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Casa della Meridiana, Aventino – Home 165552 House

  • 3 bedrooms
  • 8 sleeps
  • 7 nights min stay

Casa della Meridiana, Aventino – Home 165552

Very Good Very Good – based on 11 reviews

  • House
  • 3 bedrooms
  • sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min stay

House / 3 bedrooms / 1 bathroom / sleeps 8

Key Info

  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 35 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car essential
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden

Description from owner


Wake up every morning to a breathtaking view over mountains and hilltop towns. Casa della Meridiana is a comfortable retreat sleeping 6 to 8 people, in the foothills of the Majella Mountains, close to several national parks and protected wilderness areas.

The house is a self-contained, detached home, with plenty of space indoors and out, a huge upstairs panoramic sun terrace, a new barbecue area, and patios front and back (some shaded, others sunny).

Guests can spread out and the house is suited to a range of activities - sunbathing, quiet reading, yoga, music or cookery. And it’s also an excellent base for walking, touring the Abruzzo region, outdoor pursuits of every kind, skiing in winter or visiting the sea (both 35 minutes).

There are three good-sized bedrooms, each with a double (king size) bed, and a fourth sleeping area / study with a double sofa bed, suitable for small children. Extra single beds are available and we can supply a cot.


Wake up every morning to a breathtaking view over mountains and hilltop towns. Casa della Meridiana is a comfortable retreat sleeping 6 to 8 people, in the foothills of the Majella Mountains, close to several national parks and protected wilderness areas.

The house is a self-contained, detached home, with plenty of space indoors and out, a huge upstairs panoramic sun terrace, a new barbecue area, and patios front and back (some shaded, others sunny).

Guests can spread out and the house is suited to a range of activities - sunbathing, quiet reading, yoga, music or cookery. And it’s also an excellent base for walking, touring the Abruzzo region, outdoor pursuits of every kind, skiing in winter or visiting the sea (both 35 minutes).

There are three good-sized bedrooms, each with a double (king size) bed, and a fourth sleeping area / study with a double sofa bed, suitable for small children. Extra single beds are available and we can supply a cot.

Casa della Meridiana would suit honeymooners, a retired couple in search of tranquillity or a lively family group equally well. It could be ideal for a small walking group, for meeting friends, an anniversary celebration, reunion or birthday party. Maximum capacity for the house, however, is eight.

Larger groups can easily spread out as we have created sun patios front and rear, a panoramic sun terrace, a barbecue area and a shaded portico for sitting out and outdoor dining.

The house has also been used by artists, writers, film-makers and academics seeking peace and tranquillity.

House description:

The kitchen/breakfast room is equipped for serious cookery, with a table for four to six people, above-average facilities including all the usual appliances, plus a bread machine and chest freezer (other kitchen equipment may be loaned on request).

The comfortable lounge/dining room has hi-fi, DVD player, and TV tuned to 50 Italian channels. Visitors may choose to dine at the indoor dining table (seats 10) or outside under the shaded portico.

Upstairs there is a book-lined study with a sofa, desk for writing, chess set and games, which can also be used as a fourth bedroom with double sofa bed (especially suitable for children).

For winter, there is gas central heating and an open log fire.

There is a large garden with fruit and olives, and a hammock is always strung between trees (we pick fruit in season and make our own olive oil every November).

We have designed Casa della Meridiana as an attractive, fun and practical base for exploring rural Italy - a down-to-earth family home-from home, comfortable and pleasing without being pretentious.

Further details indoors

Living room: Combined living room / diner, with a sofa and easy chairs and a dining table for up to 8. Open log fireplace. Furniture includes coffee table and bookshelf; 32cm digital TV with 50 channels (HDMI cable supplied) and DVD player; hi-Fi; selection of books and games, CDs, DVDs; local information.

Kitchen/breakfast room: We are very proud of our well-equipped kitchen, which can also double as a breakfast room for up to six. Five ring gas cooker with electric oven, fridge/freezer, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine, double toaster, and bread machine, crockery and a wide range of pots, pans & cooking utensils (including teapot, eggcups, kettle, and Italian/English cookbooks. (Additional kitchen equipment can be borrowed on prior request.)

