|Minimum Stay||5 nights|
Casa Del Falco is a small working olive farm deep in magnificent Abruzzan countryside. Reached by somewhat rutted 'white roads', it provides an authentic flavor of rural Abruzzo. It lies midway between the hill towns of Castiglione MR and Bisenti, both with beautiful medieval centres that have escaped 'gentrification'. Excellent shops provide an abundance of fresh local food and wine. The area is well served for meals out by pizzerias, rosticcerias and agriturismo restaurants. Although little English is spoken, the people of Abruzzo provide visitors with the warmest of welcomes. Two deep, wooded ‘fossa’ (gullies) provide a haven for birds and, in May/June, fireflies. There are butterflies and lizards everywhere and wild flowers in profusion. Our fruit trees - peaches, figs, pomegranates and walnuts - can be freely picked in season. The historical centres of Penne and Atri are within half an hour's drive and in less than an hour, you can be on the coast or deep in the Apennines.
Diana and Peter are a retired couple living in Sheffield who fell in love with Abruzzo when visiting friends in 2004. Diana is currently taking an A level in Italian and I am struggling with conversational Italian to improve our ability to convers with our many Italian friends
Peter Clegg purchased this farmhouse in 2005
We fell in love with Casa Del Falco because of its quiet location deep in the Abruzzan countryside and the fantastic views. We also have very supportive Italian neighbours and have made a number of real friends in the area.
We also love the historic centres in most of the local 'citta' in the area and the food and wine.
The house provides us with peace and quiet, fantastic views and is the perfect location for exploring the region of North Abruzzo.
Picking our own olives and having them pressed at the local frantoia is hard work but also great fun. We usually have a few UK friends to help and the resulting oil is fantastic.
Fantastic holiday spent in a fantastic place - SV July 2009
A magical place - Nick Quartley, Sept 2009
The house itself has everything you could want - S&BP August 2009
Everything about the house and area is wonderful - JH July 2010
This is paradise - JK May 2011
The house was excellent, weather great, scenery fantastic - PB June 2011
Everything here is "extra-ordinary" - S&MR June 2011
Thankyou for the use of your beautiful house, its layout and location made for the perfect Abruzzo holiday - NC&AB July 2011
This is our third visit and we have enjoyed it even more than out previous two visits - AG August 2011
Heard the Golden Oriole every day, the nightingale night and day - M&FV May 2012
One major problem is leaving to go home - S&SD June 2012
It is a very isolated property with fantastic views. Well equipped and well maintained with good service from the owners. It is very isolated though. The white roads are maintained better than many and passable. However the roads in the area are generally minor, twisty and have suffered in the 2009 earthquake. This limits how far you can go in a day but the upside is the roads are generally quiet. There is plenty within reach to see. If you want to potter in rural Italy, enjoy the beauty of the Grand Sasso area, enjoy the local cuisine and end your day sipping wine on the patio admiring the mountain landscape this is for you.
Casa del Falco is an extremely comfortable and well equipped house in Abruzzo, ideally positioned between the Gran Sasso mountains (with the highest peaks visible from the window) and several laid-back beach resorts to suit most tastes. For those tired of either, there are a host of lovely old towns to wander around.
We loved the solitude, broken only by farming sounds. Mosquito nets on all the windows allowed us to keep cool in 35C temperatures. When the local roads are eventually mended it would be perfection!
Amazing property with stunning views. Particularly enjoyed having bbqs on the patio and the pizza oven was an unexpected bonus. The surrounding area was serene and beautiful, with mountains to climb or gorgeous, historic towns to visit. Perfect 5 day break from work, 10/10 would stay again.
Absolutely stunning scenery. Not the easiest place to get to but that's what makes this place so special, not another house in sight. Ideal place to get away from the world and relax in one of the most picturesque locations I've ever been.
The house is tucked on the side of hills, with a patio area surrounded by herbs
and – for this London resident – the much welcome sound of birds. There are good sized rooms, a wood pizza oven, and a useful selection of books on wildlife and the local area. There is space for a more active or relaxed routine, and mountain walks are easily accessible by car. A particular favourite of mine was discovering wildflowers in the mountains where snow had melted from winter.
Beautiful mediaeval towns are easily accessible for anyone who wants to explore this great area of Italy. We mixed up enjoying the house and exploring and would recommend it to others for the same.
Lovely holiday home in the middle of Italian countryside. Short drive from supermarkets and local towns and villages, though I was quite happy sitting on the patio with a view of snow covered mountains.
The nearest beaches are at Montesilvano or Silvi Marina, roughly 22 miles away.
Nearest airport is Pescara, less than an hour's drive away. The town is serviced by Ryanair daily flights offering low price flights.
The house is a 3.5 hour drive from Rome Ciampino airport. The house can only be reached by car.
Bisenti and Castiglione MR are both within 5 miles / 15 mins drive. There are good historic centres at Atri 17 miles and Penne 15 miles. Castelli, where they have been making ceramics continuously since the middle ages is about 20 miles.
Both Bisenti and Castiglione have a range of local shops. Bisenti in particular has 2 excellent supermarkets and a wonderful chocolatiere. Both have banks, but only the one in Bisenti has an automatic cash machine. There are numerous pizzerias, rosticcerias and agrotourismo restaurants within a 5 mile radius, many in attractive country locations. For further information on the farm and local places of interest please see our website.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable damage deposit||$216|
Rental rates are £375 sterling for the first week and £325 for any additional weeks or euro equivalent at time of booking. Stays of less than 1 week are also available upon request. An initial payment of 50% is required to reserve the booking with the remaining 50% payable no later than 2 weeks prior to stay in accommodation. In addition we require a returnable deposit of £125 in case of breakages. Rental fees can be paid into either a UK or Italian bank account.
Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK pounds. Discounts considered for periods of over 2 weeks. Stays of less than 1 week are also available upon request.