|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
The Master Bedroom has its own balcony and a luxurious ensuite bathroom, with a toilet, bath, shower and a double sink. Bedroom three, has two twin beds, an en-suite shower room with a large water fall shower. Bedroom two is a double bedroom with its own balcony and a rustic ensuite, with shower, sink and toilet. There is also an additional single bedroom with shower room, sink and toilet. The kitchen has a Range Master cooker, 6 gas hobs and 3 electric ovens has been shipped from England, with a fridge and freezer. Marble topped table with upholstered chairs. We have all the pots and pans, baking and serving dishes.Washing machine.Two leather sofas, a wood burner and a TV, DVD player and WiFi internet access. Play room off the kitchen provides a special place for the children to use, with dolls house, toys and books.We provide towels for each bathroom and beds will be made up ready for you arrival.
You can choose The luxurious 3 bedroomed Main Farmhouse (sleeps 6 to 8), The Casetta (sleeps 2 to 4), or book the whole estate. Casa Pietra has its own outside sanctuary with a plunge pool and swing, fruit trees and a child's play area if required. The Main Farm House has an additional single bedroom with shower and laundry room. The interior is elegant and simple, with restored brick vaulted ceilings, traditionally Italian and with all the modern facilities you would expect. The only intrusive sounds are the cuckoos calling, yet you are only 5 minutes to the town of Atessa, and 40 minutes away from the airport town of Pescara, and 20 minutes to Lanciano, where stylish shopping and night life are in abundance. The estate is tranquil and designed to capture the Italian sun, so you may choose not to make the short drive to the beautiful unspoilt beaches, to pick up a bargain from the local markets, attend one of the numerous fiestas or to enjoy the wonderful Italian hospitality of food and locally produced wines!
I come from a senior management professional career, but fell in love with Italy, its buildings, scenery, food, wine, mountains beaches and people. I liked it so much, I bought a property here, and now I live here most of the year.
Robert Chambers purchased this farmhouse in 2006
I have always had a dream of having a home in Italy, probably from my childhood memories of family holidays with my parents. When I discovered Abruzzo I was blown away! I have found somewhere with beautiful sandy beaches and warm sea – but also mountains with snow in the winter! I love the beach, I love to ski, and this place had both….And all this just three hours drive to the Amalfi coast, Rome and Tuscany
When I then discovered that I could fly here with a budget airline to one of four airports, and the food and wine were excellent and the people incredibly friendly, I bought the house.
The house is only 40 minutes away from Pescara airport, 20 minutes to the beach and 5 minutes to the local hill top town, Atessa. However this house is sitting in the middle of a little valley, with views of the sea and Atessa. All you will hear is the odd tractor in the fields, but most of the noise comes from the many birds that seem to flourish in this beautiful setting.
"Such a beautiful setting, and so relaxing, Casa Pietra was exactly what our family needed for just chilling out!
Mr & Mrs C, Hertfordshire.
"We were so relieved to find an authentic Italian farmhouse, yet with all the modern facilities we could have needed. Our holiday gave us an insight in to the "real" Italy, with the friendly locals and great locally produced food and wine." Mr & Mrs J, Munich.
"The farmhouse apartment was cosy, yet spacious and enabled us to explore the local area and then return to discuss our findings over a glass of Italian Prosecco with bubbling enthusiasm" Mr & Mrs Cunningham, London.
"Such a magnificent house! My expectations were superseded beyond my dreams. So comfortably remote and yet close enough to local towns should you want to be sociable. The kids particularly enjoyed the perfect beach, where the sand was so soft that it was difficult to drag them away. I had to promise that I'd re-book for later in the season. Thanks a lot Casa Pietra.
A beautiful old farmhouse carefully renovated. It is in a great setting just below the small walled town of Atessa and from the kitchen and the terrace you can see the sea.Its a comfortable base to view a wonderful region but is also a haven to chill out in. An old almond tree shades the terrace where you can laze on wooden sunbeds.As golden oldies it was ideal but it would be a safe and exciting habitat for children.The owner is very helpful and will drive you where you would like to go and is also a splendid cook if you fancy a meal at home.We had a truly great time and hope to return.
The farmhouse is a lovely property, with elevated views towards Atessa. It is beautifully renovated, with a delightful mix of traditional and modern elements. All three bedrooms have ensuite bathrooms, each with their own style, and the main ensuite is huge, with stylish, blue LED lights around the bath and a skylight for a romantic and relaxing night time soak.
There is a TV, BluRay player and a selection of DVDs, and WiFi, so you can take your own devices and DVDs with you to entertain you, and there are sun loungers for relaxing on the balcony. The pool is a freestanding round one, as can be seen from the pictures, and unheated, but in the summer is good for cooling off and admiring the views. There's also a hammock strung between two trees.
Robert, the owner, is very friendly and helpful, and happy to provide whatever help or guidance is required, and regularly checked in to make sure we were OK.
