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Belvedere - Majella Mountain Escape – Home 1742617 Apartment

  • 2 bedrooms
  • 4 sleeps
  •  min stay varies

Apartment / 2 bedrooms / 1 bathroom / sleeps 4

Key Info

  • Nearest beach 30 km
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
  • Car advised
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden

Description from owner

Description

Belvedere is the second floor apartment in a very comfortable old stone farmhouse in Abruzzo with the most breathtaking views in the Apennines. It sits on the Orfento Gorge looking up at the Majella massif, a protected wildlife area that offers excellent walking in one of western Europe's few Pan Parks. This a place for anyone who loves nature and wants to enjoy the beauty and serenity of life in one of Europe's greenest regions.

Belevedere accommodates four people comfortably with two bedrooms (one has two singles which can be a double), kitchen, living room, bathroom and large balconies at all windows. The mountain views from the flat, both up the Gorge towards the Majella's highest peak, and across the valley towards Passo San Leonardo and Monte Morrone are fantastic.

The kitchen is fully furnished with cooker, stove, refrigerator and dishwasher. There are also a clothes washer and a dryer for use by guests. Sheets and towels are provided. The apartment

Belvedere is the second floor apartment in a very comfortable old stone farmhouse in Abruzzo with the most breathtaking views in the Apennines. It sits on the Orfento Gorge looking up at the Majella massif, a protected wildlife area that offers excellent walking in one of western Europe's few Pan Parks. This a place for anyone who loves nature and wants to enjoy the beauty and serenity of life in one of Europe's greenest regions.

Belevedere accommodates four people comfortably with two bedrooms (one has two singles which can be a double), kitchen, living room, bathroom and large balconies at all windows. The mountain views from the flat, both up the Gorge towards the Majella's highest peak, and across the valley towards Passo San Leonardo and Monte Morrone are fantastic.

The kitchen is fully furnished with cooker, stove, refrigerator and dishwasher. There are also a clothes washer and a dryer for use by guests. Sheets and towels are provided. The apartment also has a wood burning fire, high speed broadband internet access and facilities for playing DVDs.

Location description from owner

The Abruzzo region

If you fancy exploring, the Majella is right in the middle of Abruzzo and from Decontra within easy driving distance of a great variety of things to see and do.If want to stay close to home, about 20 minutes from the house, at Bolognano you'll find the vineyards and gustations of Zaccagnini, Abruzzo's most famous winemaker. Bolognano is also a beautiful little medieval town that sits above the river Orta where a short walk away on a bend in the river you can go for a dip in a natural pool complete with waterfall. If you fancy a swim in the Adriatic and a liesurely lunch later at a seaside cafe, there are many lovely beaches north and south of Pescara which are just 45 minutes away Abruzzo's other great national park, Gran Sasso, with its vast, dramatic landscapes and the Apennines' highest peak, Corno Grande at 2912 metres, is about an hour's drive away. Here too you'll find Santo Stefano di Sessanio, an almost perfectly preserved borgo where the Medici conducted their wool trade. In winter, also about an hour's drive from the house, there are many ski resorts. The best skiing in the Apennines can be found on what is known as the Cinquemiglia, a five-mile long, 1,200m-high plain with top stations at 2000 metres. For some culture and history, and also about an hour away, head for Sulmona rebuilt almost entirely in the Baroque style after an earthquake destroyed much of the town in the 18th century; or continue on to Scanno, the little borgo next to its lake sketched by Edward Lear, and later photographed by Henri Cartier Bresson. And if you are really ambitious, even Rome, with all it has to offer, is within a reasonable distance drive at about two hours from the house.

Caramanico Terme

The Majella National Park is the most southerly alpine region in Europe and walking in the Majella offers great choice in terrain and itineraries: from the cool glades of the river gorges which cut through the heart of the Majella massif, up the limestone canyons, through high alpine pastures thick with wild flower and butterflies, higher still through peaceful beech woods, and beyond through pine and maquis to the desert plateau which crosses its peaks. The park has a broad diversity of wildlife: over 2100 species and sub-species of plants, and some of Europe's rarest animals, not least the Marsican brown bear, the Apennine wolf and golden eagles. There are herds of chamois, roe and red deer, wild boar in abundance, and otters among many other mammals, amphibians, reptiles and insects. The Majella is called the Mother Mountain; and there are several variations on the legend which explains its origins. According to one, a mother and son from a tribe of gigantic warriors in Asia Minor came to these mountains in search of a medicinal plant to cure the son wounded in battle. That year the snow was deep and late to melt. Unable to find the plant in time, the boy died. Jupiter, in his memory, spread the mountain where he died with a little tree called the Majo from which hung profusions of fragrant yellow blossoms. In this way, the mountain came to be called Majella. In another version, the mother's grief was so deep that she lay down and died herself, and the mountain which rises up from the rolling hills of the Adriatic hinterland is, in fact, her recumbent form. The Majella has always been associated with great natural beauty and its spiritual past: Pliny the Elder, the great Roman naturalist, wrote about the area in his Naturalis Historia; and it was here to the Majella, to San Bartolomeo - the little hermitage carved literally into the rock of the Santo Spirito valley - that Pope Celestine V wanted to return when he abdicated in 1294. In the middle of the 19th century, the high peaks of the Majella were also a place of refuge for outlaws, many of them ex-soldiers who fought on the losing side of Italian unification for the Kingdom of the Two Sicilys. Because so much of Abruzzo is national park, and because the region's agricultural economy was decimated after WWII, many of its hill towns, often called a borgo in Italy, have been protected from modern development. In and around the Majella, there are several very beautiful borghi from the medieval to the baroque to visit. This combination of natural beauty, wildlife, history, sacred places and beautiful villages makes the Majella one of the great walking destinations in Europe.

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Bed & bathroom

  • Bedroom 1: Double Bed
    Bedroom 2: 2 Single Beds
  • 1 Family bathroom

Amenities

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Private garden
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Bicycles available
  • Internet access
  • Central heating
  • Fireplace
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Kettle
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Clothes dryer
  • Iron
  • DVD player
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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Access

  • Parking
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

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Smoking
No smoking at this property
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About the owner

Geoff M
Response rate:
6%
Calendar updated::
02 Apr 2016

Languages spoken: English, French, Italian


This Apartment has 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom and sleeps 4. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 12 May 2014. Located in Province of Pescara, the average weekly rate varies from £439 to £658.

The Owner has a response rate of 6% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 02 Apr 2016.

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