About the property
- Barn688 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay2 - 3 nights
Enjoy spectacular views of the sea and the sunsets from this freestanding rustic
The house is meant for real 5 Terre - lovers, who want to spend a unique holiday in an absolutely private and natural environment, but at the same time be within walking distance of Riomaggiore, the train station and the beach.
The property is located about 150 meters above sea level, trims on the crest of the hill and extends over 1500 square meters of terraced land, cultivated with the grapes of the Cinque Terre Which are used to produce two locally made wines. The eponymous Cinque Terre and the Sciachetrà, both made using Bosco, Albarola, and grapes Vermentino.
The cozy country house is built over 2 floors, ideal for a couple, but with the possibility to accomodate other 2 people in the large shared living room. The master bedroom on the first floor has a private access to a nice terrace overlooking the sea and the garden, this guaranties privacy. We only accept children on your own responsibility as the cliffs might be dangerous.
The floor and ceiling of the bed room, as well as the railings and some furnitures in Under Milk Wood House are antiques from old ships. You get the feeling to be on a boat cruise.
We have heating in winter.
The property enjoys large outdoor living area with various sunsets, sun, summer kitchen with sink, barbecue and outdoor shower under a shaded pergola wine. Everywhere breathtaking sea view on crystal clear water, the bay where you can see the dolphins swim and the small fishing port, as well as the village Riomaggiore.
1. The house is only accessible on foot, you need to walk about 8-10 minutes from the car park. To reach the car park from the train station you need to walk through the town, which is almost entirely uphill, so please pack light! Good shoes and not too big luggage, possible backpacker packs is recommend. There are different possibilities: from the top, you reach by little city bus departing from the train station or the police station/ tourist office, getting out at the Bar 180 Gradi by about 5 min walk down the path with old stair steps, Which then leads to the cemetery (bus stop) of Riomaggiore (can be taken also upstairs from the graveyard to the top) or, more easy, you park your car on the federal road leading to Riomaggiore (or get the bus to the near bus stop) and reach the house via a very simple path through the wine-cultivated land and parallel to the road in max 10 min walk to the house. For this solution there are only few steps to take.
If you are traveling without a car you can reach Riomaggiore or by Ferry or train or bus and then walk to the house (from the cemetery via the stone path upstairs), or take the small bus from the village and get over or under the house and then take the path to the house (easier with luggage).
2. We try to respect Nature and environment, we cultivate our grapes with natural methods and produce our hot water with Thermo Solar System and the heating with Infrared. No air-condition is available, but the place is good ventilated by the exposure over the sea and the large stone walls are keeping the house fresh anche in summer.
3. Wi-Fi available.
Why Choosing it
At Under Milk Wood you will have everywhere breathtaking sea view on crystal clear water, the bay where you can see the dolphins swim and the small fishing port, as well as the village Riomaggiore. If you want to spend your holiday in a paradise, this is the property you are looking for!
The name, Under Milk Wood, takes inspiration from the famous Dylan Thomas‘s radio drama (1954) commissioned by the BBC and later adapted for the stage. In the play an omniscient narrator invites the audience to listen to the dreams and innermost thoughts of the inhabitants of the fictional small Welsh fishing village Llareggub (“bugger all” backwards). The owner of Under Milk Wood found a similarity of images and feeling in staying at this lovely property in Riomaggiore and that made the name history!
Dylan Thomas, Under Milk Wood: A Play for Voices (1954) [Silence]
FIRST VOICE (Very softly) To begin at the beginning:
It is spring, moonless night in the small town, starless
and bible-black, the cobblestreets silent and the hunched, courters'-and-rabbits' wood limping invisible down to the sloeblack, slow, black, crowblack, fishing boat bobbing sea. The houses are blind as moles (though moles see fine to-night in the snouting, velvet dingles) or blind as Captain Cat
there in the muffled middle by the pump and the town clock, the shops in mourning, the Welfare Hall in widows' weeds. And all the people of the lulled and dumbfound town are sleeping now.
Hush, the babies are sleeping, the farmers, the fishers, ...
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- english, german, italian
- Calendar last updated:
- May 20, 2018
We are Martina, Phil and our Lab George and the puppy Tobi
Marina purchased this Barn in 2017
What makes this Barn unique
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Check-in: 2:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Unique and scenic
What a unique place. It was a privilege to stay here in the middle of the vineyard terraces high up above Riomaggiore. A peaceful location off the road with views of the countryside and village and beach down below. Simply delightful to rest and linger on the terrace or under the pergola enjoying a glass of wine with maybe the odd fig that has dropped of the tree. Coming with the unusual location were challenges, such as getting luggage there, but somehow we managed it even with four cases! The stairs up and down to the village kept us fit and the house was cosy for the four of us, but this was compensated with plenty of areas to lounge around outside. Quite an experience and recommended.
Thank you Bea, you have been wonderful guests! Hope to welcome you again at Under Milk Wood,
I loved the view from the property but know the facts first.
