Casa la Rocca
Apartment | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Casa La Rocca is a lovely reconstructed farmhouse standing at the southern end of the Sulmona valley.
The house and attached apartment are set within quiet fields, orchards and vineyards and enjoy tremendous views in all directions of the surrounding mountains and national parks. It's a great place for a peaceful holiday in magnificent countryside and yet within a few kilometres of the market town of Sulmona and the beautiful old hilltop village of Pettorano Sul Gizio.
Accommodating outdoor enthusiasts is our speciality. We love to help walkers, cyclists, skiers, climbers and naturalists get the very most out of their trip to this wonderful region. Stuart, one of the owners, is the author of 'Walking in Abruzzo', published by Cicerone Press in July 2011.
But catering for those seeking a less active holiday is an equal pleasure - the tranquility and heat of the valley often prove irresistably suited to a day of lounging in the hammock, eating, reading and sipping the house red made from our own Montepulciano grapes.
The apartment is situated on one level at the back of the main house. It has its own entrance through french windows that lead into the kitchen / living room. A shady porch runs the length of the back.
Outside is a private terrace shaded by mature trees that offer a welcome respite from the summer heat. This creates a lovely spot for dining al fresco whilst enjoying the views. Guests also have exclusive use of the large back balcony of the house, with loungers and a shady pergola.
Although perfect for a small family or goup of friends, Casa La Rocca is equally suited as a quiet retreat for a couple or two friends. We are pleased to offer a discount on weekly bookings for one or two people only.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Pescara 60 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||4 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Pescara 60 km, Nearest railway: Sulmona 7 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||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Fridge, Freezer|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
The kitchen / living area is fully fitted with a dining table seating four, a two seater sofa and two easy chairs, TV / DVD / CD player, games and a library of local information and attractions. Detailed walking advice and maps are available from the owners who have extensive knowledge of the Abruzzo mountains.
There are two bedrooms. One has a double bed and sunny french windows which look out over the land whilst the other has twin beds which can be made up into a double if desired. The view from this bedroom extends towards Sulmona and the mountains of the Grand Sasso beyond.
The apartment balcony is gained by an external spiral staircase. There are sun loungers and a shady pergola for when you want to escape the heat but still enjoy the elevated views.
A travel cot and high chair are available if required.
The bathroom contains a shower cubicle and bidet. A shower seat is available if required.
Wi-fi internet access is available and a washing machine can be used in the main house.
The apartment also has beach towels, sun shades and a cool box available for guests.
|Further details outdoors|
The house is accessed down a long drive with fields either side. Pets are welcome and guests are free to enjoy all of the outside area including our pizza oven and fountain, field, vineyard and orchard. The whole valley can be explored either on foot or by bike directly from the apartment.
The apartment and surrounds are suitable for people with mild to moderate mobility issues. There is one small step down into the living room and the shower room has seating but is not wheelchair accessible. The staircase to the balcony may not be suitable for some disabilities.
The Marche/Abruzzo region
Despite its central location and proximity to Rome, Abruzzo is one of Italy's least known regions. A spectacular and harmonious blend of high snowy mountains, grassy plains and forested canyons; of hillside olive groves, vineyards and long sandy beaches. Its natural riches protected in three national parks, one regional park and many smaller reserves. Thousands of years of history reflected in a multitude of abandoned castles, hilltop villages, ancient farmsteads and sheep droves; splendid abbeys, silent churches and remote mountain hermitages.
It's a wonderful place to get to know. The Abruzzese are resourceful, respectful and welcoming people - one eye on their global future but a very firm sense of their history and tradition. The wild and high Appenine ridges form the grain of the land and are the home to marvellous plants and animals - golden eagles, wolves, Marsican bears, chamois and lynx. The highest peaks in Italy outside of the Alps are here, their slopes supporting a host of ski resorts and an extensive network of summer trekking amd mountain biking trails. The mountains fall to the Adriatic , the intervening hills covered in vines, olives and orchards, the coastline itself developed with seaside resorts offering warm, safe bathing and sun shades and loungers as far as the eye can see.
A blend of mountain robustness and simplicity, fertile hill country and the riches of the sea have produced a fine and varied regional gastronomy - pasta, lamb, pecorino cheese and fish dishes known throughout Italy and the characteristic Montepulciano d'Abruzzo red wine.
This is our 'baker's dozen' of top places to visit from Casa La Rocca:
• Calascio and Rocca Calascio - simply the best castle and view in Abruzzo
• Campo Imperatore - a high mountain plateau - wild, vast, magnificent
• Sulmona - the beautiful town just down the road and centre of the valley - cycle in on market day!
• Corno Grande - take the cable car to help you on your way to the highest point in Italy outside of the Alps
• Passo San Leonardo - the high point of the mountain road across the Maiella
• Pettorano Sul Gizio - our ancient and quite delightful hill top commune - take an hour or two and walk up
• Lago Scanno - a cool swim in the mountains with a wonderful view and the lovely old village nearby
• Pescara - the authentic Italian beach experience and big town shopping - why not take the train?
