3 independent reviews for Italy villa near Majella National Park, Abruzzo

Reviews for Italy villa near Majella National Park, Abruzzo

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review 28 Aug 2019

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Spending time at the beautiful (and chilly!) river at the end of the garden - paddling, skimming stones, taking a dip and especially the rafting trip. The latter (much like the majority of our activities) was arranged by Stew and left from a base just 1km from the house.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Listen to Stew and Ruth's advice regarding trips out and place to eat. They are hugely knowledgable and thanks to them we were really able to make the most of our stay; we all left knowing a lot more about Italian culture. If you have young children be aware that most of the restaurants don't open for the evening until 8pm so for the little ones (we travelled with our 3 children aged 10, 9 and 2.5 yrs) we felt it best to either shift to a Mediterranean lifestyle (with a siesta) or plan to eat out at lunch time.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

One of the fantastic things about this vacation was that its was a little off the usual tourist trail so the nearby places to visit or dine were run by local people; Stew helped us to support these by giving us directions and making bookings by phone in his excellent Italian. It was easy to find local fresh produce to eat from the shops so a lot of the food we ate had travelled a small number of food-miles.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Wonderful! Stew and Ruth were the perfect hosts. They were always happy to answer our questions and make suggestions for how we might like to spend our time. The children loved joining Ruth on the daily egg collection from the chicken house and we really appreciated all their knowledge regarding the local area - culture, wildlife, places of interest and restaurants. We enjoyed great food, spent times at some beautiful beaches, whiled away hours at the river, experienced rafting for the first time and came home feeling as if we had had one of the best family vacations we've ever had.

review 9 Sep 2018

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

We all enjoyed exploring somewhere we hadn't been before. The location was stunning and the accommodation was perfect for us as a family.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Each traveler need is different....our hosts had been very helpful beforehand so we were well prepared for all eventualities. Anything we didn't have was easy to resource when we were there.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

We had a great family vacation; walking, relaxing, exploring and tasting the delights of Italy.

review 21 Aug 2017

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Hard to find one single thing; the place is lovely, the river a wonderful place for swimming and relaxing by - and rafting down, the scenery is gorgeous, the walking brilliant, the people welcoming and friendly.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Stewart and Ruth are a great asset; really helping with advice on where to go and what to do - worth taking note of their tips before you come.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

There are few tourists in this undiscovered part of Italy - so hopefully it was helpful to local people. The accommodation is a very environmentally conscious place, and the river at the bottom of the garden is threatened so any awareness of that is a good thing.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

We had a wonderful vacation in a place that is full of beauty, with lovely people, amazing food, and everything you could wish for if you enjoy gorgeous countryside, warm seas, and friendly faces!

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