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Farmhouse | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 8
The property is a traditional stone farmhouse which has been tastefully renovated to include a spacious apartment with panoramic views over the hillside, the Maiella and Frentani mountains. The apartment has stunning views from the balconies and the private terrace, which is safe for families having gated level access. The facilities provide privacy and a level of comfort rarely found in local holiday accommodation, with three large bedrooms each with a generous en-suite shower room. The kitchen /living room is spacious and well equipped, even providing an additional sofa bed for the larger party or occasional use. There is access to the pool by a private set of steps and the pool area is screened by the olives and vineyard: truly a captivating setting.
The location is peaceful and tranquil yet convenient for the superstrada with quick access to the coast and motorway network.
The garden provides fresh fruit and vegetables and wine is made from the grapes in the vineyard. All are available when in season so you can enjoy the italian experience of living close to the land and feasting healthily on fresh figs, tomatoes and vegetables!
Nearby is Lago di Bomba where there are facilities for relaxation and water sports at the small holiday villages along the shore. The Maiella national park lies behind the hillside which is excellent for walking, trekking and mountain biking. The many birds of prey make the immediate area fascinating for the ornithologist as well as the casual bird watcher.
This is unspoilt Italy where eating at the local restaurants presents excellent value. The house is surrounded by historic and atmospheric villages and towns, lesser known but no less stunning and interesting than those of Tuscany and Umbria. Indeed the area is a favourite haunt for Romans to spend their holidays, recognising the warmth and hospitality of the Abruzzese people, and the quality of the cuisine and regional products.
The diversity of landscape allows for access to the ski resorts; the highest ranges outside the alps, whilst the unspoiled coastal resorts with blue flag beaches for warm and safe adriatic bathing are 20 minutes by car.
The location is a well kept secret serving italian families as a base for traditional seaside or mountain holidays. Many families return from th USA and Canada for the summer to fill their senses with this colourful region they have never left behind, despite emigrating during the difficult times of the pre and post war years. These are the people you would meet as you explored the environs, as well as the helpful and friendly locals who love to help you practise your italian and delight in sharing their love and pride in Abruzzo.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Fossacesia 25 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Pescara 70 km, Nearest railway: Lanciano 25 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property|
|General||Central heating, Video player, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 3 En suites, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Further details indoors|
The apartment is on one floor reached by the terrace, (2 steps). The entrance is private and there is a separate entrance for each bedroom from the central hall. Two of the rooms have balconies and the third is designated as a family room with level access to the rear terrace only through the hall. The living room has a sofa bed for the larger party.
The style is traditional cottage with modern comfortable shower rooms and well equipped kitchen. There is an attractive combination of quality antique and modern furniture, and the rooms are tasteful airy and spacious. All cotton bedlinen and bath towels are provided for each week's stay.
|Further details outdoors|
The property has a south west facing terrace equipped with external furniture and umbrellas. There are loungers and dining furniture and provision of bbq equipment.
In front of the house among the olives and vines a large 24 foot diameter level swimming pool has been installed. This provides a welcome facility for cooling and relaxing, or can accommodate the whole party in an energetic game. Access from the apartment is by a private gated external set of steps down from the terrace. We also provide beach towels which can be used for the pool or with umbrellas for the days at the beach.
There is ample parking at the property for two cars.
Rental is flexible according to the schedule but is always for exclusive occupation of the apartment . Linen and towels are replaced weekly. There is a small charge 3 euros for each use of the washing machine on site. The owners will be on site to greet guests and are often on site in the farmhouse to ensure guests' welfare. A welcome pack may be provided on arrival. A more comprehensive pack may be arranged by order.
Fruit and vegetables produced on the farm are available in season.
The Marche/Abruzzo region
The region is rich in history, gastronomy and wildlife . Previously remote it is now well served by motorway links from Rome and Pescara which lies about halfway along the Bologna Bari route. The region is beautiful rising from coastal plain, through hills covered in vines and olives to the mountain ranges to the west and is renowned as the green heart of Europe as much of the region lies within the three designated national parks.
The weather is guaranteed to produce abundant sunshine with temperatures comfortably in the 20s and 30s throughout May to September. The landscape is dotted with hilltop villages and the larger towns boast beautiful architecture and characteristic italian style. There is huge pride in the culture of the region and the locals are enthusiastic in welcoming visitors to this newly discovered gem.
The three surrounding villages of Torricella Peligna, Pennadomo and Roccascalegna provide all amenities and between them a fascinating Roman archeaological site, rock formations that afford climbing and and a stunning medieval castle.
Each has fascinating architecture and breathtaking setting added to which the celebration days or feste mark their individuality with parades and fireworks. Along with Bomba the villages provide a network of local centres each between 4 and 10 kilometres from the farmhouse.
There are also numerous agriturismi serving locally sourced food, two hotels and several bars and restaurants in the vicinity.
Alongside Lago di Bomba, only 5 minutes drive is a holiday village with facilities open to the non-resident including a pool and restaurant. Bomba village(4.9km) also has a commune pool open during July and August and the village occupies a stunning hillside position overlooking the valley providing a spellbinding evening view from the house.
Further across the Sangro Valley lie early prehistoric finds, an abundance of local museums and equally enchanting villages with their local crafts and produce well documented in the tourist guides. The bustling coastal city of Vasto with its old quarter is well worth exploring as is the town of Lanciano, with its spectacular festivals for Easter and September. For those with more energy there are watersports on Lago di Bomba, which is visible from the oliveyard, also there are opportunities for walking , mountain biking and trekking right from the front door. Families may wish to explore the water park at Vasto or closer to home, any of the three local swimming pools. Serious skiers could make their way to the ski resorts of Gamberale, Pizzoferrato and Roccaraso where prices are not inflated. All these facilities are easily reached within an hour of travel and some in only minutes. Some of our guests have determined to travel more widely and have journeyed within the day to both Pompei and Rome which is served by the local bus network from Lanciano or Villa Santa Maria.
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21 Jul 2013
"Lovely laid back retreat"
The villa is lovely, cool, spacious, well equipped and has amazing views. The villa surrounds provide a stunning variety of fruit that can just be picked and eaten.Wendy and Robert are lovely - they c… More
27 Jun 2013
"Perfect, charming, quality, value for money location"
This was a charming, working, real home in the midst of incredible beauty. We had ample space with stunning views and were given free reign of the entire land. thoughtful additions such as sun loun… More
Thank you for taking the time to complete the review following your week at Villa Frantina. We were delighted to share our little corner of Abruzzo with such charming and interesting guests.
3 Aug 2012
"Get Away From It All In Unspoilt Italian Countryside"
If you want an idyllic Italian getaway, Villa Frantina is a great choice. You will receive a superb welcome from Bob and Wendy the English owners. We have stayed there 3 times now and each time we hav… More
29 Jul 2012
"Brilliant - such a beautiful place with breathtaking views & very friendly owners!"
The views from our apartment were breathtaking. Snow on the mountain tops and warm sunshine in the valleys. We had such a friendly welcome from the owners who were a extremely knowledgeable about the area, which is steeped in history. Nothing was too much trouble for them. Really enjoyed the wine and olive oil in particular. We will definitely go again...thank you.
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