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Francesca - Homeowner & director of Sea and Country Villas

Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, french, italian

Charming Villa on exclusive hill, amazing views, beaches & Cinque Terre

27 Reviews
Sleeps7
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Overview

La Spezia province Villa Rental Photos and Description

Idyllically quiet seclusion will ensure that your stay really is out-of-this-wo

VILLA ORTENSIA

Sleep 2 to 7 - 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms

Exclusive country villa on a sunny hill close beaches and Cinque Terre. Its idyllically quiet seclusion will ensure that your stay really is out-of-this-world! Enjoy relaxing time with the swimming pool immersed in the nature.

Comfortably sleeping 2 to 7 persons, this old, converted farmhouse, lies on the border between eastern Liguria and northern Tuscany, just a stone’s throw from the Cinque Terre. It has been carefully restored and renovated, to offer all the comforts, including a wonderful outdoor pool. The interior design is characterized by antique furnishings and decorative paintings, lovingly chosen by the owner, to remain in stylish keeping with the traditional architectural context.

Set in a privileged position on a hillside, surrounded by chestnut, cherry and olive trees, the villa affords superb views, which embrace both the Apuan Alps inland and the shimmering waters of the Mediterranean sea from the islands of La Spezia gulf to the lighthouse of Livorno port.

This whole area enjoys a pleasant temperate micro-climate, while the villa itself boasts a suntrap location, basking in sunshine throughout the day. Its idyllically quiet seclusion will ensure that your stay really is out-of-this-world!

ACCOMMODATION

Entrance to this unique property is at ground-floor level from the brickwork porch with wooden beamed ceiling, perfectly equipped to eat outside with wooden table and benches. It has its own barbecue/wood burning oven ideal to prepare wonderful dinners. From the porch you enter the fitted kitchen with its original Carrara white marble worktops and sink of attractive rustic design and completed by all the modern appliances (dishwasher; fridge; American coffee-maker). The living/dining room features an ancient slate fireplace and comfortable sofas, whose colour-scheme harmoniously complements the traditional Tuscan stone and terracotta floors. 17th century-style table with benches and chairs grace the dining area.

Proceeding to the right the former lemon house has been transformed into a comfortable guest bedroom with double wrought iron bed. The room is incredibly luminous and bright thanks to the large window which extends across one wall and offers breathtaking views over the gulf of la Spezia and the Tuscan coast with Forte dei marmi and even further south.

The hallway is completely covered with books and it leads to the two bedrooms and bathrooms.

From the hallway you can access the separate two bedroom suite which includes one luminous double bedroom furnished with antiques and completed by the ancient wooden parquet floor which makes it even warmer and welcoming, one single bedroom with original cotto floors and a glass door to the balcony offering spectacular views. The suite is completed by a small but delicious private bathroom with shower which wasn’t changed to maintain the original characteristics of the house.

A cosy paintings exposition corner introduce you to the Ardesia (local stone) stairways decorated with a wooden library which accompany you upstairs where the last romantic isolated double bedroom and bathroom with bathtub await you.

The villa offers TVsat, CD-player and Internet access, high-quality Flanders’ linen sheets and bedcovers, as well as embroidered towels and bathrobes are likewise all provided.

THE GROUNDS

Encircled by shady olive trees and fully appointed with sunshades, lounges and other garden furniture, the private huge parc makes an ideal venue for sunbathing or al fresco dining. A second, more intimate terrace, furnished with table and chairs and oriental style sofas , forms another perfect spot for outdoor relaxation. In addition to these, the warm waters of the enticing outdoor pool invite you to bathe at leisure amid beautiful natural surroundings, bordered by orchards and aromatic plants.

The owner Francesca lives in another villa restored from an old barn only about 100 metres away with her mother Letizia who spends part of the year in Egypt and part of the year in Liguria. They are always happy to help out with advice and assistance, if required, while also fully respecting your privacy.

