Le Marche holiday accommodation in Italy

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Accessibility overview:
We offer comfort, relaxation and a warm atmosphere for everyone. We have lots of information about what to see and do, along with courses and activities to suit everyone - feel free to ask us.
Limited mobility:
Our apartments are located on the ground floor. The dining room and the swimming pool can be reached with no steps
'Free from' food:
We cater for vegetarians, coeliac and any other food allergies. (please inform us in advance).
LGTB:
We welcome all people of all sexual identities and holidays with us are free from prejudice
SINGLE USE PLASTIC-FREE:
when we started our accommodation business 20 years ago we decided to go as green as it gets (we already had an organic farm for over 15 years then). No single use plastic was one of the first things we focussed on (along with organic food and hot water from renewable energy). Year after year we add some small change to our rooms and apartments to further reduce the use of plastic.
PRESERVING FOOD:
We provide tupperware containers for food storage in our apartments. In our kitchens we have small glass jars for honey and coffee, small glass bottles for oil and vinegar that we fill for every group of guests.
BAGS:
We have shopping bags in the apartments to avoid the use of single use plastic bags in the shops (this has been our last addition in terms of plastic reduction in the apartments, 2 years ago).
IN THE ROOMS:
From the beginning we used soap dispensers in the bathrooms and in the kitchens. Now that we can find cleaner products and soaps with more sustainable packaging, we buy those. Never used single use toiletries.
WATER BOTTLES:
We provide glass bottles and suggest to our guests to drink the water from the tap. In our nearby village a "water house" has just been installed where you can get fizzy water for 5 euro cents per litre. We're planning to get extra bottles in case our guests are interested in getting the water there...
RUBBISH:
We've been collecting plastic rubbish from both the farm and the surrounding area for years, mainly in the woods. In our apartments we have recycling bins and instructions on how to properly separate rubbish.
Change Making:
We didn't participate directly in this decision but we're very pleased that our municipality is promoting the use of tap water by installing the "water house" with very cheap, eco natural fizzy water. We're also talking with our local shops and supermarkets to convince them to allow reusable net bags for fruit, vegetables and bread for instance (instead of plastic bags), but at the moment there seem to be some problem with the sanitary authorities regarding this. So we personally use the reusable bags but still don't suggest this to our guests.
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Le Marche holiday accommodation in Italy

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

Environment

Keeping in mind the philosophy that "…one should tread lightly on the earth…" we have been an Organic farm since 1981 and is AMAB member, the farm is certified by CCPB.

The Locanda (a farmer’s house built in the 1920s) was restored in 1998 with special attention to energy conservation: the windows are double-glazed, the house is thermically and acoustically insulated and is fitted with solar collectors. The heating system is run using renewable energy: sun power and a low consumption wood stove (the wood we use comes from our 20 hectares woods gathered when we are cleaning the woods or pruning). The house is fitted with low consumption light bulbs and two years ago we installed photovoltaic panels for the farm, the Locanda and for selling electricity, the panels are all on our roofs to keep using our land to plant and grow our food and not spoil the environment.
The farm & accommodation are carbon neutral with over 100000 kg of CO2 less in the athmosphere thanks to our photovoltaic plant.

We organically produce in the farm more than 70% of the food we serve in the restaurant and we buy all we can from nearby farms, most of them organic. This way we also reduce plastic wrappings, cans, etc. All the house-linens are made of 100% natural fibres to minimize possible allergies while providing a high level of comfort. In the bathrooms you’ll find soap dispensers, we don’t use disposable items such as prepackaged soap, plastic cutlery or glasses.

We ask our guests to join us protecting the environment:

- Smoking is not allowed inside the Locanda.
- For the environment’s sake we change the towels and bed linens twice a week and once a week in the apartments.
- We recommend to consume water consciously.
- We invite our guests to make sure that the lights and the ceiling fans are off when they leave their rooms: even if we produce all our electricity, there's no reason to waste it!
- Keeping the shutters and windows closed during the day and open at night is the best way to keep a room cool (our windows are provided with mosquito screens so that the "fauna" keeps outside)
- We provide recycling bins for cans, plastic, paper and compost that can be disposed to in our manure.

Community

We support local businesses and local farmers by buying directly from them most of the products that we use in our kitchen (those that we do not produce ourselves).
We work with our neighbours to spread the idea of a cleaner agriculture and we learn the old farming techniques (often abandoned in favour of chemicals and industrial techniques) and the local traditions.
We suggest locally owned shops and local artisans to our guests so that they can buy consciously during their stay.

2 Reviews of Le Marche holiday accommodation in Italy

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Reviewed on 23 Aug 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Helping ourselves from the vegetable garden, eating figs off the tree, and going horse-riding with the business next door.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Take plenty of games if you have kids, the weather is unpredictable.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?




4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Very enjoyable!

Reviewed on 10 Jun 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Everything was memorable! I think the best part for us was also the simplest - sitting on the terrace in the sun, whenever we could, just looking at and drinking in the stunning view and feel of Italian rolling hills! These hills we classes as being all ours for seven whole lovely days, as there wasn't another soul around for miles!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Car hire is essential as the apartment is beautifully and wonderfully remote! However, having said that my advice would be to stay local and not drive too far a field! You don't need to do so, as pure beauty is right where you are! My friend I was with, was on crutches and in a wheelchair, due to a broken foot from before we travelled! This meant our planned trips to Pisa etc all went in the bin, for practical reasons of her getting around.

Yet, we both said that we were glad, as so often on holidays you spend all your time driving from one tourist spot to another. We didn't see one other tourist all week, which was so refreshing. We visited our nearest local towns and celebrated being in them. Urbania is lovely and obviously you must visit the famous walled town of Urbino! However, just driving randomly down the road revealed stunning hill top towns and little villages that are the real Italy just waiting to be enjoyed! Truly magical!
Guilia and her parents were wonderful hosts. We really recommend taking up their offer of a home cooked five course Italian meal one night during your stay, as it was obviously delicious, but also was such an authentically Italian joyful experience. Thank you Guilia!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, absolutely! Guilia runs a farm and her produce is used by some of the local providers of food and drink. I wouldn't imagine there was much, if any, negative environmental impact from our stay. We ate locally in the restaurants and used local small shops, such as a little local Art Gallery Shop with lovely gifts.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


I can sum this up in one sentence - my friend and I both cried on the night before we had to leave; one of my best holidays ever!

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