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Nature enthusiasts, breathtaking views from a great apartment.


Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, italian
Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, italian
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Calendar last updated:
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Nature enthusiasts, breathtaking views from a great apartment.

Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


Castiglione Messer Raimondo Apartment Rental Photos and Description

Tranquil 2 bedroom apartment with stunning views,natural swimming pool & sauna

La Stalla welcomes all nature enthusiasts to this tranquil haven. We strive to offer a really unique holiday experience, tailor made to suit your individual requirements. ‘La Stalla’ house is set on a terrace with inspirational views of the Grand Sasso Mountains, surrounding hills and valleys.

Your comfortable self-contained apartment has been purpose built with high vaulted wooden ceilings, large windows and French doors onto a balcony, all for you to enjoy the surrounding beauty. It is an ideal rural retreat for up to 5 people. It has 2 spacious, air conditioned bedrooms with great views. The sitting room has a very efficient wood burning stove with free use of wood, so it is guaranteed to be warm and cosy as needed.

In summer you may wish to just chill out, enjoy the sunshine, 'alfresco' outdoor kitchen area and stunning views. The natural swimming pool is the first in Abruzzo, cleaned by plants, so no chemicals are used. It is especially beneficial for children, sensitive skins or asthmatics, swim zone is 11 x 4 metres.

There will only be you and your party, visiting La Stalla, during your stay, so you will have the sole use of the pool, sauna and gardens including the outdoor kitchen. Your privacy and space will always be respected.

La Stalla has 5 hectares of mainly woodland, with delightful walks up to the ruins of a Temple, some of the land is very steep, as there are no fences it may not be suitable for very small children unsupervised. In season there are thousands of butterflies and fireflies. There is a car port for your use. A car is essential.

There are multiple spacious sitting / eating areas. A brazier is available for cooler evenings so you can enjoy the clear starry nights. All windows have mosquito nets. The apartment has external stairs, so may not suitable for the infirm.

There is wireless internet, large TV, DVD player with extensive DVD collection, CD. Many family games and books, also outdoor games available.

There is a large boules pitch, an ideal game with aperitifs before dinner. New BBQ /outdoor cooking area (initial charcoal provided) and spacious shaded pergola for the 2013 season.

The sauna has a window and music to enhance your relaxation, toweling dressing gowns and slippers provided. There is a spacious shower room adjoining the sauna, beside the pool. Chairs, sun loungers and hammock available.

La Stalla services : The owners, Suzy and Jeff had this wooden house built in 2009/10 after the cowshed - La Stalla was not suitable for conversion. Consequently we have been able to use eco-technology and meet all the anti seismic regulations. There are 2 self contained apartments. Jeff used to be an outdoor pursuits leader so offers advice for walks, mountaineering and camping, some equipment is for hire, drop off/ pick up service available. Maps and walking guides available.

Suzy was a professional cook prior to being a qualified nurse, is able to offer you delicious European meals at flexible times to suit your needs and enhance your holiday, e.g. first + last night or after a day’s sightseeing.

La Stalla is situated near the hamlet of San Giorgio, surrounded by fields and woodland. A car is essential, within walking distance there is an excellent agrituristica serving typical Abruzzian food.

Our nearest small towns (10-15 minutes drive), have supermarkets, excellent greengrocers, banks with ATM’s, post offices, weekly markets, as well as very good restaurants and bars.

Award winning vineyards of San Lorenzo is just 12 mins.

Pescara has Shopping Malls, Outlets and Designer shops.

Our local airport Pescara, (50 mins) with Ryanair from Stanstead London, or Anconna (2hrs) or Rome’s 2 airports (3 hrs). All directions will be sent to you.

There is a washing machine and soap available, the kitchenette is well equipped, all linen is changed each week, midweek change and clean is extra.

Cot and baby alarm is available.

The pool and new outside kitchen is only for the use of guests during their stay.

You may use seasonal produce from the organic vegetable plot.

We are constantly striving to improve La Stalla and the gardens, for the benefit of visitors, but we can assure you that no work will be done while guests are here.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 12, 2015

Guestbook comments from the owner

Such a fantastic place with such welcoming, generous and thoughtful hosts.

Suzy and Jeff are mines of information and their laminated sheets ensure super trips without the frustration of losing one's way.

Our new family saying is, as far a food is concerned is ... "It's not as good as Suzy's !! Thank you so much
Aug 2014
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Nature enthusiasts, breathtaking views from a great apartment.
average rating of 4.9375 based on 39 reviews

An incredible return visit to La Stalla

  • 5 of 5

We visited La Stalla in August 2012 and returned in August this year with family instead of friends who we knew would enjoy everything that La Stalla and Abruzzo have to offer.