• Roccaraso - the main ski resort of the Appenines, Lots of runs for everyone and 25 minutes away
• Pescocostanzo - a suprisingly unusual village - take bikes on the back of the car and cycle back down!
• Anversa degli Abruzzi and Castrovalva - enchanting twin villages in the Sagittario gorge - do the walk between the two
• The Fara San Martino Gorge - an adventurous exploration on the edge of the Maiella - a squeeze to get in!
• Passo di Godi - small scale, cheap and friendly family skiing in a lovely spot - downhill, cross-country or tubing!
There are many local village festas throughout the summer months and, at the end of July, the international jousting festival takes place over two weeks in Sulmona - a colourful and spectacular nightime pageant. And, whilst in Sulmona, browse the many shops offering the town's speciality - brightly coloured displays of sugared almonds, the original confetti.
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20 Nov 2013
i cannot recommend highly enough Casa la Roca. The apartment is very clean and private with everything one would need. The hospitality shown by Hilary and Stuart was beyond compare. This was our se… More
24 Oct 2013
"We wish we had booked for a longer visit!"
Our only complaint about Casa la Rocca is that we did not stay long enough. We enjoyed 4 nights in this very comfortable and beautiful location. The apartment was the most comfortable place of our 6… More
13 Jul 2013
We came to Abruzzo for the walking and to look at the wild flowers and both exceeded our expectations. It is an unspoilt part of Italy, little English is spoken, so brush up on your Italian before you come! However Stuart and Hilary were there to help (such as booking restaurants), and Stuart also advised us in our walks. Nothing was too much trouble for Stuart and Hilary, and the wine from their own vineyard was excellent!! The apartment was very comfortable and well appointed - the shower was much better than our at home! We ate out on the terrace almost the whole time, sometimes to the sound of the Nightingale. An all round fabulous holiday, highly recommended.
24 Jun 2013
"Off the Beaten Track"
We stayed two weeks in May at Casa La Rocca. Superb day walks and amazing wild flower meadows. The accommodation was very comfortable, quiet and well equipped with wonderful all round views, yet conv… More
30 Sep 2012
"Excellent accommodation in an beautiful region"
We were keen to explore parts of Abruzzo on foot. Cicerone has recently published a walking book of the region, so what could be better than staying at the villa owned by the author of the book? We en… More
24 Sep 2012
"We loved our time at LaRocca."
The Abruzzo, with its whole series of mountain ranges and its numerous picturesque hill villages, is (for the English, not the Romans) a bit out of the way but that's just the way we like it. We … More
31 Aug 2012
"Perfect location in Abruzzo mountains near Sulmona"
The mountain views in every direction and the peaceful location made this a perfect place to relax on the terrace of the apartment.
We stayed at Casa La Rocca at the beginning of August after spending 5 days on the coast at Villa Turchino. The contrast between beach and mountains worked well. We did less walking than we had planned because of the temperature but found Casa La Rocca perfect for visiting Sulmona, which is really impressive and several hill villages.
The welcome and advice on places to visit from the owner were particularly good. We intend to return, probably during a different season, to attempt some of the many walks.
21 Apr 2012
"Beautiful location, very peaceful"
We've just come back from a week at Casa la Rocca and I can safely say it has been one of the most beautiful locations we have stayed in. Very accessible from Rome and to the Adriatic coast.
The apartment had everything we needed (very well equpiped with staple groceries and sharp kitchen knives!) Stuart and Hil were wonderful hosts full of information and suggestions on where to go.
We will hope to return when our boys are a bit bigger so we can attempt some proper mountain walking.
13 Nov 2011
"Best Italian Holiday Ever"
We're writing this review a little tentatively as one of Abruzzo selling points, in our opinion, is that it does not attract the crowds in the same way other, better known regions of Italy do. It's utterly astonishing this should be so when you consider how beautiful it is (why are we telling people this??!!!). We frequently holiday in Italy but would rate this one as our best yet, in term of location, variety of things to do, scenery, food, climate etc.. The apartment is set in an ideal location on the outskirts of Sulmona close at hand for mountains, history and, after a bit of a drive, the sea. Our hosts, Stuart and Hilary were everything you'd want, on hand with helpful advice, maps, guide books, even homemade wine and impromptu mountain guiding. We did quite a few walks from Stuart's Walking in Abbruzzo book and would recommend investing in a copy before you go. This went down as one of our all time favourite holidays and if you're more into the quieter, slower -paced Italy we could not recommend the apartment and Abruzzo highly enough.
9 Nov 2011
"A Relaxing Base in Beautiful Abruzzo"
A wonderfully welcoming and relaxing base to explore the beautiful region of Abruzzo. Mountains, walks and wild nature are within easy reach of Casa la Rocca. The apartment is nicely done out comforta… More
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