Villa Ortensia is located within easy reach of the area’s main sights of outstanding natural beauty or historic and artistic interest, such as the following: the medieval town of Sarzana (10 mins); the Cinque Terre villages; the Gulf of Poets; Portovenere; Portofino; the Apuan Alps and the white-marble quarries of Carrara (20 mins by car); the beaches of Versilia (30 mins by car); the famous Tuscan towns of Pisa (40 mins by car), Lucca (30 mins by car) and Florence (1 hour).

Many other unspoilt beaches dotted along the nearby coast can be accessed by car in about 15 mins.

Regular daily ferry services operate from the local ports of Lerici, La Spezia and Marina di Carrara (15 kms away) to the Gulf of Poets; Portovenere; the Cinque Terre villages; Portofino, Genoa

VILLA ORTENSIA - MORE DETAILS

ACCOMMODATION

•Ground floor:Fully equipped kitchen connected with a private patio and garden, large living/dining room, 1 double bedroom with unique view, 1 little living room, 1 double bedroom, 1 single bedroom, 1 bathroom with shower.

•First Floor: 1 double bedroom with en suite bathrooms with shower and bathtub.

•Lower floor outside: 1 full bathroom with shower in use for the swimming pool, laundry room.

•Square Meters: 270

•Outside: private furnished patio and garden, private olive groove, 2 old panoramic terrace, private swimming pool (12x5,50 Deep: 1,20/1,80), panoramic views.

•Private parking for 2 cars

*Francesca at Sea and Country Villas exclusive manager.

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More Details
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Francesca - Homeowner & director of Sea and Country Villas (Property Manager)
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, french, italian

About Francesca - Homeowner & director of Sea and Country Villas

My name is Francesca Zazzali. I started to rent the property of my family in 2000 and I discovered the love and passion for this work . Today I run my own Holiday Rental Agency "Sea and Country Villas" based in the small historic town of Sarzana where I live with my husband Massimo who helps me in this beautiful job.

Also our office is based in Sarzana in this privileged 'crossroads' position between the Ligurian sea and northern Tuscany`s Apuan Alps. We are therefore ideally placed to bring you the very best of both these worlds, in terms of knowledge and expertise.

With our experienced will be happy to help arrange your accommodation and your holiday.

We look forward to being of service to you and to welcoming you to the unique attractions of this very special region.

Francesca & Massimo

Why Francesca - Homeowner & director of Sea and Country Villas chose La Spezia province

For seaside and sun lovers, for families and groups of friends, Villa Ortensia is the ideal base to visit Liguria and part of Tuscany and discover the excellent local food. Not to mention that you can reach the seaside 10 minutes by car, both the wild beaches in the Cinque Terre and the more elegant ones of Versilia.

Moreover thanks to the villa's strategic location you can easily reach interesting tourist and cultural sights both in Liguria and in Tuscany: Portovenere and the marvellous Cinque Terre, Golfo dei Poeti (Poets'Gulf), Portofino and Genova.

Forte dei Marmi and Viareggio famous for its boutiques and night life( 20 minutes ) Carrara''s marble quarries (30 minutes), Pietrasanta, the historical and artistic capital of Versilia with the most famous statuary shops (30 minutes by car), Pisa and Lucca (50 mins), Florance.

What makes this villa unique

At Villa Ortensia guests will enjoy living the truly Italian lifestyle in this wonderful villa yet they will be able to enjoy daily outings hiking, biking, swimming or just enjoying the scenery!!!

Guestbook comments from the manager

Dear Francesca, our stay in villa Ortensia was splendid. Your warm welcome and help has been very much appreciated. Everything in the house and garden of villa Ortensia was perfect. The house is very clean and well furnished. The three library sections are a luxury. The house provides many attractive sections such as the bedrooms, bathrooms, living area, kitchen and covered outdoor dining section with barbecue. The garden is gorgeous with the trees, grass, and furniture. The lovely swimming pool has crystal clear water. The views from the garden are really spectacular: one sees the sea, the city of Sarzana, another typical little mountain village, and, last but not least, beautiful mountains. We will never forget the special evening that you and your son prepared us a delicious diner in villa Ortensia, to celebrate our 40-year wedding anniversary. We will recommend villa Ortensia to all our friends and family. Thanks!



