Villa | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Villa Gardenia sits in the hills between Liguria and Tuscany. It is an ancient hayloft, wonderfully restored and transformed.
Separated from the manor house that it once served by a large farmyard, Villa Gardenia is the perfect place for a classic Italian vacation. The beautiful landscape, stretching from the Apuan Alps to the sea, and the vast olive grove surrounding it characterize this beautiful rural house, where you can find privacy and relaxation.
Accommodation: the property is on three floors: The ground floor was formally an orangery for protecting citrus plants from the winter frosts. It has now been converted into a bright dining room with kitchenette and lounge.
The kitchen is fully equipped with fridge, dishwasher, espresso and American coffee makers, a toaster and an oven. There is a small laundry with washing machine and dryer next to the kitchen.
Just out side of the dining room, a staircase has been cut into the terrace leading to the sleeping area. On the first floor there is a double bedroom, an en suite bathroom with shower and a nice terrace with table, chairs and umbrella.
A convenient internal wooden staircase leads to the second double bedroom with en suite bathroom with a shower and a beautiful sauna.
The house is tastefully and elegantly furnished, and great attention is given to every detail in the bedrooms you will find bathrobes, embroidered towels, a minibar, CD player, satellite TV, air conditioning and WI-FI internet access. The first floor bedroom also has a safe.
Garden & Swimming Pool: Villa Gardenia is surrounded by a large garden and a splendid olive grove.
In the garden, among seasonal flowers, there is an elegant wooden gazebo with a table and wickerwork chairs for breakfasts and dinners. A spacious Jacuzzi (3x3 meters) with hot water, an outdoor hot shower, comfortable sun lounges with cushions and beach towels complete the service to ensure total relaxation.
Upon arrival, you will receive a warm welcome and the landlady will prepare a dinner for you. At your disposal: mobile phone, breakfast (supplied but not served) and vegetables from the garden.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Lerici 20 km|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Pisa - Galileo Galilei 65 km, Nearest railway: Sarzana 15 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Jacuzzi or hot tub, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, Video player, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 En suites|
|Furniture||Double beds (2)|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
The North West Italy region
Villa Gardenia is near to Carrara as well as with in easy reach of most important Tuscan places of interest. The nearest airport is Pisa (30 minutes). Florence airport is 1 hour and Rome airport 3 hours by car.
OTHER FACILITIES AVAILABLE NEAR BY: From Villa Gardenia you can easily reach places of great interest like Cinque Terre, Portovenere, Golfo dei Poeti, Portofino, Carrara (marble quarries are 15 minutes away by car), Versilia's beaches (20 minutes away), northern Tuscany and the cities of Pisa (30 minutes by car), Lucca (30 minutes) and Florence (1 hour).
The beaches along the coast can be reached in 10 minutes by car. The ferryboats to Cinque Terre, Portovenere, Portofino and the Gulf of Poets tour leave every day from the harbour of Marina di Carrara (8 km).
The 'Muraglione Club', with swimming pools, tennis courts and a famous seafood restaurant is 4 km away.
Nearest town: Casano km 2
Restaurants: Muraglione Club km 4
Supermarket: Sarzana km 15
Grocery: Casano km 2
Shops: Sarzana km 15
Outlets: Barberino del Mugello km 140
Bank: Sarzana km 15
Post office: Casano km 2
Chemistry: Casano km 2
Tennis court: Muraglione Club km 4
Golf: Versilia Golf Club km 25
Horse riding: -
SPA: Forte dei Marmi km 25
Train station: Sarzana km 15
A MAN MADE LANDSCAPE: Over the centuries, through constant collective work, man has managed to create this landscape, the only example of its kind in the world, safely kept inside a treasure chest between Punta Mesco and Punta Manara. A little corner of Liguria where generations have worked to create this monument in landscape architecture represented by the steep terraces sloping down to the sea.
Held up by over 7000 km of dry stone walling, cleverly built without any kind of cement, they are cultivated as vineyards that reach down to almost touch the lapping sea waves. The Cinque Terre, recognised by the Unesco “Mankind's World Heritage”, are today a National Park and Protected Marine Area with the aim of protecting this great cultural heritage.
ALONG THE PATHS OF THE MEDITERRANEAN BUSH: Without doubt, the best way to discover, to try and understand and enjoy the Cinque Terre is to visit it on foot. Along the paths and the centuries old flights of steps, which up to a short while ago were the only communication routes between the five villages, you come under the magic of this landscape and its panoramas suspended between sky and sea.
The terraced vineyards alternate with strips of olive trees and where man has abandoned the soil, the Mediterranean bush has taken over again, with round euphorbia bushes, broom, white and pink cystus and the agaves that dot the landscape and heady, spicy perfume of the eternal flower. The most famous path of the Cinque Terre is the “Via dell'Amore”, connecting Manarola to Riomaggiore and partially cut out of the steep cliffs overlooking the sea.
THE ROCKY SEA OF THE CINQUE TERRE: The inhabitants of these places had agricultural origins and lived on the hills. They came down to the coast, once the Saracens had finished invading, when the sea became safe and populated the villages at the mouths of the rivers along the shore. Cinque Terre landscape is harsh and wild and even the coast reflects this nature.
High cliffs reaching down into the cobalt blue depths of the sea hide minute shingle beaches at Riomaggiore and Vernazza or tiny “ports” like at Manarola, for pulling up the boats when the sea is rough. Here, in summer, sunbathers mix with fishermen. Between Vernazza and Corniglia there is the romantic beach of Guvano, to be reached on foot. A larger sandy beach, with facilities, can be found only at Monterosso al Mare.
THE VILLAGES: In medieval times, the name “terra” (land) meant village. From this origin comes the name Cinque Terre (five villages). Having rounded Punta Mesco, coming from Genoa, the first village is Monterosso al Mare, the only one with a large beach and promenade connecting its historical centre to the new Fegina quarter. Vernazza, located at the mouth of a river, is naturally protected from the threat of the sea by a rocky promontory and it has always been the only safe landing point in the Cinque Terre.
Corniglia, the only village not on the sea, but nestling on a hill surrounded by vineyards, has its own sweetly countrified appeal. Manarola and Riomaggiore, clinging to the rock face, with their houses piled up in a multi-coloured mosaic overlooking the sea, are the most typical and unspoilt villages of the five.
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