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The important stuff

  • Check in: 4pm
  • Check out: 11am
  • Can be flexible if necessary
  • Firelies and figs is in a working valley so you may hear some tractors going about their business on the fields
  • Bring sturdy shoes for the walk to the yurt and if you like to take a wander
  • Sleeping arrangements
  • 1 double bed with ensuite


  • There are no cooking facilities


  • Ensuite bathroom with hot shower and flushing loo

Heating, lighting & bedding

  • Power and lighting
  • Plug sockets
  • Optional electric blankets for May and October


  • Normal playing cards and Scopa (Italian card game) cards with instructions – as well as some coffee table books.
  • Reading books can be swapped with the supply up in the pergola


At Fireflies and Figs

Take a stroll down the land and through the valley


Picking fruit from our fruit trees by the river

Taking Luca (Fern and Jono's adopted cat) for a walk- she thinks she's a dog!

Open air movie nights on the rooftop can be arranged

Learn how to play scopa 

Mosaic tile making up at the house

Wine tasting in neighbouring vineyards

Places to visit

Casoli– historical hilltop town with quaint Friday market and imposing castle at the top – holds many interesting festivals throughout the summer.

Guardiagrele– very pretty hilltop town, famous for its ironmongery and foodie restaurants with a great local market on Sundays

Chieti– larger hilltop city with lovely historical centre

The Adriatic– 25 mins by car you have huge stretches of coastline to play with

Lanciano– charming town with coffee shops and great shopping. Market Saturdays

San Vito Chietino– seaside town with the best gelato in Abruzzo

Navelli– famous area for saffron

Pineto– Great sandy beach and warm sea

The Gran Sasso– Very large mountain range in Northern Abruzzo with fabulous walks

Sulmona– a bit further afield, a large picturesque town with a stunning mountainous backdrop and a great Saturday market in the very large Piazza Garibaldi. Famous for horse racing and sugared almond confetti

Vasto –large seaside town, with ferry port to take you to Croatia

Outdoor and active

Countless walks throughout the Majella national park

Cycling through the hilly countryside

Rafting and Aquatrekking down the Aventino river-

Canoeing along the Tirino river-

Outdoor zip wire adventure park-


Rock Climbing and Rope Slab Climbing

Mountain biking

Food & Drink

At Fireflies and Figs:

Breakfast is included in the price of the yurt and is served in the pergola up at the house with views of the Majella mountains. Tea is available in the yurt, but food is not allowed. Wine and beer is available to purchase from a cool box in the yurt.

Fern and Jono offer 3 to 4 course meals, 4 nights a week – Fern is a sensational chef and food is her passion – guests will eat on one long table together. The cost for this is 30 euros per head including canapes, an aperitivo and a digestivo.

There is a BBQ or pizza at the film night on the rooftop on Sunday evenings.

A drink will be offered on arrival.

Shops and Restaurants:

There are a couple of small supermarkets within 5-10 minutes drive

La Vineria Di Salnitro - A beautifully atmospheric restaurant in an old olive mill - superb food, amazing local wine, and an exceptional host

Villa Maiella - A very smart, 1 Michelin star restaurant with astonishing food

La Grotta dei Raselli - A unique restaurant in a cave serving high end food and excellent local wines

Meet your hosts

Meet Fern and Jono:

Fern is a food writer as well as chef, and she loves nothing better than to cook up Mediterranean food that she has picked up from her travels. She loves to grow veg in her garden, which inspires her to come up with different dishes throughout the summer season. Jono has travelled extensively and really enjoys meeting new folk. He’s also into the green side of buildings and has a constant project on the go. In three years we hope we have created a destination which is surrounded by extreme natural beauty, and hope you feel the same way too!

"We have always loved Italy! We were married here, and have spent many a happy holiday exploring the length and breadth of this wonderful country. We love the people, the food of course, the diverse landscape as well as its amazing wealth of history. Having worked hard in London, we felt we wanted a change. We came up with the idea to run our very own yurt hotel back in 2007 and put plans in place to try and achieve this dream. We left London in 2009 and have worked across Europe in a number of small boutique hotels - a yurt hotel in Spain, a Dar in Morocco, an eco lodge in France and some very high end villas in Northern Corfu – all the while learning and picking up ideas for our very own place.

