Sleeps up to 12 adults & 6 children comfortably + 6 bathrooms
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Castiglione Messer Raimondo House
The house is in a very beautiful location between Pescara and the Apennines Mountains. We were a party of eight, mostly retired, and experienced American foreign travelers. Our unanimous opinion is that the Abruzzo area around the house is the most beautiful area we have seen anywhere in the world. Pescara is about 45 minutes east and Rome Airport (Fiumicino) is 2 hours and 45 minutes west. Directions are pretty useless to use, alone, to reach the house, since the roads are not marked well. Use coordinates in Google Maps and you can find the house, these are “42 30’ 50.5”N 13 51’ 43.2”E” type it into the destination window as written without the outside quotes (the inside quotes mean seconds) and it will direct you to the house.
While coordinates and Google maps will get you to the house, it will not necessarily get you there the best way. Having a map of the area and the directions will help. We used Google maps to go to Pescara, Teramo, Silvi, Bisenti and many other places, but learned to plan our route in advance and ignore Google’s directions to go off the main roads. It will take you on weird excursions, on bad roads, if you allow it to. This is particularly true between the house and the main road to Rome, the A24, near Teramo. The best route from the A24 to the house is along SS81, just stay on SS81 to SP32 which takes you nearly all the way to the house.
Before leaving Rome (or some other starting point) make sure the Google maps app on your phone is working correctly, and it knows where you are. Some of our phones did not work in Italy before calling our service providers, even though we had supposedly set them up for international service.
Do not even think about renting a car with an automatic transmission. They are very expensive and rare here and returning or exchanging them is restricted. A 4-wheel drive or van is recommended. Most of the roads are good, but narrow. The road down to the house is steep and graveled dirt, but well-marked.
The pool is not heated and can’t really be used except in the very warm months. Exploring the nearby towns and wineries is a lot of fun and the local wine (Abruzzo or Abruzzi) is wonderful. Some of the wineries sell wine in returnable and reusable bottles, which is very cool, and the wine sold this way is better than you might think. Hikes along the roads around the house are very nice and full of beautiful flowers.
We never tired of the views and were astounded all over again every morning.
Family getaway after Rome
Unparralleled views. Quiet rural area, wildflowers, walks, trips to beach and Lanciano. Fun cooking together and the traditional BBQ was delicious!
A Special Place
I fell in love with Casa Mimosa and as many have said, the photos cannot capture the beauty and magic of the property. It is in a remote section of the Teramo/Abruzzo and there are rolling hills and the magestic mountains in the back drop. you will definitely need a car to explore and to get around. the home is also quite special and is packed with a feeling that makes you settle in. among my special times were our dinner times at the patio table where conversations lasted for hours and the pool night we had will; but there were so many special moments of the land being healing and transformative. the first week there were multiple families and a total of 11 people and it was still spacious. the second week we were 4 and it felt cozy. the grounds keeper and his wife came daily in the morning. it was wonderful to have them cook some of the meals especially upon our arrival. I did travel to Cinque Terra which was quite beautiful , but the time at Casa Mimosa made my time in Italy wonderful. Thank you Jane and Sophie for have created this beautiful and healing place.
Our entire family loved this house! Five stars
As nice as the pictures of the house were, they did not do it justice. It was much more beautiful than the pictures showed. My wife and I, our son's family, our daughter's family, my nephew and his wife, all loved this house. Everyday, when I woke, I looked out our bedroom window and just enjoyed the view.
Abruzzo may not be for everyone, but we loved it. Some of our family stayed in Rome for a few days before all of us meeting here. They all said they loved Rome, but this house in Abruzzo was more like they pictured Italy to be. It was a great experience.
We ate at local restaurants some nights, had Luigi do a bar-b-q for us one night, and my wife fixed dinner some nights, pasta of course. The kitchen was great, the large table on the porch was fabulous for large family dinners.
The kids loved the pool, the Wii game, and the table tennis. The adults loved the bedrooms, kitchen, large dining room. The house had everything that we needed. Everything was as good as we could have hoped for.
It was a truly wonderful experience. I had taken an internet course in Italian before going. I learned some elementary Italian; enough to "get by". It made the experience so much better. Because the area is off the normal tourist track, not many people spoke very much English. We felt like we were really seeing Italy, and we loved it!
We spent a second week in northern Italy, and that was beautiful also, but this house was special. My wife and I have been to Italy several times, but this was the favorite for us. We would highly recommend this house
Wonderful surroundings inside and out !
We spent our Easter Holidays in casa mimosa, 3 families and 2 "grand-ma's" together in this beautiful, perfectly restored house that had plenty of room for all of us. A big cosy kitchen with dining table for everybody and lovely surroundings with both a terrace and a garden to play in.
What a find.
I brought a group of yoga students with me for a weeks retreat at Casa Mimosa. It couldn't have been better. The location was stunning, really uplifting. The house and accommodation was superb, the catering done by our hosts Jane and Sophie was excellent.
Casa Mimosa is only 35 mins drive from Pescara airport , Ancona 1.5 hrs & Rome 2 hrs.
The famous national parks of Abruzzo, renowned for hiking, bird watching, bear tracking, wolf watching, caves and skiing are all within easy reach as are the miles of clean, sandy beaches along the Adriatic coast. The closest beaches are Pineto and Silvi Marina, north of Pescara and the bustling Francavilla to the south. The Vasto area also south of Pescara is worth a visit for its varied coastline and to see the fishing huts on stilts.
Casa Mimosa's nearest town is Castiglione Messer Raimondo with a supermarket, bars, restaurants, a market and a medieval church. The award winning winery, San Lorenzo, between Piane and Madonna degli Angeli, is not to be missed!
The beautiful historic hill top towns of Penne and Atri are both a short drive away.