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Villa Ortensia Swimming pool

Villa | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 7

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 12 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden


Sleeps 2 to 7: 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1 full service bathroom.

Comfortably sleeping 5 to 7 persons, this old, converted farmhouse, lies on the border between eastern Liguria and northern Tuscany, just a stone's throw from the Cinque Terre. It has been carefully restored and renovated, to offer all the comforts, including a wonderful outdoor pool. The interior design is characterized by antique furnishings and decorative paintings, lovingly chosen by the owner, to remain in stylish keeping with the traditional architectural context.

Set in a privileged position on a hillside, surrounded by chestnut, cherry and olive trees, the villa affords superb views, which embrace both the Apuan Alps inland and the shimmering waters of the Mediterranean sea from the islands of La Spezia gulf to the lighthouse of Livorno port.

This whole area enjoys a pleasant temperate micro-climate, while the villa itself boasts a suntrap location, basking in sunshine throughout the day. Its idyllically quiet seclusion will ensure that your stay really is out-of-this-world!


Entrance to this unique property is at ground-floor level from the brickwork porch with wooden beamed ceiling, perfectly equipped to eat outside with wooden table and benches. It has its own barbecue/wood burning oven ideal to prepare wonderful dinners. From the porch you enter the fitted kitchen with its original Carrara white marble worktops and sink of attractive rustic design and completed by all the modern appliances (dishwasher; fridge; American coffee-maker). The living/dining room features an ancient slate fireplace and comfortable sofas, whose colour-scheme harmoniously complements the traditional Tuscan stone and terracotta floors. 17th century-style table with benches and chairs grace the dining area.

Proceeding to the right the former lemon house has been transformed into a comfortable guest bedroom with double wrought iron bed. The room is incredibly luminous and bright thanks to the large window which extends across one wall and offers breathtaking views over the gulf of la Spezia and the Tuscan coast with Forte dei marmi and even further south.

The hallway is completely covered with books and it leads to the two bedrooms and bathrooms.

From the hallway you can access the separate two bedroom suite which includes one luminous double bedroom furnished with antiques and completed by the ancient wooden parquet floor which makes it even warmer and welcoming, one single bedroom with original cotto floors and a glass door to the balcony offering spectacular views. The suite is completed by a small but delicious private bathroom with shower which wasn't changed to maintain the original characteristics of the house.

A cosy paintings exposition corner introduce you to the Ardesia (local stone) stairways decorated with a wooden library which accompany you upstairs where the last romantic isolated double bedroom and bathroom with bathtub await you.

The villa offers TVsat, CD-player and Internet access, high-quality Flanders' linen sheets and bedcovers, as well as embroidered towels and bathrobes are likewise all provided.


Encircled by shady olive trees and fully appointed with sunshades, lounges and other garden furniture, the private huge parc makes an ideal venue for sunbathing or al fresco dining. A second, more intimate terrace, furnished with table and chairs and oriental style sofas , forms another perfect spot for outdoor relaxation. In addition to these, the warm waters of the enticing outdoor pool invite you to bathe at leisure amid beautiful natural surroundings, bordered by orchards and aromatic plants.

The owner Francesca lives in another villa restored from an old barn only about 100 metres away with her mother Letizia who spends part of the year in Egypt and part of the year in Liguria. They are always happy to help out with advice and assistance, if required, while also fully respecting your privacy.

Villa Ortensia is located within easy reach of the area's main sights of outstanding natural beauty or historic and artistic interest, such as the following: the medieval town of Sarzana (10 mins); the Cinque Terre villages; the Gulf of Poets; Portovenere; Portofino; the Apuan Alps and the white-marble quarries of Carrara (20 mins by car); the beaches of Versilia (30 mins by car); the famous Tuscan towns of Pisa (40 mins by car), Lucca (30 mins by car) and Florence (1 hour).

Many other unspoilt beaches dotted along the nearby coast can be accessed by car in about 15 mins.

Regular daily ferry services operate from the local ports of Lerici, La Spezia and Marina di Carrara (15 kms away) to the Gulf of Poets; Portovenere; the Cinque Terre villages; Portofino; and Genoa.


Size Sleeps up to 7, 4 bedrooms
Nearest beach Bocca di Magra, Lerici: 12 km
Will consider Corporate bookings
Access Car essential
Nearest Amenities 7 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Pisa: 50 mins, Nearest railway: Sarzana: 7 Km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Sea view
General Central heating, CD player, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, 1 En suites and 1 Shower rooms, Solarium or roof terrace
Furniture Single beds (1), Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seats for 12, Lounge seats for 8
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ
Access Secure parking

The North West Italy region

The varied landscape of this area provides a wealth of different holiday settings for our guests.The dramatically rocky coastline of the Cinque Terre, with its exhilarating clifftop hiking-trails, gives way to sophisticated seaside resorts skirting bays with sandy beaches, washed by the warm turquoise water of the Mediterranean sea.

Ranging from just such superb coastal locations in the Cinque Terre area, to those of the adjoining Tuscan coast and countryside.

The diversity and outstanding natural beauty of this particular corner of the world really do promise something for everyone, to make your stay here truly unforgettable

La Spezia

For seaside and sun lovers, for families and groups of friends, Villa Ortensia is the ideal base to visit Liguria and part of Tuscany and discover the excellent local food. Not to mention that you can reach the seaside 10 minutes by car, both the wild beaches in the Cinque Terre and the more elegant ones of Versilia.

