Artist's TripAdvisor and FlipKey award-winning riverside mountain retreat 'Casa del Fiume' is stone-built country house that has recently been restored, situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty on the edge of the Majella National Park. 5 acres of grounds with walnut groves and various fruit trees sweeps down to the fast flowing mountain river Aventino, with private access. Ideal country retreat for adults and older children. Perfect for people that enjoy the beautiful surrounding nature and outdoor activities. Great for walking/hiking, nature viewing, painting (portable artist easels and stools available), mountain biking (bikes available to hire nearby), fishing and rafting/canoeing (Abruzzo Rafting centre nearby).
Own private sun-drenched terrace with large teak garden table and chairs, traditional BBQ with chimney and two teak loungers. Two hammocks are also provided – usually hung between trees in the shade near the river. Spectacular views. Free WiFi internet access. Outdoor table tennis provided. Our own seasonal organic produce is available (depending upon demand) and, should you require it, local suppliers deliver to your door bread, cheese, fish, fruit and vegetables.
Open all year 'Casa del Fiume' is owned by an artist/designer and the interior walls display original works of contemporary art. At an additional cost we provide individually-tailored tuition in Art and Italian. See our website for further details.
|Size||Sleeps up to 5, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Fossacessia Marina 30 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Pescara 75 km, Nearest railway: Archi 17 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||CD player, Table tennis, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (3), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ, Private fishing lake or river|
|Further details indoors|
Downstairs has a small entrance lobby leading to the stairs. All rooms lead through to each other (no doors) in an almost open plan way. Kitchen is 3m x 5m with a solid marble work surface surrounding the ceramic butler sink and slate tiled floor.
Dining room is 3m x 5m with a marble tiled floor and cast iron wood burning stove. Lounge is 4m x 5m with a marble tiled floor and a large cast iron wood burning stove containing 1 large L-shaped leather sofa seating up to 5 people.
Upstairs there are 3 bedrooms and a shower room. The tiled shower room is 1.5m x 2.3m with curved glass shower cubicle, sink and WC. Bedroom 1 is 4.2m x 5m with a tiled floor and contains large double bed with mosquito curtain, wardrobe, large chest of drawers, dressing table with mirror. Double aspect windows give countryside and mountain views.
Bedroom 2 is 4.3m x 4.3m with a tiled floor and contains twin beds (which can be joined to make a double if desired), wardrobe and a chest of drawers. Double aspect French windows have views of the surrounding countryside.
Bedroom 3 is 2.5m x 3m with a tiled floor and contains a single bed and a chest of drawers. One window gives views of surrounding countryside and garden.
|Further details outdoors|
Immediately outside the house is a large private terrace and a small garden area. The terrace is equipped with a teak garden table & chairs and a traditional chimney BBQ. The garden area is equipped with two teak loungers for your use elsewhere in the grounds (e.g. riverside beach area within the grounds).
Within the grounds you will also find a Table-Tennis table and near the edge of the river - a couple of hammocks swung between trees. On the banks of the river Aventino we have an outdoor eating area with table and benches and nearby a pit-barbeque for your use.
5 acre grounds are shared with the owners, who live in the adjacent house.
English Italian-speaking owners are on hand to welcome you and advise you where to shop, eat and visit.
DVDs and CDs are available on loan.
English language guide books of the area available on loan too!
Portable artist easels and stools are available on loan.
Mountain bikes are available locally to hire.
The famous Abruzzo Rafting centre is nearby.
We organise wine-tasting at a local award-winning producer and in September guests can help pick the grapes (and get paid in wine)!
Depending upon the season fresh organic fruit and vegetables from our own grounds will be available. As will our own organic olive oil.
Should you require the use of an item that is not listed (eg microwave, ipod player) please let us know.
Abruzzo is known as the green lung of Europe – one third of Abruzzo is designated either as regional or national park areas. There are literally so many areas of outstanding natural beauty here! The guide books also describe Abruzzo as a land of 1,000 castles, everywhere you drive you see a castle at the pinnacle of a hill-top village or town.
Abruzzo has always been a favourite holiday destination for Italians, due to it’s diversity – dramatic scenery, mountains, sea, blue-flag beaches, gastronomy, art, history and culture- literally something for everyone. But more importantly, Italians say it is like the Real Italy of 50 or more years ago - unspoilt, unpretentious and so welcoming. From May through to the end of October there is a local Festa every weekend somewhere in Abruzzo!
