Villa | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
The Villa stands in 7 acres of beautiful, rural Italian farmland with many types of young trees: cherry, olive, plum, peach, walnut, almond and weeping willow with a 9 hole golf course surrounding the villa. Once you navigate the half kilometer driveway from the single track road, you will see the cherry trees on your left and a beautiful view to the right which over looks the valley and the river. As you approach the villa, the pool and patio to the left. Beyond the villa to the left is the garage/storeroom behind which is the carpark and to the right is the barn and old chicken coup.
The pool is 8x4metres surrounded by a large patio area, lounging beside which is thoroughly recommended with a Peroni or glass of wine. This patio area really comes into it's own during the hot summer months. A pool pump house contains loungers and pool toys, adjacant is a solar heated pool shower. The garage storeroom is primarily for garden tools but also contains a washing machine, a table football and a selection of ball games.
From Spring 2013, a 9 hole golf course will be available for use by the guests. Due to climatic conditions it is not practicable to maintain decent greens, therefore it is recommended to use winter rules (a club length to the flag is considered 'in'). With 150 metre drives and rough terrain you will find it very challenging but alot of fun! a half set of clubs and balls are avaialable.
There's also a working pizza oven and outside wash basin. There is wildlife attraction; a barn owl, lizards are plentiful, frogs and toads can be heard, but rarely seen and magical fire flies at certain times of year.
Villa Degna is also a great location for spring or winter breaks. The magnificent scenery of the snow capped Appenini Mountains and the cosy wood burning fire make it ideal for a short break during the spring/winter months.
For those who are keen skiers, there is an abundance of high quality ski resorts all within an hours drive from Villa Degna. This is one of Abruzzo's best kept secrets! Passo Lanciano, Roccaraso and Campo Imperatore just to name a few of the well equipped resorts enjoyed by many Italians. If skiing is not for you, simply walking and taking in the fresh mountain air will regenerate and refresh you. Coffee Al Fresco in the winter sunshine is highly reccomended as are the many local restaurants offering traditional home made Abruzzesi dishes!
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Silvi/Pineto 30 km|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Pescara 40 km, Nearest railway: Pescara 40 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Table tennis|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
The kitchen includes a large selection of crockery and utensils, including kettle, breadmachine,coffeepot, plug adaptors.
Highchair and Stairgate.
Double sofa bed on the mezzanine.
Wood burning stove, central heating, heated towel rail in each bathroom/shower room.
|Further details outdoors|
The villa stands in 7 acres of garden, with many types of young trees: cherry, olive, plum, peach, walnut, almond and weeping willow.
There is plenty of car parking space behind the gaarage/storeroom
The pool is 8x4 metres surrounded by a large patio area.
The pool has a summer cover and a pool solar shower.
Pool pump house contains loungers amd pool toys.
Mosaic Table & 6 chairs, Wooden seat, BBQ, Pizza oven.
Outdoor lounge seating comprisong of two seater settee, two chairs and coffee table.
The Marche/Abruzzo region
Abruzzo, set between the Appenine mountains and the Adriatic sea, is known as the 'green region of Europe', with over a third of it's surface protected.
4 National Parks, high picks for trekking (Gran Sasso), skiing resorts (Maiella mountain and Campo Imperatore), sandy and stone beaches (Pineto, Torre di Cerrano and S.Vito Chietino), lots of medieval towns on top of hills, handicrafts, museums and a lot more. Local produces such as 'arrosticini' (skewered barbecued mutton), truffles, cheese (pecorino), hand-made pasta, liquors (ratafia, genziana, centreba), saffron and of course the Montepulciano D'Abruzzo and the Trebbiano white wine make it special from the "food and wine/enogastronomic" point of view!
In addition to all this, its central position makes it easy to reach Rome (about 2 1/2 hours by car) and you could extend your holiday to Croatia taking the ferry from Pescara!
Villa Degna is approximately 40Kms north west of Pescara, set relatively high (300m), into the agricultural heartland of Abruzzo.
It's general location being between Penne and Teramo just off the SS81. It is perfectly situated in idyllic countryside. Only 2 kms away lies the small village of Piane where the are several shops including a supermarket, café and fresh fruit and veg shop and even a bank, a baby's clothing shop and ladies shoe shop. A further short distance away lies Cesi, which has a larger (cheaper) supermarket, with an excellent butcher, bar, pizzeria, fruit & veg shop and a florist. There are also many excellent quality restaurants in the local vicinity.
Nearby Castiglione M.R. (15" drive) has additional shops, including an excellent butchers and fresh pasta shop, as well as a bank and post office. Also, Penne (15" drive) has a good range of shops and a lovely old medieval section.
The sandy beaches of the Adriatic are just 30-40 minutes from our villa. Abruzzo has a very long coast line of pine-fringed, clean, sandy beaches that stretch for more than 15 miles. The shallow, warm waters of the Adriatic are ideal for safe family bathing (keep in mind Torre di Cerrano beach!).
Nearby is Pescara, a modern city with a full range of facilities including an outstanding international airport and a large tourist marina, considered to be one of the best marinas in Italy.
You can reach the Gran Sasso & Maiella National Parks in just 40 minutes. The National Parks cover one-third of the territory of Abruzzo, so there is an abundance of walks and trails of various lengths and levels of difficulty. You can enjoy majestic mountain scenery with a wide variety of flora and fauna, and, if you are lucky, you may spot a wild bear, wolf or chamois.
Possible walks and visits:
- Atri and the Calachi reserve;
- tour of Loreto Aprutino and Penne;
- Castelli and its surroundings - pottery and high mountains;
- Calderone glacier (the southernmost glacier in Europe);
- Along the sheep-track;
- Monastries and Hermitages;
- the capital of the region: L'Aquila;