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A self contained holiday hideaway for 1 or 2 people with a private 12m x 4m pool

Bedrooms 1
Space 1,076 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

The perfect escape with private sun terrace, stunning views & tranquil location.

Casa della Zia is situated on the edge of the tranquil hamlet of Limiti near to Palombaro and Casoli.

It is a one bedroomed villa with it's own private sun terrace overlooking the Maiella mountains and rolling countryside.

The 12m x 4m swimming pool, is shared only with the owners, However we aim to respect your privacy and will leave you undisturbed when your poolside.

Casa della Zia is just the place for that relaxing getaway you have been looking forward to.

The property is suitable for all year round use. It has under floor heating and a wood burning stove for cozy evenings in after a days hiking, cycling, ski-ing or just enjoying the breathtaking autumn and winter scenery of Abruzzo.

Situated on the edge of the Maiella national park and 30 minutes from the Adriatic coast in one direction and the Maiella Mountains in the other, there are plenty of options to explore. It all depends what you want to do! Further information is available on arrival.

The property also has a safe, wi-fi, TV, Blu-ray DVD player, Bluetooth DAB CD Hi-fi, washing machine, Iron, and a Hairdryer. Towels and bed linen are provided on a weekly basis.

The owners, Pete and Julie, live on site with their 3 dogs and speak English and Italian should you need their assistance.

More Details

Jools Thorpe
Member since: 2016
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, Italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
12 August, 2018

About Jools Thorpe

We fell in love with Abruzzo on our first ever visit and our dream was to live here some day. Life made us reflect on it's uncertainty and we decided to follow our dream of living here sooner rather than later. Providence enabled us to do this in 2014. Julie is an early retiree from the NHS and Pete used to be a senior manager in the Insurance sector. We have 3 dogs who are very friendly and love having visitors - Just don't let them con you into thinking they need feeding every time they see you!

Jools Thorpe purchased this villa in 2011

Why Jools Thorpe chose Palombaro

We wanted somewhere we could make our own and which would provide us with our home plus a holiday property. In selecting the property we asked ourselves what we would want a holiday villa to be. Casa della Zia ticked all the boxes and more.

We both loved the location - the views are stunning and the community is warm and welcoming.

As a towny Jools can't get over the variety of the wildlife she has seen just in our olive grove - wild boar, foxes, deer, a little owl and a Kite (the avian variety that is!).

What makes this villa unique

Abruzzo is something of an undiscovered gem.

The people here are strong and kind and welcomed us unconditionally. The sense of community is fantastic and has reminded us what we had lost back in the UK.

The fact that we are 40 mins away from the Mountain top and ski resorts in one direction and 30 minutes from the sea in the other direction offers so many possibilities of things to do with your day. However it is very tempting just to relax and enjoy the immediate area.

The fabulous weather, food and wine was another reason to come!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Palombaro in Abruzzo

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1076 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Max. adults: 2
  • Not suitable for children ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Please use the throws provided for the sofa and armchair in the lounge area if you are wearing sun tan lotion :)
  • Enjoy a glass of wine by the pool but we do ask that you would use the acrylic glasses for your wine and cold drinks. Broken glass in Pool = Pain! :)
  • The dogs and cat are not allowed into Casa della Zia Though they'll try! Please gently but firmly say "Out!":)
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , Large Walk in shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , King size bed
  • Beautifully finished room with King size bed and french window overlooking the valley.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • swimming


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A self contained holiday hideaway for 1 or 2 people with a private 12m x 4m pool
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews

Best little home away in Abruzzo

  • 5 of 5


On arrival, Pete & Jools made us feel so very welcome when they met us in Limiti to guide us up to their stunning place in the hills, the road up to the Casa isn't on any sat nav or Google maps.

The drive up the hill is enchanting with magical views as you wind your way up.

Once we arrived at Casa della Zia, they couldn't have been more helpful, showing us the many facilities of the Casa and then going above and beyond offering to assist with the luggage from the car etc.

The villa is perfect for 2 people and was immaculate.

The welcome basket was perfect for our first evening, with all you could need to snack on, prepare a meal and breakfast the following day.

Our stay went from fantastic to fantastic plus plus plus, with every facility we could wish for including a better Wi-Fi connection than we have at home!

Pete & Jools were available for any questions or advice needed (including Jools translating cooking instructions on the back of a packet for us, due to her ability to speak and understand Italian).

However,when we wanted to just relax - we didn't know they were there.

Their hospitality knew no bounds as they invited us to dinner half way through the week - Jools cooking is amazing.

Even though we both have appetites similar to sparrows, we actually devoured her 3 course meal and ensuing enticing and interesting conversation - the perfect way to while away an evening.

