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Le Grotte dei Saraceni
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Reviewed August 31, 2013

We stayed here recently for 10 days and it was sensational. This place is stunning inside and all rooms are of the highest standard. The experience is truly authentic and you might be lucky to be the only non Italian staying and eating there. Food is brilliant, people are friendly and speak just enough English so that one can be understood. You could laze around in the beautiful grounds forever and take many short trips to the gorgeous hill towns and seaside villages that speckle Abruzzo. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who wants a 5 star authentic home feeling for a very affordable price

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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 8, 2010

We arrived late at night, weary, hungry, after a three hour drive from Rome driving through electric storms and driving rain. Once through the 7km tunnel under the Grand Sasso mountain range, we descended through rolling hills into a deepening twilight in the valleys below.

Despite organising a meal for 70 people in the main restaurant, Anna, the manageress, came down into the car park area to greet us, and made us feel very welcome - Lorenzo carried our bags, and we were provided with an excellent intimate dinner in our room, despite the lateness of the hour. Just a taste of what was to come!

We had booked for a week, bed, breakfast and evening meal, in order to thoroughly explore the area. Our room was one of six in a converted stable block, with magnificent views over the parkland area outside, and the countryside beyond. I could swear that I heard a peacock every morning, but never discovered him! The rooms are small but comfortable, with a shower room attached, and everything immaculate and spotlessly clean.

We were fortunate with the weather - pure blue skies, steady temperature of about 24 degrees, and a breeze, enabling us to sleep at night. The season hadn't really started, but two days into our stay the gardener (who seemed to spend most of his days in the gardens) took the cover off the swimming pool and cleaned and tidied the area. Too cold still for us to dabble, but very restful to lie and relax on the sunbeds, looking out over willow trees, rose beds and flower gardens.

Each evening, on our return from exploring (the Abruzzo National Park, Grand Sasso National Park, Civitella del Tranto, Ascoli Piceno, Prati di Tivo, Sirolo, Giulianova - the list goes on and on), Anna would have a bottle of local white wine, chilled, and two glasses waiting for us, while we caught the last of the rays in the pergola. Perfect.

The Abruzzo is an under-rated area - beautiful scenery, excellent food and wine, and charming people, with the advantages of no crowding - we didn't hear any other English-speakers all week.

The food was excellent. Antipasto, often consisting of local cured meats, or seafood, followed by pasta (a different version every night), and then the main course, plus dessert if you had room still. Most of the produce is homegrown, and organic, including some of the wines. We started off greedily eating all the courses, but by day 4 waistlines were starting to protest. Breakfast was an array of homemade cake, croissants, breads and juice.

By the time we left, we felt as though we were part of the family. Anna and all her staff are cheerful (she speaks excellent English, and Lorenzo wants to learn!), friendly and welcoming, and we would definitely recommend Le Grotte de Saraceni as a perfect place to base your tour of the Abruzzo.

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 15, 2009

I'll admit, we had a hard time finding it - but that's where the Italian adventure begins. In Sant' Omero, at wit's end and not able to find the inn, even with 2 GPS devices -- we stopped on a street corner. Finding someone who spoke a little english, we showed him the name of the inn which we were searching. He then got in his car and motioned us to follow, taking us all the way to the Grotte.

We could not have asked for more. Spotless, friendly, delicious, comfortable....I could go on and on. Great place, we were sorry we were only there for three nights.

As all other posters have mentioned, Anna really makes the place feel like home. Her English is great, she is warm, intellectual, intelligent, and very articulate. All other staff, although their English is not as proficient as Anna's, are so warm, friendly and caring, you don't even notice that you are mostly 'speaking' in hand gestures.

The accomodations are immaculate. The food is great - it is so much that after the first night we just asked for the antipasti.

The inn is nestled amongst the hill towns of Eastern Italy, very close to the Adriatic coast. We ventured to Adriatica Alba, very easily; visited Teramo and Civitella del Tronto; Pescara (don't bother). The views are incredible, and photos just don't do justice to how lovely everything really is.

Great place, staff, food, everything...very highly recommended!!

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 8, 2008

When we were reaserching our travels it took some time to find this little hotel on the internet and then again it took some time to actually find it in Italy - don't trust ViaMichelin.com! Just stop to ask people in the village of Sant'omer and follow their hand gestures! But all the searching is worth every minute. This place is truly fabulous. It is a renovated antique farm house with the additon of newly renovated rooms in stables; subtle fresco painting blend the new with the old; lovely gardens; a solar heated swimming pool; surrounded by fields and gentle hills. The decor is beautifully subtle to blend in with the local wheat fields and gardens filled with day lilies. We stayed in the converted stable, a small but perfectly appointed room with flat screen TV/DVD, perfect little marble bathroom and a full wall of windows overlooking the gardens and hills. The stable rooms are particularly good for dogs as you can walk them right outside first thing in the morning.

Anna the manager is an extraordinary person, of course she greeted us by name and was wonderfully responsive on the telephone and by email. She loves dogs and is warm, sensitive to all her guests needs, very intelligent (she discussed art and physics with my husband) and passionate about La Grotte old farm house. The meals are out of this world, cooked from the perfect produce grown in their own fields and from other farms in the area.

Man ... all I can say is that I'm a tough critic and I ABSOLUTELY loved this place. The longer you stay there the better! It's close to Grand Parco Sasso if you want wilderness exploration and to Teramo which is a charming, non-touristy Roman town. We were driving down the east coast of Italy towards Brindisi to take the ferry to Greece and this was the perfect place to stop on the second night after Ravenna. We are certain you will enjoy you stay here.

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 19, 2008

This is a gem of a place to stay.

It is a newly renovated 16 century farm house set in spacious grounds.

We arrived after a leisurely 3 hour drive from Rome Airport, Le Grotte de Saraceni is relatively easy to find. We were shown to an upstairs spacious room which was very delicately decorated . The shower room was spotless as indeed was all of the accommodation.
After settling in we were invited down to dinner.Well recommended.
We had the most delicious local produce with home made pasta.The pasta was so light delicate and delicious.

Anna one of the people running the place was enthusiatically friendly and could do no more than she did to make us welcome and looked after us magnificently.

Anna speaks good English and was able to tell us where to go for day trips into the characterful villages and to experience the spectacular countryside and majestic mountains,

The grounds would be great for anyone travelling with young children as they are secure spacious and there is no traffic nearby. The grounds contain an outdoor pool-what views,a jacuzzi and plenty of areas to sit ,read or sunbathe.


The Grotte has fairly good access for anyone with limited mobility. Cars can get close to the main building and once there there is easy access to the grounds which also contain a few 'terraced bungalows' also on ground floor level -each with its own small patio,

If you are planning a trip to Abruzzo then I would highly recommend that you stay a a couple of nights at the Grotte de Saraceni.

The delicious local food alone makes it worthwhile.

Fantastico
Good value-esp as the Euro is so strong
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www.legrottedeisaraceni.it/country-house_abruzzo-teramo.htm

  • Stayed: May 2008, traveled as a couple
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Stayed: January 2018, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Le Grotte dei Saraceni

Address: Via Mediana 2, 64027, Sant'Omero, Italy
Location: Italy > Abruzzo > Province of Teramo > Sant'Omero
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Ranked #1 of 3 Specialty Lodging in Sant'Omero
Price Range: $73 - $122 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Surrounded by a park of 60.000 mq. and is completely isolated but very near the main beaches in the province of Teramo - Abruzzi. We feature large bedrooms, fitted with every comfort, along with a swimming pool, whirlpool, parking, gardens, restaurant, genuine foods and good wines. ... more   less 
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