 In between these seasonal jobs we made time to visit Italy, looking for that piece of land we had pictured in our minds! It was not until the winter of 2011 when we came across Abruzzo - a beautiful region of Italy with its undiscovered towns and national parks….we fell in love. We explored the region from top to bottom and finally came across, what we feel is the place we had dreamed of!

 So from 2011, after lots of hard work, we have been creating a special yurt hotel on a beautiful hillside looking over the natural surroundings of the Majella mountains. Only two hours from Rome, this hidden valley is where fireflies & figs resides".

Getting there

37 Contrada Caprafico, 66043 Caprafico

By train:

The nearest train station is Chieti Scalo about a 45 minute drive away

The owners could pick up guests from as far as Chieti Scalo train station, but would highly recommend you have a car

By bus:

The nearest bus stop is in Guardiagrele about a 15 minute drive away

By car: 

Hiring a car is highly recommended and there is parking just a 2 minute stroll from the house

  1. Turn right out of the airport car hire section and go straight on through the traffic lights.
  2. You need to go straightover the first 2 roundabouts.
  3. At 3rd roundabout take 1st exit (signposted Chieti)
  4. Go straightover the next 3 roundabouts.
  5. You will then see green signs for the motorway on the left and IKEA - take this turning and you will get to another roundabout.
  6. Take the exit to CHIETI (this is 2nd exit)
  7. Continue on this road for approx 6.5km steadily uphill - you will notice some signs for Guardiagele so this will let you know you're on the right road (do not be dismayed when you don’t see the signs – all Italian signs give up on you at some point!) just keep going straight up the hill.
  8. Eventually you will get to a junction with 'Guardiagrele' signposted as a left turn - to take this you go over two lanes and its a bit awkward - then you will immediately start driving downhill – you will go past the fire station (vigili del fuoco) and straightover one roundabout.
  9. At the bottom of this hill - the road splits in three - take the middle one (clearly signposted Guardiagrele)
  10. This road then shimmies you onto the mainSS81towards Guardiagrele and you should keep following signs to Guardiagrele for approx 20km.
  11. Once you get to Guardiagrele, stay on theSS81passing beneath the town and you descend back down a big hill.
  12. After about 1km you will see a number of signs – you should now follow the signs to ‘Casoli’ – always remaining on theSS81
  13. Keep going down, down, down until the road flattens out slightly - when you feel it is flattening - look out for a blue signpost ‘Capuani’ on the right side (this is just a ref point) – shortly after this as you turn a right bend look out for another blue sign on the right ‘Caprafico’ – take this turning and you will start to incline rapidly.
  14. Now you drive continually up this hill for about 10 mins (do not turn off this – and don’t be dismayed as it is a windy road) until you flatten out at the top next to a football pitch (you should see the posts in the dark).
  15. Keep driving past the pitch for approx. 500 metres until you reach a left turn  - take this and after a further 2 mins you will hit a large U-bend – our turning is literally on this U-Bend so you need to look out for this – a left turn onto a gravel track.
  16. Continue along this track to a fork – take the right fork – then take the next right fork (here you will see the sign for our place). Carry on down the track until you come to the end. You will see a small house and place to park your car. Welcome.

Booking Terms

Canopy & Stars low price promise
Book with us in confidence knowing you won’t find that place cheaper elsewhere. All of the prices we display are set and matched by our Owners. (In this world of foreign currency, we do have to say 'subject to exchange rates' for some of our European places.)

What does ‘from price’ mean?
Our ‘from price’ is based on a four night stay in low season and designed to help you to compare different prices across our collection. Some of our Owners vary their nightly rates and check in days throughout the year, so it may differ from the rate quoted below the calendar. It is quite common (although by no means universal) for places to charge a little more in peak season or for shorter stays, to cover changeover costs. Consider booking longer stays during the cooler months if you’re looking for the lowest nightly rates.

