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Abruzzo is the place where Italians go on holiday and it is just the way they like it, off the tourist track and unchanged.It has a wealth of castles and medieval towns, 129 kilometres of sandy beaches, 21 ski areas and one third of the region is designated national and regional parks.
The Cavallone, at Villa Maieletta, sits in rolling hills with the dramatic backdrop of the Maiella Mountain range in the Maiella National Park. The Villa is on a quiet country lane close to the historic hill-top town of Palombaro, with unrivalled views of the Abruzzo landscape. It is the most easily accessed apartment at the Villa and benefits from a huge 80 square metre sun terrace which has superb panoramic views. After dark the terrace doubles as an outdoor observatory, providing a wonderful window on t...Abruzzo is the place where Italians go on holiday and it is just the way they like it, off the tourist track and unchanged.It has a wealth of castles and medieval towns, 129 kilometres of sandy beaches, 21 ski areas and one third of the region is designated national and regional parks.
The Cavallone, at Villa Maieletta, sits in rolling hills with the dramatic backdrop of the Maiella Mountain range in the Maiella National Park. The Villa is on a quiet country lane close to the historic hill-top town of Palombaro, with unrivalled views of the Abruzzo landscape. It is the most easily accessed apartment at the Villa and benefits from a huge 80 square metre sun terrace which has superb panoramic views. After dark the terrace doubles as an outdoor observatory, providing a wonderful window on the night sky.
The bedroom environment is delightful, with the finest imported Indian 400 count cotton sheets, white goose down pillows, and embroidered damask bedspreads. An exotic bed canopy completes the scene. The bedroom looks out on a hundred year old olive tree and the elevated town of Palombaro, with the Maiella mountains as a backdrop.
The four piece bathroom comes complete with a spacious walk-in shower and Hallmark Christy towels.
A well-equipped modern kitchen, provides an adequate and roomy area for food preparation and eating. It is combined with a comfortable lounge and sitting area. We offer packed lunches and vegetarian evening meals, by arrangement.
Live the Italian life. Experience and enjoy the rhythms of rural Italy that surround us from the porchetta van and cafe culture to events celebrating the olive and grape harvests. The festa month of August has an array of unique activities that include a wild boar festival in Pennapiedimonte, Chilli Pepper weekend, the Beer Festival in Limiti (1km down the road) and musical events that extend into September in historic Lanciano. Enjoy one of our Shabby Chic workshops in Autumn or join us for an olive harvesting holiday in November, when you can pick your own olives and return home with the oil from the fruits of your labours. Retire to your apartment to relax and rest in a luxurious environment of classic Italian splendour.
We're situated amidst great cycling, motorcycling and walking country, and offer guided road cycle tours, MTB rides along the historic WWII Gustav Line or Adriatic coast. Mountain bikes are available for the use of guests, and road cycles can be hired nearby. The Giro D'Italia frequently visits the area. Organised tours are also available by chauffer-driven classic car or motor cycle (including bike rental). The area has a significant place in military history, being close to the Gustav & Bernhardt lines, and the site of the Battle of Ortona. Evidence of the conflicts of the time can be found in the form of bullet holes in some of Palombaro's buildings.
On the 3rd weekend in June, the Maiella Fiat 500 rally comes our way, and 60 or so of these iconic Italian cars of the 1960s descend on the historic hill-top town of Casoli. Come on the first weekend in July and enjoy the annual Maiella mountain walk, a 5 hour trek across the peaks above us that's sponsored by local pasta makers, De Cecco. If music's your preference, the internationally-renowned Pescara Jazz festival every July is a short drive away.
Combine a holiday in our stunning location with on-site English language tuition from Kate and Stephen, who are experienced teachers and text book authors. If you're interested in buying a house in the area we can guide you on that as well, using the experiences we've gained and what we've learned.
At Villa Maieletta you can be in the mountains in the morning, on the beach in the afternoon, and dine in the countryside under the stars. The Villa is an ideal retreat for couples, those who love the outdoor life and aficionados of architecture and history. Perfect, too, for your honeymoon hideaway or a romantic short break.More
A great week re-visiting the area, and using the Cavallone as our base to relax in the cool of the apartment, or on the huge private terrace (fab views), and cool off in the pool. The property was very clean, and Kate was very discrete,...More
We found this property online at short notice, and we're so glad we did. Kate and Stephen were extremely helpful in making our booking possible, and we were delighted to find this haven of relaxation up in the Abruzzo hills. The apartment was beautifully furnished...More
Our host, Kate, was very welcoming and the accommodation was very good. It was a good base to explore the surrounding towns like Palombaro, Guardiareale and the gorge at Fara San Martino. Kate's fig jam was A1.
We really loved staying with Kate and Stephen.
The appartement was really nice, inside it's rather small but very functional. The balcony is spectaculair! it's big, quiet and lovely to sit on. There are relaxing chairs, a dinner table and an olive tree hanging right...More
During the booking process we received great communication with Stephen and Kate, giving use good directions from the airport and ideas of places to visit. We received a warm welcome from Kate on arrival, even though it was late at night, with a welcome pack...More
We had a fantastic time at Villa Maieletta and would thoroughly recommend it as a destination for anyone wanting a peaceful and tranquil holiday environment. Stephen and Kate are fantastic hosts and were always approachable, welcoming us daily with friendly smiles and providing us with...More
The location is brilliant with wonderful views. An ideal place from which to explore the surrounding country side and neighbouring villages. The accommodation is superb, having everything that one could possibly need, including an excellent shower. The village shop is very handy and is only...More
Villa Maieletta offers the ideal Italian countryside retreat.
Kate and Steve are the perfect hosts; welcoming, friendly and willing to share their own pressed olive oil should you run out. The apartments have modern, well-equipped kitchens and bathrooms whereas the bedroom offers something more traditional;...More
We arrived hot and tired from Pescara,but the welcome from Kate and Stephen with cold Prosecco was wonderful.A remote mountain location with magnificent views in all directions ,that can be appreciated from the large bright sun terrace.The spotlessly clean apartments offer every convenience.The nearby pool...More
We would certainly recommend both Abruzzo and the Villa Maieletta to anyone planning a holiday in Italy. The villa is located between the mountains and the Adriatic and has views of the mountains and nearby hill top towns.
The village is a 10 minute walk...More
Palombaro is a hill-top town with a mere 1,131 inhabitants, which sits 536 metres above sea level. It boasts spectacular views over the Valley dell'Avello and is at the foot of the 2,252 metre high Martellese Mountain, one of the highest in the Maiella range. Palombaro was the Italian location for the 2011 film, “Lords of London,” which features Ray Winstone and Glen Murphy. The beautiful church of the Assumption, which dates back to 1561, appears in the wedding scene.
The valley walls of Palombaro are host to numerous caves. The Cave (Grotta) of St. Angelo can be found just a few kilometres away inside the remains of a medieval church, whilst the amazing Grotta del Cavallone, reached by cable car and complete with stalactites, is also nearby.
It is only 45 minutes to the ski resorts o...