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Richard Crone

Member since: 2008
Call Manager
Speaks: english, french, german, italian

Romantic Hideaway in 13th C. Roia Valley Hilltown Near Riviera

12 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 nights

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Villa, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 5)

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.

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Richard Crone (Property Manager)
Member since: 2008
Call Manager
Speaks: 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 Airole

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.

Guestbook comments from the manager

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.
Sep 2009
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Romantic Hideaway in 13th C. Roia Valley Hilltown Near Riviera
average rating of 5.0 based on 14 reviews

Beautiful villa, amazing views, well appointed.

  • 5 of 5

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!!

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Miami, Florida

A perfect location for a relaxing vacation

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were delighted to provide the setting for a most memorable 25th wedding anniversary and indeed, hope you will return soon. Richard and Andre
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  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Alexandria VA

Fanghetto - Fabulous!

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: May 29, 2012
  • Stayed: May 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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petaluma, CA

what a view!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2011
  • Stayed: Sep 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ontario, Canada

Ultimate Relaxation Retreat

  • 5 of 5

We've stayed in several self-catering accommodation around the world, but nothing like this. The attention to detail that Richard provides is above and beyond. He graciously shares not only his unique home, but his valuable knowledge of the Roia Valley--which made our stay even more enjoyable. His manager, Kim, is also very friendly and attentive. The apartment itself is cozy and well-appointed with excellent beds and linens. The bathroom is clean and modern. The kitchen is functional, organized, and well-stocked with basic necessities. The whole place has a distinct charm that transports you to another way of life. We spent many evenings noshing on local goodies and wine, watching the stars, reading and listening to 'Riviera Radio'--a sharp and much-needed contrast to our regular hectic lifestyle (good for the soul). We had spectacular weather and tackled a few hikes to nearby hilltowns. There is too much to write in one review! All in all, we would highly recommend this place to all our friends and family--and if we are ever lucky enough for time to return, we definitely will. Fanghetto is unforgettable.

  • Submitted: May 17, 2011
  • Stayed: Apr 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Nice France
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
Nearest Ferry
35 Miles
Nice France
Nearest Golf
17 Miles
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Ventimiglia Italy
Nearest Motorway
0.2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Nearest Ski
50 Miles
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
Ventimiglia Italy
Car: recommended


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Fanghetto Villa Rental Rates

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4 night minimum stay

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housekeeping $125

Please note the season is 6 months only from May 1 - Nov. 15.

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Fanghetto Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View
  • River
  • Village
  • Water View
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Full 1 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
  • Single day bed in living room
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Towels
  • Patio
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 6 garden chairs
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • nude beach
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
Children under 5 should not be on the terrace unless supervised by an adult as the stone wall for seating drops down about 10' to other terrrace below... see photos on listing of the terrace stone wall. As is typical in an Italian hilltown, accesss to most homes is usually pedestrian only with parking nearby as streets are too narrow for cars, so parking is nearby but not at the front door. Generally a few steps for change of grade is common to reach one's home on narrow streets. The first level of the house is reached at the top of about 10 steps from the street and the house is two story with stone steps up from entry level of 2 bedrooms to upper floor of living,dining,kitchen and terrace. Very easy for most all guests, but not recommended for the elderly or infirm.

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