3 bedroom house to sleep 6 in beautiful countryside within easy reach of beach
About Julie A'Barrow
Hi, we live in Rugby, Warwickshire, UK and have 3 grown up children and 3 grandaughters. We didn't have any contact with Abruzzo before buying the house there and no italian blood in our genes but now when we visit there it feels like home. The local people are friendly and welcoming.
Julie A'Barrow purchased this House in 2007
Why Julie A'Barrow chose Elice
We just fell in love with it and the Italian rural way of life. We wanted somewhere to spend our holidays in an area with good transport links, that we would be able to reach on a short flight from UK. The plan is that we will be able to spend months at a time here when we eventually retire. We have had many wonderful holidays here and made friends in the local community. The house is large enough for all of the family for visits and to entertain. Our neighbours have been great and really helpful and supportive of our efforts to make a good wine. We are learning as we go along and now our efforts are being rewarded. The best part of any holiday for us is relaxing in the garden. We spend many happy hours looking at the view watching the local farmers. The light changing all the time. There are vast expanses of vines planted down the hillsides for optimum sunshine and olive trees. We are ideally placed for several small towns nearby for half day visits and a choice of beaches at Montesilvano and Pineto. We have found restaurants to suit every budget including basic trattorias with fantastic food. We even have a buffet sushi restaurant nearby. Not to everyone's taste when visiting Italy but in a popular place in a smart outlet village providing another choice in an area which inland is full of sights of ladies sweeping in their housecoats and old men sitting on old tractors smoking a cigarette. The beaches at weekends are full in summer with extended family parties spending a day together. The proximity to Rome was another factor and we have visited many times and still want to go again.
What makes this House unique
The view was what we fell in love with first - the estate agent cleverly kept us waiting outside and we thought it must be a tip inside! So it was a welcome relief that the house was in good order and the upstairs all ready to move in to. We were impressed with the large bedrooms, fitted wetroom and the wide corridor hallway. Downstairs we have changed the kitchen and lounge rooms over and fitted modern units and a large cooker for entertaining.
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Excellent property in peaceful location
The property just outside the village of Elice is in an excellent location with beautiful views to the local hill towns and Appenines. Easy to to relax an unwind in such a beautiful location. The Adriatic is only 30 minutes away and visits to hill towns are easy and straight forward. There are also some very good restaurants in the area.
The house has all that you need and is well equipped.
Perfect relaxing retreat
Spent 7 nights at this well-equipped villa in a superb location offering breathtaking views over the valley. Plenty of places to visit nearby, walking routes and easy access to a lovely beaches. Much time was spent just enjoying the view and watching the locals going about their daily routines from a distance in this very secluded spot. The fruit trees and vines in the grounds were delightful and a good choice of places to sit or dine alfresco. We loved it and would thoroughly recommend it!
Great to hear you loved your stay in beautiful Elice. Thank you for choosing our holiday home.
Great place to sample the delights of Italy.
We arrived at night after a short drive from the airport so didn't fully appreciate the views until we awoke the next morning.
We were greeted by the most amazing picture of the fields of olive trees, grape vines and the gran sasso mountains.
We found the Villa to be well equipped with a modern kitchen and coffee making facilities. We enjoyed a coffee and freshly picked grapes, pears and figs from the sun terrace for breakfast which was a real treat and we took in the stunning scenery.
The bed was comfy, so comfy we struggled to get out of it and the shower was piping hot and had a decent amount of power.
We found the plastic plates etc and the cool box, sunshades and chairs invaluable to take our picnic to the beach which was a short drive away.
There are some lovely local shops selling fresh fruits and vegetables. We bought some great meat and wine and had a barbeque in the garden one night. There was some very tasty olive oil provided which we took advantage of and understand the olives were grown at the Villa.
Also useful to note is that Wifi is available and worked in the garden so enabled us to sit in the sun and surf the net.
Although you do need a car to get around we did go for a walk and find a good bar to rest at. The local restaurant Agriturismo was fantastic we paid €25 for a feast that we couldn't finish but were given the remainder to take out and eat the following day.
We would fully recommend this beautiful, well equipped Villa to stay and experience the flavour of Italy.
