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Family Villa In Stunning Rural Countryside With Mountain Views, Lovely Pool

Bedrooms 5
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Villa in Palombaro, Chieti, Abruzzo, Italy - Surrounded By Olive Groves And Vineyards, 35 Mins To Beach, 45 Mins To Skiing, A Real Rural Retreat

Beautifully refurbished holiday home sleeping 9+. It has a private pool, WiFi, 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 2 lounges and easily holds two families. It has been refurbished in a traditional Italian style, with chestnut beams, terracotta floors and marble bathrooms. This split level house sits at the top of a terraced plot and enjoys an amazing vista across the valley below Mount Maiella. There is a terrace around the house for eating/drinking/playing. The house is in a tiny farming community and neighbours working farmland. The village grocery shop, bar and petrol pump are a 2 minute drive/short walk down a steep hill, with large supermarkets, restaurants and other amenities just 10 minutes away. Great beaches 35 minutes, skiing 45 minutes, Pescara airport 60 minutes, Rome 2.5 hours. Walking/hiking/biking nearby, lots of hilltop villages and a warm welcome.

Ed Groombridge
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, Italian
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
12 June, 2018

About Ed Groombridge

About Ed and Carole:

We live in Ascot, Berkshire, with our two young children. Ed is a Regional Manager for a teaching recruitment company and Carole is a freelance Marketing Manager currently studying Interior Design as well (not to mention managing the kids!).

We loved travelling before we had the kids and enjoyed some pretty luxurious holidays in India, China, Mexico, Egypt and many European cities, to name but a few. Holidays these days are about relaxing as a family, de-stressing from our incredibly busy lives, eating well and getting some sunshine.

Ed Groombridge purchased this house in 2006

Why Ed Groombridge chose Palombaro

We bought the house in 2006 when we fell in love with Abruzzo the minute we landed! The pace of life is slow in the extreme and every time we visit we feel the stress of our busy UK lives falling away within about 10 minutes of driving down a mostly deserted motorway, tracking the coast line and taking us through the most amazing views of olives, vines and mountains.

We love the complete down to earthness of the local people, the amazing locally-grown food, house wine that's cheaper than bottled water and the amazing welcome we get as a whole family.

Pretty remote, you need a car and a good map (or sat nav!) to get around, but it really is worth it. The scenery is amazing, the beaches stunning, the villages unchanged for decades. This is a true rural Italian retreat.

What makes this house unique

The views, relaxing in the pool looking at the mountains which are sometimes snow capped. The pace of life and the rugged beautiful countryside. A short drive from endless beaches and mountain walking and biking on the summer and skiing in the winter. A total break from city life

Guestbook comments from the owner

"A delightful retreat in rural Italy. The house is vast yet cosy - there's plenty of space to get lost in and be alone or, if you want to socialise, there are two lounge areas and a fabulous kitchen/dining area. The views from most of the rooms in the house are breath-taking. The house has been immaculately restored and renovated, traditional yet with a modern twist. It is very well equipped with everything you'd hope to find in a holiday home.

Regarding location, it's in the middle of 'nowhere' but with amenities within a short (steep) walk or drive. The surrounding area is beautiful - very Italian! You don't feel like you're treading the tourist path and that makes it just a little bit more special. We were very sad to leave." The Griffiths, Haslemere.
Mar 2011
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Palombaro in Palombaro

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Family bathroom with bath, basin, WC and bidet, shared by beds 1, 2 and 3, marble tiled. Bedrooms 4 and 5 both have en-suite shower rooms with large showers, basin, WC and bidet, marble tiled. Shower room on ground floor with shower, WC and basin.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 9 (5 Bedrooms) Plus Travel Cot Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1, first floor, superking size double. Bedroom 2, first floor, twin beds. Bedroom 3, first floor, single bed (beds 1, 2 and 3 share a bathroom). Bedroom 4 2nd floor, twin beds and en-suite. Bedroom 5, 2nd floor, twin beds and en-suite.
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • ski
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: Travel cot available on request and can be placed in any of the bedrooms. A further single bed can be placed in nearly all the rooms if necessary and by prior arrangement and agreement. Outside: There is a sun terrace that wraps right around the house and can be accessed by both the kitchen/diner and the ground floor lounge. An outdoor table and chairs, with sun umbrella are provided. The property has 2 parking spaces. New pool open for 2012 season, approx 7mx4m, surrounded by a decked terrace. Utility Room: Washing machine, ironing board and iron. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bathroom towels and bed linen are included and will be changed weekly. Cleaning after your stay is included in the rental price. Extra cleaning can be arranged in advance for a further cost, payable locally.


