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Apartment / 1 bedrooms / sleeps 2
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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 Cavallone, 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 easily accessed apartment at the Villa and benefits from a huge 80 square metre sun terrace which has superb panoramic views. After dark the terrace doubles as an outdoor observatory, providing a wonderful window on the night sky.
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. The bedroom looks out on a hundred year old olive tree and the elevated town of Palombaro, with the Maiella mountains as a backdrop.
The four piece bathroom comes complete with a spacious walk-in shower and Hallmark Christy towels.
A well-equipped modern kitchen, provides an adequate and roomy area 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 leisure room; 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 every 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. If you're interested in buying a house in the area we can guide you on that as well, using the experiences we've gained and what we've learned.
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. Perfect, too, for your honeymoon hideaway or a romantic short break.
|Size||Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Fossacesia 30 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Abruzzo International Airport at Pescara 45 km, Nearest railway: Chieti 35 km|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, Staffed property|
|Pool||Shared outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Central heating, Pool or snooker table, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||Double beds (1), Dining seats for 2, Lounge seats for 2|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Shared outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Access||Secure parking, Suitable for people with restricted mobility, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
|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, which opens directly onto the sun terrace, 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 bedroom centrepiece, with an exotic canopy over the antique bed to give complete night time comfort.
The apartment is full of personal touches, including specially designed & hand-painted clothes hangers.
The bathroom features a spacious walk-in shower, together with hallmark Christy towels, and is carefully steam-cleaned ready for your arrival.
The elevated sun terrace, at 80 sq. m, offers a huge external space exclusively available to the Cavallone.
|Further details outdoors|
A range of outdoor furniture is provided on the sun terrace; there are enough tables and chairs for small or larger groups, loungers and Thai-style cushions, which offer many options. A gazebo, covered area and ancient olive tree present a choice of shade to go with the sunny spots.
A utility room next to the apartments has washing machines, iron and ironing board. A clothes drying rail is provided for every apartment.
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.
Smokers are welcome provided that they smoke outside.
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, “Lords of London,” 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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1 Aug 2012
"Fantastic apartment with fantastic hosts"
From the initial contact to our final departure, everything was superb. All our questions about the area and transport were answered even before we booked. On arrival, we received a warm welcome with drinks and nibbles on the terrace. The apartment far exceeded our expectations. The bed was so comfortable, the furnishings top class. Lots of little extras. A nice bottle of wine, milk, water, tea bags and coffee to get us started. The views from our private terrace were amazing. It was so relaxing, we felt so at home. Stephen and Kate were always on hand to give us advice on where to eat, shop, etc. and were a mine of information. And the people in the village so friendly. Maria from the local store and bar welcomed us warmly. The area is fantastic, it was our first visit to Abruzzo and it was everything we had read about. Great area for walking and the coast is about half an hour away. We ate at the Agriturismo, a couple of minutes walk away, and the food was lovely. Didn't go swimming in the pool there but it looked great. We visited lots of lovely villages close by all surrounded by the beautiful hills and lakes. A feast for the eyes wherever you go. You need a car to appreciate the area. We would certainly recommend it and can't wait to return.
26 Sep 2011
"Villa Maieletta - A place of Natural beauty"
A wonderful place in the most serene setting. Easy to get to local villages, which is a must if you want see the real Italy (just like the website says). The service was fantastic by people I would love to call friends. Can't wait to go back, I am dreaming of it already and I have only been home 2 weeks. Can't get enough of it I really need to go back.
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