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Joanna Mundy

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Casa Rosa - Villa with the lot! Detached, roof terrace, garden, WiFi, Bugnara

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Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 nights

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Villa with the lot! Detached, 2 bedrooms, roof terrace, garden, Bugnara, Sulmona

Welcome to Casa Rosa, a beautiful two-bedroomed detached 'Villa in the Village', nestled in the middle of Bugnara, near Sulmona, Abruzzo. This unique property, (which is all yours, not an apartment), offers you the best of both worlds, a detached villa with its own roof terrace, balconies, terraces, and cottage garden, which have a collection of chairs, loungers, tables, umbrellas, trees, shrubs, yet all set in the middle of a medieval village in the heart of Abruzzo, Italy.

Casa Rosa also has full gas central heating, with radiators in all the rooms and the added benefit of an open fire in the lounge for cozy nights in. Now with free WiFi.

Just a five minute drive to Sulmona, Casa Rosa is also well placed to visit four National Parks, the Majella National Park, Abruzzo National Park, Gran Sasso and Sirente Velino Park's. It is the perfect location for walking and trekking holidays (there are numerous walks from the village), cycling, horse riding, sightseeing or just for a relaxing break away. The beaches of the Adriatic are 40 minutes drive away, skiing 25 minutes and the lakes at Scanno are only 20 minutes away. Rome is only 90 minutes drive away and Pompei 2 hours! For winter breaks there are numerous ski resorts, the largest being only just 25 minutes away at Roccaraso. There is a Water Park at Corfinio which is 10 minutes down the road and Sulmona has indoor and outdoor swimming pools. The villa is ideal for families, friends or couples, with plenty to see and do in the surrounding area during your stay.It is the perfect location for walking and trekking holidays or just relaxing.

Casa Rosa is close to the centre of the village of Bugnara, which is in the Club of 'The most beautiful villages of Italy'. Casa Rosa is a 200 year old, well equipped, full gas centrally heated, together with an open fire, light and airy detached villa, which has been fully restored. You enter through our beautiful chestnut doors into the ground floor which includes a fully fitted kitchen area with electric oven/grill, mains gas hob, fridge/freezer, washing machine, electric kettle, iron, ironing board, toaster, teapot, cafetiere, cool bag, plug adaptors in fact everything you need in a kitchen. Also a dining table with four chairs.

In the lounge area you will find the open fireplace with a 3 seater settee, two armchairs, Flat Screen TV (with Italian channels) and a DVD player complete with a large selection of family DVDs. A bookcase with guide books, cook books, local books, novels, maps, leaflets and guest book. A Ipod docking system also a CD player with radio, CDs and board games. WiFi router. Stairs lead to first floor.

On the first floor landing there is a hanging storage area and three doors, one to the shower room, one to the main bedroom and one to the twin bedroom.

The shower room comprises of a w.c., large wash-hand basin and shower (with a small window).

The main bedroom has a kingsize bed with luxurious pocket sprung mattress and verdigris metal bedframe, flat screen TV/DVD player for watching dvds, chest of drawers, radiator, free standing fan and wooden double glazed french windows with internal shutters, leading to its own balcony with room for a chair.

The second bedroom has twin beds with pocket sprung mattresses and metal bedframes, flat screen TV/DVD player for watching dvds, a chest of drawers, radiator, fan and french windows with internal shutters also leading onto its own balcony.

A staircase from the landing leads to the attic, which has a sofa for relaxing and a bookcase with books and a glazed door which leads onto the large roof terrace which has fantastic panoramic views over the surrounding roof tops to the Maiella mountains.

It is great sun trap, the perfect spot to relax , with a table, chairs, umbrella, sun loungers and sun beds.

Further details outdoors:

The large roof terrace measures 5.5m x 3m and commands excellent views, the perfect spot for eating al fresco, or just relaxing and soaking up the sun. A complete 'suntrap', as several guest have described it. A table, chairs, umbrella and sun loungers are provided.

Being totally detached, Casa Rosa has its own private garden. There is a secluded shady courtyard complete with table and chairs directly off the kitchen, with herbs ready to use for cooking, from here 4 steps take you to the cottage garden, which is south facing and one part is gravelled with Maiella stone, complete with a table, two benches, umbrella, the other part is up four more steps and has 2 comfy chairs which are surrounded by fig trees and newly planted nut, olive trees, oleanders, lavender and rosemary bushes and has a fantastic view down the valley to the Gran Sasso in the distance, so you have a choice of sun or shade.

Free parking is available very close by and it is only a 20 metre level walk away from the house making access very easy.

The villa is in a pedestrianised area, so no traffic outside your front door. There are also other approaches to Casa Rosa via the many sloping 'donkey step' paths leading down from the centre of the village. See www.abruzzo.org.uk for more and contact details.

