Villa | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 8
Villa Abruzzo is a beautiful detached residence in a very private setting with the benefit of not being remote and within easy walking distance of several excellent inexpensive restaurants / bars. Stunning views of the Gran Sasso Mountains and hills, and its location are its major asset. Wi-Fi offers broadband internet access. Villa Abruzzo sits on the edge of a National Park close to all amenities, in a superb central Abruzzo position allowing easy access to many 'blue flag' Mediterranean beach resorts, mountains, beautiful lakes, quaint villages towns and cities, and all sightseeing locations Abruzzo has to offer. The climate and proximity actually allows for skiing in a morning, and swimming in the sea in the afternoon. There is a superb large new swimming pool nearby which guests can use. Picnics and own drinks are permitted or al fresco meals can be ordered day & night. See photographs (A very small entry fee)
The house is spacious / well equipped, and aims to provide a 'home from home' feel with lots of equipment for all needs. Villa Abruzzo offers exceptional value for money. The property suits a very wide number of groups and provides for a private environment for families, groups of friends, and is a particularly special location for couples seeking a romantic break or honeymoon.
The property boasts its main feature, a huge indoor & outdoor terrace with superb uninterrupted views of the Gran Sasso Mountains and gentle fruit laden hills, where relaxation is unavoidable on comfortable seating, additional outdoor dining facilities, and a double hardwood hammock to marvel at the spectacular views. Guests describe this as having a real 'wow factor' that photographs could never do justice to.
Whilst four excellent restaurant / bars can easily be reached on foot, all amenities including Bank with ATM, supermarkets, swimming pool and all facilities are within 1 to 3km in one of several lovely quaint villages.
Villa Abruzzo has three good sized double bedrooms, a very well equipped new modern kitchen, double modern glass shower in the bathroom, a large comfortable modern living room with music system CD's DVD's flat screen TV, dining area, and a 1st floor reading area with leather sofa.
If you like the idea of having your own place, waking up to seeing the sun lighting the tips of the mountains, trying a different upmarket 'Blue Flag' sandy beach every day, or ski resorts, Nature reserves with 100 waterfalls, wild bears & wolves (in the mountains) boar and eagles, mountain biking in the mountains, fields of sunflowers or wild vivid red poppies, mountaineering, hitching a cable car to see the views, horse riding in the hills, driving up into the mountain plateaus for a BBQ, designer shopping, beautiful villages towns and historical cities, Italian beers, lovely local wines, liqueurs, real Cappuccino / espresso, water park, vineyards, a passion for inexpensive multiple course traditional Italian meals and local specialities, awesome Italian ice cream, lakes, watching the sun go down from the terrace with a glass of local wine, lovely genuine gentle honest people, and a complete chill out with lots of adventure, .............then it definitely is the place to be. There are no football Brit bars anywhere nor any tack tourist shops, burger vans etc etc .........The best thing about this area is the genuine warmth, spectacular views and events around the next corner you were not expecting........It is not uncommon for worldwide major Italian musical artists such as opera, to set up in a piazza for an event. Pescara hosts a huge Jazz festival recently headed by George Benson. Mid summer sees countless festivals on many different themes from food to wine, everything and anything that makes Italy the great place it is. Abruzzo was also chosen for filming a recent George Clooney film.
Easy access to motorway networks & numerous airports. The property sits just 300m above sea level and benefits from a great climate much of the year. It can sometimes be still warm enough for a T shirt in winter, yet snowy in the mountains. Winters can also be harsh on the other hand.
If you are planning larger parties we can suggest other high quality reasonably priced Villas, (some with swimming pools) apartments, B&B or superb hotels in the locality.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Pineto / Roseto / Silvi / Pescara and others 25 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Pescara / or 2 airports in Rome / Ancona / Rimini, Nearest railway: Teramo or Pescara 35 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (3), Cots (2), Dining seats for 7, Lounge seats for 7|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, BBQ|
|Access||Wheelchair users, Secure parking|
|Further details indoors|
• Larger than average detached property with ample space to spread out.
