Villa | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Casa Rosa is a lovely two-bedroomed detached villa nestled in the village of Bugnara, Sulmona, Abruzzo. It has been renovated to a high standard with full mains gas central heating and a fireplace. There is a large open-plan fully fitted kitchen/dining room/lounge, complete with Italian TV, DVD player and Ipod docking system. On the 1st floor there is a shower room, two separate bedrooms (each with a balcony) and access to a large fantastic 'sun trap' roof terrace where you can relax with a glass (or two) of wine and admire the views of the surrounding village, woodland and mountains.
Casa Rosa is close to the centre of the village which is in the Club of 'The most beautiful villages of Italy' (see the link in the yellow contacts box at the bottom right hand side of the page for a link to my website). In the village you will find a Pizzeria, three bars, a hotel with restaurant, a Take Away Pizza shop, two grocery shops, Post Office, chemist, hairdressers, a fishing pool along with four churches.
Just a five minute drive to the small historic city of Sulmona, Casa Rosa is very well placed for visiting three National Parks - the Majella National Park, the Abruzzo National Park and the Sirente Velino Park. It is the perfect location for walking and trekking holidays (there are numerous walks from the village), cycling, horse riding, sightseeing or just for a relaxing break away. The wonderful beaches of the Adriatic are only 40 minutes drive away, the cool lakes of Scanno only 20 minutes away and skiing 25 minutes drive. There is even a Water Park at Corfinio which is only 10 minutes down the road and Sulmona has indoor and outdoor swimming pools with loungers for sunbathing. And of course Rome is only 90 minutes drive away. For winter breaks there are numerous ski resorts, the largest being only just 25 minutes drive away at Roccaraso.
With one double and one twin bedroom, the villa is ideal for families, friends or couples, with more than enough in the surrounding area to see and do during your stay.
There is a fantastic large 'sun trap' roof terrace from where you can relax with a glass (or two) of wine and admire the views of the surrounding village, woodland and mountains.
Being totally detached, Casa Rosa has its own private garden. There is a secluded shady courtyard complete with table and chairs directly off the kitchen, from here 4 steps take you to the cottage garden, which is south facing and one part is gravelled with Maiella stone, complete with a table, two benches and umbrella, and the other part is up four more steps and has 2 comfy chairs which are surrounded by fig trees and newly planted nut and olive trees and has a fantastic view down the valley to the Gran Sasso in the distance, so you have a choice of sun or shade. You can of course relax on the front terrace of Casa Rosa with your coffee - with so much outside space you will be spoilt for choice!.
Casa Rosa is like a second home - by that we mean that it is not just a holiday let. We love it and we hope that you will love it too. We have furnished Casa Rosa with care and it is very well equipped. We hope that we have thought of everything that you could want on a self catering holiday.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Pescara 40 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||100 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Pescara 40 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||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden|
|Further details indoors||
Casa Rosa is a 200 year old, well equipped, centrally heated, light and airy detached villa, which has been fully restored. You enter through our beautiful chestnut doors into the ground floor which includes a fully fitted kitchen area with electric oven/grill, mains gas hob, fridge/freezer, washing machine, electric kettle, iron, ironing board, toaster, teapot, cafetiere, cool bag, plug adaptors in fact everythng you need in a kitchen. Also a dining table with four chairs. A door opens onto the rear courtyard and garden.
In the lounge area you will find the open fireplace with a leather settee, two armchairs, 20" flat screen television (with Italian channels) and a DVD player complete with a large selection of family DVDs. A bookcase with guide books, local books, novels, maps, leaflets and guest book. An Ipod docking system, also a CD player with radio, CDs and board games.
Stairs lead from the ground floor up to the first floor landing, which has a hanging storage area to one side. On the landing there are doors to the shower room, the main bedroom and the twin bedroom.
The shower room comprises of a w.c., large wash-hand basin and a walk in shower (with a small window and mountain views for those tall enough). The main bedroom has a kingsize bed with luxurious pocket sprung mattress and verdigris metal bedframe, chest of drawers, bookcase, radiator, free standing fan and wooden double glazed french windows with internal shutters, leading to its own balcony which can accommodate a chair and your favourite book. The second bedroom has twin beds with pocket sprung mattresses and metal bedframes, a second TV for watching DVDs on and a dvd player, chest of drawers, bookcase, radiator, fan and again french windows with internal shutters also leading onto its own balcony.
A staircase from the landing leads to the attic, which has a sofa for realxing and a bookcase with books and a glazed door which leads onto the large roof terrace which has fantastic panoramic views over the surrounding roof tops to the Maiella mountains. It is great sun trap, the perfect spot to relax , with a table, chairs, umbrella & sun loungers
A staircase from the landing leads to the attic, which has a sofa for relaxing and a bookcase with books and a glazed door which leads onto the large roof terrace. The terrace has fantastic panoramic views over the surrounding roof tops to the Maiella mountains beyond. There is a novelty drinks cooler on the attic landing for those cold drinks in the sun! This roof terrace is a great sun trap and a perfect spot to relax on, it is equipped with a table, chairs, umbrella and sun loungers.
|Further details outdoors||
The large roof terrace measures 5.5m x 3m and commands excellent views, the perfect spot for eating al fresco, or just relaxing and soaking up the sun. A complete 'suntrap', as several guest have described it. A table, chairs, umbrella and 4 sun loungers are provided.
Being totally detached, Casa Rosa has its own private garden. There is a secluded shady courtyard complete with table and chairs directly off the kitchen, from here 4 steps take you to the cottage garden, which is south facing and is gravelled with Maiella stone, complete with a table, two benches and umbrella, so you have a choice of sun or shade.
Free parking is available very close by and it is only a 20 metre level walk away from the house making access very easy.
