Surrounded by ancient olive groves the Agriturismo “ I Re Fenean” can be found on the sunny and picturesque hillside of Garlenda in the ancient hamlet of Praglione. The recently renovated building dates back to the XIX century offers 4 different choices of accommodation to its guests, all varying in size, tastefully decorated and with artistic touches added by the artist Manol Bozuffi. The Property is surrounded by the greens of the Garlenda Golf located in the valley of Lerrone river, one of the most picturesque valleys in the inland of Liguria.Wild mountains and alpine walks on Maritime Alps, untouched villages are outside your door. The area offers many kind of outdoor activities such as hiking, cycling and rock climbing. The sandy beaches, and night life of lively town of Alassio is only 4,5 miles far. There are several excellent restaurants within a short walk or drive. An excellent base to explore both the French and Italian Riviera's. Close to Monaco (1h), Nice(1h), Portofino.
I Re Fenean is a family run, lovingly restored ancient Italian farmhouse dwelling dating back to the fourteenth century which now houses six uniquely styled Agriturismo self catering apartments with modern and comfortable facilities as well as a private swimming pool. Our holiday rentals are situated amongst the olive groves and vineyards in the picturesque Apennine mountain terrain of Garlenda, in the ‘Riviera Dei Fiori’ province of Savona, Liguria, within a few miles of the famous Italian Riviera coastline and its popular beach resorts. Our charming apartments with panoramic scenic views, which can cater for two up to six guests each, have been stylized with care by mixing contemporary amenities with antique furnishings finished with personal artistic touches by Italian artist Manol Bozuffi.
Situated in the lush Ligurian countryside, in the ancient hamlet of Praglione adjacent to Garlenda Golf Club and the village of Garlenda, nestled between the sea and the hills in close proximity to the sandy beaches of the Italian Riviera ports of Alassio, Imperia & Sanremo and the medieval and Roman towns of Albenga and Villanova. The cities of San Remo, Ventimiglia and Nice, as well as the port of Genoa, are all within an hour’s drive with Milan’s ultra chic mode and designer fashions a two journey away, whilst the famous attractions of Portofino, Rapallo, Santa Margherita Ligure and Cinque Terre (Five Lands) are within a 90 minute drive.
Only 1 hour car drive there are 2 Internationl Airport :C. Colombo-Genoa-Italy ( Ryanair) and Cote D'Azur-Nice-France ( easyJet + Air Lingus) for low cost fly.
I Re Fenean is the perfect base for a multitude of outdoor tourist activities which includes golfing, sailing, horse riding, cycling and mountain biking, walking and trekking as well as a plethora of water sports which include yacht sailing, surfing, diving, horse racing etc etc.. (TBC). Avid shopaholics have a wealth of markets and designer city shopping to choose from on their doorstep here whist Italian art, history and culture enthusiasts will not be left disappointed.
Less active guests can enjoy the open peaceful and unspoilt scenic mountain and coastal landscapes, quaint traditional villas, and the friendly, welcoming people that this region is renowned for and immerse themselves in an atmosphere of complete tranquility.
Tuition and short courses in distemper, water colouring, oil and fabric painting are available with artist Manol Bozuffi.
Private language tuition and lessons & Italian Food and Cooking Courses can also be arranged on request.
Bike:After the Second World War champions like Fausto Coppi, Felice Gimondi, Vittorio Adorni and many others decided to take advantage of the mild climate, beautiful scenery and wonderful hospitality of the Riviera Ligure delle Palme and do their training here before the start of the racing season.
Following in the tracks of the professional cyclists, amateurs can also find an ideal setting for long rides on our roads, surrounded by the colors of the sea and the scents of the lush vegetation of the interior.
One annual event that definitely should not be missed is the Trofeo Laigueglia, which opens the international professional racing season.
Free Climbing:And it is no accident that the Riviera Ligure delle Palme, with its splendid scenery, should have become a major center for this emerging sport. The walls of white and porous limestone rising sheer above the sea, testifying to millions of years of geological history, draw climbers of international standing as well as complete neophytes: an influx of between a hundred and two hundred thousand people a year, distributed right along the coast and at all times of year, thanks to the numerous routes (around 2000) at different levels of difficulty.