• Wi-Fi internet access
• Three elegant quality double bedrooms, lots of storage space, 2 balconies, French doors, mountain views.
• Indoor / outdoor terrace for daytime or night time relaxation / dining
• Large lounge, comfortable sofa's, dining area, chunky modern oak wood occasional tables, hi-fi & variety of CDs, flat screen TV, DVD & films, wood burning stove, English language novels, other books, & lots of magazines. Lovely countryside & mountain views from the windows and door.
• Modern bathroom, double glass shower enclosure, views of mountains, washing machine.
• Modern bespoke well equipped kitchen, attractive wood burning 'Aga style' stove for winter, 4 ring gas hob, Electric conventional oven with grill, Modern microwave with grill, Cook books (Jamie Oliver etc), Butchers block. Kettle, Espresso pot.
|Further details outdoors|
Villa Abruzzo is a detached property affording total privicy yet not isolation. Access to the property via a quiet gentle gradient tarmac road. (Many in Italy are accessed by steep gravel roads) Ample parking facilities for several cars or bigger vehicles. Two Persimmon fruit trees sit either side of a bench to shelter from the sun outside. (Very sweet Fruit ripens to an orange red colour & tree loses all its leaves) There are a variety of herbs for use when cooking.
Short stroll to nearest excellent restaurant / bars (4) offering a variety of Italian cuisine at very realsitic prices. There are lots and lots of other great restaurants also exceptional value and quality.
In the village there is a large swimming pool, yet the pool at Abruzzo Incantato is quite close about a minute in the car. , a Wolf museum nearby, and all shops and amenities including bank, ATM, two supermarkets, bars, eateries and some great vans selling Porcetta (whole roasted pork) which is simply delicious.
There is an excellent bus service on the doorstep. The nearest major train route is either at Pescara or Teramo.
A car is essential really but driving is actually very tranquil and enjoyable. The local roads are generally very quiet all year round even in mid summer. However, in summer the coast is very busy with mainly Italian tourists, and the roads are busy at the coast at the start or end of Siesta time. Parking is generally very well catered for and more often than not free where you would expect to pay..There is a river nearby and a nature trail about 10k away
There are two very detailed guides at the Villa one about Abruzzo in general, and one specific to the immediate area with suggestions from tried and tested places to visit to good restaurants and vineyards, to where to buy the best fresh pasta made locally. Its packed with tips for how to get the best from your stay in the Villa and general area.
The villa is suitable for any disabilities but please call to discuss the layout.
Rentals are normally on a weekly or fortnight basis but we are flexible to accommodate any request.
If you are thinking of a week at the Villa then 10 days is sometimes a good period in Italy which allows for a stay in other parts overnight such as Rome Venice or Florence. Longer lets can be arranged by separate negotiation.
