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Casa la Rocca – Home 111983 Apartment

  • 2 bedrooms
  • 4 sleeps
  • 3 nights min stay

Key Info

  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 60 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car advised
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden

Description from owner

Description

Casa La Rocca is a lovely reconstructed farmhouse standing at the southern end of the Sulmona valley.

The house and attached apartment are set within quiet fields, orchards and vineyards and enjoy tremendous views in all directions of the surrounding mountains and national parks. It's a great place for a peaceful holiday in magnificent countryside and yet within a few kilometres of the market town of Sulmona and the beautiful old hilltop village of Pettorano Sul Gizio.

The apartment is perfect for your post-lockdown break - independent, self-contained and self-catered, peaceful and away from other people.

Accommodating outdoor enthusiasts is our speciality. We love to help walkers, cyclists, skiers, climbers and naturalists get the very most out of their trip to this wonderful region. Stuart, one of the owners, is the author of 'Walking in Abruzzo'; the 2nd Edition was published by Cicerone Press in January 2018.

But catering for those seeking a less active holiday is an equal pleasure - the tranquility and heat of the valley often prove irresistably suited to a day of lounging in the hammock, eating, reading and sipping the house red made from our own Montepulciano grapes.

The apartment is situated on one level at the back of the main house. It has its own entrance through french windows that lead into the kitchen / living room. A shady porch runs the length of the back.

Outside is a private terrace shaded by mature trees that offer a welcome respite from the summer heat. This creates a lovely spot for dining al fresco whilst enjoying the views. Guests also have exclusive use of the large back balcony of the house, with loungers and a shady pergola.

Although perfect for a small family or goup of friends, Casa La Rocca is equally suited as a quiet retreat for a couple or two friends. We are pleased to offer a discount on bookings of 7 nights or more and in the Spring and Autumn.

Further details

The apartment and surrounds are suitable for people with mild to moderate mobility issues. There is one small step down into the living room and the shower room has seating but is not wheelchair accessible. The staircase to the balcony may not be suitable for some disabilities.

Further details indoors

The kitchen / living area is fully fitted with a dining table seating four, a two seater sofa and two easy chairs, TV / DVD / CD player, games and a library of local information and attractions. Detailed walking advice and maps are available from the owners who have extensive knowledge of the Abruzzo mountains.

There are two bedrooms. One has a double bed and sunny french windows which look out over the land whilst the other has twin beds which can be made up into a double if desired. The view from this bedroom extends towards Sulmona and the mountains of the Grand Sasso beyond.

The apartment balcony is gained by an external spiral staircase. There are sun loungers and a shady pergola for when you want to escape the heat but still enjoy the elevated views.

A travel cot and high chair are available if required.

The bathroom contains a shower cubicle and bidet. A shower seat is available if required.

Wi-fi internet access is available and a washing machine can be used in the main house.

The apartment also has beach towels, sun shades and a cool box available for guests.

Further details outdoors

The house is accessed down a long drive with fields either side. Pets are welcome and guests are free to enjoy all of the outside area including our pizza oven and fountain, field, vineyard and orchard. The whole valley can be explored either on foot or by bike directly from the apartment.

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Families

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

Bed & bathroom

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

Amenities

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Shared garden
  • Private garden
  • BBQ
  • Solarium or roof terrace
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Internet access
  • Central heating
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Kettle
  • Iron
  • High chair available
  • TV
  • DVD player
  • Stereo system
  • Hair dryer
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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Access

  • Parking
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Getting around

It's best to have a car when you are staying at Casa La Rocca as there is not a good bus service to the house and the railway station and stops for the main bus routes are in Sulmona - 4km away. The nearest shops are also in Sulmona. And you will need a car to get to most of the mountain areas. Trains and buses from Sulmona, though, are good and go in all directions. Stuart has developed a number of walking days out that make specific use of rail and bus connections. Cycling around the area is great and you can explore the Val del Gizio on foot directly from the apartment including the walk up to the village of Pettorano which is a lovely thing to do - takes about 90 minutes.

Interaction with guest

We live at Casa La Rocca and will be there during your stay. We are always available for help and advice from when we welcome you until when you leave - weather, walking routes, markets etc... Just occassionally we may be away but we would let you know in advance and usually a friend will be in the house to cover for us. The main house and entrance are on the opposite side of the building so you won't really be aware of us unless you need us or fancy a chat! And no worries about social distancing! We have two dogs who love to make friends with our guests.

Policies

Payment
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: £100.00
Smoking
No smoking at this property

Cancellations

Change of plans? No problem. You could receive a partial or full refund, depending on when you cancel.

Booking confirmed

100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).

24 hours after booking

50% refund of the amount paid (minus the booking fee*) if cancelled at least 4 weeks before check-in.

4 weeks before

No refund if cancelled less than 4 weeks before check-in.

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About the owner

Stuart H.
Response rate:
100%
Calendar updated:
24 Aug 2020
Years listed:
10
Based in:
United Kingdom
Overall rating:
5

Languages spoken: English, Italian

This Apartment has 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom and sleeps 4. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 04 Jan 2010. Located in Sulmona, it has 70 reviews with an overall rating of 5. The average weekly rate varies from £441 to £481.

