Oh, how can we be original after reading all the reactions in these books. Our journey started and ended with lots of sun, food, laziness (is this a word?). We are in love at the bar in Comunanza where we went in the mornings for a cappuccino and latte macchiato. We walked around the Gola we visited Maria, went to Smerillo, visited the markets, bought a lot of stuff, had the best pizza by Mamma Rosa, had a very exciting lunch at Il Tiglio (and meet our friends jealous with all our photos). Conclusion – the Hideaway is the place to be in the 'Marche'. Mark and Sarah did a lot to make us feel at home. They gave us good advice. Thank you, you are great! Lots of love,
E & M, the Netherlands, April
Devil in the detail? How about delight in the detail! Il Nascondiglio - The perfect 'Hideaway'...... Figs, bread, muffins! Leather bound 'Oracle' containing so much use for handwritten information complete with freehand map – what a delight! Mark and Sarah – the perfect house that have thought of pretty much everything! Delightful and relaxing in the Le Marche - a fabulous retreat and staging post to explore the parco nazionale dei Monti Sibillini. Grazie mille.
P & L, UK, October
The last time ....
Three years ago – it was at your garden I felt the little baby in my tummy alive and kicking for the first time – a wonderful moment!
This year, Timo and I was so happy and proud to come over here again and show Kiki (2.5) and her little brother Jimmy (1) our happy place!!!
And also this time we felt so welcome, with the Prosecco and cakes for us but this time also animal blankets and a potty for the kids so nice! We really had a great time and the little ones discovered and love the Italian country life and food! We show them all the nice places, from the beach, the old times, the mountains and waterfalls to our favourite cappuccino bar and they love it like we do!
T & S & K & J, The Netherlands, July
Nothing much to add to the plenty of nice things already written. Absolutely true! We absolutely enjoyed our holiday and appreciated your place and the lovely area. Thanks for the welcome goodies, the useful little booklet, the sweet red strawberry I had yesterday and give our hello to the magical fireflies when they appear again!
D & U, Germany, May
We finally discovered this unspoilt part of Italy, and so glad we did! We will keep the best memories of the spectacular nature and surroundings. We had some great food here, but we also enjoyed the barbecues as well – most of them in good company with Jessie and Rusty. Thanks for everything!
Fam B-M, Belgium, June
Dear Sarah and Mark, what an amazing 3 days, can’t believe it feels like a week! You guys have been wonderful, very excited at the prospect of more sitting and looking at the sky watching the pink clouds and the fireflies is my idea of heaven. Thank you for your help and kindness.
E & W, UK & USA, June
With great hosts like Mark and Sarah, their special little attentions upon our arrival, great tips on where to go, how could our stay be anything but perfect in the wonderful Le Marche region? P.S. As North Americans we also appreciated the thought of providing a toaster! It made us feel at home!
L,S,S & L, Canada, July
Many thanks for such a warm and generous welcome. We really enjoyed our stay – the apartment was lovely and beautifully designed, the muffins and produce from the garden was delicious and your hints and tips really helped us to make the most of our stay. Highlights included Ascoli Piceno, delicious meals, wine from the cantina in Comunanza and the walk at the Gola dell’ Infernaccio (followed by an excellent lunch at Bar Zocchi in Montemonaco. Thanks!
Z &O, Belgium, August
Loved the apartment, the warm welcome, the carrot cake and homemade bread. Your little book of top tips was brilliant. We did most of the suggested walks, the gola dell’ infernaccio was the best one. We’ve had some lovely meals at Lago San Ruffino and Re Artu. We haven’t been to all your ‘Top 10 places not to miss’ so we will have to come back! Thank you for a lovely holiday.
P & C, UK, August
Carissimi Sarah e Mark, Grazie infinite per l’ottimo soggiorno! Il posto e incantevole, tranquillo, relassante e silenzioso! L’accoglienza usuperabile. Vi facciamo i vostri complimenti per quello ehe avete creato, e tanta fortuna per it resto della vita ehe vene! Grazie e a presto!
V & R, Italy, August
What a beautiful, peaceful magical part of the world. Thank you so much for a memorable holiday. Your little book was indispensible. Hope to return to the area soon. Thank you for such a welcoming visit in such beautiful surroundings. A great first introduction for me to Italy that I won’t forget.
