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“Comfortable Villa with Great Views”
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The Martellese sits in rolling hills with the dramatic backdrop of the Maiella mountain range Enjoy a lazy afternoon by the pool
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Sleep in classic splendour
The Martellese sits in rolling hills with the dramatic backdrop of the Maiella mountain range
Enjoy a lazy afternoon by the pool
Anticipate the delights of the new day
Sit out and admire the views from a balcony or terrace on 3 different sides
The kitchen and living area is light, airy and spacious
Casoli Lake is known locally as Lago di Sant Angelo and is ideal for a picnic
The Villa garden is full of surprises
See the fabulous baroque church of Saint Nicola Di Bari at Caramanico
Tour Abruzzo by classic car
Take in breathtaking views on two wheels
Relax in August's balmy evenings, when there's a festa to enjoy nearby every night
The Palombaro Festa provides a window on life in the past
Savour super spring poppies!
Socialise in the evening at Guardiagrele, or enjoy superb daytime panoramic views
Picnic in our olive grove, or enjoy an eco-friendly olive harvesting holiday in sunny November
It is only 25 minutes to the Basilica of Santa Maria del Ponte, in Lanciano
Local towns like Pretoro specialise in a particular craft; nearby Guardiagrele has many blacksmiths
Join us for the Val Di Serviera mountain-top walk in July
Visit Fossacesia Abbey, impressive in size yet delightful for its simplicity
Take a day trip out to the extensive Roman city of Saepinum in neighbouring Molise
Roccascalegna Castle, which is 10km from Villa Maieletta
Come for the Maiella Fiat 500 rally in June
See unchanged landscapes and lives in the Maiella National Park
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1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2
Palombaro, Province of Chieti, Abruzzo

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Jerry P
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
“Comfortable Villa with Great Views”
Reviewed 20 October 2016 for a stay in October 2016

The Martellese was a small but comfortable villa that was more than adequate for two people especially considering the very fair price. It was tastefully decorated with some beautiful antique pieces and a very comfortable canopy bed. The kitchen was adequate for our purposes but did not have an oven or much counter space. We were able to prepare simple meals without too much problem.

One of the best things about the villa was the views. From the windows and three different balconies, one could view nearby mountains and towns as well as the beautiful property where the villa sat. Both sunrises and sunsets were breathtaking.

We were also impressed by the hospitality of our hosts who live onsite. Kate and Stephen were generous in providing a bottle of wine and some food items and were very helpful in suggesting places to visit and directions to get places. We enjoyed talking to Kate (Stephen was away for the majority of our stay) about a variety of subjects.

The one thing we would like to see would be a door in the empty doorway between the bedroom and the kitchen/living room. This would make it quieter if one person were awake and wanted to read, etc. and the other was sleeping.

Again, overall, this villa was quite pleasant and was a very good value.

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Liked best: views and bed
Liked least: no oven and no door between rooms
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Captain_K...
Chichester, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
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“Relaxing break.”
Reviewed 19 August 2015 for a stay in August 2015

We loved this place. Our apartment had everything we needed and was spacious with 2 balconies and a terrace providing plenty of options for sitting and relaxing. Fantastic views up to Palombaro and the mountains beyond. The newly installed pool was great to cool off in at the end of a hot day as well. All in all this is a lovely and easy place to spend time and relax. Its also got a games/TV room dominated by a snooker table. I've lost my touch !

Its set in a small village called Limiti which has shops and an agriturismo with restaurant but we used neither.

There is plenty to see and do to keep you occupied. Palombaro and Casoli are close by and worth a visit though Palombaro is extremely quiet altough you do get some nice views from up there. We also went up into the mountains to Passo Lanciano which is pretty spectacular. We found the caves at Cavallone (?) a bit pricey though. 20 Euros each.

The roads can be a bit dicey in places, though not as bad as some parts of Abruzzo we have visited.

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Liked best: Character of the place. Friendly people
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 50-64
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Andrew S
Derbyshire, United Kingdom
1 review
“Arrived as guests and left as friends”
Reviewed 4 August 2014 for a stay in July 2014

In a truly gorgeous setting, the Villas are maintained to a high standard with all the mod cons you need and many additional ones you just need to ask for.

Stephen and Kate are simply wonderful, the community around them are warm and Maria (lady who owns the local shop) is an absolute gem.

The region is steeped in history including Roman Walls, WWII sites and age old Italian architecture with the added bonus of mountains, and coast lines to die for within easy reach. Olive trees dominate the region, as they should, and the tranquil nature of the villas setting will have you relaxed the instant you arrive.

A short transfer from Pescara airport, this collection of Villas and small house is accessible for all. Coupled with activities put on by Stephen and Kate through the year including Shabby Chic Workshops and Guided cycling tours as well as being shown around the area with their extensive knowledge and passion for the area, we cant recommend a holiday here highly enough!!

If you don't go YOU are missing out.

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Liked best: The relaxed nature of the surroundings and the warm hospitality
Liked least: Leaving
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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FiveEyeJa...
London
1 review
“A special place”
Reviewed 8 June 2014 for a stay in May 2014

We wanted to relax and enjoy beautiful surroundings, and this was the place! Stunning scenery with green hills, ancient hilltop towns, snow capped peaks, olive groves, swooping birds, flowers and herbs. The apartments are luxurious but simple, with top quality beds, furniture, furnishing and supersoft towels. There are balconies, a terrace and an amazing swing seat to soak in a wonderful view. Abruzzo is incredibly beautiful, with many small towns to discover in the nearby hills. A local shop has fantastic produce and good prices and a lovely welcome. The sea is a short drive away and Rome can be seen in a day trip. There are stunning walks, including an incredible gorge with waterfalls. Fireflies at night, songbirds and falcons by day.
On top of all this is a real sense of home - Kate and Stephen are fantastic hosts and have made something special here.
You can also volunteer in spring and autumn to make marmalade and olive oil - get involved!

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Liked best: The personal touches and being treated as a guest, not a customer.
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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karen_hai...
Poulton Le Fylde, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
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“A beautiful apartment in a beautiful location.”
Reviewed 27 August 2013 for a stay in August 2013

A beautiful apartment with a real touch of luxury. Everything had been thought about by the owners including the very useful arrival pack. Kate and Stephen were extremely helpful and went out of their way to ensure we had a memorable holiday. Nothing was too much trouble. The apartment was spotlessly clean. The furnishings had been really well thought out-- in fact, the photographs do not do it justice. The location was superb ,set among the vine yards and olive groves. The views from all 3 balconies were fantastic, rolling hills, hill top villages and mountain ranges. It was such a beautiful ,unspoiled area with really welcoming local people. Ideal for walking and cycling (we did not hire a car) and the local pool was terrific. Highly recommended.

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Liked best: the beauty of it all.
Liked least: nothing
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
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