Even with our poor Italian, the very well stocked (petrol & diesel pumps included!) local store - Maria's - a 5 minute drive from the villa, made us feel very welcome with the greeting, 'Ciao, are you from Casa della Zia?' without us even saying anything and proceeded to help in English, where our Italian failed.

The other local villages (Polambaro, Casoli etc) are only a short drive away on very quite roads (rush hour constituted of 4 cars!) and are beautifully picturesque with friendly locals, although our desire to explore the area was somewhat curtailed by the craving to be enjoying the facilities and the stunning panorama of the Casa.

Pete & Jools place is an absolute credit to them with every facility being well thought out & is testament to their hard work of renovating both houses and their commitment to being exceptional hosts.

The 3 dogs, although friendly, are not obtrusive - tummies and backs gratefully scratched but they won't hound you!

We could enthuse forever - but...

Thanks so much Pete & Jools, see you again as soon as we can.

Paul & Lynn


  • Review Submitted: 05-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a review- we are blown away by it -Thank you!! We are delighted to hear that Casa della Zia was everything you needed for your holiday . We have tried to provide something that we would appreciate as a holiday home and it sounds as though we are on the right track with that. It was (and will be again!) an absolute pleasure to host you. Pete and Jools Limiti
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Fantastic seclusion

  • 5 of 5

Joools and Pete are the perfect hosts. You could not wish for a more relaxing stay in this fabulous part of Italy. From the welcome pack to the immaculate accommodation Casa della Zia is the perfect getaway for a truly relaxing holiday. The pool is just what you need to cool off when the need arises. Local shops are 10 minutes drive away. Whilst we did not 'dine out' Jools is happy to book you places in local restaurants, if your Italian is not up to it.

Jools was kind enough to meet us at Pescara airport, which really helped, as our flight was a late one. The airport is about an hour away and finding your way to the villa would be a little difficult without assistance. Having said that, sat nav is a bonus!

Views, peace and quiet and Italian hospitality, what more could you want?

  • Review Submitted: 26-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing Home Away From Home!

  • 5 of 5

Where to begin? From the time we arrived at Jools & Peter’s place we felt right at home. There’s a lovely welcome basket that has more than you need to snack on and make dinner for your first day. The villa itself is immaculate boasting spectacular mountain views—we marveled at the low drifting clouds and amazing starlit skies, it’s truly relaxing and rejuvenating just sitting on the terrace. As lovely as the villa is—and it is wonderful—it pales in comparison to the heartwarming hospitality of the hosts, Jools & Peter. We can honestly say without reservation that they went out of their way—WAY OUT—to deliver us a personalized and memorable stay in Abruzzo. I was doing genealogical research and planned on visiting my great-grandfather’s home town in the hopes of attaining his birth certificate. My husband and I were renting a car in Italy for the first time—and not loving the experience, LOL—and Jools and Peter most graciously offered to drive us to the archival building—3 hours away!!! Not only did we have a most enjoyable road trip with them, Jools translated for me so I was able to navigate the documents and records with the local staff with ease. Additionally, when it came time to drop off the car, (we needed to do so a day before check out), they drove with us to the rental agency and saw that all went smoothly (Jools oversaw the whole return process with her awesome translation skills again!), and they drove us to the train the next morning. We have immense gratitude for the lengths that these two went to on our behalf. They are truly dedicated to making sure you have the vacation that you desire. Though they are on the property (in their own separate home) they insure that you feel complete privacy and they are also more than readily available to help with any needs that may arise and make helpful suggestions for dining and touring the surrounding area. They also hosted us for a scrumptious home cooked dinner on our second to last night there! And the pool. Well, suffice to say that lounging poolside, enjoying the spectacular views really makes you know you have picked a wonderful place to relax and unwind—it feels like you’re on a movie set with that amazing backdrop. It’s evident how much work and care has gone into every detail of this villa. Staying here felt like we were at a friend’s place. We now count Jools & Peter as two wonderful new friends. We are so happy to highly recommend this lovely vacation retreat!

  • Review Submitted: 06-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The ideal place to stay in Abruzzo. Outstanding.

  • 5 of 5

We’ve booked holiday homes many times through this site and Pete and Jools’ Casa della Zia was certainly the most welcoming and accommodating of any I can remember.

The house is perfectly situated for exploring the highlights of Abruzzo, and many spectacular sights are less than an hour away, but the real bonus is its location with panoramic view of a valley, two hillside towns, and impressive mountains. From the terraces and splendid pool, we witnessed shooting stars, bats, owls, and firework displays, and the sunrise can be seen without even getting out of bed.

