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The Cavallone

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Sleep on goose down pillows and the finest cotton sheets
The Cavallone sits in rolling hills with the dramatic backdrop of the Maiella mountain range.
Picnic in our olive grove, or enjoy an olive picking holiday in sunny November
1 of 23Sleep on goose down pillows and the finest cotton sheets
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1 bedroom
1 bathroom
2 guests
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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
House Rules
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: No
Bathrooms
1 Full bath
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Languages spoken:English
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:April 2011
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Reviewed 9 August 2016

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

Date of stay: July 2016
Thank wittekindanna
Reviewed 26 October 2015

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

Date of stay: August 2015
Thank Gordon F
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Reviewed 16 October 2015

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.

Date of stay: September 2015
Thank Ian S
Reviewed 20 September 2015

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

Date of stay: August 2015
Thank NoemiVanBaelen
Reviewed 4 June 2014

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

Date of stay: May 2014
1  Thank Jayne T
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
Mountain Views
Outdoor Dining Area
Pool Table
Secure Parking
Shared Outdoor Pool (Unheated)
Shared Garden
Staffed Property
Cooker
Terrace
Toaster
Towels Provided
Washer
Wi-Fi
Fishing Nearby
There Are Tennis Courts Nearby
Beach Or Lakeside Relaxation
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Cycling Trips
Hiking Trips
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Rural/Countryside Retreats
Short Term Rentals (4 Days Or Fewer)
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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, which opens directly onto the sun terrace, 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 bedroom centrepiece, with an exotic canopy over the antique bed to give complete night time comfort. The apartment is full of personal touches, including specially designed & hand-painted clothes hangers. The bathroom features a spacious walk-in shower, together with hallmark Christy towels, and is carefully steam-cleaned ready for your arrival. The elevated sun terrace, at 80 sq. m, offers a huge external space exclusively available to the Cavallone.
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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...
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