Villa | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 30 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

The Olive House Italy is a beautiful self-catering villa near the Adriatic sea and Apennine mountains in central Italy. We offer great value for up to eight guests, we only accept one booking at a time so you will get exclusive use of the villa. We have excellent facilities including a large roof-top terrace, lounge with satellite TV and a modern well equipped kitchen, plus there is two acres of private olive groves, orchards and woodlands to relax in.

We are located near some of the finest vineyards, restaurants and Italian food producers in the world. We are near to the historical town of Roccascalegna, we are within 30 minutes of the Majella Mountain range, national parks, beaches and lakes, including the areas top tourist destination, Lake Bomba, there is plenty to see and do, including the family friendly blue flag beach resorts of Fossacesia, Le Morge and Vasto all on the warm Adriatic sea. Locally there is, hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking, watersports, rafting, caving and nature trails where you can enjoy rare fauna and flora.

The Olive House Italy is located in one of Italy's upcoming tourist destinations, offering the real Italy- many of Italy's best-preserved medieval and Renaissance hill towns are in the region. Around The Olive House Italy you will find:

• Traditional Italian restaurants, bars, shops, wineries and olive presses

• Easy access to beautiful Adriatic Coast stone and sandy beaches, from which you can take boating trips

• The greenest region of Europe, with three national parks, where rare fauna and flora can be found, great for hikers

• The tallest mountain range in Italy, where you may spot Golden Eagles, Bears and Wolfs!

• A huge range of historical sites to visit; locally there is a site of Roman ruins, stunning ancient churches and castles

• Lakes and waterfalls, including the famous lake of Bomba, where you can go horse-riding or walking

• Local truffle towns, where you can sample a wide range of truffles

• And, we are near the international home of Pasta, Fara San Martino, where 80 per cent of Italy's pasta is produced

• Mountain biking routes

• Skiing, snowboarding and cross country skiing resorts

All of this is within easy reach of The Olive House Italy, giving you plenty of things to enjoy and celebrate, because of this there is a festival (Festa) happening most of the time around here!

On request we provide skiing packages and festive breaks for Christmas and New Year's Eve celebrations. Well priced flights are available to Pescara International airport. We have excellent road and public transport links, with fast connections to all major Italian cities, including Rome and Milan! We speak English and are happy to help you have a great time.

Size Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms
Nearest beach Fossacesia 30 km
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 3 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Pescara International Airport 68 km, Nearest railway: Lanciano 30 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 Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property, Sea view
General Central heating, TV, CD player, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge
Rooms 4 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, Solarium or roof terrace
Furniture Single beds (2), Double beds (4), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ
Access Secure parking
Further details indoors

Our large villa, gives you the following exclusive use of:

• Four double bedrooms for up to 8 guests with double and single beds

• Fans to help cool all rooms

• Bathroom, with bath and overhead shower

• Fully equipped kitchen, with dining area

• Your own private lounge, with a TV, DVD player and selection of DVD's

• Two acres of private land, providing 360 degree views over open countryside, directly in

front of one of Italy's highest mountains, the Majella mountain, part of the Apennines,

providing a great location to hike, ski and mountain bike

• Large roof-top terrace, a great place to relax and enjoy a glass of locally produced wine

• High chairs and travel cots

Also included in the price:

• Towels and bed linen

• Electricity and water

• Central heating throughout

• Weekly cleaning

• Loan of iPod and MP3 docking stations and travel adaptors

• FREE WiFi

• FREE use of barbeque and equipment

• FREE welcome pack, includes essential provisions

• FREE bottle of locally produced wine!

Available at extra cost, by prior arrangement:

• Daily cleaning

• Meals, luxury welcome packs and barbeque nights

• Transportation

• Loan of satellite navigation system

We live onsite (in our own private quarters) providing the advantage of us being able to arrange transportation, restaurant and activity bookings if required, or we can leave you to enjoy your holiday.

Further details outdoors

There is plenty of parking in the ground of The Olive House Italy, which is fully secured.

Outside, feel free to pick whatever is ready in the Orchard! We have apricot, apple, fig, damson and cherry trees, surrounded by blackcurrants and sloes. If you come in November, you can be part of real Italian life and help pick olives from one of the many trees that surrounds the villa.

There is plenty of outside space for you to relax in, with over two acres of land to walk round, including our own woodland and olive grove. Views from The Olive House Italy are spectacular and include views across to: the Majella Mountain and national park, one of the highest mountain peaks in Italy, Bomba, which is at the entrance to the famous Lake Bomba (Lago Di Bomba), the Adriatic Sea and the villages of Gessopalena, famous for it's ancient memorial, Archi and local Roman remains museum. The great bit is, because the roads are so good here, everything is within a half hour drive of here!

