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59 reviews
Casa la Rocca
Double bedroom
Kitchen area
Looking out from the double bedroom
Twin room
Shower room
The pizza oven on a summer evening
Casa La Rocca in June
Sun loungers on the apartment patio
Val di Gizio from the apartment
Rocca Calascio - best view in Abruzzo
Chamois in the Maiella National Park
Oranges from Sicilia
Local produce on a roadside stall
Sulmona market
Lago di Barrea - swimming amongst the mountains
Pettorano sul Gizio
Sagittario valley
The Gargano peninsular
Campo Imperatore
Gran Sasso National Park
Winter above Scanno
Adriatic waves at Vasto
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Condo/Apartment -
2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Sulmona, Province of L'Aquila, Abruzzo

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lcpet
Salem, Oregon
Level 3 Contributor
9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“We wish we had booked for a longer visit!”
Reviewed 24 October 2013 for a stay in October 2013

Our only complaint about Casa la Rocca is that we did not stay long enough. We enjoyed 4 nights in this very comfortable and beautiful location. The apartment was the most comfortable place of our 6 week trip - well stocked and very clean and cozy. We enjoyed a balance of exploring and just relaxing at home while there. Hilary and Stu could not have been more welcoming - from the moment we arrived we felt as if we had been friends for years. They are very kind and helpful and such interesting people. The area around Sulmona is some of the most beautiful country in Italy. We enjoyed hiking and also visiting small villages, as well as an afternoon in Sulmona. There is so much more to see and we will definitely return for a longer stay at Casa la Rocca.

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Liked best: The friendliness of the hosts and the comfort of the apartment
Liked least: Too short of a visit
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 50-64
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Ulverston
Reviewed 13 July 2013 for a stay in June 2013

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Travelling group: Friends
Your age range 65+
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D x
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Off the Beaten Track”
Reviewed 24 June 2013 for a stay in May 2013

We stayed two weeks in May at Casa La Rocca. Superb day walks and amazing wild flower meadows. The accommodation was very comfortable, quiet and well equipped with wonderful all round views, yet convenient for food shopping. Stuart and Hilary were amongst the most helpful and thoughtful hosts that we have stayed with. Walking with Stuart enabled us to tackle new walks in different areas. His local knowledge was a great asset. We plan to return.

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Liked best: Everything
Liked least: Leaving
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Ian J
Chippenham, United Kingdom
1 review
“Excellent accommodation in an beautiful region”
Reviewed 30 September 2012 for a stay in September 2012

We were keen to explore parts of Abruzzo on foot. Cicerone has recently published a walking book of the region, so what could be better than staying at the villa owned by the author of the book? We enjoyed several day walks that were described in the book. Most started a within a few miles of Casa la Rocca, the exception being a great day out on an excursion to Gran Sasso national park to climb Corno Grande, nearly 3000m high and home to a (small) glacier.
The villa is about 5 minutes drive from a Conad supermarket in the town of Sulmona. The sugared almond factory there was surprisingly interesting!
The villa was very well appointed, with all cooking utensils. Wireless internet and digital TV was available. We were able to borrow walking maps from Stuart.
In all a great place for a holiday, at a very reasonable price.

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Liked best: The location and friendliness of the owners
Liked least: Nothing comes to mind
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 35-49
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mark w
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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“We loved our time at LaRocca.”
Reviewed 24 September 2012 for a stay in September 2012

The Abruzzo, with its whole series of mountain ranges and its numerous picturesque hill villages, is (for the English, not the Romans) a bit out of the way but that's just the way we like it. We went for the walking (which we could not do full justice to in the event because of a leg injury) and a special attraction for us was that the English owner, (having written a Cicerone walking guide), an expert with all the maps/alll sorts of local knowledge, is happy to help on the subject - as well as being very personable and hospitable. Personal circumstances dictated - unusually - that neither he nor his wife could be in Italy when we were there, but his stand-in impersonated very successfully the warmth of the welcome.which included a bottle of Montepulciano house wine (made from the small vineyard in the grounds) and a basket of fruit. Stuart did not let his absence prevent him from fulfilling his role as host, conducting an email dialogue to help us plan our walks before and during our stay.
We loved our time at LaRocca. We especially liked the large, private, shaded terrace (plus back garden) where we went for a deliciously peaceful mug of tea in the morning sun/fresh air - where we tended to eat all our meals in fact!
All the rooms are fresh and colourful in the modern way, comfortable and attractively furnished. The bathroom (Italian plumbing at its best) and kitchen were doubleplusgood; everything worked as it should (not something you can say about that many rental properties) - shower, fabulous! - and a kitchen not just equipped (as often) in a token way with a few odds and ends but organised by someone with the patience to set up a working kitchen - you can probably tell we like our food, and like to cook.
Small suggestion - more precise verbal directions from the main road to LaRocca would help the visitor arriving by car for the first time.
We intend to go back and do the walking properly. But our disappointment was muted because we got to see a bear - yes, a wild bear and bearcub - on one of Stuart's small walks. That has got to make LaRocca pretty special!

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Liked best: All of it
Liked least: That we never got to meet the owners, Stuart and Hil - sad face!
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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