Casa Rosa has free WiFi, which is available all over the house, including the roof terrace and the garden.

If you prefer, there is also free WiFi at Bar Gino, the centre of Bugnara, a couple of minutes walk from the house, just buy a drink and they give you access code, wine & WiFi what could be better!

More Details
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Joanna Mundy (Owner)
Member since: 2010
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Speaks: english

About Joanna Mundy

We live in Ludlow, Shropshire with our fifteen year old daughter and visit our house at least four times a year and still haven't discovered all that this beautiful part of Abruzzo has to offer. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you in anyway that we can. Best wishes Jo and Dave Mundy

Joanna Mundy purchased this villa in 2007

Why Joanna Mundy chose L'Aquila

We were lucky enough to buy the villa Casa Rosa nine years ago, it hadn't been lived in for forty years, so we spent 2 years restoring it to its former glory. We have been renting it out about 9 years ago and in that short time we have had so much fun and had some lovely guests, some of whom have become firm friends.

What makes this villa unique

Casa Rosa is completely unique it is a completely detached villa, complete with a garden, terraces and roof terrace, which has a 360 degree view of the village and surrounding countryside, but also in the middle of a medieval village. So you can pop the village shops and bars whenever you want. We just fell in love with it and hope you do too!

Guestbook comments from the owner

What a fab house and location Jo. You have managed to just get everything just right. We needed for nothing. We felt at home immediately and fell in love with all the terraces, particularly the top one at night. What a super view from there. Enjoyed Gino’s bar and the Italians are lovely people.

We found Lake Scanno lovely and enjoyed driving up through the mountains on those hairy bends. Sulmona is a really lovely looking town and we enjoyed the market day on Wednesday.

The children loved the DVDs and books.We enjoyed the position of Casa Rosa more and felt it was easier to get around. We will definitely be looking to return again soon.
Jul 2015
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4.9
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Casa Rosa - Villa with the lot! Detached, roof terrace, garden, WiFi, Bugnara
average rating of 4.892857 based on 53 reviews
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Pretty perfect!

  • 5 of 5

Casa Rosa did not disappoint. Conveniently situated near the amenities of the beautiful little village of Bugnara, it was the ideal base for a fantastic, relaxing holiday in Italy. The Mundy's provided everything we needed. A comfortable home from home, store cupboard basics and a fridge with cold beer & wine - most welcome to the weary traveller arriving in the midday sun! The kitchen was well equipped, the bedrooms clean and comfortable and the bathroom stocked with products. The gardens were superb with different areas offering sun & shade throughout the day. We loved the roof terrace. By day baking hot or on occasion ideal for storm watching over the mountains. At night the starry sky was a delight.

We can't fault this perfect Italian idyll.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your lovely review and so glad that you enjoyed your holiday. The roof terrace definitely is a really good place for star gazing. Thank you again and hope to hear from you again Jo
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5

Sublime and comfortable experience

  • 5 of 5

Comfortable clean well appointed delightful ambiance. Good written info and the owner was so very helpful when any queries were posed!

We loved it and want to both recommend it to our friends as well as come back next year!

Great location for a special Italian experience

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you ever so much for your review. Glad to be of service to you and sounds like you enjoyed Casa Rosa and Bugnara as much as we do. Look forward to hearing from you next year! Thank you again Jo
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5

A wonderful holiday at Casa Rosa!

  • 5 of 5

This was our second visit to Casa Rosa, and we had another superb holiday. As before, Jo sent all the details well in advance, so we had all the information that we needed. It really does make such a difference to have friendly contact with owners, and Jo makes everything so easy, so that we feel like welcome guests in her house. Casa Rosa is lovely...it is spacious, comfortable and homely, and it is lovely to find drinks etc in the fridge on arrival; it is such a good and simple system to leave similar things for the next guests! Not only is the house lovely but the garden is delightful too ( the result of much hard work I imagine!) with seating areas on the different levels, in sun and shade. The roof terrace is superb with magnificent views of the mountains.

Bugnara is a sweet village, with quaint, narrow, streets (and quite a lot of steps!), the shops seem small but actually stock a great range of goods (including really lovely cheeses!), and we frequently visited the bar! It was great this year to have easy access Wifi in the house and garden...thank you for this!

We visited some favourite places from previous holidays, e.g. the magnificent Alba Fucens, and the wonderful frescoes at Bominaco; we enjoyed pottering round Sulmona again, the museums are really interesting, and we bought some lovely fruit from the market. We also visited new places, the beautiful San Clemente in Casauria, for example, and the castle at Celano, a splendid, imposing building, housing a small, but interesting museum.

There are so many lovely places to visit, and Bugnara is well-positioned, convenient for the motorway but far enough not to be disturbed by traffic noise. It is a really peaceful place, and we so enjoyed coming back to Casa Rosa after a day out to enjoy the comfort and tranquillity.

