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Private Villa Apartments, Swimming Pool, Stunning Countryside, Free WiFi, Mountain Views - La Majella Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom)



Updated: 08-Dec-2016
Villa Apartments in Bucchianico, Chieti, Abruzzo, Italy - Swimming Pool, Near Beach, Stunning Location, Ski, National Parks, Transport Links, Free Wi-Fi

Villa Leonardo is a located on the outskirts of Bucchianico overlooking the Alento valley. The villa consists of 3 apartments 2 of which are available to rent individually or together. Both apartments have been elegantly finished, have private balconies & share a terrace & secluded courtyard. The courtyard, provides guests with a large plunge pool, sun-loungers, tables, chairs & BBQ.The villa is situated in an acre of olive grove, also accessible to guests. The English/Italian speaking owners are on hand to provide assistance, guidance and local knowledge when needed. Every window has a different beautiful view of the valley/mountains. The balconies are ideal for breakfast & the terrace & courtyard are perfect for evening meals, drinks and relaxing. Hammocks in the olive grove are the perfect spot from which to watch the sun set. The typical Italian town of Bucchianico has an extensive calendar of festas and events throughout the year.

Details for holiday apartment La Majella Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom), 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2, 1 Bathroom

One double bedroom apartment. Ideal for couples. Open plan lounge/kitchen diner with patio doors leading to private balcony with 'bistro' table and chairs. Fully equipped modern kitchen and stylish bathroom. Access to large sun terrace shared with other rental apartment. Constructed with the environment in mind, hot water and central heating are provided via solar panels and biomass boiler. All fixtures and fittings are new, stylish and modern. TV with DVD/CD player and USB port. Selection of books, CDs, games and DVDs provided. Free WI-FI

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Joe Iannelli & Frankie Maguire have lived in Italy for 10 years. Joe is Italian by birth & both are bi-lingual.

"Living on-site we are on hand if needed to give advice, recommendations and deal immediately with any issues that might arise. We love meeting our guests and sharing our love of the area with them."

Speaks English, Italian

5 Reviews

based on 5 holidaymaker reviews


Fantastic property

  • 4 of 5

Joe and Frankie were great hosts, right from our initial enquiry, through booking, on arrival and throughout our stay. Supplies of fresh fruit and veg from their own garden were a particular treat. The property is incredibly clean and well equipped.

The splash pool too was great with amazing views out across the countryside.

Villa Leonardo/La Majella apartment is a stunning property in a great location for tranquility and views.

The town of Bucchianico is quiet and non-touristy, with frequent festivals and fairly quiet at other times. There are several good restaurants to choose from, although being a good 30-40 min uphill walk, a car is preferable.

The car is also essential for getting around as public transport is minimal. The nearest beaches are around 30 mins away, with a similar drive required for the nearest mountain day out. A good road map and satnav are required as the Italian signposting is not great. The roads were not busy in August, but finding our way around did provide a challenge at times.

An ideal location for those who want to escape the tourist trail and develop their Italian language skills.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Michael & Jackie, thank you for your kind review. It was a pleasure having you as guests. Thanks for leaving the place so clean and tidy. We hope to see you again someday soon. Frankie & Joe
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Great location. Great hosts

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here last year. Lovely apartment with balcony views across olive grove to mountains. Great hosts providing us with their produce- fresh melon, sun warmed tomatoes. They organised a BBQ one evening by the pool. Lovely location near three national parks. We enjoyed exploring tiny mountain villages and swimming in lake Largo. You need a car but the roads were almost empty. Fantastic holiday

  • Review Submitted: Jun 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi, thank you for your very kind review. We do hope to see you again very soon. best wishes, Frankie & Joe
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Great property and fantastic hosts.

  • 5 of 5

Clean, well maintained and would recommend. Hosts could not have been more helpful. Restaurant recommendations were spot on along with walks.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your positive comments. We hope to see you again very soon!
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Something for everyone!

  • 5 of 5

I arrived for a long weekend with my sister, with us both very much looking forward to eating lots of fresh food and drinking lots of coffee! Frankie and Joe were extremely welcoming and were even kind enough to give us a few ideas of which towns to visit and where to go and eat. From pizza, pasta and salad to cheese, meats and wine, everywhere we went we weren't disappointed, especially with the local cost - no inflated tourist costs - it was great. There was a medieval festival on nearby whilst we stayed and it was such a treat. Great shows and costumes as well as medieval food! Great fun for adults and children. Nothing was too much trouble for either of them and we were lucky enough to be able to taste some of the home-grown fruits from their garden - the cherries were absolutely amazing!

The apartment itself had all the utilities required, was incredibly clean and the decor was beautiful. I wasn't brave enough to sample the pool but my sister thoroughly enjoyed it - again - so clean.

