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Luxury waterfront palazzo in Abruzzo on the Adriatic Sea beach

Bedrooms 4
Separate WC's1
Space 3,229 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

4 bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths plus living,dining,terraces, beachfront

Introducing Palazzo del Mar, the elegant 19th century waterfront home of a wealthy merchant that's now been transformed into a luxury holiday home. Facing a Blue Flag beach on the Trabocchi Coast of the Adriatic in Abruzzo, it's perfect for a family/friends party of up to 11.

Two and a half hour drive from Rome airports.

Available to rent: the entire first two floors, approximately 3200 square feet (300 square meters) of a 3-story building (owners' apartment on top), comprised of 2 vaulted ceiling bedroom suites on ground floor : Suite A: 2 queen bedded bedrooms with bath in between, Suite B: 1 queen bedded bedroom, bath, bedroom/sitting room with 2 folding single beds, a baby crib and a private garden. There is also, on the middle floor, a full size convertible sofa in one of the living rooms, and a single folding bed in the library.

Middle floor includes gourmet kitchen, dining room, 2 living rooms, library, laundry, 1 full and 1 half baths (with washer), PLUS large balcony facing sea and trabocco (antique fishing pier), very large rear terrace leading to orchard with seasonal fruits, 2 smaller balconies.

Top floor guest suite 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, could be rented for additional fee.

Garage. Walk to grocery, restaurants, gelato.

The owners live on the top floor, and will happily recommend places to go, historic and archeological sites, restaurants and wineries, and where to buy the best and freshest products to eat and drink in the spacious dining room or on the sunny terrace or the balcony overlooking the sea. We can also organize food tours to artisanal producers of olive oil, cheese, honey, cured meats, as well as visits to our favorite local wineries. And tours of neighboring towns and historical places.

Although summer is the prime season for beachgoers, many guests prefer September and October, when the crowds are gone but the weather is still fine. This is the time of the grape harvest, when the cantinas are busy crushing and processing the grapes for the next vintage. For more information www.palazzodelmar.net

More Details

Gail Ashley
Member since: 2009
Speaks English, Speak some Italian
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
26 June, 2017

What makes this house unique

This house combines comfortable, spacious accommodations with direct access to the beach. Everything guests could want in terms of cooking, dining and relaxing facilities are provided, at a very reasonable price. And the availability of the owners to assist in any way is a major plus for travelers to an unfamiliar place.

Guestbook comments from the owner

What a great place - or rather, what a great palace! The location couldn't be better, literally just a couple of minutes to walk across the road and onto the beach, with wonderful views of the sea and the coastline from inside the house. Secure private parking is very useful.

Inside is incredible, an imposing entrance hall, with a marble staircase; beautifully-furnished (and beautifully-kept) rooms; and a modern kitchen. To the rear of the property is a huge secluded garden terrace with plenty of space for family eating.

American owners Gail and Vincent live at the top of their palazzo and are always on hand - but never intrusive - with helpful tips and advice so you get the best from your stay. Mention needing some wine or a loaf of bread and Vincent's likely to drive you off to a local winery or bakery!

The beach is naturally a magnet for kids and there are plenty of nearby places during the day for snacks and ice-creams - and countless restaurants in the area for evening meals. And of course being Italy, everywhere is extremely kid-friendly!

All-in-all, a real taste of luxury for our week's stay in clean, comfy surroundings with friendly hosts. Couldn't have asked for more!

Nick & Lucy, Winchester, England
Sep 2013
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Fossacesia Marina in Fossacesia

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 3229 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 11
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • waterfront
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet
  • The half bath includes washing machine.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed
  • The two bedroom suites are separated by the entrance hall. One consists of two bedrooms with a bath in between, the other of one bedroom, bath, bedroom/sitting room with two single folding beds, a crib and a garden. There is also a full sized convertible sofa in one of the living rooms, and another single folding bed, on the middle floor.
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 3 deck chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • roller blading
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
  • tennis
A computer with internet is in the owners' unit on the top floor. Access available upon request.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(43 traveller reviews)

Luxury waterfront palazzo in Abruzzo on the Adriatic Sea beach
average rating of 4.7674417 based on 44 reviews

Italian Dream Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Our family of four and our friend's (family of 6) spent two weeks at Gail and Vincenzo's Italian dream villa! It is situated across from a beautiful, clean, and family-friendly beach. The immaculate, well-equipped villa has waterfront views from every room. Firstly, Gail and Vincenzo are stellar hosts, who feel like family by the end of your stay. They take care of you and are there for whatever you might need. They clearly love the life that have created and that joie de vivre is felt in their home and their presence. You leave hoping you too can one day retire on the Adriatic coast! But until then.....you can visit Gail and Vincenzo.

