We visited Caserma Carina 3 years ago and vowed to go back as it is a place that you never forget, Having just returned from a week there our memories of how beautiful the area is and the ambience of Caserma Carina were renewed once more. Our apartment, Papavero overlooked the pool and gardens with the nearby mountains in the distance. It is beautifully furnished and has everything you could possibly need for a happy, carefree holiday. The pool and garden areas, like the apartments, are kept spotlessly clean by Dean and Lesley with sunbeds and parasols enough for the amount of people staying there, no rushing down early morning with your towel to grab a sunbed before they're all taken! The pool has been fenced off since our last visit for Italian safety law compliance, but it has been very cleverly erected and does not in any way take away the beauty of the gardens and the fantastic views and the surrounding countryside. There are many places to visit close by, the coast only a 30-40 minute drive with the mountains equal distance, and Dean and Lesley are always happy to advise on directions etc. We joined in the wine tasting afternoon which was good fun and informative on wines produced in the surrounding areas, Dean was in his element speaking Italian to Diana and translating back to us in English. The views from the gazebo where we sat were absolutey stunning and the nibbles served with the wine were tasty and plentiful. Deans "Offie" in the garage was very handy when we returned as we then had drinkies on the terrace with the other guests, a very pleasant evening. The weather was very kind to us with pure blue skies every day and warm evenings making outside dining a pleasure. A review would not be complete without mentioning Gracie who is Dean and Lesleys beautiful 7 year old daughter, full of fun and and an absolute delight, and Marley the friendly and well behaved dog who follows Dean and Lesley around 2 inches from their heels. Whether you want a holiday on the move, visiting different places with good food and drink, or a chill-out by the pool in beautiful surroundings, Caserma Carina fits the bill. Thankyou Dean, Lesley and Gracie for working so hard to make our holiday a wonderful experience again. We'll be back! Bev and Pat. Oadby.
Highly recommended to us by friends, we booked our hols at Caserma Carina and were not disappointed. With two teenage boys we wondered if there would be enough to occupy them. We should'nt have worried - the pool and gardens were fabulous, the surrounding area was beautiful with restaurants and bars to die for. The boys found a nearby go kart track and a visit to the lake with pedalos went down a storm. The Apartment was lovely and very clean with everything we needed. Wine tasting at a local vineyard organised by Dean was a highlight - views and wine both fabulous. All in all an excellent holiday.
Having spent two weeks at Caserma Carina last year, we were wondering this holiday could possibly live up to last year... we hadn't expected it to be better!
Yet again, Dean & Lesley proved themselves to be exemplary hosts and both the appartment and facilities are superb.
The wine tasting, organised by Dean & Leslie, at Murala;
The caffè latte at the Angel;
The Gelato Stracciatella at Zanzibar;
Ordering food from Luisa's menu!
Yes, we have booked again for next year!
We found Caserma Carina on Alastair Sawday's site and based on that, the website itself, and the tripadvisor reviews we decided to book it for our honeymoon. We also had a 10 month old baby with us so wanted somewhere family friendly. From the moment we arrived nothing was too much trouble for our hosts Dean and Leslie, and their lovely daughter Grace. They provided us with everything we could possibly need for our stay with a little one - travel cot, baby bath, hooded bath towel, highchair, toys, milk, babysitter - and he thoroughly enjoyed splashing about in the pool with the other kids that were staying. The grounds at Caserma Carina are immaculate and the apartments themselves very tastefully presented and comfortable. Wine tasting at the local vineyard was a particular highlight, as was our night out at the Marina restaurant in Mogliano, pizza night, and our brief tour of the Sibilini mountains. The whole atmosphere at Caserma is friendly, relaxed and fun, the weather was scorching hot, and we had a fantastic couple of weeks.
Dean and Lesley are the best hots one could ask for. It is our second time staying there and not the last. They are very generous with their time. the pool is fab the children loved staying there. It is 30 mins from Macerata which we really enjoyed. not to far from the sea either. It is a great place to chill out and unwind.
After a great holiday last year, we rebooked Girasole this year. We weren't disappointed. Dean and Lesley really know how to keep standards high - the gardens are beautiful and the apartment was spotless with new mod cons.
There are loads of lovely restaurants nearby and we also enjoyed cooking on the bbq and supping wine from Dean's very reasonable "offy" in the garage!
This is proper Italy and Caserma Carina is a little bit of paradise.
This was our 4th visit to Caserma Carina and as in the 3 previous years we had a truly fantastic time.
The apartments are very spacious, very well equiped and perfectly clean. The gardens and pool area are immaculately kept and are a real tribute to Dean and Lesley who work tirelessly to keep it that way.
Dean, :Lesley and Gracie made us very welcome and can't do enough to advise, and guide their guests through the complexities and curiousities of rural Italian life.
We've added a couple of places to the list that we hadn't previously seen, they are,
The Piano Grande, a 1400m high plateau in the Sibilini mountains, spectacularly covered in blue and red wild flowers. It's a bit of a drive but well worth every 2nd and sometime1st gear hairpin bend on the way up.
Ascoli Piceno, a beautiful medieval town, a bit bigger than most of the hill top towns but a great place to wander around and lose yourself.
There really is a lot to do in Le Marche and because it's seems to be largely unaffected by tourism, you know you're getting a "real slice of rural Italy".