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16 reviews
Front showing large 12m long terrace & 5m pergola
Olive Grove Farm
House with 12 m swimming pool
Poolhouse that can sleep extra 2 people if necessary
Kitchen showing 2metre pine table
Part of 12 metre Terrace facing South
2nd Bedroom
2nd Bedroom
3rd Bedroom (Downstairs)
Patio outside kitchen
Kitchen to left and large breakfast area to right
'Open' Room
Section of Lounge
Rear View from lounge towards kitchen
Lounge leading to 2nd Bath. & 3rd Bed.
Self contained Log Cabin (2-4 beds) nornally not rented (not Poolhouse) - for larger groups.
Main gates to 90m drive to house
Evening dinner on the terrace
View from Log Cabin
Panoramic view showing village of Serramonacesca
Farmhouse in the distance, from Serramonacesca village
View from terrace to left
View from terrace in winter
View from North side of house, Serramonacesca at rear
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Farmhouse -
3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Pescara, Province of Pescara, Abruzzo

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IanLavery
1 review
“wow great views, lovely place, we had such a great stay”
Reviewed 2 October 2013 for a stay in September 2013

We stayed at Olive Grove Farm in September for a week – and had a simply superb holiday and wished we had stayed longer. After we booked earlier this year, I read some of the comments on Trip Advisor re cleanliness and was a little perturbed at what we would find. However apart from a few spiders webs the house was spotless. The kitchen is superb with everything one would need, in fact every room was perfect including the lounge with a large LCD television, Hi-Fi and large DVD library. On some days it was quite hot and although there are plenty of shady places outside, we liked what is called the “Open Room” – it has no glass in the window (apart from wooden shutters) and just an electric garage type shutter on the main entrance and some lovely antique Italian furniture. All the rooms are large and indeed we could have had more friends stay with us. We also like verymuch the large terrace and ate there a lot, also by the lovely pool.
We often walked into the village (Serramonacesca) which took about 7 minutes, a slightly difficult road as part is stone (which on initial arrival caused us some concern but we soon got used to it) and after a thunderstorm had a few puddles. The village is lovely, no tourism just natural with very friendly people with two great bars (not touristic and full of locals), although sometimes communication was a little problem as very little English is spoken (French and German quite popular) but that added to the “fun”.
We were quite pleased with some of the pre visit information activities supplied by the owner as we used much of this – which heightened our holiday. The house view is fantastic and indeed the countryside of Abruzzo is some of the best we have seen in Italy – and indeed in other countries. We did a lot of country walks directly from the house and used the two bikes often – although a little difficult on some of the hills.
Definitely a wonderful holiday – we will be BACK!

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Ian C
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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“Could be so much better”
Reviewed 20 August 2013 for a stay in July 2013
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Similar to other reviewers, we needed to spend 2 or 3 hours cleaning the villa on arrival. The floors didn't look like they'd been swept or mopped in weeks (actually there were no buckets to mop the floors), there were lots of spiders webs, and a few insects. Worse though was the fact that the fridge was dirty and had food stains inside and on the door, and the kitchen was not clean. The bathrooms hadn't had a proper clean either. The towels and bed linen were well described by another reviewer as "tired", and there were rugs on a number of floors that were really dirty and we rolled them up as we didn't want our children going anywhere near them. Perhaps we just have high standards or expectations but this rental was the least clean of any we've stayed in in Italy or France. A proper cleaner is needed to come in and do a full clean before rentals.

All of the above is a real shame because it clouds my view of the villa which cold be a lovely holiday let. The pool is great, the kitchen big, three decent bedrooms (two with sinks), a cosy living room, and great outdoor space. There was another room described as the open room which has a big roller door and dining table which could be nice but it was just too dirty for us to use. The surrounding area is beautiful, with lots of interesting places to visit. It's less touristy than other parts of Italy which could be good or bad depending on your point of view.

All in all, this place could be so much better.....

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Liked best: Outdoors
Liked least: The lack of cleanliness
Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Management Response
20 Feb 2015
We have changed the cleaners since these people stayed. I do not understand the comments re the dining table as I have never seen it dirty and if it was a rag and some spray polish would have taken 2 minutes! We do get a few spiders webs, clean them and they are back the next day. All the linen/towels for the main 2 bedrooms are all new however the two single beds had some older sheets – but were in perfect condition
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wenders-1...
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Very quiet, peaceful location, poorly maintained.”
Reviewed 25 July 2013 for a stay in June 2013
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We stayed here for two weeks June/ July with our children and grandson. Olive Grove Farm is in a very quiet, peaceful location. If you seek a quiet, relaxing break it's for you. However, when we arrived the house was very dirty, uncleaned bathrooms, hundreds of spiders and cobwebs, cutlery and crockery on kitchen table littered with dead flies. Swimming pool not maintained so needed masses of work to achieve acceptable test standard. No beds made on arrival just stacks of tired, un ironed bed linen, never encountered this before in our numerous rentals! A shame because this could be a good rental but there appears to be no attention to detail, lots of half finished projects and a complete lack of maintenance. The owner refunded us some money for the problems we suffered which was nice but we would rather have found a clean, well run property, properly maintained.
A proper pool maintenance, cleaning and laundry service needs to be organised to make this property acceptable for holiday letting.

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Liked best: Quiet, un touristy location and very friendly locals.
Liked least: Dirty conditions and very poor cleaning standards.
Travelling group: Extended Family
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Management Response
20 Feb 2015
We have to rely on the cleaners which come in both immediately before and after a guest visit. Further outgoing guests should ensure generally clean before final departure as we have always done. Guests are told 9as ere they cleaners to put everything back in the cupboards - nothing should be left out. There have been many visitors who have loved Olive Grove Farm but unfortunately many do not bother to leave a blog -it is just the ones that complain. We changed the cleaners soon after this visit
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Norway
Reviewed 2 March 2013 for a stay in June 2011

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Liked best: Pool & Outside space
Liked least: Main bedroom
Travelling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
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Management Response
12 Mar 2013
We have a cleaner come before and after a booking but spiders webs are a problem in the country remove them and they are back in a day! Also the pool is cleaned every week, however can get very high winds occasionally that can cause a lot of leaves to be blown in. There are two auto cleaners for the pool. Not sure re comment re bedding - there should have been none left out - maybe it was the bedding covers. We do use this as our home also when guests are not present.
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koenigcla
Belgium
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 17 August 2016 for a stay in July 2016
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Travelling group: En famille avec jeune(s) enfant(s)
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Management Response
24 Aug 2016
The internet was working when I left but my payment by Italian PayPal was returned to PayPal for some reason at a later date and thus Internet stopped.
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Lia B
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2 reviews
Reviewed 20 June 2016 for a stay in June 2016
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Management Response
21 Jun 2016
Thoroughly delightful guests
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Tiffany D
1 review
Reviewed 11 September 2015 for a stay in July 2015
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Liked best: piscine, calme, vue
Liked least: La propreté des sanitaires, nettoyage un peu négligé
Travelling group: En famille avec jeune(s) enfant(s)
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
3 Dec 2015
The access road has at last been repaired by the Commune - it was a little bumpy but not dangerous. There was also one of the beams on the kitchen purgula that was semi broken. Must have been a wind. Was ok in August. Now repaired.
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