Agency Terms & Conditions

Except where otherwise specified, we Sawday’s Canopy & Stars Ltd Company No 09088366 of Merchants House, Wapping Road, Bristol, BS1 4RW act only as an Agent in respect of all bookings we take and/or make on your behalf. Sawday’s Canopy & Stars is part of the Alastair Sawday’s Group of Companies. We accept no liability in relation to any contract you enter into or for any services or arrangements you purchase (“Booking(s)”) or for the acts or omissions of any supplier(s) or other person(s) or party(ies) connected with any Booking. For all Bookings, your contract will be with the supplier of the Booking in question, and in most cases this will be the owner of the property you’ll be staying at (“Owner(s)”). When making your Booking we will arrange for you to enter into a contract with the Owner of the Booking. Your Booking with us is subject to these Agency Terms & Conditions and any specific booking conditions of the relevant Owner(s) you contract with. The Owner’s booking conditions may limit and/or exclude the Owner’s liability to you.

You may decide to make more than one Booking with us at the same time. The price charged in total for more than one Booking will always equal the prices charged separately for each individual Booking. All Bookings are available to be purchased separately at the same price as they are when more than one Booking is made. This means that any multiple Bookings do not constitute a package as defined in the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992.

By making a booking, you agree that:-

  1. you have read these Agency Terms & Conditions and agree to be bound by them;
  2. you consent to our use of your information in accordance with our Privacy Policy;


  1. you are over 18 years of age and where there may be age restrictions in place, you declare that you and all members of your party are of the appropriate age.


The Canopy & Stars online booking system enables Guests to make Bookings 24 hours a day. A Booking is confirmed on receipt of a 25% non-refundable deposit for all Bookings with check in dates of more than 10 weeks away. For all Bookings that have a check in date of less than 10 weeks before check in, payment for the Booking will be required in full and the entire Booking will be non-refundable. The Canopy & Stars telephone booking line is open Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm. When using the online enquiry form, for those Properties without online booking, please allow 24 working hours for us to contact you by telephone to confirm the Booking. If we are unable to reach you by phone we will attempt to contact you by email. We will contact you during Canopy & Stars working hours (Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm). Online or email enquiries will be dealt with in the order they are received, but please be aware that we cannot guarantee reservation of your selected dates until the receipt of suitable payment. Therefore, if possible, we do recommend that you book on the Canopy & Stars website using the online booking system.


1. Booking and payments


1.1 In order to confirm your chosen Booking, you must pay a non-refundable deposit as required by the Owner of the Booking in question (or full payment if booking within 10 weeks of the date of your check-in).


1.2 Your Booking is confirmed and a contract between you and the Owner will exist when we receive payment of the deposit and send you a booking confirmation on the Owner’s behalf. This booking confirmation will normally be sent out within 24 hours in the case of email and seven working days in the case of post, and will contain the details of your Booking and of payments made and due. If you have not received your booking confirmation within the specified time, please notify us as soon as possible by email ( Please check your confirmation carefully and report any incorrect or incomplete information to us immediately. As we act only as booking Agent, we have no responsibility for any errors in any documentation except where an error is made by us.


1.3 Where a deposit has been paid, full balance payment will be due 10 weeks in advance of your check in date and a reminder will be sent to you two weeks prior to this date, where applicable, by email. We automatically take the balance payment using the same card as used to make the deposit payment. It is your reponsibility to advise us if we should use a different card and to contact us by telephone (0117 204 7830) to arrange for alternative payment method. If the balance payment does not successfully go through as there is a problem with your card, such as it expiring, then we will contact you to try and take alternative payment. If we have been unable to take payment after two weeks of the balance due date, then with regret, we will notify the Owner who may cancel your Booking.


1.4 Except where otherwise advised or stated in the booking conditions of the Owner concerned, all monies you pay to us for a Booking will be held on behalf of the Owner(s) concerned.


1.5 Credit Card payments are processed via Alastair Sawday’s Publishing Co. Ltd who provide merchants services facilities to Sawday’s Canopy & Stars Ltd.


2. Cancellation and Amendment by You


2.1 Any cancellation or amendment request must be sent to us by email ( and will be considered and responded to within one working day of receipt. You are also advised to confirm all changes to our Customer Services Department by calling 0117 204 7830. Please ensure that you have received written confirmation of any changes to your Booking prior to travel. Whilst we will always try to help, we cannot guarantee that such requests will be met.


