Two excellent detached properties, not overlooked and having no near neighbours, set
amidst olive groves in about an acre of open, unspoiled, south-facing countryside near the
small hilltop town of Casoli, enjoying what have been called "the best views in Abruzzo".
Situated at the end of a 500m tarmac-surfaced lane and accessed by a private drive, the
properties currently operate both as a private residence and as a thriving holiday villa
rental business, trading as 'Villasfor2' and offering high-quality rental accommodation for
(As of November 2012, Villasfor2 has earned over 70 five-star reviews on the HomeAway
UK holiday home rentals website. This is more than any of the 300+ properties in Abruzzo
featured by HomeAway.)
The Villasfor2 business, trading name, domain name and website are included in the
property price, offering new owners the choice between using the properties purely for
private residential purposes – or providing the opportunity of seamlessly taking over a
successful, income-generating, holiday rentals business.
Currently used as the private residence of the owners of Villasfor2, this is a new-build
detached house completed in spring 2009. A feature of the property is the use throughout
of reclaimed chestnut wood beams.
Comprising approximately 185mq, with a further 31mq of covered verandah and balcony
and an additional 44mq of open sun terrace, this split-level house offers highly flexible
accommodation of 2-4 bedrooms, with the option to extend and provide additional living
It has underfloor central heating throughout and the main bedroom is air-conditioned.
Electricity bills are substantially reduced by photo-voltaic solar panels (installed May 2012)
on the roof.
Entrance lobby; sitting/dining room (twin French doors leading to verandah) with open
fireplace; fitted kitchen (French doors leading to verandah); study/double bedroom;
laundry room with outside access; cloakroom (with WC and basin).
Stairs lead to...
Main bedroom (twin French doors leading to balcony) with en-suite bathroom (Jacuzzi
bath, shower cabinet, WC, bidet, basin). Air-conditioned.
Second bedroom with en-suite bathroom (Walk-in shower, WC, bidet, basin)
Dressing room/single bedroom.
The sitting/dining room; kitchen; and main bedroom enjoy magnificent, panoramic, southfacing
Outside the house is private parking for the owners, with space for two or three vehicles.
Approximately 35m from the main house, this property was originally a 19th century barn
which has been wholly rebuilt, (completed summer 2009), while remaining faithful to the
original, to provide three self-contained rental units, each of some 40mq.
The rental units are named after mountains in the nearby Majella National Park:
Villa Acquaviva; Villa Pesco Falcone and Villa La Majelletta.
Each offers identical accommodation; is designed specifically for couples only; and can be
provided with either double-bedded sleeping facilities (all three villas); or with twin beds
(Villas Pesco Falcone and La Majelletta only).
Each villa is open-plan and provides: A sitting room/dining area; a fitted kitchen area; and
bathroom (with walk-in shower, WC, bidet and sink). A short flight of stairs leads to a
wood-floored mezzanine sleeping area.
Each villa has its own dedicated condenser boiler/hot water system and is centrally heated
On the roof are photo-voltaic solar panels (installed May 2012) which substantially reduce
the running costs of the nearby swimming pool.
Each villa has its own entrance, opening onto a south-facing sun terrace of approximately
The option exists to either retain this property as rental units, or to convert these into a
single 3-4 bedroom dwelling for either letting, private accommodation or resale. There is
also the possibility to extend the property to provide further living space.
The properties are both set in about one acre of land on a south-facing hillside at a height
of 370m (approximately 1200ft).
A few meters from the Villas is a private 80,000 litre swimming pool, (installed in 2009),
utilising a computer-controlled salt-water purification system and measuring 11x6m. Along
one side of the pool is a sun terrace of some 60mq.
Between the two properties is a productive orchard of around 250mq, planted with white
and yellow peaches; nectarine; apricot; damson; greengage; cherry; apples; figs;
currants; a grape-vine; and English rhubarb ! There is also a permanent vegetable patch.
Also on the property are eight olive trees which are harvested annually to produce 15-20
litres of extra-virgin, organic oil.
The area around the pool is planted with flowering trees, shrubs and roses. Other outdoor
areas of the property are easily-maintained grassland, planted with trees, shrubs and
roses, and accessed by gravel/concrete paths.
Adjoining the villas is a tiled-roof wooden shed, (built spring 2012), in which sunbeds and
umbrellas; pool and gardening equipment; and villa supplies are kept.
(Please note that the Villasfor2 inventory, comprising all villa fixtures, fittings, furnishings
and supplies – including poolside sunbeds and umbrellas – is not included in the property
sale price, but is available at a negotiable extra cost).
There is also a carpark for the exclusive use of villa guests, with room for three cars.
Local planning laws would allow for the construction of a permanent garage if required.
The properties are rural – but not remote. Nearby, within five or six minutes by car, are a
well-stocked local store; petrol station; bank; bars and restaurant.
Casoli, with some 6,000 inhabitants, is roughly 7kms away and provides a full range of
retail outlets, plus a hospital with an Accident and Emergency Unit.
The nearest airport is at Pescara, 53kms/1hr away, which has direct flights to/from the UK
The nearest beach is at Fossacesia Marina, 30kms/30mins distance; the nearest ski station
is at Passo di Lanciano, 34kms/1hr distance; the nearest golf course is Miglianico gc (18
holes, venue for the 2009 Mediterranean Games golf event), 35kms/50mins. The Majella
National Park is within a 35min drive.
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