£80 / night help
Price for guests, Nights

Casa del Fiume – Home 64772 House

  • 3 bedrooms
  • 5 sleeps
  • 2 nights min stay

House / 3 bedrooms / 1 bathroom / sleeps 5

Key Info

  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 30 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car essential
  • No pets allowed

Description from owner


Artist's TripAdvisor and FlipKey award-winning riverside mountain retreat 'Casa del Fiume' is stone-built country house that has recently been restored, situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty on the edge of the Majella National Park. 5 acres of grounds with walnut groves and various fruit trees sweeps down to the fast flowing mountain river Aventino, with private access. Ideal country retreat for adults and older children and even a family with babies. Perfect for people that enjoy the beautiful surrounding nature and outdoor activities. Great for walking/hiking, nature viewing, painting, mountain biking (bikes available to hire nearby), fishing and rafting/canoeing (Abruzzo Rafting centre nearby).

Own private sun-drenched terrace with large wooden garden table and chairs, traditional BBQ with chimney and two wooden loungers. Four hammocks are also provided, hung between trees in the shade near the river and adjacent to the riverside canopy-covered dining area with pit barbeque. Spectacular views everywhere.

Free WiFi internet access.

Outdoor table tennis and badminton provided.

Our own seasonal organic produce is available (depending upon demand) and, should you require it, local suppliers deliver to your door bread, cheese, fish, fruit and vegetables.

We have an extensive English language DVD collection available and provide chess/draughts, Monopoly, Scrabble and Boules. There is also a collection of English language novels for your use.

We have enough travel guides and maps in both English and Italian to help anyone to be able to plan their holiday here, plus we are always on-hand to help.

'Casa del Fiume' is owned and managed by an artist/designer and the interior walls display original works of contemporary art. At an additional cost we provide individually-tailored tuition in Art and Italian.

We can also provide an English/Italian speaking chef to cook you a meal or give you lessons - even on a trabocco.

We can organise a day-trip on a yacht along the Trabocco Coast except in August.

As members of Majella Trekking club we can organise guided or self-guided hikes in the Majella National Park.

We also organise wine tastings with an award-winning organic vineyard as well as truffle tastings with a local specialist - even organise a truffle hunt if required.

We have been featured in Italia! magazine and also on UK TV programmes 'Compare Your Life' and 'A Place in the Sun' and the Italian TV channel AbruzzoLive.

We are founders of the 'Save River Aventino' campaign.

Further details

5 acre grounds are shared with the owners, who live in the adjacent house.

English Italian-speaking owners are on hand to welcome you and advise you where to shop, eat and visit.

DVDs and CDs are available on loan.

English language guide books of the area provided.

Portable artist easels and stools are available on loan.

Mountain bikes are available locally to hire.

The famous Abruzzo Rafting centre is nearby.

We organise wine-tasting at a local award-winning producer and in September guests can help pick the grapes (and get paid in wine)!

Come and stay at the end of November and you can help us with our olive harvest, see it all pressed in the local mill and take back some of our organic extra-virgin cold pressed olive oil.

Depending upon the season fresh organic fruit and vegetables from our own grounds will be available. As will our own organic olive oil.

Should you require the use of an item that is not listed please let us know.

Further details indoors

Downstairs has a small entrance lobby leading to the stairs. All rooms lead through to each other (no doors) in an almost open plan way. Kitchen is 3m x 5m with a solid marble work surface surrounding the ceramic butler sink and slate tiled floor.

Dining room is 3m x 5m with a marble tiled floor and cast iron wood burning stove. Lounge is 4m x 5m with a marble tiled floor and a large cast iron wood burning stove containing 1 large L-shaped leather sofa seating up to 5 people.

Upstairs there are 3 bedrooms and a shower room. The tiled shower room is 1.5m x 2.3m with curved glass shower cubicle, sink and WC. Bedroom 1 is 4.2m x 5m with a tiled floor and contains large double bed with mosquito curtain, wardrobe, large chest of drawers, dressing table with mirror. Double aspect windows give countryside and mountain views.

