|Space||1,291 sq. ft.|
A splendid large barn, Il Fienile comprises a double height sitting room with exposed stone walls, imposing timber beams, large log burning stove, and fully fitted kitchen and dining area. A galleried library on the mezzanine floor leads to a truly romantic bedroom under the eaves with its own French stove, tin and copper ‘bateau’ bath, Victorian wash-stand, carved French bed, and ‘Romeo and Juliet’ balcony onto the olive groves. Two double bedrooms on the ground floor, a large well-fitted bathroom, plus utility area with washing machine/tumble dryer. With swimming pool, pergola, barbecue, mature garden and magnificent views.
Il Fienile: The barn 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 sort out specific requests that guests might 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 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 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."
For an authentic holiday in Italy you need look no further. Abruzzo is a region that we always wanted to visit and this year we finally made it. Known as ‘Little Tibet’ in one of the tourists books we had high expectations, no pun intended. The region around the Maiella National Park is simply stunning, and staying at Casa Mariella which is snuggled up close to one of the most impressive mountains in the region was quite awesome. The house was so comfortable and welcoming after long walks it was a treat to stay in such luxury. Bimbi and Spencer have thought about everything which made our stay effortless. The local shop is 5 minutes away, and the owner made us feel like life-long friends; so welcoming. The local restaurants catered for all our needs from delicious pizzas (on Fridays and Saturdays) and delicious lunches to fine dining at dinner. A full listing of the restaurants and their tempting delights was really appreciated as we love our food!! Cooking at the house is a joy. The kitchen is superb – a real cook’s kitchen. Relaxing after long walks with a big open fire and the aroma of home cooking in the evenings was just perfect. The extensive collection of films at the house was a great surprise. It gave some of us a chance to catch up with those films we just missed out on. A lovely touch! Thank you so much for making this one of the nicest holidays we’ve had.
Richard, Melissa, Francesca and Oscar
Dear Bimbi and Spencer,
we have had a wonderful and relaxing time. Thank you for sharing your lovely home with us. Oh yes, and the beach, which was great’
Izi, Clare, Billie and Yasha
Thank you so much for a wonderful summer in your beautiful barn. It really has been fantastic to get to know Abruzzo and discover what a an incredible place it is. Looking forward to inviting you to enjoy the views and dinner at Bomba!
20th August 2008
Tallula, Ivan and Dylan
Thank you so much for a relaxing home away from home full of artistic collaboration and amazing food. We had some magical moments never to be forgotten – I can’t wait to return to this fabulous house in Abruzzo. Bimbi and Spencer – you are the ULTIMATE hosts!!!
09 August 2009
We have once again had a fantastic time in the Barn (Il Fienile) – it is so comfortably furnished (we love the romantic copper bath in the upstairs bedroom!) and as ever, Bimbi and Spencer have made us feel so welcome and at home. The views are just stunning, the countryside so unspoilt and the locals are really friendly – all in all a truly relaxing week away in a beautiful house and garden. Ps We love the pool too!! See you next year.
The Pettifers, London
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 medieval 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: Art & Cookery Courses, Line Dancing, Olive & Grape Picking & Wine Making.
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, horse riders and walkers, exploring the trails of the national parks, with snow-capped peaks normally visible until May.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
The minimum rental period is 7 nights unless by prior arrangement.
A 25% non-refundable deposit is required in booking to secure your holiday. The balance to be paid in full 6 weeks before the start date of your rental.