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Two Storey Townhouse - Hill-top Village

Bedrooms 1
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights
Popular Features
  • Washing Machine


About the property

House in Goriano Sicoli, Nr. Sulmona, Abruzzo, Italy - Hill-top Village Peaceful Location

The little house is tucked away in the centre of a medieval hill-top village, amongst the cobbled streets, set over 3 floors (entry at ground level, stairs to kitchen/living room & WC, stairs to bedroom & bathroom). The bedroom is spacious and you can step through the French doors onto the little balcony to look at the sleepy hillside. The only noise will be from the Roma train chugging round the hill bends a couple of times a day, and local villagers having a chat! This is NOT a tourist area - you'll need your phrase book - the accommodation has no Landline, TV, Internet or DVD - it's completely a 'get away from it all' break to get some rest and to discover cheap, quality food and coffee in the local restaurants and cafes. Prices are still around 6 euros for a litre of house wine, 7 euros for pizza or pasta. The beach towns and Pescara airport are about 40 mins drive, Rome is around 90-120 mins drive depending which airport you choose.

Mrs Rebecca Ramsden
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
30 April, 2018

About Mrs Rebecca Ramsden

About the owner:

I live in England with my husband and 3 cats.

Mrs Rebecca Ramsden purchased this house in 2005

Why Mrs Rebecca Ramsden chose Goriano Sicoli

We were looking for a small house in Italy and chose Abruzzo because it was so much more reasonably priced than Tuscany. The region is so varied, from rolling fields of poppies and sunflowers in spring, to snow-capped mountains. Our hill-top location is a bit of both! We fell for the village and the property's location right by the castle walls.

What makes this house unique

We love the local restaurants, the excellent priced food and wine, but most of all we love the fact that it's really 'rustic' - basic accommodation in a tucked away village location. We enjoy a drive to the 'local' lake Lago di Scanno - it takes around 40 minutes to drive but it's worth it for the amazing scenery on the way, and to sit on the lakeside pebble beach with a glass of Prosecco.

Guestbook comments from the owner

“We were very comfortable and felt very much at home. Went to the Pizzeria/Hotel a few times and found this to be very useful, nice to have a facility like this in a small village”

“my boots ringing on those cobblestone was like going back in time“
Apr 2013
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Goriano Sicoli in Province of L'Aquila

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 13:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
  • Bathroom off the bedroom with shower cubicle (no bath), WC, sink, bidet.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: Large bedroom with Queen-size bed and firm mattress, hanging rail, chest of drawers. There is a cane suite around the french doors for relaxing.
  • Balcony ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
Notes on accommodation: Full gas central heating throughout. There is no air conditioning except for an upright cooling/heating fan in the bedroom. The walls are really thick so this is not usually a problem, but it can get over 40 degrees even in the hills! The charge covers electricity, gas and water use. The property is looked after by our Italian speaking agent who lives in the local area. Outside: No parking directly outside the property (no vehicle access to the street), but generally you can find space on the next street during weekends, or in the village car park which is about 5 mins walk downhill. Utility Room: Utility off the kitchen contains WC, sink, washing machine. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels, tea towels and bed linen are provided and would be changed once a week. The property will be cleaned after you leave, but we would expect you to leave it tidy.


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Two Storey Townhouse - Hill-top Village
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 4 reviews

Secluded escape from the hustle and bustle

  • 5 of 5

Lovely little house in a picturesque, traditional Italian village. Beautifully clean, well equipped. Huge comfy bed with a fabulous view. Nice modern bathroom with good shower. So peaceful and unspoilt. Bar Centrale provided lovely espressos and was a great place to sit out and watch the village. The bakery was open at 8.30am every morning for fresh baked croissants and delicious Italian pastries. Great base to explore surrounding areas. Day trips to Scanno (very pretty town and Lake Scanno (take your towel and sunbathe the day away), Sulmona (buy some confetti) and L'Aquila.

Il Girasole restaurant in the village is lovely as is Bar De Lisa in Castel di Leri, about 4 miles away, run by Carla who speaks English.

I would highly recommend this property, the owner was helpful and gave us information before we went and it was a perfect place for a get away.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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House in Goriano

  • 4 of 5

We were very impressed with the cleanliness, value for money, facilities and location of this property. It was beautifully situated in a lovely mountain village and very central for visiting the different national parks in the area. The owner was friendly and helpful and provided a useful contact in case of problems who proved very helpful when the electricity went off (just a temporary problem). Would recommend this location for a couple who like an away from it all holiday as this is a very quiet location and is particularly suitable for hikers as there are many glorious walks nearby. A very enjoyable holiday.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Jul-2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Goriano Sicoli - Review

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time staying at this property. The owner couldn't have been more helpful, providing us with a map, advice and directions. The property was in a fantastic location with incredible views over the valley from the bedroom balcony. It was also spotlessly clean and really well equipped. We'd recommend both the restaurants in the village, and also the (fish only) restaurant 'da Gianni' in the nearest village, Raiano. Eating out is very cheap and the local food and wine is great. The area is full of things to do, including for children, from taking a boat out onto the beautiful Lago di Scanno to hiking along the many well marked trails in the Majella National Park. Highly recommended!

  • Review Submitted: 06-Jul-2014
  • Date of Stay: June 2014
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Nearest Airport
70 Kilometres
Pescara (Rome is 153kms)
Nearest Barpub
0.3 Kilometres
Goriano Sicoli
Nearest Train
2 Kilometres
Goriano Sicoli
Nearest Motorway
14 Kilometres
Pratola Peligna junction
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Kilometres
Goriano Sicoli (il Girasole: pizza, pasta, grill)
Nearest Beach
80 Kilometres
Car: recommended


Approx 40 mins drive to little beach towns such as Pineto and Silvi.


Car Hire needed. From Rome Ciampino (Ryanair) it's around 1h 30mins hours drive to the village using excellent toll roads outside of rush-hour, from Rome Fumicino (Jet2) it's around 1h 50mins. From Pescara (Ryanair) airport, it's around 40mins drive. 1 mile outside the village is the train station on the main Rome-Pescara line, but it's a tiny station with no taxis or footpath to the village!


Villages itself has bakery, corner shop, cafe, restaurants = 2 mins walk

Local villages with cafe, shops, ATM = 5/6 miles

Out of town air conditioned shopping centre with large supermarket, free parking, pizzeria, ATM = 13 miles (good opening hours)

Local town Sulmona with all facilities = 16 miles

Further Details:

The nearest villages are Raiano, (around 12 mins drive down a steep, bendy hillside road) with a supermarket, ATM, cafe, local shops, petrol station, bars, small restaurants; or a quicker flatter journey is to Castelvecchio with cafe, ATM, a few shops and supermarket. Almost all local business shut at 1PM. Sulmona is a large town, a 20 min drive, with ancient buildings, bars, gelatos, shops, gorgeous!


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £25

Please note I do post the key to your home address so that you can arrive as you like after 1pm. Please bear in mind that if you're not in the UK, it will take about a week for you to receive the key and you should bear this in mind if you stay is very soon!

Changeover Day:
Any arrival day or time after 1pm, depart any day before 10am.

Notes on prices:
Please enquire about longer stay rates

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.