Small correction: the correct name of the country house is Le Fontanelle and not La Fontanelle as listed on Tripadvisor.
This place is the essence of everything beautiful that the Italian countryside and Italian people have to offer. Tucked away in the hills of Marche, about 40 minutes by car from Ancona airport, it offers easy access to dozens of small and pristine medieval hilltop hamlets, the Adriatic sea and the beautiful old towns of Urbino and Gubbio.
Le Fontanelle Country House is a family run bed and breakfast. The moment you come in you will be made to feel like you are part of the family. Grandma Nanda, her daughter Antonella and husband Silvano couldn’t be any more welcoming. They truly open the doors of their house to you! The place is set in the hills, with sunflower fields just up the road and nothing else but blissful quiet. The accommodation on offer includes a handful of double rooms in the main house and two apartments by the pool. The apartments comprise a double bedroom, a kitchen and living area and a bathroom. The rooms are simply furnished and spotlessly clean. The pool is the focus point for the guests. It’s large enough for grown ups and shallow enough for the smaller and younger guests. Breakfast is a feast of savoury breads and cakes, and I mean lots of cakes! The family run a restaurant in Pesaro so they have all their cakes baked in the restaurant kitchen and bring them over for breakfast. Tiziana, who serves breakfast every morning, will love to give you a full tour of the cakes and cut some big slices for you. The very first day she put 5 on my plate! She will also love to give you tips on where to go and what to visit in the area.
For lunch, Antonella will be happy to put together a salad or some sandwiches from the kitchen but please bear in mind that the place doesn’t offer a full restaurant service. This is probably a good thing as it will give you the incentive to go out and explore the local dishes.
Summer is a great time to visit this place as every single town seems to have something going on every weekend. Whilst we were there, we went along to Fano dei Cesari, a big Ancient Roman parade with cart races in the town of Fano, an old crafts fair in Candelara, an open air concert in Fossombrone, and we were only there 5 days!
One tip: consider going there only of you are planning to drive as most places will require a car to get there. You are in the middle of the countryside after all!
One final word for Antonella, Silvano and Nanda: thank you all for the great hospitality, generosity and warmth. We really could not have wished for better people to stay with. You made us feel special. We promise we will be back, like all those other people that keep on coming back to visit you.
This is their web address: www.countryhouselefontanelle.it
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