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.
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14 Mar 2012
"Great place to stay"
We stayed at Casa Bianca with our two year old and had a very relaxing time. We wanted to get to know the area and found Tracy and Pete (the owners) extremely friendly and helpful in all ways. The beach is only 25 minutes away and our two year old loved it as the main holiday season was over and so the beaches were deserted but there were still lots of the trampolines and outside toys still there for him to play on. The weather at this time of year was great for a young child. The drive from Rome was easy (we had to fly into Rome rather than Pescara) and we found the property easily from the directions even though there was an enormous rain storm and it was dark!! The apartment is in a perfect location for exploring the villages and near enough to the beach if you want a dip! This is definitely a place to relax in as there are very few things in the immediate vicinity and you definitely need a car. I would definitely recommend this to people who want a basic clean base from which to explore the area and Tracy and Pete are a wealth of information and are always glad to help.
13 Mar 2012
"A perfect family holiday"
As long as you have a car you could not have a better family holiday.
The accommodation is perfect and has everything you could need.
There is even a great courtyard for sitting out, eating out and playing footaball or tennis.
The wander down to the local village shop gives you the true Itailan experience.
Within an hour you can be in the most amazing mountains in Europe, with no tourism and plenty of hillwalking opportunities, waterfalls, wildlife and snow even in May.
Our boys love it and this will be the 3rd year we have returned.
After a few days in Abruzzo mountains, travel down the coast south for some time at the beaches.
5 Jan 2012
"Holidays in beautiful Italian countryside"
We were looking for a quiet apartment in beautiful Italian countryside with a garden, nice views, good possibility for walks, some historic towns nearby and if possible the sea within easy reach by ca… More
4 Jan 2012
"Lovely place to stay in an unspoiled part of Italy"
This was a great base from which to explore Abruzzo. Centrally located and with every convenience. The accomodation was very well appointed and comfortable. We had a great stay and were made very welcome by the owners.
The cooking facilities were excellent and the owners were on hand to give advice and pointers on the best palces to visit and to shop.
4 Jan 2012
"Loved this peaceful, well equipped, stunning location."
We had a fabulous stay at Casa Bianca. The property is extremely well looked after, spotlessly clean and very comfortable. The kitchen is very well equipped - the only thing missing is a dishwasher. it was fabulous to have breakfast outside in the patio at the side of the property and dinner in the large courtyard at the front. Loads of space inside and out. The owners Tracey and Pete were extremely pleasant and not pushy and enormously helpful with ample written information about the local area of things to do, places to eat, all of which were superb, and where to buy the local wine (Montepulciano and Trebianno, which was excellent and very cheap! It is a very relaxing place to go to with good access, with a car, to beaches, shops etc. Don't recommend the drive from Rome, if possible fly to Pescara it is much nearer.
4 Jan 2012
"Very comfortable apartment with lovely hosts in very scenic area"
We have been 5 times and have had some exceptional holidays. The apartment is very clean and spacious and Tracy and Pete are very accomodating. The sea, the mountains and many medeival towns and villages scattered about this beautiful area are all within reach. Numerous local restaurants in the area serve good food at very reasonable prices. Last but not least, San Lorenzo vinyard produces very good wine locally from the cheapest to the very expensive if you want to splash out. Casa Bianca is highly recommended.
3 Jan 2012
"A wonderful location for so much..."
..to sightsee, house hunt, ski or beach all in the same day. This location is central to them all and Casa Bianca is a charming accommodation with everything you want, even Stella the dog to take you for walks! Comfortable and spacious with Tracey on hand if need her, but also lots of information in the apartment. We enjoyed the local area, so much we actually now live nearby and continue to discover more and more about the beauty of the place.
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