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“Excellent place to explore the region from”
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Villa Maieletta sits in rolling hills with the dramatic backdrop of the Maiella mountain range
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Villa Maieletta sits in rolling hills with the dramatic backdrop of the Maiella mountain range
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Villa Maieletta sits in rolling hills with the dramatic backdrop of the Maiella mountain range
Sleep deeply in classic comfort
Enjoy a lazy afternoon by the pool
Prepare for the day in style
The upper apartment kitchen and living area is light, airy and spacious
Savour local wine and olives on your balcony or terrace of choice
Experience night time luxury and high-end linens
The bedroom, with birch bed crafted back in 1840, opens directly onto the terrace
The elevated 80 sq. metre sun terrace, complete with BBQ, is a perfect nighttime observatory
Catering and dining space are in ample supply
The Villa garden is full of surprises
Savour super spring poppies!
Join us for festa month in August, when there's a local event to enjoy on any evening
Come for marmalade-making in the spring
Casoli Lake is about 6km away and a great place to relax
Picnic in the Villa Maieletta olive grove
Search the garden for hidden treasures
Step back in time and re-live the past in Lama dei Peligni
Stunning waterfalls are nearby, even in summer
See unchanged landscapes and lives in the Maiella National Park
Roccascalegna Castle is 10km from the Villa
The tiny church of Sant'Antonio, built in 1897, is two minutes walk.
The magnificent church of Santa Maria Maggiore, 15km away, provides a sharp contrast
Experience the essence of Italy!
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2 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Palombaro, Province of Chieti, Abruzzo

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AndyNetam...
Halifax
Level 1 Contributor
1 review
“Excellent place to explore the region from”
Reviewed 7 October 2013 for a stay in September 2013

We stayed for 12 nights at Villa Maieletta and were welcomed heartily by Stephen and Kate. The villa is very well equipped with all the usual utilities in the kitchen and some extra touches that you don't usually see. Like a juicer.

My husband is a tall chap and Kate even supplied us with an extra large (the biggest I've ever seen!) towel for him.

The area is very Italian with the locals all very welcoming and friendly. We got the feeling they were pleased we had chosen Abruzzo to explore because it is one of the unspoiled areas of Italy.

There are some lovely restaurants around and we enjoyed an evening at Flamenco, here we enjoyed excellent service and good food, reasonably priced.

Pennapiedimonte is a lovely little village and if you walk to the top of the village there is a path cut into the side of the mountain that affords some fantastic views.

I'd also recommend a trip to Fara San Martino. This little village is home to the mouth of a valley that you can walk into. Plenty of climbers can be seen scaling the mountain sides.

All in all we had a very relaxing holiday, enjoying the simple life, the views, the food and hospitality of Stephen and Kate.

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Liked best: The welcome and support from Steve and Kate.
Liked least: The pool is paid for and not free.
Travelling group: Friends
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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eileenmur...
Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
“Sorry but i could not do it in 1 sentence it would not do Villa Maieletta justice... please see my husbands poem below”
Reviewed 15 August 2013 for a stay in July 2013

Having spent in 5 weeks travelling in Italy, it was wonderful coming to Villa Maieletta and to meet Stephen and Kate, our hosts for 5 nights. Before meeting them they already made us feel so welcome, their communication was excellent, information abounded out of every email and nothing was the slightest bit of trouble.

On arriving at Villa Maieletta we were greeted with a huge smile from Stephen while he opened the driveway gate, there was a cold bottle of bubbly and water in the fridge for us we, a terrific welcome pack with all the information you would need for your stay and a lovely personal welcome from them both. Our villa was just terrific; the welcome pack with all our basics to get us settled into our home was very much appreciated.

Both Jovo and I felt like we were family coming home and after our 5 days we were both sad to leave our new found friends and a jewel of a find in the Italy's Abruzzo which is off the tourist track and unchanged…..we have terrific memories of the gorgeous people we meet and astounding villages and regions we travelled…here is 1 of the poems written by Jovo whilst we stayed at Villa Maieletta…

Britain is still invading

If you think the Empire
Has stopped its outward reach
Take a trip to the Polombaro region in Italy
Its in the mountains not the beach

Every second person we met
Has come here from the UK
Buying up the local villas
Planting olive trees raking hay

The young seem to be missing
Most moved on to the city
Some lost their lives in a recent earthquake
Yet the landscape is so pretty

Figs and plums adorn the roads
But the pot holes they prevail
Don't trust your Tom Tom's directions
On some tracks your car will fail

The towns have their own dialects
So they look upon strangers with a smile
Be you from as far as Australia
Or a village from ten miles

Stephen and Kate our hosts
Run their villa with precision
Always offering trip advice
Happy to assist in your decision

We met Gabriela today in Maria's bar
She comes from London Town
Reminds me of the eccentric blond in the movie
Under Tuscan Sun ... so brown

