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Jacqui is a very welcoming and thoughtful host. Her apartment is well equipped and immaculately kept. There was fresh coffee, filled croissants, biscuits, bottled water and a bottle of Montepulciano wine waiting for us. We stayed in wet and cold weather and the apartment was well heated and cosy. There is a paved area and roof terrace that we could’ve used if the weather was better and is no doubt fantastic in the Summer. There are restaurants and a large supermarket within a short distance of the apartment and the beach at Francavilla al Mare or the Maiella Mountains is about 30 minutes drive in opposing directions. We would definitely stay here again.
We really enjoyed our stay at Casa Trastulli in Castel Frentano. The property is a lovely spacious house with two bedrooms on both second and third floors; a cosy lounge, dinning room and well equipped kitchen on the ground floor. Possibly better equipped that most properties we have stayed in France, Spain and Portugal before. We made good use of the kitchen and the BBQ outside in the lovely enclosed garden.
A welcome pack was left for us on arrival, which was much appreciated as it was evening when we arrived. Antonio, the Property Manager was on hand to check we were okay and helped us very quickly to address any issues. We had some problems with our shower overheating and he got that sorted out really quickly. He also helps ups find a really good local winery (which we went back to twice!) and even cut my daughter's hair for us (he is also the local barber)! Highly recommend asking him to cook for you, as his 5 course meal was delicious.
The village is only a 15 minute walk and you can find most things there. We ate the most wonderful ice cream in the local Galateria. Be warned huge portions, but highly recommend. The bakery sold wonderful fruit filled croissants and be sure to try the local Bocconotti Montoriesi pastries.
There is lots to do from visiting the wonderful sandy beaches, to going to the Majella National Park to tasting the excellent Abruzzo cuisine and local wine. The list is endless. We loved the Abruzzo region. We will definitely be coming back again.