|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
Casa Gunilla was finished in 2013 to top standard after a couple of years of restoring an old farmhouse. The house is situated just outside the village of Palmoli in a sheltered location, with a big oak forest behind the house, and stunning views with an olive grove in front.
OTHER HOUSE: In May 2014, I will have another house in the region finalized to rent. It will have similar furniture and is also located in a stunning location in Casalbordino.
MORE INFORMATION ON CASA GUNILLA:
The downstairs area is an open plan kitchen/living room with a great big fireplace and an extendable dining table and a smaller bathroom with shower. Upstairs there are three bedrooms sleeping 8 people and a large bathroom with a shower. The two double bedrooms have amazing views to wake up to.However, it is really the outside that is mostly utilized with a huge patio with a view and a big pool area with sun chairs.
The neighbor, Ermano, sells olive oil, eggs and vegetables. He only speaks Italian, but that is generally not a problem at all. It doesn't matter to him if you speak another language. He is equally friendly.
My name is Gunilla Lundstrom and I own an Advertising Agency in Stockholm. I have traveled and lived abroad for many years, and fell in love with Italy a long time ago when I lived in Milan. In this photo, I am sen with my other neighbor, Evangelina, who you may see herding her sheep's in the valley.
Owner Property Manager purchased this farmhouse in 2010
I wanted 'A place in the sun', and Italy is my favourite place in Europe. The food, the wine, the landscape is fantastic. And Abruzzo is definitely a hidden gem. Just as beautiful as Tuscany or Umbria but less commercial. A bit more genuine. And close to Rome to for easy access. Plus the location between 3,000 meter high mountains and the ocean is simply stunning.
The house is perfectly situated just outside a village, with the forest behind as a shelter to still make it private. And the views!! You never want to leave the terrace.
Where should I begin? This place was spectacular - I wish I could award more than 5 stars. We wanted a nice, peaceful location in rural Italy to relax a bit during our 2 week honeymoon, and this was exactly the spot we had in mind. Gunilla (the owner) was very responsive and helpful in providing advice on activities in Abruzzo, and Craig was also helpful in meeting us at the villa and providing us with additional information. The villa itself is beautiful - secluded with a patio overlooking the mountains of Abruzzo, nice grill, multiple chimneys, great kitchen and living area, spacious bedrooms and bathrooms. Unfortunately, it wasn't warm enough to use the pool, but we spent hours just sitting on the patio enjoying the view of the mountains and surrounding olive groves during the day, at sunset, and at night in front of a roaring fire. Palmoli, the nearest small town, was interesting to explore, as were Vasto, Termoli, and Santo Stefano di Sessiano (amazing!!). We took a day trip to Trivento, which is a beautiful historic mountaintop town in Molise. Craig booked a reservation for us for a Sunday afternoon lunch at a local agriturismo, which served us an unbelievably delicious Abruzzo lunch. Finally, we met the next-door farmers, Giuseppe and Evelina, who were a pleasure to interact with - even though they didn't speak English and we don't speak Italian! We purchased wine, olive oil, vegetables, eggs, and lamb from them - all fresh from their farm - they even invited us into their house for coffee and pastries. We felt so at home in this villa and area and would love to visit again someday.
We had a wonderful stay in a wonderful house! We spent eight days in Gunillas house and it was a very nice vacation. The house is very nice furnished and everything you need is there. Mostly we prepared our meals at home (sometimes with the grill) and enjoyed the beautiful atmosphere around. Thank you very much to Karen and Dave for welcome us and offering so much good food, oil, red vine and other special delicasies. Perhaps it would be a good idea to cover the pool by night because we always had a lot of insects in it. For following guests we remark that the last meters to the house are a little bit difficult to drive (especially with bigger cars) but it's manageable :)
Vasto is really a nice town with beautiful restaurants and beach.
We can recommand this house to all guests who prefer holiday in a wonderful but quiet area.
An excellent option for vacation in the mountains, you can enjoy the fresh air and the tranquility of the mountain and being just a few kms from the beach .
the house is very comfortable and has a beautiful view of the mountains. the city of Vasto is a few kms and you will find excellent restaurants, good shops and markets
I highly recommend
Lovely house and wonderful surroundings. A bit hard to get the car down to the house but we managed. The house was very clean and tidy, one of the neighbors who welcomed us and gave us the key got to be such a help with finding restaurants and doing true italian things. We some minor problems with the house but everything was solved during our stay and Gunilla always helped us when we called, or Karen & Dave. We didn´t know that it would be quite as far to restaurants and places to visit when we got there. You can walk up to Palmoli but it´s very steep and you walk mostly in the forrest. The surroundings was just wonderful and when you wake up in the morning and look out at the valley you just loose your breath. Vasto was a really nice town where we went quite a few times. There is also an absolutely amazing fish restaurant between Montefalcone and Montemitro. You just HAVE to go there the food is awesome. We had never learned so much about Italy and the surroundings is it hadn´t been for the truly wonderful neighbors K & D.
The house was really nice and the pool was useful in the sunny days.
We stayed for 4 weeks so we really got to test the house and we have made some suggestions to Gunilla but in all we had a marvelous time!
We decided to go to Italy only a few days before leaving home and came across this house on the internet. The contact with the owner was very easy and everything was arranged instantly. The owner was very caring and gave us a lot of useful tips about our stay and the surroundings.
Our contact on site was an extremely friendly native English-speaking couple who made our arrival (and departure) very smooth.
The house is simply fantastic, especially the view from the master bedrooms and the terrace. We spent most of the days and evenings by the pool (great for our two young children) or on the terrace from breakfast til dinner. Candles and discrete outside lightning makes sure the ambiance is right.
Inside is very clean and well furnished. The inside feels brand new while some old charm has been preserved as it is an old and completely refurbished farmhouse.
You feel quite isolated (what we were looking for) but a few very friendly neighbors live a couple of hundred meters from the house.
If you come in late as we did try to bring some basic amenities as there are only charmingly tiny grocery stores in the nearest 20km with limited opening hours. The kitchen is well-equipped and we cooked most of the food ourselves as there are not many restaurants around and it is often easier to eat at home with kids!
Palmoli, a small local village, is just next-doors and if you are sporty you can go there by foot through the "bush". I personally enjoyed shopping from the local butcher who can provide all the meat you want but English will not take you far which enhances the Italian submersion!
It you want to swim in the sea instead of the pool you can find beautiful beaches in Vasto and Porto di Vasto (less commercial).
We can certainly recommend this house to anyone!
We stayed in this gorgeous home in August. We booked it for two weeks. The access to the property is a bit tricky but once there, you are in total seclusion. No other homes can be seen from the property. The views of the mountains are phenominal. The home was exceptionally clean, well maintained, well furnished and the furniture is way better than any rental we have seen before. Our kids ages 4 and 7 enjoyed the pool. Gunilla was extremely easy to work with and made our stay enjoyable. She also provided some good information about the area. We cannot say enough good things about our stay. We would recommend this property to all our friends and families.
This part of Abruzzo is located right between the National Parks with fantastic mountains where you can ski, hike, go mountain biking or swim in waterfalls, and the beach with a selection of National Park beaches to commercial beaches with sun chairs and restaurants. Palmoli is a small village with the best butcher in the area, a small grocery store and a couple of bars/caf'es. There is a market on Tuesdays in the village too and a hotel which has a restaurant.
|Refundable damage deposit||$107|