Bisenti Farmhouse Rental Photos and Description
2 bedroom farmhouse deep in the Abruzzan countryside.
Ideal for those wanting a quiet holiday, Casa Del Falco is a small working olive farm lying deep in the Abruzzan countryside. Casa Del Falco is situated in north Abruzzo in the province of Teramo and lies midway between the small hill towns of Castiglione Messer Raimondo and Bisenti.
The house has two good-sized bedrooms (one double, one twin) and a large living/dining area. There is a small but fully equipped kitchen and a shower room with all the facilities, including a washing machine.
Outside there is a patio garden with a magnificent view of the Apennines.
The farm is bounded by two deep, wooded 'fossa' (gullies) that provide a haven for birds and, in May/June, fireflies. Traditional farming methods mean that there is an abundance of butterflies and other local wildlife. Throughout the summer, there are lizards everywhere, crickets can be heard and there are wild flowers in profusion. The farm has a number of fruit trees, including peaches, figs, pomegranates and walnuts, which can be freely picked in season. Guests are free to wander at will around the farm.
With magnificent scenery all around, the local white roads are well suited to walkers as well as the more adventurous motorist.
Abruzzo: Abruzzo is one of the most rural and sparsely populated regions in Western Europe. Over on third of the area is either national or regional park so that the area is ideal for walkers, hikers, wildlife enthusiasts and those who just enjoy beautiful countryside. One attraction not to be missed is the Campo Imperatore, a 27 km long and 8 km wide high plain or plateau at about 2000 m height. In the early spring it is carpeted with crocuses, followed by a myriad alpine flowers.
There are also many hiilside towns with attractive medieval centres. Larger town such as Atri and Penne were originally Roman and some traces can still be found. They also have some excellent churches and museums even if they don't quite compete with Florence, Sienna or Rome. Castelli, at the foot of the Gran Sasso has been a centre for ceramic prodiction since the 16th Century, and Castel Del Monte is where much of the George Clooney film 'The American' was filmed.
Food and Drink: There are several local shops and small supermarkets selling local produce if you wish to cook your own meals. There are a number of agriturismos, usually set in country locations which are required by law to produce at least 60% of the food served. There are no printed menus just a discussion with the proprietor but typically they serve antipasta, up to 15 different appetiser dishes both hot and cold, followed by a choice of two or three pasta dishes and then the secondo piatti, usually roast lamb or a mix of roast lamb, pork, chicken and sometimes beef, with a little salad and chips. They also serve their own wine both red (Montepulciano D'Abruzzo) or white (Trebbiano)
There are also a number of good pizzerias and rosticceria where they serve rosticcini - cubes of lamb roasted over charcoal in wooden skewers.
There are two other local white wines to look out for, Pecorino and Montonico. There is a good winery, San Lorenzo, about 5km from the house.
- non smoking only
- children welcome
- wheelchair inaccessible
About Peter Clegg
Diana and Peter are a retired couple living in Sheffield who fell in love with Abruzzo when visiting friends in 2004. Diana is currently taking an A level in Italian and I am struggling with conversational Italian to improve our ability to convers with our many Italian friends
Peter Clegg purchased this farmhouse in 2005
Why Peter Clegg chose Bisenti
We fell in love with Casa Del Falco because of its quiet location deep in the Abruzzan countryside and the fantastic views. We also have very supportive Italian neighbours and have made a number of real friends in the area. We also love the historic centres in most of the local 'citta' in the area and the food and wine.
What makes this farmhouse unique
The house provides us with peace and quiet, fantastic views and is the perfect location for exploring the region of North Abruzzo. Picking our own olives and having them pressed at the local frantoia is hard work but also great fun. We usually have a few UK friends to help and the resulting oil is fantastic.