House | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
Our house has just been fully restored to the highest standards and is situated in the historic medieval village of Introdacqua near the town of Sulmona in the L`Aquila region of Italy.
Please note that the house has been reconstructed to traditional standards, with stone stairs and ceramic floors. Therefore care should be taken with small children and those unsteady on their feet. The roof terrace also has a long drop, small children should not be left unattended in these areas.
The house is full of character with brick vaulted ceilings, exposed stone walls and archways. The are two entrances along a secluded path along side the house, one to the basement floor which has a large room which, being built into the rock stays a constant temperature throughout the year. The ground floor has a shower room, bedroom with a single daybed and folding z-bed. There is also a cosy warm lounge with a sofa bed. The first floor has the kitchen with mountain views , a dining room with an extending table catering for 8 places and second bedroom with a bunk bed. The second floor has the master bedroom with a king sized bed, on-suite bathroom with a bath and shower plus a large balcony. The roof terrace has views over the lush green hillside and also towards the often snow capped Blue Mountains.
Being newly refurbished through 2013 it benefits from completely new electrical wiring and heating systems. The two fireplaces are not required and now decorative, as the modern gas fired central heating system keeps the house warm through the coldest winter months.
Introdacqua is one of the 50 listed 'Borghi più belli d'italia' (the most beautiful villages in Italy). During the summer months the village is particularly vibrant with jazz festivals, live entertainment, dancing and alfresco eating in the piazza.Our house is close by to the center and just a few steps from the piazza, bars, deli, restaurant, bakery, butchers, chemist and bank. Nearby you can find trails and paths for the leisure walker or a serious hiker with trails to suit every ability in the Majella National Park. Not too far away is Gran Sasso, the highest peak in Italy outside of the Alps.
There is also free WiFi available in the bar across the road for those who need to stay online !
The famous Giro D'Italia passes through this region each May, a great base for your cycling holiday.
There are many ski resorts in the area, Roccaraso being the largest and suitable for all types of ski and snowboard fans with over . The main ski season runs from January to March.The ski area of Roccaraso, otherwise known as the Skipass Alto Sangro, is the best known of the Abruzzo resorts and has 120 km of piste for you to enjoy (including 8 km at Pescocostanzo). Roccaraso is Italy's fifth biggest ski area. During the week the pistes are blissfully quiet and you certainly won't suffer the queues of some of the better known resorts of the Alps. In Roccaraso they take great pride in keeping their pistes in beautiful condition and they are always well groomed. Many are covered by the latest snow-making technology even though the snow record in the Appenines is excellent.
Modern, high speed chair lifts access the area from the bases at Aremogna, Pizzalto and Monte Pratello. Many of the runs will take you through beech forests that give this area such a distinctive character. The majority of runs are intermediate but there are some great beginners' slopes too at each of the base areas.
Sulmona is just a few km away where you will find the twice weekly market in the huge tree lined Piazza Garibaldi surrounded by cafes, bars and restaurants.Every summer during July there is a jousting competition which is attended from entrants from all over Europe. There are many boutique style shops and a few well know high street names. There is a regular bus service from Introdacqua, but a car is recommended to make the most of what the area has to offer. Within 30 minutes drive you'll find lakes, natural springs, ancient hermitages, national parks, Roman architecture, historic churches and much more, all set in stunning, green mountain scenery.
The beaches along the Adriatic coast are less than an hour away. Rome is only two hours away (by car) or there's a train or regular coach service from Sulmona, with Naples, Pompei and the Amalfi coast three hours away.
Airports are Pescara (40 minutes drive) and Rome Ciampino (1 hour 20 minutes) and Fiumincino (1 hour 40 minutes). The main east west motorways pass within 10 km of Sulmona so you are within easy reach of both coasts.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Pescara 50 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Pescara 40 minutes, Rome 1 hour 40 minutes by car, Nearest railway: Sulmona 4 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Standard||Kettle, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (4), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Bicycles available, Climbing frame, Swing set|
The Marche/Abruzzo region
Introdacqua is a comune and town in the Province of L'Aquila in the Abruzzo region of Italy. It has been voted as one of the 50 most beautiful villages in Italy.
For most of the year it is a peaceful village, ideal for a quiet walk, cycle, skiing or sightseeing. During August the village comes alive with festivals, jazz, comedy and outdoor cinema evenings. Nearby Sulmona also hosts an annual jousting festival with medieval re-enactments being displayed by people from all over Europe.
There village has cafes, restaurants, a small supermarket deli, chemist, bank and a weekly market. All you need within a few paces. The local town of Sulmona is a few km away and has many boutique shops, supermarkets and restaurants. It is also well known for its sugared almonds (confetti) factory. The original one being used now as a tourist attraction.
The ski resorts are just a 30 minute drive away and have a large number of slopes that never get too busy. They are well known by the Romans as their favourite winter destination.
Cyclist will love the quiet winding roads which are used as part of the Giro D'Italia every May.
Walkers will love the open mountains and woodland, rich in wildlife, streams and lakes.
Still, you are within a hours drive of the Adriatic coast with its fabulous beaches and calm waters.
Nearby you have Lake Scanno, ideal for a summers swim or walk any time of the year.
There are numerous ski resorts, the largest being Roccaraso just 30 minutes drive away. With 120km of piste at an altitude of 1300m to 2100m it provides ample winter skiing with runs to accommodate all tastes.
The mountains also provide plenty of walks and cycle routes. With the mighty Gran Sasso and many national parks.
For golfers the nearest 18 hole course is just outside Pescara, an hours drive away.
Shoppers will love the boutiques in Sulmona and foodies the restaurants with their local fresh produce.