CHARACTERISTIC COUNTRY HOUSE WITH SPECTACULAR MOUNTAIN VIEWS

Tracey Nicholas

Speaks english, italian
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Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 4 nights

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CHARACTERISTIC COUNTRY HOUSE WITH SPECTACULAR MOUNTAIN VIEWS

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Bedroom Farmhouse In 7.5 Acre Grounds, Including Gardens, Woodland, And River

‘Il Refugio’ is a charming, traditional, stone house, typical of this part of Abruzzo. The decor is tasteful and comfortable complimenting the rustic Italian characteristics, such as the vaulted ceiling in the kitchen and beamed ceiling in the lounge. The property is set in beautiful countryside with lovely views all around, including amazing views of the mountains, but is only a 10 minute drive from the beautiful, ancient walled town of Penne. The house and grounds are accessed directly from tarmac roads.

The house sleeps 4/5 – in two good sized double bedrooms. The fully equipped kitchen, with gas hob, electric oven, log burning stove, table and chairs, has everything necessary for preparing exciting dishes from locally sourced fresh food. The vaulted ceilings add an extremely characteristic touch. There is a walk-in pantry, meaning that if you decide to ‘do a big shop’ at the start of your holiday, storage certainly won’t be a problem. The relaxing lounge has a log burning stove, flat wall mounted television, CD /DVD Player and 2 comfortable settees. There is an wide choice of books and DVDs. The family bathroom has a full size bath and shower. The walls are two feet thick making the house cool in summer and warm in the cooler months. The ground floor utility/wash room, containing toilet, bidet, sink and washing machine, is a useful place to keep your walking shoes and beach items. Another room has a large fridge/freezer. The house is centrally heated. Wi-fi internet available.

The ‘pièce de résistance’ is surely the garden, with its spectacular views of the Gran Sasso mountains. There is an expansive paved area around the house, which is flat and spacious. The large, permanent gazebo and covered patio areas give shade, whilst there are plenty of sunny areas too – perfect for sun worshippers and shade seekers alike! The garden was designed with entertainment, fun and relaxation in mind, and it has certainly succeeded. The covered areas mean that it is ideal for all-weather outdoor eating. Plus, the abundant amount of outside lights around the patio area and the confines of the garden, give so much light that meals can enjoyed outside at any time of day or night. There is a large table, many outside chairs and a barbecue. The garden, including some of the meadowland, is fully fenced, with a gated entrance, providing security and ample parking, as well as a safe area for pets to roam.

From the ornamental garden around the house, you can follow steps down to the 7.5 acre grounds, which include meadow areas and woodland. First, you will encounter a swing, plus a picnic bench on a flat grassy area below the garden. Then, there is nature walk with access to the river through private woods, which create a haven for a host of birds and wildlife. Within the extensive grounds of ‘Il Refugio’, you can enjoy a piece of the beautiful countryside of Abruzzo, without having to leave ‘home!’

Perfect for a quiet, peaceful holiday set between the coast (30mins) and the mountains (45mins). There are wide, sandy beaches at Montesilvano, Silvi Marina and Pineto for swimming / sunbathing and a large network of signposted walks in the mountains for walkers. For those looking for a relaxing break away from the stresses of modern life, ‘Il Refugio’ is the ideal place to stay.

Arrival at 'Il Refugio': -

On your arrival, you will be met by an English person, who lives in the local area. She will be on-hand throughout your stay, if you need any help or advice.

If you are too tired to shop or cook when you arrive - we can book you a table at Il Refugio's local restaurant, where Rita and her family will be happy to serve you delicious seasonal and local food. Please let us know a few days before your arrival date, to ensure there is a table free for you. Also, your welcome pack contains a bottle of wine, and some food items for your supper and breakfast the next morning.