The Marche/Abruzzo region
The region of Abruzzo is 75% unspoilt National Park area. The countryside is perhaps best described as being like Tuscany except more dramatic and diverse with mountains and great beach resorts as an addition. Some people say it reminds them of Switzerland but with great beaches. It is said that may Italians particularly from Rome flock to the Abruzzo region mid summer to holiday. August is the busiest month which is well celebrated with Festa's occuring every night around the region in villages, towns and cities. Fireworks are used for any occasion possible and any visitor is very much treated as a local and welcomed to the area. Bisenti is the local village which proudly boasts as being the birthplace of Pontius Pilate. You are able to view his house and read all about it. (free) Everyone is respected in Abruzzo particularly children and there is a very quaint honest bygone charm about the region. Shopkeepers leave their keys in the door all day, teenagers are polite and well mannered, and the emphasis is on providing excellent quality everywhere from the supermarket, to the vineyard, restaurant, shoe shop, butchers or bread shop. A lost charm in the UK !! It's a very colourful region at different times of the year and Autumn and Spring are a particularly lovely time with all the vibrant emerging colours. The coastal areas are well established beach resorts many of which are lined with unusual shaped trees. It's perhaps best to think of Abruzzo in four parts, beach, countryside, lakes and mountains. There are several roads that hug the coast all the way down the 133km of beach and a railway line. Summers can be blistering hot and winters a lot milder than the Uk for example. It seems rather odd having the mountains this far south in a country surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea and the climate is therefore very different in the mountains. They seem to have their own microclimate and whilst it may be 70-80-90 degrees at the Villa, head to the mountains and it can change dramatically away from summer. A common cliché of skiing in the morning and sunbathing on the beach or swimming in the afternoon is actually quite true and they are only, an hour apart. A trip up the mountains is a must though. There are wild horses, stunning scenery, horned cows with bells, goats, sheep, and some huts offering Arrosticini & Italian sausage BBQ and refreshments, selling cheese and meats. There are some stunning villages / places to visit in the mountains. On the way is the hotel where Mussolini was held captive during the war. Beach resorts are too many to mention but the upmarket Pineto and Rosetto are to name two. Children are particulary well catered for at most beach establishments with lots of free activities. The large Ice cream and fine wines place in Pineto is a must. The walled towns of Penne and Atri cannot be missed and there is bound to be a festival of some kind in summer.
The mountain range has been described as the spine of Italy for obvious reasons. The nearest range is the Gran Sasso, but both this and the Majella range are easily accessible. Cable cars and chair lifts work in the summer also out of ski season so a great day out is up in the mountains. There is at least one maybe more places to hire mountain bikes for the energetic in the mountains. A great alternative to the road under the mountain is going over the top. Apparently you can see both coasts of the Mediterranean from up in the mountains at a certain place. There are some superb walks and mountain trails to walk, bike, or do on horseback.
On top of the mountains is a flat plateau with lakes and a glacier, and some great straight roads leading to superb villages such as Santo Stefano Di Sessantia which hosts the unusual and exceptional Sextantia hotel. (So named after a six mile trade run apparently). This was an very old medieval abandoned village until it was fairly recently restored to an exceptional high standard retaining all the old charm. Its a fantastic day out or overnight stay. There are some lovely small shops and some fantastic places to eat at very affordable prices mainly. The Sextantia offers the finest top end quality and is expensive. There is another superb value for money restaurant I can recommend around the corner. If you like spooky you'll love this village which won Italy's best kept village. The tower sustained some damage due to the 2009 earthquake but has been carefully restored. There's some great reasonable priced accommodation there, and some great little tourist shops.
There are superb villages coming down from the mountains such as Castelli famous for its ceramics which are sold in many local shops and around the world. Another would be Castel Del Monte, a picturesque mountain village. There are many many beautiful village's towns and cities in the region many worth visiting and steeped in history.
The city of Teramo has a historic centre and some great shops. There's an awful lot of history amongst the old buildings which I'm afraid as impressive and luring as I find them, I couldn't tell you any history behind them.
Some of the religious places are simply stunning even if that's not your scene you will be mightily impressed by the sheer size and quality of workmanship from a bygone age. The inside of the church in Bisenti for example is unbelieveable and totally unexpected. Abruzzo fortunately hasn't been ruined by rip off tourism prices and its a refreshing change not to pay Tuscany style prices. People are very gentle, warm, helpful, and honest with some great old fashioned values in life. You will get a very genuine feel for the real beautiful Italy here.
Like anywhere, you have to be there to feel the charm the area and people have to offer and photographs will never paint a true picture of the beauty of this region.
Please feel free to ask questions about the Villa or general area, just email us using the 'Contact Owner form'
The nearest village is easy walking distance and very quaint with lovely houses, a bar where you can indulge in a lovely ice cream type coffee, or try the local favourite an expresso with sambuca. Theres also a lovely church if you manage to get past the bar. The village has an annual festival followed by some food and drinks which one guest reported with high praise as being the best night out he had ever had.