All that it takes is a minimum of equipment – light shoes and short pants – along with a bit of experience gained on the simplest climbs and a taste for adventure in order to be able to enjoy fabulous views over a multicolored sea.
Riding:The hinterland of the Riviera Ligure delle Palme seems almost to have been made for those who love to go on excursions by horse, with its well-equipped trails covering the whole province.
The many riding centers dotted around the territory permit anyone to spend a pleasant day riding up from the coastal plains to the shady beech forests of the interior. Garlenda also offers the chance to attend genuine horse races at the racecourse in Villanova d’Albenga and to try your hand at show jumping at one of several centers of equitation.
‘I Re Fenean’ is a quiet relaxing retreat privately owned and run by Laura and Giampiero and it is our pride and joy. We are both from area of Albenga and we have taken great care with a lot of attention to detail to restore this, our little ‘rustico’ nestled in the Ligurian countryside. We have trawled many an antique market in our area to unearth hidden furniture and fixture treasures, which we have then duly cleaned, fixed, restored and polished before placing them in each of our apartments so that each place has its own individual ambience and touch. We would describe our style is easy-going, and a little quirky with a nod towards the creative – all helped by our friend the artist Manol. Our love for the land results in the odd handful of fresh vegetables, herbs or olives for guests as our tillage garden and olive grove produces each year.
As we are both natives of the Alassio and Albenga region, we are very familiar with the area along with the memorable experiences and enjoyment it can offer to tourists. We are very happy to oblige guests with our local know-how and impart to them the area’s best kept secrets to ensure that their stay with us will bestow each with fond memories for long after their return home.
The I Re Fenean apartments are conveniently located for those who want to immerse themselves in the viniculture (vineyards and olives) of Liguria or for those who enjoy outdoor pursuits such as mountain biking, cycling, sailing, walking, mountain climbing and trekking. The hustle and bustle of the Riverian coastal towns is only ten minutes away as are many popular beach resorts and historical old towns. Our swimming pool enables guests to relax and enjoy themselves whilst overlooking a picturesque valley strewn with olive groves and winding walks. Each apartment has its own style of décor and a little terrace, which we find guests like to use to enjoy an evening dinner or aperitif ‘al fresco’ listening to the sounds of the countryside and Ligurian nature at its best.
There are several excellent restaurants within a short walk or drive. Garlenda and Villanova village, only five minutes away, has nice restaurant and pizzerias,butchers, groceries, and banks, as well as cafes. Five miles away is a big Co-op. Only 10 min to beaches of Albenga and Alassio. Long coastline of towns to visit including Portofino 1 hour 30 min. Following the Wine and Oil trail, will lead you to discover little villages full of charm and rich in local products. For sportsman, the Golf Club the Tennis Courts, hiking, horse-riding and horse-racing, parachuting and gliding lessons in the Aero Club are but some of the activities on offer. A few minutes drive takes you to a whole range of water sports. The traditional “ FIAT 500 Meeting” every year on July calls to Garlenda fans of the famous “ great little car”.The Agriturismo I Re Fenean is only 1 hour car drive from the Airport of: Nice/ France =(Easyjet & Air Lingus) & Genoa/ Italy=( Ryanair) low cost fly.
Other Activities: Climbing
Golf: Our Agriturismo ' I RE Fenean' is surrounded by the greens of the Garlenda Golf Club, located in the valley of Lerrone river, one of the most picturesque valleys in the inland of Liguria, and it is surrounded by ancient olive yards and pinewoods. The 18 holes golf course, which was opened in 1965, has been designed by architects Morrison and Herris, who wonderfully blended it in the local landscape without altering the environmental characteristics. The course covers 6085 mt., it is Par 72 and, from the Championship's Tee, it gives the most skillfull players a hard test and offers a pleasant challenge from the players from the normal tees. Splendid climate give the possibility of playing all year long, giving real pleasure to your game. It is open all the year round