Panfilo Farmhouse is a gorgeous Abruzzo family run B&B that sits nestled in a breathtaking Teramo valley just outside the small hilltop medieval town of Cellino Attanasio. Its nearest Blue Flag beach is Pineto, just a short 30 minute drive away.
Soothing Abruzzo Charm & Flair
The B&B owners, Annamaria and Lino are ex-farmers who, when they retired, decided to convert their family dairy farm into a scenic B&B. They are generous, empathetic and friendly hosts who really show what Abruzzese hospitality means.
Lucky guests can enjoy AnnaMaria’s superb cooking skills, she used to work as a cook a local agriturismo and her delicious breakfasts are organic, extensive in choice and change daily. On the most recent night that I stayed I was offered fresh fruits, a selection cheeses & salami, tomatoes, an assortment of breads and home-made jams, home preserved cherries, grilled courgettes with slithers of pecorino, Pipindun e ova (fried sweet peppers and egg), pistacchio & ricotta tart, poached eggs with ham, crisp rolls with Philadelphia cheese, her own local pastries, coffee and juice! It made me think of the traditional extensive farmer’s breakfast ‘sdijuno’ that was eaten in the Gran Sasso & Majella Mountains at 11.00 am and is one of the reason’s the elderly are famously healthy in Abruzzo. AnnaMaria’s never empty home-made cookie tin and a pick of sweeties for my son to dip into was a great hit!
If you put in a request and she has time, do have a cooking lesson, you’ll get to savor even more of her home-grown vegetables and fruits. In the summer, the couple provide a daily assortment of free vegetables to use from their ‘orto’ that guests are invited to use if they choose to use the barbecue in the evening. The superb grassy olive oil is from their own groves and the passata is all home pulped from AnnaMaria’s annual tomato harvest. She grows some 60+ tomato plants each year, and both are available for sale to take home.
Animal Petting Corner
Lino is a great surrogate grandfather, who is accompanied by trusty Armandino, his sweet little dog and takes little ones on a tractor ride, and to meet and feed the goats, pony, ducks and chickens. A local shepherd walks his flock through the farm every other day so you may get to meet his girls too.
Elegant, Spacious Rooms
The B&B has 3 beautifully decorated rustic double rooms which are all located on the ground floor, so they are perfect for those who find stairs a challenge. They are ideal if you are looking for an affordable romantic getaway or extended family break and want to be able to let the children out for a safe run around first thing in the morning.
Each room is spacious and light with locally sourced accessories that bring a sense of storytelling and poetry to each room. Each has its own private entrance and elegant en-suite bathroom. Impeccable bathrooms, great water pressure, endless hot-water and a spacious walk in shower are always a personal favourite! The rooms do not have air-conditioning as apparently their proximity to a spring means that the rooms are cool even in the summer.
Guests have access to the living room, a spacious kitchen and of course to the extensive gardens around the house. There are plenty of tables and chairs to sit and enjoy a glass of wine at and sun loungers if you want to top up your tan.
Dogs are allowed to sleep with you in your room (but not on the bed and they’re not allowed in the kitchen). The B&B provides a clean fresh bed for their comfort.
The pretty nearby hilltop town of Cellino Attanasio dates back to the bronze age and its small alleys and piazzas are perfect for those seeking to escape the hustle and bustle of fast city life. It sits 430 metres above sea level and has superb views over the province of Teramo and the Adriatic Sea. It has plenty of good, affordable restaurants and agriturismi to try the much praised local Teramana cuisine.
Nearby Summer Feste & Sagre Dates
- Sagra dei Cingoli Cellinesi ( 24-28 luglio, Cellino Attanasio )
- Atri a Tavola ( 12-13th July + 12-13th August, Atri)
- Pinta tra i dipinti (18-21st July, Casoli di Atri)
- Un Borgo di Birra – (15-21st July, Civitella del Tronto (TE)
- Festival delle Birre ( 3rd-9th August, Castellalto )
- Sagra degli Arrosticini e del Formaggio Pecorino (6-11th August, Santa Margherita di Atri )
- Sagra della Mugnaia e Notte nell’Ilex (7-14th August, Elice)
- Sagra del Tartufo ( 11-14th August, Faiete di Cellino Attanasio )
- Sagra del Prosciutto ( 7-11th August, Basciano )
- Valfino al Canto ( 9-11th August, Arsita )
How to Get There
The B&B is a 1 hour drive from Pescara Airport and 2.25 hr drive from Rome’s Fiumicino or Ciampino Aiports.
- Peak (1st July – 15th September) From: €60/night Mon–Thurs | €65/night Fri-Sat | €380/week
- Off-Peak From: €50/night Sun–Thurs | €55/night Fri–Sat | €300/week
Try AnnaMaria’s Recipes