A & M, UK, September
What can we say to tell you how we feel now… My eyes are full of beautiful details, warmth, love you to put in every single element of this house. I’ve never felt so welcomed before, we definitely decided to come back for a longer period (I want to try out the pool and go away with an awesome mountain tan!).
We loved every moment, thank you to you too. Keep an eye on this place, this region, this country… We need more people like you!
Thank you, indeed guys! PS can I have the recipe of the bread and muffins?? They were terrific!
A & E Bologna April
Again we had a great time during our holiday in this lovely area of Italy and in this great apartment. Relaxing time, great food, good advice from Sarah & Mark, where to go for a nice walk or dinner. Sometimes just doing nothing and enjoy the weather and swimming pool. Thank you for the nice time. Looking forward to our next visit.
D & E, the Netherlands, June
What a fabulous place The Hideaway is. The perfect spot to relax as much as you want or to walk or two from. The whole area is a hidden gem that not many people find ...yet.
Mark and Sarah are fantastic hosts and their knowledge and passion and love for the area really rubs off on us. They recommend that the best walks and places to visit and eat. Our apartment was very lovely and comfortable and the gardens with a fuse or just awe-inspiring. We are definitely sold on the Sibillini National Park and the Hideaway and could not recommend them enough. That goes for Dusty to.
D and G, UK, June
It has taken us five years to get back, five years since our last holiday – which was here. It seems like yesterday. Mark & Sarah are wonderful and we have had an amazing holiday. We would, and do, recommend The Hideaway to everybody.
We love this place, these people, they surroundings and hope to be back very soon. Mark and Sarah are the most wonderful hosts we could hope for and they make the Hideaway a perfect escape with the best welcome and cake we’ve received anyway. Big love and respect!!
K and L, London, UK, July
We arrived during the England – Sweden, World Cup qualifying, the worst possible timing (I know, as a football fan). But still, Sarah & Mark took the time to give us a very warm welcome!
The Hideaway is the PERFECT place to relax and explore the beautiful area. During the only few number of days here we followed up on the recommendations of our lovely hosts, dinner, walks, anything, and it all turned out to be so good!
We had an amazing time here. Mark & Sarah, thank you so much!!
P and K, Amsterdam, July
Another fantastic holiday at the hideaway. We are totally in love with this special part of Italy. Once again a lovely warm welcome from Mark & Sarah, with delicious goodies waiting for us in the apartment. There is so much to see and do here and Mark & Sarah‘s passion for Le Marche is infectious. Clean, excellent, comfortable accommodation with every attention to detail. This is why we keep on returning. Thank you Jessie for being our special holiday dog we love you!
Grazie Millie, fino alle prossima volta xxxx
A & K, UK, July
We came here as a result of browsing the walking guides in our local outdoor shop – what a beautiful place the Sibillini National Park is! We loved the Gola dell’Infernaccio and the track up Sibilla itself but Lago Di Pilato has to be the highlight.
Staying at The Hideaway has just been the ‘icing on the cake’. The little book of top tips has taken us to places that we would never have thought of visiting and the place itself is so peaceful and brilliantly set up. I am sure that will be back and maybe you’ll see a few of our friends to once I hear all about it!
J & M, England, July
This was our first time here at The Hideaway. What a beautiful apartment, garden and pool. And what a great area. Very impressive nature, beautiful villages and cities and the lovely Italian way of life. Dear Sarah & Mark thank you for your hospitality and service. Surely will be back!
F, S, K & A, the Netherlands, August
Woof! My family and I live in the Black Forest. We thought we knew the meaning of Bella vista, until we came to The Hideaway. I have had a wonderful relaxing holiday and those two too. I was able to wander freely around the grounds and waiting for my family whilst they were enjoying the pool. Long interesting walkies and a wonderful stressfree environment. I woof a big thank you to Mark & Sarah and Jessy for creating such a welcoming stay.
Dear Mark & Sarah, we live our lives following the flow, and the flow lead us to your magical Hideaway. No light pollution, no sound pollution just peace and tranquillity. Perfect for our honeymoon. Charley’s portrait will be a lasting reminder of the special holiday. Who knows? The flow will bring us back. All the best!
