Apartment / 2 bedrooms / sleeps 6 Home 11022
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Apartment / 2 bedrooms / 2 bathrooms / sleeps 6
- Beach / lakeside relaxation
- Nearest beach 29 km
- Swimming pool
- Great for children of all ages
- Car essential
- No pets allowed
Description from owner
This spacious apartment is set within Villa Collecimino, a spacious holiday property with a Scandinavian Plunge Pool. The villa is located in 3.5 acres of orchards, olive groves and agricultural land, in the hamlet of San Giorgio, on top of Collecimino hill 550 metres above sea-level. There areh stunning panoramic views of Abruzzo's Gran Sasso and Maiella mountain ranges, and, to the north-east, the Adriatic Sea.
It is a 5 minute walk to an 'agriturismo' offering delicious meals from home-grown produce, and a short drive from many other restaurants and two medieval hilltop towns. 10 minutes' drive from the village of Cesi, which has a large supermarket, a pizzeria, a bar and a range of shops. The apartment which occupies the entire top floor of the villa has balconies/terraces on all four sides big enough for dining/relaxing/sunbathing or for just enjoying the beautiful views of Abruzzo.
The Abruzzo region
Abruzzo - the last undiscovered region of Italy - set between the Appenine mountains and the Adriatic sea. Abruzzo is well known for the Gran Sasso and Maiella National Parks - the largest protected area in the whole of Europe as well as for its 15 miles of sandy beaches, beautiful medieval hilltop towns, the friendliness of its people and of course, its wonderful food and drink. Local produce such as saffron, 'arrosticini' (skewered barbecued mutton), truffles and of course, the award-winning wine - Montepulciano D'Abruzzo are all associated with this region.
Abruzzo enjoys warm, bright sunny days in the Spring, hot summers, glorious autumns and enough snow in the winter to keep all the winter sports fanatics happy!
Castiglione Messer Raimondo
Villa Collecimino, in the hamlet of San Giorgio, is set in 3.5 acres of land including garden, olive grove, fields, etc. with parking for cars. It is situated 550 metres above sea level in a hamlet which has a bar, a general store, and regular visits from a mobile baker, butcher and fishmonger. There is a large supermarket just a 10 minute drive away in Cesi, where you will also find a bar, pizzeria, fruit & veg shop and a florist. Nearby Castiglione M.R. (15" drive) has additional shops, including an excellent butchers and fresh pasta shop, as well as a bank and post office. Also, Penne (15" drive) has a good range of shops and a lovely old medieval section.
The sandy beaches of the Adriatic are just 30-40 minutes from our villa. Abruzzo has a very long coast line of pine-fringed, clean, sandy beaches that stretch for more than 15 miles. The shallow, warm waters of the Adriatic are ideal for safe family bathing.
Nearby Pescara is a modern town with a full range of facilities including an outstanding international airport and a large tourist marina, considered to be one of the best marinas in Italy.
You can reach the Gran Sasso & Maiella National Parks in just 40 minutes. The National Parks cover one-third of the territory of Abruzzo, so there is an abundance of walks and trails of various lengths and levels of difficulty. You can enjoy majestic mountain scenery with a wide variety of flora and fauna, and, if you are lucky, you may spot a wild bear, wolf or chamois.
1. Castelli and its surroundings - pottery and high mountains.
2. Calderone glacier (the southernmost glacier in Europe).
3. Along the sheep-track from S.Demetrio ne'Vestini to Peltuinum and Bominaco.
4. Monastries of S. Bartolomeo and S. Spirito
5. From Fara S. Martino to the Vallone di S. Spirito, visiting the most spectacular gorge in the Maiella mountains.
6. The Rosello fir-wood.
7. The rocky coast of Punta d'Erce.
8. On the banks of lake Campotosta.
9. Cesacastina to the Hundred Waterfalls.
or you can just enjoy walking along the by-roads and tracks around Villa Collecimino itself.
There is a variety of winter sports available between November and April. Campo Imperatore in the Gran Sasso mountains has a modern funicular, 4 ski lifts and 8 ski runs.
Also close by is the Monte Cristo facility with 4 ski lifts and 10 ski runs. Other winter sports such as bobsleigh, sledging, cross-country skiing, or mountain climbing are also available.
History and architecture:
No visit to Abruzzo is complete without visiting some of its beautiful historic medieval towns and villages. Abruzzo has 10 villages (more than in Tuscany!) that have been named as being amongst 'Italy's Most Beautiful Villages' ('I borghi piu belli d'Italia').' Castelli, one of these 10 villages is well worth a visit. It is a beautiful medieval town nestled in the mountains, and is renowned for its hand-painted ceramics. Just 15 minutes' drive from Villa Collecimino are the towns of Castiglione Messer Raimondo, Loreto Aprutino and Penne and about an hour away is L'Aquila, the capital city of Abruzzo, which is drenched in history and atmosphere.
