The River House situated just 30 min. from the sandy beaches of Pescara, and 40 min. from the bottom of the chair lift (2700 m high, so plenty of snow for a long ski season), this charming old farm house offers both good skiing in the winter and wonderful swimming in the Adriatic in the summer from the many safe, sandy beaches -
The house is approached through a gated, tree lined drive, with a small river at the bottom (safe for children to paddle and even has the odd trout!) With a grassy play area and treehouse. Ideal for a picnic lunch! It has over 200 olive trees with some walnut, hazelnut, fig, apple and pear tree in the surrounding private grounds.
Most of the hot water comes from solar heating.
The farmhouse will easily sleep six in 3 large double bedrooms (2 with washbasins & king size beds) but there is a single sofa bed (in main bedroom) and 3 extra temporary beds if needed. One of the bedrooms (2 single beds) is at ground level for those with a disability.
The farmhouse also consists of 2 bathrooms, a fully equipped very large Kitchen/Diner, a large lounge with a romantic log fire and an “Open” room for eating (generally summer only!) with some beautiful Italian antique furniture giving full access to the beautiful scenery. There is an enormous veranda (12m x 6m) ideal for sun bathing on the first floor facing south allowing maximum effect of the wonderful view. A large permanent Gazebo (4x4m) is on one corner to shield the sun -
Apart from the 8 seater table immediately outside the kitchen under a vine laden purgula, we have just purchased a large corner Rattan sofa , coffee table and to stools with a further two rattan sunloungers to be by the pool
The house is situated just seven min. walk from the village (part tarmac, part stones) and is approached through two white iron gates, up a 100 metre drive surrounded by the olive & fruit trees. Guests are welcome to any of the ripe produce but are requested not to climb the olive trees. The ski lift is about 40min drive (Passo Lanciano) and although the mountains are 2700m high with great snow for much of the year -
Adjacent to the house, The River House has a large 12x6 m swimming pool (2m at deep end) with large log cabin as a “PoolHouse”
Although the PoolHouse was originally built for “swimmers” it has two single beds, a shower, washbasin and toilet and so could be used as an extension of the house for a large or second family (or for teenagers wanting a little privacy!!).
At night the pool can be lit by underwater lights and around the pool giving a very romantic and tranquil environment. 3 tier fountain Illuminated at night with three colours
Facilities A canoe and two mountain bikes are available for use. There is a good collection of CD’s, DVD’s, HiFi and 55in LED television. Local river passes through our land) safe for children to play in (supervised)/ build dams etc. Small library of books and collection of tourist information booklets. Further, we have a football machine,dartboard and outdoor table tennis (for 4) and children’s swing
Parking Plenty of space on right of house for several cars. A car port is now finished and offers protection from the sun, although often my car is left there.
Location Pescara Airport is just 25 minutes drive away and Rome (Campino) is just 2 hours away by car. RyanAir fly into both airports, thus very cheap flights are nearly always available if you book in advance. There are even direct flights from New York and Toronto to Pescara. Both airports have all the normal car hire companies. Other low cost airlines of course fly in Rome and Pescara. A car is really needed (unless you like walking). If so then there is a bus from Rome every two hours and a taxi can be arranged to collect you from Pescara. Regular bus service leaving Serramonacesca every day, almost every hour.