Villa | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 5
Montemarcello is a splendid little village of ancient origins, and is part of a list of "The most beautiful villages in Italy". It sits on a green promontory, covered in Mediterranean scrub, in what is surely one of the most attractive spots along the Ligurian coast, right on the border with Tuscany. And here you certainly enjoy the broadest and best panoramas of the area: the eastern part is framed by the Apuan Alps, with the typical white stripes of the marble quarries, then there's the Versilian coast with the mouth of the river Magra, and all around is open sea, where you can glimpse the island of Gorgona and even Corsica on a clear day, then towards the west is the Gulf of La Spezia (the famous Gulf of Poets) with the promontory of Portovenere and the islands of Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto, where the sun sets. The 3 independent properties offered here are just a 5 minute walk from the village of Montemarcello and are part of a large estate with Torre at its heart (the tower), which goes back to around 1200. It was originally a Saracen look-out tower and in the second half of the last century, after centuries of neglect, it was restored with love and care by the owners, when they combined it with the small farm buildings round it, making their holiday home here. Casa Azzurra, which is part of a typical Ligurian stone house, is just a short distance from Torre: it can also be reached on foot along a paved road starting at the village (100 meters): it has a nice private garden with a wood-burning oven and a splendid view of the Gulf of La Spezia. All the houses have the use of an enchanting swimming-pool (7 x 15 m) shared with the owners, surrounded by vegetation and with a magnificent view of the Gulf of Poets, which can be reached along a path crossing terraces covered in olive trees. All 3 properties have been recently renovated with care and tastefully furnished with modern, comfortable pieces (flat screen TV, Ipod-dock and hair dryer) and each one has its own furnished outside space. After dropping off your luggage, you should park your car in the free public parking area outside the gates of the property (100 meters). Montemarcello lies at the heart of a nature park, so it's ideal for walkers, with paths that reach isolated beaches and attractive little villages. From the harbor of Bocca di Magra (5 Km), there are ferries available to take you to Le Cinque Terre, Lerici, Portovenere and to the pebble beaches in the area.
GROUND FLOOR: with access direct from the garden: living-room with dining area and kitchen area (oven, dishwasher), 1 small bedroom-studio with double sofa-bed and french windows with access to the garden, ante-bathroom with washing-machine, 1 bathroom with shower.
FIRST FLOOR: 1 double bedroom, 1 small single bedroom, 1 bathroom with bath-tub.
External private area in the garden.
Extra costs and further information
Total final cleaning cost € 100
One set of bed and bath linen per week included in the price
Cot for babies under 2 years with bars available: free of charge
Domestic pets: allowed
Swimming-pool opening times (if available) Jun 01, 2013 - Sep 29, 2013
Refundable damage deposit to be paid in Euros on arrival € 600
Central heating: € 150 per week
Electricity included in the price
Other services included in the price:
Towels for the swimming-pool. Only for stays exceeding 7 days cleaning service and change of bed and bath linen on Saturdays (no obligatory cleaning during the week). Welcome basket (oil and jam of local production).
Further costs to be paid on the premises in cash:
Obligatory cleaning during the week: 2 hours a day, 1 days per week for a total of € 30 per week. per week. Extra services on request (cook for preparing dinner, baby-sitter, mountain bikes).
|Size||Sleeps up to 5, 3 bedrooms|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|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||DVD player, Sea view|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms|
The North West Italy region
Spanning Italy and Switzerland, Lake Maggiore nestles between hillsides clad with forests, orange blossom and verbena to create an oasis of outstanding natural beauty. It's little wonder that so many composers, authors and poets have come here to find their muse. From Rossini to Hemmingway, Lake Maggiore's serene waters, with its stunning Alpine backdrop, have provided a source of endless inspiration.
Must-see attractions include the world renowned botanical gardens Villa Taranto, famed for its floral displays and ingenious landscaping. Isola Bella is one of three gorgeous islands on the lake and comes complete with baroque palace and terraced gardens. Whilst the Mottarone Cable Car provides views of the mountains and lake that will live with you forever.
In fact, wherever you go around Lake Maggiore, from the enchanting medieval villages which dot the hillsides to a trip on the splendid Lake Maggiore Express, you're sure to remember it always.