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House | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 12
Belvedere is an old Abruzzo house with lots of character. It has been completely refurbished and fitted with all modern conveniences. The house has two levels with a large garden and private 10x5 metre swimming pool. The views are spectacular in all directions of both blue sea and high mountains. The house is set on its own land 3km from the pretty little village of Civitaquana on the road to Cugnoli in the Gran Sasso national park. The village at 550 meters altitude is small but friendly with a baker, butchers and five cafe bars and many local restaurants within five minutes. The local area is famous for its hiking, walking and trekking. There are many natural, archaeological and historical sights close by and of course the beauty of the Gran Sasso national park. The lovely beaches of the Adriatic are also only 30 minutes away.
Belvedere is also a great location for spring or winter breaks. The magnificent scenery of the snow capped Appenine Mountains and the cosy wood burning fire make it ideal for a short break during the spring/winter months.
For those who are keen skiers, there is an abundance of high quality ski resorts all within an hours drive from the house. This is one of Abruzzo's best kept secrets! Passo Lanciano, Roccaraso and Campo Imperatore just to name a few of the well equipped resorts enjoyed by many Italians. If skiing is not for you, simply walking and taking in the fresh mountain air will regenerate and refresh you. Coffee Al Fresco in the winter sunshine is highly reccomended as are the many local restaurants offering traditional home made Abruzzesi dishes!
|Size||Sleeps up to 12, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||pescara 35 km|
|Will consider||House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||3 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Pescara 30 km, Nearest railway: Pescara 35 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Safe|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||3 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (2), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 2|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden|
About this location
The Abruzzo region
Abruzzo is outlined by the Apennine Mountains. The mountains that run through the region include some of the highest peaks in the chain: both Gran Sasso and the Maiella group are over 8,000 ft high. The landscape flattens as you move eastward towards the sea. Rather than mountains, you find soft hills, often covered by forests. Abruzzo was originally home to the Piceni population, who also occupied the southern part of the Marche.
Abruzzo was conquered by the Romans, who divided the territory into two parts. With the fall of the Empire, Abruzzo fell under the control of the Byzantines, the Lombards and the Franks. The region later became part of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies and was under the Norman domination when Emperor Frederick II united the area and founded the city of L'Aquila. During the successive battles between the French and the Spanish for control of the kingdom of Naples, until the unification of Italy, Abruzzo experienced a long period of unrest and emigration.
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17 Sep 2013
"Fantastic holiday location"
We stayed here in Early September and had the best holiday we've had in years. The location was just what we were looking for, idylic calmness in the beautiful Italian countryside. It was only a … More
Thank you for your lovely review. We are happy you enjoyed your stay at Belvedere. All reviews are important,to enable us provide a better service to future guests.
3 Sep 2013
My partner and I work full time and long hours which means any time we get to spend together as a family is precious. All year we look forward to our annual holiday to Italy. Kids getting up early j… More
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for taking the time to write to us through TripAdvisor as it is through your valuable customer feedback that we can maintain and more importantly improve the levels of customer service that we provide.
With regard to the inconveniences you encountered while staying at our property relating to the pool, we would like to assure you that these have been rectified. It was unfortunately beyond our control, the mayor placed a ban on hose pipe water usage due to severe water shortages in the area, which occurred following essential maintenance on the pool. As you know we attempted on numerous occasions during your stay, to truck in 4 tankers of water to fill the pool but unfortunately we were let down at the last minute by our supplier. We at all times acted in good faith and were only made aware of the problem on the day of your departure and notified you immediately.
We had hoped that the offer of a free week would compensate you for your inconvenience.
Whilst you were clearly upset by the pool issues, I take it that you were happy with the house itself and the grounds, as you made no mention of them in your review.
Once again we sincerely apologise for these inconveniences and we hope that we could personally meet you on your next visit and we will ensure that your stay will be both enjoyable and comfortable.
We look forward in welcoming you back in the future.
18 Aug 2013
"A beautiful house with magnificent views."
A couple of quick e-mails was all it took to organise our stay at Belvedere. The house is much more spacious than the photos suggest and lovely and cool even on the hottest days. Plenty of facilities … More
Thank you for reviewing our house. We are really pleased you enjoyed your stay at Belvedere.
21 Jun 2013
"Fantastic value. Peace and tranquility."
We had wonderful holiday in Abruzzo and the Belvedere house proved the perfect location for us. The pool is fantastic, great size, new and wonderful views while swimming.
The superb beaches on the coast were easily reachable by car.
We loved the Nature park on our doorstep and found many great little restaurants in the many quaint villages.
A real gem in a beautiful region.
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