|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Beautifully restored 3 bed roomed villa for rent in Abruzzo, Italy with stunning views. Once home of the curate of San Liberatore, we have taken care to retain the character of this Maiella stone property. Our house is just a short walk from the village of Serramonacesca with its two bars, a few shops and a famous abbey. Nestled in the foothills of the Maiella Mountains, Casa Olivia is just 20 minutes from a ski resort and 40 minutes from the sea. Still relatively undiscovered (unlike Tuscany), we have been overwhelmed by the warmth, generosity and friendliness of the local people. The house is quietly situated; the area offers numerous leisure activities including walking, rock climbing, skiing, swimming, horse-riding, bird watching, exploring ancient villages, monuments and churches, wine tasting and eating delicious local produce. The house is on the edge of the Maiella National Park with soaring peaks and incredible wild life including bears and wild boar. FREE WIFI is now availabl
Casa Olivia: Visiting the village of Serramonacesca is like stepping back in time. Nestled in the foothills of the Maiella mountains, Casa Olivia is just 20 minutes from a ski resort and 40 minutes from the sea. With two bars and a famous abbey, it is so Italian you expect Al Pacino to walk by any minute, humming that tune – you know the one I mean… Still relatively undiscovered (unlike Tuscany), we have been overwhelmed by the warmth, generosity and friendliness of the local people.
Our house is in the tiny hamlet of Garifoli, about half a mile from the village of Serramonacesca. It is detached and very tranquil. It comfortably sleeps 6 people with three bedrooms. Recently completely renovated, we have worked hard to retain the character of this ancient Maiella stone property that once housed the curate of the famous San Liberatore Abbey. The floors are stone and terracotta; there are wooden ceilings and newly fitted shuttered windows.
The house has free Wifi installed.
Accommodation : There are three pretty bedrooms, one sizable family shower room and one en-suite bathroom. Two of the bedrooms have a double bed, one has two single beds. The kitchen has been tastefully restored, and fitted with modern appliances (fridge, freezer, gas hob and electric oven.) There is also a washing machine and gas central heating. The characterful dining room has a vaulted wooden ceiling, and the living room has an open log fire, a DVD player and a selection of DVD s. The stone floor boasts flags taken from the San Liberatore abbey. A door opens onto the terrace with spectacular views over the Italian rolling hills and distant Maiella mountains. There is a barbecue on the terrace for Summer Al fresco dining, an outside table, ample chairs and a large parasol to protect you from the Italian sun. There is also an area next to the house of dappled shade, perfect for snoozing at Siesta time.
The garden gently slopes away with olive, walnut and persimon trees.
In the Summer in Serramonacesca there are numerous activities on offer. This is spectacular walking country with high peaks and steep gorges. Throughout the Summer months it seems that every village aims to outdo its neighbor by hosting the most incredible festivals. The entertainment is all free, firework displays and cannon fire day and night, music varies from full-on rock to sublime classical and operatic concerts. We can advise on what is likely to be happening during your stay.
Our house is in the foothills of the Maiella mountains in the pretty village of Serramonacesca. The village is some distance from the historic town of L'Aquila and closer to the coast and Pescara and thankfully remained unscathed in the recent earthquake - being nearer to the coast it does not lie on the main fault line.
Serramonacesca is on the edge of the Maiella National Park which is an unspoilt haven for wildlife. There are wild boar and even bears in the mountains
We only spent a few nights at Casa Olivia this past October. What a peaceful respite from the world! The house exudes original character from every nook and corner. It is well equipped from the bedding to the kitchen.We cooked most of our meals there and ate on the patio whenever got the chance...the view is fantastic. I am told there is a wonderful agriturismo restaurant nearby which we unfortunately did not get the chance to try...but no worries as we will be back!!
Bella Italia :-)
La Casa Olivia est un endroit paisible, propre, bien restructuré et décoré.
Je la recommande vivement!
Le site internet de la Casa Olivia est trés représentatif des prestations proposées.
I stayed in Casa Olivia this Summer with my family and we had a wonderful holiday. The pretty house lived up to the description on the web site. It was spotlessly clean when we arrived. We ate on the terrace every day, the views are beautiful and it was very peaceful. We met the neighbours and they were all very friendly and welcoming. We enjoyed walking in the mountains and driving down to the sandy beaches on the coast. The children went swimming in the river in the valley below the house although the water was very cold! We had a fantastic meal in the local Agriturismo and the children loved the pizza restaurant in nearby Manopello. I would recommend the house to anyone wanting a relaxing, peaceful break in a beautiful, unspoilt part of rural Italy and I hope we can return there next year.
Casa Olivia is just a short walk from the village of Serramonacesca with its two bars, a few shops and a famous San Liberatore abbey. Nestled in the foothills of the Maiella Mountains, Casa Olivia is just 20 minutes from a ski resort and 40 minutes from the sandy beaches of the Adriatic. There are plunge pools in the river valley below where you can cool off in Summers. Still relatively undiscovered (unlike Tuscany), we have been overwhelmed by the warmth, generosity and friendliness of the local people and often wake to find fresh eggs or a melon left on the doorstep. The house is quietly situated; the area offers numerous leisure activities including walking, rock climbing, skiing, swimming, horse-riding, bird watching, exploring ancient villages, monuments and churches, wine tasting and eating delicious local produce in excellent local restaurants. The house is on the edge of the Maiella National Park with soaring peaks and incredible wild life including bears and wild boar.
The house has three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Two of the bedrooms have a double bed and one has two twin beds. There is also an extra pull out bed and a baby's travel cot so it can sleep up to 7 plus a baby.
The house is detached in its own garden. Outside there is a sun terrace with garden furniture, parasol and a barbecue. There are spectacular views from the terrace.
The house has central heating and fans, a colour TV and DVD player. It also has an open fire and free wifi.
Ski: Many people are surprised to find that there is skiing this far South in Italy. Our house is, in fact, just 20 minutes drive from the small resort of Passo Lanciano. Skiing here is generally gentle through beech woods. Just an hour’s drive away are numerous larger resorts including Rocarasso. The highest point is 2,141 metres and with 156 kilometres of pistes of varying difficulty, there is something here for skiers of all abilities.
The region as a whole has 21 ski areas with 368 km. of runs. Located in the highest region of the Apennines, these ski areas are at heights nearly comparable to many Alpine resorts. Because of their proximity to the Adriatic and winter precipitation patterns, they often have more snow than the Alps. Abruzzo also is popular for cross country skiing, especially on the high plain of Campo Imperatore in the Gran Sasso as well as the Piana Grande in the Majella. Lift passes tend to be cheaper than the Alps. One day at Rocarasso currently costs 33euros.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
We have an English lady locally who will arrange for the house to be cleaned between visitors and clean bedding, but not towels, will be provided.
We would request that you do not smoke in the property. If you wish to bring a pet, please speak to us first. Price includes electricity, gas and bedding.
Deposit of 25% payable on confirmation unless within 6 weeks of departure. Full payment required 6 weeks prior to departure.
To check availability and to book, either ring or email. We speak English, French and limited German and Italian.