Family villa with self contained holiday apartment
Established holiday accommodation business
Organic vineyard, orchard, vegetable plots and kitchen gardens
Large grounds and outbuildings; beautiful mature garden
5 double bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and a cloakroom
Magnificent mountain views
Large car park
Gas central heating
5 minutes from beautiful Sulmona
Pizza oven, water feature, terraces and balconies
Immerse yourself in the heart of wild, unspoilt Abruzzo – a region that, on your doorstep, offers a range of activities and unique experiences to satisfy the most discerning and demanding of requirements. Whether you are a skier, a mountain biker, a walker, a climber, botanist or naturalist or someone who just likes to potter around discovering hidden gems in old Italian villages all this and more can be achieved from Casa La Rocca.
The house is situated 10 minutes by bike from the colourful, bustling market town of Sulmona where traditional Italian life carries on at a slow pace and where the friendly locals gossip and socialise in the main street and abundant cafes and restaurants that surround the main square.Tthe beautiful old hilltop village of Pettorano Sul Gizio is reached by cyclepath, footpath or road in the other direction. Roccaraso, the main ski resort of the Apennines, is a half hour drive. Pescara, with its international airport, is less than an hour away on the Adriatic coast and Rome is reached in under two.
Casa La Rocca lies on the valley floor offering a magnificent 360° panorama of the surrounding mountains and natonal parks with majestic Corno Grande, the highest mountain in the Apennines, in the distance. For nature lovers, rewilding has arrived in the valley. Wolves and bears have been reported but are rarely seen. More common are deer, boar, eagles and the abundant wild flowers, orchids, birds and insects.
We at Casa la Rocca have made our own small contribution to the increased biodiversity in the valley by developing a beautiful flower and herb garden over the 10 years we have been here. Some of the land has been left as a wild flower meadow, especially down through the orchard, which provides an undisturbed habitat for small mammals.
The property offers an opportunity to develop further both the house (which has an unrestored top floor) and the garden and has tremendous potential for increasing the business aspect of the property whether it be through B&B, catered skiing holidays, yoga retreats, courses or activity breaks.
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Casa La Rocca offers 306 m² of living space, with accompanying terraces and balconies, and stands in 4,000 m² of land.
The large dining / living room features traditional vaulted ceilings, a large log-burning fireplace and very thick walls! It is eight meters long and four metres wide. The modernised kitchen has a granite work-surface, built-in hand made wooden units, a double sink. dishwasher, 5 ring gas hob and an eye-level double oven. There are windows to two sides and a log burning stove. Also on the ground floor is a utility / cloakroom / laundry with a toilet, bidet and basin.
Up the wide staircase of the main house there are three large double bedrooms, two of which have ensuite bathrooms. There is also a separate bathroom. Two bedrooms have french doors that open onto the front balcony.
The self-contained apartment, attached to the rear of the house, adds two more double bedrooms, a kitchen / living room and a further bathroom. The apartment can be used as a part of the main house via an internal connecting door.
At the top of the house is a large attic - currently a storage area but which offers space for the creation of several more rooms.
Outside there is a herb and salad garden, two vegetable plots, lots of planted beds, a vineyard, an orchard, a large field and various mature and recently planted trees. There is a car park at the front,, with space for four vehicles, There are two outbuildings - a 5x3m workshop, log store and outside bench and a 2x3m machinery shed.
Casa La Rocca has plenty of terraces and balconies. Along the front of the house is the front terrace above which is the front balcony. The front terrace is our preferred dining and relaxing location for much of the year. Running along the back of the house (the apartment) is another roofed terrace. The very large back balcony, with its bamboo covered gazebo,.is used by apartment guests. The back balcony is reached by an external spiral staircase or from the upstairs landing of the house.
Natural stone paving has been laid on three sides of the house and, out on the land, is the cobbled pizza piazza which has a pizza oven, stone seating, a water feature, lighting and planted areas.
We make and bottle about 250 litres of organic Montepulciano d'Abruzzo a year from our grapes. And in recent years the orchard has yielded almost 1000kg of fruit. We produced cider for the first time in 2015.
Casa La Rocca is a wonderful place to live and, for our apartment guests, has proven a very popular destination for a peaceful holiday in magnificent countryside. The holiday accommodation business was established in 2009 and is successful. We operate for 26 weeks a year and have averaged about 17 weeks bookings a year for the past few years. The two ensuite bedrooms offer the potential for developing an additional Bed and Breakfast business. We have earned 54 five star Tripadvisor reviews and repeat bookings have grown each year. We have also earned a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.
Abruzzo is superb walking and mountaineering country and many of our guests spend time exploring the natural history on our doorstep. Stuart, one of the owners, wrote the only English language guide to exploring the region on foot - 'Walking in Abruzzo', published by Cicerone Press in 2011 and reprinted in 2014. The accommodation at Casa La Rocca is referenced in the book and many guests find us that way. Stuart is writing a new, expanded edition of the book which is due for publication in 2018.
The house, the furnished apartment, outbuildings, grounds, machinery and holiday accommodation business are all included in the sale price.
We are Hil and Stuart. Casa La Rocca has been our home and business for ten years but, with our lives becoming more centered on our growing family in the UK, we have decided to offer it for sale for someone to take on the adventure and develop it to its next level.