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Farmhouse apartment in Contrada Lazzaretto, Ortona, Abruzzo, Italy

Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Sleeps 2-6: bedroom (2 single beds), living-room (1 sofa-bed & 2 armchair beds)

A recently converted ground-floor stable in a historic 18th-century farmhouse overlooking the sea amid vineyards and olive groves in a rural hamlet now becoming a holiday area because it is near the beach. The apartment has old wooden doors, traditional brick arches and vaulted ceilings, and has been carefully restored in a simple, rustic, open-plan style to respect the original structure of the building. The flat sleeps between 2 and 6 people: a bedroom with two single beds (separated from the living room by screens) and in the living room a sofa-bed and 2 armchair beds. The living room also has a large dining table and seating for 8. There is a big bathroom with washbasin, bath, shower, toilet and bidet; a small kitchen with sink, draining rack, gas hob, cooker hood, microwave oven and fridge-freezer; and a sheltered seating area outside, looking on to the back garden, with a barbecue (shared with the owners when present) and secure parking.

If you book, we will provide you with a comprehensive set of notes supplying information about the flat, our favourite local shops & a list of places we like to visit. On arrival you will find some essential food, mineral water & a bottle of wine so you don't have to go shopping immediately. If we are in residence, you can ask us for any help or advice you may need. When we are not there, a friend (whose phone number we will let you have) stands in for us.

More Details

Robert and Monica Hastings
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, French, Italian
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
3 July, 2018

About Robert and Monica Hastings

Robert and Monica are a retired couple. Robert was a Senior Lecturer in Italian Studies at the University of Manchester and Monica was a teacher of English at Withington Girls School. They bought their property in Abruzzo over 40 years ago. In their retirement they spend 3 or 4 months a year there, enjoying the beach, going for walks in the mountains, harvesting the olives, figs, cherries and plums in their garden and visiting places of interest in the surrounding region. Their property has been fully restored, and in addition to the ground-floor flat, converted from an old stable, they also let a converted barn at the bottom of the garden. That too can also be seen on this website.

Robert and Monica Hastings purchased this apartment in 1976

Why Robert and Monica Hastings chose Ortona

The apartment is well appointed, recently restored and full of character. The beach is less than 5 minutes away by car, and you can be up in the high mountains in about three quarters of an hour. There is golf at Miglianico, just 4 miles away, and skiing in the winter 25 miles away at Passo Lanciano. Abruzzo has a wealth of unspoilt natural scenery, including 3 national parks and one regional park, picturesque hill-towns, castles, ancient abbeys and mountain hermitages, significant Roman remains and an excellent tradition of food and drink, based on natural local ingredients.

What makes this apartment unique

Conveniently placed for the beach and the mountains, with all necessary facilities (supermarkets, shops, banks, bars, restaurants, etc.) within easy reach, but sheltered and secluded at the same time, in a beautiful rural environment.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Ortona in Province of Chieti

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Basic Soaps
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
  • The bathroom is very spacious and contains a washbasin, bath, shower, toilet and bidet.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 sofa bed, 2 armchair beds
    Bedroom 1 - 2 Single Bed , 1 Cot
  • The principal bedroom has 2 single beds, a wardrobe and a chest of drawers. In addition there is a sofa-bed in the living-room and 2 armchair beds. So the flat sleeps up to 6 people in all. Because of the open-plan arrangement of the 2 main rooms, the bedroom is separated from the living-room by screens. A cot for a baby can be supplied if required.
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television
  • Beach Towels
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
The kitchen has a sink, draining rack, gas hob, cooker hood, microwave oven (with grill), fridge-freezer, kettle & toaster. Other facilities in the flat are a washing machine, clothes rack, iron, ironing board, hair dryer, wireless Internet access, DVD player & some DVDs, playing cards, board games, auxiliary heating (halogen & kerosene heaters), insect screens & an electric insect killer. A cot, high chair & playpen can be obtained if required. All towels & bed linen provided. Flat cleaned at end of stay. No pets & no smoking indoors please. There is ground-floor access & no stairs; there are 2 small steps, set apart from each other, but movable ramps can be provided to facilitate wheelchair access, if needed.


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Farmhouse apartment in Contrada Lazzaretto, Ortona, Abruzzo, Italy
average rating of 4.4545455 based on 11 reviews

Casa rustica molto carina

  • 3 of 5

Casa molto carina, adatta anche a bambini,uno spazio all'aperto comodo con barbeque.

Proprietari onesti e casa già provvista di beni di prima necessità quindi comodissimo.

L' unica pecca se desideri fare una passeggiata per andare al mare senza auto non c è una strada percorribile a piedi ma solo i tornanti della strada provinciale.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Sep-2013
  • Date of Stay: August 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: La signora si sbaglia: c'è infatti una piccola strada di campagna poco frequentata con la quale si può scendere a piedi al mare senza incontrare traffico o quasi. Peccato che non siamo stati presenti per spiegarglielo.
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Un bel posto in una bella terra

  • 5 of 5

Sistemazione completa di ogni comfort e curata in ogni dettaglio. Massimi ordine e pulizia. Notevole la valorizzazione della struttura originaria. Luogo tranquillo e ideale sia per singoli che per famiglie, indicato per raggiungere in pochi minuti spiagge attrezzate e comodamente i luoghi più belli e interessanti d'Abruzzo. Parcheggio riservato. Nel complesso un'esperienza molto bella e da ripetere. Più che consigliata.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Sep-2013
  • Date of Stay: August 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful apartment

