Villa, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 5)
- english, french, german, italian
About Richard Crone
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
Why Richard Crone chose Fanghetto
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.
Children allowed - Due to low stone seating wall , not for childrenDue to low stone seating wall , not for children
Max guests: 5
Minimum age of primary renter: 5 - Not recommended for children under 5 or infirm .Not recommended for children under 5 or infirm .
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Family trip August 2019
We had a great stay, the kids (11 & 8) and I loved swimming in the river which is only a few mins away by foot and very private, there were lots of fish and other wildlife in the area which was quite magical. Richard provided detailed instructions on how everything worked as well as lots of suggestions on things to do within the vicinity, this made everything easier - recommend to anyone who likes being somewhere quite remote
Many thanks for taking time to write favorably about your recent stay in Fanghetto and so glad you took advantage of hiking, swimming in the Roya
and enjoying the wildlifed in the area. We hope you will return one day
for another visit with us.
Feel a World Away from it All...
...while only 30 minutes drive from the French Riviera. Truly a best of both worlds vacation spot. A perfect place to unwind on the terrace to the sound of the wind in the mountain trees and the flowing river waters; soaking up sun by day with an espresso and starlight at night with a glass of wine. Or to drive down and along the coast to take in the sights and a meal on the Riviera.
The place itself is beyond charming. The charm of the medieval village itself is apparent from the road, as evidenced by all the passersby that stop to photograph it (which can be fun to watch from the terrace). But beyond that, the apartment owners' eye for interior design is evident. The space gives the most delightful sense of a world apart from, yet integrated with, its 13th century roots.
We are so glad you enjoyed your stay with us and that you appreciated rolling back the clock to another era of both time and place, without giving up any of the amenities of today. Very kind of you to write such a positive review of Fanghetto
Perfect End of Summer break
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.
Whenever our guests are so delighted with their vacation experience, we too, are rewarded for our efforts to assure that all is kept in perfect order with the home for future guests who will also appreciate the unique, classical features to be enjoyed with a vacation in Fanghetto . We thank you very much for your thoughtful review.
Beautiful villa, amazing views, well appointed.
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!!
A perfect location for a relaxing vacation
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.
We were delighted to provide the setting for a most memorable
25th wedding anniversary and indeed, hope you will return soon.
Richard and Andre
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.