The house is equipped and decorated like a real home, not just a holiday rental, and included everything we needed to live comfortably for our two week stay. We are very keen cooks and the kitchen was perfect for bringing back market produce and preparing Abruzzese-inspired meals. We very much appreciated the washing machine, large refrigerator, reliable internet connection, and oscillating fans.

The pool was a pleasant surprise, being much larger than I expected, and with a wonderful view all around. There are also three sets of lounge furniture and umbrellas dotted around the site, which provided much needed shade during the heat wave we experienced.

The real keys to the success of this accommodation are its hosts, Pete and Jools, who live in the nearby house but who provide as much privacy, freedom, advice, and support as any guest could wish. I would imagine that if complete solitude was what a guest wanted, they could spend one or two weeks here without ever seeing or hearing their on-site hosts, but we enjoyed getting to know both and were lucky enough to share two meals together under the stars. On a few occasions, we made suggestions that might improve the experience for future guests and then returned from an excursion to find that what we asked for had been done during the day while we were out. They did research for us, booked a table at a local restaurant, and even offered to drive us to local venues if we didn’t want to drive ourselves.

It is not easy to find holiday rentals of this quality for two people and we are very grateful that we did. We would certainly return to Casa della Zia if visiting this area of Abruzzo in the future.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are wonderfully overwhelmed by this review- Thank you George and Nick! It was an absolute pleasure hosting you. We have tried to create a holiday haven such as we would want to experience ourselves and are delighted to hear that we have achieved it for you. Pete and Jools Thorpe
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Super schönes Ferienhaus in den Abruzzen

  • 5 of 5

Wir waren sehr begeistert von diesem Ferienhaus und haben unseren Urlaub sehr genossen.

Pete und Jools waren sehr gute Gastgeber, die bei Bedarf stets zur Stelle waren.

Am ersten Tag wurden wir von Jools und Pete am Supermarkt in Limit Empfangen, da die Adresse selbst in Google Maps nicht zu finden ist. Nach einer kurzen Fahrt an den Rand von Limit wurden wir dann über das Anwesen geführt.

Die Ferienwohnung befindet sich in einem Nebenhaus, das man komplett für sich allein hat. Das komplette Anwesen wurde mit viel Liebe zum Detail renoviert und der Blick vom Balkon und aus dem Pool in das Tal und auf die Berge ist einfach atemberaubend.

In der Ferienwohnung stand uns dann ein Welcome Pack zur Verfügung, das alles für ein erstes Abendessen und Frühstück beinhaltete.

Der große Pool stand uns allein zur Verfügung.

Wir haben die Idylle und Ruhe sehr genossen und konnten uns wunderbar entspannen.

Die Unterkunft ist uneingeschränkt zu empfehlen und wir werden definitiv wieder kommen.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
56.5 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Kilometres
De Vitis Maria Domenica, Limiti
Nearest Ferry
52.7 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
38.7 Kilometres
Adriatico Golf Club Spa, Brecciarola, Chieti
Nearest Train
28.9 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
29.5 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1.7 Kilometres
Agriturismo Uliveto, Limiti
Nearest Ski
31 Kilometres
Passo Lanciano
Nearest Beach
41.9 Kilometres
Le Morge
Car: necessary

Casa della Zia is a one bedroomed detached holiday hideaway for 2 people, nestled on an sun drenched olive grove with stunning views of mountains, rolling countryside and the lovely Abruzzese hill top towns of Palombaro and Casoli.

Nearby is Grotta San Angelo which is an ancient tiny church carved out of the rock face and where small concerts are periodically held. Set on the edges of the Maiella National Park the area offers stunning scenery and the opportunity to trek. There are wineries within easy reaching distance and some very good restaurants and agriturismi offering excellent quality dining.

During WWII for a time the area was split by the Gustav Line and places such as Gessopalena and the British war Cemetery at Torino di Sangro provide interest for anyone wanting to explore that element of the areas history.

Chieti is 40 minutes drive away and is one of the oldest towns in Italy. It is offers a theatre and arts as well as historical interest. Lanciano is half an hour away and offers music and bars. Casoli is a mere 15 minutes away and whilst smaller offers bars and dining experiences some with occasional live music.

July and August is Festa time and it is possible to attend a different festa almost every night throughout this period. The Chilli festa in nearby Altino is worth a visit as are our own local festas here in Limiti, one of which is the beer festival on 11th August every year.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

We have 3 dogs who are very friendly. They potter about the land but are not permitted inside Casa della Zia.
Whilst we are part of Palombaro Comune, the actual hamlet where we live is Limiti so you need to follow signs for there. We will provide full directions on final payment.
On arrival it will be easier if you make your way to the local general store in Limiti where we will meet you and direct you to the property. When you arrive in Italy please give us a call or text to let us know when you roughly expect to arrive. Our Number is 0039 3349 138503

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.