Sunny, cosy cottage
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Cottage / 1 bedrooms / sleeps 3 Home 208950
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Cottage / 1 bedrooms / sleeps 3
The cottage is in the popular hilltop village of Apricale, considered one of the most beautiful in Italy and whose name comes from 'apricus', meaning 'open to the sun.' Apricale is situated in the foothills of the proposed UNESCO World Heritage site of the Ligurian Maritime Alps, 10 miles from the sea and is an ideal base for a spring or autumn walking holiday, with many miles of trails and with a mild climate. It is a nature lover's paradise, full of wildflowers in spring, with many species of butterfliies and birdlife. Also a great base for a summer beach holiday with easy access to the Italian and French Rivieras: Nice (40miles), Monaco and San Remo (25 miles) but cheaper than staying in those locations.
The cottage is suited for a peaceful romantic weekend, with its rustic restoration- tiled floors, stone walls and wooden beams- or a self catering weeks holiday, for a couple, 3 close friends or a family with one child, as there is a sofa bed in the downstairs room.
A number of foreigners and Italians from other regions, among them writers, actors and artists, have restored the abandoned old stone buildings to create holiday homes alongside the local residents, whose culture of olive farming, wine and vegetable producing still exists and is infact recovering, due to the availability of new markets. This mix has produced a fascinating, cosmopolitan place to visit, especially in summer, when there are musical and theatical events in the car-free piazza.
There are many beautiful paths that start from the village, which were old mule trails connecting village to village, or hikes up to 2000m in the Maritime Alps( 20 miles form Apricale)-acessible for most of the year. Your host can give you detailed information on short or longer walks, or can offer half or whole day guided hikes if he is in the village. There is also an info pack on the many places to visit on the coast and inland, including the beautiful Hanbury Botanical Gardens, the prehistoric caves at Balzi Rossi and the Belle Epoque coastal town of Bordigerha.
The cottage is situated on the most sunny 'carrugi' (walkway) in the village, with views over garden terraces, down to river valley below and over the wooded mountains. Its peaceful location feels more like being in the countryside than in a village-at night the only sound your sometimes hear is the hooting of an owl. However It is only a few minutes walk to the traditional village shop, where you can mix with the locals, while buying reasonably priced local products. A couple of minutes more takes you to the central piazza, with its open air cafes, restaurants, museum and gardens. The other benefit of its location in the village, which is very important, due to the steep pathways, (as it makes bringing your luggage and shopping easier), is the proximity to the main road with convenient parking and bus stop, a couple of minutes down a newly restored cobblestone ramp.
|Size||Sleeps up to 3, 1 bedrooms|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Nearest beach||Ventimiglia 13 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Nice 50 km, Nearest railway: Ventimiglia 15 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 2|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace|
|Access||Not suitable for wheelchair users|
|Further details indoors|
• The bright upstairs bedroom has a large double bed, olive wood desk for writing or using a computer and 3 large windows with views down to the valley and across to another hilltop village. • The downstairs room has a full kitchen, dining and sitting area, which is compact but very cosy! • The stylish bathroom has a corner shower with glass doors. . There is TV with a selection of films with suround sound in the bedroom but not digital TV Mobile WiFi modem for easy access to internet with tablet or phone.
|Further details outdoors|
• For taking breakfast or other meals, there is a small covered terrace that receives sun most of the day in spring, autumn and winter and in summer gives welcome shade, with views across the valley and hilltops.
Comprehensive tourist information, including walking routes and good hiking maps-something not easy to find in English. See also new website in 4 languages produced by people in love with Apricale, including up to date information about news and events, www.apricaleinfo.org. and also www.cinquvalli.it . There is free wifi in the piazza and the Tarrochi bar on the main road.
The Liguria region
Apricale is located in a side valley of the Valley Nervia, that runs from the sea up to the peaks of the Ligurian Alps at 2000m, all within 30 miles. There are the benefits of choosing each day of your stay between the beach and the resorts of the Riviera or exploring the mountain towns and hiking routes, with spots for river swimming. The climate is exceptional, maybe the best in Europe, with many sunny days, warm spring and autumn temperatures and summers that rarely get too hot, unlike other parts of the Med. It is possible to go swimming in the sea and mountain hiking even in November, for example! The many historical villages each have their own character and special food traditions and in the summer their own local festivals.The famous cities of San Remo in Italy and Monaco, Menton and Nice in France are all easily in reach for a great day trip.
Apricale is a labyrinth of narrow cobblestone, partly covered walkways and is for pedestrians only, including its stunning central piazza. It is a very relaxing place to spend whole days, with outside cafes to read or draw or to use the free wi-fi. There is a castle with galley and museum to see some famous international exhibitions and paintings made in the village itself. A local artisan runs stained glass classes and Ligurian cookery lessons can be arranged. In August a theatre company from Genova takes up residence and performs for 10 consecutive nights. There are lovely half day and day hikes starting in Apricale, or if you have a car there are a many other hikes of varying difficulties, including reaching the peaks of the LIgurian Alps, with stunning views over the Mediterranean, as far as Corsica, and the Alps. There are many MTB routes, the ones on Monte Bignone very famous on the 'circuit.' As a nature lovers paradise there are also 2 different places to swim in cold mountain rivers, very refreshing in July and August. For a more conventional time the coast is only 20mins drive away with beaches, markets, museums and gardens, including the famous Hanbury Botanic Gardens, created by a weathy Englishman over one hundred year ago, on cliffs overlooking the sea.
