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La Grande Quercia Bed & Breakfast
Ranked #2 of 14 Teramo B&B and Inns
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New York City, New York
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“Wonderful experience”
Reviewed 14 June 2013

We cannot say enough about the welcome and hospitality we got at La Grande Quercia - from the beautiful and comfortable bedroom and ensuite bathroom, the attention to detail in the whole place, the cleanliness, the garden, to Gemma and Monti to the other guests we met, whom we feel are already friends to the culmination of exquisitely executed and delicious meals cooked by Sergio.
Our two days there felt like a week and we will return.
Thank you Russ and Sergio.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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GrandeQuerciaAbruzzo, Owner at La Grande Quercia Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review, 15 June 2013
Thank you so much for your lovely review of your stay here with us. It was a real pleasure to meet with you both and we very much look forward to welcoming you here again in the not too distant future. Russ & Sergio
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Reviewed 8 June 2013

I will be staying at LGQ again- actually twice in two weeks and once last June. Russ and Sergio maintain a lovely property inside and out, but more than that they are old school innkeepers whose good conversation and personal attention make for an easy (and inspiring if you take a pasta making course from Sergio) stay in the gorgeous countryside outside of Teremo. Though the B&B is in the country, you can easily drive to centro Teremo or get on a highway to the coast.
I know because I've done it many times.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled on business
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GrandeQuerciaAbruzzo, Owner at La Grande Quercia Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review, 15 June 2013
It was an absolute delight for us to have you stay here with us again this year.... not just once, but twice! Thank you so much for taking the time to write another great review for us and we look forward to seeing you again next year! Russ & Sergio
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 25 May 2013

La Grande Quercia B & B:

We arrived in Teramo during a virtual downpour with the heavens wide open and a smattering of hail for good measure.The sun was out again as we pulled up and we immediately liked what we saw. The house set among olive and fruit trees, the well-kept grounds still glistening moist from the rain, but starting to steam in the late afternoon sun.
Russ and Sergio were there to receive us and make us comfortable after a long drive.

The house and the separate Bella Vista Suite, which we had booked, as well as the grounds surrounding the buildings, were immaculate. The suite is very spacious, furnished and decorated with exquisite taste. The original building of the suite is an old garage or stable – but you would never know. The attention paid to detail during the conversion was at a very high level and the result is a lovely and modern suite, just across the way from the main building.
The addition of a small bar-fridge, which we understand is now in all rooms, was another such a welcome detail and much more so since it was very well stocked, all with complimentary beverages and snacks! It also served us well while we worked through some of the regions excellent cheeses, olives and wines, acquired on our trips throughout the countryside – little repasts after a ‘’hard day exploring’’.
We spent five nights and could have easily stayed a little longer – you need a day or two just to get your bearings. The surrounding countryside offers so much within a short drive from this base and we did enjoy all – from the foot of the mountains you can see snow-capped across a few valleys (it was May and snow was still up at 1200 m and higher), right down the half hour drive to the beaches, some wineries and olive farms. Tip: don’t take the main-roads, get off and use secondary or tertiary roads, mostly not bad at all and all but one farmer’s trail we ‘’found’’, are paved.
Breakfast at the B & B is quite flexible as to times, and is served in the main house; the choices are very good for Continental Breakfast, always with fresh fruit, breads, croissants, yoghurt, cereal, juice, coffee, jams, pastry and usually a freshly baked mini quiche. There’s also tea and I’m sure if you ask, hot chocolate as well. The hosts are very accommodating and really want you to have a great stay. With us they really did succeed! They actually went way beyond, but that’s another story.

Russ and Sergio are both naturally a fountain of information and will basically plan your day for you; then you come home late afternoon and it’s time to report. If you could not do all, perhaps got lazy sitting on a beach with a glass of wine, you had to promise to catch up on the next day; no excuses allowed! - ) The pool looked lovely as well, but sorry – no time, plus it still was only May.
Their recommendations to dining were also excellent, and if you hear ‘’Pizzeria’’ don’t despair, it’s nothing like home: a full-fledged restaurant, elegant dining rooms and a chef who knows his trade. Make sure you try the fish dinner – usually Friday. And no matter what you say, you won’t get away with less than three or four courses, all quite reasonably priced. Excellent regional house wines at € 4.00 per liter were for us from North America a lovely surprise. The local beer is also quite excellent and so is naturally the Grappa.

What else can I say? Just get out there and visit the Abruzzi Region, stay at La Grande Quercia (a very old and big resident oak tree) and enjoy. Russ and Sergio will be there to help you do it!

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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GrandeQuerciaAbruzzo, Owner at La Grande Quercia Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review, 26 May 2013
Many thanks for writing such a comprehensive review of your stay here and we are so pleased to read that you enjoyed your time in Abruzzo and in our little corner of Teramo. The tips you have provided for other travellers will be really helpful too.

It would great to see you return one day, although next time would wish that the weather is more in keeping with the season!

Sincere thanks once again.

Russ & Sergio
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Teramo, Italy
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Reviewed 23 May 2013

This is our fourth trip to the Teramo area of Abruzzo and we stayed again with Russ & Sergio at this wonderful B&B. Since we first visited there are now a number of other options in the area, a new hotel, a renovated hotel, other B&Bs but nothing would take us away from the hospitality of these two.