S, I & C, Germany, August
We have had the most amazing relaxing stay. All the information you provided was so so so useful. We followed walk you said and I think ate at three places which were all top-notch. Ate far too much. After a busy morning is it was so nice just to come back and relax whilst kids played in the pool. Thank you so much and hope your house gets sorted soon.
N, A, L & J, London, UK, August
Thank you for a short but very sweet stay at The Hideaway. It is probably the best equipped apartment we have ever stayed in! Our favourite activity was swimming in the lake at Fiastra. Thank you also for your lovely warm welcome and in particular the home-made bread, jam and cakes! Yum! XXXX
S, D, A & T, UK, August
Dear Sarah and Mark, thank you for your hospitality and warm welcome. The cake, bread and marmalade were absolutely delicious! Also thank you for the very good recommendations on restaurants and activities. We visited Amandola, Assisi, Fermo, Torre Di Palma and Ascoli Picino. We love the well-equipped kitchen, the cosy decoration and “the sound of silence”. We wish you all the best!
J, H & S, The Netherlands, August
At arriving this wonderful hideaway our only regret was not to have booked it for a longer stay! But we soon decided the only thing to do about this, is coming back for more! Hopefully in the not too distant future. A perfect place to spend our honeymoon, peaceful, beautiful scenery to explore and a cosy ‘nest’ to snuggle up in that night. We’ve absolutely loved every minute of our stay! Thank you ever so much for creating this place and welcoming us in such a warm way XXX
K &H, Norway October
Second time round for us as we love staying here the first time two years ago. Such a lovely area, tranquillity at its best. Sarah & Mark, as always, our fabulous hosts and a wonderful welcome pack was greatly appreciated. Hope to see you again soon by which time we really hope that you’re safely back in your home. Thank you for making us feel so welcome.
M & C UK September
Another wonderful stay at the hideaway. Mark and Sarah were fantastic hosts once again. Thank you for such a nice welcome and of course our first evening meal. Looking forward to our pizza in Tavula with you at the VR 46 pizza restaurant. Hope that your little house is not too long being repaired and no doubt will see you once again in the very near future.
P & J UK September
Thank you so much Sarah & Mark for your amazing, thoughtful hospitality. The Hideaway is a little piece of heaven on earth and I’m so glad that we found you. Our 10 days here we are beyond perfect and so what we needed after just moving house. Beautiful, stunning views, peace and tranquillity, lovely pool and garden and some very beautiful places to visit. Thank you for all the delicious cakes and welcome parcel of food and Prosecco. Very much appreciated as well as your helpful knowledge and suggestions of places to visit. We truly hope that you will be able to renovate your own house again in the not too distant future. With love and hugs thanks to you both x
What a perfect way to start our stay here in Le Marche! The warm atmosphere, the fantastic welcome was fruit, wine and a beautiful and good cake. It has been so nice to meet you and good to know you and listen to your adventures here. The engagement to the animals who lost their homes in the earthquake. A warm place with warm hosts! Thank you so much! Take care!
P, L, M & M Germany June
Love stopping here, so beautiful, peaceful and quiet just what we needed. No phones or computers… Great!! The scenery is amazing and the little brown book invaluable, we took it everywhere and the maps was so useful. Thank you for our welcome gifts so thoughtful. Hope to come back again.M & R, UK, October
Massive thank you to Sarah & Mark for welcoming us to your idyllic little piece of Italy. It was a pleasure to stay here, you strike the balance perfectly between being there with really great ideas and advice on places to visit and to eat and allowing your guest to enjoy the stunning scenery and peace and quiet. Also we must make say a massive thank you for all your help with the wedding. You have helped make a special day even more magical!! We’d love to come again.
M & C, UK, September
For sure we will come back because there are so many more things to see and do here around – and to enjoy this beautiful place again! Dear Sarah & Mark, thank you very much for the beautiful time here, your kindness and generosity and all the delicious welcome presents! Best wishes for you!