The next nearest bigger village is 3 mins drive with all shopping needs, chemist, 2 supermarkets, chocolate shop, shoe shop, bars eateries, bank with ATM outside, petrol station and many others. There is an annual wine festival held here which was so successful, they did it again the following night. Another 2 very scenic lovely hilltop villages are a similar distance away.
There are many other villages within easy reach, a vineyard, and countless restaurants. There are markets every day in different locations around the area. Some mornings a superb Porchetta and Pollo (chicken) van arrives, selling marinated roasted pork sandwiches (delicious) chicken and Italian hams. The local bars in the village serve great food ice cream, snacks and cakes and are a great place to chill and watch the world go by.
There are lots of festivals during the year although August is the main month for many. There are fireworks regularly and some village will be celebrating many different things. Abruzzo is famous for its food and it's rare to find anything less than excellent. There are countless coastal resorts to visit and a variety of routes to admire the scenery on the way. These include Pineto, Rosetto, Silvi, Pescara, Montesilvano San Benneditto Del Tronto etc etc.
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29 Sep 2014
"A Great Place to Stay"
We had a really wonderful time at Villa Abruzzo. The house is gorgeous, the beds were nice and firm, the kitchen had absolutely everything you would ever need to cook, so cook we did for 3 of the 5 n… More
12 Aug 2014
I couldn't agree more with the previous review, just a shame that I t wasn't posted before I booked. We actually drove past the building as we couldn't believe it was the same place, p… More
31 Jul 2014
"Unsuitable for Holiday rental !!"
Shock was not the word to describe this villa, we were very shocked with the standard of Villa Abruzzo.On arrival at the villa I actually thought we had come to the wrong place, as you will see with m… More
Sadly this review is malicious and fabricated. We take a damage deposit from guests and return this immediately after the holiday. We have never had to retain a damage deposit as our guests are courteous and respectful of our beautiful property. Sadly these guests had a total lack of respect for us, our house, and our caretakers despite going the extra mile to offer reduced rates and lots of help along the way. These guests damaged electrics, smeared oil on bedding, caused an explosion in the fridge, drizzled oil all over our hobs, and down the front of the oven and left rotting foodstuffs and burnt food on every surface you can imagine. Food was stuffed down the plug hole totally blocking the waste systems. They left their rubbish scattered around the house. I suppose all owners will experience guests from hell at some point but this is not an experience I would like in the future. Damage caused amounted to 3 times the cost of the damage deposit which was not returned on this occasion and guests refused to contribute towards putting things right. The review is irresponsible and it by no means accurate.
21 Apr 2014
"Fantastic holiday in Abruzzo"
This was one of the most fantastic relaxing family holidays that we have had experienced. Our children are both under 10 years old and it was their first time in Italy. The house was really nice, wh… More
9 Sep 2013
"Fantastic location and beautiful views"
Beautiful house with fantastic views. Short drive to lovely village where all needs can be purchased. Great coffee shop. David the owner is so helpful not only with the prebooking but also with his k… More
13 Aug 2013
"Relaxing and beautiful views and people."
Probably the most relaxing holiday I've ever had. From the very beginning of planning and booking the holiday, to returning home I can't find a bad thing to say about the whole experience, except for having to leave. The owners were extremely helpful and their book of knowledge was very intuitive, without it we may have struggled to appreciate the beautiful surroundings and the vast array of things to do and see. The Villa was very well equipped and can cater for all groups, from small families to bigger groups of friends of all ages. A car is a must as getting about may prove difficult without one, otherwise most amenities are fairly close by. The San Lorenzo vineyard Is a must, the wine is exceptional, and at only 7 euros for 5ltrs is ridiculously cheap considering the quality. The pool at Abruzzo Incatato was definitely the family favourite, a short car drive away (5 mins approx) relatively inexpensive, the food was very high quality and the staff were lovely, in fact everyone we met were pleasant and patient considering our grasp of the Italian language was very limited. The whole area has a very relaxed way of life and if your looking for life in the fast lane you will be disappointed.
