The perfect escape with private sun terrace, stunning views & tranquil location.
- english, italian
About Jools Thorpe
We fell in love with Abruzzo on our first ever visit and our dream was to live here some day. Life made us reflect on it's uncertainty and we decided to follow our dream of living here sooner rather than later. Providence enabled us to do this in 2014. Julie is an early retiree from the NHS and Pete used to be a senior manager in the Insurance sector. We have 3 dogs who are very friendly and love having visitors - Just don't let them con you into thinking they need feeding every time they see you!
Jools Thorpe purchased this Villa in 2011
Why Jools Thorpe chose Palombaro
We wanted somewhere we could make our own and which would provide us with our home plus a holiday property. In selecting the property we asked ourselves what we would want a holiday villa to be. Casa della Zia ticked all the boxes and more. We both loved the location - the views are stunning and the community is warm and welcoming. As a towny Jools can't get over the variety of the wildlife she has seen just in our olive grove - wild boar, foxes, deer, a little owl and a Kite (the avian variety that is!).
What makes this Villa unique
Abruzzo is something of an undiscovered gem. The people here are strong and kind and welcomed us unconditionally. The sense of community is fantastic and has reminded us what we had lost back in the UK. The fact that we are 40 mins away from the Mountain top and ski resorts in one direction and 30 minutes from the sea in the other direction offers so many possibilities of things to do with your day. However it is very tempting just to relax and enjoy the immediate area. The fabulous weather, food and wine was another reason to come!
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
We ask that guests do not smoke inside.
We have 3 sociable dogs who love to make friends.
Children not allowed
Babies no problem. Sadly not suitable for toddlers
Max guests:2 (sleeps up to 2 adults)
Please use the throws provided for the sofa and armchair in the lounge area if you are wearing sun tan lotion :)
Enjoy a glass of wine by the pool but we do ask that you would use the acrylic glasses for your wine and cold drinks. Broken glass in Pool = Pain! :)
The dogs and cat are not allowed into Casa della Zia Though they'll try! Please gently but firmly say "Out!":)
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
"Room" with a view !
A very happy holiday- two weeks in September and we wished it could have been three! We were looked after very well and had all and more that we needed, so it was too easy to sit on the large balcony and do nothing but gaze at the view! However, for the more energetic the Abruzzo is stuffed full of things to see, the coast is near and the mountains are on the doorstep. The only word of warning - the mosquitoes seem worse than in previous years in this part of Italy but thankfully there were nets on all the windows! (Bring good mozzie repellent if you are susceptible -the local shops have plentiful supplies too!).
We shall be back!
Great hideaway for a couple
There are not many properties with a pool that are perfect for couples. Many times you need to either share with other properties or with another house. Here Pete and Jools give you free run of the pool when you are staying with them. They are the perfect hosts and will provide help if needed or equally leave you to yourselves if that is what you want. The accommodation is great with a spacious upstairs living area/kitchen with large balcony (fantastic views). Downstairs is a large bathroom, utility area and good size bedroom. Only downside is no aircon but there are shutters on windows, and fans to help keep the rooms cool. Pete and Jools sorted out our hire car issue for us (flat tyre) with the help of the local garage which is an indication of how generous they are with their assistance. The dogs and cats are lovely and no trouble if anyone is wary of animals, they are very gentle and friendly. Thank you Pete and Jools for making our holiday so enjoyable.
Wonderful hosts and a sweet villa
Peter and Julie couldn’t have been more helpful or kind. They went above and beyond to make sure we had the best time possible. The villa is sweet and the view just astounding! It’s an adventure to drive around the area and best done both sober and with a great sense of adventure! It wasn’t appropriate weather for using the pool, but it looked lovely.
Had a great stay with hosts Jools and Peter. All you could ever need and more, they thought of everything. Super relaxing and peaceful. Loved it!
Well I don't really know what to day. We had such an amazing holiday, after 2 weeks we didn't want to go home, we wanted to move in!
Pete and Jools have created such a beautiful holiday home which makes the most of the fabulous location. The views.... well, they are better than you see on the photos. I could just sit there for hours watching the birds soaring, clouds moving across the mountains and the occasional storm in the distance. Bliss! Wishing we were back there now writing this!
The casa is incredibly well equipped there was nothing we didn't need during our 2 weeks. The welcome basket was superb (I'm running out of superlatives!) and provided us with a generous dinner the first night and breakfast the following day. The pool is just perfect, the weather was really hot when we were there and it was great to have it to ourselves whenever we wanted.
Abruzzo was a bit of a revelation to us and the area surrounding the casa give you so much to do, we did some brilliant hikes in the Majella mountains which were easy to follow with our map from the helpful guy linked to the Pretoro tourist office. The beaches are a close and easy drive and we had a fabulous lunch in Trabocchi Punta Cavaluccio (11 courses of seafood including wine and water €50 each!). Then of course there are all of the beautiful mountain villages. Definitely worth a visit is the local Agriturismo L Uliveto for their Sunday lunch. Another crazy amount of delicious regional food with local families. Thank for suggesting and booking that for us Jools and Pete!
Anyway, I could go on but I think I have character limit on here... It was a fantastic holiday. Would recommend it to anyone who wants some peace and quiet, views and wanting a real Italian experience without hoards of tourists. Just don't tell too many people!
Thank you so much for an amazing review! We are delighted that you had the holiday you wanted to have. We fell in love with the views, the house and the people here and believed it would be just the sort of place to offer an escape holiday from the frenetic pace of day to day life. It's great to know we achieved it. Thank you!
Joools and Pete are the perfect hosts. You could not wish for a more relaxing stay in this fabulous part of Italy. From the welcome pack to the immaculate accommodation Casa della Zia is the perfect getaway for a truly relaxing holiday. The pool is just what you need to cool off when the need arises. Local shops are 10 minutes drive away. Whilst we did not 'dine out' Jools is happy to book you places in local restaurants, if your Italian is not up to it.
Jools was kind enough to meet us at Pescara airport, which really helped, as our flight was a late one. The airport is about an hour away and finding your way to the villa would be a little difficult without assistance. Having said that, sat nav is a bonus!
Views, peace and quiet and Italian hospitality, what more could you want?
Thank you so much for the great review! We want folk to have a relaxing holiday so anything we can do to ensure that is a pleasure for us to offer. We are really pleased that you had the holiday you wanted and felt the "Abruzzo effect"!
Jools and Pete
Casa della Zia is a one bedroomed detached holiday hideaway for 2 people, nestled on an sun drenched olive grove with stunning views of mountains, rolling countryside and the lovely Abruzzese hill top towns of Palombaro and Casoli.
Nearby is Grotta San Angelo which is an ancient tiny church carved out of the rock face and where small concerts are periodically held. Set on the edges of the Maiella National Park the area offers stunning scenery and the opportunity to trek. There are wineries within easy reaching distance and some very good restaurants and agriturismi offering excellent quality dining.
During WWII for a time the area was split by the Gustav Line and places such as Gessopalena and the British war Cemetery at Torino di Sangro provide interest for anyone wanting to explore that element of the areas history.
Chieti is 40 minutes drive away and is one of the oldest towns in Italy. It is offers a theatre and arts as well as historical interest. Lanciano is half an hour away and offers music and bars. Casoli is a mere 15 minutes away and whilst smaller offers bars and dining experiences some with occasional live music.
July and August is Festa time and it is possible to attend a different festa almost every night throughout this period. The Chilli festa in nearby Altino is worth a visit as are our own local festas here in Limiti, one of which is the beer festival on 11th August every year.