Be sure to visit the local towns and take in the beautiful surroundings of where you are, there is so much to see and do. Thoroughly recommended - we've even booked our winter trip for the skiing!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Michelle, thanks for your brilliant review! We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay and love the area. We can't wait to show you around the ski slopes on your next visit!
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Excellent value in great location

  • 5 of 5

We first stayed with Frankie and Joe soon after they opened and have been back every year since. The apartments are spotlessly clean, comfortably furnished, very well equipped and with stupendous views of the countryside. The lovely little town with bars and some very good restaurants is close enough to walk and the sea is only 20 minutes away by car. You couldn't ask for a better location and Frankie and Joe make you feel so welcome and we hope to return once again this year.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Carole, thanks for your very positive and kind review. We hope to see you both again very soon!!
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From the Owner

The location of the property was also a deciding factor: walking distance to a town but also in the country, hilltop location with stunning views, close to transport links and larger cities whilst maintaining a small town feel and charm. The property is a short 20 minute drive to the beach and sits near the boundaries of The Majella National Park.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Pescara Airport at 20 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Bar Coco at 0.5 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Miglianico Golf at 17 Kilometres Nearest Train : Chieti Scalo at 11 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : A25 to Rome at 12 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Various in town centre at 1.5 Kilometres Nearest Ski : Passo Lanciano at 28 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Francavilla at 20 Kilometres Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

Visits to winerys, honey farms, horse riding other excursions etc can be arranged please ask for details.


Sandy, blue flag beaches are just 19km away. Traveling south along the Costa dei Trabocchi you come upon more rugged shingle beaches.


Pescara airport: 20km

Rome Ciampino airport: 197km

Rome Fiumicino airport: 225km

Chieti Scalo train and coach station: 11km

A25 motorway exit: 12km

The use of a hire car is recommended to explore the area


The town of Bucchianico is a mere 800 metre walk away. The historic town of Chieti is only a 10min drive away. The vibrant city of Pescara is 25km away. Many other mountain villages are easily accessible

Further Details:

The local area has many towns and villages yearning to be explored. The summer months overflow with a different festa every night. The local cuisine is excellent and the town itself has many restaurants serving traditional Abruzzese fare waiting to be sampled.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Low 2016
1 Oct 2016 - 28 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
high 2017
29 Apr 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
low 2017 2018
30 Sep 2017 - 27 Apr 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
High 2018
28 Apr 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £126

Booking Notes:
30% (non-refundable) payment required to secure booking with non refundable balance payable 6 weeks prior to arrival. Damages deposit of €150 required on booking, returned on departure day subject to apartment inspection. No additional costs for cooking gas or central heating.

Changeover Day:
Preferred Saturday but can be flexible please contact owner
Departure by 11.00am
Arrival after 3pm

Notes on prices:
Prices are per week and are based on:

1 bedroom apartment up to 2 people.
2 bedroom apartment up to 4 people, additional cost for a fifth person is €80 per week or part week.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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From the Owner

1. Fresh fruit & veg from the garden according to the season 2. Bi-lingual owners and local knowledge 3. Joe, one of the owners is a trained chef, Italian by birth and is available to give short cookery demonstrations for those want to learn how to cook traditional Italian dishes just like his Mamma makes! Villa Leonardo is in a perfect location, close to Pescara Airport and transport links to Rome. It is easy walking distance to town for shops, cafes and restaurants however it enjoys the tranquility and ambience of being in a rural location. The best thing about the area is that there is something for everyone all year round. The national parks provide choices all year for hiking, biking, sight-seeing, snow sports, history, wildlife watching, local crafts, and picnics.

Property Type

  • apartment


  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...


  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...


  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • ski
  • swimming

Floor Area

  • 45 m²


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1
  • Large double bed. Cot available on request Whilst occupancy is 2 persons we can accept newborns and babies in cots as 3rd person. Please ask for more info.


  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Notes on accommodation: Both apartments are non-smoking inside. Access to washing machine, iron & ironing board on request. To ensure availability, families with young children should notify owners in advance should they require a high chair or cot. Ample car parking within the villa grounds. Open all year round. This area is popular at all times of the year: summer on the beach, winter on the ski slopes and at any time there are many opportunities for outdoor activities such as hiking, biking and climbing. Outside: All balconies have 'bistro' table and chairs. The sun terrace has partial shading for non sun-bathers. Sun terrace has dining table, chairs and sun loungers. Hammocks located in olive grove. Private courtyard on the grounds of Villa Leonardo has an ample plunge pool, sun loungers, dining area and BBQ. The courtyard area provides a perfectly secluded area whilst allowing stunning views of the nearby Majella mountains. Plunge pool is open from the end of May until the end of September, weather permitting.

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