The Owner has a response rate of 100% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 24 Aug 2020.

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Guest reviews

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“Great apartment as a base for exploring Abruzzo's national parks”

Reviewed 22 Oct 2019

Casa la Rocca is a wonderful, well-equiped apartment in a beautiful valley surrounded by a vineyard and herb garden. This is a well-positioned base for visiting Abruzzo's national parks and histo… More

“Perfect place to stay and experience the REAL Italy!”

Reviewed 15 Oct 2019

The location was perfect for us to explore Sulmona, Pacentra and Petorano.The mountains greet you each day! We loved the apartment and had everything we needed to cook our Italian meals after shopping… More

“Great stay”

Reviewed 15 Oct 2019

A super well equipped and comfortable apartment. Everything we needed to cook our meals, relax and have a good night's sleep. We appreciated the outdoor space, Stuart and Hil's recommendatio… More

“Gem of a place near Sulmona”

Reviewed 19 Sep 2019

Fantastic stay at Stuart and Hils place, Stuart has written an excellent walking book on Abruzzo and this is a great place to stay as a base for lots of the walks, we managed one each day! There are walks for every ability. The flat is perfect for 4, we took 2 friends and they loved it. Lots of lovely restaurants near by where a litre of the house wine was €4! If you want to see a bit of Italy that is unspoilt and not very touristy this is the place to stay, and if you love walking this is definitely the place to stay, as Stuart is on hand to give you lots of advice and tips.

“A wonderful and different place to stay.”

Reviewed 10 Sep 2019

Wonderful because it is a well constructed and well furnished apartment set in the Sulmona valley. A perfect location for exploring Abruzzo as it is pretty central, and close to the SS17 and the Roma/… More

“Perfect for relaxing and walking”

Reviewed 3 Aug 2019

We loved Casa la Rocca! Beautiful location in a quiet rural valley, comfortable well-equipped apartment. Stuart was warm and hospitable and gave us information on some fantastic walks in the surroun… More

“Perfect home base to explore the parks of Abruzzo”

Reviewed 1 Jul 2019

Casa la Rocca is in a valley surrounded by the peaks of three national parks, the Majella, the Gran Sasso, and the Abruzzo. It's also a few kilometers from the small city of Sulmona and Pettorano… More

“Beautiful, comfortable, lovely. . . .”

Reviewed 4 Jun 2019

What a wonderful place to be! We enjoyed stunning views and walks, both up and down the valley and into the many nearby mountains and parks and villages. Loved that we could wander out the door and in… More

“We keep coming back!”

Reviewed 22 Nov 2018

We have now stayed 5 times at Casa la Rocca. What more could you say? Let me try...Stuart and Hillary are the perfect hosts. Their hospitality and knowledge of the area is astounding. The apartmen… More

“Perfection, a second time”

Reviewed 6 Nov 2018

It was that perfect feeling of coming home when I drove up to Casa la Rocca. Between the warm welcome of Stuart and Hil,to being greeted by Max and Fleury and the familiar comfort of the apartment, I … More

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FAQs

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How do I pay for my holiday?

Use the Book your stay form to pay provisionally online. You can pay by credit/debit card or PayPal. Stuart (the owner) will have 24 hours to accept the booking and no money will leave your account before then.

If you’ve been sent a quote, simply accept it and pay online through the email we sent you. You can also do this in Manage your holiday booking.

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Why can't I call Stuart (the owner) before booking?

You can exchange contact details with the property owner/manager once your booking is confirmed and you’ve paid in full. Paying and communicating only through our platform allows us to ensure that your booking is covered by our Payment Protection policy.

If you have any questions before booking, you can send the property owner/manager a message via the contact form on their listing. Once you’ve booked, you can discuss the rental and make arrangements for your trip by logging into Manage my booking.

How do damage deposits work?

In most cases, you don’t pay a damage deposit up front. Instead, we save your payment details securely and you’re only charged in the event of damage to the property.

Occasionally, you will pay a damage deposit up front as part of the total rental cost. In this case, the owner has 10 days after you check out to report any damage. If they don’t, we’ll return your deposit. If their claim is successful, we’ll deduct the agreed cost and return the remainder.

How can I view and manage my booking?

Go to Manage your holiday booking to view all your booking details, pay the balance of your holiday or cancel it if you need to.

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You can pay the remaining balance of your holiday at any point. Simply go to Manage my holiday booking and click Pay now.

We’ll automatically charge the balance payment to the same payment method 10 days before it’s due. Go to Manage my holiday booking to see when the payment will be taken.

How can I retract my booking request?

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How do I cancel my booking?

Go to Manage your holiday booking to cancel your booking. Here you can view your cancellation policy to see if you’ll be refunded.

How do I edit my booking?

You can request to change the dates or number of people on your booking via the Manage your holiday booking page. To change your holiday dates use the Edit booking button. If you need to change the number of guests staying then send Stuart (the owner) a message.

If Stuart (the owner) agrees, they’ll send you a revised quote outlining the changes. You can review and accept/decline this from the Manage your holiday booking page. You’ll have 48 hours to take action before the revised quote expires.

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