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30 Sep 2012
"Pretty, homely cottage in amazing village"
We had a wonderful holiday in Apricale. The cottage was really pretty and homely and had everything you needed for a very comfortable stay. The views from the bedroom were amazing and the terrace provided a great outdor space for breakfast, early evening drinks and also lazing away the afternoon when we just wanted to chill out. The shower room was great with loads of storage, shelves, hooks, etc which so often are missing in hotel/apartment bathrooms. My one gripe is the lack of waste bins - the only one being the kitchen bin. The cottage is extremely good value for money and I would thoroughly recommend it.
Thanks for the positive review, especially about the bathroom and terrace, alot of thought was put into both. The most sought after aspect in Apricale is to have an outdoor space with the house/appartment to make the most of the sun and the views. Being south facing my terrace gets sun all day in spring and Autumn, making it possible to sunbathe in December! I have now bought a couple of waste bins-its not something so common in Italy, but the British do some things better!
6 Aug 2012
"Great little cottage, ideal for couples in peaceful, beautiful location"
My partner and I stayed in this lovely little restored cottage in the beautiful hilltop village of Apricale for a week over the end of July/beginning of August. It is a great base for exploring the local area - ideally situated up windy mountain roads for peaceful walks and local food but also close to major cities, beaches and the French border for Menton, Monaco and Nice. The accommodation is compact but well equipped and there was useful information about local walks provided. The bedroom and balcony have stunning views over the surrounding mountains and we enjoyed breakfast al fresco and candlelit drinks in the evening. A super week in lovely surroundings.
18 May 2012
"Cute little self contained cottage in the beautiful village of Apricale..."
Myself and two close friends stayed in this lovely little self contained apartment/cottage in the town of Apricale in North Western Italy in April this year. The accommodation is perfect for 2 or 3 close friends or for a couple wanting a little romantic getaway. Apricale is a beautiful little Italian village set ontop of one of the many small mountain ranges in this region and is just 15km from the coast. The apartment is up one of the many narrow, cobble stoned streets of the village and has lovely thick stone walls and wooden ceilings. The upstairs bedroom was my favourite part of the cottage with its wooden beamed ceilings and corner windows looking out to the breathtaking view of the valleys and neighbouring hilltop villages. The apartment has a very cosy, homely feel to it and it's in a perfect location to explore the surrounding area which offers many lovely hikes and walks and also quaint villages to wander around and explore.
18 May 2012
"Lovely little cottage in a STUNNING location"
I stayed in this little cottage with 2 friends of mine for about 10 days over Easter. It was really really lovely. Robert was a perfect host, going over and above the call of duty, making sure we had everything that we needed, lots of ideas for things to see and do, recommendations for the best places to eat and drink and sharing local knowledge as to what was happening - he even texted us with weather updates so we could plan our activities accordingly! The village and surrounding area is breathtakingly beautiful. We went on fabulous walks, cycles and took 100's of photographs. I had the best coffee of my life, delicious wine from the region, fabulous pizza, local cheese and fruit. The cottage itself is really sweet, with great views from the upstairs bedroom, although it it small downstairs in the living area and simply done, it's very functional and homely. You can see the care and attention that has gone into the restoration of this cottage and the result is lovely. It has a really homely, unpretentious feel and we spent lots of time there! It's brilliant value for money, it seems to be a fairly up market location and most other properties in the area seemed to be much much more expensive
14 May 2012
"Apricale is an amazing place to visit, an undiscovered gem!"
What an amazing place to stay! The villa has been beautifully renovated and offers great views over the surrounding countryside. From the villa, there is easy access to a few shops to buy food/supplies for your stay, and there are a number of local restaurants and cafes to sit in and soak up the Italian atmosphere. From Apricale, you can easily get to the surrounding villages of Dolceaqua, Isolobana and Rochetta Nervina. The Canyon walk from Rochetta Nervina is worth the effort as you are rewarded with a refreshing dip into the plunge pools at Ponte di Cin. It's also easy to get down to Menton, Monaco and Nice on the French rivera for a day trip out. Overall, Apricale is a great place to visit if you want a relaxing few days away, with the option of doing a bit of exploring away from the usual tourist hot spots.
7 May 2012
"Charming, compact property with great views and a friendly and informative owner in an amazingly characterful village"
We really enjoyed staying at this place in the atmospheric hilltop village of Apricale. The owner was very helpful and welcoming and has lots of information about the area, being particularly well-informed about walking and hiking around the beautiful and wild Maritime Alps. The area is full of a dramatic scenery and architecture and there are plenty of excellent restaurants nearby. The property is small but is very good value for money - and much more affordable than a lot of accommodation in the area. The owner has restored the building very sympathetically and the natural stone walls provide a romantic and cosy getaway. There's a small terrace which is great for breakfasts overlooking the hills. Comfortable double bed, good shower and kitchen facilities.
It was a real pleasure to host such a well-travelled, cultured couple, who appreciated the beauty of Apricale and its surroundings and who helped with suggestions on how to improve a stay at the cottage, based on their years of experience of letting their own historical property in France. Taking their advice, I have now added a cafeteria and teapot for the kitchen-even though my Italian friends don’t agree that using the former is the best way to make coffee! I have also added better blankets, to compliment the comfortable bed, especially as the weather, so far this spring, is not as consistently warm as usual. I hope you will return for a longer stay to enjoy the area in sunnier weather and that we stay in touch.
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