From £2,260 per week
Stunning villa immersed in beautiful gardens, olive groves and vineyards in the heart of this unspoilt corner of Abruzzo, and just 10 kilometres from the coast.
Arrival day: Saturday Car hire: Recommended
Villa Emilio is a very special holiday home, no expense has been spared by the owners in creating this stylish, tranquil oasis. The villa offers guests contemporary living in the heart of an unspoiled corner of Abruzzo, a wonderful region largely undiscovered by tourists, giving it a real, authentic Italian feel. The grounds of Villa Emilio are surrounded by olive groves and vineyards, producing the famous Montepulciano dAbruzzo wines. The villa sits amidst lush grounds with a stunning swimming pool, the spectacular Majella Mountain as your backdrop, and lovely sandy beaches just a 10 kilometres away.
As the gates of Villa Emilio open you are immediately welcomed by an olive lined driveway which leads to this contemporary home. There is covered private parking and the house is surrounded by immaculate lawns. The design of Villa Emilio means the interior and exterior blend perfectly, the ground floor has floor to ceiling windows which give you a wonderful, panoramic view of the garden, pool and the Majella Mountain beyond. The ground floor is open plan and the stylish kitchen is fully equipped and has a lovely breakfast bar. The living room enjoys the views and the beautiful furniture makes for a relaxing space topped-off by a 100-inch projector screen and modern fireplace. The ground floor is completed by a twin bedroom with an excellent ensuite bathroom with super shower. This bedroom also has direct access to the garden and an elegant seating area outside.
Modern wooden stairs lead to the first floor where there is a gorgeous open plan double bedroom the floor to ceiling windows ensure that the view of the garden, pool and Majella Mountain range is never far away. There is an ultra-modern wardrobe and the bathroom with shower.
The pool area is simply the perfect place to unwind there is a beach-type shallow end to cool off and watch the children paddle. The proximity of the pool means that children in the pool can always be under your watchful eye. And you will certainly enjoy the dining area and barbecue.
Villa Emilio is perfectly located to make the most of the stunning region of Abruzzo, the sandy beaches, the spectacular national park and the countless undiscovered villages and towns. Visitors here will feel like they are stepping into a truly special part of Italy, and will enjoy the local cuisine and great wines produced locally. The nearest town of Ortona is a bustling market town and a stroll along the main high street makes a lovely spot for an aperitivo before heading back to your stunning home-from-home.
05/01 — 20/04
28/09 — 02/11
20/04 — 29/06
31/08 — 28/09
29/06 — 31/08
Security deposit: £800 (held on credit card). Cleaning fee €250, payable locally
Jane Novak, Banbury
Villa Emilio is truly special – modern and comfortable, it is immaculate, well cared for and spotlessly clean. It offers everything you could possibly need and more. The villa is surrounded by olive trees and vineyards – a haven of peace and tranquility – with views to the mountains beyond. As if the setting, the villa and the lovely pool were not enough, the owners, Francesca and Tommaso, gave us a wonderful welcome… Tommaso is very keen to introduce visitors to his little-known and very unspoiled region of Abruzzo. He took a walk with us around Ortona, showed us where to buy fresh cheese and bread, brought us breakfast pastries, organised a visit to the neighbouring vineyard… the list goes on and on… charming and genuine hosts – but, at the same time, never intrusive. This is the second holiday we have booked through Essential Italy… The service is professional but friendly and personal. I would definitely book with Essential Italy again - in fact, I already have!
Lola Freeman, Kew
You get what you pay for, top of the range for those not seeking traditional holiday accommodation but rather sleek modern convenience… owners were very responsive and helpful. We have used Essential Italy for a Puglia masseria and now a modernist villa in the Abruzzo. Both have been highly successful and well worth the cost.
Robert Marjoram, UK
It really is a fantastic place for two weeks of relaxation and investigation. Bit remote as I (dad) had to drive for food etc but we knew that before departing. The whole package it has to be said is outstanding right from and to the welcome, the gifts, the local advice, the quality and uniqueness of the accommodation, the facilities and the people running it. Must not forget the fantastic movie screen and pool.
Jesper Kragerup, Denmark
This is an amazing house in an area with a lot to offer in terms of activities, gastronomy, sandy beaches etc. This is our second time in Villa Emilio and we thoroughly enjoyed our sray. Francesca and Tommaso are the nicest people and always ready to offer 'concierge style' personal service with bookings, recommendations for activities etc. This house is a gem in an area of Italy which is authentic and 'Non-touristic'. Villa Emilio comes highly recommended!
Stephen Foster, Rochester
Simply outstanding. The villa and grounds were immaculate and we wanted for nothing. For a modern villa (which we loved) it also had a very homely and lived in feel about it. We felt the owners were extremely helpful in helping us to get our bearings and we agreed to meet up at the villa where they shared some local delicacies with us. This is something we wouldn't normally do while we are away but we really wanted to get to grips with Abruzzo and felt the owners were very keen to promote the region. Our stay wasn't really long enough so we hope to return again in a few years.
Jo Hawker, Brentwood
Absolutely amazing, beautiful villa, grounds and clinically clean. We had the best time in Abruzzo and Villa Emilio! Francesca and Tommaso are the best hosts ever! Not intrusive but so proud of their villa and region and want you to have the best holiday possible. From personally taking us to the local town, Fest, buying traditional Cuisine, lamb kebabs, oysters, Aperitivo and booking and suggesting restaurants and excursions! They go the extra mile. We felt safe knowing we had the support of the wonderful hosts and thoroughly enjoyed living in the villa, it’s pool, the bbq, and peacefulness. The region has so much to offer, clear blue sea, stunning mountains and fantastic vista and lakes, the river trip was so peaceful and the food and wine delicious. Can’t recommend Villa Emilio enough and for an amazing Italian Experience... thank you so much!