Bedrooms: All three bedrooms are a good size with double bed (160cm x190cm), chest of drawers, bedside tables, hanging rail, fans, and insect blinds. Bedroom 1 (‘Monet') has door to sun terrace and a valley view. Bedroom 2 (‘Kandinsky’) has window view of Aventino valley. Bedroom 3 (‘Modigliani’) has door to private rear patio and mountain view.

Study / spare bedroom (‘Millais') is a ‘walk-through’ room between bedrooms which can be used as a study, reading room or extra bedroom with sofa bed (especially suitable for children). Double sofa bed, worktable and chair, bookshelf, chess table, dog basket, full-length mirror. Door to the first floor sun terrace.

The bathroom (upstairs, adjacent to bedrooms) has all you would expect of a bathroom, with a shower, WC, sink and bidet, a bathroom cabinet, two-pin socket, mirrors, and a basic first aid kit.

Bedrooms, study and bathroom are reached by internal and external staircases.

Further details outdoors

The house is a detached property in its own grounds, with a small olive plantation and orchard, facing south east on the side of a hill. Casa della Meridiana is one of only four occupied houses in the tiny hamlet of Gallo, five kilometres from the nearest small village of Civitella Messer Raimondo..

We have recently created a new garden terrace and barbecue area in front of the house. This is a country property well away from main roads or traffic. Private parking for up to three cars.

Sun terrace (with vista of the Aventino valley, mountains and hilltop towns) is the glory of the house: a very large upstairs panoramic terrace suitable for outside dining, sunbathing, yoga, watching the sun rise, stargazing or simply taking in the view. Equipped with patio table and chairs, sun loungers, paddling pool (if required). External light.

Portico: ground floor covered, all-weather dining and sitting out area, with dining table and chairs for eight. (There are other uncovered patio areas to the side and front.)

Rear patio: Private sitting-out area behind the house, with mountain view, accessible from Bedroom 3. Shady in the mornings and sunny in the afternoons. External light. View of Monte Tari.

Barbecue terrace: We have created a simple terraced garden in front of the house with a wonderful view. Outside barbecue, table and chairs, a herb garden and additional planted areas. (We can also supply a traditional Abruzzo “arrosticini” BBQ.)

Our grounds: we have about half an acre, with 12 olive trees and a small orchard (almonds, plums, apricot, apples, pears and cherries). We harvest our olives in November and make our own olive oil. Most of the grounds are semi-wild grassland strewn with wild artichoke, spring and summer flowers. There is a hammock strung between trees.

Access: there is private parking or three cars. Access on foot from the parking area to the house is by a short, sloping concrete drive and eight shallow steps. Between the ground and upper floors of the house is an outside staircase with 16 steps (there is also an internal staircase). No easy disabled access.

Location description from owner

The Abruzzo region

Casa della Meridiana is in a tranquil hamlet five kilometres (about eight minutes drive) from the nearest village, Civitella Messer Raimondo, and nearby town, Fara San Martino, with shops, restaurants, bars and cash machines.

The immediate area is excellent for walking and rambling. Local attractions include a dramatic mountain gorge, ancient churches and monasteries, wildlife refuges, Europe’s highest publicly accessible cave, a spectacular medieval castle, and many hill towns.

The Adriatic sea (with good beaches and fish restaurants) and tski resorts of the Apennine Mountains are both around 35 minutes away. The Majella Mountains behind the house, well known for dramatic scenery and ancient hermitages, are an easy day trip by car.

Civitella Messer Raimondo

Casa della Meridiana is in the relatively unknown Italian region of Abruzzo, in the mountains 150 km east of Rome and just 35 km from the Adriatic sea.

With a traditional country way of life, Abruzzo is noted as Europe’s ‘greenest’ region, with many protected national parks, wildlife (wolves and bears) wonderful scenery and Italy’s most unique folklore, festivals, rituals, food and drink.

The house is well placed to explore this ancient culture and to visit the region’s hilltop villages, archaeological and historical sites, restaurants and bars. Casa della Meridiana is close to a river, mountains and sea, and an excellent base for all outdoor activities - walking, rambling, mountain biking, rafting, climbing and skiing.

