Apartment | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Abruzzo is the place where Italians go on holiday and it is just the way they like it, off the tourist track and unchanged.It has a wealth of castles and medieval towns, 129 kilometres of sandy beaches, 21 ski areas and one third of the region is designated national and regional parks.
Villa Maieletta sits in rolling hills with the dramatic backdrop of the Maiella Mountain range in the Maiella National Park. The boutique Villa is on a quiet country lane close to the historic hill-top town of Palombaro, whose distant church bells provide an evocative reminder of past times. Our unrivalled views of the Abruzzo landscape, stunning sunsets and night skies will remain in your memory for a long time.
Come and live the Italian life. Experience and enjoy the rhythms of rural life that surround us from the porchetta van and cafe culture to events celebrating the olive and grape harvests. The festa month of August has an array of unique activities that include the wild boar festival in Pennapiedimonte, Green Fair in Fara San Martino, the Beer Festival in Limiti (1km down the road) and musical events that extend into September in historic Lanciano. Watch the fascinating array of fireflies that twinkle all around you after dark from April to June. Join us for a special olive picking holiday in October or November, when you can pick your own olives and return home with the oil from the fruits of your labours. Alternatively, make the Villa your base for the winter skiing season between December and April. The world class ski resort of Roccaraso, recent home of the World Junior Championships, is less than an hour away. Retire to your apartment to relax and rest in a luxurious environment of classic Italian splendour. While away an hour or two in our play room for adults; show off your skills on our antique American Pool table, enjoy our 42 inch TV, watch a DVD from our library and borrow your bedtime book from our paperback selection.
We are situated amidst great cycling and motorcycling country, where cars are a rare sight on Saturday and Sunday mornings, as two-wheeled transport takes to the roads and tracks in the area. The Giro D'Italia frequently visits the area and the 2013 event passed through Guardiagrele 15 minutes away. Local drivers are particularly considerate to cyclists, recognising the prominence of the sport in Italy. We offer guided cycle and motorcycle tours, indoor parking for guests on two wheels and mountain bikes for the use of guests. Road cycles can be hired nearby.
On the 3rd weekend in June, the Maiella Fiat 500 rally comes our way, and 60 or so of these iconic Italian cars of the 1960s descend on the historic hill-top town of Casoli. Come on the first weekend in July and enjoy the annual Maiella mountain walk, a 5 hour trek across the peaks above us that's sponsored by local pasta makers, De Cecco. If music's your preference, the internationally-renowned Pescara Jazz festival in mid-July every year, is a short drive away.
Beautiful Italian buildings are to be found in nearby towns and villages.Our location makes it easy for you to be in the mountains in the morning, on the beach in the afternoon, and dine in the countryside under the stars. The Villa is an ideal retreat for couples, those who love the outdoor life and aficionados of architecture and history.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Fossacesia 30 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Abruzzo International Airport at Pescara 45 km, Nearest railway: Chieti 35 km|
|Family friendly||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|
|General||Central heating, Pool or snooker table, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||Double beds (2), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Further details indoors|
There is ample crockery, cutlery and glassware. Tea towels are provided, and picnic cool bags for days out.
We know the importance of travelling light and supply a welcome pack of essential items that includes olive oil from our own trees, to ensure that your arrival is comfortable whenever you reach us. Beach towels are also supplied, to give you extra room in your suitcase, as well as chairs and umbrellas for your days on the beach, at no extra cost.
The bedrooms include hanging space and a shoe rack in period style, dressing table and chair. There are bedside cabinets with attractive lamps. A classic chandelier provides the centrepiece in bedrooms and lounges.
The Villa is full of personal touches, from specially designed & hand-painted clothes hangers, to delightful and unexpected features in the garden .
Hallmark Christy towels are provided to complement the four piece bathroom suites, which are carefully steam-cleaned ready for your arrival .
|Further details outdoors|
There are several sitting out areas beyond your own terrace or balcony, with gazebos, a variety of outdoor tables, chairs and a swing chair, plus BBQs.