Not happy with the invasion of Brits
She'd prefer the place was left alone
So she can chill in her Italian hideaway
A place she now calls her home

The people we meet ... places we visit
Are all part of our adventure now
Even if in this region you feel
They are still living in the 70's somehow

We also met Vincenzo
A builder from Perth escaping the cold
Here in holidays yet helping with building advice
To more local Poms ... oh what stories to be told

Poems by Jovo

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Liked best: the people we meet
Liked least: to have to leave :)
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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kevin w
Derby, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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“Sumptuous views, dramatic hikes and perfect hosts”
Reviewed 30 July 2013 for a stay in July 2013

The owners, Stephen and Kate, were waiting to receive us on our arrival in 35 degrees of Italian summer and welcomed us with a cold beer each. They remained the perfect hosts thereafter, providing advice on the local area, walks and hikes, suggestions on local amenities and Stephen even joined me on an early morning run. The majestic views of both the 2500 metre Majella mountain range and the more serene valley below Palombaro were a stunning backdrop for breakfast. The apartment was well kept and well stocked with all that you'd need to self cater - and if there's something else you need then Kate will almost certainly have it! The windows and balcony doors are netted and shuttered allowing you to choose to shut the heat out or allow the breeze through (without the mosquitoes!). In 15 minutes you'll have direct access to walks and hikes in the Majella range, 30 minutes to the spectacular Fara St Martino Gorge and 20 minutes to the wide range of facilities in Casoli. The venue is ideal for hikers, cyclists & skiers - indeed anyone with an active holiday in mind; or to just relax and solk up the indefatigable Italian hospitality, culture and culinary delights. Palombaro is a short (if energetic!) walk or a 10 minute drive and is worth sampling both for the pace of local life and the superb Trattoria Dal Pagano restaurant (try the montepulciano d'abruzzo wine!!).

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Liked best: Location, location, location (and the hosts!)
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Ricky M
Lincoln, United Kingdom
1 review
“Wonderfull Countryside, friendly poeple, good cycling and running routes”
Reviewed 30 July 2013 for a stay in May 2013

If you cycle take care you have the right gearing for the hills, owners very helpfull if you need to hire bikes. Shop close by sells bread and milk and almost all you will need, supermarket not far to get weekly shop in if necessary. Cheap wine

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Liked best: Quiet retreat, lovely views and roads for cycling / running.
Liked least: Out the gate 100 metres up hill on bike' but can always walk this bit of road !!
Travelling group: Friends
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markgreg2...
Lincoln, United Kingdom
1 review
“Italian tranquility with great cycling, scenery and unspoilt landscapes”
Reviewed 28 May 2013 for a stay in May 2013

Villa Maieletta was a great experience in all respects, the accommodation is lovely in all respects, the location is secluded with great access to the surrounding area by car or cycle or walking. For the serious / semi serious cyclist the location offers great challenges all around the valley and our group managed many enjoyable climbs and descents to all the surrounding towns and villages and we even dragged Stephen (owner) along, the owners Stephen and Kate make the italian experience in this unspoilt region even better and provided great support and advice.

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Liked best: everything was superb
Travelling group: Friends
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Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with pets
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Wilma B
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
1 review
“The perfect place to relax and meet the locals!”
Reviewed 10 June 2012 for a stay in June 2012

A fantastic setting on the hillside with terrific views and a wonderful welcome from the owners Kate and Stephen (and their two Thai cats). If you are looking for a holiday that provides relaxation in the Italian countryside with the opportunity to meet local Abrruzzese, this is the place for you. We picked mulberries and cherries from the garden, met the neighbours and practised our Italian. If you visit Villa Maieletta, you must take a short trip down the road to meet Maria at the local shop and Sunday lunch at the Agriturismo is a must - 4 hours and 9 courses. Above all, Kate and Stephen will ensure that you have everything you need to chill and enjoy your holiday. We will be back.

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Liked best: Friendliness of owners and locals
Travelling group: With Spouse/Partner
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Mamanuke
Bremerton, Washington
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5 reviews
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“Mountain splendor!”
Reviewed 27 February 2012 for a stay in February 2012

We arrived after dark and were utterly surprised by the spectacular view in the morning! The mountains surround the property in stunning beauty and the crisp clean air fills your lungs. The apartment was compact but cosy and was stocked with everything we needed for the week we were there. The bed was fabulous, with high end linens, soft down pillows and a very comfortable mattress. Everything was clean and the apartment was tastefully decorated.

Stephen and Kate, our hosts,went out of their way to make us feel comfortable and at home. They had recommendations for places to go, things to see and where to eat. We truly became friends during this trip.

There is a lot to do in the surrounding area, from the mountains to the crystal blue Adriatic Sea, with loads of wonderful villages to explore in between. I would definitely recommend this place for anyone desiring a restful get away!

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Liked best: The location and view
Liked least: Nothing!
Travelling group: With Spouse/Partner
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Recommended for:
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