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Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome

Tracey Nicholas

This advertiser has been with HomeAway.com since 2012
Speaks english, italian
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Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 4 nights
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Characteristic Country House With Spectacular Mountain Views
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Characteristic Country House With Spectacular Mountain Views
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Penne Pescara
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Il Refugio

  • 5 of 5
We have stayed twice at 'Il Refugio' and both stays were memorable for all the right reasons.
The property has beautiful country views and the location takes you back 'a step in time'. The property is immaculate inside and out and fulfilled our expectations. The medieval town of Penne is only a short drive away and we enjoyed exploring the town, discovering new (old) local cuisine in a variety of different locations and styles from a bygone era. There are mountains in the distance which we have yet to explore and the stunning beaches of the Adriatic sea are only a pleasant 30 minute drive away. All around there are places and historic towns steeped in local history and old traditions but our favorite memories are the 'al fresco' eating and bathing in the atmosphere of true Italian tradition at the end of the day.
Practically speaking.
Il Refugio is everything it says in the property description. You will need transport, local walking is good and the promise of adventure and discovering a forgotten era is omnipresent.

We hope to visit again soon.
  • Submitted: Mar 24, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2012
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Characteristic Country House With Spectacular Mountain Views
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Penne Pescara
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The Idyllic Refuge

  • 5 of 5
Having driven along a winding lane, we pulled up to “Il Refugio” in glorious sunlight. Passing through the wrought iron gates, snuggled behind private walls and Oleander hedges, we immediately felt at home.
The rich golden walls and clutches of exposed stone made the house glow in the warm afternoon light. We walked around the corner to be greeted by the uninterrupted view of The Gran Sasso Peak. The first glimpse of this stunning panorama remains engraved upon our memories.
Throwing our bags indoors, we explored the gardens and pathway down to the shallow river which meanders through the woodland which extends along the valley floor. We were told to keep our eyes peeled for wild boar. None leapt out this time but red kite circled gracefully overhead.
We were immediately struck by the accessibility of this is beautiful exploring country, not only for casual strollers like us but also the serious orienteer or mountain biker, for the Gran Sasso National Park was right on our doorstep.
We are enthusiastic ‘foodies’, so discovering a very friendly and reputable agritourismo within two miles, was a glorious find. “Il Cignale” is renowned for its locally sourced produce and generous rustic fare.
When in need of retail therapy (Abruzzese style), the local medieval town of Penne provided us with all our basic needs and more, from freshly made pasta to ceramics. The ancient walled centre is pedestrianized, has a busy piazza and thriving street market; with a refreshing absence of English voices. An abundance of architectural treasures, dinky cafes and rustic restaurants were all there waiting to be discovered.
We had fun driving about too, investigating Abruzzo’s lovely perched towns and extensive Adriatic beaches. This region thrives but it is by no means touristy. When hot and tired after a day’s adventuring, returning to the cool shade of the garden gazebo and an iced drink was wonderful.
Most memorable of all were our mealtimes at ‘Il Refugio’ itself, eating outdoors under the purpose built veranda: Breakfasts of fresh figs and peaches; evenings listening to the distant crackle and boom of “festa fireworks” whilst drinking in the glorious night sky and aptly named “vino nero”, so called because of its complex flavour and deep, dark opacity.
The sweet crunch of the locally made bread, the silkiness of fresh pasta and “arrosticini”, drizzled with green, peppery Abruzzan Olive Oil, for which the region is famous; tempt us back, irresistibly.
  • Submitted: Mar 18, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Characteristic Country House With Spectacular Mountain Views
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p1068951
+39 3492753034
Penne Pescara
5

