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About Us

We bought The River House in the summer of 2004 primarily for our future retirement. We fell in love with the house, surrounding countryside, tranquil villages and friendly people - and made the decision to purchase almost within two minutes of arrival! Then followed three years of extensive renovation. To reduce some of the substantial renovation costs we decided to rent out The River House when we were not using it, as at present we live in England, although we spend many weeks during the year (when not rented).  Although mainly a summer property, it can be rented all year as there is good skiing and generally the winter weather is considerably warmer (and better) than England - with lots of sun! Although it does get cold in the evenings/nights!

Every November a few of my Whitstable Rotarian friends come out for a “boys only” week to pick the olives - and with 200 olive trees the farm produces quite a few litres of olive oil that we sell - the proceeds going to Rotary charities

The River House can be rented for normally a minimum of a week  (Saturday to Saturday), but under some special circumstances can be hired for a less (and of course greater) period.

We hope users will respect The River House as they do their own.

Othe River House is inspected both before and after you depart to ensure it is in a fit condition for you and indeed, the next inhabitants.

You and/or your family will have a lovely holiday at The River House, Serramonacesca, Italy. We really mean it when we say a holiday for all the family as you have total tranquility (and privacy) on the farm but with many activities just a short drive away! Abruzzo is really an undiscovered part of Italy - it has everything and “ticks all the boxes” - great weather - safe sandy beaches of the Adriatic - high mountains (our local one is 2700m) - skiing for many months - great countryside -tranquility - nightlife - cultural - history - great food & wine - and not expensive!

We have made friends with several local farmers that can provide a lot of extras - horse riding - cooking school - sailing - Italian family barbeques - and of course wine and other food tasting

If you own a property, in some circumstances there might be a possibility of exchange of property weeks, at the same time or at different times with us

Procedure for Booking

Booking  - Confirmation / Security

Booking will be confirmed after initial booking/security payment received. This is normally £300 (or 350 Euros)/week. Payment can be in Sterling or Euros. This deposit will be returned to you in full within 7-14 days after your final departure - assuming everything is ok

A Booking Form and Contract will be sent after you have confirmed your intent which must be signed before booking is accepted

Final Payment

Full balance of payment (in Euros/UKP) must be paid three months before start date of your holiday.


Provided more than 3 months notice is given of cancellation, then 40% of booking deposit is returned.

Within a 3 month period of the start date of your holiday, the deposit is forfeited.

We will attempt to re-let but if not successful, 50% of rental fee is forfeited, if cancellation is less than 6 weeks to arrival date


Unfortunately there are many scams around today. If you want further proof of who we are you can paste the URL below http://whitstablerotary.org/our-members.html  where you will see my photo above.  I am a member of Whitstable Rotary. Hopefully that will help to allay and any concerns you might have. Kathryn is also a member of the Rotary Club of Chestfield.