Country House or Town House? The Best Places to Own an Italian Vacation Home (Part 1)
What could be better than sipping an espresso as you watch the sun rise over rolling hills, miles of vineyards, and in the distance, the azure waters of the Adriatic, from your own terrace in your own garden as the fresh scents of bougainvillea gently wake you up?
Or if (like me) you’re more of a night owl and prefer an aperitivo while watching the sun set over these sights, then that’s just as good too!
Whether you’re enjoying these vistas from your own vacation home in the Italian countryside, or experiencing them from a balcony or roof terrace that perches atop a honey-coloured medieval home, in this article we will explore the advantages to owning either.
We would also explore the disadvantages too, if there were any. But there aren’t, so read on to see which option inspires your own ‘La Dolce Vita’!
Le Marche, with its vast mountain ranges, sunflower lined valleys, miles of farmland weaved together with narrow winding roads, and rows upon rows of olive trees and fields that stretch to the coast, is one of Italy’s lesser-know regions.
Set against the backdrop of the sparkling waters of the Adriatic, the region combines the scenic highlights of Tuscany, Como and Piedmonte with freshwater lakes, dramatic landscapes and blue flag beaches.
With surrounding vistas such as these, owning a country house in this part of Italy offers excellent potential in not only a tranquil, pinch-yourself existence, but a great investment should you want to rent out your property for some extra income.
There are an abundance of Tuscan-style farmhouses available in Le Marche, each in varying degrees of liveability, from ruins to perfectly completed casa’s.
The Unfinished Farmhouse is a fixer-upper that is ready to be transformed into an ideal vacation home, and even offers the chance for you to be involved in some of the design work – choosing fixtures, fittings, windows and doors. You can even work with us to reimagine its layout. It comes with vineyards, breathtaking views, and theres still plenty of room for a pool!
Elsewhere, more options are available – the more completed the restoration work is, the higher the price. However, if you’re looking for a house that is vacation-ready then you have the added advantage of being able to move straight in.
Land is also for sale at amazingly low prices, and where a structure still resides, you won’t need planning permission to pull it down and re-build your own home, providing you stick with the original dimensions of the current property. This land for sale just outside of the tiny town of Corinaldo, Le Marche, offers beautiful views and plenty of space to create your own home.
Owning a farmhouse provides you with a home in a peaceful location, with ‘Belle Viste‘ all around, the sounds of birds, cicadas and perhaps a farmer or two – these stone brick houses offer the perfect escape from a hectic life.
With so much space afforded by country houses, many of them can be turned into lucrative businesses too – many people have opened Bed & Breakfasts, some offer private retreats for groups and themed vacations such as yoga, hiking, cooking or language learning.
The options are endless, and what better way to relax after a day’s activities than by sipping an aperitivo by the pool?
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