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Olive Grove Farm
Olive Grove Farm
Olive Grove Farm
Kitchen showing 2metre pine table
House with 12 m swimming pool
Front showing large 12m long terrace & 5m pergola
Part of 12 metre Terrace facing South
Pescara
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Rental Home – 
3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8

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Edward R
Canterbury, United Kingdom
1 review
“Italian Country Life”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013 for a stay in November 2013

We have been there about five times and it is great for people who enjoy a quiet life
as many Italians do. Usually in late Oct early Nov. the weather is excellent as it was
this year though a few years ago it rained continuously, so you need a car to see the local
villages and Pescara. For those that like to Ski, there is a Ski Lift in the area ( Too warm
in Nov. though.

The pool is very nice but cold in Nov. ( I did go in once for a few seconds )
The owner says he is getting Solar heating for it next year.

The village Serramonacesca is nice with friendly people, Two bars a Ristorante and a
village shop. It is a good walk.

5 of 5 stars How easy was it to book the property? 5 of 5 stars How helpful were the directions to the property?
5 of 5 stars How easy was key pickup/access to the property? 4 of 5 stars Overall condition of the property
5 of 5 stars Bedding & mattresses 4 of 5 stars Kitchen & utensils
4 of 5 stars Bathroom cleanliness 4 of 5 stars Other facilities & amenities
5 of 5 stars Service
Liked best: The Serenity
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 65+
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Joannetay...
Camberley, United Kingdom
1 review
“Fantastic location, great weather and super facilities, wonderful pool for adults and children”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013 for a stay in July 2013

A great place to chill and relax, escape from the rat race. In the middle of no where a Classic Italian farmhouse with Fabulous views of the hills and surrounding valleys. The local people are very friendly and welcoming.

5 of 5 stars Value 5 of 5 stars Rooms
5 of 5 stars Location 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
5 of 5 stars Service
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Charlie P
London, United Kingdom
1 review
“Wonderfully relaxing and completely secluded”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013 for a stay in May 2013

We like Olive Grove Farm very much. This was our fourth visit in as many years and have seen the house, grounds and pool restored. Today it is beautiful and we are very jealous of the owner. We have seen him twice as he came to stay in the log cabin for a couple of days each time as he was checking and doing some maintenance in the grounds.
The house is spacious and well equipped and has amazing views in all directions with the village of Serramonacesca being only a few minutes away. Very friendly people there with two bars and a new restaurant opened last year I think - although we did not know it was there last year. We ate there several times.
In particular we loved the lovely the large terrace and swimming pool – the children practically lived in it. We noticed a new piece of land by the river has been levelled and grassed which is very good as the rest of the land around the house is slightly sloping and although it is large there was not much room to play football etc. The children lover the river which although quite cold was lovely to play in as it was quite safe.
We loved the Adriatic as it is supposed to be cleaner than the Med but preferred Francovilla than Pescara, about 35 min away by car. If you need to travel a car is essential although there is a regular bus service from the village. In fact we normally fly in Rome instead of Pescara as Rome is a little far to drive from the house (about 2hrs) and stay there for a night to visit this beautiful historic city
We will hopefully come again next year for our fifth visit, especially as we have now discovered many of the local amenities, golf, aquapark, rafting etc. Next time we will go to Carmanico for a day to try out the local natural baths

4 of 5 stars How easy was it to book the property? 4 of 5 stars How helpful were the directions to the property?
4 of 5 stars How easy was key pickup/access to the property? 4 of 5 stars Overall condition of the property
4 of 5 stars Bedding & mattresses 5 of 5 stars Kitchen & utensils
5 of 5 stars Bathroom cleanliness 4 of 5 stars Other facilities & amenities
5 of 5 stars Service
Liked best: The atmosphere and location
Liked least: Travelling to and from Pescara to pick up friends
Traveling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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IanLavery
1 review
“wow great views, lovely place, we had such a great stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 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!

5 of 5 stars Value 4 of 5 stars Rooms
5 of 5 stars Location 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
5 of 5 stars Service
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Ian C
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Could be so much better”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 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.....

5 of 5 stars How easy was it to book the property? 5 of 5 stars How helpful were the directions to the property?
4 of 5 stars How easy was key pickup/access to the property? 2 of 5 stars Overall condition of the property
2 of 5 stars Bedding & mattresses 2 of 5 stars Kitchen & utensils
2 of 5 stars Bathroom cleanliness 2 of 5 stars Other facilities & amenities
3 of 5 stars Service
Liked best: Outdoors
Liked least: The lack of cleanliness
Traveling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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wenders-1...
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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“Very quiet, peaceful location, poorly maintained.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 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.

4 of 5 stars How easy was it to book the property? 2 of 5 stars How helpful were the directions to the property?
4 of 5 stars How easy was key pickup/access to the property? 2 of 5 stars Overall condition of the property
2 of 5 stars Bedding & mattresses 2 of 5 stars Kitchen & utensils
2 of 5 stars Other facilities & amenities 2 of 5 stars Service
Liked best: Quiet, un touristy location and very friendly locals.
Liked least: Dirty conditions and very poor cleaning standards.
Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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BazNorway
Norway
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39 reviews 39 reviews
18 hotel reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Very out of the way, Fabulous pool, OK accomodation”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013 for a stay in June 2011

The villa is down a quiet gravel track a good 10 minutes walk from a small village. It's approximately an hour's drive from Pescara (large-ish seaside town) and half an hour from other towns with lots of restaurants. We drove from Rome (approx 2- 2 1/2 hours on good roads). The outside space is absolutely fantastic, with a large pool and an outside table tennis table - great with young teenagers! The pool needed serious (1-2 hours) cleaning when we arrived, but the owner stated this was due to high winds (mmm...). The inside of the house was OK - again we spent a couple of hours vacuuming and cleaning - primarily spider webs. It was NOT dirty - just looked like it hadn't been done for a few wees. The kitchen was fine, the lounge was excellent with a brilliant surround sound (again, great for teenagers, with a very good DVD selection), and the dining room with a motorised roll-up door was spectacular with great views. The bathrooms were fine, and the bedrooms OK. There was a little too much of the owners (?) bedding (?) on view piled by the wardrobe and on top of the wardrobes for my liking - but this was not a show-stopper in any way. The upstairs balcony was again a dream - with a large dining table and views to die-for.
All in all I would return. We normally holiday in somewhat similar properties in Tuscany, and this is more off the beaten track - and everywhere around is far less touristy. That has positives and negatives. The price reflects this and if you want a quiet location, are happy to drive everywhere, then give it a try. We "hedge" by taking 1 week in one rental another elsewhere, which is what we did this time too.

5 of 5 stars How easy was it to book the property? 5 of 5 stars How helpful were the directions to the property?
5 of 5 stars How easy was key pickup/access to the property? 3 of 5 stars Overall condition of the property
2 of 5 stars Bedding & mattresses 4 of 5 stars Kitchen & utensils
4 of 5 stars Bathroom cleanliness 5 of 5 stars Other facilities & amenities
3 of 5 stars Service
Liked best: Pool & Outside space
Liked least: Main bedroom
Traveling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Management Response
Mar 12, 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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