The huge kitchen is perfect. We cooked lavish meals and they have everything you might need to do so. I was heating milk for a coffee and moments later Vincenzo came down with a milk-frother. That's just one example of how they are committed to making your stay comfortable and pleasurable. The giant veranda out back is perfect for meals and relaxing outdoors. There is a 15-minute cycle on the washing machine (super convenient) and a line to hang clothes outside. All of the beds were super comfortable and the pull-out couch in the living room was great to have for guests that visited. Three showers with great water pressure and hot water.

We spent most of our time relaxing at the beach and the house, but there is so much to discover in Abruzzo. Vincenzo brought us to Lanciano and brought us to all of the best local spots for fruits/veggies, cheeses, meats, wines, and local specialties.

We left Gail and Vincenzo's feeling refreshed and recharged. We will definitely go back!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
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Ein umwerfender Ausblick!!!

  • 5 of 5

Wir hatten im Juli 2016 einen wunderschönen Urlaub im ‚Palazzo del Mar‘.

Vince und Gail waren so nett und hilfsbereit. Wir haben uns von der ersten Minute an wohl gefühlt. Vince bot immer wieder seine Fahrdienste zum Einkaufsfladen, zum Winzer oder Gemüsehändler an, Gale hat für unsere Anreise vom Flughafen ein Taxiunternehmen organisiert. In den zwei Wochen unseres Aufenthaltes waren sie immer für uns da, haben bei Fragen weitergeholfen, gute Tipps für Ausflüge und Restaurants gegeben, bei Reservierungen geholfen und, und, und… Dies ist besonders hilfreich, wenn kein eigenes Auto zur Verfügung steht. Doch auch mit dem Bus (Bushaltestelle in unmittelbarer Nähe) lassen sich durchaus einige Städtchen im Landesinneren oder entlang der Küste anfahren.

Das Haus hat uns sehr gut gefallen; die Zimmer sind individuell, originell und sehr liebevoll eingerichtet, die Küche ist wirklich komplett und auch für die angegebene Anzahl an Personen ausgestattet, der Garten sehr schön, dennoch so, dass Kinder darin spielen können (Wasseranschluss zum Nassspritzen, diverse Obstbäume…). Das Haus verfügt über mehrere Terrassen und Balkone, sodass man zu jeder Tageszeit in der Sonne oder aber im Schatten verweilen kann – je nach Lust und Laune. Die Lage an der SS16 ist Geschmackssache. Uns hat es nicht gestört. Der Blick auf das Meer ist einfach umwerfend!!!

Fossacesia Marina ist ein nettes kleines Städtchen, dessen Charme für uns insbesondere darin bestand, nur sehr wenigen anderen Touristen zu begegnen und somit das italienische Lebensgefühl durch und durch zu genießen. Es gibt eine Reihe guter Restaurants mit wirklich sehr gutem Preis-Leistungs-Verhältnis. Der Kieselstrand ist durchaus schön, sowohl mit der Möglichkeit, Liegestühle und Sonnenschirme zu mieten als auch sich frei mit eigener Ausstattung aufzuhalten (im Palazzo del Mar vorhanden sind Badetücher, ein Sonnenschirm, Luftmatratzen, etwas Sandspielzeug etc.). Das Meer ist blau-türkis und fällt sehr seicht ab, was das Baden mit kleinen Kindern besonders angenehm macht. Viele nette Bars (wieder sehr gute Preise!) sind vorhanden. Besonders auffällig und angenehm war die Freundlichkeit, mit der uns und unseren Kindern begegnet wurde!

An Vince und Gale: DANKE für die tolle Zeit & auf ein Wiedersehen!

Familie Schäfer

  • Review Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
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Grande casa, grande vacanza!

