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“Brilliant hotel made extra special by the staff!!”
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Masseria Bosco
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Avetrana
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
1 review
“Brilliant hotel made extra special by the staff!!”
Reviewed 28 June 2013

We were at Masseria Bosco for 10 days at the end of June with our 3 year old daughter, the place was amazing, the staff couldn't have made us feel more welcome and nothing was too much trouble for them, particularly where our little girl was concerned, which made life so much easier.
We stayed in a suite at Strazzati, which is a converted convent that is 400m away from Bosco (where the main restaurant and swimming pool). The suite was beautiful and breakfast was delivered to a table outside our room every morning, being away from the amenities wasn't a problem and we felt the rooms were much nicer than at Bosco (I'm guessing this is because it has been converted more recently). Without exception, all the staff were brilliant - nothing was too much trouble and they were always ready to help. The food was first class throughout our stay, lunch and dinner were served at Bosco, a short walk (cycle or drive) away. We didn't venture very far but the hotel has an arrangement with a nearby lido, so we spent mornings on the beach and afternoons by the swimming pool. The swimming pool is great for children as there is a separate shallow area, plus there's a playground, so there was no need to go anywhere else!!

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 28 June 2013

This seems to be a recently modernised, and superficially attractive, building, BUT... in more than 50 years of travelling in Italy - mostly on holiday, sometimes more than once a year, and occasionally on business - there have been few hotels to which I would have been reluctant to return; this comes close to the top of that short list.

We were offered an adequate, but not particularly spacious room, on the ground floor of the entrance courtyard. The only window was small and 4 or 5 metres above the floor, so the room was gloomy except if the bathroom door was left open to let in the morning sun through the bathroom window. The room had a double and a single bed, and would have been overcrowded if three people had been in it. There was a complicated and somewhat unstable Sky TV system. The wifi works only inside the main building and in some outside areas, but not inside most rooms - yet they still charge for it! If the weather is not good, there is only a very little lounge in the main building.

The pool could be nice; it would be better if they cleaned the dead leaves and whatever out of the bottom occasionally – it was never cleaned during the week we stayed. The surrounding paths were given a hosing down once, but most of the dead leaves on the edge of the pool were left untouched, and a full rubbish bin was left un-emptied for days helping to make the area attractive for flies and wasps.

The Masseria is overstaffed and badly managed. Someone who appears to be the owner or 'manager' sometimes sits on the periphery of the outside dining area, doing little other than compile the bills. The Head Waiter is useless; he’s quite incapable of remembering requests, and hasn’t got a grip on what is happening. The restaurant staff are inadequately trained, poorly organised and deployed. He does their work for them, and this gives them the impression that that do not have anything to do - so they often spend their time talking to each other instead of paying attention to the guests! The one night that we had reasonably efficient service in the restaurant was his night off. There is a bar, but the barman is only there from mid-morning until dinnertime, leaving you at the mercy of the restaurant staff if you want an after dinner drink.

We were staying on half pension - a 4 course dinner with uninspired cooking, presumably offered in the hope that quantity would make up for the lack of quality. The wine list offers a few locally bottled, non-vintage wines. So far as the red wine is concerned, the jug wine is as good if not better, and it’s one fifth of the price. But you then have to insist on having glasses to drink from rather than earthenware mugs. All the crockery is earthenware, possibly once attractive, but much is now badly chipped. If you do stay here, you would be best advised to eat somewhere else, but the local village offers little and the strict Italian drink drive laws do not encourage going further.

Breakfast was a miserable meal. The bread was jaw breaking; cakes sat around uneaten for days. What was acceptable was not helped by a lack of attention to the need for replenishing empty dishes.

This place tries to operate as a hotel rather than as an Agriturismo, but is not particularly successful as either! It has neither the homeliness of an Agriturismo nor the efficiency of a hotel. If we had not been misled by recommendations from previous guests, we would not have come here. If we had not booked and pre-paid for a week, we would have left after a day or two.

Room Tip: Only the few rooms upstairs seem to have any outside view!
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 May 2013

staying here has been a delight. the wonderful staff also helped it to be beautiful. it was paridise at first sight . the pool was lovely , the coast was just on the door step. the wonderful walkes were enchanted . the olive trees surounding it just made it perfect . if this is 4star we think it should be 5!
thank you for a wonderful stay

Room Tip: the top floor is the best to book!
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
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London
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Reviewed 14 November 2012

It is quite a find - if you want to get away from it all. Also not a bad location in terms of travelling down the coast. However my abiding memory will be that it was rather an odd place to stay. Our room was very damp, cold, dark and musty. Having asked for an alternative or courtyard room we were told there was no alternative - although there were only two other couples staying. They did their best to get some air in the room and spray some air freshner - however it was like sleeping in a cave. People rave about the food - and it is OK in the evening and would recommend having lunch there - however the breakfast is dismal and featured the same cakes everyday. Personally, not a big fan of cake for breakfast and there is not much else even on a continental breakfast scale. The staff do their best but on one occasion crammed themselves into the office to watch Shrek to shrieks of laughter - and had little regard for their guests having a quiet drink in the bar outside. They also play the local radio station all the time which doesn't really add to the ambience. You have to wear a swimming hat in the pool - but it is worth it and very well maintained. So defintiely worth the experience - but a tad Fawlty Towers!

Room Tip: Get a courtyard room or a room with windows
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 October 2012

We stayed at Masseria Bosco in the first week of September. We had seen other reviews and had done a little research, but everything exceeded our expectations. We stayed at Strazzati, a converted convent - the room was beautiful and breakfast was delivered to a table outside our room (in the cloisters) every morning.
Without exception, all the staff were brilliant - nothing was too much trouble and they were always ready to help.
The food was first class throughout our stay - we stayed for 10 days and never got tired of the menu.
Lunch and dinner were served at Bosco, a short walk away through olive groves and fig trees. There was plenty to see and do locally, and the hotel has an arrangement with a nearby lido, so we spent a day on the beach.
Due to a problem with my back, we had to extend our stay unexpectedly. Lucia and her team arranged for a local doctor to come at 8am on a Saturday morning, and then they made sure that I was very well looked after for the rest of our stay, with room service meals when i couldn't get up, and a room at Bosco so that we were closer to the restaurant.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 31 August 2012

Me, my husband and two sons had the most relaxing week at the Masseria in August. The service, from the moment we arrived, was wonderful. All the staff there were so nice and always very helpful. The food and wine were fabulous and the chef, as well as being a great cook, makes the best birthday cakes. The rooms are spacious and the pool is lovely. My children especially loved playing with the three soppy dalmatian dogs everyday. Definitely coming back next year.

Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 August 2012

We arrived here at 23.15 after a evening flight and a long drive. We were given a warm welcome and the chef had remained and prepared a full meal for us in the restaurant .
We were totally amazed and very appreciative.This set the tone for the whole stay, the food was wonderful throughout our stay and the staff were always friendly and helpful. As others have said they produce their own food and very reasonably priced wines, but be warned some of the wines have a very high alcohol content.
We would certainly return.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Property: Masseria Bosco
Address: Via per Erchie, 74020 Avetrana, Italy
Region: Italy > Puglia > Province of Taranto > Avetrana
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Avetrana
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Hotel Class:4 star — Masseria Bosco 4*
Number of rooms: 34
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