Bedroom 2 is 4.3m x 4.3m with a tiled floor and contains twin beds (which can be joined to make a double if desired), wardrobe and a chest of drawers. Double aspect French windows have views of the surrounding countryside.

Bedroom 3 is 2.5m x 3m with a tiled floor and contains a single bed and a chest of drawers. One window gives views of surrounding countryside and garden.

Further details outdoors

Immediately outside the house is a large private terrace and a small garden area. The terrace is equipped with a sustainable hardwood garden table & chairs and a traditional chimney BBQ. The garden area is equipped with two teak loungers for your use elsewhere in the grounds (e.g. riverside beach area within the grounds).
Within the grounds you will also find a Table-Tennis table near the house. On the banks of the river Aventino we have an outdoor "al fresco" eating area with table and seating under a sun canopy and a pit-barbeque for your use - and even four hammocks swung between trees for you riverside relaxation. Carry on further and you can explore our woods on the banks adjacent to the river.

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  • Great for children of all ages
  • No pets allowed
  • Cot available
  • High chair available

Bed & bathroom

  • Bedroom 1: King Bed
    Bedroom 2: 2 Single Beds
    Bedroom 3: Single Bed
    Beds in other rooms:
  • 1 Shower room


  • Wi-Fi available
  • Mountain Views
  • Shared garden
  • BBQ
  • Patio
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Private fishing lake or river
  • Internet access
  • Fireplace
  • Staffed property
  • Table tennis
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Iron
  • High chair available
  • DVD player
  • CD player
  • Hair dryer
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided
  • Housekeeping Included

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  • Parking
  • Secure parking
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Getting around

You will have a better experience if you have your own transport. However we are on a good road (SS86) located between Casoli and Lama dei Peligni. There is a daily bus that goes to Lanciano via Casoli that is used by school kids that passes here between 07.15 and 07.45 returning around 13.30/13.45. On a Wednesday there is a very small market in Civitella M.R. and the local school bus is used to ferry people to the market at a small cost.

Interaction with guest

We live on-site and we offer our guests an exceptional concierge service, as you can see in most of the reviews. We moved to Abruzzo in 2006 and have been living here since March 2007. Guests can benefit from our experience of living here since we help tailor their stay with us according to their needs. However if you do not want our help, that is fine too since we have all the guide books and maps that you will need for you to plan your stay here.


Check in time:16:00, Check out time:10:00
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).

Damage deposit: £250.00
No smoking at this property
Cancellation policy
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House rules

We accept people of all ages. even really young ones - yes we have a cot, a high chair, baby bath and changing mat; even two stair-gates.
However, elderly infirm people may struggle with the stairs and we have no wheelchair access.
We accept bookings from parties for adventure in nature, rafting/kayaking and trekking.
We do not accept bookings for party events from irresponsible people of any age.


About the owner

Stewart /fabian H.
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28 Nov 2018
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Languages spoken: English, Italian

This House has 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom and sleeps 5. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 07 Jul 2008. Located in Civitella Messer Raimondo, it has 86 reviews with an overall rating of 5. The average weekly rate varies from £450 to £800.

The Owner has a response rate of 86% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 28 Nov 2018.


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Guest reviews

Excellent – based on 86 reviews Excellent
86 reviews

Very Good

“Idyllic getaway”

Reviewed 27 Jun 2016

A friend and I visited the Casa deal Fiume in June 2016, hoping for a few days of rest and relaxation in a beautiful setting, and this is precisely what we got. The house itself is beautifully and carefully outfitted and decorated, and Stew and Ruth, the owners, are some of the kindest and friendliest people you'll meet. Although it's a self catering accommodation, we felt very well cared for, and that really makes all the difference. Aside from all this, the location is very well situated to visit the natural beauty and the historical sites of Abruzzo, a part of Italy which (stunningly!) still seems to be relatively undiscovered. Go visit!

Owner's reply: Thank you for your kind words, Paul. It was a pleasure to meet you and your friend and we hope to see you again when you next visit Italy.

