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Artist's Award-Winning riverside mountain retreat in Majella Park

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,184 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

3 bed villa sleeping 5 in 5-acre grounds bordered by river Aventino

Casa del Fiume is a south-facing self-contained wing of an Eco-friendly stone-built country house that has recently been restored, situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty by 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 access to private river beach. Spectacular views. Ideal Eco country retreat for adults and older children. Own private sun-drenched terrace with spectacular mountain views and large teak garden table and chairs, traditional BBQ with chimney. 2 teak loungers are also provided. Casa del Fiume is owned by local artist/designer, so the walls display original works of contemporary art and designer flair and style is everywhere - mixing the antique with the contemporary. Downstairs has a large kitchen, a dining-room with wood-burning stove and an ample lounge with a wood-burning stove. Upstairs has a modern shower room and three bedrooms - one large double, one twin and one single.

Help from the owners: 5 acre grounds are shared with the owners, who live in the adjacent house.

English Italian-speaking owners are on hand to welcome you and advise you where to shop, eat and visit.

PlayStation 2 is available on loan, as are DVDs and CDs.

English language guide books of the area available on loan too!

Portable artist easels and stools are available on loan.

Mountain bikes are available locally to hire.

Owners can help in organising local wineries tours, brewery tours, Slow Food tastings, guided mountain walks, visits to the best markets and much more! Simply ask before arrival.

Owners eco statement: 'Casa del Fiume' is in the area known as 'The Green Lung of Europe' so guests are encouraged to treat the unrivalled scenic beauty of this area with respect. Most refuse is recycled, including on-site composting. The villa contains low voltage lighting throughout. Wood utilised for heating is supplied from local renewable sources including owner's own woodlands. Whilst currently electricity comes from the local grid, the adjacent Lake of Sant'Angelo is dammed to provide a renewable source of electricity to that grid. The owner has also installed solar panels to provide electricity to the local grid. Guests are also encouraged to support the local community by visiting local attractions, restaurants, bars, shops and other local facilities.

Children: Children are welcome. However we do not have facilities such as a cot and high-chair for babies. The stairs are steep and of marble with no stair-gate. The property is not really suitable for children under the age of five years old.

More Details

Stewart Holland
Member since: 2009
Speaks English, Italian
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
20 September, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thanks for a lovely holiday. We've enjoyed the house and all the places we've visited - followed up the tips and advice, but still haven't seen everything yet! Our own discoveries include the Nature Reserves at Serranella and Punto Aderci.

Oh, and the restaurant at Bocca di Valle is well worth a visit. All the very best.
Sep 2009
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa around the Civitella Messer Raimondo around the Province of Chieti

Property Type:
  • villa (semi-detached)
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1184 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Rustic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • The mosaic tiled shower room is 1.5m x 2.3m with curved glass shower cubicle, sink and WC.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Single Bed
  • Upstairs there are 3 bedrooms and a shower room. Bedroom 1 is 4.2m x 5m with a tiled floor and contains large double bed with mosquito curtain, wardrobe, large chest of drawers, dressing table with mirror. Double aspect windows give countryside and mountain views. Bedroom 2 is 4.3m x 4.3m with a tiled floor and contains twin beds, wardrobe and a chest of drawers. Double aspect French windows have views of the surrounding countryside. Bedroom 3 is 2.5m x 3m with a tiled floor and contains a single bed and a chest of drawers. One window gives views of surrounding countryside and garden.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Video Library
  • Deck Chairs
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • 2 garden chairs
  • Groups
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Singles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Housekeeper
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Downstairs has a small entrance lobby leading to the stairs. All rooms lead through to each other (no doors) in an almost open plan way. Kitchen is 3m x 5m with a solid marble work surface surrounding the ceramic butler sink and slate tiled floor. Dining room is 3m x 5m with a marble tiled floor and cast iron and wood burning stove. Lounge is 3m x 5m with a marble tiled floor and a large cast iron wood burning stove containing L-shaped leather sofa seating up to 5 people. Immediately outside the house is a large private terrace and a small garden area. The terrace is equipped with a teak garden table & chairs and a traditional chimney BBQ. The garden area is equipped with two teak loungers for your use elsewhere in the grounds (e.g. riverside beach area within the grounds). Within the grounds you will also find a table-tennis table and near the edge of the river - a couple of hammocks swung between trees! The 5 acre grounds are shared with the owners, who live in the adjacent house.


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Artist's Award-Winning riverside mountain retreat in Majella Park
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews
Apopka, FL

We Can't Wait to Return!