The villa is in a pedestrianised area, so no traffic outside your front door. There are also other approaches to Casa Rosa via the many sloping 'donkey step' paths leading down from the centre of the village.
GUEST BOOK - Please look at my own website (abruzzo.org.uk) for all my guestbook reviews, which guests have kindly left me over the years.
• Very FLEXIBLE changeover days to take advantage of low cost airlines availability, also flexible about the number of nights, please contact me for a price at abruzzo.org.uk.
• British and Italian friends live nearby and are on hand should you need any assistance during your stay.
• Rates include all gas, electric, full gas central heating, bed linen, tea towels and towels. Casa Rosa will be clean for your arrival and all included in the price. As this is our own holiday home everything you could need is already there, all we ask is that you replace what you use ready for the next guests. The bathroom has shower gel, shampoo etc and the kitchen is fully equipped with the basics such as tea, coffee, sugar etc. and the cupboards have pasta, pasta sauce and a bottle of wine in the fridge, so you can start your holiday straightaway!
• Internet is available at Ginos Bar, in the centre of Bugnara, a couple of minutes from the house, just buy a drink and they will give you the code for access, wine and WiFi! Telephone access excellent.
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. Abruzzo rivals Umbria and Tuscany for spectacular mountain scenery and features in George Clooney's latest film, 'The American'. The landscape ranges from the high snow-covered peaks of the Gran Sasso to the sandy beaches of the Adriatic
There are excellent transport links throughout the region and you can easily find yourself on one of the many long sandy beaches at the coast or wandering through a choice of no less than three National parks within the space of an hour.
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) and the scenery varies from dense woodland to wide open plains and picture perfect lakes. In winter many of the snow covered mountain ranges become home for skiers of all abilities. The ski resorts of Pratello, Campo di Giove and Rocaraso are less than 30 minutes away.
Festivals play a large part in the life of Italians, every city, town and village has its own special festival, including Bugnara and you will always be invited to join in by the friendly locals.
Abruzzo is gastronomical delight 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.
From stunning medieval villages to amazing hilltop castles, breathtaking scenery to long sandy beaches, there really is something for everyone in Abruzzo.
Bugnara is a medieval village with all the amenities. It has a Pizzeria, three bars, a hotel with restaurant, a Take Away Pizza shop, two grocery shops, Post Office, chemist, hairdressers, childrens playpark along with four churches. It also has its own fishing pool.
There is a regular bus service to the surrounding area, including Scanno and Sulmona. There are many walks from Bugnara through the forest on 'Colle Rotondo'. Just outside the village is a donkey sanctuary, where you can visit the donkeys and walk with them in the nearby forest, it even has a restaurant that is open during the summer months and has live music on a Thursdays.
The village is very well situated, being only a few minutes drive from the motorway. Casa Rosa is a five minute drive away from Sulmona, which is an ancient city full of history. 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. 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.
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 pagentry parades. (click all photos button)
SKIING: Casa Rosa, Bugnara is close to the ski resorts in Abruzzo of Pratello, Campo di Giove and Rocaraso and are less than 30 minutes away.
COMMENTS FROM SOME OF OUR GUESTS
In adition to the excellent Trip Advisor reviews of our home see below some of the other comments left by guests, these are just a few from 2013/2012 please look at our own site abruzzo.org.uk for more guest comments dating back as far as 2008:
Just heading back to Rome to fly home. We've had a really wonderful holiday again. Thank you so much. It was so very special to return to Casa Rosa again. Loved the new garden, you've done really well with that. Joe and Isobel especially liked the DVD player in their bedroom. A first for them but much appreciated.No snow in bugnara, but plenty in the mountains. In fact perfect skiing conditions. We skied for miles and miles from monte pratello this year. So peaceful and amazingly beautiful. We also did lots more sightseeing, picnics in the snow by lake scanno. We just love the area. We're all really sad to he heading home, but really keen to book for next year!? I don't suppose we can book for next year? Thanks again. We have had such a lovely holiday Hunter family, U.K. February 2013
We loved your house in Bugnara. It was a lot of work to restore the house I think. Did you do that by yourself?The area is also great. We walked a lot and had the perfect weather to do that. Maybe we will come back with our families (we are two woman and are friends since university). And we will of course tell our friends whet a great pleace we stayed. Thank you for the hospitality Especially your service by e-mail. I & F, October 2012, The Netherlands
We spent a lovely couple of weeks in this lovely Village House in Bugnara. From the very beginning of our enquiries to the time of our arrival, Joanna the owner provided excellent communication and information, in fact I said to her on more than one occasion that she could give lessons to other owners on this site, in how to deal with the customers! The house itself is lovely with a variety of outdoor spaces and a lovely rooftop terrace. The house is very comfortable with everything you need for self catering. There was a good bus service from Bugnara to Sulmona and other local villages. Sulmona is a fantastic place to visit, which we did a number of times on the local bus service. We were lucky enough to be there for the Giostra, the local Jousting tournament, which was fantastic. If you want to stay in an authentic Italian hamlet, then Bugnara is the place. A car would be recommended if you wish to venture further afield. We did not have a car, but managed to do most things by public transport, including taking the bus from Rome Tiburtina to Sulmona. We hope to return to this area one day, and would absolutely stay in Casa Rosa again. Dot & Greg AUSTRALIA, July 2012
We had a fantastic time staying at Casa Rosa and loved Abruzzo. We definitely want to explore it some more in the future and work on our escape plan to Italy as we were very sad to leave. We have wanted to go to Abruzzo for some time and it certainly lived up to expectations. Casa Rosa was a great place to stay and everyone in Bugnara was very friendly. Thank you once again for letting us stay in your lovely house. J & D, United Kingdom, June 2012.