As you can see from our previous review, we loved La Stalla on our first visit. The changes made by Suzy and Jeff since our last visit have made a wonderful retreat even better – it’s fair to say that sitting on the shaded terrace with a gentle breeze blowing and the broad landscape below, book in hand, was our favourite ‘activity’. The outdoor kitchen and barbecue area is also an inspired move letting us maximise outdoors time. Overall, we can’t praise the property itself highly enough.

As we’ve previously said, part of what makes La Stalla so amazing is Suzy and Jeff themselves. Our hosts were as genial and helpful as ever, and it feels like visiting old friends; Tia and Bianca definitely add to the welcoming feel. For anyone considering whether to have one of Suzy’s meals you should definitely do it; we frequently reminisce about this culinary experience and it was just as good on our second visit. Suzy and Jeff do everything they can to turn a great holiday into a brilliant one.

Having been twice to La Stalla, we have already broken our unwritten rule to not visit the same place twice when there’s so much of the world to see, but I have a strong feeling that we will be back again for a third time! We really can’t do justice in this review as to what an amazing time we had and we would wholeheartedly recommend a holiday at La Stalla to anyone and everyone.

  • Submitted: Dec 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow ! Thank you so much, (had to check bank account that we had not paid you !!) It was a real pleasure to meet your Mum and Sister, and delighted that you are now married, (apologies again for not being available for your honeymoon). Please come back we would love to see you again.

wonderful quiet place

  • 5 of 5

Nous avons été particulièrement enchantés par cet endroit magnifique, avec sa vue imprenable et son jardin parfaitement imaginé et entretenu que les enfants ont adoré.

L'appartement est particulièrement bien équipé, les environs offrent des balades très sympathiques, et on aurait du mal a trouver des hôtes plus charmants.

Nous avons vraiment apprécié la formule avec le dîner préparé tous les soirs, ce qui a nous permis de nous concentrer véritablement sur nos vacances, en profitant d'un excellent repas.

  • Submitted: Nov 24, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: "We were particularly delighted by this beautiful place, with its breathtaking views and perfectly created and maintained garden that the kids loved. The apartment is particularly well equipped. The surrounding area offers very nice walks, and it would be difficult to find more gracious hosts. We really enjoyed the formula with dinner prepared every night, which allowed us to really focus on our vacation, enjoying excellent meals." Thank you so much, we are delighted you enjoyed what La Stalla has to offer, especially as it was out of season, (stayed in November). I am particularly pleased that you both and your 3 little children, all enjoyed the variety of meals I cooked. Hope to see you again, so that you can all play in the pool.

Wonderful Holiday

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing holiday at La Stalla and would highly recommend it to anyone wanting a relaxing time in a beatiful location. Suzy & Jeff were the perfect hosts and ensured that our holiday went smoothly. Suzy's cooking was superb and we strongly suggest that you try one of her barbeques for which you will need a large appetite and Jeff's knowledge of the local area was unsurpassed. Together, and not forgetting Tia and Bianca, they made our holiday just perfect.

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for taking your boys advice and trying 'something different'. We are so pleased you enjoyed your time at La Stalla.

gemütlich, familiär und liebevoll

  • 5 of 5

La Stalla ist eine besondere Ferienwohnung an einem wunderschönen Platz eingebettet in der Natur. Wir haben uns hier von Anfang an sehr wohl gefühlt bei Jeff und Suzy. Die Ferienwohnung ist sehr gemütlich und hat wirklich alles was man braucht. Sogar Gewürze, Essig Öl, Tee, Kaffee, und vieles vieles mehr. Das Frühstück war super lecker. Suzy und Jeff immer sehr um uns bemüht und hilfsbereit. Mit Holzofen in der Wohnung und Aussensauna ist auch bei schlechtem Wetter für wohlige Wärme gesorgt. Der Aussenbereich ist so liebevoll gestaltet mit Sauna, Aussenküche mit Grillmöglichkeiten am Naturteich und Ausblicke über Hügellandschaften und dem Grand Sasso -einem Spielfeld zum Boccia oder Federball spielen - und Hund Tia ,Katze Bianca, Frösche, Salamander und Libellen inclusive laden dazu ein, einfach den Tag zuhause zu verbringen ob in der Hängematte oder in der Hollywoodschaukel. Und als einzige Gäste dieser einzelnen Ferienwohnung hat man dies alles ganz für sich alleine. Doch auch die Ausflüge in den Grand Sasso sind es wert ins Auto zu steigen und über die kurvigen und teilweise renovier bedürftigen Strassen zu fahren. Nach ca. 45 min ist man am Eingang vom Campo Imperatore dem Little Tibet von Europa - Eine Hochebene inmitten dem Grand Sasso Gebirge. Fantastische Eindrücke bleiben uns hier in Erinnerung. Um die Gegend um La Stalla herum zu erkundigen braucht man auch für kürzere Strecken immer länger als die gewohnten Autofahrtzeiten, doch es sind viele lohnenswerte Ausflüge beschrieben. Wer es ruhig gemütlich und familiär mag, ist hier wunderbar aufgehoben. Liebe Grüsse *Marion + Ralf