  • 5 of 5

Stewart and Ruth have an exceptionally lovely home which is enhanced by their gracious hospitality and helpfulness. Our stay in Abruzzo was an unforgettable experience. We felt right at home and thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful surroundings as well as the delicious fresh produce from Ruth's garden. This was our first time in this part of Italy, and we were delighted by the wonderful small towns and friendly residents. One of our favorite meals during our trip was at the restaurant suggested by Stew, and we're so glad we got the opportunity to meet Sarah, sample her wonderful wines and enjoy the spectacular view! We will surely return and definitely stay with our new friends, Stew and Ruth!

  • Review Submitted: 24-May-2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Abergavenny South Wales

Great stay

  • 5 of 5

Casa del fiume, realy is a river cottage, with a river, mountains, lake not far away, stunning scenary, Stew and ruth wonderful hosts, making us welcome, nothing too much trouble. The cottage was clean, had everything that was needed when we were out Stew even lit the log fire so we returned to a welcoming warm cosy home, we felt part of the family. We were there for only a few wonderful days, we want to return but next time stay alot longer. I would realy recommend this property Stewart and Ruth. Arrivederci. Mario and Susan

  • Review Submitted: 13-May-2011
  • Date of Stay: April 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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Relaxing retreat

  • 5 of 5

This place is really charming. It's half of an old house, very nicely - and recently - converted and stylishly furnished. It has some pleasant outside space, and, because of the thickness of the walls and the orientation, a kind of naturally air-conditioned effect: if you leave the shutters closed during the day, it remains beautifully cool. Stewart and Ruth are extremely welcoming hosts, who care a lot about their guests' experience at the house, and are very enthusiastic and informed about the area. Abruzzo feels very undiscovered compared with Umbria or even the Marche, and there are some fabulous things within the immediate area of the house. There's a great walk up a truly spectacular gorge at Fara S. Martino (if you don't mind climbing over landslip debris to get to it), and a wonderful Roman site on a hilltop nearby (Iuvanum). More prosaically, there's a very good wireless connection at the house for those who find it hard to leave their work behind.

  • Review Submitted: 14-Jul-2010
  • Date of Stay: June 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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A beautiful holiday

  • 5 of 5

The description of Casa del Fiume is very accurate minus the smells, sounds, heat and sense of peace. The property is the nicest we have ever stayed in and benefits from the owner's artistic style and attention to detail. Ruth and Stewart went above and beyond to provide the best possible customer service and that greatly enhanced our stay. We would highly recommend a holiday here. It is the kind of place you will want to return to whenever possible.

  • Review Submitted: 14-Mar-2010
  • Date of Stay: July 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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Einmalige Unterkunft mit hohem Erholungswert

  • 5 of 5

Die Villa ist seine Bezeichnung wirklich Wert. Zuerst die einmalige Lage an einem unberührtem Fluss in romantischer Landschaft. Dann die sehr geschmakvolle Einrichtung, die uns auch die wenigen Regentage gut überstehen ließ. Und zum Schluss die sehr netten Vermieter die uns immer mit tollen Tips und leckerem Gemüse aus dem eigenen Garten geholfen haben. Eigentlich sind 5 Sterne zu wenig

  • Review Submitted: 27-Oct-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
60 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
5 Kilometres
Civitella Messer Raimondo
Nearest Ferry
52 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
40 Kilometres
Nearest Train
10 Kilometres
Piano d'Archi
Nearest Motorway
30 Kilometres
Val di Sangro
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
La Toretta
Nearest Ski
40 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
50 Kilometres
Fossacessia Marina
Car: necessary

The location 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 Km 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).

This area is part of what is known as 'the green lung of Europe' - being next to the Majella National Park. Abruzzo has always been a favourite holiday destination for discerning Italians, due to its diversity - dramatic scenery, mountains, sea, blue-flag beaches, gastronomy, art, history and culture - literally something for everyone. But more importantly, Italians say it’s like the Real Italy of 50 or more years ago - unspoilt and unpretentious.

Other Activities: Majella brewery tour; Guided walks in the Majella mountains; Slow food tastings


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa around the Civitella Messer Raimondo,

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Late Summer
1 Sep 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest
29 Sep 2018 - 26 Oct 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

winter wood +electricity £50
linen & cleaning £50
Refundable Damage Deposit £250

Rates are subject to change unless reservation is confirmed.
During cold weather periods wood and electricity is charged at cost depending upon consumption and deducted from Security Deposit refunded a week after your stay.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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