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Casa del Fiume

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Casa del Fiume - an Artist's home in Abruzzo.
Casa del Fiume - An Artist's Award Winning riverside mountain retreat in Abruzzo.
Walking in the Majella mountains.
1 of 25Casa del Fiume - an Artist's home in Abruzzo.
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3 bedrooms
1 bathroom
5 guests
2 nights minimum
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Artist's TripAdvisor and FlipKey award-winning riverside mountain retreat 'Casa del Fiume' is stone-built country house that has recently been restored, situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty on the edge of the Majella National Park. 5 acres of grounds with walnut groves and various fruit trees sweeps down to the fast flowing mountain river Aventino, with private access. Ideal country retreat for adults and older children and even a family with babies. Perfect for people that enjoy the beautiful surrounding nature and outdoor activities. Great for walking/hiking, nature viewing, painting, mountain biking (bikes available to hire nearby), fishing and rafting/canoeing (Abruzzo Rafting centre nearby). Own private sun-drenched terrace with large wooden garden table and chairs, tra...Artist's TripAdvisor and FlipKey award-winning riverside mountain retreat 'Casa del Fiume' is stone-built country house that has recently been restored, situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty on the edge of the Majella National Park. 5 acres of grounds with walnut groves and various fruit trees sweeps down to the fast flowing mountain river Aventino, with private access. Ideal country retreat for adults and older children and even a family with babies. Perfect for people that enjoy the beautiful surrounding nature and outdoor activities. Great for walking/hiking, nature viewing, painting, mountain biking (bikes available to hire nearby), fishing and rafting/canoeing (Abruzzo Rafting centre nearby). Own private sun-drenched terrace with large wooden garden table and chairs, traditional BBQ with chimney and two wooden loungers. Four hammocks are also provided, hung between trees in the shade near the river and adjacent to the riverside canopy-covered dining area with pit barbeque. Spectacular views everywhere. Free WiFi internet access. Outdoor table tennis and badminton provided. Our own seasonal organic produce is available (depending upon demand) and, should you require it, local suppliers deliver to your door bread, cheese, fish, fruit and vegetables. We have an extensive English language DVD collection available and provide chess/draughts, Monopoly, Scrabble and Boules. There is also a collection of English language novels for your use. We have enough travel guides and maps in both English and Italian to help anyone to be able to plan their holiday here, plus we are always on-hand to help. 'Casa del Fiume' is owned and managed by an artist/designer and the interior walls display original works of contemporary art. At an additional cost we provide individually-tailored tuition in Art and Italian. We can also provide an English/Italian speaking chef to cook you a meal or give you lessons - even on a trabocco. We can organise a day-trip on a yacht along the Trabocco Coast except in August. As members of Majella Trekking club we can organise guided or self-guided hikes in the Majella National Park. We also organise wine tastings with an award-winning organic vineyard as well as truffle tastings with a local specialist - even organise a truffle hunt if required. We have been featured in Italia! magazine and also on UK TV programmes 'Compare Your Life' and 'A Place in the Sun' and the Italian TV channel AbruzzoLive. We are founders of the 'Save River Aventino' campaign.More
House Rules
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
We accept people of all ages. even really young ones - yes we have a cot, a high chair, baby bath and changing mat; even two stair-gates. However, elderly infirm people may struggle with the stairs and we have no wheelchair access. We accept bookings from parties for adventure in nature, rafting/kayaking and trekking. We do not accept bookings for party events from irresponsible people of any age.
Bathrooms
1 Shower
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About the Owner
Stewart /Fabian H
Languages spoken:English, Italian
Response Rate:100%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:July 2008
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Reviewed September 12, 2019

We had such a lovely time here. Stewart and Ruth are the perfect hosts, always there with suggestions for things to do, places to go and the best beach! The house is wonderful, lots of space and beautifully designed. Within easy reach of markets, walking,...More

Date of stay: August 2019
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Reviewed September 7, 2019

For many years we have been renting holiday homes in Southern Europe and without a doubt Casa del Fiume has been the best yet. The property is self-contained and consists of half of a large country house situated in several acres of partly cultivated and...More

Date of stay: August 2019
Thank Gregory C
Reviewed September 5, 2019

We had a fantastic week staying here. Stew and Ruth the perfect hosts and really helped us make the most of our stay from planning days out to recommending and reserving restaurants. There are some very good and well priced local eateries. The setting is...More

Date of stay: August 2019
Thank tristan_brodie
Reviewed July 15, 2019 via mobile

From the excellent wine tasting, to the cooking lesson with Giovanni, lazy afternoons in the hammocks, trips to local markets and of course the beach and rafting. There was something for everyone. Stew and Ruth are excellent hosts and always there to help and ensure...More

Date of stay: July 2019
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UnkaStew, VR Owner at Casa del Fiume, responded to this reviewResponded July 16, 2019

Thank you so much for leaving us this kind review and pleased that you enjoyed your stay here.