On previous trips we've stayed in the Bella Vista suite but as this was already occupied we stayed in one of their standard rooms. Really, really pleased we did, the standard is excellent and the bathroom even better! Staying in the main house we always thought might have added noise but not so, an Italian couple staying in the room next to us came home at 2am and we didn't hear a sound!

Breakfast is always to each person's liking, they are really flexible on time, and always nice personal touches.

They have continued to invest each year, already replacing outdoor loungers to ensure the best comfort for guests.

This B&B for all types of guests, whatever your needs. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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GrandeQuerciaAbruzzo, Owner at La Grande Quercia Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review, 24 May 2013
Thank you both so much for another great review. When we have return guests, we always regard this as the highest compliment we can receive, so to have you stay here for the 4th time was wonderful.

We are also really pleased that you got to enjoy staying in the main house and glad that you found it to be quiet. The late returners were a bit of a worry for us, as it is unusual for guests to be out so late, but they were so considerate and we thanked them personally the following morning for creeping in like church mice.

We look forward to seeing you both again very soon!

Russ & Sergio
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Ellicott City, Maryland
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Reviewed 17 May 2013

This is a very special place; outstanding in every way. A truly beautiful setting and a home away from home...and much more! Russ and Sergio are the most gracious hosts. Our goal there was to meet relatives for the first time and they made this easy. They are welcoming and warm; recommending restaurants that were terrific and guiding us through the culture and experience of Abruzzo. Members of my family met us at La Grande Quercia and Russ and Sergio helped to provide them a warm reception. Our experience staying at La Grande Quercia was truly a memorable one, and I definitely would like to go back as soon as possible. Russ and Sergio are helping to track down other relatives and I look forward to another visit to La Grande Quercia.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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GrandeQuerciaAbruzzo, Owner at La Grande Quercia Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review, 24 May 2013
Thank you so much for writing such a great review of your stay here with us here in Teramo. It brings us a huge amount of pleasure when guests return to this area to re-connect to long lost family and the warm welcome you received from your new found family was fantastic.

As soon as we have more information on your other distant family members we will be in touch and we look forward to welcoming you back to arrange the introductions. Just remember to prepare yourselves for the onslaught of the wonderful Teramane food that is likely to be rolled out in your honour!
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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 16 May 2013

Excellent in every way! Rooms are spacious, very comfortable offering views over the meadows, fields towards the hills. Heavenly skies, ultramarine dotted with fascinating cloud formations. Sergio and Russ are definitely the most gracious, helpful, friendly hosts ever, serving up prosecco to our friend's relatives who stopped by and ordering and picking up a rum cake for us to take to lunch with same relatives. They recommended restaurants and made reservations. We particulary enjoyed visiting a local olive oil factory, walking along the beach at Pineto and late in the evening sharing stories with Russ and Sergio in La Grande Quercia's comfortable living room. This is a cozy gem far from the maddening crowd in lovely Abruzzo.

Room Tip: Our room and our friend's were both excellent.
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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GrandeQuerciaAbruzzo, Owner at La Grande Quercia Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review, 17 May 2013
Dear Sandra, Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a lovely review of your stay here with us.

Our aim is always to do the very best we can for our guests and to have that appreciated, really makes our efforts worthwhile.

We very much hope to see you back here in Abruzzo one day, when hopefully the weather will be better!

With our best wishes,

Russ & Sergio
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London
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Reviewed 24 April 2013

I was privileged to accompany a couple of dear friends on an Easter break for their first visit to this hidden gem. We thoroughly enjoyed every minute of our stay, from dipping our toes in the Adriatic sea at Roseto degli Abruzzi, to visiting Prati di Tivo at the foot of the snowy peaks of the Grand Sasso. For a glimpse into the history of the region we spent an afternoon wandering around the hilltop fort of Civitella del Tronto and another at the engrossing ethnographic museum at nearby Torricella Sicura, as well as the Roman ruins in central Teramo.

The value - not to mention sheer size of the portions! - offered by the local restaurants (including Il Fortino with its amazing views of Teramo and the rusticly charming Momenti di Gusto, Canzano, whose specialty is succulent arrosticini) must be unbeatable in Italy. Our week was topped by visits to Oleificio Matalucci Ortenzia, where we tasted a range of extra virgin olive oil, and the Orlandi Contucci Ponno vineyard to sample several local wines (thanks to manager Giulia for being a wonderful host!).

Yet again Russ and Sergio rolled out the carpet and made us feel both at home as well as honoured guests.

Room Tip: Worth paying that little extra for the Bella Vista suite!
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
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GrandeQuerciaAbruzzo, Owner at La Grande Quercia Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review, 24 April 2013
It was great to see you here again and we really very much appreciate the review you have given us, plus the information you gave of all the things you can enjoy in this area, even if it is raining!

I think we enjoyed you staying here almost as much as you.

Next time we will try and arrange some warm sunshine for you.

With our very best wishes.
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Property: La Grande Quercia Bed & Breakfast
Address: Contrada Fontanella, 64100, Teramo, Italy
Region: Italy > Abruzzo > Province of Teramo > Teramo
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #2 of 14 B&Bs / Inns in Teramo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
If you are seeking a place to relax and escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, this boutique bed and breakfast is the perfect place for you. Peace, tranquility and appreciation of this wonderful region of Italy is our aim. Nestling in the heart of the beautiful countryside of Abruzzo, the mountains of the Gran Sasso are within a short distance from La Grande Quercia Bed & Breakfast. ... more   less 

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