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  • Great for children of all ages
  • Pets welcome
  • Cot available
  • High chair available

Bed & bathroom

  • Bedroom 1: King Bed
    Bedroom 2: King Bed
    Bedroom 3: King Bed
    Beds in other rooms: Sofa Bed
  • 1 Family bathroom


  • Wi-Fi available
  • Private garden
  • BBQ
  • Solarium or roof terrace
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Internet access
  • Central heating
  • Fireplace
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Iron
  • High chair available
  • TV
  • DVD player
  • CD player
  • Hair dryer
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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  • Parking
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Getting around

Use of own vehicle or hire car is essential. The nearest shops, bars and restaurants are about an eight minute drive. Local buses and taxis do exist but need very careful planning. The nearest airport is Pescara (1hr 15min drive). Rome Ciampino (Ryanair) and Rome Fiumicino (EasyJet) airports are around 2 1/2 hours. The closest motorways are the A25 Rome-Pescara and A14 Ancona-Bari. The nearest main rail station is Pescara.

Interaction with guest

The entire house and grounds are available to visitors. We live in London and visit several times a year. Guests will usually be met and escorted to the house by our bilingual English-speaking local agent on arrival (the house can be hard to find). If this is not possible, guests can gain access by using a secure key safe. Guests will usually be visited by our agent on the day of departure. During your stay help is always available from our agents or from a key-holder living in the nearby village (we always ensure an English speaker). In an emergency, they will be able to offer support in person or by telephone. They can provide local information and advice, and we also supply every guest with our free ‘House and Area Guide’.


Check in time:16:00, Check out time:11:00
If you have any questions about check-in or check-out times, please contact the owner/manager.
This rental can only be paid for online through Holiday Lettings using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).
No smoking at this property
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House rules

Maximum occupancy: 8 people.


About the owner

Michael D
Calendar updated::
27 Mar 2017
Years listed:
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United Kingdom
Overall rating:

Languages spoken: English, French, Spanish, German, Italian

This House has 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom and sleeps 8. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 13 May 2011. Located in Civitella Messer Raimondo, it has 11 reviews with an overall rating of 4.5. The average weekly rate varies from £300 to £500.

The property’s calendar was last updated on 27 Mar 2017.


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“Lovely retreat in the mountains”

Reviewed 28 Sep 2013

We spent a lovely week at Casa della Meridiana. All the information and help before travelling was excellent, and when we got there - rather later than planned - the local agent was very helpful in getting us sorted out. The house is very well arranged for coping with the heat (it was late July and very hot), as it remains cool inside with plenty of beds and sofas for afternoon snoozing, and we enjoyed eating outside on the shady terrace. There is plenty to do locally - we'd especially recommend the whitewater rafting just five minutes away - and you have your pick of 3 villages within ten minutes drive, all of them charming and great for sitting with a drink and watching the world go by, but also well equipped with all the basics such as supermarkets and cashpoints. We spent a week and had plenty to do each day without having to drive longer than 40 minutes - trips to other local towns with markets, churches, castles and ancient remains, and plenty of lovely cafes and restaurants. Given the heat we didn't go for very long walks or climbs, but at other times of year it would be great to head up into the mountains that provide a spectacular backdrop to the whole area.

“An idyllic stay in the Abruzzo mountains.”

Reviewed 9 Jul 2013

We spent 2 weeks at Cassa della Meridiana and it was an excellent base to explore the Aventino valley. The view from the terrace was famtastic with kites soaring overhead. Wild boars visited every evening to feast on mulberries by the back door. The house was well situated and well equipped. Plenty to see and do in the area. Good local produce and places to eat. Very friendly area. We will be back..

“Spring holidays in Casa della Meridiana”

Reviewed 8 Apr 2013

We spent one week in Casa della Meridiana. The house is situating in perfect place at the end of little village and it is very private. There is amazing views around the valley with olive trees and mountains. The house is big enough for six people (with two teenagers and grandmother) with well equipped kitchen, comfortable beds and log fire. The house was very warm, it can be use for holidays around the year. We made day trips to Pescara, Chieti, Sulmona, Vasto, Montenerodomo Archeological Park, to the Adriatic Sea and Roccascalegna town and castle ( it was the most picturesque what I have ever seen). We made picnics near the house under the olive trees. It was great to be in warm place with green grass and spring flowers, whwn at home still is snow.

