|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Newly Refurbished Farmhouse on the edge of the Maiella National Park offers luxurious accommodation over two floors. Large eat-in kitchen, spacious, wood-beamed drawing room with open fire, book-lined study with wood burning stove, entrance hall, utility room and five well appointed bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms. Featured in 'Italia' magazine and designed to the highest standards. Wi-fi access and comprehensive film library. Set in landscaped gardens with pool, barbecue, views over olive groves, mountains and sea. Can be rented in conjunction with Il Fienile (adjoining) to sleep a total of 16 - 18 guests.
Casa Marrucina: The house is ideally situated for hiking in the National Park of the Maiella (only 5 minutes away), sunbathing and seaside swimming in the summer (the Adriatic coast is only half an hour away) and skiing in the winter. We can recommend activities and cultural excursions and we are able to organise Italian language courses (we have close connections to the internationally acclaimed ‘Athena’ school in nearby Lanciano). We are more than happy to accommodate specific requests guests may have in mind. We have sourced many ‘artegianale’ producers of local food products of the highest quality, as well as textile and porcelain manufacturers, all traditional to the region. Our olive oil is of the highest quality (hand-picked, cold-pressed, extra- virgin, and single- estate) and is in great demand in London - there is always enough, however, for our guests!
About Abruzzo: Abruzzo is one of the most historically fascinating areas of Italy, with much archaeological evidence dating back to pre-roman times. Hilltop settlements are still to be seen in Abruzzo’s many villages and towns, from L’Aquila and Sulmona in the Abruzzan uplands to Guardiagrele, Casoli and Roccascalegna facing the Adriatic sea over the littoral plains. The countryside is stunning in its’ magnificence – set in the National Parks of the Gran Sasso, the Maiella and the Sirente Velino. Here are vast tracts of forest (oak, beech and chestnut) populated with golden eagles, chamois, lynxes, deer and wild boar. To the east, miles of fabulous beaches on the Adriatic, ranging from the sophistication of Pescara to the untamed Vasto peninsula, reminiscent of the wilder reaches of the North Cornish coast. The proximity of the increasingly popular Croatian coastline and archipelago, easily accessible from Ancona, Pescara, Ortona, provides an added attraction, especially for recreational sailors.
Food and Wine: Last but not least, is the Abruzzan cuisine is one of the most gastronomically prized in Italy. The huge diversity of excellent ingredients, from the fresh fish of the Adriatic to the air-dried hams and cheeses of the mountains, enable the visitor to enjoy fantastic meals throughout his stay. The wines of the region, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo ( a robust but in many cases sophisticated red), Cerasuolo, the rosè made with the same grape, and the Trebbiano whites preclude any further searching of the wine-list.
We first came to Abruzzo in 2000 and were immediately enchanted not only by the friendliness and sincerity of the locals, but by the feeling that we were still in an Italy that had all but vanished 30 years before. The fantastic countryside, with its majestic mountains, unspoilt hilltop villages and miles of sandy Adriatic beaches provided a welcome antidote to life in London where we were and still are Interior Designers with a diverse portfolio of clients. When we found our house it was the fabulous 360 degree views which made us by it unhesitatingly. The house is a real family home and everybody that comes to stay, whether our own family (children and grandchildren) friends or renters, equally fall in love with it. We are totally integrated into the local community, providing work not only through our own organic olive groves (where we produce a delicious award winning extra virgin olive oil, and also a fabulous and extremely health-giving olive leaf tea), but also through our refurbishment work. We have project managed some fantastic conversions locally both for English and Italian clients. We also organise an Art Show every year in the Castello di Casoli, our local market town. This event has grown over the years and attracts not only artists of some repute, Royal Academicians among them, but also people from as far away as Pescara or Rome.
Bimbi Bellhouse purchased this house in 2001
Our house has been completely refurbished to the highest possible standard and provides a stylishly comfortable home from home: hand-made curtains and sofas ensure a luxurious stay, and the garden with its pool , pergola and lawns leading on to the olive groves provides an equally relaxing environment
The house is big enough for a family to relax in different ways - grown ups in the Drawing Room or enjoying a drink under the pergola, children in the Study or by the pool. The large and well equipped Kitchen is a joy for anyone who loves to cook, and the barbecue is great for relaxed lunches or suppers. It is truly comfortable, even when (as occasionally happens!) it rains. The views are tremendous - on one side the majestic Maiella, second highest mountain in the Appenine chain, on the other a view to the sea. A long view to the South, over the lake of Casoli and behind the house our 1000 olive trees stretch into the distance. Truly magical.