Wim, Nicole, Katrien, Hans, Annemie, Steven and Stella.
Sep 2013
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Charming Villa on exclusive hill, amazing views, beaches & Cinque Terre
average rating of 4.962963 based on 38 reviews
5

Splendid house with a great garden and pool.

  • 5 of 5

Splendid house with a great garden and pool

Left on Jul 4, 2016 for a stay in May 2016

Together with my husband, our 3,5 y.o. son and 2 friends we stayed at Villa Ortensia during the last 2 weeks of May. First, the quality of the house was beyond our expectations. Everything was very clean, organized, maintained & decorated with a good taste and love. Comfortable beds, clean towels and bed textiles. Francesca is the owner of this property and she lives 50m down the hill, she was always available whenever we needed her help. When we entered the house, the kitchen table was full of Italian delicacies, fruits and vegetables she arranged for us as a welcoming surprise. The garden is fantastic, behind the garden pine trees the forest starts. The pool was clean and big enough. You should definitely drive a car, because house is located on the top of a hill (price you pay for a splendid view). Taxi's are not driving to this point. Sarzana is a very charming city with a good infrastructure (shops, restaurants, supermarkets, culture life). From house to the downtown it took us 15-20 minutes drive. For beaches, we went to Lerici, San Terenzo and Fiascherino - app. 25-30 minutes away.

Joris and Maryam

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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San Francisco
5

Delightful villa !

  • 5 of 5

Thank you so much for making sure we had a nice rental home. Our family loved our stay and we really appreciated all the space. Thanks again for a great vacation spot. We will remember this for the future and tell all our friends!!!

Paul and Jennifer

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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New York
5

Luxury and romantic villa

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the beautiful Villa Ortensia for almost 12 days. We met Francesca on the arrival. She surprised us with a bottle of wine and some lovely food. Thank you again! The villa was clean, the kitchen was very well equipped and the views from the garden are really spectacular.

We loved to stay at the villa and enjoyed our selfmade diners, the Swimming pool and the views at the evening. It was like a hotel. There was shampoo, soap, body lotion, washing powder and so on. Changing bedsheets and towels was not a problem at all for Francesca. Yes it is a ride up hill to get to the villa (4 km). But we loved it and every trip it became easier. We visited Sarzana, Pisa, the beach "Marinella di Sarzana", Cinque Terre (twice). We travelled on foot, train and boat in Cinque Terre. Francesca we loved the villa and we love you. We will definitely recommended Villa Ortensia to our friends. Thank you very much Francesca for sharing Villa Ortensia with us.

Greetings from Holland: Evelyne, Ad, Britt, Bas, Henk, Daniëlle and the little dog "Dushi".

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
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Lovely villa

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at the lovely Villa Ortensia just outside of Sarzana, began with meeting Francesca. She was very warm, friendly, informative and sincerely concerned that our visit would be memorable.

We were excited to see the beautiful hillside villa with the breathtaking views in every direction. The house was warm, charming and spotlessly clean. Francesca had surprized us with treats for our evening meal along with wine and breakfast items. The bathrooms were also supplied with all our esential needs. This was truly an unexpected surprise. All the rooms were handsomely decorated with antiques and family memoriabilia. Francesca's attention to detail were greatly appreciated and we enjoyed the house, grounds, pool, terraces more than we could imagine. It was so wonderful that we chose to spend some days just relaxing at home. Yes there is an eight minute ride up the hill to get there, but it was well worth it. It became easier with each trip.

Of our entire trip (3 weeks) this was our favorite for both the accomodations and the hospitality. We can't wait to return.

Thank you Francesca :)

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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5

Merveilleux !

  • 5 of 5

Chére Francesca,

Nous voulions vous remercier pour votre hospitalité et Votre gentilesse! Vous avez rendu ce lieu

merveilleux .C'est un véritable oasis de paix.

Vous avez pensé à tout! Et c'estait un plaisir de vivre dans une maison aussi agréable à vivre.

Les 15 jours sont passés beaucoup trop rapidement.