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is always a pleasure to have guests, especially photographers, who really appreciate the wonderful area here at la Stalla. look forward to welcoming you again. "La Stalla is a unique holiday home nestled in a beautiful place in nature. We felt very comfortable here from the start with Jeff and Suzy. The apartment is very comfortable and has absolutely everything you could need. Even spices, vinegar, oil, tea, coffee, and much more. The breakfast was delicious. Suzy and Jeff always worked very hard for us and helpful. The wood burning stove in the apartment and the outdoor sauna made any bad weather, cosy and warm for us. The outdoor area is so lovingly designed with sauna, outdoor kitchen with barbecue facilities in a natural pond and views over rolling hills and the Grand Sasso – also a pitch for bocce or badminton. The dog Tia, cat Bianca, frogs, salamanders and dragonflies together, invite you to just spend the day at home whether in the hammock or in the porch swing. As the only guests in this individual apartment, you have it all to yourself. The trips to the Grand Sasso are worth it, to get there by car, driving along the winding roads. After about 45 minutes you are at the entrance of the Campo Imperatore the Little Tibet of Europe - A high level amidst the Grand Sasso mountains. Fantastic impressions of this area will stay with us. To explore the local area around La Stalla, even for shorter routes, always take longer than the usual car journey times, but there are described many worthwhile excursions. If you like it quiet, cosy and comfortable, this is a wonderful the place to go"

Ein wunderschöner Urlaubsort mit viel Ruhe

  • 5 of 5

Es ist ein wunderschöner Ort mit einem super Ausblick, der einen entspannen lässt. Suzy und Jeff haben sich super um uns gekümmert. Sie waren immer zur Stelle wenn man sie brauchte. Ansonsten waren sie sehr zurückhaltend. Für uns war alles sehr angenehmen. Das Frühstück war super . Die Zimmer sowie der Ausblick ein Traum. Alles war sehr sehr sauber.Die Außenküche war für uns mit 3 Kindern ein absoluter Vorteil. Die Kinder konnten im Teich baden und wir das Essen fertig machen. Es war auch für alles gesorgt. Wir haben uns noch nie so gut umsorgt gefühlt. Besser als in einem Hotel. Man braucht auf jeden Fall ein Auto. In der Umgebung gibt es viel zu sehen, was aber auch sehr umfangreich von Suzy und Jeff in einer Mappe zusammengestellt wurde. Wir kommen wieder!!!

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you all so much for visiting us at La Stalla. It is wonderful for us to be able to share this lovely place with like minded people. You are a lovely family and look for to seeing you again.

Fantastic - all that is lovely about rural Italy.

  • 5 of 5

We spent 2 fantastic weeks at La Stalla.

We drove from the UK, which was a fair old journey but suited our preference. Suzy and Jeff were extremely helpful with info before the holiday and even more pleasant and helpful during our stay.

If the photos of the beautiful property and the stunning views and the description of the excellent facilities sound too good to be true - they are not. It is all exactly as shown, with loads of small but important extras that Suzy and Jeff include to make the holiday perfect.

My teenage girls were suitably nervous about swimming in the nature pool before we came - but spent hours in and around the pool almost every day and found it great fun. The pond wildlife really adds an extra dimension but they stay well clear whilst you're in the pool. Though gently swimming with a beautiful dragon fly circling over head is truly a wonderful experience.

We spent as much time outside as possible, the cooking and eating areas are great. Loads of shaded areas, chairs etc. Our kids loved having a big outside fridge for all their holiday treats and we cooked and ate every meal outside.

The view from the bedroom windows in the morning and at night are a real treat - and sitting out on the balcony in the evening with twinkling lights in the valleys and moonlit mountains behind is very romantic.

Lastly, and definitely not least, you will be treated to the friendship of the most lovable pets in Italy from morning till night (we're missing Tia terribly!).

Yes, it's off the beaten track, roads are rural and bumpy, it takes a little while to get any where and you can hear tractors, cows and the occasional dog barking whilst lying in bed but that is exactly the charm of the place, the views are simply stunning in all directions and if all of that appeals then we don't think it can be easily bettered. We certainly aim to return.

