House | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Beautiful Dolceacqua is the perfect spot at the foot of the Maritime/Ligurian Alps and only 8 kms from the coast. Ideal for simply relaxing on the sunnny house terrace/village cafe by the river, or as a base for exploring its own castle, nearby hilltop towns and the famous centres of San Remo, Nice, Monte Carlo etc.
Vicolo Basso is set in the old centre with its narrow arches and tunnels over cobbled streets. The house with its stunning arched ceilings and doors has 3 levels :- 1) The well equipped kitchen and dining area. 2) A comfortable sitting room often used as a private second bedroom. 3) Main bedroom and separate bathroom. Highly popular with our guests and situated at the top of the house is the large sunny terrace with flowers and trees and BBQ area, suitable for sunbathing, eating outdoors, that aperitif, a bottle of Dolceacqua's own DOC Rosesse wine .......
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Vallecrosia/Ventimiglia/Bordighera 8 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||100 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Nice 50 km, Nearest railway: Ventimiglia 10 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
The arched ceilings are stuffed with pine cones and other local material which helps to keep the house cool in summer and warm in winter. The arches make the ceiling a little low in a couple of places. The ceiling style can be seen throughout the village.
The cosy but not small living room has a sofa, sofa-bed and armchair, a selection of books, games and DVDs. UK Freesat TV is installed. Set off the stairs with its own door it makes for a private and peaceful 2nd bedroom.
A stair guard is available for small children and is recommended to be used on the stone stairs.
|Further details outdoors|
The sun terrace has a table and 4 chairs, a recliner and 2 sun beds. There is a barbecue area which is actually part of the original chimney - see it to believe it ! The terrace has pots of flowers and shrubs, including a lemon tree and a Ligurian olive tree. Help yourself to a lemon for that G & T.
Most of the streets in Dolceacqua are ancient arched affairs difficult to negotiate by car. However, Vicolo Basso is situated close to the centre and you can stop close to the house to unload luggage etc. and although there is no parking outside, there are two free car parks within a couple of minutes walk.
An English speaking lady looks after the house and she is very helpful with advice and problem solving. She can also sell you her own Rosesse wine and olive oil; it is traditionally made from her own land and is delicious. We can vouch for this as we are regular customers ourselves !
Smoking is not allowed in the house but there is always the sun terrace.
WI-FI is available in some of the local cafes in the nearby piazza.
The North West Italy region
The region of Liguria has a mild and sunny climate. The local area is famous for its flowers which are grown commercially. It is known as the Flower Riviera.
There are many ancient hill top villages with houses perched or clinging impossibly it seems to the steep slopes. These are wonderful to explore together with the coastal resorts of San Remo, Bordighera etc. The French towns of Menton and Nice are within easy reach as is the principality of Monaco and Monte Carlo. We have even used the house as a base for skiing at the Italian resort of Limone. Dolceacqua is typical of the area with a heavy base on agiculture on the steep terraced hills. Local produce is abundant together with its own DOC wine, Rosesse.
There are local dialects spoken, including a frontier version that includes some French. Most locals also speak French.
Dolceacqua is a pretty and friendly Italian village with plenty to do and see on the doorstep or within easy reach. French people are regular visitors to the many village restaurants which says it all about the cuisine.
There are breathaking hilltop villages close by and a village called Rochetta with a rock strewn mountain river popular for swimming. For the adventurous there are waterfalls further upstream. It is a paradise for nature lovers, walkers, architectural addicts and anyone who loves wonderful scenery. Safe bathing beaches abound along the coast. Bars are typically plentiful including a small but quiet Irish bar. The village has a range of shops, especially food, 3 banks and a set of tennis courts. On Thursday there is a visiting market in the main square. On Friday you can shop to death in one of the most famous open air markets in Europe at nearby Ventigmilia.
Popular with many of our guests are the beautiful Hanbury Gardens running down to the sea 10 kms away.
In Dolceacqua itself the castle is a must to visit and don't forget the ancient single span bridge beloved by Monet. Festivals are too numerous to mention and occur all year, but the firework display is famous for miles around and occurs mid to late August. From the end of June to the middle of September there are continous outdoor festivals. The locals love to party and everyone is welcomed.