We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday...thank you so much Jo, Dave and Fay for letting us share your home.

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your review and so pleased you enjoyed your second stay at Casa Rosa. There are so many places to visit and see, we hope that you will return for another visit sometime. We are always pleased to hear from such lovely guests. Thank you again
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5

Sunshine and peace in Bugnara...plus much more!

  • 5 of 5

We spent a wonderful week in Bugnara. We stayed at Joanna's lovely Casa Rosa in mid August, when Italians celebrate Ferragosto. Joanna is an amazing host, and her house a little gem with a very nice and cozy garden. She constantly kept in touch and gave us every bit of information. Casa Rosa was spotless and very well equipped. We always had breakfast in the shade of the garden under a wonderful blue sky. At night we found some relief from the heat of those August days at Gino's. A deserved reward after those hiking tours in the gorgeous Maiella Park. Also, Bugnara is a quaint small village close to the more famous Sulmona and three national parks. People over there are very friendly and have a sincere warmth, rare to find in the traditional tourist destinations. We found everything we needed. We will be definitely coming back! Thanks Joanna. Marion, Mauro, and the girls

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a fantastic review, thank you very much. We are so glad to hear that you had a good time and enjoyed Casa Rosa, Bugnara and Abruzzo. We look forward to hearing from you in the future. Thank you from Joanna, Dave and Fay
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Perfect Mountain Village House but with Limited Local Facilities.

  • 4 of 5

We had a very relaxing holiday at Casa Rosa. The booking process with the Mundy's was very straightforward and we were made to feel welcome even before we had arrived. We received personalised directions with photos prior to our holiday which facilitated our arrival.

The house was perfect for the two of us but we did find the spiral staircase a little difficult for the first few days. The small shower room was adequate for us but there was no sound proofing and all could be heard upstairs and downstairs.

The house was clean, it was great to have the facility to open the doors and windows on all sides and let the fresh air in. The roof terrace and garden were relatively private for the first week until the neighbours to the rear moved in and sat on their terrace overlooking the house and gardens.

The rubbish was not collected and the waste disposal facilities to the rear of the town hall are very dangerous as they are on a steep gravelled slope.

The location of the house was good, 20 minutes from the Rome - Pescara motorway and 15 minutes by car to Sulmona the nearest town with shops and places of interest.

There is a minimarket in Bugnara but it is very expensive with many out of date products and the owner with his son, even though helpful, lack some of the basic hygienic standards.

The chemist was open and helpful.

The takeaway pizza has been closed since March and not likely to open anytime soon.

Ginos bar was open but not what we expected. The seating was limited and uncomfortable (6 Tall stools with two large barrels at tables). There was no food or snacks only croissants in the morning. The clientele was all male most of which were builders working in nearby properties.

There seemed to be no fixed prices and the draught coke totally flat.

The two restaurants mentioned were a good 20 minutes walk each way (Uphill on the way back) but totally empty and with no atmosphere.

So basically the village although picturesque did not have any facilities.

Sulmona (20 minute drive) on the other hand had a great atmosphere, architecture, museums, bars, restaurants and facilities (we were able to obtain all the groceries we needed).

Its just a shame that we had to drive everywhere and that there was nothing in Bugnara.

Scanno was amazing (Take a swimming costume). The roman ruins at Alba Fucens worth a visit (Take a Picnic). Forget Aquila its a building site and all the roads to the centre are closed off.

The confetti factory/museum is worth a visit

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Comfortable house in beautiful area

  • 5 of 5

The house was great: clean, everything that we needed, comfortable bed, warm, good wifi, and fantastic views from roof terrace. The village is very Italian (which we love) and friendly but Sulmona is close by if you need more choice of provisions or restaurants. The house is ideally situated c 2hrs from Rome airport and in the midst of the most amazing scenery. We had absolutely glorious weather in mid April which complemented the snow-covered mountains and spring flowers. Long walks in the mountains and down valleys - barely seeing anyone - no bears or wolves but did see foxes and deer and beautiful flowers - fantastic! The owner also provided first-class customer service before, during and after the stay. Highly recommended if you want to see real natural Italy away from the crowds and tourist traps.

