“Paradise by the river” Il mulino is in a beautiful setting on the river which provided hours of entertainment for the whole family, swimming, looking for rocks, tadpoling (my personal favourite). The Petch famiy were very helpful arranging meals for us in a local agriturismo and an impromptu pasta lesson which was awesome. They also like a spot of tennis so watch out keen tennis players and dont be put off by Maurices' claim to only be a hacker, he does some smashing shots and Angela hits the ball with lovely spin. We finished 1set all and we cant wait for the rematch!
The mill is extreely well equiped for people who eat in a lot and the cupboard handily had a few cooking essentials in case you are in a 'ready steady cook' situation!
I recmmend Pennabilli for great coffee and cakes, Angela will tell you where the cafe is!
“peaceful, restorative, clean and welcoming place” We visited again and loved it again - the house felt loved and well tended - with plants and flowers outside and food to welcome us in the fridge. we were with family and friends and enjoy the space and warmth of the place. There is a visitors book outlining interesting places to visit and eat and we make more discoveries each time. We saw a wild tortoise in the woods this time. We love going for a walk up the river and having a bathe too. We now get eggs and milk from the farm up the road. We never see many people and enjoy the peace. Its good for anyone wanting a peaceful place near lots of beautiful places. We usually hire bikes - even though its hot and hilly - others like to hire a car but you can get there from Venice/Pisa or Rome on the train, then bus and a walk up a hill - we like that journey into Italy. Its on the Umbrian/Tuscany border - gorgeous
“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!