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Belvedere - charming home with the most beautiful mountain views in Abruzzo

Bedrooms 2
Space 775 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Ideal for walkers, lovers of nature, good food, wine, and Italian country life.

This apartment looks out onto the Orfento Gorge straight up at some of the Apennines’ highest peaks. It’s in Abruzzo’s Majella National Park on the edge of a small village called Decontra above the spa town of Caramanico Terme .

Although it is just two hours from Rome, and only 40 minutes from Pescara and the beaches on the Adriatic coast, Decontra is a place that seems almost forgotten in time.

The Majella is an area of extraordinary natural beauty with some of Europe’s rarest plants and animals. It is, without doubt, one of Italy’s great secrets – an experience for people who love nature, who love walking in the mountains and who appreciate the simplicity and serenity of this region’s way of life.

This apartment is one of three available in the house which is arranged over three floors and contains in total five bedrooms with a kitchen, living room and bathroom on each floor. Each flat can be rented separately or together with the rest of the house.

The flats are light and airy in the summer thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows that give on to balconies or terraces. It's also cosy and warm in the winter with working fireplaces on each floor.

The house is approached through its wild flower garden where there is also a picnic table. There are also bikes and walking sticks for guests' use, as well as maps and extensive information about hiking trails.

The ground floor also has a taverrna availabe for guests' use: a large common area with a large table and seating area that can accomodate up to 12. There's a kitchen as well at one end of the taverna where food can be prepared and served. The taverna is also ideal for workshops.

The ground floor also has a laundry room with washer and dryer available to all guests. There is also good high speed wi-fi throughout the house.

The house also has an ecolabel certificate which means that it satisfies criteria established by the EU to safeguard the environment. All of it's energy supply comes from renewable sources, including solar panels on the roof.

The flats are probably best suited for people who want a relaxing week in nature, whether walking in the mountains or reading on the terrace. May through July are the most stunning months if you like walking because the high meadows are literally bursting with flowers. The autumn is also very beautiful as the beech begins to colour with the days still warm and cooler nights.

More Details

Susanne Metzger
Member since: 2018
Speaks English, French, Italian
Calendar last updated:
10 July, 2018

About Susanne Metzger

When I am not in Decontra, I work as a garden designer in London. My husband and I met in Italy in the '80s when we both worked in Milan. We always knew that once our children were grown, we would return to Italy. Because we both love walking in the mountains, Abruzzo, was a perfect choice.

Susanne Metzger purchased this apartment in 2012

Why Susanne Metzger chose Caramanico Terme

We first saw this old abandoned farmhouse in 2006 (see our website Majella Mountain Escape for pictures of the original house), although, it took us five years to convince the owners (a brother and sister who'd emigrated to Australia in the late '50s) to sell it.

We knew immediately that this was the place for us. The views were so beautiful from the terrace that we immediately saw the potential to let those views into the house by opening it out completely.

What makes this apartment unique

The beauty of this house is, above all, its views, combined with the incredible serenity of Decontra, and its access to nature: you could spend a week walking many different routes from the house, through an incredible variety of landscapes, environments, flora and fauna, down through beautiful gorges and up through beautiful beech glades to high mountain meadows and the peaks of the Majella.

And yet the real world is conveniently at hand - two hours by car to Rome, less than an hour to beautiful Adriatic beaches, and just 40 minutes to the Pescara airport or train station, with connections to all major European destinations.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Caramanico Terme in PE

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 775 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 14:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , Also available is a second bathroom on the ground floor
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , This bed can be a king sized double or two large singles
  • Both bedrooms have full length wardrobes and chests of drawers. For larger parties, and subject to availability, there are also three further bedrooms on request available in the house on its lower floors.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • ski
  • swimming
  • tennis
About ten minutes drive from the house is Caramanico Terme, one of Italy's oldest spa towns. The spa has baths, steam, mud, massage and many other well-being treatments. There is also a very pretty, clean and well maintained public pool in Caramanico.


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Belvedere - charming home with the most beautiful mountain views in Abruzzo
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Wonderful property in exceptionally beautiful place with lovely owners

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Belvedere is a wonderful place. The setting is staggeringly beautiful. The flat is extremely stylish and comfortable, and the owners are generous and warm. If you like mountains, walking, nature and friendly people then this is a perfect place to stay. We felt so welcome and cannot wait to return. Huge thanks to the fabulous Metzgers for a great holiday.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
7 Kilometres
Caramanico Terme
Nearest Train
19 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
19 Kilometres
E80 Roma-Pescara
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
Il Cervo
Nearest Ski
55 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
53 Kilometres
Car: recommended

About half an hour from the house is one of Abruzzo's most famous wineries, Zaccagnini, credited with being the first vintner to internationally popularise the Montepulciano d'Abruzzo varietal.

It's also easy to go to the sea. Pineto, about 45 minutes away, is a lovely family beach where you can rent chairs and an umbrella for the day and have a delicious seafood salad lunch...or slightly farther down the coast is the very picturesque Ripari di Giobbe (Jupiters Haven).

Some of the best skiing in Italy is also about an hour away - a high plateau called the Cinque Miglie (five miles) which has over 110 kilometres of piste. It's not only one of the snowiest places in Italy, but costs about half of what a holiday in the Alps would cost.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £35.91
Refundable Damage Deposit £89.78

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 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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