The Olive House Italy is a beautiful self-catering villa near the Adriatic sea and Apennine mountains in central Italy. We offer great value for up to eight guests, we only accept one booking at a time so you will get exclusive use of the villa. We have excellent facilities including a large roof-top terrace, lounge with satellite TV and a modern well equipped kitchen, plus there is two acres of private olive groves, orchards and woodlands to relax in.
We are located near some of the finest vineyards, restaurants and Italian food producers in the world. We are near to the historical town of Roccascalegna, we are within 30 minutes of the Majella Mountain range, national parks, beaches and lakes, including the areas top tourist destination, Lake Bomba, there is plenty to see and do, including the family friendly blue flag beach resorts of Fossacesia, Le Morge and Vasto all on the warm Adriatic sea. Locally there is, hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking, watersports, rafting, caving and nature trails where you can enjoy rare fauna and flora.
The Olive House Italy is located in one of Italy's upcoming tourist destinations, offering the real Italy- many of Italy's best-preserved medieval and Renaissance hill towns are in the region. Around The Olive House Italy you will find:
• Traditional Italian restaurants, bars, shops, wineries and olive presses
• Easy access to beautiful Adriatic Coast stone and sandy beaches, from which you can take boating trips
• The greenest region of Europe, with three national parks, where rare fauna and flora can be found, great for hikers
• The tallest mountain range in Italy, where you may spot Golden Eagles, Bears and Wolfs!
• A huge range of historical sites to visit; locally there is a site of Roman ruins, stunning ancient churches and castles
• Lakes and waterfalls, including the famous lake of Bomba, where you can go horse-riding or walking
• Local truffle towns, where you can sample a wide range of truffles
• And, we are near the international home of Pasta, Fara San Martino, where 80 per cent of Italy's pasta is produced
• Mountain biking routes
• Skiing, snowboarding and cross country skiing resorts
All of this is within easy reach of The Olive House Italy, giving you plenty of things to enjoy and celebrate, because of this there is a festival (Festa) happening most of the time around here!
On request we provide skiing packages and festive breaks for Christmas and New Year's Eve celebrations. Well priced flights are available to Pescara International airport. We have excellent road and public transport links, with fast connections to all major Italian cities, including Rome and Milan! We speak English and are happy to help you have a great time.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 family bathroom, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Nearest beach||Fossacesia 30 km|
|Nearest Amenities||3 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Pescara International Airport 68 km, Nearest railway: Lanciano 30 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge|
|Furniture||Double Beds (4), Single Beds (2), Cots available (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair available|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Access||Secure parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
|Further details indoors|
Our large villa, gives you the following exclusive use of:
|Further details outdoors|
There is plenty of parking in the ground of The Olive House Italy, which is fully secured.
Payment requirements are as follows:
Pay 50 per cent deposit on booking
Pay refundable security deposit on booking of Â£100
Pay remaining balance 30 days in advance
Cancellations: Please refer to our booking terms and conditions
Abruzzo is located in central Italy and stretches from the heart of the Apennines mountains to the golden sandy shores of the Adriatic Sea.
In the mountains, tourist resorts and well-equipped facilities for skiing and winter sports rise among unpolluted peaks and rocky walls, like Pescasseroli, Rivisondoli and Roccaraso.
The natural landscape with the high and steep peaks of the Gran Sasso, the Laga Mountains and Mount Majella, slopes down to a wide range of hills, until it finally reaches the Adriatic coast.
The route that spans from the Gran Sasso down to the sea crosses territories that are rich in history, traditions and art, that never cease to surprise visitors.
Narrow valleys and memorable natural paths thrust into the mountains and hills , just like the amazing and fascinating Aterno valley, filled with old boroughs.
There are many natural reserves, like the National Parks of Abruzzo, the Park of Gran Sasso and the Laga Mountains, or that of Mount Majella, which ensure protection to the typical vegetable and animal species of the area, like the golden eagle, the wolf and the Marsican brown bear.
The Adriatic coast is characterized by long and sandy beaches. Also, the small villages of the hinterland, as well as the monasteries and castles of the region, are very charming and are part of many routes for tourists in the greenest region in Italy.
The provinces of the region are: L’Aquila (regional capital), Pescara, Teramo anches to the sd Chieti.
The Olive House Italy is located a few short kilometres from the centre of Roccascalegna, The town has all the facilities you will need including; three bars, a pizza restaurant, a minimarket, pharmacy, post office, and a baker. Plus its famous castle and historical sites
There is a great traditional Italian restaurant which is only a 15 minutes walk from the villa and another a little further afield – both serving excellent examples of local Abruzzo food. .
More on Roccascalegna's historical sites:
The special feature of Roccascalegna is its castle, rising on a rock of limestone, which is connected to a bloody event: Legend has it that the cruel, devil-like, violent baron of the castle, Corvo de Corvis, was killed by the people of the village in his own castle.
–The Baron lived in the Spanish period, the 16th century; he never stopped exacting taxes of all kinds, and also obliged his subjects to kneel before a raven, black as the darkness surrounding the castle.anybody going to or leaving the village had to pass in front of the bird, along the only road leading to the settlement: those who refused to pay homage to the bird were arrested and at times killed.
Years of terror went by, and the barondecided to introduce the most hideous of medieval feudal customs, the "Jus primae noctis", which obliged every newly-wed bride to spend her first nuptial night with the Baron.
one winter night a young bride took out a dagger and stabbed the Baron in the heart. She fled away in panic, while the dying baron shouted at her horrible curses.
On the point of death, the Baron placed his bloody hand on the wall on top of his bed, where they say the mark remained though in the centuries the people tried to wipe away the scarlet hand, this always came back as red as ever on stormy nights, when the chilly Northern wind hits the merlons of the castle, the ghost of the Baron takes possession again of his ancient manor, and is compelled to repeat endlessly his tragic death, in the company of his faithful raven who disappeared with him.
the Abbey of San Pancrazio, established by Benedictine monks in the ninth century AD as a dependence San Liberatore a Majella, then in 1176 Pope Alessandro III signed a Bull that moved the Abbey to the jurisdiction of San Giovanni in Venere.
The stone frame of the portal is dated 1205, and was rebuilt probably after an attack of the Saracens. In 1324-1325 the abbey ruled over Roccha Scaregna and the churches of Santa Maria, Sant'Angelo and San Criscentiano (of which no trace is left). In the mid-16th century it was abandoned by the Benedictine monks, probably after a famine or plague, and later became a monastery of the Agostinian order. In the late 16th century it was already almost abandoned, and only in the mid-19th century restoration works allowed to uncover its pristine splendour and beauty.
Many legends are connected to the walls of the old Abbey, possibly because it rises beside the cemetery - it is said that on the night before November 1st inside the church the dead gather for a solemn ceremony. Another legend says that inside an opposite hill brigands buried a treasure on the spot where the shadow of the bell tower fell.