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It was great to find a part of Italy that is entirely unspoilt by tourism even in high season. The house enjoys spectacular scenery as well as being within easy reach of the Adriatic coast. The locals are friendly and there are a number of good value places to eat.
The house is well laid out with good facilities and plenty of space for two families of four. We particularly enjoyed the large balcony (with great views), the pool and the fire pit area! It is definitely better value than equivalent houses in better known regions of Italy, and I can certainly recommend it.
Our family of four stayed during one of the hot spells of Italian summer 2017 at Magnolia, a village with few houses and set in the hills beyond the Adriatic coast. The villa has been renovated and done so in an intelligent and comfortable manner. There was ample space for us individually as well as enjoying each other's company at the various terraces or tables. The pool was a perfect way of cooling down combined with the soft breezes that came blowing over the hills at the backside. Our view was spectacular changing everytime the sun took in a different position.
Leaving the house took some energy. To travel over the unpaved road leading to the villa was, however, alleviated by the 4WD provided as part of the package deal. It also allowed us to venture around in the various rocky and mountainous terrains, and visiting typical and so picturesque Italian hillside villages (Civitella del Tronto an absolute favorite). The Gran Sasso park itself is of course a wonderful way of coming across all sorts of wild animals (we saw foxes, boars, deer, and heard wolves) While we did not visit the seaside as much, there are plenty of little (and some considerable bigger ones for those enjoying that) beach resorts in reasonable distance.
For all its great places and experiences, we were certainly surprised (and thankful) for the absence of greater groups of tourists.
Thank you, Mike, for always being available in the case of assistance. We certainly would like to return one day.