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     The House of Swallows
This glorious home and its idyllic location offer luxury and beauty in abundance with breath taking , dramatic views , privacy ,olive groves and
fruit trees , a 14 m pool , sun decks and a shaded , ample dining loggia to enjoy lazy lunches and star lit dinners. At dusk 100's of swallows dive
into the pool for the sheer fun of it cooling off from a hot summer day. From late May the fireflies glow in the dark , in summer the trees are
abundant with sun ripened fruit. Set in an idyllic position a few minutes walk to an Agriturismo serving course upon course of regional dishes
using home grown ingredients influenced by  mountain produce. Within minutes drive to a medieval village which can supply most of your
holiday needs. Its all about local produce and rustic living in this beautiful area between Abruzzo and Le Marche. 35 minutes to the coast and
Pescara airport.
The house is stylish  and tastefully renovated to a very exacting standard and offers a high degree of comfort . The 32ft kitchen has an American
Fridge Freezer with ice making facility, a large gas stove and hob with ample seating for up to 16 people. Outside living is what its all about in
Summer and the various terraces offer super comfortable furniture to enhance your enjoyment. Table Tennis - Wifi - Chef -  Barbecue   
PHOTO GALLERY
HOUSE LAYOUT
Total Floor Space =
On  Floors.

GROUND FLOOR
The farmhouse consists of 32ft kitchen with American style fridge, 6 ring gas cooker, dishwasher, walk in larder with chest freezer, drinks fridge, utility
room with washing and drying machines.
Large  Dining room 10 - 14
Cloakroom
40ft drawing room with open fire and French doors out to the terrace
An additional sitting room with 47" flat screen TV.
A large terrace at the front of the house overlooks the pool/views with an attractive covered gazebo
for lazy lunches and long dinners and a new area with huge gas BBQ and lovely seating for drinks watching the sunset.

1st FLOOR
Sleeps 14.
6 Bedrooms
Bedroom 1 king size bed, en-suite and private terrace (Blue room).
Bedroom 2 5ft bed, en-suite (pale pink room).
Bedroom 3 2 twin beds with 2 pull out beds beneath them (Union Jack picture).
Bedroom 4 2 twin beds (Sleigh Beds)
Bedroom 5 5ft bed with door connecting to Bedroom 6
Bedroom 6  2 twin beds, en-suite which is shared with Bed 5.
Each bedroom has a chest of drawers , hanging space , bedside tables , lamps and mirrors

All windows fitted with insect screens and shutters with slats .
Shutters need to be kept closed during the heat of the day to maintain a pleasant cool temperature
Strong room fans.
Air Con is not necessary.

Bathrooms
Cloakroom WC Basin

Bedroom 1 - bath with shower over.
Bedroom 2 - bath with shower over.
Family bathroom for beds 3 and 4 with bath/shower over and bidet.
Bedroom 6 - shower room.
Shared with Bedroom 5 which must be walked through to get to Bed 6 and shower room

OUTSIDE AREA
POOL
Pool  14 x 8
Roman steps
Depth
Stone Diving board
Paved Surround
Plentiful supply of comfortable sun recliners with new cushions
Sun Parasols
Pool light -  Solar shower
Table Tennis on Terrace.
Garden is maintained once a week which is a necessary routine to maintain the beautiful lawns and flower beds.
Garden furniture in abundance
Large Gas Barbecue

TERRACES SEATING AREAS
Wooden loggia with tiled roof
Seating area other side of the house with stylish sofas and chairs with table.
Dining Table - Seating for 10
Barbecue - Outside lighting - Bread oven
Gated grounds - parking for  cars.
Olive grove
Fruit trees - Herbs for use.

HOUSE DETAILS

As the house is very old the walls are incredibly thick which keeps the house cool.
All bedrooms have shutters and these must be kept closed in the day.
There are high powered fans in each room.
There are games/books/DVDs all at the house for your use.
We have wine and olive oil from our trees at the house which you are welcome to use so long as you replace.
A box of local products will be arranged for you on arrival including parma ham/olive/oil/bread/wine/milk/free range eggs/pecorino cheese
. In fact, most things can be arranged!
14 metre salt water filtered pool with stone diving board.
Terrace surrounding the house and pool with plenty of outdoor sun beds (10+) and umbrellas.
Pergola with table and chairs for long lunches and dinners.
Lovely new seating area for drinks with blue and white striped cushioned lounging area with 4 large bamboo chairs and large table.
Grass area for new table tennis table, badminton/boules and football.
Large gas BBQ oven with 4 burners. Utility Room:
Washing machine and tumble dryer and extra porcelain sink area.
Chest freezer and drinks fridge.
Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All linen including bath and pool towels included.
Complete linen change and clean every Saturday or whenever arriving.
Additional cleaning can be arranged.
All the bedrooms contain a chest of drawers/hanging area/mirror and bedside tables and lighting as well as a very high powered fan.
Portable wifi internet access at the house for upto 10 devices

