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Sort By: For Sale Building Feature: Semi- Detached
Private / Estate agent: Estate Agent Number of Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms
Location: Italy Number of Bathrooms: 2
Property Type: House

Casa Suzanna

Abruzzo, Italy


For Sale or Exchange


189,000 euros (approx £155,000 on 26/05/14)



*** Exchange considered for Freehold property in England, Wales or possibly Scotland, for holiday or residential letting. Please email ***




Ryanair Flights are available to Pescara (40mins drive) or Ancona


2.5hrs drive from Rome


With Roof Terrace


The house is easy to maintain and an ideal "lock up and leave" holiday home, you only have to unlock the door, open the shutters, turn on the power, open a bottle and you are on holiday!  Also great as a holiday rental (see comments below) or as a permanent family home.


The house is currently fully furnished and equipped, and the contents is available to be purchased separately. We have an English caretaker who lives locally and who would be happy to continue cleaning/changeovers, should you require it, or to just keep an eye on the house.


Location......between the sea and the mountains!
The house is situated within the historic heart of the medieval, walled hilltop town of Penne in the Abruzzo region of Italy. Just a 2 min walk from the piazza and a very good range of small shops, restaurants & cafes as well as several small museums and a shaded children's play area.
Penne is close to the Gran Sasso National Park, it has a lake and WWF Nature Reserve, and is surrounded by wonderful countryside including vineyards and olive groves (see photo's). A market fills the town every saturday morning, there is a swimming pool, sports centre and supermarket just outside the town.

The town of Penne has been defined as the 'Town of Bricks' due to it having been built almost entirely in cotto terracotta (which was also used to pave the narrow streets) on the top of four hills. On two of which the medieval centre still rises between the valleys of the Tavo and Fino rivers. To the west, the mountain ridge of the Apennines is visible just a few kilometres away.

The ancient town centre is well preserved, a maze of narrow, cobbled alleys surrounded by 15th century walls. The main access to the town is particularly picturesque, through the S. Francesco gate (see photo).
The Region of Abruzzo - still relatively undiscovered and situated midway down Italy's Adriatic coast (opposite Rome), Abruzzo has been described as the "Green Heart of Europe" and is Italy's most protected region. A third of it's 11,00sq km area is designated as National Park and is home to rare wildlife such as Marsicano bears, Apennine wolves, wild cats, chamois and golden eagles.
Geographically is it more of a central than southern region, although ISTAT (the Italian satistical authority) consider it part of Southern Italy.
Skiing - There are 22 ski resorts in Abuzzo, which cater for all levels.
Beaches - Abruzzo beaches stretch along 129 km of warm Adriatic coastline, 21 of which have been awarded Blue Flag Status.Sweeping sandy beaches characterise the northern provinces of Abruzzo (one of the nicest is at Pineto where the sandy beach is lined by pine trees).  The southern beaches’ "piece de resistance" is the old Romanesque fishing town of Vasto with its sandy marina. For those that prefer white pebbles underfoot, try its stunning Marine Park Punta Aderci, not too hard to walk on and beautiful against the green of the Adriatic Sea.


The House

Casa Suzanna is a lovely old traditional house. It is spacious and well laid out with good sized rooms, high ceilings, ceramic tiled floors through out and wooden shutters. All rooms have central heating and double glazing.

The house has been used as a successful holiday rental. We have an English caretaker who lives locally and would be happy to continue cleaning/changeovers, should you require it, or to just keep an eye on the house. It is fully furnished and equipped (contents available to be purchased separatley), and most rooms have recently been decorated. The bolier heats water on demand.

Ground Floor

There is a large basement area which is used as a garage, with wooden double doors and a reserve water tank for use during water stoppages

There are also two seperate small storage rooms, which are accessed from the alley way at the side of the house (see photo, Casa Suzanna is on the left).

Stairs from just inside the front door lead to the first floor.

First Floor
Arranged in a semi open plan style. Brick arches seperate the kitchen, dining room and sitting room.
Entrance hall