In San Giorgio itself, Neolithic and bronze remains reveal that the area was inhabited since prehistoric times. Remains of a II century temple were found in the same site.
Other activities include:
Windsurfing, sailing, canoeing, horse riding, mountain biking, cycling and aerial sports.
Food and drink:
Italy is renowned for its food and wine, and Abruzzo has many regional specialities, including Montepulciano d'Abruzzo - an award-winning red wine, pecorino - cheese from ewe's milk, delicious honey, saffron and truffles, as well as 'arrosticini' - barbecued skewered mutton, and, of course, its very own pasta!
There are also several very good 'agriturismos' in the area, namely, authentic farmhouse-restaurants cooking with food grown largely on the attached farms.
If you feel the need for some pampering, then you could try one of Abruzzo's famous thermal spas. Situated in the Maiella National Park there are thermal spas at Caramanico Terme and Popoli to name just two. The waters in this area are renowned for their healing and detoxifying properties.
Bed & bathroom
- 1 Double Bed, 2 Sofa Beds, 2 Single Beds, 1 Cot available
- 1 family bathrooms, 1 shower rooms
- Great for children of all ages
- No pets allowed
- Cot available
- High chair available
- Wi-Fi available
- Shared outdoor pool (unheated)
- Shared garden
- Balcony or terrace
- Sea view
- Internet access
- Central heating
- Washing machine
- Clothes dryer
- High chair available
- Satellite TV
- DVD player
- CD player
- Hair dryer
- Linen provided
- Towels provided
- Long term lets (over 1 month)
- Corporate bookings
- Suitable for people with restricted mobility
- Not suitable for wheelchair users
- This rental can only be paid for online through Holiday Lettings using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by wire transfer).
- No smoking at this property
- Cancellation policy
About the owner
- Response rate:
- Calendar updated:
- 10 Feb 2016
- Years listed:
- Based in:
- United Kingdom
- Payment accepted:
- Credit cards accepted
Languages spoken: English, French, Italian
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“The most Italian trip we ever made”
We spent a lovely holiday in Villa Collecimino from August 4 to August 18 2012. The four of us stayed at apartment 2. We had a great time and would love to share our experience with you. We found the house to be beautiful, in a stunning location, and the presence of Vincenzo and Eva (who were very approachable (at least if you have a basic proficiency in Italian) and extremely kind and warm, like all of the locals, really) makes it a joy to stay at. The little book of information compiled by the owners was indispensable to enjoying the region; despite the fact that there are quite a few spots worth seeing it's not easy to navigate as a non-local. This is partly due to the fact that the roads are generally in terrible condition and there are no street lights on the mountain roads. We also really enjoyed the walks described in the book; without it, we never would have been able to find out about them. The garden and pool really enhance the house further. In short we really enjoyed our stay at Collecimino. Abruzzo is stunning, rustic and authentic. the Sommen family (Belgium)
“Apartment 1 was so spacious with panoramic views”
Our stay was 6 nights 29th June/5th July 2012. The apartment was spotlessly clean with a bathroom and shower room and everything you need for self catering. My wife was pleased at being on the ground floor (no steps) and still the wonderful views of the Appennine mountain range. The all round balcony meant you could get in or out of the sun to suit your needs (no rain at all on our stay). The information book provided by the owners was spot on with things to do and a good restaurant guide. A must is to visit "The Little Tibet of Italy" but take note of the journey, we got lost 3 times on our return. We would definately recommend Villa Collecimino. David & Mary Cornforth, Menston, West Yorkshire.
Thank you very much for your comments - we are very pleased that you enjoyed your stay and look forward to welcoming you and your friends in the future.
“Lovely accommodation in beautiful setting”
A very comfortable stay in a really lovely and spacious apartment 2. Setting is really spectacular. Folder of 'things to do/places to eat' is invaluable and massively enhanced our trip. The remoteness of the setting means wonderful views and serenity but also the fact that you are completely car dependent for anything but walks (which are amazing). The local bar is not recommended and there are no fresh/useful products in the shop 1 minute walk away, so stock up on the way. There is a nice man with a van selling fresh bread/cakes 2 mornings a week who stops outside the villa. Loads of nice eateries nearby. We shall return!
“Amazing views from a stunning apartment”
A fantastic quiet location with breath taking panaramic views. The apartment is spacious and well appointed with everything you need for a perfect holiday. We shall definitely return!
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