I absolutely loved the view from the property and the property itself was very nice and comfortable. The walk from the parking lot above is about a 10 minute hike down about 300 steps and these are not all normal steps some take quite a bit of maneuvering. They are in the rock. Going up is a bear. A bag bigger than a backpack should not be attempted. It could be really dangerous. Not even the person you can pay to help you is safe doing this. The path to the house is about 13 inches wide in some areas with no railing only a string to grab and can be slick. If you fell it could potentially be fatal. The easier path to the road still is about a 15 minute walk with about 50 steps and no railing. Once you reach the road you still have to walk downhill into the town and completely uphill back. All food will need to be gathered from the town below and be hiked back in a fairly long road up to the path so get here early with food. The town is about as far as the water you see in the picture except it is to the right. You need to be in fairly good shape to safely come to the house. Only bring what you need for your trip in nothing more than a backpack. If you know this the house and experience is absolutely wonderful and amazing!!!! I brought my 67 year old mother and it was too much for her and it was a little too much for my 50 year old sister as well.
I am glad that Brandy and her mother and sister loved Under Milk Wood and I am sorry that they troubled to move from and to the house, but again, this is how the 5 Terre are! Its a place for fit people who like trekking (if you read carefully the description of the property, it says exactly this!) and all the paths are like the one you have to take to Under Milk Wood. By the way, its an official trekking path of the Park. I always recommend all my guests not to take heavy luggage... and please read something about the 5 Terre, before you come here, its a very special place!
Unlike anywhere you've ever stayed
Nothing can describe the views and the feel of this place. When you first start your trek to Under Milkwood you think what did I get myself into, until you stand on the patio and take in the panoramic view of the Ligurian Sea and beautiful Riomaggiore far below you. The peacefulness is unbelievable, all you hear is the mild ocean sounds. Our routine became to spend the day hiking and touring after a light breakfast at the house, we would have a lunch in one of the towns and would try to be back before dark to watch the sunset with wine and antipasto. One night we watched a spectacular lightning show a few miles out over the sea.
Tip: If you have luggage more than a backpack, either store it somewhere or hire Roberto to carry it in. We packed for a month of European travel and Roberto carried our 2 suitcases that probably weighed a combined 100 pounds in one trip for 20€. His number is +39 329 8966219. He showed up on time and wouldn't take an additional tip.
The host of the property, Martina speaks excellent English, Italian and German. She was gracious and responsive and helped us with our itinerary. Can't recommend this special place enough.
Thank you Herb, UMW is a special place for special guests ;))
What a fantastic place! A secluded hideaway with the most incredible views.. the climb up/down gets your heart racing, but hey - that's what the Cinque Terra is all about! Spent a wonderful 4 nights here & didn't want to leave. Thank you, Martina for sharing your special home.
Thank you Debbie, you grabbed the spirit of the 5 Terre and how magic is Under Milk Wood.
Kevin is the Man
Thanks for making Italy great, Kevin. And man, what a villa! Definitely coming back. Thanks-
Carrie and Will are a fantastic couple and they enjoyed the company of our young friend Kevin. Kevin picks up our guests in the airport, if they request it, but he also took them around, to the village and to the beach and to taste the famous "Limoncello" ... very nice guys, we hope to have them soon again our guests at Under Milk Wood!
A very special property.
We had a great time at this unique property, in spite of a few challenges. The house is ideal for two guests, but accommodates four if the other two are game for a less majestic stay. The location is picture-perfect-premium, high on the cliffside overlooking Riomaggiore and the Mediterranean. If you are out of shape, the hikes up or down will be grueling. If you are in shape, they will be merely annoying, but serve as the price of admission for such a magical hideaway. We stayed a week, and that afforded a generally relaxing pace of life, harmonious with long and sweaty climb from town.
The house is funky in good ways and bad. Water cut out completely several times. We survived. Ants assaulted from the master ceiling. They could be killed, but had infinite reinforcements. We moved the bed to minimize contact. Again survivable.
Heavy drinkers and parents should beware. The paths to the property and the decks contain a few unprotected and potentially lethal drops. Some designs would be laughably illegal where I come from.
I have little doubt that the new owners will address our issues and any others that arise. The upgrades already applied to this new rental are high quality.
The beds were good. Linens, etc clean. The kitchen had enough to cook nice meals, and everything in there worked.
The outdoor shower was an unexpected treat, and I used it exclusively once discovered.
Initially finding the property was harder than necessary. The instructions were wordy and convoluted for these travelers after a long journey. Hopefully future guests will receive a simply drawn map showing the various parking options and access paths.
Rehashing everything now, my overall response is "when can I come back?" It's rough, it's wacky, and it's really a gem. If you expect pure comfort and manicured perfection, this is not for you. If you like a little adventure, have good humor, and appreciate awesome beauty and charm, this is it.
thank you so much for taking your time in writing this beautiful review. It mirrors perfectly Under Milk Wood! It's rough, it's wacky, and it's really a gem!
I will follow many of your advises, I will draw a simple map how to find the property, I will allow max 3 guests in future, and in the meantime I have got a second 1000L water tank - no problem with water anymore. I really hope to welcome you again at UMW.
On top of the hill just in front of the beach of Riomaggiore, surrounded by our vineyards and easily reachable by walking on a path for 10 min. Please do not bring heavy bags or suitcases, you have to carry everything on your bag.
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The heating will be calculated extra - il riscaldamento viene calcolato extra, in base al consumo - Heizung word extra je each Verbrauch verrechnet