  • 4 of 5

This beautiful restored stable with vaulted ceelings, it´s been a joy to live in it. Even if it´s been up to 36 degrees during the day, the stable has been cool and lovely. The outdoor space is a really plus. The apartment was clean and well maintained, the service is really good. And the owners send you very good long list of the best place to eat, to take a day trip, shop and more. The only ting that draw back the stars, is a very small kitchen.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Aug-2013
  • Date of Stay: July 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Spring and summer holidays at Contrada Lazzaretto

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing family holiday here. It was our second visit, and it never disappoints, whether you come in spring or in summer. The farmhouse flat is lovely: modern in all the right places for convenience, but retaining all the rustic charm of the original stonework. The patio is excellent, and the boys loved the space in the back garden for playing. The location is perfect: just a couple of minutes from the beach by car, where loungers can be hired for just two euros a day, and there are lovely little cafes offering meals very reasonably. The friendly staff at the Punto Verde were great with the kids, and there is a bar for the grown-ups too. There is also an excellent local pizzeria (Toni and Lucia's), where the food is great and the prices ludicrously low. The kids wanted to eat there every night. Perfect accommodation, perfect location, wonderful holiday.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Nov-2012
  • Date of Stay: May 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Autumn in Italy

  • 5 of 5

We rented this apartment for a 6 week stay in Italy, and were extremely satisfied. The place was quite typical Italian countryside and very quiet, and the owners were nice to us. The one negative side was that you need car here: couple of restaurants and bars were within comfortable walking distance, for the rest you took couple kilometer drive.

The location is good and easy, only couple of minutes up from the seaside road SS16. The building is full stonework, including beautiful arches inside the house. Large living room opens to large back yard, where we kept the car. Bathroom seemed recently renovated, with separate shower and bath. Kitchen had gas stove, no oven, and a bit short of worktops.

Even as late autumn (October), the weathers were warm and sunny, average 22C and only short rain showers on two days. The summer holiday places were mostly closed, so if you want beaches, keep it to the season. Rome, San Marino and Naples are.on driving distance, and all worth a visit. I can fully recommend this place for short or longer stay on the warm part of the year.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Nov-2012
  • Date of Stay: September 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Tradizione e tranquillità

  • 3 of 5

La vecchia "stalla" in contrada Lazzaretto ci ha conquistati. Abbiamo trascorso una settimana in tranquillità immersi in un'atmosfera tradizionale. I proprietari ci hanno riservato un'ospitalità squisita e discreta. Le loro indicazioni si sono rivelate precise ed affidabili. L'ambiente è curato e non manca nulla per godersi il soggiorno. È una vacanza che consiglierei a chi desidera starsene via dalla confusione, a chi ama il mare e la spiaggia in versione "selvatica". Non trovo nulla da ridire sull'alloggio. Avrei desiderato vedere più curata la zona del litorale e la contrada sul mare, che non risulta invitante e non rende onore al mare pulito, all'acqua trasparente e all'ospitalità Abruzzese

  • Review Submitted: 26-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Siamo riconoscenti delle gentili parole della signora sull'accoglienza e sull'alloggio. Ci dispiace che abbia trovato che la tutela della costa lasciava qualcosa a desiderare, cosa che ci ha lasciato anche un po' sorpresi, perché è la prima volta che abbiamo sentito una critica del genere. E' una piccola contrada di campagna e la famiglia della signora ci è capitata forse in un momento inopportuno, poco dopo il grande afflusso di Ferragosto. A noi e ai nostri amici la zona piace appunto perché non è stata troppo sviluppata per il turismo. Chi cerca un ambiente più ordinato (ma anche più irregimentato) lo trova ai vicini stabilimenti balneari di Lido Riccio e Francavilla al Mare.
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Bar della Stazione
Nearest Ferry
10 Miles
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Pescara Sud / Francavilla
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
Il Cambusiere
Nearest Ski
25 Miles
Passo Lanciano
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Il Punto Verde
Car: recommended

The apartment is less than 5 minutes from the beach by car, about 45 from the mountains, just 20 from Pescara airport, & 2 or 3 hours from those of Rome. It lies midway between the popular seaside resort of Francavilla (which holds a spectacular firework display over the sea in the summer that you can see from near the house) & the medieval port of Ortona with its Aragonese castle, promenade overlooking the port & cathedral reputed to house the remains of St Thomas the Apostle. There too is the Regional Enoteca, where you can taste & buy a wide range of Abruzzese wines or sit over an aperitif & antipasti before dining at one of the town’s excellent seafood restaurants. There are plenty of local shops (excellent greengrocers, butchers, bakers, confectioners, fishmongers, etc.), & supermarkets, bars, restaurants, banks, post offices, petrol stations, some a short walk away, all in easy reach by car. There is an 18-hole golf course at Miglianico, just 4 miles away, & skiing in the winter at Passo Lanciano, 25 miles from the house.

Abruzzo is a region of outstanding natural beauty: sandy beaches, green fields & woods, vineyards, olive groves, steep-sided valleys & towering mountain ranges. It has 3 national parks & one regional park protecting no less than 30% of the region as a whole & is home to falcons, eagles, wolves, bears, wild boar & chamois. In the mountains are rushing torrents, picturesque lakes & caverns filled with stalactites & stalagmites. Abruzzo is also a land of ancient hill-towns, imposing castles, beautiful medieval abbeys and churches, remote mountain hermitages & significant Roman remains. Its people have preserved many colourful traditions & every year each town or village holds its own traditional festival. They have a great tradition of food & wine too, based on simple, natural ingredients. You can eat well & often inexpensively in its many fine & family-run restaurants. So there is something here for everyone & the best thing of all is that most of it is still relatively undiscovered.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Prices are all-inclusive. There are no hidden extras. Changeover day is usually Monday, but we can be flexible.

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.