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for this lovely review, we are all, our pets included, delighted that you enjoyed your holiday, we know how important holidays are, and feel proud if we can help to make yours special. Looking forward to your return.


Nearest Airport
43 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
8 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
36 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
58 Kilometres
Francavilla al Mare
Nearest Train
36 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
32 Kilometres
Pescara North/ Citta S Angelo
Nearest Restaurant
7 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
51 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
34 Kilometres
Car: necessary

Abruzzo is the green heart of Europe, 60% of its land is National Parks, it is the least populated Italian region. Your apartment is situated half way between the mountains and the sea. La Stalla is the perfect setting for exploring Abruzzo.

In the National Parks there is a wide range of wild life including the protected Chamois, Marsican Bears and Apennine Wolves, (3 of which have previously visited La Stalla). There is an extensive range of birds, with Golden Eagles visiting us most days. Abruzzo is a mountainous province, the Grand Sasso is the highest point in the Apennines. , clearly seen from La Stalla, The National Park provides a wide range of activities, walking, climbing, skiing, horse riding around Campo Imperatore. Abruzzo has hundreds of historical hill topped towns, many picturesque ones close by, Castiglione, Montefino and Penne.

The coast line has numerous Blue Flag beaches, the nearby ones are shallow and sandy, so child friendly. Further south the coastline is rocky, good for snorkelling and diving.

Golf: The nearest golf centre is the 18 hole course at the Miglianico Golf and Country Club centre near Francavilla al Mare at 58 km away

Ski: There are 17 ski areas in Abruzzo, our nearest ski lift is at Assergi - 51 km away, for skiing around the Grand Sasso range. Ski mountaineering is also available there.

The nearest cross country skiing is from Castel del Monte 43 km. Renowned ski resorts including the area around Caramanico Terme in the Majella mountains only 63 km away.

Sauna and hot meal can be provided for you on your return to La Stalla.


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Castiglione Messer Raimondo Apartment Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Bargain Spring breaks
Mar 17 2015 - Jun 12 2015
5 night minimum stay
Early Summer Breaks
Jun 13 2015 - Jul 3 2015
5 night minimum stay
High Season
Jul 4 2015 - Sep 12 2015
7 night minimum stay
Autumn 2015
Sep 13 2015 - Dec 18 2015
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Notes We have competitively priced the La Stalla apartment especially to appeal to like minded lovers of nature .
Great opportunity to get away from the crowds and impersonal accommodation.
We offer you as much peace and independence as you wish or advice on days out.
Totally self catered or full board or a combination to suit your needs.

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Castiglione Messer Raimondo Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment (detached)
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • lodge
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 64 m²
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Backpack
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • PC
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove
  • 2 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave ...
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , bidet , by Pool and Sauna
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , In the apartment
  • Both bathrooms are modern, initial toiletries supplied. Hand towel, Bath towel, towelling bathrobe, pool towel and sauna towel provided for each guest.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 king , or into 2 twins
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Cot available with baby alarm. Pull down bed available
  • Both bedrooms have large double beds, with wardrobes, with coat hangers, chest of drawers, bedside cabinets, bedside lights, mosquito nets and air conditioning. There is a small supplement cost for the use of the air conditioning. Fans available. Both rooms have wonderful views to look at while sitting in bed. Bedroom 2 can be made up into twin beds. A cot and linen can be added in to Bedroom 1, on request. There is also a baby alarm for your reassurance. FREE baby sitting can be available. There is a comfortable pull down bed that can be used in the front bedroom or sitting room, suitable for adults too. All bed linen including bath robes, towels, pool towels are changed weekly. If you book for more than 7 nights we will change the linen and clean mid stay for you, without charge.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • Sauna ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
You are welcome to use all the multiple eating and sitting areas. There is a BBQ area with free initial charcoal and a brazier. The alfresco area is well equipped, so you can prepare and cook a meal outside. We can also prepare a delicious BBQ for you to cook. The apartment kitchenette has 2 hobs, fridge, kettle, grill and microwave. Welcome drink provided, initial supply of drinks including milk, orange juice, seasonal fruit and a bottle of wine in the flat on arrival. Welcome packs or shopping can be done if requested OR Excellent Meals can be provided, typically 20-25 Euros for a 4 course meal including wine, you may find this especially useful on your first and last nights or after hectic days out, I just need 12 hours notice. Most special diets can be catered for. Meal times can be flexible to suit your holiday needs. Celebration meals and cakes can be made. Our main aim is to help you enjoy your holiday

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