2.2 Amendments and cancellations can only be accepted in accordance with the booking conditions of the Owner of your Arrangements. The Owner may charge the cancellation or amendment charges shown in their booking conditions (which may be as much as 100% of the cost of the Arrangements and will normally increase closer to the date of departure). The Owner may charge cancellation or amendment charges in accordance with its own booking conditions, however for the sake of convenience only, we have outlined the Owner’s charges at clause 2.3 and 2.4 below. Please note that these are the Owner’s own cancellation and amendments charges, not Canopy & Stars’, and therefore the Owner may vary their charges as they wish, without notice to us. The correct charges will be notified to you at the time of your cancellation or amendments.  


2.3 Owner’s General Cancellation Charges:

2.3.1 Cancellation by you at any time will result in your deposit being forfeited, as all deposits are non-refundable.


2.3.2 All monies paid for a holiday (deposit and balance) are non-refundable within 10 weeks before check in date.


2.3.3 Cancellation of any holiday after it has been paid in full and at a date 10 weeks or more in advance of your check in date, will result in forfeiture of your deposit (or an amount equivalent where one was not paid as the holiday was paid in full) and the balance being returned to you. 


2.3.4  Cancellation insurance is available but will be a third party arrangement and not involve Canopy & Stars or the Owner in any way.


2.4 Owner’s General Amendment Charges:

2.4.1 Alterations to your Booking can only be made more than 10 weeks prior to the check in date, after which time alterations will be treated as cancellation. All alterations are subject to availability and may incur a £30 adminstration fee.


2.4.2 Differences in the total amount payable resulting from alterations will be refunded to you in the case of a decrease in price and paid by you in the case of increases in price.


Special note: Generally Owners will charge the above cancellation and amendment charges, however we must stress that these are a guide only and charges may differ from those shown here depending on the Owner. The exact charges will be notified to you by the Owner at the time of cancellation and/or can be found in the Owner’s own booking conditions which are available from the Owner on request.


3. Changes and Cancellations by the Owner

We will inform you as soon as reasonably possible if the Owner needs to make a significant change to your confirmed Arrangements or to cancel them. We will also liaise between you and the Owner in relation to any alternative Booking offered by the Owner but we will have no further liability to you.


4. Complaints

Because the contract for your Booking is between you and the Owner, any queries or concerns should be addressed to them. In the event that you have any complaint about your stay, please notify the Owner as soon as possible. If you don’t follow this procedure there will be less opportunity for the Owner to investigate and resolve your complaint and so make your stay as enjoyable as possible. Delays may also mean that amount of compensation you may be entitled to may be reduced. Whether or not your complaint is dealt with satisfactorily, please also contact us as we appreciate all feedback. It’s important to us and the Owner to know that you’ve enjoyed your stay or if anything could have been improved.


5. Pricing

Canopy & Stars reserve the right to amend advertised prices at any time on behalf of the Owner. We also reserve the right to correct errors in both advertised and confirmed prices.Special note: changes and errors sometimes occur.


6. Information & Accuracy

The information and prices shown on this website are varied from time to time and may change between the time you first view a property and make a Booking. You should check that all the details are as you expect prior to making a Booking. It is always possible that, despite our best efforts, some of the properties (including the features and extras available) may be incorrectly described and/or priced. If we discover this is the case after you have made a Booking, we reserve the right to contact you with details of the correct information and/or pricing and will give you the option to:

(1) proceed with the Booking based on the correct information and/or pricing, which may require the payment of an additional amount by you;


(2) subject to availability, change your booking dates to dates when the pricing can be honoured ad so no additional charge to you. In the event that a lower price can be offered for alternative dates then the difference would be refunded;


(3) cancel the Booking. If we do not receive your instructions within 5 days of contacting you, we reserve the right to cancel your Booking without liability to you.