My extended family and I stayed at this beautiful home this past July on a trip "home" to see relatives in Abruzzo. The house and property are lovely, and quite comfortable. My children loved swimming in the pool everyday, and the adults were quite taken with the stunning view and tranquil country side. It was the perfect home base for exploring the mountain region and all the lovely local villages. My husbands family was a short drive away at the sea side, so beach days were easy as well. The real gems at this property though are the charming owners, Spencer and Bimbi. Their genuine affection for the people and culture of this region made our visit even better than we could have hoped. Their kind introduction to local shopkeepers and merchants helped us feel right at home and instantly welcome in the village. Perfect spot for our family, large stylish, comfortable home with all possible amenities, and warm, welcoming hosts made this a trip to remember. We will be back!!
We spent 10 days in both the Barn and the Main House this past fall. Both were very cozy, though still spacious. Fire places in all the right places. We enjoyed the study with all it's books, the kitchen is wonderful and bright space, very easy to cook in for hordes of people. As we were there right in the middle of the olive harvest, we experienced how the locals traditionally harvest olives and even participated ourselves. The surrounding mountains are absolutely stunning - especially in the fall when the entire mountain top turns red! The surrounding villages are full of extraordinary history from the Romans to WWII. We even took Italian lessons at a nearby language school. Rental car is a must to fully enjoy the area.
Dear Bimbi and Spencer, thank you again for sharing your home in Italy with us. We enjoyed our week with many trips to the beach. Lanciano, Palombaro, Guardiagrele, Ortona. Our Italian getting better – we now know what we’re getting to eat, thank you again!’
16th September 2008
Jack and Natalie
Thanks for a fantastic holiday and the beautiful house and gardens! We have really enjoyed our stay here’
Tony and Family
We have just returned from our 4th visit to Abruzzo and spent a heavenly week at Casa Marrucina. The house is beautifully located, with stunning views of the Maiella on one side and the Adriatic on the other. Beautifully furnished and maintained, it must be one of the most comfortable homes in this region. Bimbi and Spencer the owners, have provided everything you could possible want to ensure the most comfortable stay in their luxuriously furnished house – which feels more like a home than a holiday let. The kitchen is exceptionally well equipped. Shutters keep the house cool during the day, and mosquito nets on all the windows meant we had mosquito-free nights! The children and the grownups loved the pool, the pergola and the garden! A car is absolutely essential as the house is in a very rural position. A two minute drive will take you to the local shop which has everything you need, including a bar for a morning cappucino. It’s only a ten drive into Casoli, a stunning hilltop town, and 20 minutes to the seaside. There are excellent restaurants in the area, our favorite for lunch is the “Lake”, fantastic antipasto, pastas and local meats. From mountains to beaches to hilltop towns, it is the perfect place to stay and experience authentic Italy. We will definitely come back again next year! Thank you for a wonderful stay.
Abruzzo, 'The Green Heart of Italy', boasts not only three National Parks stretching down the Apennines, ideal for walking, hiking and skiing, but also breathtakingly beautiful sandy beaches on the Adriatic coast. A wealth of wildlife in the forests (eagles, chamois, lynx, bear and wolves) for the nature lover and countless mediaeval hilltop towns, or ruins dating back to prehistoric times for the culturally inclined.
The castle at Roccascalegna, the amazing mountaintop caves of 'Cavallone' with their stalactites and stalagmites, the Museum of Archaeology in Chieti, and the 'miracle of the Holy Eucharist' in Lanciano are all nearby.
Other Activities: Olive Picking, Art & Cookery Courses, Italian Courses, Line Dancing!
Golf: The local Golf Course is situated in the heart of the Abruzzi region, in the province of Chieti, on the Miglianico hills at approximately 125 metres above the sea level. The club is located in a strategic position, five kilometres far from the beautiful costs of Francavilla al Mare and Ortona and forty kilometres far from the mount Majella 2793 metres above the sea level. Sixty hectares in the greenery, the Miglianico Golf Club is a place conceived for sporty and dynamic families. A wonderful oasis of green surrounded by woods and vineyards with a wonderful view of hills and mountains. Golf 360 Days a Year Thanks to the mild climate and the proximity to the sea makes it possible to play golf throughout the whole year! Further details can be found on their website, please ask us for details.
Ski: Skiing has developed into a major sport, with over 22 resorts round Aquila in the north alone, and also Roccaraso, the southernmost resort of the Apennines, much favoured by Neapolitans and Romans alike. With access to over 110km of pistes, there is a good choice for all abilities, but the terrain particularly favours intermediates and the more advanced. The late pope John Paul II was a big fan of local skiing, with the resort only two hours by car from Rome. (Guardian: April 2006). In the summer, the area is a magnet for cyclists, horseriders and walkers, exploring the trails of the national parks, with snow-capped peaks normally visible until May.
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Sep 11 2016 - Dec 17 2016
7 night minimum stay
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
Minimum rental period is 7 days unless by prior arrangement.
25% non refundable deposit required on order with balance payable in full 6 weeks before the date of holiday rental.