Fabulous Villa with Amazing Views
We spent 5 nights at this fabulous villa. Perfect location to explore the region. Spacious with all the amenities you would need. Welcome package and Wifi were a bonus too. The locals were extremely friendly and accommodating. The best part were the views and sunsets from the gardens. Will definitely return. Absolutely recommend!
Relaxing house with amazing views
This is a fantastic house. There were only 2 downsides: the only stairs are on the outside of the house, and you have to go through the kitchenette room upstairs to get to the other 2 bedrooms. Had we known we may not have booked, and would have deprived ourselves of one of the most relaxing and tranquil holidays we've ever had. After 9 years of visiting Italy, we thought we were settled and happy in Umbria. Then we visited Abruzzo, and now have to re-think the whole thing! We've never been anywhere before where you can sit outside, mid-week, mid-afternoon, obligatory glass of wine in hand, in absolute - total - silence. No wind, no dogs (No, really! Well ok, not all the time) and see for miles and miles with no movement and swear you were the only people in the country! The house is a great base for visiting the area, and Julia and David have made this a welcoming and relaxing facility. The local people are friendly, local roads are largely empty and interesting! You are not far from Pescara and the A14 Autostrada at Citta St Angello. Pescara Nord shopping center is just a minute away from the toll booths.
Within an hour or so on the A14 you can get to Ortona - we fell in love with the place, as well as Chieti; a bit further afield and places such as lago di Scallo and Roccascalegna are easily reachable but the roads to it are not for the faint of heart. The wonderful sandy and family-friendly beaches at Montesilvano are not too far away either, and with the provision of 2 beach parasols at the house, we were well set up for a day or two by the sea, with free parking right by the beach.
There are many recommendations in the house for places to go and eat, most at a very affordable price. If you go to the local Agriturismo be prepared for a very warm welcome and a huge meal and great value! Also il Gallo is great. Very relaxed, beautiful hotel, and exceptional value. And very friendly owners. The Pizzaria la Mugnaia was nice. Family-run, very busy but lots of space, very friendly, good food, good value.
There is a bit of light pollution at night but the Milky Way is clearly visible and I got some good photographs.
The house is very well equipped - it has insect nets at all the windows so bugs are very effectively kept at bay, and fans in all the rooms - very necessary in the summer. Lots of space outside - we ate outside a lot.
So it is with great pleasure that we highly recommend this house for family holidays.
Beautiful house and garden with amazing views
I would definitely stay at La Collina again as it is in such a beautiful and tranquil location. We spent a lot of time in the garden as it was so lovely to be able to sunbathe there and eat meals looking at the amazing view. The kitchen was well equipped which was lovely as part of the holiday for us is cooking with the beautiful Italian food. The bed was very comfortable and the house was cool and spacious . It was also good to have WiFi, even in the garden, which meant we could research places in the area. All the information provided was excellent too. We ate at the restaurant in Casabianca where the arrosticini was delicious. We also ate at Terre e Sapori where the anti pasto della casa was amazing and at Il Gallo where the owners were so friendly and welcoming. The food was good there too, proper rustic Italian food. The countryside is beautiful and unspoilt by tourism so you feel you are visiting the real Italy. We have been to the area before and will return again in the future as we always have such wonderful holidays in Abruzzo.
I would highly recommend La Collina for the perfect Italian holiday.
Set in the beautiful Abruzzo countryside which is likened to Tuscany. This property is near the beach and the National park. There are fantastic views from the Villa of the mountains and villages, vineyards and olive groves. The villages of Elice and Casabianca are a short walk with local shops and restaurant. A swimming pool in a beautiful setting is no more than 10 minutes by car at Castilenti. The picturesque bustling medieval hilltop towns of Penne, Atri and Citta Sant Angelo are nearby and well worth a visit for a coffee or gelato. Pescara for shopping and the beaches (25 min) are within easy reach. Daily buses run from Pescara to Rome for a day trip or perhaps you would like to extend your holiday. Elice holds an annual medieval sagre at the beginning of August highly recommended. Pescara Nord motorway junction is 20 min away from the villa for easy access if you arrive by car. By the motorway junction there is a large supermarket complex and a smart outlet shopping centre.