Tout a été parfait et nous vous en remercierons.

Grazie Mille!

R.

Un grand merci pour cette magnifique maison et ces trés beau jardin fleuri.

Nous avons passé deux semaine de reve, soleil, piscine, BBQ et repos et parfois quelque visites de la région.

Merci!

F.

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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Lovely stay in a unique house

  • 5 of 5

We spent a lovely week at Francescas house on the top of the hill. It was an incredible experience to get to stay in a real italian home which is decorated beautifully and has a real "soul". This kind of atmosphere you get only by dedication and loving your home while living there. It is impossible to capture this kind of ambiance in photos or text. We went to Pisa, Florence and Fiesole but also spent lovely days in the garden and by the pool. Every meal we made in Francesca's kitchen tasted wonderful. The view from the house was amazing. We also loved the evenings in the livingroom listening the chirring sound of the grasshoppers and planning the next day. Francesca has a nice way to be close enough so you feel that you can ask anything anytime but still spend your Holiday in privacy. Our week was absolutely lovely from the first, exciting drive by the curvy, charming path to the minute when we had to say goodbye and hopefully see you again!

Sincerely,

Sijlia R.

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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Map

Nearest Airport
70 Kilometres
Pisa
Nearest Barpub
6 Kilometres
Sarzana
Nearest Ferry
15 Kilometres
Lerici
Nearest Golf
15 Kilometres
Lerici
Nearest Train
7 Kilometres
Sarzana
Nearest Motorway
7 Kilometres
Sarzana
Nearest Restaurant
7 Kilometres
Sarzana
Nearest Beach
15 Kilometres
Lerici, Fiascherino, Tellaro, Bocca di magra
Car: necessary

Villa Ortensia is located within easy reach of the areas main sights of outstanding natural beauty or historic and artistic interest, such as the following: the medieval town of Sarzana (10 mins); the Cinque Terre villages; the Gulf of Poets; Portovenere; Portofino; the Apuan Alps and the white-marble quarries of Carrara (20 mins by car); the beaches of Versilia (30 mins by car); the famous Tuscan towns of Pisa (40 mins by car), Lucca (30 mins by car) and Florence (1 hour).

Many other unspoilt beaches dotted along the nearby coast can be accessed by car in about 15 mins.

Regular daily ferry services operate from the local ports of Lerici, La Spezia and Marina di Carrara (15 kms away) to the Gulf of Poets; Portovenere; the Cinque Terre villages; Portofino; and Genoa.

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Rates & Availability

Sarzana Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Top season
Jul 9 2016 - Aug 27 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$3,274
 
 
Mid season
Aug 28 2016 - Sep 30 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$2,505
 
 
Mid/Low season
Oct 1 2016 - Nov 1 2016
7 night minimum stay
$1,868
 
 
Low season
Nov 2 2016 - Mar 23 2017
7 night minimum stay
$1,428
 
 
Mid season
Apr 29 2017 - May 26 2017
7 night minimum stay
$2,505
 
 
High season
May 27 2017 - Jun 23 2017
7 night minimum stay
$2,747
 
 
Top season 2017
Jun 24 2017 - Aug 26 2017
7 night minimum stay
$3,274
 
 
Mid/Hih season
Aug 27 2017 - Sep 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
$2,615
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
$1,868
 

Additional information about rental rates

We accept: Visa, MasterCard, Amex *Secure Payment Protection*

Prices include
•All linen and towels
•Pool towels
•All utilities
•Internet WiFi
•Water, gas, electricity
•Gardener

Prices do not include
•Final cleaning € 180,00
•Security Deposit € 500,00 to be paid in Euro on arrival and refunded at the end of the holiday
•Heating in winter months charged on consumption

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Amenities

La Spezia province Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 270 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Alarm System
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Safe
  • Secure Parking
  • Shampoo
  • Study Room
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , bidet , on the lower floor
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 1 child bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , The beds can be put together in to a double bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 twin/ single , 1 child bed
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Pool Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Entertainment Area
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • 12 garden chairs
  • 8 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • pets considered ...
  • smoking allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • festivals
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

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