  • 5 of 5

La casa è molto spaziosa, fornita di tutto quello che è necessario per una vacanza rilassante anche per un gruppo abbastanza grande. Ci siamo stati in dodici (tre famiglie) e ciascuno era in grado di trovare un po’ di spazio privato. I bambini potevano giocare nel giardino senza che Vince e Gail si sentissero disturbati. Tutti e due sono le persone molto aperte che spesso ci offrivano il loro aiuto in qualsiasi situazione. Se non vi sentirete disturbati dalla strada abbastanza frequentata davanti alla casa – direi che è l’unico piccolo svantaggio- vi troverete proprio in un posto ideale per una vacanza rilassante e direttamente al mare. Dalla finestra si vedono la spiaggia e un trabocco – tipico per la costa abruzzese.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
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Amazing as always

  • 5 of 5

This is our 6th summer to this amazing beach front property and this is why we keep returning , the house has every thing that you could possible want and not just the easy access to the beach , the house is large and bright with a kitchen that makes cooking so easy and enjoyable that going out for dinner tends to get forgotten , its the little things that make the difference towels being provide beach ones as well , Vince taking care of your rubbish and the washing machine with its 15 minute cycle! so when you are a family on holiday and the washing still needs to be done its enjoyable! their are some really good shops to buy all your groceries and an amazing farm .shop to buy fresh fruit , salad and vegetables.

The owners of the property Gail and Vince are always available to assist with any quires and point you in the right direction so even if its your first time here you don't have to worry about not being to sure where to go as they are always happy to help so for all these reasons we would truly recommend this house , place and Gail and Vince.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
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Owners are fantastic!

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at this villa. Very clean, really cool artifacts in the house, library was very informative, comfortable beds, great kitchen, great dining area. The beach…not so much, rocky. Vince & Gail were awesome hosts. From grocery shopping & all the different tours, they made our stay a memory we will never forget.

Tom (the Captain) & Sherry Spence from Calgary AB, Canada

  • Review Submitted: Oct 31, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
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lovely villa with beautiful view of the water.

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our time at this rental property. The owners were very good at let us know what to see in the area. Helping us find the grocery store and best restaurants to eat at, also the best gelatos. Villa is close and within walking distance to beach and restaurant. Clean and well stocked with everything you need for cooking also towels and beach chairs. Very friendly hosts.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 1, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
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Nearest Airport
39 Kilometres
Pescara Airport
Nearest Barpub
40 Metres
Bars & pubs nearby
Nearest Ferry
15 Kilometres
Ferry port nearby
Nearest Golf
33 Kilometres
Golf course nearby
Nearest Train
1 Kilometres
Fossacesia-Torino di Sangro
Nearest Motorway
4 Kilometres
Autostrada A14
Nearest Restaurant
40 Metres
Local restraurants
Nearest Ski
74 Kilometres
Ski resort nearby
Nearest Beach
10 Metres
Across the street
Car: recommended

In addition to its beaches, the area is highly regarded for its seafood, produce and numerous wineries. The famed 12th century Abbey of San Giovanni in Venere is 2 minutes up the hill. Vineyards and olive groves provide magnificent scenery. The city of Lanciano, 'the Sienna of Abruzzo,' is 15 minutes away, Vasto 30 minutes.

35 minutes from Pescara Airport (39 km), 4 minutes from Autostrada exit and railroad station.

Also within an easy drive are the beautiful Maiella Mountains. And Rome is only 2 1/2 hours away.

Tennis, golf, zoo, water park nearby.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Fossacesia Marina, Abruzzo

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
June 2017
27 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
July 2017
1 Jul 2017 - 28 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
August 2017
29 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
September 2017
2 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £84.22

Security/ damage deposit of 100 euro cash due on arrival, refundable at departure.
Guests responsible for final cleanup, or pay cleaning fee of 100 euro.
Rental period Saturday to Saturday. Check-in 4:00 pm, check-out 11:00 am
During cooler weather, when used, a heating fee will be added.

Nonrefundable 30% deposit required at booking. Balance to be paid 5 weeks before start of rental, nonrefundable. All moneys to be sent via bank wire in euro to our bank in Italy, or in dollar equivalent to our bank in the US. Or if you prefer, payments may be made via PayPal to palazzodelmar@gmail.com.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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