  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you ever so much for your review and lovely comments. So glad you both enjoyed your stay, Abruzzo really is a beautiful place isn't it. Thank you again Jo
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Map

Nearest Airport
60 Kilometres
Pescara
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
Ginos Bar
Nearest Ferry
60 Kilometres
Pescara
Nearest Golf
38 Kilometres
Rivisondoli
Nearest Train
7 Kilometres
Sulmona
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Cocullo
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
Bugnara
Nearest Ski
24 Kilometres
Roccaraso
Nearest Beach
60 Kilometres
Pescara
Car: not necessary

Bugnara is a small medieval village with all the amenities. It has a Pizzeria (which also sells take away pizza), a hotel with a restaurant, three small bars, one which sells food, two shops, a post office, a chemist, hairdresser, four churches, doctors surgery, a fishing pool and a children's playpark. There is a regular bus service to the surrounding area, including Scanno and Sulmona. The village is very well situated, being only a few minutes drive from the motorway which links Rome to Pescara. Casa Rosa is a five minute drive away from Sulmona, which is an ancient city full of history. There you will find facilities such as supermarkets, shopping centres, bars, restaurants, museums, a theatre, cinema, sports complexes and railway station, in addition to many fine buildings, churches and parks. From Sulmona regular buses and trains take you into Rome, Pescara and the rest of Italy. Pescara Airport is the nearest being only a 40 minute drive away, Rome is 90 minutes, with Naples and Pompeii 2 hours away. Skiing nearby at Campo di Giove, Monte Pratello & Roccarasso, which are all 25 minutes drive away.

Other Activities: Bugnara, Sulmona & the surrounding villages have a large calendar of events, which include many festivals

Ski: Casa Rosa, Bugnara is a 25 minute drive away from Abruzzoa ski resorts of Roccaraso, which is Italy third largest ski resort and the main ski resort in Abruzzo. Abruzzo has 15 ski resorts with 368 km of runs in 172 different ski tracks. The most popular resorts are Roccaraso, Pratello, Campo Felice, Campo Imperatore. Located on the highest altitudes of the Apennines, these ski areas are at heights nearly comparable to many resorts in the Alps. 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.

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Rates & Availability

Bugnara Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
GBP
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Autumn 2016
Sep 10 2016 - Oct 28 2016
4 night minimum stay
$78
$487
 
 
Late Autumn
Oct 29 2016 - Dec 16 2016
4 night minimum stay
$65
$422
 
 
FESTIVE 2016
Dec 17 2016 - Jan 6 2017
4 night minimum stay
$84
$539
 
 
2017 PRICES
Jan 7 2017 - Apr 7 2017
4 night minimum stay
$71
$455
 
 
Early Summer 2017
Apr 8 2017 - Jun 9 2017
4 night minimum stay
$78
$487
 
 
Summer 2017
Jun 10 2017 - Sep 8 2017
4 night minimum stay
$84
$539
 
 
Autumn 2017
Sep 9 2017 - Nov 3 2017
4 night minimum stay
$78
$487
 
 
Late Autumn 2017
Nov 4 2017 - Dec 15 2017
4 night minimum stay
$65
$422
 
 
FESTIVE 2017
Dec 16 2017 - Jan 12 2018
4 night minimum stay
$84
$539
 
 
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
$65
$422
 

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

The cost per week is for the whole of Casa Rosa, not per person, and includes all gas, electric, bed linen, towels, tea towels, no extras. Short breaks are available at any time of year. Please look at my website for prices at abruzzo.org.uk

Totally flexible, any length of stay and any day of the week for changeover days.

Reservations can be made by telephone or email, please feel to contact me directly at any time.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Bugnara Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 80 m²
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Backpack
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Window with view of mountains
  • Small window in the shower room with views over the mountains, if you are tall enough to see! We always leave plenty of toliet rolls, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel etc. for our guests to use. Towels are provided.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Balcony
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Balcony
  • Both bedrooms lead off the first floor landing and are separate. They both have their own balconies. The main bedroom has a large double bed with a verdigris frame, sprung mattress, summer and winter duvets. The twin room has 2 single beds with black frames again with sprung mattresses and summer and winter duvets. They both have chests of drawers, bookcases, flat screen TV/DVD combinations for watching DVDs. There are also 2 hairdryers, one in each bedroom. The landing has a large storage area, with plenty of hanging space, and extra bedlinen, towels etc. that you might need. Bedding, pillows, towels are provided.
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • MP3 Dock
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • 1 bicycles
  • 8 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
We have sun loungers, on the roof terrace, together with table and chairs, umbrella, novelty fridge in the attic so you can have cold drinks without going down stairs. Shady courtyard off the kitchen complete with herbs with a few steps up to a gravelled cottage garden with metal table, 4 chairs, large umbrella, 2 benches and another few steps up to the newly created 'rest of the garden' with chairs, table, fig, olive & nut trees, lavender, rosemary and oleander bushes. Free parking is available close by and it is only a twenty metre level walk from the house. Sulmona has a large swimming pool complex with both indoor and outdoor pools and loungers. There is a Waterpark at Corfinio which is 10 minutes drive away. Lake Scanno is only 20 kilometers which has pedalos, canoes, bike hire, walks around the lake, etc. Free WiFi is available at Casa Rosa, and works all over the house, roof terrace and garden.

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