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Gail Ashley

Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, Speak some Italian

Luxury waterfront holiday home in Abruzzo on the Adriatic Sea beach

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Fossacesia Marina House Rental Photos and Description

4 bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths plus living,dining,terraces, beachfront

Introducing Palazzo del Mar, the elegant 19th century waterfront home of a wealthy merchant that's now been transformed into a luxury holiday home. Facing a Blue Flag beach on the Trabocchi Coast of the Adriatic in Abruzzo, it's perfect for a family/friends party of up to 11.

Two and a half hour drive from Rome airports.

Available to rent: the entire first two floors, approximately 3200 square feet (300 square meters) of a 3-story building (owners' apartment on top), comprised of 2 vaulted ceiling bedroom suites on ground floor : Suite A: 2 queen bedded bedrooms with bath in between, Suite B: 1 queen bedded bedroom, bath, bedroom/sitting room with 2 folding single beds, a baby crib and a private garden. There is also, on the middle floor, a full size convertible sofa in one of the living rooms, and a single folding bed in the library.

Middle floor includes gourmet kitchen, dining room, 2 living rooms, library, laundry, 1 full and 1 half baths (with washer), PLUS large balcony facing sea and trabocco (antique fishing pier), very large rear terrace leading to orchard with seasonal fruits, 2 smaller balconies.

Top floor guest suite 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, could be rented for additional fee.

Garage. Walk to grocery, restaurants, gelato.

The owners live on the top floor, and will happily recommend places to go, historic and archeological sites, restaurants and wineries, and where to buy the best and freshest products to eat and drink in the spacious dining room or on the sunny terrace or the balcony overlooking the sea. We can also organize food tours to artisanal producers of olive oil, cheese, honey, cured meats, as well as visits to our favorite local wineries. And tours of neighboring towns and historical places.

Although summer is the prime season for beachgoers, many guests prefer September and October, when the crowds are gone but the weather is still fine. This is the time of the grape harvest, when the cantinas are busy crushing and processing the grapes for the next vintage. For more information

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Gail Ashley (Owner)
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, Speak some Italian

What makes this house unique

This house combines comfortable, spacious accommodations with direct access to the beach. Everything guests could want in terms of cooking, dining and relaxing facilities are provided, at a very reasonable price. And the availability of the owners to assist in any way is a major plus for travelers to an unfamiliar place.

Guestbook comments from the owner

What a great place - or rather, what a great palace! The location couldn't be better, literally just a couple of minutes to walk across the road and onto the beach, with wonderful views of the sea and the coastline from inside the house. Secure private parking is very useful.

Inside is incredible, an imposing entrance hall, with a marble staircase; beautifully-furnished (and beautifully-kept) rooms; and a modern kitchen. To the rear of the property is a huge secluded garden terrace with plenty of space for family eating.

American owners Gail and Vincent live at the top of their palazzo and are always on hand - but never intrusive - with helpful tips and advice so you get the best from your stay. Mention needing some wine or a loaf of bread and Vincent's likely to drive you off to a local winery or bakery!

The beach is naturally a magnet for kids and there are plenty of nearby places during the day for snacks and ice-creams - and countless restaurants in the area for evening meals. And of course being Italy, everywhere is extremely kid-friendly!

All-in-all, a real taste of luxury for our week's stay in clean, comfy surroundings with friendly hosts. Couldn't have asked for more!

Nick & Lucy, Winchester, England
Sep 2013
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Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(41 traveler reviews)
Luxury waterfront holiday home in Abruzzo on the Adriatic Sea beach
average rating of 4.756098 based on 42 reviews

Grande casa, grande vacanza!

  • 5 of 5

La casa è molto spaziosa, fornita di tutto quello che è necessario per una vacanza rilassante anche per un gruppo abbastanza grande. Ci siamo stati in dodici (tre famiglie) e ciascuno era in grado di trovare un po’ di spazio privato. I bambini potevano giocare nel giardino senza che Vince e Gail si sentissero disturbati. Tutti e due sono le persone molto aperte che spesso ci offrivano il loro aiuto in qualsiasi situazione. Se non vi sentirete disturbati dalla strada abbastanza frequentata davanti alla casa – direi che è l’unico piccolo svantaggio- vi troverete proprio in un posto ideale per una vacanza rilassante e direttamente al mare. Dalla finestra si vedono la spiaggia e un trabocco – tipico per la costa abruzzese.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Amazing as always

  • 5 of 5

This is our 6th summer to this amazing beach front property and this is why we keep returning , the house has every thing that you could possible want and not just the easy access to the beach , the house is large and bright with a kitchen that makes cooking so easy and enjoyable that going out for dinner tends to get forgotten , its the little things that make the difference towels being provide beach ones as well , Vince taking care of your rubbish and the washing machine with its 15 minute cycle! so when you are a family on holiday and the washing still needs to be done its enjoyable! their are some really good shops to buy all your groceries and an amazing farm .shop to buy fresh fruit , salad and vegetables.

