Apartment | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 5
As you enter the grounds of Casa Bianca, you encounter an expansive and secluded courtyard, ideal to relax in and soak up the sights and sounds of a traditional farming community. Inside, the property comprises of a spacious lounge, bathroom, office area, providing detailed tourist information, and 2 bedrooms. The well-equipped kitchen is modern and yet the log fire gives it a traditional feel.
The kitchen opens, through French doors, onto an attractive patio area, surrounded by palms and mature trees. As you watch the sun rays stroke the rolling hills, this is a perfect place for outside dining. The 2 acre grounds also include a D.O.C. vineyard, olive grove and fruit orchard. From here, you can admire spectacular views of both the Gran Sasso and Maiella mountain ranges. There is the possibility of fresh, organic fruit and vegetables from the garden, and grape and olive picking.
High speed, wi-fi internet, unlimited access.
|Size||Sleeps up to 5, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Pineto and Pescara 25 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||300 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Pescara 30 km, Nearest railway: Pescara 30 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (3), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors||
The kitchen includes a large selection of utensils, including coffee makers, tea pot, corkscrew, plug adaptors, blenders and juicer, plus a TV and DVD player. On arrival, you will receive a welcome pack, which contains a bottle of wine and items for your first evening meal and breakfast the following morning. There is high speed internet, with unlimited access, for up to 9 PCs/devices.
The accommodation is on the ground floor. The south-facing aspect means that the apartment receives a lot of natural sunlight. The family size bedroom has a kingsize and single bed, whilst the second bedroom contains 2 single beds. A cot and playpen are also available. All the floors are tiled. The thick walls and double window shutters allow the property to be cool in summer and warm in winter.
|Further details outdoors||
The property and 2 acre grounds are ideally positioned on the edge of a small village, surrounded by vineyards, olive groves and farms. It is very private and secluded, yet within easy reach of a wide variety of attractions and past-times.
The grounds include a vineyard (500 montepulciano vines), olive grove (100 trees), vegetable gardens and fruit orchard. In addition, there are many fruit trees on the land, including fig, cherry, pomegranate, orange, persimmon, apricot and loquat.
There is ample parking space for at least 4 cars. There are a selection of garden chairs, sun loungers and outside tables, together with a hammock in the fruit orchard. There is also an outdoor pizza oven.
From the grounds, you can see miles of marvellous countryside, rolling hills and local villages and towns, such as Penne, Loreto and Chieti. In the background, there are fantastic views of the Gran Sasso and Maiella mountain ranges.
The owners live in a separate part of the property and so are available for assistance.
If your visit will include searching for, or purchasing, a property in the area, there are various ways in which we may be able to assist you. Please email us (see 'contact owner' below), or see our website for further details.
PETS VERY WELCOME – we are extremely dog (and other pet) friendly. There is a large area around the property, including a spacious courtyard, with is completely enclosed, with 2 gates and fencing. We have a large garage, which contains a kennel, plus there is another kennel built into the side of the house. We can provide food bowls, dog toys and even doggie treats. We lost our little dog, Stella (a great friend to all our guests), summer 2011, and we would be very happy to share the company of our guests pets.
The Marche/Abruzzo region
Abruzzo is known as the 'green region of Europe', with over a third of it's surface protected. In the 4 national parks, the uncontaminated landscape goes from excessive to majestic. At 2912m, Corno Grande, in the Gran Sasso range, is the highest of the Abruzzo mountains. There are 17 ski resorts in the region and the slopes are said to be central Italy's finest. The close network of regional and state nature reserves ensure that the natural world of Abruzzo is well-protected and can be enjoyed by sport and nature lovers.
There are 133km of golden beaches, creeks and cliffs, running along a coast lined with pinewoods, dotted with towns and backed by green hills. It is the only stretch of European coastline to have 7 seaside resorts in the same province – Teramo – all awarded the blue flag, for clean bathing water. The wide sandy beaches, shallow water and amenities make it ideal for children. Within an hours drive from Casa Bianca, 'Onda Blu', central Italy's biggest waterpark, provides a full and entertaining day out for all the family.
All in all, Abruzzo has something for everyone: - nature, mountains, beach, gastronomy, art, architecture, local crafts, museums, folklore, sport and above all, DIVERSITY.
In addition to all this, Rome can be reached in about 2 1/2 hours by car. Here, you can experience a spectacular day out, soaking up the culture, history and art, buying designer clothes in the huge array of fantastic shops, or simply enjoying the atmosphere of one of Europe's most cosmopolitan and stylish cities.
Whatever the season or weather, there is always something to do and see in this area, making it an ALL YEAR ROUND holiday destination. Casa Bianca, in the province of Teramo, sits between the 2 medieval villages of Castilenti and Elice. Local shops, bars, restaurants, a swimming pool and health farm are all within walking distance.
This is a wine region, famous for Montepulciano and Trebbiano wines. After a 5 minute drive, you will reach an award-winning cantina, where you can sample and buy wine made from our vines, as well as the vineyards covering the local hills. In the many local restaurants, you can enjoy freshly prepared, local produce, at fantastic value for money.
Only 20-30 minutes drive away, larger towns are situated, such as Atri, Penne and Loreto Aprutino. All the towns and villages host festivals, where you have the opportunity to sample local wine and food specialities, listen to a diverse variety of music and enjoy spectacular firework displays. The area’s artistic and architectural heritage offers a wide section of precious works of art, castles and churches, spread right across the region.
Atri and Penne are surrounded by nature reserves, including a WWF eduacational centre. The area within and around Penne Lake is home to about 160 species of birds and many types of fish. Within an hour of Casa Bianca, the first of Abruzzo's National Parks can be reached, where Marsicano brown bears, Apennine wolves and chamois all reside. Ski-ing, cross-country ski-ing, canoeing, cycling and hiking can all be enjoyed here.
In the other direction, the long sandy beaches of Pineto and Pescara can be found, 30km from Casa Bianca. Pescara boasts many fine restaurants and shops, as well as the largest tourist harbour on the Adriatic. Daily boat trips depart from here. Windsurfing, fishing, diving and sailing are easily available. Pescara provides good nightlife, including many music festivals. The warm and friendly atmosphere makes it appealing to people of all ages. Pineto is known for the shady pinewoods which separate the beach from the town. It is a modern and fascinating beach area, ideal for those who love the calm of another era.