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The small village of Fanghetto, built by monks in the 13th c.,is perched high on a sunny mountain slope above the Roya Valley, only minutes from the azure sea and rocky cliffs of both the Italian and French Rivieras.
This relatively unknown region in Italy has some of the most beautiful and scenic valleys, famous for its high rock outcroppings, gorges and the winding Roya River, with its rapids, waterfalls and picturesque 2000 year old Roman arched stone bridges.
This rustic village, relatively unchanged for the last hundred years, overlooks terraced olive trees and the Roya River. The private terrace offers magnificent panoramic views of the mountains of France,Italy, olive trees and the river below. Wintess the sounds of the rushing water, the birds waking in the early morning, the swallows darting in and out at eye level during twilight followed often by shooting stars in late evening.
This fully restored two level home by the architect / owner has all the original rustic charm with two foot thick walls, high arched plaster ceilings and is now reborn to assure today's high standards with marbled kitchen counters and marble bath. The Frette linens, luxurious towels, hotel lotions, firm beds, and tasteful antique furnishings provide for every comfort.
The two bedrooms on the first level,each have fabulous river and mountain views and communicate to the bath. Original stone steps lead up to the living room, kitchen, dining area and open terrace. A single day bed/sofa on this level provides comfortable sleeping for an extra guest.
Enjoy your morning cappuccino or lunch at home on the private, sun filled terrace. Read from our library of travel itineraries, guidebooks, cookbooks, browse our list of local restaurant recommendations, plan the next outing or meal, listen to music and relax on the terrace.
Only a 10 minute walk through the terraced olive trees down to the river you will enjoy the most refreshing and memorable swim ever. Lounge on the banks of a private sandy beach or on ancient large boulders. You will be forever captivated by the peace and solitude there among the sound of the rapids.
Fanghetto is truly a small, undiscovered, classic hill town with typical narrow pedestrian stepped streets. It enjoys few tourists and has remained seemingly untouched for hundreds of years as seen from the small passageways of cobbled streets. Parking is at the edge of the village but only a three minute easy walk to the house. Behind the stone walls reveal renovated homes of classic style, known and enjoyed by only a select few. It is simply the perfect getaway for those seeking privacy or a couple wishing the unique, unforgettable affordable honeymoon.
The ever popular Mediterranean beaches nearby include Pont S. Ludovico, Menton, St. Jean Cap Ferrat, Beuasoleil, and Ville Franche, are all within a half hour's drive of Fanghetto.
World renowned restaurants in Monte Carlo and along the French Corniches, including the lofty and celebrated village of Eze, offer both exquisite meals and the best view in the South of France from the terrace of La Chevre d'Or. The very popular outdoor Friday market in Ventimiglia will provide the freshest of ingredients for a simple, yet unforgettable meal on your own terrace at home,should you prefer. The daily market in Menton, the Monday market at the ''marche aux puces'', or flea market in Nice, filled with antiques & brocante are not to be missed.
TIP: You will find flights typically are more frequent and less expensive from the USA to Nice, France, 35 miles away, and car rentals a far better value than renting in Italy.
As a retired architect, now living in West Palm Beach, Fl., I was the guest of a client in this ancient Italian hilltown. He had discovered Fanghetto over 60 years ago. The charm of the stone architecture of these rustic houses, their unique location on the border of Italy and France perched on a sunny mountain side overlooking olive trees and the Roia River below were simply unforgettable.
Coupled with the fabulous choices of local cuisine nearby, anything we put on the table in this rustic setting tasted like gourmet dining. Residing there one month of every year now for over 20 years
has provided life changing memories and each year we have created new ones.
Richard Crone purchased this villa in 1991
Fanghetto is well lcoated for quiet and simplicity but within 45 minutes of Nice, Monacco, San Remo, and numerous hilltowns of both France and Italy, all with friendly cafes and restaurants, museums and siteseeing opportunities. The warm, long, sunny days of summer in this region, but with cool evenings provide the most comfortable weather all summer long. Hiking, swimming, walks to nearby hilltowns for lunch create numerous opportunities without needing a car every day.
Richard, this is quite the place you have.The location is ideal in that we were a short drive from either charming small French villages or the hustle and bustle of the Riviera. Your extensive guide was invaluable, from flying into Nice to restaurants, beaches, and just getting around. A terrific value which was every bit as advertised.
This happened to us the year before, that summer quickly began to draw to an end, and we hadn’t had our much needed yearly taste of the sea. Because it was already October, we chased the sun East, and flew to one of the Greek islands. There, I was amazed by the purity of the water, and didn’t imagine one could find anything as wonderful anywhere else in Europe. This year we had reason to be in the Milan area for a few days, at the end of September, and it was clear that the only sea we’d see would have to be somewhere in the north of Italy. The water at the tiny, wonderfully secluded rocky beach just before the French border, which the owner's handbook to the house directed us to, was no less perfect than the Greek sea, and I was astonished. Twenty minutes away from this treasure of a little spot, you find yourself in the thick forested mountains where Italy and France meet. The sea feels like it is hours away. The noise of civilisation seems years away. It all feels quite adventurous, and quite timeless. The little hamlet of Fanghetto sits precariously on the side of one of these mountains, an incredible view from the small winding road, which you so want to enjoy, but it is impossible to, whilst driving among the motorcyclists heading into France.