“Fabulously simple”

Reviewed 3 Oct 2015

You do need a car (sorry!) to get anywhere. That said, if all you want is the lovely location and bubbling river then you need not go anywhere. But if you want markets or want to go independently to this or that tantalising town, then the car is your friend. Local market s produce delicious dividends.. The house deals with most kinds of weather, in particular in our case, very hot.

“Ultra stylish, spacious and comfortable accommodation”

Reviewed 15 Sep 2015

An excellent place to stay and from which to explore the mountains, the coast and the surrounding towns/villages. Stew and Ruth are great hosts, always willing to help and offer their expert advice on the area. Very spacious and stylish accommodation with all that we needed for our week's stay.

“Una vacanza meravigliosa...”

Reviewed 26 Jun 2015

Dopo un lungo inverno, io e la mia famiglia avevamo bisogno di una piccola vacanza, così abbiamo pensato di andare a trascorrere qualche giorno in Abruzzo, in occasione del ponte del 2 giugno (Festa della Repubblica Italiana). Siamo una giovane famiglia, abbiamo 2 bambine piccole (1 e 3 anni) e volevamo una vacanza all'insegna della tranquillità, da vivere in mezzo alla natura. Cercando su internet, ecco la “Casa del Fiume”, proprio la casa dei nostri desideri… Io amo i fiumi, così penso subito che per me sarebbe stato un sogno poter vivere in una casa vicino a un fiume. Già dalla descrizione su Tripadvisor e dalle foto, la trovo meravigliosa. Lo stile della casa è country-chic. L’appartamento è arredato con gusto, è molto accogliente, spazioso, dotato di tutti i servizi e comfort. I proprietari, i signori Holland, ci riservano una bella accoglienza. Durante tutto il soggiorno sono stati sempre molto cordiali e disponibili. Abbiamo apprezzato la loro premura nell'acquistare un cancelletto di protezione per le scale che portano al piano superiore, infatti avendo gli scalini molto alti, erano un po’ pericolose per le nostre bimbe. Hanno anche acquistato un seggiolone per la pappa per la nostra bambina più piccola. Il signor Stew ci ha fornito tantissime informazioni e consigli sulle attività da fare e cose da vedere nei dintorni. La signora Ruth, molto simpatica e sempre sorridente, ci ha parlato del suo amore per il giardino, degli ortaggi e delle verdure biologiche che coltiva. Il giardino è molto grande, pieno di gatti, c’è un piccolo bosco che arriva fino al corso del fiume Aventino. Il bellissimo fiume, il rumore dell’acqua che scorre, i prati fioriti e i suoni della natura sono uno spettacolo indescrivibile, un’esperienza davvero rigenerante. Vicino al fiume c’è la possibilità di fare un pic-nic e rilassarsi sulle amache. Dalle finestre e balconi delle camere da letto, che sono al primo piano, si scorgono le cime della Majella. Insomma, abbiamo amato tantissimo questa vacanza; non dimenticheremo poi lo spettacolo incantevole delle lucciole, che in tantissime hanno illuminato il giardino, facendoci vivere un piccolo sogno. Per noi è stato un vero piacere essere stati, come ci hanno detto Stew e Ruth, i primi ospiti italiani alla Casa del Fiume e speriamo tanto di poterci tornare un’altra volta.

“Peacefull environment - Feel good (at home) arrangement”

Reviewed 10 Jun 2015

We had a very warm wellcome, nice tips for restaurants and trips and stayed in a very comfortable house . A lot off practical help from the owners, who received us as part of the family. Beautiful area for people who like active life, biking, hiking...

“Outstanding home & hospitality”

Reviewed 9 Jun 2015

Wonderful first trip to the Abruzzo, heaps to see and do in the area, needed a lot longer so will definitely return. The house was simply stunning, full of character, but with all the comforts and luxury of home. Best beds and duvets of our trip, slept very well. Local people all very friendly and helpful and scenery stunning, highly recommend, loved the owners cats.

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