Thank you, Emilio, Charly, Patrick, Roy, Tom, Mel and Gary.
The Olive Branch is a truly unique place to visit. From the moment you arrive the staff are familial, personal and friendly. You realise that you are genuinely encouraged to make yourself at home. The Olive Branch brings the best out of people. Food and booze is put onto an honesty tab that you settle at the end, the staff often invite you to eat a communal meal that they will cook, the portions are enormous and very healthy all the chefs are inventive and the end result is delicious. There are many animals that live or choose to live in the Olive Branch, two lovely dogs, although other dogs may join them, Emily tamed a preying Mantis that flew into the kitchen, Cats hide in many places and lie in wait for Geckos, or they lie in wait for you to give them affection. Chickens have managed to train Roy who climbs inside there hutch to clean them and feed them choice scraps from the compost.
Myself and my girlfriend stayed for 10 days, guests came and went and we met a whole variety of people, the communal areas are large enough for people to seek privacy, perhaps by the pool playing chess or to get stuck in and socialise. We met many new friends and climbing partners, and often shared lifts with guests and staff to crags.
There are plenty of exceptional crags within walking distance, and even more crags within a 30 minutes drive. The local knowledge of the staff is essential, and they are incredibly willing to share there information and enthusiasm for all levels of climber to have the best time. Armed with the knowledge of all the staff Emily and I had a perfect climbing day everyday!!
We stayed in a double room for the majority of the holiday, it was clean and comfy and a perfect place for a siesta, for the final two nights we stayed in the dorms, these too were lovely with their own large kitchen, equipped with a sofa and board games for a chill out time. The swimming pool is a shade or two warmer than the sea, but fairly cold, perfect for a hot day and to cool off those aching muscles.
Leaving the Olive Branch was one of the hardest thing we could do, staff became friends very quickly, and even when we received unfortunate news from England they were hugely supportive, kind and eager to help in any way they could. We spent our last day visiting a reflexologist down the road. She was lovely, soothed our aching feet, gave us a few tips to help look after our bodies and all for an incredibly cheap price.
Thank you again to everyone who puts the love into the Olive Branch. It looks like we're coming back in the New Year, and will be frequent flyers to our new dream house.
Tom (and Emily)
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