The owners of the property Gail and Vince are always available to assist with any quires and point you in the right direction so even if its your first time here you don't have to worry about not being to sure where to go as they are always happy to help so for all these reasons we would truly recommend this house , place and Gail and Vince.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Owners are fantastic!

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at this villa. Very clean, really cool artifacts in the house, library was very informative, comfortable beds, great kitchen, great dining area. The beach…not so much, rocky. Vince & Gail were awesome hosts. From grocery shopping & all the different tours, they made our stay a memory we will never forget.

Tom (the Captain) & Sherry Spence from Calgary AB, Canada

  • Submitted: Oct 31, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
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lovely villa with beautiful view of the water.

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our time at this rental property. The owners were very good at let us know what to see in the area. Helping us find the grocery store and best restaurants to eat at, also the best gelatos. Villa is close and within walking distance to beach and restaurant. Clean and well stocked with everything you need for cooking also towels and beach chairs. Very friendly hosts.

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
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Wonderful place to stay on the Adriatic Sea

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at this property was absolutely delightful. The hosts, Gail and Vince, made us feel like family. They told us about some "must see" locations in the surrounding area and they were not wrong. A highlight was our visit to Ortona to see the 1943 Battle of Ortona Museum and Moro River Canadian War Cemetery, both tributes to the Canadian effort during this war time, very moving. We would have never known about this if not for our hosts. We enjoyed wonderful wine and food thanks to Vince and Gail's suggestions. The property itself was more than adequate for our group of 8 with plenty of living space for everybody. We would definitely recommend this property to friends and relatives.

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
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Another amazing summer holiday with Gail and Vince

  • 5 of 5

This is the 5 th year that we have stayed in this amazing waterfront holiday home , the location description is spot on making it very easy to access both the public and private beach , if you want to use the public beach the owners of the house have more than enough sunbeds , umbrellas and beach towels for you not to have to worry about bringing your own. The house we have always found to be extremely clean , well maintained and containing everything that you would need to make your stay very comfortable , we are a family of 5 and considering this is our 5 th year we are always discovering new places to eat and there is never a shortage of places to visit and what makes it very comfortable for us is that Gail and Vince are always available to ask questions and point you in the right directions should it be booking restaurants finding a chemist or telling you the best places to food shop and most important where to buy your wine from!!

So a very big thank you to Gail and Vince for giving us another wonderful summer holiday.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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Nearest Airport
39 Kilometres
Pescara Airport
Nearest Barpub
40 Metres
Bars & pubs nearby
Nearest Ferry
15 Kilometres
Ferry port nearby
Nearest Golf
33 Kilometres
Golf course nearby
Nearest Train
1 Kilometres
Fossacesia-Torino di Sangro
Nearest Motorway
4 Kilometres
Autostrada A14
Nearest Restaurant
40 Metres
Local restraurants
Nearest Ski
74 Kilometres
Ski resort nearby
Nearest Beach
10 Metres
Across the street
Car: recommended

In addition to its beaches, the area is highly regarded for its seafood, produce and numerous wineries. The famed 12th century Abbey of San Giovanni in Venere is 2 minutes up the hill. Vineyards and olive groves provide magnificent scenery. The city of Lanciano, 'the Sienna of Abruzzo,' is 15 minutes away, Vasto 30 minutes.

35 minutes from Pescara Airport (39 km), 4 minutes from Autostrada exit and railroad station.

Also within an easy drive are the beautiful Maiella Mountains. And Rome is only 2 1/2 hours away.

Tennis, golf, zoo, water park nearby.


Rates & Availability

Fossacesia Marina House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
August 2016
Jul 30 2016 - Sep 2 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
September 2016
Sep 3 2016 - Sep 30 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Off season 2016-2017
Oct 1 2016 - Apr 28 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
May 2017
Apr 29 2017 - May 26 2017
7 night minimum stay
June 2017
May 27 2017 - Jun 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
July 2017
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 28 2017
7 night minimum stay
August 2017
Jul 29 2017 - Sep 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
September 2017
Sep 2 2017 - Sep 29 2017
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $113

Security/ damage deposit of 100 euro cash due on arrival, refundable at departure.
Guests responsible for final cleanup, or pay cleaning fee of 100 euro.
Rental period Saturday to Saturday. Check-in 4:00 pm, check-out 11:00 am
During cooler weather, when used, a heating fee will be added.

Nonrefundable 30% deposit required at booking. Balance to be paid 5 weeks before start of rental, nonrefundable. All moneys to be sent via bank wire in euro to our bank in Italy, or in dollar equivalent to our bank in the US. Or if you prefer, payments may be made via PayPal to

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Fossacesia Marina House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 300 m²
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Waterfront
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 4 - toilet
  • The half bath includes washing machine.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
  • The two bedroom suites are separated by the entrance hall. One consists of two bedrooms with a bath in between, the other of one bedroom, bath, bedroom/sitting room with two single folding beds, a crib and a garden. There is also a full sized convertible sofa in one of the living rooms, and another single folding bed, on the middle floor.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 3 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • roller blading
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
A computer with internet is in the owners' unit on the top floor. Access available upon request.

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