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The Martellese

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Sleep in classic splendour
The Martellese sits in rolling hills with the dramatic backdrop of the Maiella mountain range
See unchanged landscapes and lives in the Maiella National Park
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Overview
1 bedroom
1 bathroom
2 guests
Minimum stay varies
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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 Martellese, 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 elevated apartment at the Villa and takes full advantage of the views with balconies on three sides, which offer a variety of spectacular vistas from a shady spot at any time of day. The bedroom looks out towards oli...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 Martellese, 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 elevated apartment at the Villa and takes full advantage of the views with balconies on three sides, which offer a variety of spectacular vistas from a shady spot at any time of day. The bedroom looks out towards olive groves and the Maiella mountains beyond them. 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. A well-equipped newly fitted modern kitchen, in rustic style, provides a pleasurable environment 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 in 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. Just perfect, too, for your honeymoon hideaway or a romantic short break.More
House Rules
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: No
Bathrooms
1 Full bath
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About the Owner
Villa M
Languages spoken:English
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:April 2011
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Reviewed 20 August 2019

We had a wonderful time at the property with everything needed available. The owners made it very easy to arrange everything and we enjoyed the location almost by ourselves as they were out of town. Everything is very clean and arranged with a great eye...More

Date of stay: July 2019
Thank Matthias B
Flyer293576, VR Owner at The Martellese, responded to this reviewResponded 20 August 2019

We are delighted that you enjoyed the Martellese so much and enjoyed the peace that surrounds us. It will be a great pleasure to welcome you again in the future.

Reviewed 20 October 2016

The Martellese was a small but comfortable villa that was more than adequate for two people especially considering the very fair price. It was tastefully decorated with some beautiful antique pieces and a very comfortable canopy bed. The kitchen was adequate for our purposes but...More

Date of stay: October 2016
Thank Jerry P
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Reviewed 19 August 2015

We loved this place. Our apartment had everything we needed and was spacious with 2 balconies and a terrace providing plenty of options for sitting and relaxing. Fantastic views up to Palombaro and the mountains beyond. The newly installed pool was great to cool off...More

Date of stay: August 2015
Thank Captain_Keithy
Reviewed 5 August 2014

In a truly gorgeous setting, the Villas are maintained to a high standard with all the mod cons you need and many additional ones you just need to ask for. Stephen and Kate are simply wonderful, the community around them are warm and Maria (lady...More

Date of stay: July 2014
Thank Andrew S
Reviewed 9 June 2014

We wanted to relax and enjoy beautiful surroundings, and this was the place! Stunning scenery with green hills, ancient hilltop towns, snow capped peaks, olive groves, swooping birds, flowers and herbs. The apartments are luxurious but simple, with top quality beds, furniture, furnishing and supersoft...More

Date of stay: May 2014
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Amenities
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: No
Balcony
Grill
Books
Central Heating
Refrigerator
Hairdryer
Internet Access
Iron
Kettle
Linens Provided
Local Guides/Maps
Microwave
Mountain Views
Outdoor Dining Area
Patio
Pool Table
Private Outdoor Pool (Unheated)
Secure Parking
Shared Garden
Staffed Property
Cooker
Terrace
Toaster
Towels Provided
Washer
Wi-Fi
Fishing Nearby
There Are Tennis Courts Nearby
Beach Or Lakeside Relaxation
Corporate Bookings
Cycling Trips
Hiking Trips
Long Term Rentals (Over 1 Month)
Rural/Countryside Retreats
Short Term Rentals (4 Days Or Fewer)
House Swap
Additional amenities & feature info
There is ample crockery, cutlery and glassware. Tea towels are provided, and picnic cool bags for days out. We know the importance of travelling light and supply a welcome pack of essential items to ensure that your arrival is comfortable whenever you reach us. Beach towels are also supplied, to give you extra room in your suitcase. The bedroom includes hanging space and a shoe rack in period style, dressing table and chair. There are bedside cabinets with attractive lamps. A classic chandelier provides the centrepiece in both the bedroom and lounge. The apartment features a host of personal touches, including specially designed & hand-painted clothes hangers. Hallmark Christy towels are provided to complement the four piece bathroom suite, which is carefully steam-cleaned ready for your arrival.
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About the neighbourhood
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...
Getting around
There are a lot more options with a car. We do sometimes have guests who don't have a car, who are walkers or people who like to relax within the Villa grounds, or in the pool. Peace and tranquillity is one of the most enjoyable things about being here, along with the wildlife around us. It's a great place to relax.
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