The house is absolutely delightful. It was restored with a care that is completely palpable. Everything so comfortable, the light so beautiful, and yet it feels completely authentic.
Had it not been for our strong desire to swim in the sea, we would have happily never moved from the house, like hermits. We did this for one of the days, a rainy one, and cooked some perfect meals and didn’t miss a thing. The place was a perfect hideout in bad weather, and on clear evenings the terrace was a ledge overlooking the world.
The landscape and civilisation seems to change dramatically within small distances in this area. We drove the mountain road into France for breakfast one day, and the town we stopped in seemed from a completely different time to Fanghetto, which itself feels like another world from Ventimiglia. At a time of year when we thought any possibility for a little holiday was probably lost, our time in Fanghetto was absolutely perfect, and quite unforgettable. We hope to return soon.
The villa in Fanghetto was spectacular - just as the pictures show it. Beautiful views, well stocked kitchen, clean and very comfortable. The veranda is where you must spend your mornings and evenings - dining, stargazing, napping. The hike down to the river for a cool swim is a must. We were surprised by a herd of wild boar - with little babies! Olive and fig trees abound! we picked enough figs each day to enjoy with our meals. Kim was so helpful and met our every need. She even found a guitar for us to borrow as a special request - made our evenings on the veranda so special under the stars. Thanks, Kim!!
We celebrated our 25th anniversary by spending 8 wonderful days at this beautiful home on a small mountain in Italy. It felt like we took a step backward in time as we moved into this old stone home. The home was very comfortable, had a nice kitchen where we cooked all our dinners and a great terrace with a view of the mountains, river and sunset, perfect for happy hours with Italian wine.
The location was great giving us easy access to several different French and Italian mountain top cities. Every day we planned a trip to one or the other for lunch seeing the natural sites along the way or visiting other cities on the way to our luncheon site. Some of the cities we visited were Sospel, Menton, Beaulieu-Sur-Mer and Saorge in France and Ventimiglia, Dolceacqua, Isolabona and Apricale in Italy. We also visited Nice, Ez and La Turbie. Our favorite lunch restaurant was Ristorante Apricale da Delio.
We didn’t have time to get in the picturesque walk from the house to Airole, but we will do this next time.
A day at Hanbury Gardens is very much worth the drive to the coast and was our favorite day trip. It is a beautiful garden with a great variety of plants, fountains and vistas of the sea.
And we very much appreciate the fact that the home was stocked with books and maps on the area as well as Richard’s personal recommendations for places to go and things to do. These were most helpful.
Finally, being so close to the Nice Airport (direct flights from NYC) where the rental cars were very reasonable, made the entire trip easy to plan.
We can hardly wait to return to this home and visit new cities in the area.
My wife and I spent the final week of our honeymoon in Fanghetto. It was October, cool and quiet. The village was completely empty except for a handful, about five, local residents, which made the setting perfect for us. The home Richard has built is beautiful. The view overlooks the Roya river, and distant, mountain perched villages. Marisa's, a small convenience store located at the turn-off to the village, makes fantastic espresso based drinks. Menton, Ventimiglia and Breil are close, and have great restaurants/markets. Regarding day trips, everything, spanning from Provence through Imperia/Liguria is accessible. As Richard recommends in his guide to the region, making day trips and returning to either local meals in Airole or homemade is the best way to maximize the experience. The trattoria in Fanghetto was getting fixed up during our stay, so we missed out on that, but I spoke with the owner and it seems like that is a very nice experience as well. Anyhow, Fanghetto is a great experience. Richard's home is a perfect setting to relax and enjoy a peaceful vacation and a beautiful region.
In my last hours at Fanghetto, it was with mixed emotions that I departed. I enjoyed the most amazing vacation ALONE (my friends could not join me at the last minute for health reasons). At first I considered rebooking, but with further reflection decided I would sally forth. It was the correct decision to make the journey. Fanghetto is a fabulous place to chill, to hike, to visit with and make new friends, to eat and discover such amazing cuisine in little out-of-the way restaurants. Fanghetto is on the border of Italy and France. Menton, San Remo, Monte Carlo, Sospel and Breil are within minutes of driving. Prior to my trip.I was given an extensive package of information from the owner about Fanghetto and suggestions of the many wonderful places to visit. I could not have had a more wonderful adventure. Thank you for this amazing experience - I absolutely recommend Fanghetto and would love to venture back.
It's often the little touches that make the difference and Richard and Andre made us feel like we were in a five star hotel right from the moment we walked in. The unit is lovely,comfortable and has extraordinary views.And there is so much to do in the area as well. Most appreciated was the "welcome kit" that had detailed instructions on the "how tos" of all the appliances and recommendations on sightseeing and restaurants. One of the nicest properties we've stayed at!
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My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
Please note the season is 6 months only from May 1 - Nov. 15.