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".
We had the most wonderful week in Caserma Carina staying in apartment Girasole.
From the moment we were arrived and were greeted by Leslie we were made to feel welcome and at home. The apartments and grounds are kept to such a high standard and Dean and Leslie work so hard to keep everywhere looking spotless.
Both Dean and Leslie were always on hand to give us suggestions of places to visit or eat, which were always perfect and really suited to our family.
Our daughter who's 3 absolutely loved being at the apartment and every morning would wander out to have a chat with Dean and Leslie, who were so brilliant with her and allowing her to share all of Gracie's toys.
You must to on the wine tasting evening organised by Dean, it's amazing value and real fun. It also gets you chatting more to the other people staying in the apartments, and Dean was a fabulous host for the evening.
I can't recommend these apartments enough, not only for a wonderful location but the holiday really is made wonderful by the hospitality of Leslie, Dean and Grace.
Our daughter Freya still mentions the holiday now and misses her morning chats with Dean.
So my advice, don't hesitate, just book now!