The Old Mill
Watermill | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 6
The old mill has two large bedrooms, one with a double bed and windows over the river and a door to the outside terrace, both bedrooms have an ipod stand to bring yor music.
The second bedroom has two single beds and a window overlooking the waterfall made by the rivulet. Terracotta floors upstairs. Shower room next to the bedooms.
Lovely terrace solarium outside the bedrooms overlooking the waterfall with a swimming pool, this is totally ecological, the pool is fed from the river and flows back into the river just like when it was a working mill, however the water is filtered so nice and clean but no nasty chlorine or salt, full description below.
The living room has a stone floor and all the machinery for pressing olives and making olive oil. Huge fireplace for burning logs in the winter. Kitchen off the living room with an old stone sink. Tv with sound system for dvd's and ipod/iphone and a jack for an mp3 player. N terrestrial or staellite TV.
The garden area has a large terrace perfect for outdoor dining and BBQing. The garden boasts its own rock pool formed from the rivulet flowing down the side of the property and on to the main rivulet, this rock pool is shallow and great for children, under supervision always. The swimming pool is fed from the river, it is the original stone tank that was used to collect the overflow of the olive oil from the freshly pressed olives, and this olive oil was payment for the mill owner for pressing the villagers olives, he would then skim this oil off the top of the water and sell it. There is also private bathing in the rivulet and a rock pool in the garden for paddling and keeping cool.
This is a wonderful holiday opportunity to get back to basics and have a real family holiday, long walks in the country, horse riding, biking and just relaxing, no internet and a tv just for DVDs if you wish to bring films or CDs, you will find a selection at the mill.
Alternatively you could spend the the day at the beach and then relax in the evening back in the mill and back in time.
Ideal for a wedding in Italy, romantic and isolated enough to have the best wedding reception ever. This could be catered for as well if required.
If you would like a private chef for your stay or for a few meals this can be arranged also if you require daily maid service this can be arranged as well.
We are just one hour from Monaco so why not stay at the mill and visit the Monaco Grand Prix for an exciting once in a lifetime experience.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Ventimiglia 15 minutes 15 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||300 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Nice International airport 60 mins away 70 km, Nearest railway: Ventimiglia Italy 17 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Private fishing lake or river|
|Further details indoors|
The lane the mill is on follows the river a few kilometres and it is a lovely walk with plenty of opportunities for bathing along the way, it is a paradise for children who can explore to their hearts content. There is horse riding close by too. There is a large garden and a private path down to the river, where the crystal clear cold water flows from the mountains down to the sea and is so refreshing, completely stress free all you need for a perfect family holiday or a romantic holiday or even a few friends getting together.
The villages around have dances all summer long and provide entertainment of a vast range for all the family and of course we are so close to the sea, even though I can assure you after a hot day at the beach the mill will seem like paradise found on your return.
Stock up the car from one of the supermarkets in Ventimiglia or Camporosso on your way down, look out for BILLA, LIDL, CONAD or Maxisconto - when you turn left after Ventimiglia up the valley on the left hand side over the river you will see a small industrial estate at the first roundabout go right over the bridge and right after the second roundabout to maxi Sconto (more choice than LIDL that you will see first) and just enjoy.
You will find a mobile phone in the mill with an Italian sim card for your use, incase you need to contact us or book local restaurants, this is just for local calls.
Small food shops are usually closed Wednesday afternoons but the bigger supermarkets are all open even on Sundays. Bread is bought from shops called PANETTERIA and most small grocery shops have bread.
The property has been renovated and redecorated.
|Further details outdoors|
1. Lots of open space
2. Quiet country road very safe
3. Rock pool in garden
4. Private natural swimming pool fed from the river
5. Private entrance onto property
6. Short walk to your own private part of the rivulet and bathing.
7. Parts of the rivulet form deep rock pools big enough for a good swim.
Euro50 to be given to our representatiive on arrival for the final cleaning, or deducted from deposit.
You must remove all your rubbish on departure please unless otherwise discussed with owners.
Please make sure you have adequate travel insurance for any eventuality and if you are British your E11 form for the doctor or hospital.
The North West Italy region
Hot and sunny, the Italian riviera is famous world wide for the sun and sea and the home grown produce, wine, olive oil, olives it is the playground of the rich and famous being just 30minutes from monte Carlo.
Pigna Liguria the Italian Riviera- 45 mins Nice International airport for sale and rent Liguria -Pigna heaven nestling between Bordighera and Ventimiglia in the beautiful picturesque Nervia valley, 3 bedroomed apartment with bathroom and separate wc, large balcony overlooking the village with the sun all day, in the famous medieval village of Pigna, just 45 minutes from Nice International Airport (France)or 1.5 hours from Genova International Airport (Italy). Ready to go back in time, relax, unwind, chill, leave the hustle and bustle behind and yet just 20 mins from the sea. The village has 3 village stores, 3 restaurants, 4 coffee bars, a pizzeria,a doctor's surgery, pharmacy, bank, Post Office all the amenities you could want on a small village scale. Rock pools are dotted around the village which make spectacular bathing holes in the endless hot summer.
