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Property Details

Sleeps:
8
Single Bedrooms:
0
Double Bedrooms:
4
Bathrooms:
4
Type:
Villa
Property #:
15448
Nearest Town:
La Spezia
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Overall:
Excellent.
Enjoyed Most:
Home-like atmosphere and appointments. Gracious owner. Cooking class and meal available from resident housekeeper (former chef). Easy parking on property for up to 3 cars.
Enjoyed Least:
Smallest of 4 bedrooms not fairly portrayed in photos and description. Located on main floor with separate bathroom.
Surrounding Area:
Easy access by train or boat to Cinque Terre towns and Portofino, and by car to Carrara marble quarries.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Villa located on hillside overlooking La Spezia. Not a practical walk into town, but an easy drive.
Tips or Restaurants:
Cooking class/chef services are on-premises if desired.

Merle, September

Overall:
Utterly amazing. Such a beautiful and spacious villa. Annalisa was just wonderful. We will return!!
Enjoyed Most:
The view, the entire physical property and the owner!
Enjoyed Least:
Can't think of a thing.
Surrounding Area:
The peacefulness and beauty.
Directions:
Annalisa picked us up at the train station.

Peter, October

Overall:
The whole family enjoyed our week in the villa. The owner was very warm and welcoming. She gave us a huge basket of fresh fruit and vegetables from the market, plus some pasta and a bottle of Chianti, so that we wouldn't have to shop on our first night. She also gave us some good travel recommendations and she took us into town a couple of mornings later, to show us where to buy the best produce and where to get the best pizza. There were lots of thoughtful touches - lotions, shampoos, soap, tissues, adaptor plugs, radio, CD's and player, hair dryer. She also provided swim towels. It really felt like home. The housekeeper came twice during our stay to clean, wash any pots and pans etc. and to provide clean towels. We did not use the spa-pool as we preferred swimming in the Mediterranean. It might be more useful in cooler weather as it is much more a spa than a pool - it is only 15 ft x 9ft and made of fibre glass.
Enjoyed Most:
We loved the patios which had great views and were wonderful for outdoor dining. We had breakfast on the kitchen-side patio every morning. We loved the coziness of the kitchen and family room area. The cooks could socialize with the rest of the family while cooking. The living room was also a nice spot during the day.
Enjoyed Least:
The master bed was on a raised platform with two steps. They were a bit of a hazard, especially if you had to get up during the night. The master bath was very spacious and modern. The bed in one of the other rooms - which was a lovely room with a great view and a balcony - was only a full-size bed not totally comfortable for an adult couple. The shared bathroom smelled a bit musty at times but was generally OK. The bathroom downstairs was fine. We thought the living room would have been more warm and welcoming in the evening with softer lighting - such as some standing lamps instead of the overhead candelabra. Also, the pillows were uncomfortable.
Surrounding Area:
We loved the views of the bay and the privacy, while only being a short walk to a restaurant, the bus, the supermarket and a patisserie. The garden and surrounding trees were lush, with a hammock and fountains. Very peaceful.
Nearby Events or Locales:
La Spezia is ideal as a jumping off point for Cinque Terra. The train station is seven minutes away from the villa, and the trains to Cinque Terra are frequent and cheap. La Spezia itself also has charm and interest, contrary to how most guidebooks describe it. We also enjoyed the next coastal town - Portovenere - which you can reach either via car, bus or ferry, but not the train.
Tips or Restaurants:
Rent a scooter rather than a car - parking is not only hard to find but you can only park in one spot for an hour which makes a day trip a gamble that you won't get a parking ticket. The trains and buses are very convenient and much faster than driving. We took cabs to and from bus and train stations.
Check In Out:
The owner was very efficient in getting us checked in and out, while at the same time giving us helpful information at check-in about where to go and what to see. She took us to the train station after we'd settled up.

Tricia, August

Enjoyed Most:
Spacious and beautiful property. Wonderful views. Covered terrace was a pleasure. On site parking very convienent.
Enjoyed Least:
Some power outages. I didn't like the beds in the blue bedroom. Some kitchen equipment needs to be replaced. Shower door in 2nd floor bath not operating properly. Heavy glass closet door in master bedroom came off track. Editor's Note: The owner has addressed the problems mentioned above.
Surrounding Area:
Villages on the coast.
Tips or Restaurants:
Bring flashlights - they help if walking to the trattoria at night.

Albert, October

Overall:
We really enjoyed our stay and found the owners very helpful and friendly. The owner's small carriage home is on the property and the owner was there during our stay.
Enjoyed Most:
The great outdoor living spaces. The views.
Enjoyed Least:
The small kitchen. It's difficult to safely turn your car around in the parking area at the top of a steep driveway, especially when your group has more than one car at the property. The housekeeper and her husband live in the back part of the home and were quite loud late in the evening.
Surrounding Area:
The views and close proximity to Cinque Terre and other small towns-cities around the Bay of Poets.

Kenneth, September

Overall:
The villa was homey and comfortable.
Enjoyed Most:
The views and the 3 terraces were wonderful. Annalisa and Daniela were wonderful property managers - so fun and so very helpful.
Enjoyed Least:
The big steep hill, but after a few days your muscles stopped complaining, it was great exercise.
Surrounding Area:
So close to the Cinque Terre. A trip to Lucca is a must. The walk between the Cinque Terre towns made the trip for me.
Nearby Events or Locales:
A car was necessary. Parking is a big problem all over Italy, be sure to allow at least an extra 45 minutes for finding a parking spot anywhere you go. A climb up to the church behind the house is certainly worth the effort, not easy, but the view is spectacular!
Tips or Restaurants:
The villa was very well equipped
Check In Out:
They had wine, cheese and snacks waiting for us.

Carole, September

Overall: The property itself is beautiful, and the views are wonderful. The villa is absolutely beautiful, and well positioned for our adventures in Cinque Terre. Can't wait to revisit this wonderful part of Italy!
Enjoyed Most:
We had good access to the bus and train station, and also were fairly close to the ferries. And at the same time, the villa was well away from the touristy areas. The owner of the villa was also very accommodating. She spent two days with us taking us to Portovenere, and also to the huge market in La Spezia. The owner is a great bonus to the beautiful experience of the villa. She gave all kind of great cookings tips. In fact, she has become a friend.
Enjoyed Least:
The walk up the hill to the villa. Be prepared to walk up a fairly steep hill if you do not drive your car. The dryer and dishwasher were broken, and one of the water heaters in one bathroom didn't work, which was inconvenient for those using that bathroom. Apparently this was a result of the previous renters. The owner let us know right up front about these problems, and she tried her best to get the appliances fixed as fast as possible. No dryer, however.

Connie, July