La Stalla is a modern eco house with incredible views that is really well equipped. We have a beautiful natural swim pond, a wood fired sauna and hot tub, a very large and totally private garden, free wifi and we can accommodate up to 11 adults (4 in a very comfortable tent.) We are approximately an hour from several beautiful beaches and an hour from the mountains. La Stalla is ideal for nature lovers who like to get away from it all be they couples, families or groups (with or without kids).
La Stalla is a unique property in Abruzzo, a wooden built eco house set in 12.5 acres of land with the most amazing views through around 300 degrees. It is an ideal location for a totally relaxing holiday; the property is so well equipped we believe you can happily spend your entire vacation here, only needing to go out to shop. However, the house is also ideally located to allow you to explore everything that wonderful Abruzzo has to offer.
The house has 3 wood fired "stufas" for heating and hot water in cool weather (wood is provided) and the water is solar heated throughout the summer. During the summer, and for much of the rest of the year, La Stalla generates all its own electricity from PV panels on the garage/sauna block along with a Tesla storage battery. There are 3 bedrooms in the house, one with a standard European double bed (140x200cm), one with a European king size bed (160x200cm) and one with a supering size bed (180x200cm) that can split into to single beds. All the bedrooms have air-conditioning. There is also a comfortable convertible chair bed in the upstairs sitting area. There is a shower room en-suite with the double bedroom and another shower room shared between the 2 other bedrooms. There is also a further large shower, toilet and bidet beside the sauna and near the pool. All windows and doors are double glazed and have fly-screens.
As the property is in a very rural location, the kitchen is extremely well equipped making self-catering as easy as possible. (Many of our guests have commented that the kitchen is far better equipped than their own kitchen at home.) There is a modern fan assisted oven, 5 ring gas hob, combination microwave/grill/convection oven, Tefal Optigrill, multi cooker, kettle and coffee makers along with an American style fridge freezer and dishwasher. We also provide lots of pans, baking and roasting tins, measuring jugs, scales and pretty much everything else that you need to self-cater. There is also a small kitchenette in the upstairs sitting area and a summer kitchen near the pool with a large BBQ (an initial supply of charcoal is provided), a 3 ring gas hob, sink and fridge. There are 3 large shaded eating areas around the house as well as a large dining room in the house. A washing machine is provided as are indoor and outdoor drying areas. We provide eco washing liquid and fabric softener, washing up liquid, toilet roll, kitchen roll, organic shower gels and hand wash. Dishwasher tablets are also provided. Bedlinen and towels are available as are towels and spa robes for the sauna and hot tub and beach towels for use around the pool or to borrow for a visit to the beach.
Our pool is a natural swimming pond which means the water is completely free of all chemicals and surrounded by rushes, lilies and water lilies and lots of other flowers but you will share your swimming space with some small local wildlife. Please make sure you fully understand what this means before thinking of making a reservation. The pool has 2 shallow ends and lots of inflatables and pool "toys" are provided; there is also a jumping off board over the 2m deep central area.
We have a large games court ideal for boules and badminton and the equipment for these and several other outdoor games are provided as are lots of jigsaws and indoor games. The house has 2 TVs each with a Blu-ray or DVD player. Free internet and wifi are available via satellite and connection speeds and signal strength are generally good. There is access to (UK) Sky and Amazon Prime TV. Lots of books are available and there is a sound system within the house and one that allows music to be played in the sauna or to the outside for the pool and hot tub.
We also have various parasols, picnic rucksacks and rugs, cool bags and boxes, body boards and a pop-up changing tent that can be borrowed for excursions to the beach and elsewhere.
While staying at La Stalla, the whole house and garden are yours. You will have full use of the house and garden, the natural swimming pool, the sauna and hot tub and the games court.
We do not provide housekeeping services for guests during their stay as we have always greatly valued our privacy during holidays, but there is plenty of bedlinen and towels available should a change be necessary during your stay.
I try to be at La Stalla to greet all guests on arrival and make sure that you are familiar with the space and how everything works. Detailed directions will be made available for you to find the house depending on where you are coming from.
If I cannot be there, I will make sure that you know how to gain access to the house. A detailed "house book" is available at La Stalla to give you as much information as possible about how everything in the house works.
Whether I am there to welcome you or not, I will be available on the phone or by e-mail throughout your stay to try to deal with any problems that may arise. We also have property managers who speak fluent English and Italian who can help you if you have a problem.
Because La Stalla is a unique property we do want all our guests to be quite sure that it will be the right place for their holiday before we accept a reservation. So we ask you to contact us first so that we can make sure that you have all the information that you need before arranging to book.
We are happy to welcome children of all ages but please be aware that the pool is not fenced in any way and there are quite steep drop offs at the far end and one side of the garden which are also not fenced. I'm afraid that the property is not suitable for those with restricted mobility. We provide a cot and booster seat (suitable for babies able to sit up) for babies and have a Z-bed suitable for older children. With the easily erected and comfortable inflatable tent that we provide, the property can accommodate up to 11 adults (assuming at least 2 couples sharing beds).
We are happy to welcome well behaved pets.
Smoking in the house is absolutely forbidden and anyone smoking outside at the property must ensure that cigarette butts are properly disposed of (suitable containers are provided).
I am a retired obstetrician, married to Alex, still a very hard working paediatrician, for 35 years. We are both Scottish but have lived in the North of England for over 25 years. La Stalla is our dream holiday home in Italy. We bought it in 2015, the achievement of a life time ambition that we never thought would come true. We still can't really believe that we get to stay at somewhere so incredibly gorgeous and, because we love it so much, both the house and the location, we really want to be able to share it.
We have holidayed in rental villas for the last 20+ years and therefore feel that we have a very good understanding of what makes a good (and not so good) vacation home. We have tried to make La Stalla the best vacation home possible.