7. Our Responsibility for your Booking

Your contract is with the Owner and its booking conditions apply. As Agent, we accept no responsibility for the actual provision of the Booking. Our responsibilities are limited to making the Booking in accordance with your instructions and acting properly in accordance with our legal duties as an Agent. We accept no responsibility for any information about the Booking that we pass on to you in good faith. However, in the event that we are found liable to you on any basis whatsoever, our maximum liability to you is limited to twice the cost of your Booking (or the appropriate proportion of this if not everyone on the Booking is affected). We do not exclude or limit any liability for death or personal injury that arises as a result of our negligence or that of any of our employees whilst acting in the course of their employment.


8. Pets

Not all properties accept pets. If you wish to take your pet on holiday, please advise us before booking and we can check whether pets are accepted at the property. You must obtain the prior consent of the Owner before taking any pets to the property. A nightly charge may be made by the Owner for each pet and additional terms may apply.


9. VAT

Many of the Owners of properties in the Canopy & Stars portfolio are not registered for VAT in which case no tax is payable. Where VAT is payable, the tax is included in the advertised holiday rental price.


10. Visa, passport and health requirements.

Unless you tell us otherwise, we assume that all members of your party are British citizens who hold or will hold full British passports valid for the entire duration of the Arrangements you chose to purchase. Information on visa, passport and health requirements, where given and applicable, is so given on this basis. Requirements may change and you are therefore strongly recommended to check the up to date position with the Owner of the Booking, Passport Office, appropriate embassy or consulate or your doctor as applicable in good time before the commencement of your holiday.


11. Insurance

You are strongly recommended to take out personal travel insurance for all members of your party. It is your responsibility to ensure that the insurance you purchase is adequate and appropriate for your particular needs. Please read your policy details and take them with you on holiday.


12. Special requests

If you have any special requests (for example dietary requirements, cots or room location), please let us know at the time of booking. We will pass on all such requests to the Owner, but unfortunately, we can't guarantee that they will be met and we will have no liability to you if they are not.


13. Group Bookings

Not all Owners accept Bookings for a single sex group (for example, a stag or hen party). Guests wanting to make such a Booking should check with us beforehand to enable us to check whether the Owner is prepared to accept the Booking. We will then advise you accordingly. In event that an Owner does not accept this type of Booking then it is with regret, that the Booking may be cancelled and cancellation fees may apply. It is the Guest’s responsibility to enquire with Canopy & Stars and/or check on our website beforehand to make sure that this type of booking is permitted.


14. Maximum Numbers

Please note that except by prior arrangement confirmed in writing, only the number of persons specified on a booking confirmation may occupy  a property. Most owners reserve the right to refuse admittance or revoke a booking if this condition is not observed and you are unlikely to receive any refund.


15. Your Responsibilities

Please note that you have a contract with the Owner of the property. As such you are under a responsibility to behave in a proper, appropriate and legal manner whilst staying at the property with due respect to the Owner, the Property and other guests and their property. You are responsible for informing the Owner of any losses or damage to the property as soon as possible. Please note that you will be liable to pay the Owner for any losses or damage to the property caused by you or a member of your party (except reasonable wear and tear). Some Owners will also require damage deposits. You must also leave the property by the check-out time specified on your booking. If any guest behaves inappropriately or improperly (of which the Owner will be the final judge on their Property), or illegally, the Owner reserves the right to ask the guest and their party (at their discretion) to leave the Property before the end of the holiday period and/or refuse any future bookings from you.  Any refund for so doing will be at the entire discretion of the Owner. In addition, the Owner reserves the right to sue the guest for any loss, damage or injury caused to the Owner, the Property or to other guests and/or their property. As agent, we will have no liability to you in these circumstances. 


16. Governing Law and Jurisdiction

These terms and conditions have been drafted in accordance with and are governed by English law and the courts of England and Wales have exclusive jurisdiction in relation to any and all disputes arising out of these Agency Terms & Conditions.


17. Discrepancies

In case of a discrepancy between these Agency Terms & Conditions and any other Canopy & Stars literature, these Agency Terms & Conditions shall prevail.


18. Validity clause

In the event that a court finds that a condition in these Agency Terms & Conditions is illegal or void, the illegal or void provision will be severed from the remainder of the Agency Terms & Conditions, which will continue to be valid and have full force and effect.