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Well situated family house with stunnung views

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A group of us, numbering from 6 to 10, mostly adults, stayed in this house last summer. Our interests are hill walking, plenty of that in the local mountains, architecture, lots of local towns to visit, all within an hour's drive, and sampling local restaurants, and occasional visits to the seaside, an hour or so away.

The house was well suited to our needs and the swimming pool was an added bonus for us. The little hamlet of Limiti provided two festivals in the space of two weeks. Maria's, the bar, grocers and petrol station was the social centre of the neighbourhood and she was a great help to us during our stay.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Nov-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
55 Kilometres
Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

Yoga retreats, diet and nutrition courses, drawing, painting, interior colour schemes and chocolate making are all being researched for 2018. If you are particularly interested in these, please get in touch.


Fossacesia 35 mins by car (nearest coastal point), good pebbly beach with umbrellas and loungers available to rent, refreshments available locally. San Vito Marina is 40 mins by car, outstanding sandy beach with large swimming area protected by breakwaters, long shallow water, toilets and showers provided by local hotels, umbrellas etc available to rent, many restaurants and an award winning ice cream shop!


Pescara airport (Abruzzo airport) is 60 minute drive from the house. Rome Ciampino is 3 hours, Rome Fiumicino (Leonardo da Vinci) is 3.5 hours. Car hire is essential for this region. Pescara port also 60 minutes away with adriatic crossing to Split, Croatia.


All distances/times by car: Local grocery shop and bar 5 minutes. Palombaro 10 minutes. Casoli 15 minutes. Guardiagrele 25 minutes. Lanciano 30 minutes. Chieti 40 minutes. Pescara 60 minutes. Vasto 60 minutes. Rome 2.5 hours to central Rome.

Further Details:

Abruzzo is home to Montepulciano wine and many locally grown and produced dishes. This is the green area of Italy where Italians come on holiday and it is unlikely you will find many english-speaking people. Restaurants are usually family-run and you will find many options available from take-away pizza for a Euro a slice, to many-course typical Abruzzese meals for something like 25 Euro per head. We are about 10 minutes from the edge of the Maiella National Park, where many locally arranged excursions take place, from hiking and biking at all levels of ability, to overnight camp outs to spot the wolves, many expert climbing routes and more. This region has had religious associations for centuries and the mountains host many caves, hermitages and refuges to be explored in an area of outstanding natural beauty. At Lake Bomba (30 min drive) you will find watersports - waterskiing, canoeing, windsurfing etc and fishing is available at Castel di Sangro (60 minutes). Many local villages have market days, Guardiagrele has an amazing 14C church with frescoes and good shops, Chieti is good for shopping and has an occasional sunday antiques/bric-a-brac market, Lanciano is great for fashion and has many old churches, museums, city walls to visit along with the famous "Miracolo Eucaristico" to be visited (follow the constant stream of nuns!). Pescara is a large modern town with many many shops and a large promenade with some fashionable beach-side restaurants. Banks and cash points etc can be found 10 minutes from the house. Many restaurants still only take cash. SunBeach resort can be found 40 minutes from the house and is a beach side resort with a separate swimming pool, restaurants etc. AquaWorld in Vasto is a great water park, 60 mins away. Many caves, national park walks, local pasta factories and other typical Italian experiences to enjoy!


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Palombaro, Abruzzo

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
1 May 2018 - 14 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
15 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Sep 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Oct 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £300

Booking Notes:
Deposit of 25% required and agreement to house terms and conditions to secure your booking. Security deposit of £300 required with final payment 28 days prior to your stay, which will be returned when our local representative has confirmed no breakages or damage.

Changeover Day:
Flexible changeover day. Arrival not before 3pm and departure by 10am please unless specifically arranged in advance and according to availability and liaison with our local representative.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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