You’ve decided on Italy for your holiday home in the sun. Now you have to choose the perfect location. Rome, Venice, Milan, Florence and Naples are all exquisite Italian cities much loved by tourists from around the world and filled with culture. However, if you love Italy, but long to escape from crowds of tourists and want to experience what it is like living in the real Italy, Le Marche could easily be for you.
This eastern region gets the best of both sides of Italy. With 180 kilometres of coastline, Le Marche has the sun and the sea as well as the wonderful pistes of the Apennine Mountains. Whether you long for the masterpieces of Renaissance art and architecture, awe inspiring mountains or the pleasures of a Mediterranean fishing port, Le Marche has enough to keep you busy for years.
Many visitors who come to Le Marche are looking to own that special taste of the ‘real’ Italy, unaffected by mass tourism yet welcoming to foreigners. Buying a property overseas outright can mean navigating through a lengthy foreign buying process, dealing with builders who probably have limited English, the substantial cost of renovation and the maintenance of a property that is only used for a fraction of the year. All of this can be expensive, stressful and time-consuming.
Michael Hobbs, and his wife, interior designer Dawn Cavanagh-Hobbs visited the region in 2004 and immediately fell in love with the beauty of the area, the people and the Italian lifestyle. The Hobbs decided to set up their luxury and boutique fractional ownership business, Appassionata, in Le Marche three years later.
A share of the Deed
Fractional ownership is a fairly new concept in the UK, but has been popular in the US for over 30 years. With fractional ownership you select and purchase the number of weeks you want to use per year and share the running costs with your co-owners. Proprietors get an actual stake in the company that owns the property and therefore, a share of the Deed.
This purchase is forever, and allows owners to sell their share, rent out the property for the duration of their weeks or pass it on to their family, whenever they choose.
Appassionata offers owners the chance to be part of a high end, professionally managed fractional ownership venture in a special location. This includes other concepts which are included in buying a share in Estate Giacomo Leopardi properties. Purchasing a share includes a stake in the olive oil produced from the olive groves around the property, lavender from the grounds and a share of the wine from the Estate’s vineyard.
Estate Giacomo Leopardi is set close to Montefiore dell’Aso in the gorgeous region of Le Marche. The wonderfully preserved medieval Montefiore dell’ Aso has been voted one of Italy’s most beautiful towns. It offers visitors great local food, wonderful scenery and classic architecture around the town centre, with beaches 10 minutes away and the Sibillini Mountains less than an hour away.
Estate Giacomo Leopardi comprises two properties in five acres of land, with views overlooking the Adriatic Sea. The estate has been created so that the large swimming pool can be used in all seasons, there’s an all-weather tennis court and there are private terraces, landscaped gardens and newly planted vineyard.
Casa Giacomo is a four-bedroom, three-bathroom property comprising 2,150 square feet over two floors. Interior designer Dawn worked hard to ensure that the property possesses the best of classic Italian design, mixed with modern conveniences. Casa Leopardi is a traditional Italian farmhouse currently being restored into a five-bedroom home that will contain the same level of accommodation throughout.
For more information on Appassionata go to: http://www.appassionata.com