LOCAL AREA
Nearest Village  2km along a quiet hillside track 10 minutes from Castiglione Messer Raimondo/ Bisenti.
Small shops selling local produce - excellent wine produced locally.
400 metres down the track  a wonderful local restaurant Paradiso serving home cooked food with home grown produce in an intimate, friendly atmospheric dining
room . The patrons also manage Casa Rodinelle.  Bisenti is  a small village/town, most needs covered from  butchers to the supermarket and cafes.
The views are out of this world and buzzards, swallows, fireflies and all sorts of other animals and birds abound.
In late August walking along our track you can pick almonds, figs, fruit, and walnuts.
Castiglione Messer Raimondo and Bisenti are both hilltop towns and approximately 10 minutes drive away. Atri is a stunning larger hill top town mid way
between the house and the coast with wonderful restaurants and a beautiful market square with historic church to sit in and enjoy. Penne is equally stunning
and worth a visit on market day. The National parks are an easy drive away and are renowned for their wildlife and stunning scenery.

Further Details:

10 minutes to Castiglione and  Messer Raimondo and 10 minutes from Bisenti - both with markets.
Catiglione is a beautiful hill town with a famous names sake.
The best pizzas in the area .
We do most of our shopping in Bisenti which has a bank, 2 butchers, 4 bars, 2 supermarkets, petrol station and fantastic home made past at the pasticceria.
San Lorenzo the award winning vineyard is 20 minutes drive away and is always popular.
Best of all - local Agritourismo 5 minute walk away and renowned for its food.
Dinner normally 5-6 courses costs around 20 euros a head including wine and the house home made liqueurs and is delicious.
There is a local pizzeria and a couple of other local restaurants with great traditional Italian cooking only 5-10 minutes drive away.
Medieval architecture - Theatre - Museum
Small shop, restaurant , bars , Post office, bank , Doctor, Chemist
Supermarket  20 mins
Town Market Weekly
Annual Events Sagra
Train Station 35 mins
Airport Pescara - 35 mins - Roma - Ancona
Bus
Car essential

SURROUNDING AREA
The Province of Teramo borders on The Marches Region (to the north), the Province of Pescara and L'Aquila (south) and Lazio (west);
it is characterized by the eastern side of the Apennines and by valleys gently sloping towards the Adriatic coastline.
Its territory counts 47 municipalities; in addition to the chief town Teramo
The most densely-populated places  are Roseto degli Abruzzi and Giulianova.
The Piceni are one of the ancient populations that inhabited this area, which then was included in the territory of Le  Marche.
The Province of Teramo was established in 1806 by the Kingdom of Naples, separating it from the actual province of L'Aquila.
The territory of Teramo is dominated by two major mountains: the Laga massif, with its woods, gorges and waterfalls, and the Gran Sasso d'Italia, representing
the western border of the province and culminating with the Corno Grande (9,554 ft).
Europe's southernmost glacier, the Calderone, also calls this area home.

On the coastline are the "seven sisters," the Province's seven seaside resorts, with their sandy beaches and Mediterranean climate that fosters the growth of palms,
pine trees and oleanders.
However, the Province is mostly hilly. One of the several rivers flowing along the valleys is the Vomano, that eventuall forms Lake Campotosto.

Ascoli Piceno
Ascoli Piceno is a town in central Italy.
Piazza del Popolo, an elegant Renaissance square in the center, has travertine paving .
The 13th-century Palazzo dei Capitani del Popolo, a palace built over Roman ruins.
The Civic Picture Gallery, decorated with Murano glass chandeliers, displays paintings by Titian and Carlo Crivelli.
Nearby is the Cathedral of St. Emidio, with a crypt featuring elaborate mosaics.
Pescara
A large coastal city worthy of a day trip with several attractions and good shopping.
A large harbour/ marina has several excellent fish restaurants.
Culturally rich and vibrant Pescara holds several music and film festivals.
Pescara has a Mediterranean climate.
The warm summer (Jun–Aug) is a popular time to visit the city’s sandy beaches.
An Indie Rocket Festival (Jun) offers concerts by indie music artists from all over the world.
An Flaiano Film Festival (Jun–Jul) features screenings of both new productions and classic movies.
Golf, watersports and Boat hire.

