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Beautifully Restored Cottage in Quiet Village with Mountain Views & Large Garden

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Minimum Stay
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About the property

2 bedroomed village cottage with views in The Majella National Park. Great walks from the door - gorges, meadows, mountains

French doors lead into your private living room with a flagstone floor, barrel vaulted ceiling and large windows looking across the garden to the mountains beyond. There are comfortable sofas, a dining table and a well equipped kitchenette with fridge, sink, hob, oven/microwave, kettle and toaster. The living room also has a TV, DVD, ipod dock and CD player, DVDs, CDs, books and games. A stone staircase leads to two bedrooms and a bathroom. Both bedrooms have lovely mountain views, window seats, terracotta floors and barrel vaulted ceilings. One room has a double bed, and the other can be configured with either a double bed or two single beds. There is also a travel cot and a bed guard for young children. The bathroom has a full sized bath for relaxing after a walk in the mountains, with a rainfall shower over the bath, and a large skylight.

Every room has central heating for chilly days, and window screens to allow cool breezes through the house on hot days while keeping out any bugs! Pictures on the walls depict photographs of life in the village in times gone by.

The owners live in the other half of the house - lower and ground floor - and if in residence will be delighted to offer help/advice if sought.

Outside is a private gravelled parking area providing shade for your car. The large gardens include areas of lawn, small walled gardens planted with lavender and roses, a pond, hammocks, a rockery and two shaded terraces, one for dining and one for relaxing with a drink and a book and admiring the gorgeous views.

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Laura Whinney & Dick Bayne
Member since: 2013
Speaks English, French, Italian
Calendar last updated:
13 February, 2017

About Laura Whinney & Dick Bayne

We (Dick and Laura) both spent many years, from the 1990s onwards, working for walking-holiday companies - particularly in Italy. In 2002 we took a break and spent 6 months walking the whole length of Italy, from the toe of the boot in Calabria to the border with France at Ventimiglia. Of all the amazing places and landscapes we encountered, we were most attracted to the Majella. In 2004 we bought 31 Decontra - a shell with rudimentary wiring and no plumbing - and worked alongside local builders and craftsmen to renovate the cottage and preserve its original features.

Laura Whinney & Dick Bayne purchased this cottage in 2004

Why Laura Whinney & Dick Bayne chose Pescara

I hope some of the photos will speak for themselves.

We love Decontra for the sense of space and peace it offers. The landscape (sorry to bang on about it) really is extraordinary - walking, or just sitting and looking, is endlessly rewarding. The village is still a very real little Italian community - a tiny bit reserved at first, but then wonderfully friendly and welcoming. Caramanico and the surrounding area offer everything that the more famous regions of Italy do, but without the masses of other visitors.

What makes this cottage unique

The house and garden invite one to just stop..... There is always something that catches the eye - great flagstones on the sitting room floor, watching the early morning sun hitting the mountain tops without needing to lift one's head off the pillow, and in the garden - the smell of lavender and wild mint, a lizard basking on an old stone wall, the burble of the village fontana, and the amazing views of Monte Amaro, Monte Morrone and the Orfento Gorge.

Guestbook comments from the owner

What an utterly glorious and delightful place! Everything was wonderful & we're sorry to leave - the house, the views, the garden, the walks, the incredible wildflowers and abundant butterflies...

What a wonderful place! We really enjoyed our week here, we found Caramanico to be a great town for daily trips, great pool. Enjoyed doing some of the walks. All in all a fantastic and relaxing holiday...

A fabulous week walking, swimming & eating & chilling in beautiful house and garden..

The two weeks we have spent here will be unforgettable. Decontra has cast a magic spell...

The house and garden, so beautifully restored and kept, delighted us...
Feb 2013
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Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(9 traveller reviews)


Living in Stone Cottage with Luxury trappings!

  • 5 of 5

A beautiful well appointed cottage in a tranquil location made for a very relaxing holiday. Each morning we woke up to lovely views across the valleys - sometimes with clouds and mist, sometimes beautifully sunny skies. A great place for walks in the hills and fields - close to interesting towns and villages. The nearby restaurant is a treat fresh local produce & friendly service.

Laura and Dick have compiled a comprehensive folder of all the things you can do nearby and further afield, with detailed instructions to ensure you don't get lost along the way.

We loved the friendly cat - 'Hector' the black & white (no, we didn't let her inside -Laura!)

Highly recommended.