The perfect Italian Refuge

  • 5 of 5
Having driven along a winding lane, we pulled up to “Il Refugio” in glorious sunlight. Passing through the wrought iron gates, snuggled behind private walls and Oleander hedges, we immediately felt at home.
The rich golden walls and clutches of exposed stone made the house glow in the warm afternoon light. We walked around the corner to be greeted by the uninterrupted view of The Gran Sasso Peak. The first glimpse of this stunning panorama remains engraved upon our memories.
Throwing our bags indoors, we explored the gardens and pathway down to the shallow river which meanders through the woodland which extends along the valley floor. We were told to keep our eyes peeled for wild boar. None leapt out this time but red kite circled gracefully overhead.
We were immediately struck by the accessibility of this is beautiful exploring country, not only for casual strollers like us but also the serious orienteer or mountain biker, for the Gran Sasso National Park was right on our doorstep.
We are enthusiastic ‘foodies’, so discovering a very friendly and reputable agritourismo within two miles, was a glorious find. “Il Cignale” is renowned for its locally sourced produce and generous rustic fare.
When in need of retail therapy (Abruzzese style), the local medieval town of Penne provided us with all our basic needs and more, from freshly made pasta to ceramics. The ancient walled centre is pedestrianized, has a busy piazza and thriving street market; with a refreshing absence of English voices. An abundance of architectural treasures, dinky cafes and rustic restaurants were all there waiting to be discovered.
We had fun driving about too, investigating Abruzzo’s lovely perched towns and extensive Adriatic beaches. This region thrives but it is by no means touristy. When hot and tired after a day’s adventuring, returning to the cool shade of the garden gazebo and an iced drink was wonderful.
Most memorable of all were our mealtimes at ‘Il Refugio’ itself, eating outdoors under the purpose built veranda: Breakfasts of fresh figs and peaches; evenings listening to the distant crackle and boom of “festa fireworks” whilst drinking in the glorious night sky and aptly named “vino nero”, so called because of its complex flavour and deep, dark opacity.
The sweet crunch of the locally made bread, the silkiness of fresh pasta and “arrosticini”, drizzled with green, peppery Abruzzan Olive Oil, for which the region is famous; tempt us back, irresistibly.
  • Submitted: Mar 18, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
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Characteristic Country House With Spectacular Mountain Views
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Penne Pescara
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A Perfect Getaway

  • 5 of 5
We were lucky enough to stay at "Il Refugio" twice during 2012. The property is delightful with lovely gardens and fantastic views of the surrounding area, on both occasions the interior was immaculate and VERY comfortable. It is only a short drive away from the medieval town of Penne, where you can find a good selection of shops, cafe's and restaurant's (most serving reasonably priced local dishes).
The house is situated about 30 minutes from both the beach and the mountains, so there was plenty to do for all ages. But our favourite time, was an evening spent on the wonderful terrace eating our evening meal "Al Fresco" with the sights and sounds of the true Italy all around.
  • Submitted: Dec 27, 2012
  • Stayed: Sep 2012
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Characteristic Country House With Spectacular Mountain Views
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Penne Pescara
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Il Refugio

  • 5 of 5
A perfect location for a tranquil holiday,beautifully positioned between mountains and sea.The house is comfortable,light and well equipped and the grounds are extensive,private and offer plenty of shade.In particular the enormous patio area is cool and shaded making it perfect for outdoor summer living both day and night. A car is essential to explore the local mountains,nearby coast and excellent beaches as well as the amazing architecture of the many nearby towns and villages.
This is the idyllic uncommercialised and unspoilt Italy where one can mingle effortlessly with local Italians going about their everyday lives oblivious of your presence
  • Submitted: Dec 6, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
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Map

Map

Nearest Airport
35 Kilometres
Pescara
Nearest Ferry
35 Kilometres
Pescara
Nearest Train
35 Kilometres
Pescara
Nearest Motorway
25 Kilometres
Pescara Nord
Nearest Beach
25 Kilometres
Montesilvano
Nearest Barpub
4 Kilometres
Penne
Nearest Ski
55 Kilometres
Campo Imperatore
Nearest Golf
50 Kilometres
Miglianico
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Penne
Car: necessary

Penne nestles in a beautiful landscape, set in the hills between the Apennine Mountains and the Adriatic sea and serves a commune of some 10,000 people. Voted one of Italy's most beautiful towns, Penne is called the ‘city of art’ with museums, churches and a magnificent cathedral. With all the amenities of large town, including shops, bars, cafes, restaurants and a lively Saturday market, Penne provides an excellent glimpse of the real Italy. With many Festas (festivals) held throughout the year, especially during the summer months, you will find typical foods, wine and music of Abruzzo, providing an ideal way of getting into the local spirit and soaking up the atmosphere of local life.

Penne is an ancient walled town, having been a seat of government of the Vestini people starting around 300 BC. In the Middle Ages, Penne was under the control of the Lombards as part of the Duchy of Spoleto. Around 1130,Penne became part of the Kingdom of Sicily. This rich history is reflected in the many architectural treasures and maze of atmospheric streets in the old town.

The nearby ‘Riserva Naturale Lago di Penne’, a large man-made lake and nature reserve, established in 1987, includes a Botanical Garden and is host to over 160 species of birds. The Riserva is well equipped with a Visitor Centre, an Otter Centre and a Butterfly Garden, as well as wildlife areas with picnic benches and hiking trails.

