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What They Say...

Updated: Feb 18, 2021

I thought you might like to read some of the reviews from previous guests.


"We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Villa Gelso. It was a perfect family retreat for both our Italian and American families to meet and take advantage of the serenity and beautiful surroundings. We were able to accommodate everyone comfortably from small children to grandparents. There was plenty to do just at the house, between swimming, hiking, cooking, and just relaxing. We loved that it was so quiet you could just listen to the breeze and birds singing. We were surrounded by blooming flowers, trees and the literally every view was breath-taking. We would drive the short distance to Amandola or Sarnano for shopping and restaurants and took advantage of the local flavors and ingredients to make some amazing meals at the house. We would highly recommend staying at this Villa if you are looking for a clean, spacious stone farmhouse to accommodate multiple families, have a large kitchen and eating area, want to take advantage of the mountain air and enjoy outdoor activities, and most of all tranquility..."

Petrina C.

Sally and Marco are exceptional hosts which was reflected in every aspect of our stay. From the outset, even before we arrived at Villa Gelso, Sally and Marco did everything to make our trip a complete success. They advised on the best ways to travel, organised a food parcel for our first night and ensured the kitchen was stocked with condiments. Communication at all times was easy and immediate. We will always treasure memories of Sally and Marco's generosity and thoughtfulness. They left a library of guidebooks and information leaflets, and gave freely of their time advising us on the best places to go. The villa is in an area of outstanding unspoilt natural beauty. The villa itself is spacious and comfortable, with a striking brightness of natural light in all the rooms. The bathrooms were luxurious and the generosity of our hosts was reflected in the plentiful provision of towels, toiletries and sundries. The spacious and tastefully decorated bedrooms had extremely comfortable beds and plenty of storage. The kitchen was our dream kitchen, well-designed for cooking and entertaining - with all the equipment you'd want and more! The WiFi is excellent, and all in all, the villa is equipped to a very high standard with no expense spared. A car is necessary, and the following is a list of places we would recommend: The medieval towns of Amandola, San Ginesio, Sarnarno and the medieval abbey of Abbadia Di Fiastra. The Thursday morning market in Sarnano is worth a visit, especially if you'd like to come home with a souvenir of a leather bag or pair of shoes:) Take time to read the walking guides in the Villa, as there are some wondrous walks in the mountains. We had fabulous mountain days exploring glacial lakes, hermits' caves and canyons. On sunny days we went to the beaches for a dip at the superb Riveria de Conero and the more touristy Porto San Georgia. From the time of our arrival we were overwhelmed with the beauty of the area and we never ceased to be in awe of the stunning scenery and the secret treasures nature revealed every so often. One night a porcupine family lumbered across the road lit up by the car headlights, and on another dark evening a large litter of baby wild boars and their parents ran all round the roadway in disarray! It was lovely to be in such a private space, and we felt like we were the only people on top of the world, sharing our space with unspoilt nature ! Highly recommend this property. Hosts, villa & area superb!


"Very comfortable stay. Property clean/well maintained. Owners met us in a village locally and showed us to the house. Spacious and on the whole well furnished and well equipped though a few more wardrobes/mirrors might not have gone amiss! Definitely need a car but as we had one this was not a problem. Yes, would recommend this property and would use it again if in the area. We took my elderly parents who also loved it and managed fine".

Nick M.

"This property is fabulous. It really has everything, fabulous views, great facilities and welcoming hosts Marco and Sally. The main house is light and spacious with 3 doubles bedrooms and one twin. It also has a good sized bathroom upstairs and a shower room downstairs. The cottage is cosy with 2 double bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. The pool is a good size. The property is private and extremely quiet with only local families in the hamlet. The views from the grounds and the main villa are amazing. We did experience a 6.2 magnitude Earthquake whilst staying in this property with the epicentre some 20 miles distant. The property appeared to suffer no effects from the quake. Marco and Sally have renovated the properties to the highest standards making sure that they comply with all regulations regarding buildings in Earthquake zones. There are many historic hill towns, markets and festivals in the local region as well as opportunities to go in extended walks and enjoy the great outdoors. As an extended family of brorhers, sisters and their partners we general rent a large property for an annual break. This property was certainly one of the best that our extended family has stayed in".


"We had a fantastic holiday at Villa Gelso. From the moment we were greeted and led to the villa by the super friendly owners Sally and Marco we knew we were not going to be disappointed. The scenery on the road to the villa is spectacular and once you arrive you realise this villa has prime position overlooking the mountain view. The pool was a big hit with the four children who came with us and the villa itself was plenty big enough for two families of four to do everything we needed and not get under each others feet. The location is peaceful but only 10 minutes by car from Amondola and the supermarket, bars and restaurants there. We day tripped to the coast, the lake at fiastra, the caves, Ascoli and to Asissi and had a wonderful time getting immersed in the real Italy. Kiss me quick the region isn't but if you want a relaxing holiday amongst beautiful scenery with some Italian culture you can't do better. Marco and Sally were helpful and interesting hosts for whom nothing was too much trouble. We will definitely be going back in the future. Thank you for having us in your beautiful villa".

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