A fully restored country villa in Abruzzo, near the town of Lanciano in the village of Castel Frentano. The property sleeps 10. A 4 bedroom (all with aircon), 3 bathroom house with private pool that is set within 1/3rd of an acre overlooking the village of Castel Frentano. 15 minutes from the unspoilt Adriatic Sea and 45 minutes from Roman ski resorts. This house has recently been totally renovated to the highest standard with all modern facilities including aircon & wifi internet access. The house sits overlooking the hill village of Castel Frentano with its bars, shops and cafes, where it is possible to relax and get a taste of real Italian life.
Villa in Castel Frentano, Lanciano, Abruzzo - Peaceful Location, 20 Mins From The Coast And 30 Mins From The Mountains
- english, italian
- Calendar last updated:
- 12 Dec 2018
Tony is an early 50s sales director from Chester UK. Lynne is an interior designer with her own business. We bought the house in 2004 and spent 18 months doing it up. We are married with two teenage girls Kate aged 18 and Megan aged 16.
Tony purchased this Villa in 2004
Why Tony chose Castel Frentano
We wanted to buy a house in an undiscovered part of Italy & Abruzzo really fitted the bill. You can literally go 2 weeks without hearing anyone else speaking English. The scenery is just fantastic, not quite as rolling as Tuscany, but all the bright colours you expect of Italy in summer. The beaches are some of the best in Italy (Rough guide 2013) & having travelled to many different areas in Italy since buying the house, we always think that Abruzzo is just the best all round. Having the mountains 30 minutes one way and the coast 20 minutes the other is what we always wanted & we've got it. Siamo molto fortunati!
What makes this Villa unique
Every year we discover a little bit more as the girls get older. Their current favourites are Aqualand at Vasto, snorkeling at La Foce and Go Ape! at Bocca di vallee. Me, I prefer cooking a meal and getting a few local friends round for a couple beers, tasting a few Jamie Oliver dishes and singing along to a few tunes...
Pool / Spa
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Holiday home Casa Trastulli in Castel Frentano
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.
Thank you Wendy for your very kind review. I'm so glad that you appreciated Abruzzo, it really is a fantastic unspoilt little corner of Italy. I hope that we can welcome you back soon.
THE ESSENCE OF ITALY
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to this beautiful, but less familiar corner of Italy. The villa is perfectly clean, spacious, well appointed and cared for by the helpful Antonio who, as a lifelong village resident, is also a mine of local information. It's a converted old house, so has distinctive character but has been completely refurbished with a nice spacious modern kitchen/dining area - ideal for family meals.
The location on the outskirts of Castle Frentano is perfect, just 20 minutes or so to the coast and some lovely beaches, coves, gelateria and fish restaurants and a similar distance to the mountains with extensive opportunities for trekking, mountain biking and so on. But if you prefer to relax and enjoy rural Italian life with great local wines and farm produce you would struggle to find a more authentic place. There is a brilliant Conad supermarket just 10 minutes away in Lanciano with everything from electrical goods to an unexpected sushi bar (!) but we shopped mostly in Castel Frentano itself, experiencing the delights of the grocery store, the baker on the main street (delicious pizza slices for a picnic) and Antonio the butcher's. And don't forget to try the local sweet cake delicacies - Bocconotto, fantastico! We only had a few days to explore, but there is so much to see in the local area - from picture perfect hilltop medieval towns to immaculate war graves, endless beaches and rugged mountains. This is Italy, unmistakable, timeless, beautiful, hospitable.
Thank you Andy, for your kind review. I’m so glad that you really appreciated the glimpse of the authentic Italy that the area gives you.
Do come back - you’d be very welcome!
A wonderful taste of Italian life
Our stay gave us a wonderful taste of Italian life and a chance to truly unwind. The villa was clean, comfortable and authentically furnished with all the home comforts. With only three people we were spoilt for space and so this house would be ideal for larger groups and families too. Outside you have a large terrace with a striking view over to the small village of Castel Frentano, just a short walk away, and the perfect place to enjoy breakfast in the sun or the local vino in the evenings. We spent most of our time outside making use of the large garden, pool and a BBQ. The owners have clearly spent a lot of time in the area and surrounding villages as they passed on a wealth of local knowledge. With their recommendations we found some real gems, particularly the seafood restaurants that are less than 20 minutes away. The local host Antonio met us with a warm welcome and Italian hamper, and was eager to go the extra mile for anything we needed. But the slower pace of Italian life suited us fine. Make sure you try the Bocconotto pastries in the local bakery Bottega, they're famous for a reason! Overall our stay was enjoyable and hassle-free, and we would highly recommend to others visiting the Adriatic coast. We just wished we'd had longer!
Thank you Deborah for your kind review. We’re really glad that you enjoyed Castel Frentano & all that the surrounding area has to offer. You even found the local bocconotto shop. Top marks!!
You’d be welcome back any time.
Tony & Lynne.
Large Comfortable Villa with Superb views
We stayed here for a week in September. The villa is huge and sleeps up to ten. It is well equipped and comfortable. The view from the upper terrace towards Castel Frentano is superb, particularly at night.
Castel Frentano itself is disappointing as it is very run down and neglected and without much in the way of restaurants. Nearby Lanciano however is a delight, particularly at night. A little further away Guardiagrele is another delightful hill town and both of these towns have good restaurants.
The reason for the poor rating is that the swimming pool is not fit for purpose. It is only 8 metres long. We knew that but what I could not have guessed it that it is a paddling pool with a deep end! The shallow end of about one third the total length is barely two feet deep. Any attempt to swim a length will give you grazed knees, arms and feet! It is OK for kids to paddle in but even for them it would be much safer without the seven foot deep, deep end.