Chantelle & Bernard

  • Review Submitted: Oct 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Mountain Appartment Retreat

  • 5 of 5

The property is absolutely immaculate, beautifully restored, with really well chosen features, combing the best of old world charm with a great modern bathroom and fresh design. The most stylish house we have rented. The hosts Dick and Laura are charming and very helpful and the property and area guide was the best of any property we have rented. The garden is a delight, with several private seating areas, pond with resident frogs, owls and even an eagle spotted. Some great walks nearby without needing to drive.. The only thing I would request would be to replace the drinks cooler with a small second fridge.

The area is great, the views absolutely amazing, our favourite property so far after 35 years of renting holiday cottages!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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31 Decontra; fantastic location and the property was extremely well equipped with great gardens.

  • 5 of 5

Great property. Fantastic for walking and relaxing. Dick and Laura were perfect hosts. The house was gorgeous and had everything we needed, with local information and including chilled wine on arrival. Gardens were great and well kept. We and our boys loved it and are planning on going back next year.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautifully restored cottage in small Italian village. Very clean and comfortable. Beautiful views.

  • 5 of 5

Dick and Laura had prepared very clear instructions about how to find your way around the district, the best food shops, and many suggestions for touring and walking. We only had time for 3 walks but each one was wonderfull. The area is amazingly beautiful and the local food and wine is very good. Next time we plan to stay much longer!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Amazing location and genuine italian!

  • 5 of 5

The house is situated in a small mountain village with the most amazing views! The house is owned by Laura and Dick, who have made a fantastic job with the house and garden. The style is tradiotionally italian, but everything is modern and high standard. The garden is big and it has several places for sun or shadow.

Since the location is quite remote, it was kind of hard to find the way, especially since the GPS seemed to favour really small and bad roads. When we finally reached our destination, we had not have the time to shop for grocery. Just to give an exemple of the hosts hospitality, they offered us breakfast for the coming morning!

You should go to Decontra if tour looking for:

- A calm and quite environment

- Beautiful mountain views

- Mountain walks (Dick and Laura are experts)

- A genuine italian enviroment

- Traditional italian food (att lot of meat). Very good value!

- Vineyard visits (not the most prestigious region in Italy, but good value and very friendly wine makers)

Since Decontra is really small, there is no supermycket there. There is an excellent restaurant, Il Cervo and an "agritourismo" next door. Down the mountain in Caramanico Terme, you find more restaurants and shops. The beach is about 1 h away.

We highly recomend Decontra 31!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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This is a stylishly restored stone cottage in a small mountain village with stunning views.

  • 4 of 5

The cottage has been restored to a high and stylish standard by the owners who were also living on site.This is an ideal property for walkers and for exploring the mountains. The owners were most helpful but never intrusive.

Not really suitable for dedicated self caterers as the kitchen area which formed part of the lounge was very small. The fridge was a small "hotel mini bar" size. However there are several local restaurants including one in the village.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind comments - much appreciated! We have taken your comments on board and have now added a second small fridge to the kitchen. Best wishes - Laura
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Prices & Availability

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Spring 2017
29 Apr 2017 - 26 May 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
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Early Summer 2017
27 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
2 night minimum stay
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Summer 2017
1 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
2 night minimum stay
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Late Summer 2017
1 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
2 night minimum stay
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Autumn 2017
1 Oct 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest

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Refundable Damage Deposit £200

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Decontra in Abruzzo

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 65 m²
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
  • The bathroom has a full-sized bath with shower over, wc, bidet, basin and heated towel rail.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , 2 Single Bed , Can be arranged as one large double bed, or two single beds
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Both bedrooms have picture windows with window seats and spectacular mountain views Bedroom 1 - double bed Bedroom 2 - double bed or twin The twin beds can be properly linked to create a genuine double - no falling down the gap in the middle!
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • forests
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
Use of laundry (washing machine/tumble dryer) and iron/ironing board can be provided by owners on request. Do just ask. The garden also has a washing line (with wonderful views! for drying towels etc and a double swing seat for relaxing. At the foot of the garden is a Fontana, where the villagers come to collect drinking water. Although it is the same water that comes out of the taps, they swear that it is even more delicious from the Fontana - you will have to judge for yourself! Although the cottage is self-catering, you do not need to cook for yourselves every night. Il Cervo restaurant in the village is excellent, and you may also join one of Marisa's evening dinners at the agriturismo next door to the cottage. There are several more good restaurants within a 15 minute drive - and even takeaway pizza!

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