Villa | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 8
Villa Abruzzo is a beautiful detached quality 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. ADSL Wi-Fi offers 24/7 broadband internet access able to cope with work and leisure activities. 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 spacious Villa is equipped to a very high standard not usually associated with holiday rentals and aims to provide a ‘home from home’ feel with lots of equipment for all needs. Villa Abruzzo offers exceptional value for money and maintains high standards. The property suits a very wide number of groups and provides for a safe environment for families, groups of friends, and is a particularly special location for couples seeking a romantic break or honeymoon. High speed broadband lends itself to those seeking a break whilst being able to maintain work schedules from home.
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 beautiful 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, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|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, Private garden, BBQ|
|Access||Wheelchair users, Secure parking|
|Further details indoors|
• Larger than average detached property with ample space to spread out.
• 24/7 ADSL wi-fi internet access to allow everyone to keep up to date with events, work from home, research the area, or watch internet TV.
• 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, (some English spoken channels inc. news) 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 which has recently undergone moderisation and has a structure. , 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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