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CASA ROSA GUEST BOOK  Casa Rosa, Bugnara, Abruzzo, Italy

We are now into our twelth season & we are very pleased to say that we have had some truly lovely guests staying at Casa Rosa, many of them returning again and again, here are just a few of their  recent comments.

Another wonderful holiday at Casa Rosa! We have just returned from our fifth holiday at Casa Rosa! We really love it there! It is very easy to book, as Jo responds immediately so we can begin to plan our holiday straight away. Any queries are also dealt with promptly. Casa Rosa itself is a very pretty village house which has been lovingly and authentically restored. It is more than just a house, it is a real home; it is comfortably furnished and has everything you need for your stay, pantry items are provided and you just replace what you have used; there are books and also lots of maps and leaflets with suggestions for outings. The garden is really lovely (and must have entailed many hours of hard work!). There are several terraces - a small patio by the back door is perfect for that first coffee in the morning, another terrace has the sun for much of the day (sun umbrella and table in situ!) and is great for eating outside; my personal favourite is another terrace in semi-shade with the sun filtering through the leaves of the fig tree. The jewel in the crown though, has to be the superb roof terrace with amazing views of the village, countryside and mountains. When we can tear ourselves away from Casa Rosa, there are in fact many interesting places to visit. Although situated in a small village, Casa Rosa is not isolated and good road networks are nearby, so it is easy to visit other villages, towns, lakes, mountains and ancient archaeological sites. We love revisiting favourite places, and every year we visit somewhere new. It is all so peaceful and relaxing. Thank you Jo, Dave and Fay for sharing your home with us. C & P, UK June 2019

Perfect base for exploring Abruzzo - Jo made our stay at Casa Rosa super easy with her quick replies to enquiries and very comprehensive pre arrival pack with loads of information on the house, directions and recommendations for places to visit. The house had everything we needed and there were plenty of sunny and shady places to sit/sleep/eat throughout the day. The villagers were all very friendly even with our limited Italian, and the bars and pizzeria were well worth a visit. It is worth hiring a car and exploring the countryside and there were lots of interesting places to visit and enjoy long lunches with the locals. M & T Scotland June 2019

Casa Rosa, view from garden down to terrace and Grans Sasso mountain in the distanceThe perfect house in Abruzzo - Casa Rosa is just about perfect, as a house for relaxing in and as a base for exploring Abruzzo. The owners, Jo and Dave, are so helpful. All our enquiries were answered quickly and booking was easy. They sent us a pack of information before we left, including directions, maps and advice, that helped us to get the most from our stay. The house is beautiful and comfortable and has everything you need. The two bedrooms are genuine doubles, the sitting room is very comfortable - and very cool in hot weather - and the kitchen is fully equipped. There is a roof terrace for sunbathing or just enjoying the views and a beautiful shady garden for a relaxing breakfast or if the day just gets too warm. Bugnara is a lovely village with a shop, a bakers and two bars. We found everyone to be friendly and helpful, especially if you try speaking a little Italian. There are plenty of short walks near the village and longer ones if you are feeling fit. You could easily spend a week just around the house and village but if you have a car you can get to the mountains, the national parks, the sea and so many historical towns and villages. We were so glad we chose Casa Rosa and we recommend it wholeheartedly. The house and village started to feel like home and if we came back to Abruzzo we wouldn't stay anywhere else. Try it and find out for yourselves. P, UK June 2019

This was our fourth visit to Casa Rosa, and once again we enjoyed our holiday immensely. It is so easy to book as Jo always replies immediately, so plans can be made straight away. We feel relaxed as soon as we get to Bugnara...it is easy to park near the house and then just a short walk to the front door, and because we have been several times, it is all so very familiar! Casa Rosa is spacious, comfortable and homely, it is well equipped with everything one needs and we feel at home the minute we get there! We love the garden, which has terraces on different levels, and so there is the choice between sun and shade. There are several garden tables, just right for enjoying a drink or meal outside. The roof terrace is lovely, with spectacular views, which we never tire of. Bugnara is only a few minutes drive to the lovely town of Sulmona, and there are also many other lovely villages and towns nearby to visit. The motorway is only about 20 minutes drive away, so it is easy to visit places of interest a little further afield...we particularly enjoy visiting ancient archeological sites, old abbeys and museums  … there is always something of interest somewhere nearby to see! We absolutely love it here and hope to go again soon! This is far more than a holiday rental, it is a home. Thank you so much Jo, Dave and Fay for letting us stay at Casa Rosa. Cynthia, UK October 2018

Casa Rosa was as charming as we had hoped for and was very comfortable we found the location to be what we had sought and the views from the roof terrace were amazing, we all enjoyed our visit and would not hesitate to recommend Casa Rosa.  John, UK, August 2018

Casa Rosa is a fine detached house in a very nice village and close to beautiful nature. We stayed for 10 days in Casa Rosa. It is a nice house for people who love to walk and cook for themselves. Joanna and David have a lot of walking maps and books about Abruzzo laid out (even a Dutch one!) And there is a washing machine, which we found very useful. We would like to come back here. Ester, Netherlands, August 2018      

Casa Rosa is a beautifully refurbished home. All amenities are as advertised. The home was used by three people very comfortably. Joanna went out of her way to provide not only the standard amenities, but also other items (adapters, DVDs, shopping, dining and market suggestions, etc.). Joanna went above and beyond to make our experience a pleasant one. She provided a hand-drawn map of Bugnara and detailed written instructions, which proved invaluable when trying to find Casa Rosa after dark, when we first arrived in Bugnara. The parking area nearby Casa Rosa was a godsend in a town where parking is a bit hard to come by. I would highly recommend Casa Rosa for anyone wanting to spend some time in a quaint, simple Italian village. Frank, USA, May 2018    