Further details

Payment requirements are as follows:

Pay 50 per cent deposit on booking

Pay refundable security deposit on booking of £100

Pay remaining balance 30 days in advance

Cancellations: Please refer to our booking terms and conditions

The Abruzzo region

Abruzzo is located in central Italy and stretches from the heart of the Apennines mountains to the golden sandy shores of the Adriatic Sea.

In the mountains, tourist resorts and well-equipped facilities for skiing and winter sports rise among unpolluted peaks and rocky walls, like Pescasseroli, Rivisondoli and Roccaraso.

The natural landscape with the high and steep peaks of the Gran Sasso, the Laga Mountains and Mount Majella, slopes down to a wide range of hills, until it finally reaches the Adriatic coast.

The route that spans from the Gran Sasso down to the sea crosses territories that are rich in history, traditions and art, that never cease to surprise visitors.

Narrow valleys and memorable natural paths thrust into the mountains and hills , just like the amazing and fascinating Aterno valley, filled with old boroughs.

There are many natural reserves, like the National Parks of Abruzzo, the Park of Gran Sasso and the Laga Mountains, or that of Mount Majella, which ensure protection to the typical vegetable and animal species of the area, like the golden eagle, the wolf and the Marsican brown bear.

The Adriatic coast is characterized by long and sandy beaches. Also, the small villages of the hinterland, as well as the monasteries and castles of the region, are very charming and are part of many routes for tourists in the greenest region in Italy.

The provinces of the region are: L’Aquila (regional capital), Pescara, Teramo anches to the sd Chieti.

Roccascalegna

The Olive House Italy is located a few short kilometres from the centre of Roccascalegna, The town has all the facilities you will need including; three bars, a pizza restaurant, a minimarket, pharmacy, post office, and a baker. Plus its famous castle and historical sites

There is a great traditional Italian restaurant which is only a 15 minutes walk from the villa and another a little further afield – both serving excellent examples of local Abruzzo food. .

More on Roccascalegna's historical sites:

The special feature of Roccascalegna is its castle, rising on a rock of limestone, which is connected to a bloody event: Legend has it that the cruel, devil-like, violent baron of the castle, Corvo de Corvis, was killed by the people of the village in his own castle.

–The Baron lived in the Spanish period, the 16th century; he never stopped exacting taxes of all kinds, and also obliged his subjects to kneel before a raven, black as the darkness surrounding the castle.anybody going to or leaving the village had to pass in front of the bird, along the only road leading to the settlement: those who refused to pay homage to the bird were arrested and at times killed.

Years of terror went by, and the barondecided to introduce the most hideous of medieval feudal customs, the "Jus primae noctis", which obliged every newly-wed bride to spend her first nuptial night with the Baron.

one winter night a young bride took out a dagger and stabbed the Baron in the heart. She fled away in panic, while the dying baron shouted at her horrible curses.

On the point of death, the Baron placed his bloody hand on the wall on top of his bed, where they say the mark remained though in the centuries the people tried to wipe away the scarlet hand, this always came back as red as ever on stormy nights, when the chilly Northern wind hits the merlons of the castle, the ghost of the Baron takes possession again of his ancient manor, and is compelled to repeat endlessly his tragic death, in the company of his faithful raven who disappeared with him.

The Abbey

the Abbey of San Pancrazio, established by Benedictine monks in the ninth century AD as a dependence San Liberatore a Majella, then in 1176 Pope Alessandro III signed a Bull that moved the Abbey to the jurisdiction of San Giovanni in Venere.

The stone frame of the portal is dated 1205, and was rebuilt probably after an attack of the Saracens. In 1324-1325 the abbey ruled over Roccha Scaregna and the churches of Santa Maria, Sant'Angelo and San Criscentiano (of which no trace is left). In the mid-16th century it was abandoned by the Benedictine monks, probably after a famine or plague, and later became a monastery of the Agostinian order. In the late 16th century it was already almost abandoned, and only in the mid-19th century restoration works allowed to uncover its pristine splendour and beauty.

Many legends are connected to the walls of the old Abbey, possibly because it rises beside the cemetery - it is said that on the night before November 1st inside the church the dead gather for a solemn ceremony. Another legend says that inside an opposite hill brigands buried a treasure on the spot where the shadow of the bell tower fell.