|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
My house is located near the top of the picturesque, medieval, village of Roccacasale which nestles on the side of the Montagna del Morrone, just inside the Majella National Park and only a few kilometres away from all the national and regional parks of Abruzzo. It is only 9km from the beautiful historic town of Sulmona, very close to the thermal spas at Popoli, a 40 minute drive from miles of pristine sandy beaches at Pescara on the Adriatic coast and only a 30 minute drive from ski resorts. The house itself has been lovingly restored, is made from Majella stone and has two large bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a large attractive living room with two balconies, a pretty fruit garden with a large BBQ, a fully equipped kitchen and a roof terrace with staggering views of the surrounding mountains and the village below. It is perfect for anyone who loves walking,the outdoors, exploring mountain villages and castles, or for simply relaxing on the terrace enjoying the view with local food and wine.
Hi, my name is Mark, I'm 48 years old and I have lived in England all my life until I moved here to Abruzzo in April 2013. I have always loved to travel and love the outdoors, especially walking and trekking and this is what inspired me to buy a property and set it up as a holiday let and guest house. I am well educated and have a degree in Economics from York University but I have never really used this. I couldn't get a job when I graduated and so found myself working in kitchens most of my life. I started as a dish washer and worked my way up to Chef. I live in a separate suite at the property and so will be available to cook a BBQ once a week if required and pizza's one evening when I have finished building the wood-fired pizza oven outside the house. I look forward to meeting you
Mark Clark purchased this house in 2007
I bought a house in Roccacasale in particular because two friends had already bought properties here and made connections with local builders and people necessary for the renovations. I bought this house in particular because I could see that it would be beautiful when restored but mostly because when I walked out onto the 2nd floor balcony and saw the view I went weak at the knees. I had to have it. I had been in Italy for 8 hours for the first time in my life and I agreed to buy it there and then. It took four and a half years of hard work to get the restoration finished and a little longer for the interior and the garden but now it is ready for guests. Roccacasale is perfect for me, it has the peace and tranquillity of a mountain village but is close to larger towns and transport links.
The most amazing thing about the property is the view. From the ground floor it is fantastic but from the second floor balconies you get the view that made me buy and this is breathtaking. You can see out above the house and trees and you can see the whole of the Peligna Valley to the right and left surrounded by mountains. 20km long and 10km wide it is a vast beautiful valley with pretty villages dotted along its length. Stunning. Then when you go up another floor to the terrace it gets even better. 360 degrees of mountain views with the village dropping away beneath you so steeply it is almost like being perched on a cliff. In addition to this the house is perfectly positioned for exploring the 3 national parks in the region, and the regional park. I can't wait to share it with people.
A spacious house in a great position, nearly at the top of a hill village (last bit of access on foot uphill); with a fantastic roof terrace with views right over the valley and to the hills beyond and behind. A lovely friendly little village at the top of a steep road, though with all town amenities a couple of miles away, and village bars and restaurant within easy walking distance. Clean and well-maintained with all expected facilities; the owner who lived adjacent was very friendly and helpful, with information and suggestions about places to go and to eat. The whole Abruzzo area is beautiful but not at all 'touristy' - lovely countryside, historic towns and villages, walks, abbeys, and the coast is quite accessible too.
The house was well renovated with care to uphold some original character, and can accommodate comfortably 6 people or more. It is set steeply up the vast hills at about 1200 feet. It is necessary to park and walk a short steep paved road to the accommodation. The owner operator is friendly and helpful and lives in the lower level of the building. He prepared a great meal featuring some local foods apon our request at arrival. The kitchen serves as a generous dining room with good kinves, cutting boards and a fine oven. Roccacasale is a quiet village. It is well located to explore the many incredible larger towns nearby. The scenery of Abruzzo is amazing and the views from the house and roof terrace are wonderful.
We booked Mark’s house for a 16 day vacation from the States late June to mid- July. We are a family of 5, with three children ages 6, 3.5 and 2.5. My review is much longer, but I'm limited in space so I'll keep it brief.
The place has no AC, and no screens.. So you either sweat or risk getting eaten alive by bugs at night.
The bottom bedroom is subterranean and extremely humid, basically unusable.
The worst part of this trip was getting eaten alive by bed bugs starting after day 2.. In all, my wife, myself, and my 2 year old daughter were eaten alive.. I'm talking dozens and dozens of bites that itch for weeks on end. My wife and I were up all nights applying anti-itch cream to be able to stop itching long enough to sleep. I had to leave after 9 nights as we couldn't take it anymore. Mark agreed to refund part of my stay and I haven't seen any refund yet. If you work for your money, value sleep, and don't enjoy being eaten alive by bugs, stay clear of this place. This place ruined my vacation, don't let it ruin yours.
We (a Dutch family with 2 children) had a great time in this nice an comfortable house. There where more then enough beds and even 3 bathrooms. The contact with the owner was really good and he even arranged access with the internet for the days we stayed. The village is very quiet in this time of the year. We were not so lucky with the weather but the surrounding and the sceenery is beautiful with lots of nice old little villages to walk around. We even did a daytrip to Rome (1,5 hour by car) which was very easy. Tip: park at one of the parkingplaces near the metrostation outside the center. It's just 1,50 euro for 12 hours, and again 1,50 euro for a metroticket (15 minutes). The combination mountains and city was great.
We advise everybody who wants to visit this region to stay in Marc's house, you won't get anything better for this price.
We recently returned from a week's stay in The Italian medieval village of Roccacasala. The village is bedded into the hillside with views to die for. We were fortunate to find Mark Clark's house for rental and were drawn in by the pictures taken and posted on the website. All the information provided by Mark was brilliant and the e-mail correspondence was superb when setting up the rental agreement.
