Villa in Palombaro, Chieti, Abruzzo, Italy - Modern Stylish Detached Family Home In Peaceful Location
Mrs Sonia Alden-mattey
- english, italian
About Mrs Sonia Alden-mattey
Sonia and I both work full time; we have two young boys and have thoroughly enjoyed our holidays in Abruzzo over the last few years. We fell in love with the region when we first visited back in 2003, since then we have made Abruzzo our second home. We enjoy the relaxed pace of life we have found in Abruzzo compared to the hustle and bustle of our normal everyday lives in the UK. Every time we visit we seem to make new friends and discoveries, there is still so much more to this region of Italy we have yet to experience, I feel we have just skimmed the surface.
Mrs Sonia Alden-mattey purchased this Villa in 2005
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Perfect getaway - mountains, sea and more
Thank you for letting us stay in your beautiful house. Incredibly well equipped and furnished - we wanted for nothing in the kitchen; even proper Champagne glasses! Outside covered seating area was stunning, providing shade during the day, and warmth (when needed) during the evenings, and shelter from occasional August stunning mountain thunder and lightening storms - what a joy to watch with a glass of Montepulciano in hand. The mid holiday clean and laundry change was much appreciated. Incredible pool and loved the colour changing lights. Proper rural Abruzzo - Maria’s shop in Limiti was fantastic - provided all our needs, particularly for 15 year old son’s focaccia habit! Regularly had a drink in the evening there chatting with the locals in our terrible Italian. Recommended butcher was outstanding and made every BBQ one to remember. Thank you - a real treat, and a holiday we will always treasure.
We found the villa was finished to a high standard, was spacious, clean and tidy. It has a good internet connection which let us watch Netflix and rent movies when we needed a break from the sunshine. The kitchen is well equipped and supermarkets and restaurants are about 15 minutes away by car, which are good value. The villa has AC although we didn't need to use it much as with the windows open the villa was a nice warm temperature. The pool was great for kids & adults with both shallow and deep ends perfect for playing or swimming. The local landscape and villages are beautiful and we visited the sandy beaches at Pescara a few times which were about a hour away. We had a great time at Villa Rocca!
We loved our stay. The house was well kept, well appointed, and well located. The pool was a joy -- as was the view. No complaints from this extended family!
Very comfortable retreat
5 of us ( 2 adults and 3 teenagers) made a 14 week stay between July 22 and August 5 2017. The accommodation was very clean and well presented - the mid visit cleaning of both pool and house was both welcome & excellent. The outside and pool are of a good size and provided terrific entertainment in temperatures that touched 38 degrees. The house is very well stocked with all the utensils and appliances you could ever need, the local shop is also well stocked with bigger supermarkets only 10-15 minutes away. I would advise to book ahead when eating out as you are in a rural location and off the main tourist track - but the quality is very good. The house is surrounded by a wonderful rural landscape yet the coast & tourist beaches are only 40-45 minutes away by car. We visited the coats several times and Pescara with its traditional tourist attractions is only an hour away. We travelled to the house from Rome Airport - much better to do from Pescara. All told an enjoyable stay in a relaxing and beautiful location
Hi Michael & Suzanne,
Thank you for your kind review. We also love the that the coast is only a short drive away equally so the mountains. In the spring you can be on the snow covered Passo Lanciano and by lunch time down on the coast enjoying seafood and sun shine.
Greg & Sonia
Wonderful retreat in the mountains
We had a lovely week at Villa Rocca. The villa was very comfortable, and spotlessly clean. Maria at the local shop was very friendly and helpful, and impressed that we knew who she was when we first went in! The weather was hot (32 degrees) so the pool was very welcome, with the water a perfect temperature. Fantastic views of the mountains from the pool area. We managed a day at the coast and a day trip to Rome, but enjoyed visiting the local villages just at much. In fact the real highlight was the walk up the valley from the top of Pennapiedimonte, starting near the Pinna Rock. Wonderful views and lots of beautiful butterflies. Just don't forget to take lots of water with you if it’s a hot day! Definitely hope to return one day.
Thank you for your kind review.
We too enjoy the mountain views and walks.
Maria at the local shop is so lovely. Her family can't do enough for you.
Thank you again and hope to see you back at Villa Rocca very soon.
Greg & Sonia
Stunning location, all home comforts and more
Our stay at Villa Rocca, was superb. We were two families, with 5 teenagers/early 20's in the group. The villa has excellent flexibility accommodation with plenty of space. The house is spotless and very well equipped, especially for those that like to cook and prepare the local produce. Although the closest town is a 12 minutes drive away, Maria's shop can cater for virtually all your daily needs, including the excellent local wines. The local area is well worth exploring, both for walking and local restaurants.
Hi Ann, thank you for your kind review. We couldn't agree with you more, how friendly and helpful our local store owner Maria and family are. Hope to have you back again soon.
Sonia & Greg
The Adriatic coast is 35 minutes by car and there are a range of beaches from the Stony beaches of Fossacesia and Torino Di Sangro, Costa Verde to the children friendly fine sandy beaches at Lido Le Morgie. You will find bars, cafes, restaurants and shops at all these locations along with the regular beach sellers, with their vast array of items for sale, be prepared to haggle to get your selves some great bargains.
Car hire is essential; nearest airport Pescara 45 minutes with both Rome 2.5hrs and Ancona airport some 2 hrs away. The ferry ports of both Vasto and Pescara have daily crossing to the Croatian ports of Split and Dubrovnik.
Distance by car; Local grocery shop/bar and petrol station 3 minutes. Local Restaurant 5 minutes. Local Butchers 7 minutes. Supermarket, shops, bars and pizzeria 10 minutes. Palombaro 10 minutes. Casoli 15 minutes. Lanciano 35 minutes. Pescara centre 60 minutes. Rome GRA 2.5hrs.
Only 50 minutes by car is the port of Vasto where there is daily parking near the ferry terminal. There are a number of ferry companies that operate a daily fast craft (40mins) or standard ferry (1hr) trip to the Isole Tremiti (Tremiti Islands). They are a small archipelago of islands with turquoise waters which boast both PADI and SSI dive instructors. There are hotels on the islands with space for about 300 guest, an absolutely breath taking place to visit as either a day tripper or for a short break.
There are numerous tourist attractions in the local area; White water rafting, at Lake Casoli, Water sports at Lake Bomba, The high wirers of Bocca Di Valle out door adventure, the amazing caves of Grotta Del Cavallone near Lama dei Peligni, Aqua land in Vasto. Many walking/hiking and Cycling routes and not to mention the running races held throughout the summer. During the months of May and June when snow still covers the mountain tops you can walk in the snow in the morning and sunbath on the beaches in the afternoon. The month of August is Festa month with nearly every village and town finding some excuse to celebrate with themed organized street parties nearly always ending with fireworks, absolutely fantastic!! The region is situated at the centre of the Italian peninsula facing the Adriatic on the east and the Apennines on the west, which is one of the most mountainous regions in Italy. Abruzzo boasts some 500 km2 of National Park, where rare examples of Mediterranean flora and fauna survive, chamois, wolves, bears, golden eagles and Chinghiale (Wild Boar). Most famous in the world is Abruzzo's wine, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo; in the late 20th and early 21st century, Montepulciano d'Abruzzo earned a reputation as being one of the most widely exported DOC classed wine in Italy.