Villa | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Sleeping four people this pretty country villa recently restored occupies a privileged hillside position right at the gates of the old charming village of Montemarcello located on the borders between Liguria and Tuscany, at just a stone's throw from the Cinque Terre natural reserve.
Its peaceful countryside location enjoys utmost privacy and seclusion. The house is a part of a private estate surrounded by olive groves enjoying extensive views over the Mediterranean Sea.
Villa Montemarcello has been meticulously restored in 2009 by the owners who also live in the estate in a separate independent home. It provides all modern comforts, while at the same time preserving its typical Ligurian design with the warm and soft tones of the walls and furniture. The elegant details add a special touch of class and distinction to this property, where tradition blends harmoniously with sea, sun and relaxation!
Accommodation: The villa extends over ground-floor level. From the garden and the lovely patio French doors lead straight into the elegant bright living-dining room, which integrates both living and dining sections. The spacious interior is tastefully furnished with care and attention to the details, an antique stone fireplace, a comfortable sofa and chairs, whose colour-scheme harmoniously complements the traditional floors. Adjacent there is the fully equipped kitchen with all modern appliances.
A little corridor leads to the two bedrooms tastefully and stylishly furnished and decorated throughout and careful attention has been paid to every detail of comfort and convenience a guest could require. Each bedroom is fitted with ceiling- fans and has modern ensuite bathroom with shower. Both have romantic windows looking out on to the flowering garden.
The villa offers all modern comforts such as wireless internet, satellite tv, dvd, stereo system, washing machine, dishwasher, safe and mosquito screens. The furnishings have all been carefully chosen to create a bright and airy atmosphere.
Garden & Swimming Pool: Due to the exclusive location of the villa you can't reach it by car which can be parked 100 meters away. When you arrive at the property an iron gate welcomes you and introduces you to the totally private grounds of the villa.
The patio is fully equipped with table and chairs to enjoy al fresco dining and spend time in complete relaxation sipping a glass of wine.
The meticulously tended lawns of the well-kept garden are accessed directly from every door of the villa and extend right down to the low, stone, perimeter wall, which opens out on to the magnificent scenic backdrop of the peaceful green valley and the turquoise Mediterranean beyond. The grass is dotted with ancient shade-giving olive trees and other mature trees, together with rosemary bushes, lavender and bright flowering plants.
Immersed in the green garden stands the pool (3x5 meters) surrounded by a perfectly manicured lawn. It is completed by elegant wooden garden forniture with sun lounges and sun umbrellas.
Everything at Villa Montemarcello is perfectly in place to create the ideal setting for your wonderful vacation!
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||7 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Pisa 70 km, Nearest railway: Sarzana 14 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
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 En suites|
|Furniture||Double beds (2)|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
The North West Italy region
This property's extraordinarily peaceful setting, where utmost privacy is guaranteed, will probably make you reluctant to venture far afield! However, if you do wish to explore the natural and historic attractions of this scenically outstanding area, this location makes it an ideally strategic base.
The seashore is about 10 minutes by car or you can reach the seaside below in a 20 minutes' walk only suitable for well trained hikers. The charming old fishing villages of Tellaro, Fiascherino and Lerici, now sophisticated luxury resorts, with fine beaches and excellent restaurants, are about 10 kms away.
The panoramic coastal road leading to the villa winds its way uphill through luxuriant, seductively aromatic Mediterranean 'maquis' vegetation and takes you through a string of picturesque little villages hugging the coastline.
Montemarcello is the nearest village walking distance from the villa 100 meters away where you can find restaurants, bars and grocery shops.
Regular ferry services run from the nearby port of Lerici to connect with such enticing seaside destinations as Portovenere and the Cinque Terre villages; while further inland you can enjoy cultural sightseeing in the ancient Roman town of Luni, with its fascinating museum.
The world-famous Carrara quarries, source of all Michelangelo's superb white marble, are also situated in the near vicinity. The splendid historic cities of Genoa, Lucca and Pisa are all about an hour's drive away, while Florence is approximately 1 hour and half away by car.
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.