The interest in the village has been phenomenal since it was featured on a UK BBC Holiday Home programme.
The village is a great place for a get away from it all holiday, for children it is paradise as they can run wild and free and thoroughly enjoy themselves, there is a huge football field and tennis courts, fishing in the river or bathing and of course just 20 minutes from the beach, true paradise.
Horse riding in the hills behind Pigna, long walks and of course the village has the Terme a 4 star Spa hotel with all the treatments and an outdoor pool which can be used by anyone daily.
You can also hire Quad bikes and explore the mountains with a guide as far as France!!
Take a plane to nice airport pick up a hire car point towards Genova Italy (Genes in French) on the motorway, 25 minutes you are in Italy exit the motorway at Ventimiglia and then turn left at the end of Ventimiglia and 20 minutes later you will arrive in Pigna.
If you prefer the village taxi can collect you at Nice airport for €100
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12 Aug 2011
"amazing mountain hideaway with its own stream & stunning waterfall view"
The Mill is set in lovely scenery with green forest in every direction. The location between stream waterfall and forrest is unbeatable. On a clear night, the moon rises over the mountain silhouetting the pine trees along the ridge which is just breathtaking. The mill isn't completely secluded as a small lane providing access is also used by other locals... and there is some small wildlife to be aware of as you would expect in the forrest. Only negative was the lack of a bath which may be a problem for some, otherwise perfect. The owners where also very kind and easy to make arrangements with.
Thank you for your excellent review, we have tried to make the Mill as comfortable as possible, unfortunately we will not be able to put a bath in as the bathroom is too small, but we do out best to attend to all improvements that we can make at the Mill and we hope to welcome you back in the future.
10 Aug 2011
"Paradise_the real Italy still exists"
First of all I want to congratulate Sandro for his amazing work with the mill. We also felt very wellcome and could find all we need it at the mill. The place looks exactly as in the photos below, so no photoshop at all like in some cases. We were 2 children and 3 adults and we were grilling every single day after shoping in the villages nearby. The fact of being a bit isolated pleased me a lot as you can really find time for all kind of grilling. Monaco and Menton is about 30 minutes and we were there every single day just to bath....amazing views.
I strongly recommend this place if you want to get away from stress and to enjoy some quality time with your familly. Will be back again one day
Thank you so much for your wonderful review and we are so very happy that your stay in the Mill was memorable as this means a lot to us we love it so much. We hope to welcome you back in the future.
21 Jul 2011
"Interesting base in beautiful locality"
My husband and I were the first guests to stay in this unusual and eye-catching property arriving slightly before the renovation was totally completed. It is best suited to families with two older children or young teenagers, however, as steep stone steps and surrounding railings make it unsuitable for toddlers and/or anyone with walking disabilities. It's worth mentioning that Sandro bought and installed a washing machine just before we left which would be a welcome facility for ensuing guests.
Located up in the mountains between the villages of Pigna and Castel Vittorio amid beautiful forests the mill has its own stretch of river. The garden, although in its early stages, provided nice splashes of colour and will be gorgeous once established. The patio area is spacious and well-equipped, including a large barbeque, and the freshwater pool is a definite advantage as a welcome dip in its cool waters is essential in the hot summer months. You are really among nature here and we saw a wonderful array of brightly coloured butterflies; beautiful, iridescent, turquoise dragonflies – enormous by our standards; and the light posse of fireflies which danced around each evening like small flashing Xmas tree lights.
We ate out only once as we couldn't be bothered to dress-up each evening and preferred to make our own meals using fresh local produce to be eaten outside at our leisure. A couple of times we had a barbecue.
On a Sunday evening we decided to drive up to Castel Vittoria to have dinner in a restaurant Sandro had recommended but a there was a wedding party being held and it was closed to the public. Instead, we drove down to Isolabona and stopped at the “Agriturismo U Cian” which we'd fancied from the roadside each time we passed it. We had a fabulous meal for a fabulous price.
We loved the markets in Ventimiglia and Bordighera but you need to allow at least 40-mins to drive from the mill and find a parking space. If you have time, go to San Remo, or take the train to Monaco or Monte Carlo as the traffic in MC is horrendous! There are so many places to see around this lovely area.
We stayed only 8 days at the mill but it was a perfect place for a relaxing, chill-out holiday -away from emails and internet as there is no broadband. Take along some DVDs and CDs as there were only about 3 of each when we were there. Enjoy!
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19 Jul 2011
"A perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of everday life in a beautiful setting"
The Mill is as beautiful as its photographs. It sleeps 6 comfortably & is very well equiped. If you enjoy nature this is the place to go. A kids paradise with a river running alongside which was fu… More
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18 Jul 2011
"Absolutely stunning location!"
We enjoyed a truely memorable holiday here. The Mill is picturesque & tranquil. The swimming pool is perfect for a refreshing dip & the rocky river running through the grounds is great fun too. Pigna… More
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