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Fully restored country villa with pool set in private gardens

Bedrooms 4
Separate WCs1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Villa in Castel Frentano, Lanciano, Abruzzo - Peaceful Location, 20 Mins From The Coast And 30 Mins From The Mountains

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.

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Speaks English, Italian
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Calendar last updated:
16 August, 2018

About Tony

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...

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had an absolutely super holiday in Italy and Casa Trastulli. Your house is something to be very proud of and its position one of the best in Italy. TS, Dorset.

We shall certainly recommend the house and the village which is totally unspoilt. A rare gem. JL Warwick.

The villa exceeded expectations; I think you're under-selling it.

It's just about perfect for chilling out in total quiet but close enough to civilization to make life easy. LH 2013

Loved the location of the villa with the views of the mountains and coast; Loved the rural setting, being surrounded by olive groves and vineyards. VS, Edinburgh.

Great place, ideal for the kids and nice just to chill out and drink beer! Highly recommended. SR, Leeds.

The house was great, the countryside is fantastic & the people very friendly. SJ, Lichfield.

We enjoyed a relaxing time in a beautiful, unspoilt part of the world. Friendly people, fantastic views, sitting on the balcony at night. PR Sunderland
Dec 2006
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Castel Frentano in CH

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 14:30
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower)
  • En suite shower rooms to bedrooms 1 & 2 comprising of a shower, toilet and hand basin. Bedrooms 3 and 4 share a bathroom on the 2nd floor with bath, toilet and hand basin.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot , King size bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Cot , Travel cot if required
    Bedroom 3 - 3 Single Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 3 Single Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 10 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1: king size bed, large double wardrobe, chest of drawers and air conditioning. Bedroom 2: double pine bed, a wardrobe and chest of drawers and air conditioning. Bedrooms 3/4 (2nd floor): each with 3 single beds, wardrobes and air con. 2 travel cots available
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • ski lift pass
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • surfing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: The villa is ideal for couples and families with bedroom accommodation spaced out over 2 floors. Having been totally restored and refurbished the standard and quality is excellent. Outside: Outside patio with dining area for 8-10. 1st floor large terrace with dining for 8. Private pool (8m x 4m) within large lawned gardens. Outside shower area. A private gated area (great for little ones) of approximately 1/3rd acre including parking space for 2 cars. 2 barbecues, one charcoal & one gas Weber. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All towels and bed linen included. Cleaned twice per week: Saturday and Wednesday. Other: Dining room with large pine dining table that seats 10, 2 sideboards and an open fireplace.


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Fully restored country villa with pool set in private gardens
average rating of 4.83871 based on 32 reviews


  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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!
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A wonderful taste of Italian life

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Review Submitted: 10-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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.
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Large Comfortable Villa with Superb views

  • 3 of 5

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!

  • Review Submitted: 29-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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
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A special luxurious Family home

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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. Ciao! Tony & Lynne.
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Amazing holiday in a beautiful place

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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. Tony.
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Lovely relaxing time in great villa

  • 5 of 5

We spent a fantastic week in this villa in lovely Abruzzo. The house is comfortable, spacious and well equipped, and the beds very comfortable. Our children spent a lot of time in the pool - very shallow at one end. The garden is secluded and a great spot for cricket - sadly we didn't get to see the resident mole who seems very fond of digging in the garden!

Tony's communication was very good and the information about the local area, shops and restaurants was very helpful. The local village has a good pizzeria and local shops - great focaccia at the bakers, and fantastic wine which we found at a local vineyard. Although on a road, we were not bothered by noise and the views around of the countryside and mountains are great. Great beaches only 30 minutes' drive.

All in all we had a fantastic week and only wish we could have stayed longer.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Sally. I'm really pleased that you enjoyed all that Castel Frentano & Abruzzo has to offer & we hope that you will want to return some time soon.
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Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Kilometres
Bar Piroma
Nearest Motorway
15 Kilometres
A14 Lanciano
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Leon D'Oro
Nearest Ski
30 Kilometres
Passo Lanciano
Nearest Beach
15 Kilometres
San Vito
Car: necessary


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.

Further Details:

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.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Castel Frentano, Abruzzo

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
High summer
30 Jun 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Sep 2018 - 24 May 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early summer
25 May 2019 - 28 Jun 2019
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High summer
29 Jun 2019 - 30 Aug 2019
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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