Large secluded farmhouse with 3 double bedrooms, easy access to beach and town
- english, spanish, italian
Please consider the following guidelines when booking this property:
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
Great Location ... poor management
Firstly, physically, the house and location are wonderful. We also highly recommended Abruzzo and Citta Sant’Angelo. The reason for the low star score is due to the property management.
To give context, we had travelled in Italy and France for 7 months before arriving in Citta Sant’ Angelo and we had two other long stays of 3 months each. In both cases, we have become good friends with the property managers/owners. While we don’t expect to be friends, we do expect reasonable service.
We stayed at Casa Lavanda for 8 weeks in November and December (late Autumn/early Winter). On arrival, we were not introduced to the property in any detail. In particular, we were not told how to manage heating (using gas and the fire) or shown the gas level gauge, only being told it was out back. This resulted in us keeping an eye on the wrong gauge and ultimately running out of gas during our stay. Although Luigi arranged a new gas delivery, this took 5 days in early winter. What was more disappointing, Luigi did not keep in contact or keep us updated as to when the delivery could be expected. The only information provided was when we contacted Luigi asking when we could expect delivery (and getting no clear answer). In the meantime we had to purchase a large amount of wood for the fire to keep the house warm.
Given the time of year and the length of our stay, we would have expected better instructions and advice about the gas on our arrival (we don’t know what we don’t know). We would also have expected regular contact from Luigi about resolving the problem. Once the gas was delivered, we emailed Anna noting our dissatisfaction, but received no reply.
About a week later, we received an email from Anna asking for a contribution to the gas significantly in excess of the €100 maximum we had been quoted at the time of booking. We do not believe we used an excessive amount of heating for the time of year, and our discussions with Luigi appeared to confirm this. We sent a number of emails to Anna about the gas and the costs but did not receive a response. At the time of this review the issue seems to have been resolved, but it has taken over 5 weeks leaving us unable to fully relax at the end of our stay.
The lack of introduction, responses and general complacency of Luigi and Anna mean we cannot recommend this property. We have no confidence that they will work proactively if/when problems arise. It is a shame as Casa Lavanda is a lovely spot.
Christina, thank you for your comments. We are very sorry to hear that you were less than satisfied with your stay. This was the first time we rented the house during the winter months and as was explained to you before your arrival, we were not able to calculate the amount of gas you would consume until the end of your stay. We did however have a large stock of logs which were available to you, evidently it must have been an exceptionally cold winter in order to exhaust this supply of logs. Our property manager Luigi has been looking after our guests for many years and we have always had great feedback. We're glad you enjoyed your stay despite the issue with the gas and do hope to see you in Citta Sant Angelo in the future.
Delightful Home in a Fantastic Setting
We stayed in this wonderful property for three weeks - last week of September through mid-October. The location is amazing, with great views of the countryside but also located very nearby and within walking distance to town. The town has stores and restaurants as well as numerous local activities, especially in the summertime.
We were greeted upon arrival by the property manager who toured us throughout the property and explained all the features of the house. Everyone associated with the property was friendly and helpful, and readily available. We truly felt at home and comfortable throughout our stay. In fact, the property owner even checked in with us to make sure the newly installed wood stove was working properly.
We have traveled extensively, both in Italy and in other European countries, always staying in "home-stay" type accommodations and Casa Lavanda is definitely above average for space and amenities. And, an added bonus was the robust and reliable Wi-Fi! Most definitely above average based on our experience. This a charming property with many special original features, including the original staircase and ceilings. We would highly recommend it to others.
There is also a lovely outdoor patio and yard. It was quite chilly when we were there so we didn't spend much time outdoors but the patio is very well equipped for dining and lounging. And, if you are there at the right time of the year, the view is also perfect for watching the nearby farmers harvesting their grapes and olives.
We would most definitely stay here again.
Stunning views, a wonderful place to relax.
We had a wonderful time. The property has real rustic charm with a feeling of remoteness with uninterrupted,spectacular views, all with the convenience of a small supermarket and picturesque town of Citta Sant Angelo within easy walking distance. We managed without a car for a week. You feel like you are staying in a home rather than a holiday let with lots of books, dvd's, guide books and games that add to the overall ability to lounge around and enjoy the surroundings. The plunge pool was good for cooling off when sunbathing got too hectic. Some furnishings and decor a bit tired in places but as mentioned this felt more like a home than a holiday let. Hope to return and sit and stare at that view again someday soon.
Thanks for your great comments. We're delighted you enjoyed your stay and look forward to welcoming you back soon!
Perfect holiday house in a perfect location
The house is exactly as the photos suggest with no hidden surprises. We met Luigi the representative who is extremely helpful and speaks perfect english. The house has been refurbished to a very high standard and had everything we needed to make ourselves feel at home. The property is very clean and feels like a home rather than just a rental property. It is a 10-15 minute walk to the centre of Citta Sant Angelo but we only did this a couple of times as there is a supermarket and excellent pizza bar only 200 metres from the house. We would recommend this house and location without any hesitation. The owner was also very helpful and we will definitely be dealing with them again. Many thanks again for looking after us and making it a very enjoyable week in the real Italy.
Beauiful Italy farmhouse
We had a lovely holiday at Casa Lavanda,the house was very comfortable and clean.The large garden was great for my boys to play ball games in and they loved the plunge pool for cooling off.Most evenings we had a BBQ and sat and watched the amazing sunsets,and sea view,whilst drinking the local wine.Citta sant Angelo is a ten minute walk away,a lovely old town with bars and restaurants,and we were luckly enough to catch a festa,which was a great experience!The beach is a ten minute drive away at silvi,lots of beach bars and things to do!Beauiful beach! The one thing I loved about the house was that it was so peaceful,but close to the town and beach.highly recommend this place.We have booked again this year!
We are delighted to hear that you had such a great experience, thank you for sharing your feedback. We look forward to welcoming you back to Casa Lavanda in the future.
After trawling through various hotels/apartments/villas we decided to go with this place............... and we weren't disappointed.
The house itself was clean, well kept and everything worked as it should!
What made our holiday so special was the view we woke up to every morning it was simply perfect! I had to physically be dragged away from my seat overlooking the view with a cold beer in hand by my partner to explore the nearby town.
Within minutes there is a Pizza bar where all the staff were exceptionally friendly and the food splendid! There is also a small shop over the road to grab usual bits... Italy's own Tesco's Express you could say...
Another 10 minutes on into the town centre we were spoilt for choice with little bars and restaurants hidden away down the very picturesque narrow Italian streets.
We will be heading back to the house later this year and I'm looking forward to Moretti and that view... :)
Casa Lavanda has the privacy and setting of a rural farmhouse but is situated within 5 minutes walking distance of the beautiful award winning medieval town of Citta Sant Angelo where you will find a good selection of bars, restaurants and shops. During summer months Citta Sant Angelo hosts many festivals, great fun for all the family. For those who enjoy walking you can set off on foot and explore the scenic countryside surrounding Casa Lavanda and Citta Sant Angelo. The Adriatic coast is only a 10 minute drive away where there are 125 km of sandy beaches to stretch on and the warm waters of the Adriatic sea make it ideal for swimming. Abruzzo is a must for foodies, sample the local cuisine in the vast selection of great restaurants offering excellent Abruzzesi dishes using fresh, seasonal local produce.