Cottage | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 3
The cottage is in the popular hilltop village of Apricale, considered one of the most beautiful in Italy and whose name comes from 'apricus', meaning 'open to the sun.' Apricale is situated in the foothills of the proposed UNESCO World Heritage site of the Ligurian Maritime Alps, 10 miles from the sea and is an ideal base for a spring or autumn walking holiday, with many miles of trails and with a mild climate. It is a nature lover's paradise, full of wildflowers in spring, with many species of butterfliies and birdlife. Also a great base for a summer beach holiday with easy access to the Italian and French Rivieras: Nice (40miles), Monaco and San Remo (25 miles) but cheaper than staying in those locations. see also http://holiday-homes-in-italy.blogspot.it/2012/11/accommodation-in-apricale-magical.html
The cottage is suited for a peaceful romantic weekend, with its rustic restoration- tiled floors, stone walls and wooden beams- or a self catering weeks holiday, for a couple, 3 close friends or a family with one child, as there is a sofa bed in the downstairs room.
A number of foreigners and Italians from other regions, among them writers, actors and artists, have restored the abandoned old stone buildings to create holiday homes alongside the local residents, whose culture of olive farming, wine and vegetable producing still exists and is infact recovering, due to the availability of new markets. This mix has produced a fascinating, cosmopolitan place to visit, especially in summer, when there are musical and theatical events in the car-free piazza.
There are many beautiful paths that start from the village, which were old mule trails connecting village to village, or hikes up to 2000m in the Maritime Alps( 20 miles form Apricale)-acessible for most of the year. Your host can give you detailed information on short or longer walks, or can offer half or whole day guided hikes if he is in the village. There is also an info pack on the many places to visit on the coast and inland, including the beautiful Hanbury Botanical Gardens, the prehistoric caves at Balzi Rossi and the Belle Epoque coastal town of Bordigerha.
The cottage is situated on the most sunny 'carrugi' (walkway) in the village, with views over garden terraces, down to river valley below and over the wooded mountains. Its peaceful location feels more like being in the countryside than in a village-at night the only sound your sometimes hear is the hooting of an owl. However It is only a few minutes walk to the traditional village shop, where you can mix with the locals, while buying reasonably priced local products. A couple of minutes more takes you to the central piazza, with its open air cafes, restaurants, museum and gardens. The other benefit of its location in the village, which is very important, due to the steep pathways, (as it makes bringing your luggage and shopping easier), is the proximity to the main road with convenient parking and bus stop, a couple of minutes down a newly restored cobblestone ramp.
|Size||Sleeps up to 3, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Ventimiglia 13 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Nice 50 km, Nearest railway: Ventimiglia 15 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||TV, CD player|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 2|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace|
|Further details indoors|
• The bright upstairs bedroom has a large double bed, olive wood desk for writing or using a computer and 3 large windows with views down to the valley and across to another hilltop village.
• The downstairs room has a full kitchen, dining and sitting area, which is compact but very cosy!
• The stylish bathroom has a corner shower with glass doors.
. There is TV with a selection of films with suround sound in the bedroom
|Further details outdoors|
• For taking breakfast or other meals, there is a small covered terrace that receives sun most of the day in spring, autumn and winter and in summer gives welcome shade, with views across the valley and hilltops.
Comprehensive tourist information, including walking routes and good hiking maps-something not easy to find in English. See also new website in 4 languages produced by people in love with Apricale, including up to date information about news and events, www.apricaleinfo.org. and also www.cinquvalli.it Internet access in the cottage is possible with laptop with a dongle, enquire for more details. There is free wifi in the piazza and the Tarrochi bar on the main road.
The North West Italy region
Apricale is located in a side valley of the Valley Nervia, that runs from the sea up to the peaks of the Ligurian Alps at 2000m, all within 30 miles. There are the benefits of choosing each day of your stay between the beach and the resorts of the Riviera or exploring the mountain towns and hiking routes, with spots for river swimming. The climate is exceptional, maybe the best in Europe, with many sunny days, warm spring and autumn temperatures and summers that rarely get too hot, unlike other parts of the Med. It is possible to go swimming in the sea and mountain hiking even in November, for example! The many historical villages each have their own character and special food traditions and in the summer their own local festivals.The famous cities of San Remo in Italy and Monaco, Menton and Nice in France are all easily in reach for a great day trip.
Apricale is a labyrinth of narrow cobblestone, partly covered walkways and is for pedestrians only, including its stunning central piazza. It is a very relaxing place to spend whole days, with outside cafes to read or draw or to use the free wi-fi. There is a castle with galley and museum to see some famous international exhibitions and paintings made in the village itself. A local artisan runs stained glass classes and Ligurian cookery lessons can be arranged. In August a theatre company from Genova takes up residence and performs for 10 consecutive nights. There are lovely half day and day hikes starting in Apricale, or if you have a car there are a many other hikes of varying difficulties, including reaching the peaks of the LIgurian Alps, with stunning views over the Mediterranean, as far as Corsica, and the Alps. There are many MTB routes, the ones on Monte Bignone very famous on the 'circuit.' As a nature lovers paradise there are also 2 different places to swim in cold mountain rivers, very refreshing in July and August. For a more conventional time the coast is only 20mins drive away with beaches, markets, museums and gardens, including the famous Hanbury Botanic Gardens, created by a weathy Englishman over one hundred year ago, on cliffs overlooking the sea.