Casoli House Rental Photos and Description
5 bedrooms, sleeps 10 - 12, in the heart of a National Park, Maiella, Abruzzo
Newly Refurbished Farmhouse on the edge of the Maiella National Park offers luxurious accommodation over two floors. Large eat-in kitchen, spacious, wood-beamed drawing room with open fire, book-lined study with wood burning stove, entrance hall, utility room and five well appointed bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms. Featured in 'Italia' magazine and designed to the highest standards. Wi-fi access and comprehensive film library. Set in landscaped gardens with pool, barbecue, views over olive groves, mountains and sea. Can be rented in conjunction with Il Fienile (adjoining) to sleep a total of 16 - 18 guests.
Casa Marrucina: The house is ideally situated for hiking in the National Park of the Maiella (only 5 minutes away), sunbathing and seaside swimming in the summer (the Adriatic coast is only half an hour away) and skiing in the winter. We can recommend activities and cultural excursions and we are able to organise Italian language courses (we have close connections to the internationally acclaimed ‘Athena’ school in nearby Lanciano). We are more than happy to accommodate specific requests guests may have in mind. We have sourced many ‘artegianale’ producers of local food products of the highest quality, as well as textile and porcelain manufacturers, all traditional to the region. Our olive oil is of the highest quality (hand-picked, cold-pressed, extra- virgin, and single- estate) and is in great demand in London - there is always enough, however, for our guests!
About Abruzzo: Abruzzo is one of the most historically fascinating areas of Italy, with much archaeological evidence dating back to pre-roman times. Hilltop settlements are still to be seen in Abruzzo’s many villages and towns, from L’Aquila and Sulmona in the Abruzzan uplands to Guardiagrele, Casoli and Roccascalegna facing the Adriatic sea over the littoral plains. The countryside is stunning in its’ magnificence – set in the National Parks of the Gran Sasso, the Maiella and the Sirente Velino. Here are vast tracts of forest (oak, beech and chestnut) populated with golden eagles, chamois, lynxes, deer and wild boar. To the east, miles of fabulous beaches on the Adriatic, ranging from the sophistication of Pescara to the untamed Vasto peninsula, reminiscent of the wilder reaches of the North Cornish coast. The proximity of the increasingly popular Croatian coastline and archipelago, easily accessible from Ancona, Pescara, Ortona, provides an added attraction, especially for recreational sailors.
Food and Wine: Last but not least, is the Abruzzan cuisine is one of the most gastronomically prized in Italy. The huge diversity of excellent ingredients, from the fresh fish of the Adriatic to the air-dried hams and cheeses of the mountains, enable the visitor to enjoy fantastic meals throughout his stay. The wines of the region, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo ( a robust but in many cases sophisticated red), Cerasuolo, the rosè made with the same grape, and the Trebbiano whites preclude any further searching of the wine-list.
- children welcome
- limited accessibility
- non smoking only
- pets not allowed
About Bimbi Bellhouse
We first came to Abruzzo in 2000 and were immediately enchanted not only by the friendliness and sincerity of the locals, but by the feeling that we were still in an Italy that had all but vanished 30 years before. The fantastic countryside, with its majestic mountains, unspoilt hilltop villages and miles of sandy Adriatic beaches provided a welcome antidote to life in London where we were and still are Interior Designers with a diverse portfolio of clients. When we found our house it was the fabulous 360 degree views which made us by it unhesitatingly. The house is a real family home and everybody that comes to stay, whether our own family (children and grandchildren) friends or renters, equally fall in love with it. We are totally integrated into the local community, providing work not only through our own organic olive groves (where we produce a delicious award winning extra virgin olive oil, and also a fabulous and extremely health-giving olive leaf tea), but also through our refurbishment work. We have project managed some fantastic conversions locally both for English and Italian clients. We also organise an Art Show every year in the Castello di Casoli, our local market town. This event has grown over the years and attracts not only artists of some repute, Royal Academicians among them, but also people from as far away as Pescara or Rome.
Bimbi Bellhouse purchased this house in 2001
Why Bimbi Bellhouse chose Casoli
Our house has been completely refurbished to the highest possible standard and provides a stylishly comfortable home from home: hand-made curtains and sofas ensure a luxurious stay, and the garden with its pool , pergola and lawns leading on to the olive groves provides an equally relaxing environment
What makes this house unique
The house is big enough for a family to relax in different ways - grown ups in the Drawing Room or enjoying a drink under the pergola, children in the Study or by the pool. The large and well equipped Kitchen is a joy for anyone who loves to cook, and the barbecue is great for relaxed lunches or suppers. It is truly comfortable, even when (as occasionally happens!) it rains. The views are tremendous - on one side the majestic Maiella, second highest mountain in the Appenine chain, on the other a view to the sea. A long view to the South, over the lake of Casoli and behind the house our 1000 olive trees stretch into the distance. Truly magical.