The villa is on what seems like a quiet road during the day but there is a rush hour every morning at 5.00 am until 7.00 am. OK I guess if you use the air-con or open windows on the garden side. Unfortunately the alarm system which the owner recommends being on at night includes the garden side upstairs windows.
We had a problem with a very noisy pool pump but to be fair the owner got that fixed immediately and we were able to enjoy the peace of the garden again.
Last thought is general to the area. It is real, traditional Italy with very pretty hilltop towns and amazingly good restaurants. Be aware that in September many of these restaurants shut unpredictably and we spent many hours searching the internet for a restaurant we could book each night.
Very often these were a long drive away down the appallingly broken local roads. Even finding the restaurants was difficult as sat-nav and phone maps sometime failed to get us there. When you are right outside it may still be difficult to find because, in the old towns, many restaurants have just a single door onto the street. It is usually well worth the effort though as the food is amazing. The flip side to this is that there are miles and miles of pristine, empty beaches in September because the lidos just pack up and take away almost all of the umbrellas and sun loungers - Heaven!
I’m really sorry that Bryan & his wife had a disappointing time at Casa Trastulli. Fortunately, it has never happened before & his review perhaps is the exception that proves the rule.
Bryan was by far our most challenging guest to date & seemed to struggle with rural Italy & despite Antonio’s best efforts everything fell short of his expectations, including the lamb he ordered one night, for which we were blamed in one e mail.
We did our best to accommodate Bryan, replying promptly to his frequent texts & e mails, we booked restaurants for him, we swapped out the red wine we left for a white & a pool technician called out within 2 hours of his message, though he found no fault with the pump. (We left Bryan a case of wine for his inconvenience).
Castel Frentano is a working/rural hilltop village with a thriving & growing community, it’s not Tuscany, however, I don't recognise Bryan's description, other than there are only 2-3 restaurants; Lanciano with >100 is 5km away.
It's a family house with a family friendly pool, which other guests have thoroughly enjoyed. In September, the 'rush hour' was probably locals on the way to harvest their grapes & of course with aircon in all bedrooms there is no need to leave windows open.
We would hope that would-be guests read all other reviews, which we believe are more balanced.
Tony & Lynne
A special luxurious Family home
What a special place. Beautifully kept inside and out. We had a lovely relaxing 2 weeks at Casa Trastulli after spending a few days in Rome. The facilities were excellent. The pool got cleaned, the grass got cut, the beds got changed and the villa cleaned top to bottom. A nice touch!.
Tony was extremely helpful highlighted by the welcome pack of information that covered everything to do with the property and great examples of the best beaches, restaurants and days out in the area.
Perfect for a family holiday, the pool is a great size, you can either dive in at one end, over 6ft deep or an easy step entry at the shallow end for little & old ones. We played Water polo daily.
The two first floor spacious air-conditioned bedrooms with en suite bathrooms and extremely comfortable beds were ideal for the two sets of parents. The Second floor 2 bedrooms have 3 single beds perfect for the 5 kids in our party.
Antonio, the local host is not only a fountain of knowledge but a wonderful cook and on hand to help. We enjoyed exploring the local area, with stunning views as you drive around this rural picturesque region of Italy. Plenty of stunning places to visit. Meals and game nights on the upstairs balcony with the views of Castel Frentano as your backdrop were a highlight for us all. And our pool party BBQ. A future return is a high possibility.
Thank you Aby for such a kind review. We're delighted that you all enjoyed Casa Trastulli, Castel Frentano & the surrounding area. We would love to welcome you back anytime soon.
Tony & Lynne.
Amazing holiday in a beautiful place
Had an excellent time. The house was a great place to explore Abruzzo and the backdrop of the mountains was stunning.
The house itself had all mod cons and everything required for a demanding family holiday.
Antonio was a particular help and nothing was too much trouble. Would revisit in a heartbeat.
Hi Mandy, thank you very much for your kind review.
It's a real pleasure to see that guests enjoy the area as much as we do.
We would welcome you back in that heartbeat.
The beautiful unspoilt Adriatic coast 15 minutes drive away down the picturesque Sangro valley.
Car hire essential. Nearest airport is Pescara (45 minutes away), Rome airports are just over 2 hours away.
Overlooks the village of Castel Frentano (1km away) and the medieval town of Lanciano is 5 km away.
The nearest beach is 20km away, a 20 minute drive down the picturesque Sangro valley.
Local shops, banks and restaurants within 1km. Large supermarkets, historical city & cathedral etc 5km away.
'This rugged part of central Italy is less famous for art than for bears. The Abruzzo bear that thrives in the highest fastnesses of the Appenines, only an hour and a half from Rome, is this region's totem animal. He wants to remind us than no region in Europe has no more of its land dedicated as national parks. Underneath the snow capped Gran Sasso d'Italia, the bears share space with ski runs, broad alpine meadows and virgin beech forests.'
The Sunday Times London June 5 2005.
Additional pricing information
Booking Notes: 25% deposit required on booking with balance 8 weeks in advance. Changeover Day: Changeover day is Saturday with arrival after 2.30 pm and departure before 10.00 am. Fly into Rome from any UK airport & the drive is c. 2 hours. Fly into Pescara from Stansted & the drive is 30 minutes away. Notes on prices: Prices are for the property per week in UK Pounds sterling. £200 refundable breakages deposit.