Moreover thanks to the villa's strategic location you can easily reach interesting tourist and cultural sights both in Liguria and in Tuscany: Portovenere and the marvellous Cinque Terre, Golfo dei Poeti (Poets'Gulf), Portofino and Genova.

Forte dei Marmi and Viareggio famous for its boutiques and night life( 20 minutes ) Carrara''s marble quarries (30 minutes), Pietrasanta, the historical and artistic capital of Versilia with the most famous statuary shops (30 minutes by car), Pisa and Lucca (50 mins), Florance.

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4 Aug 2014


"Unique villa with beautiful views"

We spent wonderful two weeks in Villa Ortensia in the beginning of July. The owner of the villa, Francesca, who lives close to the villa, welcomed us warmly and was very helpful during our stay. The v… More

24 Nov 2013


"Beautiful villa high up on a hilltop!"

We stayed at Villa Ortensia for six days/nights early October. Although it was too cold to swim, the grounds were gorgeous, with distant views of the Mediterranean Sea. We stood next to the swimming pool to watch the sun set in one of the most picturesque places I have ever been - beautiful mountaintops, dotted with little villages, and the sun's reflection of the say beyond. I loved the tiled outdoor patio with its own fireplace for grilling. The kitchen was lovely, with marble sinks, countertops and tabletop. The dining area was elegant, the perfect place to savor the fresh foods we had prepared in our attempt to recreate the essence of the true Italian dining experience. My sister and her husband had the room with the sea views from every window. I actually preferred my husband's and my room with its elegant décor and beautiful views. I cannot say enough about how wonderful our stay was - perfect in every way. We have already recommended Villa Ortensia to our friends who are considering a similar Tuscan experience.

21 Oct 2013


"Fabulous Mountain Top Villa"

The Villa was fantastic, large, clean, beautiful. The view was amazing - you could see the sea. The grounds were wonderful including the pool. The outdoor dining area was great. Our host could not… More

2 Oct 2013


"Wonderful oasis in Italy"

My husband and two adult children stayed at this beautiful villa for a week and it was wonderful. The villa is in perfect condition, beautifully decorated and every detail seen to. Francesca was the most wonderful host and great to work with. Her home is amazing. We all agreed we would never rent this villa if it was ours, but we are so glad she does. It is equipped with everything you might need. She even greeted us with typical ligurian food and a nice bottle of wine for our first night, which was great because we didn't have to out to get supplies. The house and decor is so beautiful you can't help but look around and feel like you are in a museum. The bed linens were so cozy and the towels nice and big. The views were amazing from every angle and we spent many a night enjoying wine and looking at the view. We also really enjoyed cooking and eating al fresco by candlelight and thinking how lucky we were to have found Francesca and Villa Ortensia. The road up is a little tough but it is well worth it to call this place home for a week. Thank you, Francesca, for sharing your beautiful home with us.

15 Sep 2013


"Stunning family villa exceeds expectations!"

We stayed at Villa Ortensia for a one week family reunion and could not have found a more perfect place to enjoy the Cinque Terre and surrounding area. Francesca was so warm, welcoming, enthusiastic and helpful, making our holiday a total delight. Our excursions in the area were all wonderful but the best part was being at this beautiful villa, enjoying the breathtaking views and refreshing pool. The drive up the hill with its hairpin turns was challenging and fun! (Our adult sons who did most of the driving particularly enjoyed that part but it may not be for everyone.)
The villa is immaculate and filled with antiques and everything one could possibly need. High quality linens and a thoroughly equipped kitchen were a pleasure to use. It's even more beautiful than the pictures suggest. It felt authentic as it is a true family home. We do not hesitate to highly recommend Fransesca's villa for any group looking for a true Italian vacation experience.

21 Aug 2013


"Beautiful House and garden with stunning views"

We were welcomed by Francesca who was very friendly and hospitable and had organised food and drink for when we arrived which was very nice after a long journey.
The house was beautiful, full of lovely furniture and paintings which gave the house a very personal feel. The pool was great and the house had fantastic views overlooking the sea and our local town where we had some lovely dinners!
The only slight down side was the journey up to the house which would take a good 10 minutes on a rather winding from the main road. This was initially a little daunting but we soon got used to it!
Overall a beautiful house and garden and we had a great holiday and were sad to leave!
Thank you Francesca!

11 Sep 2012


"The Italian hills"

We had two superb weeks in the villa with high temperatures and clear blue cloudless skies.

We were met by Francesca on arrival as arranged and she left us some food and drink for our first night which was very kind.

The villa had every amenity that we required, very good sized rooms, a large kitchen and outdoor dining area as well as indoor dining areas and a large sitting room.

As the weather was so good we made great use of the pool altjough we did travel to do some sightseeing visiting Pisa and Cinque Terre both less than an hour's drive away.

We also visited the beach at Carrara.

The villa was spotlessly clean with good quality furniture and plenty of amusments with Sky tv, wi-fi etc.

The villa is reached via a winding, single track hillside road but as villa is near the top of a large hill the views are worth the drive being spectacular, with far views accross the nearby villages to the sea.

This results in wonderful sunsets and the view to the lights of the town of Sarzana below.

Families with very small children would need to be careful of the pool and take care with the furniture, especially any glass fronted units.

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