Bathroom (1): Built in cupboard & shevles. White Bath with hand held shower, hand basin and vanity unit with large mirror, bidet & WC. Extractor fan.
Dining Room: Window to side alley way, corner brick fire place. Large enough for table which seats 8 people. TV point
Sitting Room: Traditional vaulted ceiling. TV point (a satellite dish has been fitted), window to side alley way and French doors to small juliet balcony at the front of the house.
Kitchen: Marble work tops and wooden cupboards. Double sink. 4 ring gas hob with extractor hood. Full size oven. Central heating boiler. Window to side alley way.
Second Floor
Large Landing with window and access to the Roof Terrace through opening in the ceiling. The roof terrace area has recently been recovered in felt. There is a low wall to three sides and railings to one side. There is a metal door onto the terrace. To use the terrace, a staircase needs to be made from the landing. The terrace area is above Bedroom 2. The view from the roof terrace is very nice,  over the roof tops towards the monestry (see view photo)
Bathroom (2): White Hand basin, wall cabinet with mirror, bidet, Shower cubical, WC and plumbing for washing machine (a line for drying clothes is attached to the side of the house, see photo. Casa Suzanna is on the left). Window.
Bedroom 1: Exposed oak ceiling beams, built in wardrobe, window to side alley way and french doors to front . TV point
Bedroom 2: Large window to side alley way. TV point
Bedroom 3: Window to side alley way.
The easiest way to get there is to take a Ryanair flight from Stansted Airport to Pescara. Penne is then just a 40min drive, through the countryside.
The drive across country, from Rome, is very scenic and takes about 2.5hrs.
Pescara Airport (30km) 40mins drive
Ancona Airport (180km) approx 2hrs drive
Rome Airports (225km) approx 2.5hrs drive.
Some comments from rental guests..............

"What a gorgeous house in a delightful village! Loved morning cappucino and evening aperitfs at Bar Centrale"

Mr L Florida


"Lovely house, town, spectacualr scenery. Trattoria Quenta Basta in Penne - Lovely owners, kind, accomodating and good food"

K&J Atlanta USA


"The House was lovely, along with the town. Lovely ice cream at Rychotts Bar in Loreto"

The L Family Florida USA

"Thoroughly enjoyed the house, town and region of Abruzzo. Once again Italy has amazed us, and the Italians are so friendly. Would recomend La Grotta, Hotel Vestini and My Friends Bar, all in Penne"

NB Marlow Bucks England.


"Lovely house, lovely people, recomend slowing down and taking the Italian pace of life. Loved the mountains, good food & wine everywhere we went and very cheap too!"

C&S  Havant, Hants England

"Lovely house, ideal for touring and seeing the variety that this part of Italy has to offer. Sea, mountins, walking, sight seeing etc We've had a relaxing stay and it has made us think that this region is one of the best to visit in Italy - So unspoilt and beauitful"

F & M Salford UK

"What a great place to spend a holiday, first class accommodation, wonderful scenery and friendly locals. Italy is a rich country, wealthy in the things that count! Many Thanks"

Mr W Abingdon Oxfordshire

"We have enjoyed our family reunion in your lovely house in Penne. The house is well furnished, equipped and clean - first class. The local people have been friendly and helpful. We all enjoyed the Gran Sasso and wonderful scenery - so much variety. Walking and discovering so much in Penne - churches, museums - it was a delight"

The W Family Hampshire, Kent & Turkey


"We anticpated a wonderful time in Penne and were not disappointed. We enjoyed the taste of life at the saturday morning market. The long walk up to the cathedral and museum was well worth the effort. We had a wonderful dinner at La Grotta. We drove the mountain road to Castilli and were rewarded with dinner at a local restaurant. It was a joy to come here to your lovely comfortable home"

BF Wisconsin USA



"Our second stay in this lovely comfortable house. We wanted to see what Abruzzo is like in the bleakest month back home in England. It's beautiful here - clear light, bright snow on the mountins and blue skies. Its been a refreshing break and really comfortable thanks to the superb accomadation. Thanks again"

F&M Salford UK


"With a lot of travelling in all parts of the world and also in Italy, this is the first visit to the Abruzzo region. Simply delightful and very friendly people. The accomodation is definatley on the high end of the scale. In Penne La Grotta is number one in restaurants. A breath taking experience is the Gran Sasso and "Little Tibet"

E&T Sweden


"A beautiful town with spectacular scenery and a lovely place to stay.....who could ask for more? Next time we'll plan to stay for more than four days! So much to see, so little time!"

P C Greenwich USA

"Beautiful house, very clean and well equipped for a restful holiday. Enjoyed the Gran Sasso and the quaint Castel del Monte. The beaches were very enjoyable and the sea was so warm. Penne is such a lovely place with lovely locals, especially the Hairdresser, who said "Hello" every morning! Only tried two restaurants and can recomend both La Grotta for traditional cousine and Giampies for a more modern and relaxed feel. Will miss the morning Italian conversations and church bells, as well as the glorious sunshine. Bar Belvedere and Bar Centrale are brilliant for morning espresso and lunch time snacks. Thank You"

D P High Wycombe England.





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