Olive Grove Farm
Farmhouse | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 8
Situated just 7 min walk from the sleepy village of Serramonacesca right on the edge of the National Park (della Majella) this converted farmhouse offers tranquility and escapism. Relax on the large south facing terrace with the sun all day and take in the amazing views, walk through our olive grove down to a small river on the edge of our property and through the surrounding countryside. There is much to do just a short drive away, during both the Summer and Winter, from the wonderful sandy Italian beeches on the Adriatic, relax in the natural hot springs in the hills or go skiiing in the mountains. Sleeps 7 comfortably but can take up to 13 if both Poolhouse and Log Cabin (hired separately) is used. The farmhouse is not just a "Buy to Let" but has been furnished as our house to retire to in a few years
We have two log cabins, the Poolhouse that can be used as an "emergency" bedroom (with shower and washbasin) to the farm, and a larger Log Cabin on extremity of our land giving complete privacy both to people in the farmhouse and also the cabin. The cabin has a separate bathroom, kitchen and cathedral lounge with a 2m terrace, The bedroom (sleeps 2-4) is in apex of roof. The Log Cabin enjoys astounding views of village and surrounding mountains. Not possible to park car adjacent to cabin, requires a short walk up a hill. Log Cabin available to rent separately for large groups & is not included in pricing. All details on website here relate to the farmhouse only.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Pescara 30 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Pescara 30 km, Nearest railway: Chieti 27 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Table tennis, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 3 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||3 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 7|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Swing set, Private fishing lake or river|
|Access||Parking, Wheelchair users|
|Further details indoors|
Located behind large iron gates (soon to be electric) and at the end of a 100m illuminated private drive, this stunning farmhouse/cottage provides home-from-home comforts. The stone walls are nearly 1 metre thick making the house warm in winter and cool in the summer. The large 12m tiled south facing terrace is ideal for barbecues, sunbathing and relaxing with a cold drink. and under the 4m gazebo, enjoy an idealic lunch or diner The farmhouse is entered through a large "Open Room" equipped with a very large Italian antique table (seats 8), sideboard and tiled slate floor. The large kitchen/diner is well equipped with all modern amenities with fantastic views through the door to the patio and surrounding mountains and village of Serramonacesca. The comfortable lounge has a large log fire, natural stone walls, leather sofas, sky satellite 32" LCD television and high quality 5.1 threatre system - even a Karaoke and keyboard for a good sing a long. Two large double bedrooms on the first floor (with washbasins) with separate bathroom.Main bedroom has a sofa bed. The third bedroom on the ground floor has 2 single beds and a separate bathroom. Computer for games etc. The large (12 Metre) outdoor solar heated pool is just finished with electrically operated solar cover. By the end of 2007 two log cabins were built, one completely self contained (bed, kitchen, bathroom and lounge areas (normally not rented). This is heated by solid wood stove. The other cabin is by the pool for changing, showers, toilet etc. but also has two single beds. There is also a very comfortable "bed in bag" double bed. All bed linen and towels included.
|Further details outdoors|
The house is totally secluded just 7 min. from the sleepy village of Serramonacesca. The house, facing South (so sun all day) is situated in nearly 4 acres with 200 olive trees, walnut, fig and pear trees. There is a choice of several outside eating areas with tables and chairs and off the kitchen is a large pergola with vines growing. If the sun does get too hot then the large Open Room offers further choice with some beautiful Italian antique furniture. The very small river at the extremity of our land is good for fishing - according to the locals. One of the many places to eat, the very large terrace (12x6 m) is equipped with a gazebo and large round table with six chairs, swing seat and several hammocks. The log cabin by the pool has a small bathroom with toilet (not connected) and can sleep an extra 2 singles and only 20m from the main house, if extra bedroom facilities required - although this is a Poolhouse not a bedroom!
2013 prices held for 2014 for early bookings.
350 Euros booking/security deposit reqd. immediately
Full rental paid 3 months before arrival.
Welcome Instructions and Tourist information leafets in house
The Marche/Abruzzo region
Serramonacesca is roughly on the same latitude as Rome, so has good weather all year round, but by end of September when the sun goes down, the air gets a little chilly as we are about 900 ft up. When people think of Italy they often think of Toscana (Tuscany) but few have discovered the amazing, rugged countryside of Abruzzo - round every corner or mountain is a different terrain. Some of the best views in Italy - in my view much better than Tuscany, and the sandy beaches of the Adriaticare fantastic - and safe..
Serramoncesca is ideally situated for the weather, for totally quiet holidays (here) or the night life (Pescara, Chieti etc. only a few minutes by car), for walking/bike holidays, for beach holidays for skiing holidays or just relax in our spacious grounds or on the terrace, good for both summer and winter (not the terrace!) holidays. The nearby mountain is 2700 metres and this region was a extra practise area for the recent Turin (Torino) winter Olympics. Chair lift open in summer as well as winter. There are two local restaurants very good, very cheap. Two people can eat in the La Cascina for 22 euros - that includes the wine and water! And if you fancy a visit to Rome - it is only 1.5 hours by car - so a good day trip if you leave early!
Our house is situated right on the edge of the National Park. There are numerous picturesque villages around. From our land one can walk along the river to the sea at Pescara (if you are feeling really energetic!) but 10 minutes walk from Serramonacesa is a leafy glade where one can walk alongside a small river with some wonderful small waterfalls - and in the summer one can even get wet under them!! Lovely for picnics. Serramonacesca has two well equipped village shops, two bars , a doctor and pharmacy.. A car is really necessary, but a bus leaves the village every hour for surrounding areas. About 30 minute drive is a superb gorge one can walk through (providing you have a head for heights) again with magnificent views. Tennis is available together with basketball/netball/5aside football pitch
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24 Sep 2014
"Olive Grove Fram"
Haha what to say, this was a very comfortable stay and in the most wonderful area. The Villa is pretty spacious if a little dated but this does not detract from it's charm. The owner has a sens… More
20 Aug 2014
"Awful Awful Olive Grove Farm"
We ignored earlier warnings thinking it was a problem with cleaners!!! The house was very dirty fridge, cooker, cupboards,rugs etc , dusty cobwebs everywhere and musty cement smell no matter how many… More
23 Nov 2013
"Italian Country Life"
We have been there about five times and it is great for people who enjoy a quiet lifeas many Italians do. Usually in late Oct early Nov. the weather is excellent as it wasthis year though a few years … More
3 Nov 2013
"Fantastic location, great weather and super facilities, wonderful pool for adults and children"
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 fr… More
4 Oct 2013
"Wonderfully relaxing and completely secluded"
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 s… More
2 Oct 2013
"wow great views, lovely place, we had such a great stay"
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 Adviso… More
20 Aug 2013
"Could be so much better"
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… More
25 Jul 2013
"Very quiet, peaceful location, poorly maintained."
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 … More
2 Mar 2013
"Very out of the way, Fabulous pool, OK accomodation"
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.
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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