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55 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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2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Sulmona, Province of L'Aquila, Abruzzo

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Stella C
Oxford, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
“Lovely house, wonderful surroundings...”
Reviewed 9 September 2015 for a stay in August 2015

We stayed at Casa La Rocca for a fortnight with our two young daughters (7 & 6), and had a fabulous holiday. The house itself is great - very comfortable, and with magnificent views. It really was very peaceful sitting out on the patio with a book, or just soaking up the special Abruzzo atmosphere. Our girls had an absolute ball running about the grounds and in a neighbouring field with the owners' two (lovely) dogs in tow.

As other reviewers have remarked, Stuart and Hil are generous hosts, always welcoming and ready to offer advice about the area. We were given some spot-on tips for days out (suitable for 2 youngsters) as well as places to eat in Sulmona. We also enjoyed Stuart's fine wine and the delicious tomatoes straight off the vine!

Abruzzo is a fabulous region and has so much to offer. Just driving to the surrounding villages is a treat, they all have so much character and merely wandering through the little streets is a pleasure (aided by the odd gelato of course). We especially enjoyed trips to the beautiful Campo Imperatore and up to the amazing Rocca Calascio, and our girls loved swimming in the mountain lakes and in the nearby water park (we did too, to be honest!). We weren't able to tackle strenuous hikes due to the ages of our daughters, but nevertheless thoroughly enjoyed several walks with stunning views.

All in all, we had a great holiday and wouldn't hesitate to recommend Casa La Rocca as a wonderful base for exploring this beautiful region.

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Liked best: Sitting out on the terrace after a day out and admiring the views. And the fab dogs!
Liked least: Nothing!
Travelling group: Young Children
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Isabella...
London, United Kingdom
1 review
“A wonderful rural break and a warm welcome”
Reviewed 31 August 2015 for a stay in August 2015

We had a wonderful week at Casa La Rocca. The apartment is in a blissfully quiet and beautiful rural setting between the mountains just outside of Sulmona. It was the perfect place to bring our 15 month old toddler, who had a wonderful time pottering around in the garden and getting to know the two friendly dogs.

Stuart and Hilary were immensely kind and thoughtful in helping make us and our toddler feel at home, lending us toys and a paddling pool and giving us plenty of homegrown figs, vegetables and wine. Their thoughtfulness made the trip particularly lovely for us.

There is lots to do in the surrounding area. Sulmona is a lovely little town with a market twice a week and the apartment is an hour's drive from the beach and from the medieval town of Santa Stephano di Sessanio.

We would recommend this holiday to anyone.

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Liked best: Being made to feel so welcome.
Liked least: Having to go back home to cold and rainy England.
Travelling group: Young Children
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cwinnit
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“A slice of heaven”
Reviewed 22 August 2015 for a stay in August 2015

We stayed here for the first week of a 3-week stay in Italy.

With a busy life at home, this was the perfect place to unwind, relax and just 'be'. Sitting in the garden with a drink and a book and uninterrupted views of nearby mountains is an experience we will always remember.

We loved Sulmona and Pettorano Sul Gizio - both 10 minutes drive away and we took an historic train ride from Sulmona into the mountains - recommended.

While this week was intentionally restful and laid-back, we realise there is much to see and discover in this stunning part of Italy. If we went back (and we would like to), we would probably do more walking and as there is just so much to see and experience in Abbruzzo. It is shocking that this area seems relatively unknown, but the advantages are cheaper prices and a more 'real' experience of Italy

Stuart and Hilary were the perfect hosts with a lot of local knowledge. Thank you both for a wonderful week.

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Liked best: peaceful location, amazing views, town and coffee shops not far away.
Liked least: Having to leave.
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Anne B
North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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“Fantastic stay for all of us.”
Reviewed 26 July 2015 for a stay in July 2015

We have just returned from a 9 day stay at Casa la Rocca. After a hectic 3 days in Rome the remote location of the house and apartment was a perfect contrast. We really enjoyed our stay there, Hil and Stuart were lovely hosts providing us with wine, courgettes and figs from their garden. We were also given great advice on walks including one where our teenage boys could gorge walk and swim in the river. Other days were spent relaxing on the hammock, roof terrace and sun loungers. All in all a wonderful family holiday for all of us.

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Liked best: Location and hosts.
Travelling group: Teenagers
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PJandJR
Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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“Lovely hosts”
Reviewed 3 July 2015 for a stay in June 2015

Casa La Rocca is situated south of Sulmona in a huge valley with great views of the mountains on all sides. Sulmona is near, providing a useful centre to explore on rest days and has a good selection of supermarkets. The apartment is well equipped and Stuart and Hil are lovely hosts – they very much leave you to your holiday, but are always there if needed. Stuart manages his own vineyard at Casa La Rocca and produces his own house wine which is truly delicious.

This is our fifth visit to Abruzzo, but the first time we have stayed in the area. We came here to explore the more southerly regional and national parks – there are many walks available locally and further afield. We were blessed with good weather and managed to walk on five of the six days - Stuart’s knowledge of the area is truly impressive and he is more than happy to share his experience and recommendations. Stuart was kind enough to drop us at Rivisindoli to enable us to complete the ridge traverse back to Casa La Rocca covering 25kms of paths which was a truly memorable highlight for us.

We had a great time and really enjoyed our stay here with Stuart and Hil; we managed to immerse ourselves in the mountains and genuinely relaxed. Our time here was all too short and we would definitely return when next in the area.

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Liked best: The hosts - Stuart and Hil
Liked least: Leaving
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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