Sleeps 2-6: bedroom (2 single beds), living-room (1 sofa-bed & 2 armchair beds)
Robert and Monica Hastings
- english, french, italian
About Robert and Monica Hastings
Robert and Monica are a retired couple. Robert was a Senior Lecturer in Italian Studies at the University of Manchester and Monica was a teacher of English at Withington Girls School. They bought their property in Abruzzo over 40 years ago. In their retirement they spend 3 or 4 months a year there, enjoying the beach, going for walks in the mountains, harvesting the olives, figs, cherries and plums in their garden and visiting places of interest in the surrounding region. Their property has been fully restored, and in addition to the ground-floor flat, converted from an old stable, they also let a converted barn at the bottom of the garden. That too can also be seen on this website.
Robert and Monica Hastings purchased this Apartment in 1976
Why Robert and Monica Hastings chose Ortona
The apartment is well appointed, recently restored and full of character. The beach is less than 5 minutes away by car, and you can be up in the high mountains in about three quarters of an hour. There is golf at Miglianico, just 4 miles away, and skiing in the winter 25 miles away at Passo Lanciano. Abruzzo has a wealth of unspoilt natural scenery, including 3 national parks and one regional park, picturesque hill-towns, castles, ancient abbeys and mountain hermitages, significant Roman remains and an excellent tradition of food and drink, based on natural local ingredients.
What makes this Apartment unique
Conveniently placed for the beach and the mountains, with all necessary facilities (supermarkets, shops, banks, bars, restaurants, etc.) within easy reach, but sheltered and secluded at the same time, in a beautiful rural environment.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Un bel posto in una bella terra
Sistemazione completa di ogni comfort e curata in ogni dettaglio. Massimi ordine e pulizia. Notevole la valorizzazione della struttura originaria. Luogo tranquillo e ideale sia per singoli che per famiglie, indicato per raggiungere in pochi minuti spiagge attrezzate e comodamente i luoghi più belli e interessanti d'Abruzzo. Parcheggio riservato. Nel complesso un'esperienza molto bella e da ripetere. Più che consigliata.
Casa rustica molto carina
Casa molto carina, adatta anche a bambini,uno spazio all'aperto comodo con barbeque.
Proprietari onesti e casa già provvista di beni di prima necessità quindi comodissimo.
L' unica pecca se desideri fare una passeggiata per andare al mare senza auto non c è una strada percorribile a piedi ma solo i tornanti della strada provinciale.
La signora si sbaglia: c'è infatti una piccola strada di campagna poco frequentata con la quale si può scendere a piedi al mare senza incontrare traffico o quasi. Peccato che non siamo stati presenti per spiegarglielo.
This beautiful restored stable with vaulted ceelings, it´s been a joy to live in it. Even if it´s been up to 36 degrees during the day, the stable has been cool and lovely. The outdoor space is a really plus. The apartment was clean and well maintained, the service is really good. And the owners send you very good long list of the best place to eat, to take a day trip, shop and more. The only ting that draw back the stars, is a very small kitchen.
Autumn in Italy
We rented this apartment for a 6 week stay in Italy, and were extremely satisfied. The place was quite typical Italian countryside and very quiet, and the owners were nice to us. The one negative side was that you need car here: couple of restaurants and bars were within comfortable walking distance, for the rest you took couple kilometer drive.
The location is good and easy, only couple of minutes up from the seaside road SS16. The building is full stonework, including beautiful arches inside the house. Large living room opens to large back yard, where we kept the car. Bathroom seemed recently renovated, with separate shower and bath. Kitchen had gas stove, no oven, and a bit short of worktops.
Even as late autumn (October), the weathers were warm and sunny, average 22C and only short rain showers on two days. The summer holiday places were mostly closed, so if you want beaches, keep it to the season. Rome, San Marino and Naples are.on driving distance, and all worth a visit. I can fully recommend this place for short or longer stay on the warm part of the year.
