House | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 8
Casa Soltau this unique house nestled in the small hamlet of Vallepascara, part of Pettorano Sul Gizio, just a five minute drive away from the main town of Sulmona and close to the Majella National Park, has recently been renovated to a very high standard with state of the art facilities. The accommodation over 4 floors comprises of 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 lounges, kitchen and a wonderful roof terrace to soak up the Italian sun, mountain and valley views.
It is ideally located for the likes of skiing, fishing, mounting biking, horse riding, hiking the nearby nature trails, taking a dip in one of the local lakes or spending time on the beaches of the Adriatic.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Pescara 60 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||8 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Pescara 50 km, Nearest railway: Sulmona 12 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, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Shower rooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 12|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
Entry is gained from the front or the back of the house into the ground floor. This comprises of a lounge diner with log fire, that is fully furnished with leather sofas, a flat screen TV, DVD/CD/Radio player, 5.1 surround sound, satellite TV showing Italian, English, French, German and local channels, the dining area which seats up to 10 people at the table, and a modern fully equipped kitchen including dishwasher, American style fridge/freezer, microwave, a coffee making machine to enjoy your espresso, cappuccino or Americana coffee and breakfast bar. This gives you access to either the basement or the upper floors.
The basement comprises of the 2nd fully furnished lounge again with flat screen TV, surround sound, satellite TV and DVD player, a Play Station 2 games console with numerous games plus here you will find a well stocked DVD collection, books, games and CD's, also a sofa bed, one double bedroom with two single beds and a fully equipped shower room with W.C., bidet and over sized walk-in shower. This shower room also hosts the washing machine, tumble drier, iron and ironing board; there is also a walk in storage cupboard leading off the lounge.
Leading up to the first floor you are met with the second shower room, this is as the basement shower room. There are two bedrooms on this floor the first (quad) comprises of a king size bed and single bunk beds, the second also has a king size bed, together with a balcony with fantastic panoramic views of the Apennine Mountains, and Peligna Valley.
From here you progress up to the third floor with a wonderful roof terrace where you can enjoy the rays of sunshine and more of those stunning views.
Each bedroom also has ample storage space, a 26 inch flat screen TV with built-in DVD player, a hairdryer and a clock radio with IPod dock. The property is centrally heated and there are both European and UK socket outlets throughout.
|Further details outdoors|
The roof terrace and balcony enjoys the sun all day and is a great place to relax, take in the stunning view while using the BBQ to cook local produce and sipping on the wonderful local wines, or cook in the kitchen then eat al fresco or just soak up the rays. There is a table, chairs and parasol on the terrace for your conveniences. At the rear you will find your private garden which benefits from the afternoon and evening sun.
Parking is available at the bottom of the garden on the property or at the front of the house.
• Changeover days are flexible as is the duration of your stay from 2 nights onwards.
• For stays of more than one week the property will have all bed linen and towels changed at the end of each week.
• A welcome basket awaits you on arrival and a welcome book full of useful information is available for your perusal.
• The neighbours are all very friendly and helpful with some of them being able to speak English.
• Rates include gas, electricity and all linen including towels; however you will need to supply your own beach towels.
The Marche/Abruzzo region
There is something for everyone in Abruzzo. Nature and history, art and scenery, traditional culture and avant-garde festivals all jostle for attention.
There is an abundance of wildlife in the National Parks, home to the Marsican bear and Apennine wolves (two species that have been saved from extinction), Chamois, deer and Roe deer, and the scenery varies from dense woodland to wide open plains and picture perfect lakes such as: Lake Vivo, Lake Pantaniello and the Lake of Scanno, not forgetting the artificial basins of Barrea and the Montagna Spaccata.
In winter many of the snow covered mountain ranges become home for skiers of all abilities. The ski resort of Roccaraso is only 25 minutes away.
Festivals play a large part in the life of Italians, every city, town and village has its own special festival, including Sulmona and you will always be invited to join in by the friendly locals.
From stunning medieval villages to amazing hilltop castles, breathtaking scenery to long sandy beaches, there really is something for everyone in Abruzzo. Close by there are a number of activities you can take part in horse riding, mountain biking, fishing, go karting to name but a few.
Majella National Park
Abruzzo National Park
Gran Sasso National
Casa Soltau is a five minute drive away from Sulmona, which is an ancient city full of history. It is famous for its confetti, (sugar-coated almonds) and also hosts an amazing medieval jousting tournament in the Piazza Garibaldi at the end of July. The birthplace of the poet Ovid, Sulmona is a wonderful town to explore on foot. There you will find facilities such as supermarkets, shopping centres, bars, restaurants, museums, a theatre, cinema, sports complexes and railway station, in addition to many fine buildings, churches and parks. Sulmona and the surrounding villages have a large calendar of events which include many festivals. Sulmona's Easter celebrations and the annual International Jousting competitions in July and August are of particular note with medieval pageantry parades.
Sulmona is gastronomically delightful with restaurants serving locally produced fresh food. Try the wonderful range of Peccorino cheeses and fine local wines, such as the white Trebbiano and red Montepulciano d'Abruzzo.
Sulmona has various piazzas, churches and palaces of historical and tourist interest. Some of these include:
Cattedrale di San Panfilo. The city's cathedral, sitting on the northwest side of the old city and was built on the site of a Roman temple.
Piazza XX Settembre. One of the main squares of the city, including a bronze statue of the Roman poet Ovid.
Corso Ovidio. The city's main thoroughfare connects the cathedral and the major piazzas and is lined by elegant covered arcades, shops, cafes, palaces and churches.
Palazzo Annunziata and Chiesa della SS. Annunziata. The Palace, one of the rare examples of late medieval/early Renaissance architecture in Sulmona that survived the earthquake of 1706.
Piazza Garibaldi is the largest square in town with a large baroque era fountain. On the south side of the Piazza is the 12th Century Gothic aqueduct.
From Sulmona regular buses and trains will take you straight into Rome, Pescara and other cities. The beach at Pescara is only a short walk from the train station.
Sulmona has a huge lively market every Wednesday and Saturday where you can buy fresh local produce, clothing, toys etc and nearby Raiano has a large and vibrant market held every Sunday morning.