Private villa and dipping pool in mountains - Peaceful a nd perfect for children, adults wanting total independence
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We bought the house nearly five years ago and have spent this time renovating it. This last year we have had an excellent builder who has brought the house into a good state of repair and built a superb walled patio overlooking stunning views, which has put the finishing touches to the house. The house stands alone on a hilltop affording complete privacy. The garden runs alongside land where local farmers grow fruit and vegetables and a 100 yards down the track, the local farmer has around 1500 sheep as well as goats and horses and his wife makes and sells cheese. A well-known 'Agriturismo' is a few minutes drive away for superb meals and the mountain walks are heavenly!
Valerie purchased this Villa in 2005
Why Valerie chose Serramonacesca
The house has exceptional views, even within an area of outstanding beauty, because it is situated on its own hill with sweeping panoramic views of mountains, valleys, the plain leading to Pescara and even glimpses of the sea. That is why we bought it! Its location is also excellent, being 20 minutes from Pescara airport (2 hours from Rome Ciampino), 30 minutes from gorgeous beaches and 30 minutes from the ski slopes. It is between two medieval villages, both 5 minutes drive away. This area rarely gets tourists apart from Italians revisiting their former homes. Therefore people are very friendly, food is inexpensive and local festivals are authentic. In the summer all local villages sport their own festivals which are often medieval. Walks are lovely whatever time of year.
What makes this Villa unique
The unique feature of the house is that every room opens onto a magical landscape, either to the hills and great plain beyond with Pescara and glimpses of the sea in the distance, or onto the Majella mountain range and Gran Sasso, highest peak of the Appenines. In particular, each bedroom has large floor to ceiling windows so that the views can be seen without even getting out of bed! I have not been anywhere else locally where the views from the house are so exceptional (and hard to show to full advantage in photos). Dinner each night from the roof terrace - with nearly a 360 degree view - at dusk with the mountains gradually fading with the light are experiences you will never forget. The privacy is total as there are no near neighbours, so you can swim naked if you wish.
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A lovely stay in an absolutely stunning setting
We would thoroughly recommend a stay in Casa Maya. Valerie is an exceptional host, doing her very best to ensure you get the best from your stay, from researching local festivals to booking restaurants (when our own Italian failed mid phone call). We’d never visited Abruzzo before and were totally charmed - very untouristy, gorgeous hilltop towns, beautiful beaches, stunning views, not least from the house’s rooftop terrace. The house is comfortable and well set up with a large patio for eating, playing and swimming. The setting is rural and very peaceful.
Thank you so much Katharine. You certainly made the most of your stay and I am so glad you had such a lovely time. Do come again!
Relaxing countryside hideaway
Me and my wife stayed at Casa Maya in July 2017 for ten wonderful days.
The views all around the villa are simply stunning, especially from the third floor terrace, a must see.
The property is totally private, unlike a lot of properties that are for rent which are adjacent to the owners property, Casa Maya is without doubt total privacy.
We struggled to go out sight seeing for the first few days as we simply didn't want to do anything else except enjoy the property and its amenities.
Supermarkets were a fifteen minute drive away in Scafa or Manoppello Scalo, which had all the provisions you required.
We ate out at Lu Gattone which is a very short drive away, the food was traditional Italian food served in a very homely and friendly atmosphere, very good food and prices, the owner was tremendously friendly.
Also ate in Manopello Scalo at Ristorante De Guilda , where the food again was very good, where we also had the most delicious bottle of pecorino we have ever had.
Casa Maya had all the amenities we could need or want and was very clean and tidy.
I would not hesitate to recommend this property.
Valerie the owner was very helpful in terms of directions and local amenities, and was always available at the other end of the phone if needed.
The local farmer serves fresh cheese but unfortunately we didn't seem to be able to time catching them, maybe next time.
Thank you for your wonderful review Andy.
I suspect the autocorrect changed "Prosecco" to "pecorino" as the latter is sheep's cheese!
Do come again!
MOUNTAINS, MEDIEVAL CHURCHES & MONTEPULCIANIO
This is a spacious airy house and with just the two of us there was plenty of room. The first impression is imposing, on a hilltop with mountain views in all directions. All the facilities are here in the house, and the two ancient, neighbouring villages are very useful for basic essentials.
We were lucky with the weather, and enjoyed a lovely, relaxing holiday, reading and writing and visiting a couple of historic nearby towns. We'd certainly like to return.
Lovely house in lovely setting, house was clean and well equipped. Owner very helpful before and during our stay.
Hilltop Villa with pool and stunning views
We had a lovely holiday at this property, The area was outstanding in its beauty and scenery. A getaway from it all holiday in a comfortable house with pool. The owner was incredibly kind and a pleasure to deal with and requests were met happily. The views from the house were amazing as were the sunsets. A great place.
Beautiful house in a stunning location!
Stayed here last year for a week and fell in love with it! The house is perfectly situated in the hills and the surrounding views are incredible. Location is great, not far from the airport or the beach and situated close to two small towns for groceries and restaurants/bars. The house itself is beautiful; it is in a lovely condition, very well looked after and has everything you need. Definitely recommend a stay here, you will not be disappointed!
30 mins drive to beaches which are very clean, sandy, with warm gentle waves.
Car hire is recommended. 30 mins drive from Pescara airport. 2 hour drive from Rome Ciampino. 2 hour drive from Ancona airport.
Few minutes drive to either medieval village. Well known abbey of Serramonacesca a few minutes away as is Volto Santo, the famous sanctuary in Manoppello. Medieval towns and villages within easy reach.
The area is of outstanding beauty set in the foothills of the mountains on the edge of the Majella National Park which is home to all sorts of wild animals (including wolves and bears!) Walks can be organised for mushroom or truffle gathering, picking wild asparagus, or just for sightseeing. Both local villages have banking facilities, shops, restaurants and cafes. One is sleepy and tranquil, one more lively. In the summer all the villages organise local festivals and there are medieval processions and exhibitions. Our local village organises a mountain walk. There are many untouched villages around with not a tourist in sight. This is hidden Italy. Beautiful clean beaches are within 30 mins. drive.