La Stalla is a modern eco-house built to a very high standard in 2009 and offering everything that the discerning traveller could want in a holiday home. We believe La Stalla offers a unique holiday experience and we want to be sure that it is absolutely the right property for your family or group, so do please visit our own website before arranging to make a booking. The link to our own website is at the end of the "Facilities" section. Because of the unique nature of our property, especially the pool, we are only happy to accept bookings when we know that potential visitors are fully aware of what La Stalla has to offer and we therefore can feel confident that La Stalla will be the right place for your holiday. We are happy to accept payment in either pounds or euros; please click on the "view all prices" button under the "Prices" tab to see all the relevant information.
Located on a substantial plateau, La Stalla has views in almost all directions and, as a result benefits from cooling breezes at the height of the summer. The insulation levels keep the house warm in winter and cool in summer; all windows are double glazed and fitted with fly-screens, all bedrooms have air conditioning and wonderful views over the surrounding countryside.
The large downstairs kitchen is extremely well equipped with a 5 ring gas hob and electric fan oven, combination microwave oven, fridge freezer with chilled water and ice dispensers, dishwasher, electric kettle, coffee makers, plenty of storage space, and more than adequate cooking utensils to make self catering straightforward. There is also a kitchenette in the upstairs sitting area with a small hob, microwave, fridge, kettle and sink and there is a "summer kitchen" located near the pool in the very large garden, with a gas hob, large BBQ (for which an initial supply of charcoal is provided), sink, fridge and large covered eating area. The summer kitchen makes it possible to spend the entire day out of doors if that's what you want to do and the three cooking areas allow La Stalla to cope well with large groups. Washing up liquid, dishwasher tablets, fabric washing liquid and softener, kitchen roll and toilet paper (all of an "eco" variety) are provided. Our water is solar heated (for most of the year; there is electrical backup for cooler times) and in 2017 we expect to be completely self-sufficient for all our electricity needs, at least during the summer months.
The large dining room within the house has wonderful views towards the mountains, and, in addition to the summer kitchen dining area, there are two further covered eating areas outside with 2 smaller additional eating areas on the upstairs balcony and the east side of the house. There are also two large covered areas in the garden for relaxing in the shade and numerous areas throughout the garden for soaking up the sun. A swing seat and a wide range of outdoor chairs and sun-loungers are provided and there is a hammock under the large willow tree which is ideal for reading or sleeping.
In the house, there is a comfortable sitting area downstairs with a wood burning stove, television and DVD player, another sitting area upstairs, also with a wood burning stove, television and DVD player and there are 2 comfortable chairs in front of the main wood burning stove in the dining area. Amazon Prime TV and Sky are available (in the unlikely event that you wish to spend time indoors watching TV).
One of the main features of the property is the large natural pool, the first of its kind in Abruzzo. This pool is a beautiful feature of the garden and contains no chlorine or other chemicals. It is approximately 14m by 8m with an area in the centre that is 2m deep. There is a jumping off board over the deep area and the pool is ideal for swimming, playing about in (balls and inflatables are provided) or just for cooling off in. (The functional "swimming" area is about 12m x 6m).
The property also features a Finnish wood fired sauna and a wood fired outdoor whirlpool hot tub. Detailed instructions for the operation of the sauna and hot tub are provided as are wood, bathrobes and towels. The hot tub can obviously also be used unheated for cooling off in. Beside the sauna and near the pool are a large shower, a toilet and a bidet. The washing machine and indoor drying area are also situated near the sauna.
There are three good sized bedrooms in the house, one with a double bed, one with a king size and one with a super-king that can be made up as twin beds if required. All the bedrooms have chests of drawers and wardrobes with lots of hangers providing plenty of clothes storage space. There is also a comfortable high quality single chair bed in the upstairs seating area. A travel cot is available for babies/small children as is another smaller Z-bed suitable for a child.
For larger parties, we can also provide a large and easily inflated tent that can sleep up to four and a selection of comfortable inflatable or camp beds The large, flat garden of La Stalla provides plenty of locations for the tent and the presence of the shower and toilet near the pool, make this a very usable option. With the tent, La Stalla can accommodate up to 11 adults (assuming at least 2 couples sharing beds), plus a baby and a child.
There is a shower room en-suite with the double bedroom and another shower room shared by the two additional bedrooms. Bedding for all beds is provided as are lots of towels and beach towels.We don't offer housekeeping services if you stay for more than a week as we have always considered privacy to be very important during a holiday - the house is "yours" for those 2 weeks - but there is lots of bedlinen allowing you to change the beds if you wish.
There is a games court at the end of the garden suitable for boules, badminton, skittles and a wide range of other outdoor games and equipment for these is provided. A range of indoor games and jigsaws, a wide range of DVDs and lots of books are also available. We also provide picnic rucksacks, a pop-up tent, body boards, parasols and picnic mats and rugs which can be borrowed for excursions.
La Stalla sits in 12.5 acres of garden and woodland and provides a totally private location with amazing views towards the Gran Sasso mountains. It would be quite possible to spend 2 weeks here without ever feeling it necessary to leave the property (other than for shopping) but the house is also ideally located to explore all that Abruzzo has to offer. The house is equidistant between the sea and the mountains with a journey of about an hour to get to a number of beautiful beaches.
La Stalla is in a very rural location so a car is essential. You should also be aware that the roads nearest to the house are narrow and winding and, at present, not always in the best condition although they are perfectly manageable without 4 wheel drive. If you drive to La Stalla there is good motorway till about 32km away. From Stagnated in the UK and from many places in Europe you can fly to Pescara (about 50 minutes drive) or you can drive from Rome which takes about 2.5hr, mostly on good motorway.
We are delighted that all or guests in 2016, the first year we have owned and rented La Stalla, have felt able to give us a 5 star review.