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Ofena, Gem in the mountains

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,937 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Ofena is known as the ‘Oven of Abruzzo’ as it has its own micro climate and is protected by the surrounding mountains. It is a village of approximately 650 people in the province of L’Aquila, sitting at 531 metres above sea level and entirely within the Gran Sasso e Monti Della Laga National Park, it is also close to the Maiella National Park and the numerous hikes and places of interest in the region. The larger towns of Capestrano and Bussi Sul Tirino are only 8 km (10 min drive) away, Popoli and the Autostrada access 15 mins, approx. 45 mins to Pescara and the beautiful Adriatic beaches. The Regional Capital and historic city of L’Aquila is 40 mins away whilst the home of confetti and the Roman poet Ovid, Sulmona is a 25 min drive. There are multiple ski fields within 1 hour’s drive. Ofena is an ideal base to explore this fascinating region so a car is essential. There is an international airport at Pescara, also main line rail access from all major cities to Pescara Central Train Station with rental car agencies right next door.

The house is a three-storey townhouse with private garden located in the historical centre of the village, a few hundred metres from the Comune, Piazza San Carlo and Aufinium bar & restaurant. There is both on-street parking and a lockable garage on the ground floor. There’s a Post Office, Pharmacy and Hairdresser in the town and the closest supermarkets are in Capestrano and Bussi. There are 2 excellent vineyards Cataldi Madonna and Gentilli located in Ofena which are open to the general public. There are numerous excellent restaurants in the surrounding local areas, the local specialities are river shrimps, trout, saffron, lentils and arrosticini.

The house boasts a large terrace leading from bedroom 1 with spectacular views and all-day sun. The new large modern kitchen is equipped with everything you might need and is a joy to use. The large lounge has a Juliet balcony and contains a pellet burner stove which vents upstairs to the bedrooms for the cooler weather. The 3 bedrooms are all large, light and airy with two double beds and 1 sofa bed in the room that leads to the courtyard and terrace garden. There are hiking trails heading up from Ofena into the mountains with spectacular views and the surrounding areas boast numerous fascinating old castles, hermitages countless scenic hikes, the fascinating Wolf Centre, lakes, beautiful beaches and kayaking on the Tirino River. When you return from exploring you can strike up the BBQ on the terrace and enjoy the peace and ambiance in the garden or stroll to the bar/restaurant and meet some of the friendly locals.


• Car essential

• Secure Parking

• Private garden

• Beautiful views of the National Park

• Suitable for children, (please be aware the stair steps are tall and could be challenging for small children) please see photos

• No pets allowed

• No smoking

• 7 nights minimum stay

• Check in and check out times flexible, to be arranged prior to arrival via my multilingual Property Manager


• Bedroom 1: Double Bed

• Bedroom 2: Double Bed

• Bedroom 3: Double sofa/divan bed

• Beds in other rooms: Sofa/divan bed in lounge

• Large family bathroom with shower 1st floor

• Bathroom with bathtub 2nd floor


• Secure garage and on-street parking

• Garden

• Balcony/Terrace

• BBQ/Outdoor setting/Umbrella

• Terrace furniture

• Retractable washing line

• Internet access (Mobile WIFI Box)

• Linen and towels provided

• Heated towel rail

• Central heating

• 40-inch LCD Television

• DVD player

• CD player

• Selection of books (English) and maps/guides of the region

• Washing machine and dryer

• Large, fully equipped kitchen

• Dishwasher

• Electric fans

• Iron/Ironing Board

• Hairdryers x 2

• Hiking backpacks x 2 and hiking sticks x 3 sets

• Collapsible trolley for ease of transporting luggage

More Details

Member since: 2018
Speaks English, Passable (written) Italian
Calendar last updated:
21 September, 2018

About Stephanie

Hi, my name is Stephanie and I live in Auckland, New Zealand.

Stephanie purchased this house in 2008

Why Stephanie chose Ofena

I fell in love with this region when travelling about 12 years ago (it was even more off the beaten path then!), it's a great mix of nature (1/3 of the region is protected with 3 national parks and 38 nature reserves, where you can ski in the morning, have lunch in a lovely hill top town and spend the afternoon at the beach), history (there are Roman ruins, hermitages, medieval villages & towns to explore, countless castles) and culture (museums, galleries, festivals), minus the tourist crowds.

What makes this house unique

My property is a typical stone village house with high ceilings, that has been thoughtfully modernised over time. It's on three levels with all of the living accommodation on the 1st (bathroom, kitchen, lounge) and 2nd floors (bathroom, bedrooms, garden). The views from the balcony are beautiful and change throughout the year. While I don't live on site, I do have a wonderful multi-lingual (English, Spanish, Italian, Russian) property manager who is able to meet you at the property, airport or train station and is available to assist throughout your stay. I am of course happy to answer any questions and provide information on the local area.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house around the Ofena around the Province of L'Aquila

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1937 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible
  • /
  • Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower fitment on bath
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon
    Lounge - 1 Sofa bed/Futon
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • swimming
There are two backpacks, 3 sets (6 individual) hiking poles and 3 re-usable drink bottles which you are welcome to use. I also keep a charge bank for mobile phones, to take when hiking in the mountains as a back up. I have a property manager available to assist you with anything you may need during your stay.


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Nearest Airport
68 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
68 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
65 Kilometres
Miglianico, Chieti
Nearest Train
22 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
22 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
50 Metres
Nearest Ski
50 Kilometres
Campo Imperatore
Nearest Beach
68 Kilometres
Car: necessary

- Sorgenti di Pescara - nature reserve with walks, picnic, BBQ area and seasonal restaurant in nearby Popoli, springs of the Pescara river

- Capo D'Acqua, dive school with private lake located 8kms from Ofena

- Wolf Visit Centre Popoli, run by environmental cooperative Il Bosso. Houses animals unable to return to the wild (multiple languages spoken)

- Kayaking on the Tirino River (leaves from Capestrano), run by Il Bosso.

- Many local walks/hikes starting from Ofena, Capestrano, Popoli

- Caves at Grotte di Stiffe (L'Aquila)

- Sulmona, home of confetti and the Roman poet Ovid.

- Roman ruins at Alba Fucens

- Roman ruins at Amiternum (outskirts of L'Aquila)

- Rocca Calascio, highest fort in the Appennines.

- L'Aquila, Spanish Fort, Fountain of 99 spouts, Luminous Fountain, Basilica Santa Maria di Collemaggio

- Pacentro, oldest castle in Abruzzo

- Roccascalegna castle

- Cantelmo Castle, Popoli (trails for a short walk and long hike)


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Fees No additional mandatory fees

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.