Granarola, Le Marche
Stunning restored castle with an assortment of stylish apartments set in beautiful grounds with pool, restaurant and bar, all just 3 kilometres from the Adriatic Coast.
Arrival day: Saturday Car hire: Recommended
Fantastic restored castle with origins dating back to the Roman times when it was used as a grain store – hence the name. The first fortifications were probably added during the 700s and in 1227 the castle incorporated the ‘borgo’ – the dwellings of the local population of farmers and artisans.
Now beautifully restored with a huge amount of attention to every detail of this ancient property, Castello di Granarola has been transformed into some super apartments, each one different in shape, size and style but all with a lot of style, flair and character. The gardens have been beautifully laid out with various terraces, a pizza oven, a vegetable patch, fountains, a tiny church and a forest path encircling this impressive castle. Of course, there is an inviting pool along with a restaurant and bar in the grounds plus a reading room packed full of interesting books where you may pass the time of day immersed in history and art.
The apartments are all carefully renovated parts of the castle – you may find yourself sleeping in the fox’s lair, the artist’s tower or the dovecote to name but a few of these lovely apartments. Each one has been designed differently due to the nature of the building but they all are equipped with hob, fridge, microwave oven, kettle, coffee-maker, air-conditioning, wifi and magnificent views across the gardens and some with a panorama including the blue Adriatic Sea just 3 kilometres away.
I Semi (2 guests): ground floor with one double bedroom. Lanterne (2+1 guests): first floor with one double bedroom plus single bed on mezzanine.
Voliera (2 guests): first floor with one double bedroom on mezzanine. Riflessi (2 guests): first floor with a double bedroom.
Sopra Il Cielo (2 guests plus cot): first floor with one double bedroom. Colombaia (2 guests): ground floor in front of pool with one double bedroom. Mare (2 guests): ground floor poolside with one double bedroom. Magiche Bottiglie (2 guests): ground floor with one double bedroom and patio. Granaio (2 guests + cot): ground floor with one bedroom and double sofa bed plus private garden.
Musica (2 guests): ground floor with one double bedroom. Meridiana (2 guests): first floor with one bedroom and private terrace with barbecue. Tana della Volpa (2 guests): Basement in caves of the castle with one bedroom.
Le Porte (4 guests): ground floor with one double bed and two twins in bunk bed form and private patio. Collezionista (4 guests): ground floor with double bedroom and bunk beds. Scatole Segreta (4 guests): first floor with two double bedrooms (one on mezzanine).
I Colori (4 guests): ground floor with one double bedroom on mezzanine and twin bedroom. Torre dell’Artista (4 + 2 guests): first floor in tower with one double bedroom plus sofa bed and double bed on mezzanine level. Bianca Maiolica (2 + 2 guests): on two levels with one double bedroom, double sofa bed, two bathrooms and private patio. Suite Castello (4 guests plus cot): Magiche Bottiglie plus Graniaio. Cottage by the pool (4 guests): Mare plus Colomabaio.
Nella Forests (2 guests): external double bed under the trees with bathroom, wine cellar.
The gardens and outside areas are enchanting, allowing guests to stroll around the grounds and simply enjoy the fresh air and magnificent views. The pool is structured with 3 depths making it perfect for babies, children and adults and some lovely touches such as the ‘Lovers Bed’ and a waterfall all add to the peace and serenity found at Castello di Granarola.
The Ristorante Melograno serves some super fare – much of it coming from the Castle’s own gardens or from local suppliers. The excellent wine is also made from Granorola’s own vineyards and is bottled in original clay containers made locally.
With so much to see in this stunning region, the location of Castello di Granarola enables guests to visit the spectacular coastline with its sandy beaches or head up into the hills to explore some wonderful scenery and villages. We recommend you take both your swimsuit and your hiking boots!
Please email or phone +44 1223 460100 for prices.
Cot: £23 per night.
Tourist tax: €1 per person per day, max. of 7 days (payable locally). Not applicable to children under 12yrs.
Additional pricing notes: Suite Plus not available in low-season - prices on request for other dates.
Please email or phone +44 1223 460100 for availability.
Helena Vinnicombe, London
Excellent... great decor, clean and good air con etc.