L,Aquila
The Province of L'Aquila is in the heart of Abruzzo, surrounded by the Provinces of Teramo (north), Pescara and Chieti (east), Molise (southeast) and Lazio (west).
The Province of L'Aquila, the largest of the four provinces of Abruzzo, is the only one with no access to the sea. Due to its dimensions, it presents a great variety
of customs and traditions, history and dialects, but an underlying thread runs ever through them.
Culturally rich and diverse with excellent boutique shopping and dining.


Sassatetto Largest Mountain in Italy
Good ski Resorts - Excellent Hiking - Cycling
Gran Sasso-Monti della Laga National Park is one of the largest in Italy, and its biodiversity is among Europe's richest.
Uplands, peaks, unique flora and fauna: a land to discover and an experience to treasure.

Coast - Beaches
Silvi Marina and Roseto beaches are 40 minutes drive away and are some of the cleanest in Europe.
There are miles and miles of sandy beaches and some first class restaurants.

Travel:

Pescara Airport with almost daily Summer flights from Stansted is 45 minutes drive away,
Ancona is 1 hour 45 minutes drive Ryan Air
Rome Ciampino BA , Easy Jet , Ryan Air

Distances:
Mountains



ACTIVITIES - EVENTS
Skiing, Tennis , Golf course, Hiking, Cycling ,  wine tasting tours, excellent seafood restaurants and designer outlet shopping.
Taxis, chefs, wine tastings are all available and can be arranged through Italian Idyll
Skiing is available January to March approximately 45 mins drive.
Christmas and new years are wonderful times to visit Italy for a purely Italian experience.
Most especially spectacular on new years eve - it is the ideal position to watch the firework displays from the surrounding hill towns.
In summer there are endless sagras - the Italian Festa - held in each hill town with a different theme traditionally connected to the harvest but now anything can
happen. Many towns hold annual spectacular events to commemorate a battle in medieval times between each faction of the town.
A Festa involves  street food, wine and beer for sale, art and crafts on sal, live music often with dancing held in the medieval piazza late into the night.
Popular with children and adults alike partying under the stars in a  relaxed and extremely fun atmosphere.
Close to shopping outlets especially leather goods made in Le Marche - Todd's - Prada - Armani - DG -
See our area guide for more ideas on days out - places of interest - childrens activities - restaurant guide.

HOUSE KEEPING - BOOKING - PAYMENT
What is included in the price: Always check this with the owner or agent .
Utilities, Arrival and Departure Clean, Welcome Basket, Pool Cleaning, Gardening,
Bed  Linen changed 1 weekly,  Towels - house 1 per person  and pool 1 per person plus 1 per person  hand towel.
Basic Larder and Sundries - Toilet paper , bin liner, included
House Manager for Help in an Emergency - Check you have the number
Management by House Manager  - Owner
House notes, instructions and emergency numbers
Extra cleaning on request.
Arrival  after 3.30 pm - unless on prior arrangement.
Key location - or code to safe supplied by text - day prior to arrival or as per owners own systems.
House keepers numbers should be supplied prior to arrival.
Departure is strictly before 10.00 am unless by prior arrangement.

PAYMENTS
Online Payments available via Worldpay - Credit or debit card - 1.6% Card Charge to payee
Payment through PayPal through payees account on card - 3.25 % charge to payee
Transfer on line to our nominated account.
Payment by cheque.
1/3rd of Total to book - at time of booking  Unless under Special Offer.
Remainder due 9 weeks before arrival day.
If booking within 9 weeks of arrival the total booking rate will be due.
Security Deposit - £
Payable on card or by transfer or by hand in euros on arrival.
Return - within 3 weeks of departure unless damage or breakage occurs during your stay for which your party is responsible.
It is guests responsibility to notify the house manager when a breakage or damage occurs .
Please refer to our T & C's which will be attached with the booking form.
If paid by hand - returned after a search has been done .
No entry is allowed without the full security deposit.
No entry is allowed if the guest has not submitted the booking form to the agent or owner having given the contact details as requested on the form.
In the unlikely event of substantial damage or breakage occurring the tenant must notify the house managers immediately.
There is a full house instruction booklet at the house -
The  owner or agent will email you a copy prior to arrival along with driving directions.
The house is strictly non smoking inside and in all but the designated areas.
The security deposit can be withheld if guests smoke in areas not designated - including dropping butts.
Pets allowed only by prior agreement and at the disgression of the owner -  an extra cleaning charge of minimum 50 euros will be charged .


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