A utility room next to the apartments has washing machines, an iron and ironing board. A clothes drying rail is provided for every apartment. We provide beach towels, to give you extra space in your suitcase.
An "agroturismo" restaurant, which serves food produced almost entirely on its own land, is only 3 minutes walk from the Villa. A swimming pool, five-a-side football and a tennis court are available there for the use of our guests.
Owners, Kate and Stephen, live elsewhere in the grounds away from the apartments. They feel that living on site enables them to provide a complete holiday experience for guests, through their knowledge of the area and local events. They do their best to make guests feel at home, and to be a resource for advice and information, without being intrusive.
A non-returnable deposit of 25% is payable at the time of booking to reserve an apartment. The balance should be paid eight weeks in advance of the arrival date, together with a £150 refundable deposit against damage or soiling that requires deep cleaning.
Full terms and conditions will be emailed with the booking form.
The Marche/Abruzzo region
Abruzzo is a hidden gem, with unchanged and scarcely discovered rural areas. It is located between the Apennine mountains and the Adriatic sea, and includes three national parks, making it the largest protected area in the whole of Europe. It has miles of sandy beaches, and the small fishing port of Pescara, which has a modern upmarket town centre and is a fashionable beach resort. Abruzzo has numerous historic hilltop towns, beautiful architecture and is rich in culture, arts and crafts. Small towns often specialise in a particular craft, such as Pretoro, which is well-known for woodcrafts, and Sulmona which is famous for confetti (sugared almonds).
Attractions within easy reach include:
-the town of Chieti, built on the site of a pre-Roman settlement, whose remains can still be viewed today
- Guardiagrele, the local centre for ironmongery, which has stunning views of the surrounding landscape and distant coast from a delightful illuminated plaza
-the 15th Century city gate and baronial palace in Casalincontrada
-weekly markets in towns such as Casoli
-the vast ducal palace at Crecchio, a castle which these days is home to the Byzantine Museum of Abruzzo
-the beaches at Vasto and Fossacesia
-the fortification at Roccascalegna, which clings to the top of limestone crags that rise from the valley floor
Local food and drink is a delight, from home-made pasta served in local family restaurants to arrosticini and porchetta, which is sold from vans which pay a weekly visit to our villages.
Wildlife is in evidence everywhere; wild boar, eagles and mink are often around, as well as scops owls who call to each other in the evenings across the fields. Apennine wolves and Abruzzo brown bears can be found higher up the mountains. Wildflowers that would be the envy of Interflora grow undisturbed on Abruzzo hillsides, orchids are amongst them. Fireflies make the night sky twinkle from April to June, sometimes beyond. Enjoy the constellations in the night sky, unhindered by light pollution and watch the late evening moon rise gloriously over nearby Casoli.
People in Abruzzo's rural areas are wonderfully warm and friendly, with an openness and honesty that is seldom found among the urban sophistication of more developed places.
Abruzzo's weather is difficult to beat, with sunny days and comfortable temperatures almost all year round. It has the ideal balance between warmth and freshness in elevated areas like Palombaro.
Lanciano is 25 minutes from our nearest town, Palombaro, a hill-top settlement of only 1,131 inhabitants, which sits 536 metres above sea level.
It has spectacular views and is at the foot of the 2,252 meter high Martellese Mountain, one of the highest in the Maiella range. Palombaro was the Italian location for the 2011 film, “Lost in Italy,” featuring Ray Winstone. The beautiful church of the Assumption, first built in 1561,appears in the wedding scene.
The valley walls of Palombaro are host to numerous caves. The Cave (Grotta) of St. Angelo can be found just a few kilometres away inside the remains of a medieval church, whilst the amazing Grotta del Cavallone, reached by cable car and complete with stalactites, is also nearby.
It is only 45 minutes to the ski resorts of Passo Lanciano and Roccaraso
Lanciano, 25 km away, is sedate, relaxing and brimming with examples of great architecture, like the Basilica of Santa Maria del Ponte, which houses an 8th century statue of the Madonna.
