|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Our house is in the small hillside medieval village of Ameglia on the Ligurian-Tuscan border, about 3 km from the sea and about a 45 minute drive from Pisa on the A12 autostrada. The house has stupendous views across its own small valley, much of which is a vineyard and orchard, to the ruin of its medieval fortress, and then across the Val di Magra, to Carrara, famous for its marble and association with Michelangelo, and the snow-capped Apuan Alps and Lunigiana. Its situation is ideal for those wanting to relax, walk through attractive countryside, swim from sandy beaches or in deep water coves, enjoy folk culture or the cultural sights for which Italy is renowned.
The house itself: The detached, two-storey house has two bedrooms on the first floor and a lounge and kitchen/diner on the ground level; all windows, which receive the morning sun, look out onto the views described above. The bedrooms have French windows leading out onto small balconies overlooking the valley. The afternoon and evening sun settles on the side terraces. All the rooms have high ceilings and three have light ash parquet floors - giving a good sense of space and lightness – while the stairs leading up from the lobby to the bathroom are in marble, as are the kitchen draining board and the window frames. The recently refurbished kitchen has a terracotta floor with inlaid decorative tiles. The lounge has two deep settees, radio and CD player, coffee table and sideboard containing a variety of local guide-books, tourist information on places to visit, annual events and OS maps for walkers, a few board games and DVDs.
The village: The village itself has a small piazza with a bar and restaurant. There is also a post-office, general store, bakery and doctor’s surgery. Travelling shops selling fish, cheeses, fruit and vegetables set up their stalls in the piazza once a week. The village on the plain at the bottom of the hill has a bank, a supermarket, laundry and a variety of shops and services, including a dentist. An archway from the piazza leads into the lanes of the main part of the ancient township with its church and 10th century castle, in the grounds of which during the summer the Commune hosts a full cultural programme. A detailed history of Ameglia (in Italian), from its iron-age origins, can be found in the house. (Please, do not hesitate to contact owner for website link or further information and more details).
The house and its surrounds: A small village, Montemarcello, lies at the top of the hill, from which there are spectacular views of the Gulf of Poets, with Lerici (about 4 miles from Ameglia) to the east of the bay, where Shelley lived, and the headland of Portovenere from which Byron swam. You can walk from our house through the woods directly to Lerici or take a magnificent cliff top walk to the charming hamlet of Tellaro. Ferries run from Lerici to the Cinque Terre, which can also be reached by car and by train from Sarzana. For information on timetables and prices visit the Trenitalia web site. Forte dei Marmi, which is an expensive resort along the coast with designer boutiques and an 18-hole golf course, is only a 15 mile drive away. Lucca and Pisa are within an easy one hour drive and it takes a little longer to drive to Florence and Parma. Depending on time, on your return journey from Lucca you can visit Puccini's villa on Torre del Lago, and during the season attend a performance of one of his operas.
Everything about this property was perfect for us. The house was clean and lovely, with a beautiful view towards the ancient village. LIbby was very helpful, with wonderful recommendations and directions.
The location allowed us to explore the picturesque villages close to Ameglia, and visit Florence, the Cinque Terra, and Lucca for day trips. We ran out of time to do all the walks in the immediate area that we were hoping to do! We were traveling with our two teenagers.
I will be recommending this property to my friends in the future.
We have just returned from our second stay in this lovely property (the first being in 2010). The house is well equipped / excellently maintained and provides the perfect 'away from it all' stay in a small hillside community; which really does let you experience the charm of the region. Florence, Pisa, Portofino and the Cinque Terre are all within easy reach as are numerous beaches. For the evenings, Lerici is only a short drive away and provides a lovely setting for a meal or drink overlooking the marina and castle.
For us, this house is so well placed and provides everything we could wish for in a holiday property. As last time, Libby provided excellent communications. We are very happy we returned and can highly recommend this property to others.
Just returned from a very enjoyable week in Ameglia. This property was perfect for our family. The view from the house looking towards the castle and the mountains in the distance was spectacular, especially in the morning when the sun was rising and in the evening when the castle was lit up – so relaxing sitting out or just enjoying the view from inside.
The house was very comfortable in an idyllic setting. Ameglia itself gave a real feel for Italian life and the locals were very friendly (despite the fact that we don’t speak Italian – although we did have fun trying!). Libby provided excellent information regarding the property and surrounding area and communications relating to the rental were very good.
