Had the best time! The owners of this fantastic traditional farm house could not have been kinder and the place itself is great for families, groups of friends and couples alike. With a particularly child safe garden we hardly needed to venture off the premises! However the Abruzzo coast is beautiful with many sandy and pebbled beaches to visit. The local towns are also worth a look for a bargain Prada shirt or for the stunning Italian architecture. The best bit is the local food and the child welcoming restaurants (though few have a highchair so do take an alternative). The owners of the farmhouse make their own wine and this is well worth a try the white is as good as the red so you may need extra room in your suitcase to take some home. We will definitely be going back!


We are so pleased to have discovered Il Gelso on our third holiday in Abruzzo. We spent a wonderful week in Casa Novavia in late July. The farmhouse is a perfect place for a small family, beautifully renovated, well-equipped and impeccably presented. It is peacefully situated among vineyards and olive groves at the end of a quiet lane and we were delighted to have lovely wines and fresh fruit from the estate. San Vito Chietino, just five minutes away by car and easily within walking distance, is a pleasant small town with a supermarket and various other shops and at least one good restaurant (we were happy to cook and eat at Casa Novavia most evenings). There are lots of excellent beaches within easy reach, ranging from quiet coves to full-on resorts, while the high tops and deep gorges of the Maiella beckon inland. We found great cafes in Ortona, Vasto and Lanciano for afternoon ice-creams or evening aperitivi, and our experience ‘a cena con I Bizantini’ in Crecchio was one we’ll never forget. We’ll certainly be returning to Il Gelso as a perfect base from which to enjoy this wonderful region.

Rutland Ken

Un posto bellissimo, immerso tra la campagna ed il mare, ottimo per una vacanza rilassante in mezzo alla natura. grande cortesia dei padroni di casa, grazie ai loro consigli su cosa poter visitare e come trascorrere le vacanze al meglio.

Dora G.

Siamo appena rientrati dall’azienda il Gelso, e possiamo affermare di avere trascorso due settimane davvero piacevoli e confortevoli, la casa è equipaggiata di tutto, le stanze ampie e confortevoli, la location davvero rilassante. infine, ma non ultimo come importanza, ci hanno accolto i proprietari con estrema gentilezza ed ospitalità. Consigliamo questa location in particolare a famiglie o gruppi di amici…

Elena C.