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Idyllic Villa with Fantastic Views

Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Space 871 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 5 nights

Overview

About the property

Farmhouse in Castiglione Messer Raimondo, Abruzzo, Italy - Olive Farm Deep In Spectacular Abruzzan Countryside. Ideal For A Quiet Holiday

Casa Del Falco is a small working olive farm deep in magnificent Abruzzan countryside. Reached by somewhat rutted 'white roads' suited to the more adventurous motorist, it provides an authentic flavour of rural Abruzzo. It lies midway between the hill towns of Castiglione MR and Bisenti, both with beautiful medieval centres that have escaped 'gentrification'. The nearest airport is Pescara, less than an hour’s drive away, which is serviced by regular Ryanair flights. Rome (Ciampino) Airport is a drive of about 3.5 hours. The house can only be reached by car using 'white roads'. Last year a program of improvements to roads in the area has been initiated by the local commune.

Excellent local shops provide an abundance of fresh local food and wine. Supermarkets are located in both towns and the nearby hamlets of Cesi and Piane. Banks with automatic cash machines are located in Bisenti and Piane. Petrol stations can be found in Bisenti, Piane and Castiglione.

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.

Abruzzo has the highest percentage of protected rural areas anywhere in Europe (33% of its entire area). With magnificent scenery all around, the white roads are also well suited to walkers and cyclists. Traditional farming methods also mean that there are an abundance of butterflies and other local wildlife. The farm is bounded by two deep, wooded ‘fossa’ (gullies) which provide a haven for birds and, in May/June, fireflies. Throughout the summer there are lizards everywhere, crickets can be heard and there are 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 with beautiful churches and museums are within half an hour's drive and in less than an hour, you can be on the coast or deep in the Apennines. There are excellent beaches at Pineto, Rosetto, Montesilvano and Silvi Marina. If your preference is for the mountains, then The Campo Imperatore deep in the Apennines, is well worth exploring. On the edge of the Campo is Castel del Monte, where much of the George Clooney film ‘The American’ was set and Castelli, a major centre for ceramics since the 16th century, is short drive away.

For further information on the farm and local places of interest please see our website.

More Details

Owner
Peter Clegg
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, italian
Calendar last updated:
January 19, 2018

About Peter Clegg

Diana and Peter are a retired couple living in Sheffield who fell in love with Abruzzo when visiting friends in 2004. Diana is continuing her Italian studies following her A level course and I am struggling with conversational Italian to improve our ability to converse with our many Italian friends.

Peter Clegg purchased this farmhouse in 2005

Why Peter Clegg chose Castiglione Messer Raimondo

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.

What makes this farmhouse unique

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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

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
Dec 2008
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Amenities

Castiglione Messer Raimondo Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 871 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Max. adults: 5
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet
  • The bathroom comprises shower, bidet, wash hand basin and WC. There is a washing machine available for guest use.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Liiving Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4/5 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Both bedrooms are spacious with high ceilings and are well equipped. Bedroom 1 has a king size bed & spectacular mountain views. Bedroom 2 equipped with twin beds and looks over the valley. A sofa bed provides sleeping space for a 5th person. There is also a sofa bed in the living-room
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
Notes:
Notes on accommodation: The house has gas-fired central heating. All windows are equipped with mosquito nets. Children are welcome but there are areas where the land falls away steeply with no protective hedges or fencing. Outside: There is a patio garden which provides a good spot to enjoy the spectacular views. Guests are also free to wander through our fields. Garden furniture, garden parasols and a barbecue are provided. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are supplied. The property is fully cleaned prior to each letting. Additional cleaning during the course of a stay can be arranged if required. Rental includes towels and linen. Changeover day flexible.

Reviews

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Idyllic Villa with Fantastic Views
average rating of 4.7 based on 11 reviews
5

Beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your enthusiastic review. We are glad you enjoyed our house in Abruzzo as much as we do.
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Perfect Abruzzo location between mountains and sea

  • 4 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Perfect relaxed getaway

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Stunning

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Peaceful enclave, view of mountain, olive groves

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: May 31, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Would thoroughly recommend!

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: May 29, 2015
  • Stayed: April 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
45 Kilometres
Pescara
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
San Nicola
Nearest Train
45 Kilometres
Pescara
Nearest Motorway
30 Kilometres
A14 & A24
Nearest Restaurant
7 Kilometres
Bisenti
Nearest Ski
45 Kilometres
Corne Grande
Nearest Beach
30 Kilometres
Pineto
Car: necessary

Coast/Beach:

The nearest beaches are at Montesilvano or Silvi Marina, roughly 22 miles away.

Travel:

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.

Distances:

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.

Further Details:

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. Casa Del Falco is a small working olive farm deep in magnificent Abruzzan countryside. Reached only by somewhat rutted 'white roads', it provides an authentic flavour of rural Abruzzo. Casa Del Falco is situated midway, between the hill towns of Castiglione MR and Bisenti, both with beautiful medieval centres that have escaped 'gentrification'.

There are excellent beaches at Pineto, Rosetto, Montesilvano or Silvi Marina all less than an hours drive away. Alternatively in an hour one can be deep in the Apennines, to visit the Campo Imperatore, Castel Del Monte, where much if the George Clooney film 'the American' is set and Castelli, a major centre for ceramics since the 16th Century. Other attractions near by include the medieval cities of Penne and Atri with fine museums and beautiful churches.

Abruzzo has the highest percentage of protected rural areas of anywhere in Europe (33% of its entire area). With magnificent scenery all around, the white roads are well suited to walkers as well as the more adventurous motorist. Traditional farming methods also mean that there is an abundance of butterflies and other local wildlife. The farm is bounded by two deep, wooded 'fossa' (gullies) that provide a haven for birds and, in May/June, fireflies. Throughout the summer, there are lizards everywhere, crickets can be heard and there are wild flowers in profusion. The farm has a number of fruit trees, including peaches, figs, pomegranates and walnuts, which can be freely picked in season.

Good local shops provide an abundance of fresh local food and wine and the area is well served for meals out by pizzerias, rosticcerias and agritourismo restaurants. Although little English is spoken, the people of Abruzzo provide visitors with the warmest of welcomes.

For further information on the farm and local places of interest please see our website

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $245.65

Booking Notes:
Rental fees can be paid into either a UK or Italian bank account.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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