Our guests often leave comments about staying at Casa La Rocca on TripAdvisor and you can see them by clicking here.

Before we were on TripAdvisor though a number of guests gave us comments that we have included below:

Stephen, Lisa, Sam and Joseph Gauntlett – August 2011

Wonderful apartment sat in magnificent surroundings. Thanks for the hospitality – we’ve had a great time. Highlight for all of us included cooking in the pizza oven and also barbeque at the “wooden butcher’s shops” on Campo Imperatore – both real cultural experiences!

We’re very appreciative, Stuart, for the great conversation and your knowledge of the area, its history, its wildlife (and for your patience with all of my questions!). Thanks once more.

Corinna and Erik – July 2011

It was a great stay here and much too short to be able to do many walks and to visit all places of interest. At least we saw the giostra at Sulmona. That was a highlight! A thunderstorm prevented us seeing the festa at Valle Larga. Thanks to our hosts for their warm welcome, care and advice. Good luck with Casa La Rocca.

Jo, Richard, Matthew and Tom Mellor – July 2011

The apartment is exactly as expected with fabulous views as an added bonus. The information provided and especially “the book” was invaluable. We did the walk from Santo Stefano to Rocca Calascio and enjoyed admiring the view of the castle from afar. Lunch at the rifugio highly recommended. There seems so much to do that we would love to come for another visit.

Christine, Gerry, Robbie and Joe Sadler – July 2011

Easily one of the best summer holidays we have had. Fantastic accommodation, location and weather. We packed so much into two weeks but are still leaving feeling we could have done so much more. It was maybe a bit too hot for mountain walking but still managed to get in some memorable days. The trip up Corno Grande with Stuart as our guide will live long in the memory as will the ridge walk from Rocca Pia down to the swimming pool at Sulmona. Many many thanks to Hilary and Stuart for being the perfect hosts; helpful suggestions for days out, maps, wine, tomatoes and wine – what more could you want!!

Mandy and Bridgit – June 2011

Will be back!

Tim Blackburn – February 2011

As a family of intermediate skiers we enjoyed four fantastic days on the slopes. In a year when snow is at a premium throughout Europe, there was enough at Roccaraso to ensure that all bar a couple of runs were open. This meant there were sufficient alternatives and enough variety to keep everyone interested and challenged. The weather was perfect and the quality of the snow generally good. The piste was generally well maintained, without being overly manicured and the more adventurous were able to go off-piste on the higher slopes. Queuing for lifts was never a problem but the weekend, when the locals came out to play, was significantly busier than week days when at times if felt as if we had the slopes to ourselves.

The drive from the apartment to Roccaraso / Rivisindoli took half an hour. Prices compare favourably with the French Alps. Eating options on the slopes were OK, not as extensive and varied as in some resorts, but decent food and value for money.

Overall the benefits of skiing in the Apennines were good snow and weather, no crowds and overall excellent value.

Being based down the valley has its advantages, not least that you are not trapped in a ski resort and so are able to explore the many and varied eating options in nearby Sulmona (4km), but our favourite was Il Torchio in Pettorano – a family run restaurant in the village square serving simple, delicious and outstanding value Italian food.

The apartment itself is ideal for a family of four, and having Stuart’s and Hil’s own wine on tap was an added bonus. All in all a fantastic break from the daily routine; excellent hospitality, good skiing and great food. Thanks.

Robin and Ceema McDowell – October 2010

All in all, a lovely house to stay in and around, very comfortable and a fascinating place to visit, both rugged and charming in its diversity. We can understand Ovid’s “Sulmo est mitri patria”!

Rene Arbeider – May 2010

We visited Casa La Rocca in July 2010 and enjoyed our stay a lot. The apartment was clean and well equipped. The owners, Hilary and Stuart, are very friendly and did everything they could to make our stay enjoyable, including giving suggestions about the most beautiful walks from the book that Stuart wrote about the nearby Abruzzo National Park and recommending the best restaurants in the area –which, to our surprise, happened to cost near to nothing in comparison to the prices that we’re used to. In the evenings, we enjoyed walking through Pettorano, the charming neighbouring hilltop town or just enjoyed the long nights on the porch drinking a glass of wine produced by the owners themselves. It was a pity that the week was over so soon. The next time we visit the area, we will certainly be back!