Abruzzo is one of Italy’s best kept secrets, long popular with Italians for its long, sun bathed coastline in summer and its extensive network of ski slopes in winter. Protected from the hordes of tourists that overcrowd Tuscany and Umbria, Abruzzo remains virtually untouched and is often referred to as the ‘Garden of Europe’. It has spectacular natural scenery, medieval castles and villages, monasteries and Roman ruins.

Much of the Abruzzo region is in National or Regional Park which host a vast array of wildlife, flowers and animals. Indeed bears, wolves and all manner of birds of prey inhabit the more remote corners of the countryside! Thanks to its Parks, Abruzzo’s nature has been safeguarded to be enjoyed and visited by all. The commitment to environmental conservation, together this great area of protected territory, has earned Abruzzo the deserved title of ‘greenest region in Europe’.

With 135km of seaside with blue flag beaches, the Adriatic coast, with its pines and palm-lined promenades is only 30 mins from’ Il Refugio’. The golden sands are clean and safe for children; the resorts are modern with a good selection of cafes and restaurants. To the north of Pescara, miles of sandy beach stretch uninterrupted, marked by a series of family oriented resorts with all the necessary facilities to keep everyone happy. To the south, the resorts and sandy beaches give way to a more beautiful but less developed stretch of coastline marked by small fishing villages and picturesque bays.

During the spring, as the snow melts the spectacular mountain scenery becomes a perfect place to explore. There are numerous way marked walking paths from gentle strolls between villages to more ambitious hikes into the highest and wildest stretches of the Gran Sasso. Car drivers will be delighted by the miles of empty roads which wind up into and through the mountains, with stunning views around every bend.

Abruzzo is conveniently close to many of central Italy’s well known urban centres; Rome and Naples being within easy reach by car or public transport. The region is rapidly establishing itself as an excellent base for lovers of Italy and all things Italian, who have perhaps, exhausted the over exposed charms of Tuscany and Umbria.

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Penne Farmhouse Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
Per property
Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
July - August 2014
Jul 1 2014 - Aug 31 2014
4 night minimum stay
£70
£490
 
 
September 2014
Sep 1 2014 - Sep 30 2014
4 night minimum stay
£65
£455
 
 
October 2014
Oct 1 2014 - Oct 31 2014
4 night minimum stay
£60
£420
 
 
November 2014
Nov 1 2014 - Nov 30 2014
4 night minimum stay
£55
£385
 
 
December 2014
Dec 1 2014 - Dec 31 2014
4 night minimum stay
£65
£455
 

Additional information about rental rates

Notes DISCOUNTS:
£35 discount, per week, for bookings of 1 or 2 people.
Longer stay bookings: £35 discount when 2 weeks are booked, £70 discount when 3 weeks are booked, £105 discount when 4 weeks are booked.

Preferred method of payment - bank transfer.

The price includes water, electricity, gas, bedlinen and towels (changed weekly). We also provide a welcome pack, which includes local wine.
25% of the total price is required as a deposit payment to secure the booking.
The remaining amount is payable 8 weeks before the start of the holiday.
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Amenities

Amenities

Penne Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse (detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 130 m²
Location Type:
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Family
  • Away From It All
General:
  • Towels Provided
  • Iron & Board
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Heating
  • Hair Dryer
  • Wood Stove
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Linens Provided
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Toaster
  • Stove
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , bidet
  • Bathroom 1 - upstairs - has a full size bath with shower, toilet and sink. Bathroom 2 - downstairs - has a toilet, bidet and washing machine.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
  • Both bedrooms each have 2 large windows, meaning that the rooms are light and airy. Bedroom 1 has magnificent views of the Gran Sasso mountains Bedroom 2 has lovely views of the local countryside. There is a fold-up single bed which can be placed in either bedroom.
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Toys
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Music Library
  • Books ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Porch / Veranda
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • bird watching
  • walking
  • outlet shopping
Local Services & Businesses:
  • hospital
  • ATM/bank
  • medical services
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
Notes:
There is a high chair and child's car seat available. We provide a large amount of information about the local area, plus restaurant recommendations.
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