Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 3614: Doorways, Torre Bellavista
Cottages and apartments on a farm near Citta S Angelo, Abruzzo
June 2008, one week
Torre Bellavista is beautifully situated in the hills outside Citta S Angelo in Abruzzo, Italy. The property includes many acres of vineyards and farm animals (including some exotic ones like peacocks and deer). The views are breathtaking. To one side is the Citta S Angelo, which sits on a hill. In the other direction, you can see the Adriatic Sea. In between and all around are rolling hills of countryside.
We did most of our eating in the Villa, and were incredibly well-fed! The owners/hosts, Nello and Lea, were so welcoming and hospitable. It's hard to imagine better hosts. We were made to feel like family and warmly welcomed into their extended group of friends and family. You can walk to Citta S Angelo for groceries, and a bar -- about 15-20 minutes.
The estate includes several buildings. All are historic, but all have been recently updated, some very recently. And the workmanship is impeccable. While rustic and simple by design, the villa is incredibly clean and outfitted with modern appliances and conveniences. I believe there are four buildings total and something like 10 or 12 units. Our group was large (28 people) so we occupied almost the entire estate.
You can view the property directly: Torre Bellavista.
There are wonderful spaces to sit outside and enjoy the views. Very peaceful. Most of these areas are shared, but they are plentiful. There is a large pool that is meticulously maintained.
The furniture, like the rest of the villa is simple and rustic, but all worked well. All were in good shape and we had everything we needed. As mentioned above, the entire estate is kept in beautiful condition and very, very clean.
Bedrooms and bathrooms were great.
We did not cook our own meals, rather we were served by the hosts in a brand new (but rustic and charming) dining room and kitchen. The kitchen would make Martha Stewart envious and the dining room was very spacious. Some of the units had full kitchens, others have "efficiency" style units.
Problems or Bonuses
It's hard to imagine a better experience. Nello and Lea are absolutely wonderful people and so good at hosting and entertaining. Some wonderful surprises ... a friend that played the accordion for us two of the nights we were there, two "pizza parties" in the courtyard area where they have an outdoor brick oven, a fig tree where we harvested and ate fresh figs, great WiFi access, farm animals that include peacocks and deer ... to name a few.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
My father-in-law booked through Doorways, Ltd and seemed very happy with them. The hosts speak a little English. Combined with the little Italian some on our group knew, we were in great shape.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Yes, yes, yes! I highly recommend Torre Bellavista. Abruzzo is not among the most popular tourist destinations in Italy. We went to see the town where my father-in-law's parent grew up. But it's absolutely beautiful and has so much to offer (including great beaches and two National Parks and beautiful landscapes). I would love to spend more time at Torre Bellavista and recommend it highly.
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