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Beach house in Portofino

Bedrooms 3
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 8 people. Changeover day Saturday. Minimun stay 1 week

Niasca is right on the sea: even less than 10 metres! The position is incredibly special - between the green wooded hills and the sea. The flat overlooks a small public beach, it is under the road that links Santa Margherita Ligure to Portofino and is right next to the beautiful Paraggi bay, with its sand beach, amazing green transparent water, tiny town and exclusive villas. It's located in the Park of Portofino: a stunning park that features beautiful and very diverse walks thanks to the biodiversity of flora and fauna, with stunning views on the sea and steep cliffs. From the boathouse located below the flat you can appreciate the beauty of Portofino Marine Park in the best possible way: paddling, rowing and sailing are provided by the organization 'Outdoorportofino'.

Santa Margherita Ligure (3.5 km away) is a pretty small town with all kinds of shops and facilities (hospital, train station, pharmacy, restaurants) and is linked to Niasca by bus.

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Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, italian
Calendar last updated:
October 16, 2017

About G.Serra

My mother's family owns the flat from 1887. My grand-grand-father, from Genoa, both the flat with the boathouse to give to his ten sons the opportunity to grow up healthy and strong - swimming, rowing and hiking in stunning places. In the XIX century, Portofino was a little fisherman village, unknown from the newborn tourism. The only other tourists were two English brother and their family, living in the two castles of the area - Castello Paraggi, in front of Niasca and castello Brown, immediately above Portofino. Nowadays the natural park and the protected bay of Paraggi bring back the enchant of those days.

G.Serra purchased this apartment in 1887

Why G.Serra chose Genova province

The site is one of the most beatiful sea side places in the world.

What makes this apartment unique

You could hear from the living room the rhythmic sound of waves


Portofino Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:30 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 9:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • e check out is 9 A.M.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Mountain
  • Near The Ocean
  • Waterfront
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Telephone
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet
  • 1 bathroom with bath/shower over, wc and bidet. 2 bathrooms with shower, wc and bidet.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: 1 double bedroom with bathroom, 1 twin bedroom with bathroom; 1 four-bedroom with bathroom, with mezanine. In all 8 beds and 3 bathrooms.
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • bay/sound
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: The flat is very fresh, it doesn't need air conditioning. Underneath the flat there is a boathouse where during the summer is possible to rent kajaks, windsurfs and small sailing boats. A car space for 1 car (not a van) is provided. Outside: The outside is the public beach. The property is in a natural protected area, this is the reason way you can swim safely in Paraggi bay where the motorboats are not allowed. If you like trekking, directly from the apartment you can start beautiful trip with stunning landscape. Portofino village has very good restaurants and the most important Italian "griffe boutiques". Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bed linen is included.


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Beach house in Portofino
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 6 reviews
Victoria, Australia

Amazing property

  • 4 of 5

We had a great stay at Giancarla's extraordinary house. Fabulous position, great history to the place and in such a unique location. The house itself is very spacious, all well set up, although there is no kettle which was very unusual, I think one should be supplied. My only other comment would be that for the price we paid there should have been a mid stay clean!! We really enjoyed our stay, thank you.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm happy you had a positive experince staying in Niasca: I appreciated your politeness and respect for the property and I will keep in mind your suggestion. I hope you will keep in mind this destination for the future!
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Amazing home on the water

  • 5 of 5

The home is located between Santa Margherita and Portofino on the Parraggi bay. There are no other homes on the bay so it is very secluded. There are 3 bedroom and 3 baths with a large great room with kitchen, living and dining room. There are French doors that open to a small balcony overlooking the bay. The view and sounds of the sea were fantastic. The amenities were everything we neeeded. Giancarla was an excellent host and met all our needs. The walk to Portofino bay is 10 to 15 minutes. There is also retail business (Outdoor Portofino) that rents kayaks, paddle boards, and other water equipment. We strongly recommend this home to any travelers with family, friends wanting to party or couples looking for a quiet getaway. Thanks for the memories Giancarla!

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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We loved our stay and pleasure to find such spacious and charming apartment.

  • 4 of 5

The apartment was bright with a gorgeous view, almost no traffic noise inside, a pretty little public beach with kayak and paddle board rentals - perfect for families. We all had a great time. There is a busy road into Portofino to cross so care is important with children. It is an easy 10 minute walk into Portofino and 20 minutes to Sta Margherita along a red carpeted path! I would recommend it to any family who like beach activity as well as sight seeing. Thank you Giancarla,


  • Submitted: May 28, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Magical holiday retreat

  • 5 of 5

We arrived at Niasca late afternoon and couldn't believe how beautiful the house and location were. I had been a little concerned about the heat having read one review that suggested the house was humid and would be too hot in the summer, but this was absolutely not the case and despite a wonderful 30 degrees on the beach the house was always cool and comfortable. We didn't need to use the a/c units at all as there was a pleasant breeze through the open windows. I was also a bit worried about being under the road but again there was no need, you wouldn't know it apart from the occasional friendly toot of the bus horn that we really liked. The bus was regular, started early and ran late. It's worth getting a stack of the cheap bus tickets from the tabacchi, and make sure you don't get charged for going the whole way to Portofino!