A few points that, although they should not be taken as negatives, are worth pointing out to potential renters of this property (because we hadn't realised them):
1. This property is in an area that is definitely _not_ tourist-y. It means you get to experience "real Italy" but we found that virtually no-one spoke English, or it was very limited, so be prepared. We did find one restaurant ("Civico 20") where the owner spoke good English but that was definitely the exception.
2. Don't rely on a normal in-car satnav for finding the property. It's on a very small, single-track rural road and our in-car system didn't recognise it. Fortunately, Robert's pin on Google Maps is absolutely spot on, so use your phone instead.
3. There isn't much to do in the area if you want anything beyond seeing the local scenery and visiting old towns and churches. The waterpark at Vasto is fairly good, but this property is best suited to just chilling out, with the occasional trip out for the evening.
I guess the summary is, as above - "Beautiful property, friendly and helpful owner, off the beaten track". If that's what you're looking for, this is perfect :-)
A creatively restored farmhouse, comfortable and stylish. Set in a secluded but not totally isolated very scenic location. It caught both the sun and the breeze and the temperature was always pleasant.
A car absolutely necessary -- supermarket about 10 minutes away by rough road and other destinations better part of an hour though within that there was a good choice of beach, mountains, scenic towns. Convenient to Pescata airport.
The grounds a bit precipitous, steep staircases and drops -- not suitable for toddlers ot adults with mobility problems.
The pool is a circular meter deep plunge pool, perfect for our 6 year old just learning to swim but would be frustrating for an older child and dangerous for a toddler.
The house is well furnished, nice bath/shower rooms and comfortable beds. There is a good supply of English language books and DVDs.
Only criticisms -- the electricity frequently cut out, not adequate for appliances in both accommodations. This is common in Italy however. Some of the kitchen
equipment is tired and should be replaced. Towels also not up to scratch and it would have been good if beach towels were provided.
It was reassuring that the owner is on the site and very ready to help as needed. In fact we scarcely needed to call on him but it was nice that he was available. He was always friendly and helpful.
With these few reservations we would definitely recommend this place to friends wanting a peaceful low key holiday.
The house was nowhere near the quality we were expecting. We arrived about 30 mins prior to check in and evidently caught the owner by surprise, Mr. Robert Chambers. He had asked us to return at 4:30pm which we did. Immediately, we acknowledged there was no pool as advertised and the property was far from manicured. It was upsetting to learn we had no pool given we were 60-100 miles from the sea and the weather was extremely hot & humid. When Robert showed us around the home it looked fairly clean but we did not examine it in detail. We were tired and had to drop off our bags and ventured out. We showered and went out visiting local family within an hour or so of arriving. When we returned to the home about 10pm and that is where the issues began to arise. Per the owner’s instructions we left the shutters closed on the home to keep it cool. Well, that proved to be futile. The home was so hot and it is very important to note there is no air conditioning or ventilation system whatsoever in the home and the owner fails to mention that is his advertisement description as well. Plus no ceiling fans anywhere! So to overcome the heat, we opened the windows and numerous bugs began flying into the home and that is when we acknowledged that the windows had no screens. We immediately had to shut them. The home was an oven all night long, we were too afraid to open them. As you may or may not know, bugs migrate to light in the dark. Also it is important to note that all doors had no weather stripping and bugs just infiltrated the home. We quickly came to realize that the home had probably been vacant for a long period of time and the owner did a poor job cleaning & preparing it for us and that is why he was surprised when we showed up early. The home contained numerous spider nests, numerous dead bugs under the beds, the guest room on the second floor had a very large unfinished adjacent attic that was not closed off which was also home to numerous bug infestations. We even found bugs sleeping in my children’s beds. They were physically crawling on the sheets and the pillows. It is amazing that the home did not have some type of rodent control and or extermination program. Needless to say that 1st night was enough to keep us all up the entire 1st evening.
The following morning we went directly to the hotel. There was no hesitation whatsoever on our part. There was no way that we could spend another night there. I shared these concerns with the owner imme
This is a converted stone farm house situated in a valley. From the rear elevated patio you can see the fortress town of atessa, an artists dream. Steep hills surround the property and it is on a large plot with neighbour's just in sight.
You'll need a car to get the best of the area.recommend ++
A fantastic house in a beautiful remote setting - Everything you need for a relaxing getaway. Robert is a fantastic host and all home comforts are here to enhance your stay.
Good for kids also.
thank you for a fantastic week.
Special interest holidays:
We have coached activity holidays including; cycling and painting, please ask more....
The best and nearest sandy beach is a 15 minute drive. We also have local leisure pools also within 15 minutes. Aqua Land water park is a 25 minutes drive.
The closest airport to Casa Pietra is Pescara in the region of Abruzzo, and you can fly from London Stansted to Pescara in only two hours, book at Ryanair with cheap flights from as little as £30 return. Alternatively you can fly to Rome, Ancona or Bari airports and enjoy the drive.
At the airport you can select one of the car hire companies to begin the stunningly beautiful drive through the unspoiled Italian landscape.
All you needs are within a 5 minute drive including restaurants, super markets, shops, internet cafe, bars and ice cream!