Il Pignocco Country House takes just a bit of 'finding', but is worth the trouble.
We booked the Feronia apartment for four nights and found it to be one of the more unique places we have stayed. It is actually on four levels: kitchen/sitting area on the first level, bathroom (with whirlpool) on the second, bedroom on the third, and open-air terrace on top. Spiral staircases connect the levels, and windows (curtained, of course) abound on the bathroom and bedroom floors. Air conditioning is independent for each of the three enclosed levels.
Service is as expected a B&B accommodation, that is, linens and towels are not changed daily as in most hotels. This is not generally an issue, and a refresh can be requested if needed.
The property is gated. Guests are given a card, along with the room key, which will open the gate...and also serves to operate the lights in the room (they will turn off a few minutes after the card is removed).
Plenty of parking is available very near the buildings, so transportation of luggage is not a problem.
The kitchen is supplied with flatware, towels, pots and pans, and condiments. A small refrigerator and cooktop provide the means to prepare simple meals in the apartment.
The bed was large (it actually takes most of the third level area) and comfortable, and the whirlpool bath functioned flawlessly.
From the rooftop terrace, there are fine views around the countryside and across part of Pesaro to the sea. The autostrada is visible (and slightly audible) to the south-east.
For the most part, it was very quiet at Il Pignocco. The one exception was the night of our arrival when somewhere in the near distance someone was having a very loud party...well into the night. While it was quite annoying while sitting outside, inside we could not hear it.
The owners (Anna and Francesca) were accommodating and helpful. They and their families live on-site and are eager to help with any arrangements. We especially enjoyed Osteria del Giogo - a very authentic trattoria in nearby Novilara.
We did not examine any other apartments, but can certainly recommend Feronia as a unique place to stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Villa of Pignocco rises in a panoramic position on the gentle slopes overlooking the seaside town of Pesaro. It is an ancient and fascinating farmhouse dating back to 1700 and today it has been carefully restructured. What was once the barn, the stall, the tower and the sharecropper’s residence have now been turned into comfortable apartments, where one can take a relaxing vacation surrounded by nature and close to the sea. ... more less
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