Joanna was always available and quick in the answers. The house is warm, cozy, equipped with everything you need. During our vacation we never had any problems whatsoever. It is located in a pedestrian area near a small square, so no parking problem and no problem of cars in case of children or animals with you. A 5-minute walk away is the central square of Bugnara with two bars and a small grocery. Beautiful panoramic view from the terrace, but also from the low floor you can see the surrounding mountains. I hope to be able to come back one day, but in the meantime I would definitely recommend it to everyone! S, Italy, February 2018

Geat place, great part of Abruzzo. We had a fantastic time at Casa Rosa. The house is exactly as described on the homeaway site and on the web site for Casa Rosa. Joanna is a very good host. Her communications are prompt and her information package prior to arrival is packed with everything you need. The house is clean and comfortable and very well equipped. It was always nice to return to Casa Rosa after a long day of exploring Abruzzo. Being able to enjoy the terraces or garden area prior to a great dinner made in house or heading out to one of the many local great restaurants was always a nice way to finish the day. Bugnara is ideally located for exploring the surrounding area and the region of Abruzzo. Sulmona, the nearest large city is a beautiful old feel Italian city with a twice weekly market and great restaurants. I highly recommend this house and this part of Abruzzo. Three weeks was not long enough for our stay. Looking forward to returning one day. Ron, Canada, October 2017

Impressive and unique. A beautiful house in stunning surroundings, lovingly furnished by the owners and prepared for the guests. The hostess immediately responded to demands, the neighbourhood was very friendly, the surrounding area very, very nice. We would have liked to stay longer. W, October, Germany, 2017

Superb holiday at Casa Rosa. This was our third holiday at Casa Rosa and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The house has been beautifully and sympathetically renovated, it is spacious, comfortably furnished and very well equipped with everything you might need. We love the garden, where much hard work has created terraces and planting on several different levels. There are tables and chairs on each terrace, so drinks, snacks, meals and general relaxing can be enjoyed outside in sun or shade depending on preference! I personally loved the middle level terrace, sitting in the dappled shade of the fig tree! The roof terrace is wonderful, with amazing views of mountains, fields and villages. Casa Rosa is situated in the pretty, quaint village of Bugnara, which has bars and shops (which seem small but in fact stock a wide range of goods!), and the local people are very friendly. There are lots of lovely places nearby to visit, (and bigger shops, should one wish/need them!)and Casa Rosa provides leaflets, maps and helpful information with great suggestions for outings. It is very easy to book a holiday at Casa Rosa, Jo responds immediately to any questions and nothing seems to be too much trouble! Thank you once again Jo, Dave and Fay, for letting us stay in your lovely home, we had a wonderful, relaxing holiday. Cynthia and Pierantonio, UK, September 2017

Lovely house, picturesque location, something for everyone. Our stay at Casa Rosa was superb. The house is in a great location with lots do within easy reach. Jo and her family have thought of everything when furnishing their property and you want for nothing whilst there. The outside spaces are tranquil and are ideal whether having a coffee in the morning or a glass of wine on the terrace in the evening. Compared to some of the properties we have stayed whilst on holiday in Italy they do not compare. S W, UK, August 2017

Gorgeous cottage! We had a wonderful holiday at Casa Rosa. Jo and Dave, the owners were so helpful, the whole experience was great, wish all other holiday owners were as good as these two. We loved the house, the garden and especially the roof terrace, this place really has it all, we will be back very soon. Thank you again for all your help. C & J, USA July 2017

We felt very, very comfortable! We enjoyed the stay very much. Very good and recommendable holiday apartment Everything was available, best booking service, very friendly owner and a cozy cottage with nice roof terrace. M & D, Germany April 2017

Sublime and comfortable experience. Comfortable clean well appointed delightful ambiance. Good written info and the owner was so very helpful when any queries were posed! We loved it and want to both recommend it to our friends as well as come back next year! Great location for a special Italian experience. T. Australia September 2016

We spent a wonderful week in Bugnara. We stayed at Joanna's lovely Casa Rosa in mid August, when Italians celebrate Ferragosto. Joanna is an amazing host, and her house a little gem with a very nice and cozy garden. She constantly kept in touch and gave us every bit of information. Casa Rosa was spotless and very well equipped. We always had breakfast in the shade of the garden under a wonderful blue sky. At night we found some relief from the heat of those August days at Gino's. A deserved reward after those hiking tours in the gorgeous Maiella Park. Also, Bugnara is a quaint small village close to the more famous Sulmona and three national parks. People there are very friendly and have a sincere warmth, rare to find in the traditional tourist destinations. We found everything we needed. We will be definitely coming back!  hanks Joanna. M & M, Germany August 2016

Casa Rosa did not disappoint. Conveniently situated near the amenities of the beautiful little village of Bugnara, it was the ideal base for a fantastic, relaxing holiday in Italy. The Mundy's provided everything we needed. A comfortable home from home, store cupboard basics and a fridge with cold beer & wine - most welcome to the weary traveller arriving in the midday sun! The kitchen was well equipped, the bedrooms clean and comfortable and the bathroom stocked with products. The gardens were superb with different areas offering sun & shade throughout the day. We loved the roof terrace. By day baking hot or on occasion ideal for storm watching over the mountains. At night the starry sky was a delight. We can't fault this perfect Italian idyll. P & A, Scotland July 2016

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