The owner is delightful and helpful and even picked us up at the station and took us to the house via the supermarket, which was much appreciated. The house was well equipped and tranquil and it was impossible not to feel relaxed there. The views and light were stunning and we enjoyed the beach, the balcony and the garden as well as sitting at the fantastic metal table eating meals or relaxing on the sofas reading and chatting. It was a short walk to Portofino where we laughed at the super yachts and felt very superior with our vastly more tasteful home to return to. Make sure you get the ferry to the abbey - it is stunning. And hire a kayak! The water sports staff are helpful and friendly - we had a kayak for the day and took turns to go up and down the coast - well worth it.

Thankyou Giancarla for sharing your wonderful home with us, we have all come back with great memories and look forward to returning as soon as we can. Can't think of any way in which it could be better! Best wishes, Sarah

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sometimes the guests comment and describe better than the the owners Niasca's accommodation, seeing it without custom and without prejudice. But I can confirm that the beautiful living room with balcony overlooking the sea strikes and marvels all those who come in for the first time! See you again with your friends in Niasca!
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Practically perfect in every way

  • 5 of 5

Wow! Wow! Wow! A truly unique experience. Thank you Giancarla for the opportunity to stay in this wonderful property which has been in your family for so many years. Just 3 minutes by car or 12 minutes walk from Portofino, this was truly an unforgettable holiday for our family of 7 (3 teenagers, 2 elderly grandparents and us). Location Location Location, this house is clean, secure, spacious and with a view from the balcony to die for. The property is entered on foot from the coast road, where you have 1 car parking space. Broad modern steps lead down to the front door of the property which is within the lower level of the main house , with cool natural light from the tree covered valley behind pulling fresh air through the body of the house from the sea facing balcony. There are some steps and differing levels in the bedroom/bathroom area but the teenagers loved the beds on the mezzanine in their room and the steps to the bathroom were no problem for our older guests in theirs. Fluffy towels and clean sheets provided. The beds were comfortable and bedrooms beautifully furnished.The main living room has original wood floors and wall paintings. The simple, clean and functional kitchen is part of the enormous cool living space. We enjoyed all the family being together, preparing food from the local market, others on the sofas reading or sitting at the table playing cards or drawing. The beach is directly in front of the balcony via a short set of steps. The sea is clear, clean, warm and full of fish. No power boats are allowed in the bay (marine park) and we joined many bathers who would swim out into the deeper water to snorkel or simply to get fit ! The Portofino water sports centre is adjacent the property and the staff there were friendly and polite, storing the beach chairs for us. There was never any noise from them and it actually made for entertainment to see the coming and goings of their various customers and craft. Giancarla, the owner, is polite, prompt, friendly and easy to deal with. I can honestly say that even as we watched the super yachts of the rich and famous sail past our window each day, coming and going from Portofino, I would not have swapped places with them for the world. Truly beautiful, truly unique, truly special. Not a hotel but rather the authentic family home by the sea I have always wanted. We have memories that will last for a lifetime - but we might just have to go back to top them up. Thank you Giancarla!

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Location, Location, Location AMAZING

  • 5 of 5

Don't hesitate, book this place! You will stay on the top part of a former boathouse, it is old, but very charming, with a huge sitting room /dining room /kitchen, and the cherry on top are the enormous french doors leading to the balcony with that incredible view to the small cove Niasca!

We thoroughly enjoyed our week here and ate all our meals on the balcony! It is very easy to walk to Portofino (15 min.), or S.Margherita Ligure (a little longer ). Even if the boathouse is underneath the road, you can hardly hear any noise.

The lower part of the house is where the watersport rental place is. While we were there, they had something like a children's summer camp going, so that it was quite noisy during the day, but before 9 am and after 6 pm it was quiet.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your enthusiasm and attention to the apartment. I was delighted to have appreciated this wonderful coastline, so unique and so typical of Italy. I hope you will remember this positive experience and recommend it to your friends!
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Nearest Airport
45 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
15 Kilometres
Nearest Train
35 Kilometres
S. Margherita Ligure
Nearest Beach
10 Metres
Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

For sea lovers, beside swimming there is diving (in S.Margherita Ligure). In the boat warehouse underneath the flat you can hire windsurfs and canoes and a trainer for windsurf lessons.


Only feet from the sea.


By plane: Airports are Genova, Pisa, Milano (Linate, Malpensa) Bergamo (Orio al Serio), Nizza.

By train: Santa Margherita Ligure – Portofino can be reached from Milan (2.5 hours), Genova (45 minutes), Pisa (2 hours).

By car: through A12 highway (Genova - Livorno) Rapallo exit (20km from Genova). From Rapallo follow directions to Santa Margherita Ligure/Portofino. Immediately after Paraggi, on the right there is the villa of Niasca with its parking place.


Niasca is on the road that links Santa Margherita Ligure to Portofino.

Santa Margherita Ligure (3km away) and is a pretty little town with all kinds of shops and facilities (hospital, train station, pharmacy, restaurant) and is linked to Portofino by bus.

Further Details:

The area offers good restaurants, best quality boutiques of famous Italian "griffe", weekly colourful inexpensive markets (on Tuesday in Santa Margherita Ligure, on Thursday in Chiavari) and in Sarzana (1 hour by train) you can visit a famous antique market in August.

To hire a scooter:

GM Motor Center ph. e fax (Italy) +39 0185 261591.

or directly Francesco (Italy) +39 32904066274.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $591.09
Cleaning $177.33

Booking Notes:
For availabilty and reservation, please see “how to get in touch”.
A further deposit of 500 euro will be asked, for damages, as you get the house keys and will be given back to you, before your departure if there are not damages.

Changeover Day:
The week starts from Saturday at 3pm to the next Saturday at 10am.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in Euros.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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