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Casa del Fiume - an Artist's home in Abruzzo.
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Casa del Fiume - an Artist's home in Abruzzo.
Casa del Fiume - An Artist's Award Winning riverside mountain retreat in Abruzzo. Casa del Fiume - a beautiful Majella mountain retreat.
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Casa del Fiume - an Artist's home in Abruzzo.
Casa del Fiume - An Artist's Award Winning riverside mountain retreat in Abruzzo.
Casa del Fiume - a beautiful Majella mountain retreat.
Fast flowing Aventino river that borders the garden.
View of the large terrace with BBQ and dining area.
Kitchen with view to terrace outside.
Kitchen with marble worktop and ceramic butlers sink.
Dining room with large table and wood burning stove.
Lounge with L-shaped sofa and wood-burning stove.
Main double bedroom.
Twin bedroom with double aspect views of garden.
Single bedroom with antique iron bed.
Shower room with sink and WC.
Fresh organic figs, just picked from our trees.
Part of the 5 acre garden showing walnut groves leading to the Aventino river.
A pit barbeque is next to the riverside dining area.
Abruzzo Rafting passing by on the Aventino river.
Our favourite deserted beach, now the 3rd best beach in Italy (Traveller Magazine 2014).
Olive picking in our grove producing highest quality organic oil.
View of Majella mountains from an olive grove 5 mins drive away.
'Trabocco', an ancient fishing platform found only along the nearest part of Adriatic, a WHO site.
Lake of Sant'Angelo 5 mins drive away.
'La Gola', the nearby dramatic entrance into the Majella National Park.
Walking in the Majella mountains.
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3 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 5
Civitella Messer Raimondo, Province of Chieti, Abruzzo

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tcinqo
Apopka, Florida
1 review
“Can't Wait to Return!”
Reviewed June 9, 2014 for a stay in May 2014

Stewart and Ruth have an exceptionally lovely home which is enhanced by their gracious hospitality and helpfulness. Our stay in Abruzzo was an unforgettable experience. We felt right at home and thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful surroundings as well as the delicious fresh produce from Ruth's garden. This was our first time in this part of Italy, and we were delighted by the wonderful small towns and friendly residents. One of our favorite meals during our trip was at the restaurant suggested by Stew, and we're so glad we got the opportunity to meet Sarah, sample her wonderful wines and enjoy the spectacular view! We will surely return and definitely stay with our new friends, Stew and Ruth!

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Liked best: Stewart and Ruth made us feel like true Italian residents!
Liked least: Having to leave!
Travelling group: Friends
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Reviewed January 17, 2014 for a stay in January 2014
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hulalu
Princeville
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“Under the Abruzzo Sun”
Reviewed October 8, 2013 for a stay in September 2013
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At Casa Del Fiume you'll experience "Under the Abruzzo Sun". Ruth and Stewart invite you to share their passion for the region in their beautifully restored and artfully decorated home. You'll live the dream in your private 3 bedroom home which, although it is half of a very large house, feels totally separate and secluded...especially with the generous private outdoor area. We had perfect weather during the first week of September, so opening the shutters each morning to views of majestic Majella gave a whole new meaning to awesome. The property (though typically Abruzzo steep) is idyllic with many gardens lovingly tended by the owners, natural areas, fruit, nut and olive trees, space for ping pong or boules and the wonderful spot by the river. We whiled away many hours there, painting, picnicking, reading, enjoying the passing rafters and fishermen or just hanging out in the hammocks. Best of all were our English hosts who cheerfully gave us guidance, including hand drawn maps, fresh produce, homemade jam, local wine and made special arrangements for us to experience Abruzzo's fascinating locations, fine wines and restaurants...even driving us to some in their vintage, bright red VW van!

Abruzzo offers a beautiful and authentic Italy experience. The scenery is spectacular, but the mountains mean it helps to be part mountain goat if you want to hike. Anyone in reasonable shape will do fine. The impact of WWII is profound and very memorialized in this region. There were few residents or shop owners who spoke more than a bit of English, so practice up on some basic Italian before going. You'll need to drive (with Italian drivers) on many narrow rural roads, but the charming villages and vistas from usually secluded spots are worth it. Do be aware that the house has one bathroom and it is located up rather steep stairs on the upper floor with the bedrooms. Also it is very helpful to be a cat lover. There are many, very friendly cats who come with the house. All our needs and comforts were considered and our expectations exceeded! It was a wonderful week. Grazie mille, Ruth and Stewart!

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Liked best: Ruth and Stewart, our hosts
Liked least: Cats coming in through the open windows
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 50-64
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Shropshire
Reviewed September 3, 2013 for a stay in August 2013
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Birmingham
Reviewed August 14, 2013 for a stay in July 2013

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Suffolk UK
Reviewed July 20, 2013 for a stay in July 2013

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Scotland
Reviewed July 17, 2013 for a stay in June 2013

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