During the festival season in August there are artistic and cultural events all over, including traditional music, modern tribute bands and fashion shows by teenagers, where there is the opportunity to learn local dances and try all kinds of food produced in the area. Other annual events include a walk through the Maiella mountains sponsored by world famous pasta makers De Cecco, and a Fiat 500 car rally in June. Olive picking at the beginning of November offers the opportunity to see the local press (frantoio) in action and sample a variety of oils.
The area has a significant place in WWII military history. It is close to the Gustav and Bernhardt lines, and the site of the Battle of Ortona in December 1943. Evidence of the conflicts of the time can be found in the form of bullet holes in some of Palombaro's buildings.
Villa Maieletta is in the hamlet of Limiti, 4 kilometres from Palombaro. “Festa” time here includes the Sant'Antonio festa 2 minutes walk away and the beer festival, centred around the De Vitis grocery store. The family-run store provides a unique service for such a tiny place as Limiti, and is a hive of activity owned by the amazing Maria, which includes a bar, hardware store and petrol pumps. An "agroturismo" restaurant, which serves food produced almost entirely on its own land, is only 3 minutes walk from the Villa. A swimming pool, five-a-side football and a tennis court are available there for the use of our guests.
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25 Feb 2014
"Best place to stay in Chieti, Pescara, Abruzzo"
Villa Maieletta is not just a holiday apartment but a Home to all the travelers out there. Kate & Stephen really make you feel like you are a family member from Day 1 and try to introduce you all the … More
8 Dec 2013
"A fab holiday for those who enjoy beautiful scenery."
It was my first time here in Abruzzi, not quite knowing what to expect found the mountain area really enjoyable. There are some lovely villages around to visit Casoli, Palombaro, Pennapiedimonte, Chie… More
26 Nov 2013
"Peaceful, picturesque, rustic, very relaxing!"
We stayed for a week in October. Upon our arrival, although late in the evening, we were welcomed warmly by Kate and Stephen. We stayed in the Amaro Apartment which is absolutely gorgeous, roomy and c… More
8 Oct 2013
"Great location, Spacious apartment would recommend"
We have stayed in the area a few times and I must say this villa has been laid out to provide really good living space, feeling spacious and extremely well equipped, absolutely everything you could ne… More
7 Oct 2013
"Excellent place to explore the region from"
We stayed for 12 nights at Villa Maieletta and were welcomed heartily by Stephen and Kate. The villa is very well equipped with all the usual utilities in the kitchen and some extra touches that you d… More
15 Aug 2013
"Sorry but i could not do it in 1 sentence it would not do Villa Maieletta justice... please see my husbands poem below"
Having spent in 5 weeks travelling in Italy, it was wonderful coming to Villa Maieletta and to meet Stephen and Kate, our hosts for 5 nights. Before meeting them they already made us feel so welcome,… More
30 Jul 2013
"Sumptuous views, dramatic hikes and perfect hosts"
The owners, Stephen and Kate, were waiting to receive us on our arrival in 35 degrees of Italian summer and welcomed us with a cold beer each. They remained the perfect hosts thereafter, providing adv… More
30 Jul 2013
"Wonderfull Countryside, friendly poeple, good cycling and running routes"
If you cycle take care you have the right gearing for the hills, owners very helpfull if you need to hire bikes. Shop close by sells bread and milk and almost all you will need, supermarket not far to… More
28 May 2013
"Italian tranquility with great cycling, scenery and unspoilt landscapes"
Villa Maieletta was a great experience in all respects, the accommodation is lovely in all respects, the location is secluded with great access to the surrounding area by car or cycle or walking. For… More
10 Jun 2012
"The perfect place to relax and meet the locals!"
A fantastic setting on the hillside with terrific views and a wonderful welcome from the owners Kate and Stephen (and their two Thai cats). If you are looking for a holiday that provides relaxation in… More
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