Reviewed July 8, 2018

From the moment you arrive, Ruth and Stew make you feel like family. Nothing is to much trouble and they are always on hand to offer help or advice. If you haven't been to Abruzzo, then this is a great base in which to explore...More

Date of stay: June 2018
Thank tonyhawkins71
UnkaStew, VR Owner at Casa del Fiume, responded to this reviewResponded July 9, 2018

Thank you so much for this review, you made it easy for us - you were perfect guests in every way!

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Reviewed January 14, 2018

Lovely house up in the mountains of the Abruzzo, very peaceful and tranquil, an ideal place to get away from it all and relax. Stew and Ruth are welcoming and genial hosts, nothing is too much trouble and their lovely house and gardens reflect their...More

Date of stay: August 2017
1  Thank Picknarkes
UnkaStew, VR Owner at Casa del Fiume, responded to this reviewResponded January 24, 2018

Thank you so much for this great review. We are so pleased than you enjoyed your stay with us in our little piece of paradise. We hope that you come back soon.

Reviewed September 8, 2017

We had a wonderful time at Casa Del Fiume. Steward and Ruth were so helpful and made our stay so comfortable and unforgettable. We loved the beautiful house, the garden and swimming in the pristine river at the bottom of the garden. Altogether a magical...More

Date of stay: August 2017
Thank Lora T
Management response:Responded September 8, 2017

Thank you for your kind review.We so enjoyed having you and your family stay here with us and your appreciation of the outstanding natural beauty that the Aventino valley has to offer.

Reviewed August 24, 2017

Stewart & Ruth are the most gracious and helpful hosts in an absolutely amazing location. We went to places we wouldn't have thought of or found without their help, and had the most wonderful stay. Swimming and rafting in the river at the end of...More

Date of stay: August 2017
Thank adjph
Management response:Responded September 3, 2017

Thank you for your review. We really enjoyed having you and your family as guests, you were great fun!

Reviewed August 24, 2017

Casa del Fiume is in a lovely location; an unspoilt undiscovered part of Italy. A river runs through the garden - heaven when it's hot. Hosts Stewart and Ruth are completely wonderful and a mine of information. The beaches are gorgeous; the food delicious; tons...More

Date of stay: August 2017
Thank 636emma
Management response:Responded August 24, 2017

Thank you so much for your kind review! You packed so much into your time here and we really enjoyed having you stay with us. We look forward to your return.

Reviewed July 22, 2017

A little piece of Italy just off the edge of the national park, with stunning views of the mountains from your bedroom window, if you want a short but steep(ish) walk down the garden you find the river that is used by local rafting organisation...More

Date of stay: July 2017
Thank Max1630
Management response:Responded July 23, 2017

Thank you very much for such a good review. We really enjoyed having you here and we hope that you come back soon. Grazie mille!

Amenities
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
DVD Player
Balcony
Grill
Books
Suitable For Children Under 5
Dishwasher
Fireplace
Freezer
Refrigerator
Hairdryer
Highchair
Housekeeping Included
Internet Access
Iron
Kettle
Linens Provided
Local Guides/Maps
Mountain Views
Outdoor Dining Area
Patio
Ping Pong Table
Private Fishing Lake/River
Secure Parking
Shared Yard
Staffed Property
Stereo System
Stove
Terrace
Toaster
Towels Provided
Washer
Water Views
Wi-Fi
Fishing Nearby
Horse Riding Nearby
There Are Tennis Courts Nearby
Water Park Nearby
Watersports Nearby
Beach Or Lakeside Relaxation
Cycling Trips
Hiking Trips
Rural/Countryside Retreats
Short Term Rentals (4 Days Or Fewer)
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About the neighborhood
The location of 'Casa del Fiume' is ideal for exploring the many small mediaeval towns of this region, walking in the Majella mountains, basking on empty beaches of the 'Trabocchi Coast' and swimming in the warm Adriatic sea (40 min drive), downhill skiing / snowboarding on the empty slopes at the ski resort of Roccaraso (40 min drive), cross-country skiing on 30 Kms of runs through beech woods at Bosco di Sant’Antonio (30 min drive), or merely relax with a book on a lounger with your feet dangling in the cooling water of the Aventino river (2 min walk to the bottom of our garden - private access). Civitella Messer Raimondo. This is the nearest town, a mediaeval village perched on top of a hill at the foot of the Majella overlooking Fara San Martino. Amenities include small general store...
Getting around
You will have a better experience if you have your own transport. However we are on a good road (SS86) located between Casoli and Lama dei Peligni. There is a daily bus that goes to Lanciano via Casoli that is used by school kids that passes here between 07.15 and 07.45 returning around 13.30/13.45. On a Wednesday there is a very small market in Civitella M.R. and the local school bus is used to ferry people to the market at a small cost.
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