“lovely views on the edge of Majella mountains”

Reviewed 1 Oct 2012

Casa della Meridiana is located in a tiny hamlet tucked away on the hillside below the Eastern edge of the mountains. It is well appointed with 2 outdoor terraces with amazing views across the valley. The immediate surrounding area is a little rough and ready with a stony driveway up to the house, with parking under the olive trees growing in the area below the house. The location is a great base from which to drive west to the coast or east round to accessible mountain valleys and numerous beautiful towns en-route. Many of our drives took about an hour to get to a variety of places. Local town Fara St Martino has a lovely pizzeria and this is also a start point for the nearest walk into the mountain via an amazing gorge.

“Spacious, bright and airy with a fantastic view!”

Reviewed 21 Sep 2012

Our stay was wonderful, the house is very spacious with large bedrooms and a beautiful terrace! The kitchen is large and great for cooking and the portico with large table is great for eating all day :) and night! The house has fantastic views and is very quit and serene...Would definitely stay again!

“Beautiful surroundings - relaxing and enjoyable ... beach days, cultural visits, good local food.”

Reviewed 16 Aug 2011

We had a wonderful, relaxing holiday which was fun and enjoyable with enough to do for both the adults and children on our holiday. Casa della Meridiana is set in beautiful, mountainous surroundings only accessible by car. Situated practically on its own but within 10 to 15 minute drive to nearest towns. The house was large enough for our holiday group of seven. Children enjoyed playing in 12 foot paddling pool whilst adults 'chilled out' in shaded verandah or on upper sun terrace. We all enjoyed lido (10 mins away) and beautiful beaches along Trabocchi Coast. Various cultural places and points of interest to visit such as deserted Medieval Town, Roman ruins, cable car ride and vist to caves (all 10-30 mins drive). Owner provides an invaluable, detailed guide regarding the house and its surroundings ... local walks, places to visit, restaurants, markets and supermarkets. Letting company and locals all helpful and friendly. One hour drive from Pescara Airport .. be prepared for drive up mountains on winding roads but rewarded with picturesque views and surroundings.

“Outstanding scenery and tranquillity”

Reviewed 15 Aug 2011

We spent a lovely week at the beginning of May at the Casa della Meridiana. The house is spacious and comfortable and very well-equipped and the views outstanding. We enjoyed sunbathing on the terrace and sketching the beautiful scenery and spent several days just relaxing and enjoying the peace and tranquillity. The nearby town of Lama dei Peligni is attractive with a good supermarket, several bars and a good basic pizzeria. We enjoyed exploring the surrounding villages and found the local Italians both friendly and helpful. Having visited Italy several times in the past it was refreshing to find the area much cheaper than Tuscany and comparatively unspoilt by tourism. Abruzzo is a gem!

“Well appointed accommodation with good access to some great walks”

Reviewed 15 Aug 2011

Arriving at the property from Pescara airport was fairly straight forward. The bedrooms were clean and spacious and the kitchen well equiped. The balcony afforded great views. There are no shops within walking distance so this needs to be considered but there are two villages a short drive away with bars, restaurants and shops. These do not provide rocking nightlift if that is what you are looking for but are pleasant. A 45min. drive will provide access to a few towns with very good restaurants, markets and interesting architecture. There are good walks directly from the property but truely stunning walking is available within a 45 min. drive. The weather in November was sunny and ideal for walking but not really hot enough to merit a trip to the beach for a swim but this would be an additional attraction during the summer months. Clear information regarding walks, shops, restaurants etc was provided.

“Absolutely beautiful - highly recommended”

Reviewed 17 May 2011

My boyfriend and I had a fantastic stay at Casa della Meridiana last summer. The house and surrounding countryside were beautiful and perfect for walking or simply spending a lazy afternoon enjoying local cuisine and red wine on the terrace. The traditional style house was very comfortable with a lovely open feel. The olive trees in the garden and mountain views made it a perfect escape. I would recommend this area and particularly this house to anyone thinking of booking! I'll certainly be reserving my place for this summer!

“A rural Italian idyll.”

Reviewed 16 May 2011

"What a great holiday we had in Casa della Meridiana. The house is a wonderful mixture of tranquil and relaxing whilst having all the useful mod-cons that make for a real holiday! We have had fabulous beach days; a comprehensive tour of local markets; caves & lido plus several floppy days here in Casa della Meridiana, reading; making home-made pizza; listening to children contented in the paddling pool and enjoying the fabulous vistas. ALL the children have loved it as well as the adults." Thanks,

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