'Expect luxurious bathroom, designer kitchen & beamed ceilings' Sunday Times
- english, italian
About Bob Garner
We are Bob and Ian and moved to Marche 13 years ago to set up Casal dei Fichi. We left behind successful careers in London to move to a less stressful way of life in an area often described as 'all of Italy in one region'. We live on site with our 3 dogs, 4 cats and 7 chickens. We are very proud to have established a reputation for helping our guests have a fantastic holiday.
Bob Garner purchased this Apartment in 2005
Why Bob Garner chose Francavilla d'Ete
We chose this property to renovate and convert into apartments because of the vista - it has a wonderful panoramic 360 degree view and it is the first thing that our guests comment on when they arrive! The area is truly stunning and we are located near to a village for shops, restaurants and things to see and do. We also chose our area as it less than one hour's drive from the airport which we think is an important factor for our guests - why be driving when you can be sat by the pool with a glass of local vino!
What makes this Apartment unique
We have tried to create a friendly, stylish and comfortable place for your holiday. We are here if you need us and we are always ready to give advice, book a restaurant or organise a day out or an event for you. If you like your peace and quiet then you have it - as one guest review said 'Bob and Ian are available but never intrusive'. Please join us for our weekly complimentary pizza party based on our original brick oven in the garden - great fun to make your own pizza and share it with your fellow guests. In the grounds you will find an orchard, herb and vegetable gardens and our free range chickens, please help yourself to our produce - nothing better than fresh ingredients straight from the garden! Finally we have worked hard to make sure you have everything you need in your kitchen to prepare a wonderful meal. The feedback we get is that we have thought of everything and we have tried to equip your kitchen to the same standard as you have at home.
Pool / Spa
Max guests: 4
100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
A gorgeous early getaway
We took the opportunity for a short getaway to Marche and had a fabulous time at Casal dei Fichi. Bob and Ian were excellent hosts and showed us the undiscovered part of Marche. Can't wait to come back
Thanks Regina for your kind comments - see you later in the year
Fantastic, even in February
Our family has totally fallen in love with Le Marche. We have wanted many times to stay at Casal dei Fichi but have never been able to book early enough to get in. This visit, to review progress on a property we have purchased gave us an insight into Marche in winter and it was still fantastic. Our apartment was very spacious but centrally heated and very warm with everything we needed from fully fitted kitchen, super comfy bed to powerful hot showers. A real bonus was enjoying a glass of local red wine in front of the log fire.
It was also great to see snow on the mountains and walk on deserted beaches but still find a good choice of restaurants for a delicious seafood lunch.
This year we're not leaving it to chance and have already booked our summer holiday at Casal dei Fichi. We were only just in time.
It was our pleasure to look after you and exciting to hear about your project and your future plans for your home in our area. Thanks for your very kind comments and we look forward to seeing you here in the summer.
If you want to eat and drink le Marche you can do no better than this! Accommodation is very comfortable and the service outstanding. The restaurants we visited were all well chosen and excellent with local dishes and local wines; we also visited two wine producers where we tasted some very good wines, and the local olive press. And as a bonus we had a communal cookery lesson in a professional 'Agriturismo' kitchen. And there's no problems with drinking and driving as our hosts Bob and Ian ferried us everywhere, even from and to the airport.
If you enjoy food and wine Italian-style in a relaxed setting then this is for you!
ps. this was our fourth visit to Casal dei Fichi - says it all really
Thank you Pam
Yes we are so pleased that the Gourmet break lived up to the 'hype' from your friends. We try to vary the weekend each year to keep it fresh and we often get the feedback that it is a wonderful introduction to the food and wine of Le Marche.
We really appreciate your generous comments.
Wendy and Howard
We had a most enjoyable Gourmet break with our kind and attentive hosts Bob and Ian.
They had planned a very interesting programme of visits to vineyards and an olive oil press. We ate different and delicious meals in lovely surroundings which we never would have found by ourselves.The appartments are spacious , comfortable and well designed. We could also enjoy all the delicious wines as we did not do any of the driving! A wonderful weekend in Le Marche
Thank you very much Wendy and Howard
We get a lot of pleasure out of helping others have a great holiday and we are so pleased we changed our lives 12 years ago and started our small business which we enjoy so much. Getting lovely feedback like this feeds the soul!
If anyone is looking to treat yourself to a fabulous holiday I highly recommend a stay with Bob & Ian at Casal di Fichi. Le Marche is a hidden gem to explore by foot, car, bicycle or on horseback. Thanks to Bob & Ian they gave us many recommendations on places to visit including some exceptional osterias to sample local regional cuisine. The 'Tenuta' ie 'Estate' is picturesque and our apartment was very spacious and comfortable. To top off our visit every morning Obi, their cute little puppy, left us a few stones on our doorstep as a greeting. I definitely recommend a visit & we look forward to returning.
Thanks so much Cristine, glad to hear Obi did his proper marketing role!
Wonderful as ever. The fifth visit was as good as the first.
Thanks Kami, so pleased you still love it here. You are in good company!
Casal dei Fichi is one mile from the small walled medieval village of Francavilla d'Ete with a pizzeria/restaurant, bars, shops, bank and historic churches. Several renaissance walled towns are within 15 minutes drive, steeped in history and waiting to be explored. Each has a superb restaurant in which to while away a lazy afternoon with fantastic food and excellent local wine.
We are 30 mins from the Adriatic coast where the beaches range from secluded coves to vibrant lidos with bars, restaurants wonderful shopping. 30 minutes in the other direction are the Sibillini mountains offering superb walking, mountain biking and scenery. Macerata, with its famous outdoor opera festival, Fermo and Loreto are close by and the Umbrian gems of Assisi and Perugia are only 90 minutes away. A visit to Marche would not be complete with visiting Urbino and Ascoli Piceno - we are equidistant between both cities.
Stunning views start on our doorstep and extend for miles and we will be very happy to help guide you to the local attractions and highlights of this unspoilt part of Italy.
Please ask us for our Insider Guide to Marche - it will tell you everything you need to know to help you plan your visit.
In 2017 72% of our guests had stayed with us before or were recommended to us. What they tell us is that they find 'their kind of holiday' with us - lots to see and do if you want it and also sometimes it's just nice to unwind and do very little. We try to find out what each of our guests is looking for and then we help them find it. Please take a look at our reviews on Tripadvisor for a feel of what previous guests have thought about us.