The location of 'Casa del Fiume' is ideal for exploring the many small mediaeval towns of this region, walking in the Majella mountains, basking on empty beaches of the 'Trabocchi Coast' and swimming in the warm Adriatic sea (40 min drive), downhill skiing / snowboarding on the empty slopes at the ski resort of Roccaraso (40 min drive), cross-country skiing on 30 Kms of runs through beech woods at Bosco di Sant’Antonio (30 min drive), or merely relax with a book on a lounger with your feet dangling in the cooling water of the Aventino river (2 min walk to the bottom of our garden - private access).
Civitella Messer Raimondo.
This is the nearest town, a mediaeval village perched on top of a hill at the foot of the Majella overlooking Fara San Martino. Amenities include small general store, Post Office, Bar, Chemist, Doctor’s surgery. Small market every Wednesday. In nearby Fonte there is even a butcher who supplies Harrod's!
Fara San Martino
Fara sits at the very foot of the eastern slope of the Majella and is one of the Italian capitals of pasta production. Since ancient times, the presence of the extra-pure mountain water from the Verd'e river has been used to create “the best pasta” which is now exported all over the world. Both 'Delverde' and De Cecco' have a factory shop selling their pasta as well as other delicacies. Fara San Martino is located inside the Majella National Park where it is possible to see deer, bears, chamois (mountain goats) and golden eagles. A wide variety of small shops, bars and restaurant/pizzeria plus Majella Visitor Centre, Post Office, Bank, supermarket, bakeries, tobacconist, newsagent and petrol station. Small street market on Thursday.
Casoli is a mediaeval town located on a hill on the right–hand side of the Aventino river. It dominates the river below which feeds into the beautiful lake Sant’Angelo (also known as lake Casoli) and the surrounding hills. Casoli has a large castle (recently restored) and churches which were built between 1417 and 1587. Just outside Casoli you can visit a WWF natural reserve, which is home to the great white heron, the black stork and the flamingo. Casoli has a larger number of amenities. Street market every Friday in the centre of town is excellent for locally produced cheese, fruit and vegetables with many of the small stalls selling their own produce(often organic).
Lama dei Peligni
Lama situated just below “Monte Amaro” (at 2793m the highest point of the Majella mountain), comprises in its borders the Natural Oasi of the eastern Majella, and is a starting point for many beautiful hiking excursions, horse riding and mountain biking. Inhabited since pre-historic times, in the XII century it was, with nearby Palena, Taranta Peligna e Lettopalena, one of the key defence points along the way to Chieti on the Southwestern Valley route. Well worth seeing is the XVI century church of San Nicola, with Baroque interior and the Majella National Park Visitor Centre containing the Majella Naturistic Museum. The visitor centre also hires out mountain bikes. There is aslo a Nature Reserve for the chamois (mountain goat). Lama has a wide variety of small shops including Bank, Post Office, Butcher, two supermarkets (Super Coal is owned by an english-speaking family who used to live in Canada), newsagent, ironmongers, chemist, barber, florist, petrol station 3 bars and 3 restaurants. Well worth a visit during the summer months is the open air swimming pool with english speaking staff and an excellent bar serving food.
The Grotto del Cavallone is a short drive away from Lama on the road to Palena but it is usually only open in August, but it's well worth the cable-car ride.
Near to Casa del Fiume is lake Sant’Angelo (or Casoli lake) – great for fishing and picnic areas around the lake (5 min drive).
Go to the walled town of Guardiagrele (30 min drive) on a Sunday and you will discover a great street market plus all the shops open until lunchtime! Guardiagrele is also famous for copperware, beautiful churches and museums.
The city of Lanciano is well worth a visit (30 min drive) especially on Saturday for the street market which is the largest in the immediate vicinity. This market has a large number of shoe stalls and various clothes stalls, including vintage apparel, and a couple of antique lace stalls. Excellent Healthfood shop near to the market in via Veneto. Lots of shops in Lanciano both cheap and ridiculously expensive, historical buildings, churches and there is the world famous Eucharistic miracle housed in Lanciano. Try Bar del Portico at lunchtime - order a cocktail or glass of Prosecco and you get enough crudite snacks to keep you going.