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The Martellese

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Excellent 5/5 Score from 14 reviews

Sleep in classic splendour

Apartment | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 30 km
  • Not suitable for children
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed

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.

The Martellese, at Villa Maieletta, sits in rolling hills with the dramatic backdrop of the Maiella Mountain range in the Maiella National Park. The Villa is on a quiet country lane close to the historic hill-top town of Palombaro, with unrivalled views of the Abruzzo landscape. It is the most elevated apartment at the Villa and takes full advantage of the views with balconies on three sides, which offer a variety of spectacular vistas from a shady spot at any time of day. The bedroom looks out towards olive groves and the Maiella mountains beyond them. The bedroom environment is delightful, with the finest imported Indian 400 count cotton sheets, white goose down pillows, and embroidered damask bedspreads. An exotic bed canopy completes the scene.

A well-equipped newly fitted modern kitchen, in rustic style, provides a pleasurable environment for food preparation and eating. It is combined with a comfortable lounge and sitting area. We offer packed lunches and vegetarian evening meals, by arrangement.

Live the Italian life. Experience and enjoy the rhythms of rural Italy 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 a wild boar festival in Pennapiedimonte, Chilli Pepper weekend, the Beer Festival in Limiti (1km down the road) and musical events that extend into September in historic Lanciano. Enjoy one of our Shabby Chic workshops in Autumn or join us for an olive harvesting holiday in November, when you can pick your own olives and return home with the oil from the fruits of your labours. 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're situated amidst great cycling, motorcycling and walking country, and offer guided road cycle tours, MTB rides along the historic WWII Gustav Line or Adriatic coast. Mountain bikes are available for the use of guests, and road cycles can be hired nearby. The Giro D'Italia frequently visits the area. Organised tours are also available by chauffer-driven classic car or motor cycle (including bike rental). The area has a significant place in military history, being close to the Gustav & Bernhardt lines, and the site of the Battle of Ortona. Evidence of the conflicts of the time can be found in the form of bullet holes in some of Palombaro's buildings.

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 July is a short drive away.

Combine a holiday in our stunning location with on-site English language tuition from Kate and Stephen, who are experienced teachers and text book authors.

End the year here with the most peaceful Christmas ever; see village corner nativities, seasonal markets and moonlit snowy mountains. If you prefer a winter skiing break at the Villa, the ski resorts of Passo Lanciano and Roccaraso, where the World Junior Ski Championships were held recently, are less than an hour away. Villa Maieletta offers a quieter, cheaper and more varied ski holiday experience from beyond the resort villages.

At Villa Maieletta you can 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 2, 1 bedrooms
Nearest beach Fossacesia 30 km
Will consider Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month)
Access Car advised
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, Staffed property
General Central heating, Pool or snooker table, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine
Rooms 1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture Double beds (1), Dining seats for 2, Lounge seats for 3
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ, Bicycles available
Access Secure parking
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 to ensure that your arrival is comfortable whenever you reach us. Beach towels are also supplied, to give you extra room in your suitcase.

The bedroom includes 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 both the bedroom and lounge. The apartment features a host of personal touches, including specially designed & hand-painted clothes hangers.

Hallmark Christy towels are provided to complement the four piece bathroom suite, which is carefully steam-cleaned ready for your arrival.

Further details outdoors

Furniture is provided for each outdoor sitting area.

A utility room next to the apartments has washing machines, an iron and ironing board. A clothes drying rail is provided for every apartment. Beach towels are supplied, to give you extra room 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.

Further details

Smokers are welcome provided that they smoke outside.

About this location

The 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.


Palombaro is a hill-top town with a mere 1,131 inhabitants, which sits 536 metres above sea level. It boasts spectacular views over the Valley dell'Avello and is at the foot of the 2,252 metre high Martellese Mountain, one of the highest in the Maiella range. Palombaro was the Italian location for the 2011 film, “Lost in Italy,” which features Ray Winstone and Glen Murphy. The beautiful church of the Assumption, which dates back to 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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26 Oct 2014


"Een prachtige plek om het Majella nationaal park te bezoeken"

Halverwege in een dal niet ver van Palombaro ligt Villa Maieletta. Prachtig gelegen, met aan de ene kant een uitzicht over het dal en verderop op de top van een heuvel Palombaro. Aan de ander kant een… More

4 Aug 2014


"Arrived as guests and left as friends"

In a truly gorgeous setting, the Villas are maintained to a high standard with all the mod cons you need and many additional ones you just need to ask for. Stephen and Kate are simply wonderful, the c… More

8 Jun 2014


"A special place"

We wanted to relax and enjoy beautiful surroundings, and this was the place! Stunning scenery with green hills, ancient hilltop towns, snow capped peaks, olive groves, swooping birds, flowers and herb… More

8 Sep 2013


"Ospitalità e gentilezza"

Non conoscevo l'entroterra abruzzese ma solo la costa.A Villa Maieletta ho trovato un ambiente sereno, gentile, ospitale, con ampia libertà di movimento ma anche momenti di piacevole condivision… More

27 Aug 2013


"A beautiful apartment in a beautiful location."

A beautiful apartment with a real touch of luxury. Everything had been thought about by the owners including the very useful arrival pack. Kate and Stephen were extremely helpful and went out of their… More

28 Jul 2013


"Fantastic place run by lovely people"

The Martellese apartment was just what we were hoping for, immaculate, well maintained and equipped with everything we needed for a week's stay. Kate and Stephen were warm, knowledgable and enthu… More

18 Jun 2013


"Fantastic views, brilliant accommodation, a lovely 'taste of Italy'."

Had a lovely week, ideal location for cycling enthusiasts, or just a quiet place if you need to just chill out and de-stress. Excellent hosts, Kate and Stephen. … More

1 Jun 2013


"Bset of all worlds"

I stayed at Villa Maileitta in May to see some of the Giro and ride out with my son. I find it located excellently for the mountains or the sea and we achieved both by bike. The owners Stephen and Kat… More

26 May 2013


"Enjoy the peace and amazing mountain views from your balcony"

We stayed in May, which was off season but still lovely and warm-warm enough to have every meal outside on the balcony. The apartment was well equipped and the bedroom beautifully decorated. Ideal for… More

21 Oct 2012


"A good base for exploring by road cycle"

Villa Maieletta is in a quiet corner location with great views of the Majella Massif. It is well located for a bike ride up the Giro d'Itallia giant Blockhaus and for road cyling around the local… More

Review 1-10 of 14

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