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“An oasis of peace and tranquility.”
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62 reviews
Casa la Rocca
Double bedroom
Kitchen area
Looking out from the double bedroom
Twin room
Shower room
The pizza oven on a summer evening
Casa La Rocca in June
Sun loungers on the apartment patio
Val di Gizio from the apartment
Rocca Calascio - best view in Abruzzo
Chamois in the Maiella National Park
Oranges from Sicilia
Local produce on a roadside stall
Sulmona market
Lago di Barrea - swimming amongst the mountains
Pettorano sul Gizio
Sagittario valley
The Gargano peninsular
Campo Imperatore
Gran Sasso National Park
Winter above Scanno
Adriatic waves at Vasto
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Condo/Apartment -
2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Sulmona, Province of L'Aquila, Abruzzo

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DonNeil
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“An oasis of peace and tranquility.”
Reviewed July 2, 2015 for a stay in June 2015

Stuart and Hilary were perfect hosts. They were extremely helpful when we had to change our flight book in offering us the use of their laptop and printer. The location was within easy reach of Sulmona, a few minutes by car and provided convenient access for our golf on the coast at Pescara and for numerous hill walking trails. A short but immensely enjoyable stay.

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tazotea
Victoria, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“The owners made the holiday!”
Reviewed June 20, 2015 for a stay in June 2015

Hil and Stuart have mastered the "Jeeves" approach to hosting. They are more than helpful when you need help. Otherwise (apart from their two friendly dogs) they are invisible.

In my case I needed a lot of help, having arrived on my own without a car, without the language, and without much of a clue about the area.

The first sign that I was to benefit from two amazing hosts was the fact that I was met by Stuart at the station. He then took me to the supermarket.

The following days Stuart lent me his vintage Dawes Galaxy, and the benefit of his wonderful knowledge of the area. As a result, I was able to reach the summit of Monte Genanza (2,176 metres).

The place itself is beautiful. You go to sleep and wake up to the sound of intense birdsong. It is very soothing. While I was there, a Long Eared Owl chick had just left its nearby nest. It could not fly so I was able to get a very close view. Also, I learned to recognize the distinctive "rusty hinge" noise that it made.

The apartment is close to both Sulmona and Pettorana. I love the fact that I had not heard of either place before coming to the region. They are authentic gems.

I was treated to the wine from Stuart and Hil's own vineyard - very drinkable!

On the final day, Stuart gave me another ride so that I could catch the bus to Scanno which is beautiful, and only an hour's bus ride away.

I am very grateful to both of them for all their kindness!

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Liked best: The helpfulness of Hil and Stuart
Travelling group: Solo Traveller
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D x
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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“Abruzzo Memories”
Reviewed June 19, 2015 for a stay in May 2015

We have just completed our third visit to Casa La Rocca - an ideal base to explore the main areas of the Abruzzo and particularly so with Stuart and Hilary's local knowledge and helpful suggestions. There are numerous walking routes within this relatively remote and quiet area to suit all levels and tastes in addition to the quaint mountain villages and castles etc

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Bruce k
Warwick, Maryland
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13 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“The second time is even better”
Reviewed November 11, 2014 for a stay in October 2014

We have just returned from our second week long stay at Casa la Roca after staying there in 2013. The hospitality of Stuart and Hilary is beyond compare. The apartment is ideal and wonderfully outfitted. Location is ideal for sightseeing and daily walks or longer hikes and to have Stuarts expert advice is priceless! The region of Abruzzo is absolutely beautiful. The scenery is spectacular and food is fantastic and affordable. The people are some of the kindest and most welcoming you will meet in all of Italy. I cannot recommend Casa la Roca highly enough. We will be returning for many years to come.

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Kaye380
Sydney, Australia
1 review
“Outstanding”
Reviewed October 25, 2014 for a stay in September 2014

Casa la Rocca offers so much more than is shown on the website. The very comfortable and impeccably clean apartment is set in the most beautiful valley surrounded by stunning mountains.Sulmona is a very central location for exploring the area.
Hilary and Stuart are extremely knowledgeable and provide a very welcoming environment in which you can do as much or as little as suits your needs.
We are happy to recommend this wonderful retreat.

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Liked best: The ambiance
Liked least: Having to leave!
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julschuh
1 review
“An island of recreation”
Reviewed October 20, 2014 for a stay in October 2014

Casa la rocca is exactly as described on www.casalarocca.it. We can 100 % confirm all previous positive evaluations. The hosts are very friendly and helpful. We have enjoyed our stay at "Casa la Rocca" so much that we would be happy to return in the near future.

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nocdublin
Dublin, Ireland
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
14 hotel reviews
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“Gorgeous setting, stress-free & relaxing”
Reviewed August 28, 2014 for a stay in July 2014

Hillary and Stuart were terrific hosts,always helpful but never intrusive. The apartment is delightful and well equipped.The setting, in the valley, is incredible even during some spectacular thunderstorms.I know the area well and there is a huge amount to do during summer here.There are wonderful outdoor pursuits such as walking/hiking in the amazing mountains , cycling and swimming in stunning lakes and beaches. There are events such as jousting, festivals in surrounding villages (including jazz festival) gastronomic celebrations and fireworks making for great nightlife also. There are many terrific , inexpensive restaurants in Sulmona and around , serving delicious local produce.A truly unbeatable combination for a holiday whatever your age.

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Liked best: Spectacularly beautiful place
Travelling group: Teenagers
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