Spring and summer holidays at Contrada Lazzaretto
We had an amazing family holiday here. It was our second visit, and it never disappoints, whether you come in spring or in summer. The farmhouse flat is lovely: modern in all the right places for convenience, but retaining all the rustic charm of the original stonework. The patio is excellent, and the boys loved the space in the back garden for playing. The location is perfect: just a couple of minutes from the beach by car, where loungers can be hired for just two euros a day, and there are lovely little cafes offering meals very reasonably. The friendly staff at the Punto Verde were great with the kids, and there is a bar for the grown-ups too. There is also an excellent local pizzeria (Toni and Lucia's), where the food is great and the prices ludicrously low. The kids wanted to eat there every night. Perfect accommodation, perfect location, wonderful holiday.
Tradizione e tranquillità
La vecchia "stalla" in contrada Lazzaretto ci ha conquistati. Abbiamo trascorso una settimana in tranquillità immersi in un'atmosfera tradizionale. I proprietari ci hanno riservato un'ospitalità squisita e discreta. Le loro indicazioni si sono rivelate precise ed affidabili. L'ambiente è curato e non manca nulla per godersi il soggiorno. È una vacanza che consiglierei a chi desidera starsene via dalla confusione, a chi ama il mare e la spiaggia in versione "selvatica". Non trovo nulla da ridire sull'alloggio. Avrei desiderato vedere più curata la zona del litorale e la contrada sul mare, che non risulta invitante e non rende onore al mare pulito, all'acqua trasparente e all'ospitalità Abruzzese
Siamo riconoscenti delle gentili parole della signora sull'accoglienza e sull'alloggio. Ci dispiace che abbia trovato che la tutela della costa lasciava qualcosa a desiderare, cosa che ci ha lasciato anche un po' sorpresi, perché è la prima volta che abbiamo sentito una critica del genere. E' una piccola contrada di campagna e la famiglia della signora ci è capitata forse in un momento inopportuno, poco dopo il grande afflusso di Ferragosto. A noi e ai nostri amici la zona piace appunto perché non è stata troppo sviluppata per il turismo. Chi cerca un ambiente più ordinato (ma anche più irregimentato) lo trova ai vicini stabilimenti balneari di Lido Riccio e Francavilla al Mare.
The apartment is less than 5 minutes from the beach by car, about 45 from the mountains, just 20 from Pescara airport, & 2 or 3 hours from those of Rome. It lies midway between the popular seaside resort of Francavilla (which holds a spectacular firework display over the sea in the summer that you can see from near the house) & the medieval port of Ortona with its Aragonese castle, promenade overlooking the port & cathedral reputed to house the remains of St Thomas the Apostle. There too is the Regional Enoteca, where you can taste & buy a wide range of Abruzzese wines or sit over an aperitif & antipasti before dining at one of the town’s excellent seafood restaurants. There are plenty of local shops (excellent greengrocers, butchers, bakers, confectioners, fishmongers, etc.), & supermarkets, bars, restaurants, banks, post offices, petrol stations, some a short walk away, all in easy reach by car. There is an 18-hole golf course at Miglianico, just 4 miles away, & skiing in the winter at Passo Lanciano, 25 miles from the house.
Abruzzo is a region of outstanding natural beauty: sandy beaches, green fields & woods, vineyards, olive groves, steep-sided valleys & towering mountain ranges. It has 3 national parks & one regional park protecting no less than 30% of the region as a whole & is home to falcons, eagles, wolves, bears, wild boar & chamois. In the mountains are rushing torrents, picturesque lakes & caverns filled with stalactites & stalagmites. Abruzzo is also a land of ancient hill-towns, imposing castles, beautiful medieval abbeys and churches, remote mountain hermitages & significant Roman remains. Its people have preserved many colourful traditions & every year each town or village holds its own traditional festival. They have a great tradition of food & wine too, based on simple, natural ingredients. You can eat well & often inexpensively in its many fine & family-run restaurants. So there is something here for everyone & the best thing of all is that most of it is still relatively undiscovered.