We flew into Rome (Ciampino Airport) on Friday19/09/14, picked up our rental car and set out about 21:00hrs. It took approx. 1.5hrs to get to Roccacasala and we met Mark in one of the 3 local pub's (Bonnie & Clyde) which stays open late. You can get food and drink quite late as we did and the owners are very accommodating.
Mark was lovely, we had arranged to meet him here. Mark put himself out to give us a warm friendly welcome and even organised food, drink to get us through the first day of our stay.
There are a couple of parking locations at the top of the village, just down from the house. The house itself is a short walk from the car park. The house has the "wow" factor, vaulted ceilings in the bedrooms, lovely shuttered windows, and when you walk out onto the top floor terrace you cannot fail to fall immediately in love with the place. It is clean and spacious inside, 3 bathrooms and a fitted kitchen.
This is a fantastic base for access to the Adriatic coast at Pescara, the town of Sulmona and all the surrounding villages. If you are a "walker" this is your dream come true surrounded by all the natural beauty that the Italian National Parks can offer.
We all live busy lives, living in a city and wading through the daily traffic. By the time the end of the week came,We had slept so peacefully and deep each night, were so relaxed that we did not want to come home.
So anybody out there wishing to get away from it all, experience life in an Italian village with warm, friendly gentle folk. We would strongly recommend contacting Mark and making a booking as soon as you can.
We visited this house in Rocacasale in August 2012. The location is amazing, only 30/40 minutes away from Pescara airport and the city, yet this house is nestled into the hillside of a charming village and is so quiet, peaceful and incredibly relaxing.
The village itself is really pretty with friendly locals and we were lucky enough to be visiting in the summer, so experienced local music and festivals in the piazzas of Roccacasale and neighbouring villages.
The house itself is great, spacious with really comfy beds and lots of bathrooms which were great for us five girls! The kitchen is huge and well stocked and all rooms were lovely and cool which was great when we wanted to escape the heat for a moment.
The final thing to mention is the views! There is an amazing view from every window but the views from the terrace were just stunning! We would spend our days visiting local towns and lakes which were all gorgeous but we would all agree at the end of the day to spend the evenings on the terrace. We would eat and enjoy a few glasses of cava watching the sun set over the mountains and then watching the thousands of stars in the clear skies.
This property really became our home for ten fabulous days in and I would recommend it to anyone!
You can be on the beach in Pescara in 40 minutes from leaving the house. There are miles of pristine sandy beaches lined with numerous seafood restaurants, bars and pizzerias, there are playgrounds for the children, volleyball, recliners and umbrellas as far as the eye can see. There are others to the north and south that are quieter but they also have less facilities
The nearest airport to Roccacasale is Pescara and is about a 30 minute drive from the village. Alternatively Rome Ciampino Airport is a 1 hour 30 minute drive and Fiumicino is about 20 minutes longer...dependant on traffic. I have a minibus that can carry 8 passengers and airport pick-ups are available if required, and from stations in Sulmona(free) and Pratola(free). Car hire or use of a car is recommended for getting around Abruzzo if you want to be able to explore it's treasures properly.
Pescara is 60km away, L'Aquila about 57km, Sulmona 9km, Thermal Spa at Popoli 9km, the must see fortress atop a 1500m mountain is 40 km away. The Lake at Scanno is about 30km away, at 1100m it is a little cooler for swimming and there are bars and restaurants. The caves at Stiffe are about 45km away and well worth a visit, another good place to escape the heat of the afternoon
In the village there are three bars, only one is open late. There are two shops where you can buy anything you need, fresh vegetables, milk, cheese, salami, wine, or just outside the village about 2km from the house there is a supermarket. It is a tough walk back with your shopping but I can provide a lift once or twice a week. There is also a fresh fruit and veg van that comes to the village on Saturday mornings and a market in one village in the valley every day of the week except Sunday. There is a good restaurant in the village or the bar that is open late also serves food in the evening. Alternatively there are places to eat in all the nearby villages and many that are worth a visit in Sulmona. The nearest banks are in Pratola Peligna or Sulmona but bring Euro with you or use a card in the machines, you cannot change money here unless you have a bank account.
You can get almost anything else you need from Sulmona, 9km away and it is also a beautiful historic town, home to the poet Ovid, it has a medieval aqua-duct running through its main piazza which offers dramatic views of the surrounding mountains. Well worth a visit. There is an aqua-park at Corfinio (4km), guided walks are available including full moon walks, fishing, horse riding, rafting, Jeep tours and the region is perfect for cyclists, on the roads and mountain-biking along the endless trails and four wheel drive tracks. My personal love is walking in the mountains and in Abruzzo you can walk for days along beautiful mountain trails and hardly see another soul. There is a trail that leaves the village two minutes from the house and goes up the Montagna del Morrone, A stunning 2000m peak. There are refugios in Abruzzo which provide meals(not all) and sometimes entertainment and I can organize guides or maps and transport to and from trails as required. Abruzzo is a walkers paradise, get away from the crowds and explore each of its equally beautiful Parks.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
To book or make any enquiries please contact me via the booking form.
Please pay the deposit of 1/2 a weeks rent in advance by bank transfer and the balance by bank transfer prior to arrival arrival. There will be a security deposit of 300 Euros also payable before you pick up the keys
Change over day is flexible, as are arrival times but you may need to wait until the bedrooms are ready. Departure time is 11.am but talk to me if you need to stay longer
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.