmhouse, set in unspoiled countryside near the mountains of Northwest Marche. We stayed in the tastefully converted 18th century chapel, complete with the original confession box, and a stone baptismal basin carved in 1727. Although the chapel is attached to the main house, we enjoyed complete quiet and privacy. Our quarters were very attractive, roomy and comfortably furnished (including the beds). We especially appreciated eating and relaxing in our private patio, which offered lovely views of fields, mountains and vineyards. Our hosts could not have been more welcoming or helpful. Among other things, they allowed us to use their extensive library of books and CD's. (The living room had an excellent tape/CD player). The farmhouse is well-located for visiting Umbria, Marche, and the Adriatic beaches. Within reach are an apparently limitless number of charming medieval hill-towns. High points of our stay included day trips to Gubio, Urbino, Fano, the fortress town of San Leo, Ravenna, and the stunning Frassassi Caves. We also loved exploring the scenic hill towns, eating at local restaurants, and relaxing at home . Cagli, the nearby walled, medieval city where we shopped and enjoyed morning cappucino and evening gelato, seems untouched by modernity. Given the richness of Marche's natural beauty, art and architecture, we were surprised by how few tourists (even Italians) we saw. This is definitely an "undiscovered" corner of Italy, remarkably lovely to explore. We highly recommend this place, with two qualifications. First, there is no swimming pool. Although our hosts highly recommended several local river swimming spots, we drove 45 minutes to a lovely Adriatic beach instead. Second, because this place is definitely off the beaten tourist track, you would probably have difficulty getting around if you don't speak at least a little Italian.
“It Doesn't Get Better Than This”
Rounding the bend on the gravel drive. First sighting of San Cristoforo. Heart leaps. Smiles, handshakes, hugs - Richard and Peter. How could it have been a year since we were here. It doesn't get better than this! This year will mark our fourth visit to San Cristoforo and La Pieve. The comfort, amenities and warm esthetics of this charming Chapel are a perfect base for exploring the lush and diverse countryside, picturesque towns, great Food, Wine and Art. Friendly and generous people and an area that is not yet on the main tourist route make this a haven for the eyes and the mind and the soul. At the end of a day the comfortable sofas, great reading lights and cozy fire (we visit in September/October and enjoy the sometimes crisp autumn weather) are the perfect homecoming. The outside terrace offers beautiful views of the countryside and a peaceful setting for lunch or dinner and of course a bottle of great Italian wine. Peter and Richard offer a wealth of information about the area with suggestions for day trips, restaurants and local events. Most importantly they have created San Cristoforo as a beautifully maintained, well equipped and comfortable environment to be what you will make of it. And they have done it with Heart!
“La Pieve - an Italian idyll”
Having discovered La Pieve in an advertisement for Slow Travel (which also provided a link to a very clear and informative website on La Pieve), we felt confident enough to book a four week holiday which we fully enjoyed and have been back every year since for as much of the summer as we can afford. We have stayed in both the chapel and the cottage and have found that the pictures online matched the accommodation. It's actually nicer than the pictures. On arrival we are always met by the lovely Richard and Peter who are the most delightful hosts and endeavour to ensure that our stay is comfortable and charming by keeping us fully informed of any local events that might interest us. Their insight and advice is invaluable. We enjoy the mountains for walks and the local river is our favourite cooling-off spot. The town of Cagli (only 5 minutes drive away), is totally enchanting full of lovely restaurants, a weekly market, shops, banks etc. everything you could possibly need. Sitting outside La Pieve reading a book/listening to music under the parasol with a glass of wine is our favourite thing to do. Peace, heat and a beautiful panoramic view - perfect.