T & C, Germany, September
Yet again, amazing place with great facilities. We really enjoyed our stay and can’t wait till next year. This is our second year and I hope we can come again! PS I really don’t want to go back to cold old England! It was amazing here we don’t want to leave the pool was the best bit. Healing and restorative thank you Mark & Sarah.K, G, J, N, L, G and R, UK, August
We’ve stayed in the stables and the upstairs apartment and we liked both. The first for the view, the second for the space. Both are very well decorated and very cosy! Actually it’s so lovely and peaceful here that we stayed a lot at “home”. Highlights of this week – Gola dell’Infernaccio, Lake of Fiastra, Quintana in Ascoli. Tip – we ate in a very nice restaurant Osteria Victoria in the old centre of Ascoli Piceno – stuffed olives, lemon sorbet. Thank you very much Mark & Sarah for your kindness and hospitality.
P, J, M & B, Belgium, August
Our first time in Le Marche and to choose to stay at The Hideaway is a great combination! Between the gorgeous mountains and the sea, in a beautiful natural area. We fell in love again with Italy. Our main goal this week was to relax and enjoy the little things of life, like Italian people say “Dolce far niente”. That is holiday at the best! Thank you Sarah and Mark for let us feel at home in your very complete and nice apartment. Good luck. The Hideaway is the place to be for such a wonderful, relaxed holiday! We’ve appreciated welcome with your home-made marmalade, delicious bread, cupcakes and lovely wine and cold beer! And also your service for borrow as your extension cord Mark!
A, M, E, J, The Netherlands, August
So let’s start to say also this is the fourth time!! Was a really fantastic holiday (again!) And again we didn’t have enough time to do everything we want to do... but oh… What a great feeling to be here again and spending our days just like “La Dolce Vita” promises. Also K & J love the place and Mark and Sarah K loved out lunch at La Conca the most and J, the lizards. T and I cannot get enough of the great feeling of “nothing”, the view, the food, the beach @ Grottammare... your hospitality and the feeling of coming home in a very special way... Just in love with this place… See ya!!!
T & S & K & J, The Netherlands, July
A hidden gem. The greenery, the peacefulness and tranquillity of this beautiful place created a wonderfully relaxing few days for us. This is our first visit to Le Marche and it has been a delight. And thanks to Mark & Sarah for those extra touches including waiting up for a very late arrival, accommodating an extra night, the bread, delicious jam, wine and beers.
T & T, Ireland, July
We spent a lovely week in The Hideaway doing great walks in the mountains, visiting the villages and just resting. What a wonderful place it is we like the swimming pool very much. The nature here is beautiful and the breakfast was marvellous. The hiking in the mountains was fun and the caves of the Grotte de Frasassi was wonderful. Thank you Sarah & Mark for being such wonderful hostsH, V, S & R, Finland, June
Thanks for your information and the “top tips” book, we discovered and fell in love with Le Marche’s markets, villages, restaurants, it’s beautiful nature. Sightseeing in the area! We love the well equipped kitchen, the cosy decoration, a complete home. Every day we listen to the singing birds and we were lucky to see the fireflies. Thank you for taking such good care for your guests and your home. You’ll understand the meaning of “il Silenzio” XXX
T & J, The Netherlands, June
Fantastic apartment. Mark and Sarah have thought of everything. There is little extra touches – the home-made bread, jam and cakes were delicious. We took the little brown book everywhere – great recommendations for cafes, restaurants and places to visit. Feel like we have any just touched the surface of the area – a fascinating place. Five nights wasn’t long enough – we need to come back. We would have liked better weather – but if you can enjoy the airy when it’s chilly grey and raining – it must be fantastic in sunny weather. Mark and Sarah booked is into La Conca for a meal. A wonderful experience. Thank you both.
A & I, UK, June
Fabulous accommodation and area. Thank you for being excellent hosts especially to our kids. The hideaway is a piece of heaven that we thoroughly enjoyed. I asked the kids what was their favourite part of the holiday J aged 6 says the pool Rusty, Mark & Sarah. Z aged 3 said the chickens, Rusty, Mark and Sarah. Thanks again!!! We hope to come back some day.
D, B, J & Z, Ireland, July
Wow! How can words describe such a beautiful place!? You really have created a haven of peace and tranquillity. Thank you for making our stay here so enjoyable. It has been the perfect end to a wonderful holiday in Italy. The room was just perfect and really thoughtfully furnished. You have both been wonderful hosts and we appreciate your help and generosity. We really enjoyed our evening out with you. We love to come back soon. Love C and AC & A, UK, August