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Casa la Rocca

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Overview
2 bedrooms
1 bathroom
4 guests
3 nights minimum
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Casa La Rocca is a lovely reconstructed farmhouse standing at the southern end of the Sulmona valley. The house and attached apartment are set within quiet fields, orchards and vineyards and enjoy tremendous views in all directions of the surrounding mountains and national parks. It's a great place for a peaceful holiday in magnificent countryside and yet within a few kilometres of the market town of Sulmona and the beautiful old hilltop village of Pettorano Sul Gizio. Accommodating outdoor enthusiasts is our speciality. We love to help walkers, cyclists, skiers, climbers and naturalists get the very most out of their trip to this wonderful region. Stuart, one of the owners, is the author of 'Walking in Abruzzo', published by Cicerone Press in July 2011. But catering for those seeking ...Casa La Rocca is a lovely reconstructed farmhouse standing at the southern end of the Sulmona valley. The house and attached apartment are set within quiet fields, orchards and vineyards and enjoy tremendous views in all directions of the surrounding mountains and national parks. It's a great place for a peaceful holiday in magnificent countryside and yet within a few kilometres of the market town of Sulmona and the beautiful old hilltop village of Pettorano Sul Gizio. Accommodating outdoor enthusiasts is our speciality. We love to help walkers, cyclists, skiers, climbers and naturalists get the very most out of their trip to this wonderful region. Stuart, one of the owners, is the author of 'Walking in Abruzzo', published by Cicerone Press in July 2011. But catering for those seeking a less active holiday is an equal pleasure - the tranquility and heat of the valley often prove irresistably suited to a day of lounging in the hammock, eating, reading and sipping the house red made from our own Montepulciano grapes. The apartment is situated on one level at the back of the main house. It has its own entrance through french windows that lead into the kitchen / living room. A shady porch runs the length of the back. Outside is a private terrace shaded by mature trees that offer a welcome respite from the summer heat. This creates a lovely spot for dining al fresco whilst enjoying the views. Guests also have exclusive use of the large back balcony of the house, with loungers and a shady pergola. Although perfect for a small family or goup of friends, Casa La Rocca is equally suited as a quiet retreat for a couple or two friends. We are pleased to offer a discount on bookings of 7 nights or more and in the Spring and Autumn.More
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About the Owner
Stuart H
Languages spoken:English, Italian
Response Rate:100%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:December 2009
Interaction with guests
We live at Casa La Rocca and will be there during your stay. We are always available for help and advice from when we welcome you until when you leave - weather, walking routes, markets etc... Just occassionally we may be away but we would let you know in advance and usually a friend will be in the house to cover for us. The main house and entrance are on the opposite side of the building so you won't really be aware of us unless you need us or fancy a chat! We have two dogs who love to make friends with our guests.
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Casa la Rocca is a wonderful, well-equiped apartment in a beautiful valley surrounded by a vineyard and herb garden. This is a well-positioned base for visiting Abruzzo's national parks and historical Sulmona. Our aim was to hike in Abruzzo but, as this was our first...More

Date of stay: October 2019
Thank 282fiona
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The location was perfect for us to explore Sulmona, Pacentra and Petorano.The mountains greet you each day! We loved the apartment and had everything we needed to cook our Italian meals after shopping at the Sulmona markets! Hil and Stuart were terrific hosts and very...More

Date of stay: September 2019
Thank dt3
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A super well equipped and comfortable apartment. Everything we needed to cook our meals, relax and have a good night's sleep. We appreciated the outdoor space, Stuart and Hil's recommendations, and the garden produce. A lovely quiet area, with plenty of exploring opportunities.

Date of stay: October 2019
Thank MadalynH7
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Date of stay: September 2019
Reviewed 10 September 2019

Wonderful because it is a well constructed and well furnished apartment set in the Sulmona valley. A perfect location for exploring Abruzzo as it is pretty central, and close to the SS17 and the Roma/Pescara motorway making it easy to get around. Different because of...More

Date of stay: August 2019
Thank Chris S
Amenities
Pets Allowed: Yes
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
DVD Player
Suitable For Children Under 5
Refrigerator
Highchair
Towels Provided
Private Garden
Cycling Trips
Water Park Nearby
Hairdryer
TV
Parking
Shared Garden
Rural/Countryside Retreats
Linens Provided
There Are Tennis Courts Nearby
Horse Riding Nearby
Internet Access
Cooker
Grill
Short Term Rentals (4 Days Or Fewer)
Long Term Rentals (Over 1 Month)
Central Heating
Freezer
Iron
Beach Or Lakeside Relaxation
Stereo System
Hiking Trips
Balcony
Wi-Fi
Kettle
Terrace
Additional amenities & feature info
The kitchen / living area is fully fitted with a dining table seating four, a two seater sofa and two easy chairs, TV / DVD / CD player, games and a library of local information and attractions. Detailed walking advice and maps are available from the owners who have extensive knowledge of the Abruzzo mountains. There are two bedrooms. One has a double bed and sunny french windows which look out over the land whilst the other has twin beds which can be made up into a double if desired. The view from this bedroom extends towards Sulmona and the mountains of the Grand Sasso beyond. The apartment balcony is gained by an external spiral staircase. There are sun loungers and a shady pergola for when you want to escape the heat but still enjoy the elevated views. A travel cot and high chair are available if required. The bathroom contains a shower cubicle and bidet. A shower seat is available if required. Wi-fi internet access is available and a washing machine can be used in the main house. The apartment also has beach towels, sun shades and a cool box available for guests.
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About the neighbourhood
This is our 'baker's dozen' of top places to visit from Casa La Rocca: • Calascio and Rocca Calascio - simply the best castle and view in Abruzzo • Campo Imperatore - a high mountain plateau - wild, vast, magnificent • Sulmona - the beautiful town just down the road and centre of the valley - cycle in on market day! • Corno Grande - take the cable car to help you on your way to the highest point in Italy outside of the Alps • Passo San Leonardo - the high point of the mountain road across the Maiella • Pettorano Sul Gizio - our ancient and quite delightful hill top commune - take an hour or two and walk up • Lago Scanno - a cool swim in the mountains with a wonderful view and the lovely old village nearby • Pescara - the authentic Italian beach experience and big town shopping - why not ...
Getting around
It's best to have a car when you are staying at Casa La Rocca as there is not a good bus service to the house and the railway station and stops for the main bus routes are in Sulmona - 4km away. The nearest shops are also in Sulmona. And you will need a car to get to most of the mountain areas. Trains and buses from Sulmona, though, are good and go in all directions. Stuart has developed a number of walking days out that make specific use of rail and bus connections. Cycling around the area is great and you can explore the Val del Gizio on foot directly from the apartment including the walk up to the village of Pettorano which is a lovely thing to do - takes about 90 minutes.
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