Ameglia itself is very well placed and we visited Pisa, Lucca and Rapallo where we took a boat to Portofino. We also visited many of the local villages such as Montemarcello, Tellaro and Portovenere. Lerici was excellent in the evening for sitting out and eating. Good beaches were also very close by.
All in all a lovely holiday in a lovely house in a perfect setting which we would happily recommend to friends.
What a wonderful place to stay, a perfect holiday. The most immediately striking aspect is the wonderful views over the picturesque ancient villiage. The colours change throughout the day as the sun rises and sets over the distant hills.
The house itself was clean, with the large kitchen becoming a great central hub for leisurely breakfasts or long dinners over a bottle of wine.
The house has a great location, although a car is essential. The beach is within walking distance though, helpful for burning off the wonderful Italian food. We were able to explore the Cinque Terra and close enough to Florence (where my fiance proposed!!). We shared the house with my brother and his wife, and we found we had enough space for 4 adults.
Libby was very helpful, good directions and suggestions. I have already recommended this property to my friends.
We rented this villa in May 2007. (Yes it has taken us a long time to write a note about it!) My husband, myself and two girls (aged 6 and eight at the time) found the villa to be everything we hoped for. Mrs Cooper had warned us about the marble staircase and the drop at the front of the villa which had a railing, as the girls were so young so we warned the girls but it was not a problem to us. A well organised house and a very comfortable stay for us with amazing views and very friendly locals. We hope to go back again!!!! I have recomended the villa to friends as i want to share the relaxing experience. The villa was very clean and well maintained and Mrs Cooper was very helpfull when we had a problem with our arrival and departure dates.We were sad to leave! A beautiful experience in a beautiful setting.
From the depths of a cold, Canadian winter, my husband and I think longingly of this wonderful house. We spent two weeks here in April of 2008 and the only problem we encountered was that the house was so comfortable and so inviting that each day we found ourselves making excuses about why we should just stay "home" and not explore farther afield. The wonderful book and CD collections make it very tempting to just sit back, relax and enjoy . . .
The house was a delight. Immaculate and well-appointed, it more than exceeded our expectations. We have rented a number of "holiday homes" over the years and this one ranks as one of our top choices.
Libby's information sheets were very thorough and helpful, and the maps and guidebooks were a boon. I very much appreciated the selection of cookbooks as sources for ideas as we usually "ate in." Although we'd brought along many basics (we arrived after spending a week in a house in France), the house was already well supplied with such things as oil, pasta, balsamic, detergents.
Each night we went to bed with our bedroom windows unshuttered -- because the view is beautiful even in the dark. In the morning, we'd usually waken to sun and, again, a most wonderful view. It was magical.
We spent quite a bit of time walking the trails surrounding the village. But we took a number of car excursions, too. We also spent three days walking in the Cinque Terre -- we drove from Ameglia to Sarzana and took the train from there.
We did some shopping in the small shops of the upper village and some in the larger "Centro" market in the lower village. Although we do not speak Italian, we found shopkeepers extremely cordial and helpful.
We would recommend this rental property to our friends. In fact, we hope to be able to return!
The detached house is situated on a hilly peninsula above the river Magra and is surrounded by mixed woodland of mainly chestnut and pine, through which meander marked hiking footpaths, two of which begin 150 metres from the gate. A quiet road, which leads up behind the house, offers spectacular views of the Apuan Alps and the coastline curving around to Forte dei Marmi. To the east of Ameglia there is a choice of sandy beaches between the river Magra and Viareggio, and to the west in the direction of Lerici, there are sandy and rocky beaches, including those of the Cinque Terre. Bocca di Magra, close to Ameglia, is lined with sailing boats and has a marina. Bocca also has three good restaurants, two hotels and a private and public beach. Our nearest town, about 5 miles inland, is the medieval city of Sarzana, which has its own distinctive charm and full range of shops and services, including large supermarkets, and railway station.
Ski: For winter visitors, the Cerreto ski resort at over 1,500 metres with 5 chair lifts and cross-country skiing and slopes for children and adult beginners, is an hour long drive from the house.
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My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable damage deposit||$249|
Charges are all inclusive: all cleaning is included for instance.
A returnable breakage charge of £100 per week is required
The rental charge for Easter weeks is charged at £550 per week.
Between November and March, if the wood burning stove and gas-fired central heating is used, a charge will be applied.
Bed-linen and separate towels for the house and beach are supplied
£200 per week deposit. Full payment one month before arrival.