10 Jul 2012
"A comfortable villa with stunning views from the enormous terrace."
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Villa Abruzzo, the village of Bisenti was a 5-10 minute drive away and had everything you need including a good supermarket, petrol station, chemist, bars and restaurants. We enjoyed days out in the nearby villages, a day at the beach and the time we just chilled out on the outdoor terrace drinking in the view and the local wine. There is a road runs past the front of the house but it certainly didn't bother us. The kitchen is well equipped and the lounge is very comfortable.
30 Jun 2012
"Fantastic views from amazing terrace at well located villa"
Our family (with 3 primary school aged children) loved our stay at Villa Abruzzo in June 2012. The terrace is the outstanding feature of the Villa, and the view of the mountains is stunning. We had our breakfast on the terrace every morning and just couldn't drink in enough of that view. The terrace furniture is comfy and stylish, great for lounging around in, and the kids had a whale of a time on the hammock. The Villa is more spacious than it appears in the pictures, and we were pleasantly surprised that there was more than enough space for our family of five to spread out in.
The Villa gives easy access to the coast, with the closest beaches around a 30-40 minute drive. We went to Pineto, Montesilvano and Pescara beaches a few times and enjoyed all of them. We also did a walk in the mountains, and our children were thrilled to climb high and find the source of a mountain stream that we had crossed earlier. We also liked visiting the beautiful towns of Atri and Penne.
I must especially commend the service given by the owners. From the initial booking to even our time at the Villa, they were extremely helpful and provided us with all sorts of information and local knowledge. As Abruzzo is still a little off-the-beaten track, it was extremely helpful to have their help on hand. The information folder at the Villa is very helpful, and they sent us detailed directions for getting to the Villa and for driving to the coast which I am sure saved us a lot of time in terms of not getting lost! In all our years of booking self-catering accommodation, I have not come across owners who have been as helpful and who seem happy to go the extra mile in this way.
There is lots to see and do in the area--certainly more than we could see in a week (and more restaurants than we could try out during that time!) We definitely want to come back!
22 Jul 2011
"Superb Villa Abruzzo"
We had a fantastic holiday and loved the house and Abruzzo in general. My daughter liked the play area at the Bagara restaurant, we went there about 5 times for lunch and also at night - cheap as chips and very nice. The swimming pool was also cheap and very good! The pool seemed to be doing pizza, chips and dessert and beer for 10 per head (maybe all you could eat/drink) but 2 pizzas and a Litre of wine instead of beer was enough for us - they did offer another pizza! We also carried out pizza and pasta from Nuovo - pasta - huge portion, pizzas huge and 8 euro for 2 - I thought she meant 18! We spent 4 days and a couple of nights at the pool in the second week and it was excellent. Got 2 T Bone steaks from the butcher which were also very good and 7 Euro! Loved the Provolone Picante cheese that you got us and got more at the butcher. Went up to Passe Lanciano and liked it - nice and cool and sat at the picnic tables up in the trees. Went to the market in Atri - liked it too.
Overall it was a brilliant holiday - we really loved it. Throughout the whole process from booking the villa to leaving at the end of our stay, the owner and his local rep were very attentive and helpful. The owner is so knowledgeable about the region and you will always have somewhere to go. We are very widely travelled and this is the most beautiful place that we have ever visited - the villa is really lovely and very well equipped with stunning views. The tips on where to eat and shop saved us a fortune - there are very few places in Europe that you could get lunch for three for under 10 euro or a Cappucino and 3 ice creams in a street café for 4 euro! The kid's toys at the villa were a big help and everywhere is children friendly. We went to the beach, a ski resort, lakes, various hilltop towns and villages, markets etc. and there was so much more to see and do! I must recommend the pool which is 3 minutes away by car - it is open to the public and has a bar/restaurant, excellent facilities and superb and reasonably priced food. The staff speak good English and looked after us very well. Superb holdiday and cant wait to go back!
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