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Large Family Villa in Liguria with Stunning Views of the Sea

Villa San Fruttuoso

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About The Experience
Ah, Portofino! If you have always dreamed of having an "Enchanted April" experience, this just might be the place for you. This holiday villa for rent near Portofino, with its stunning views of the sea, is ideal for a large family. This private villa has been integrated into the cliffs overlooking the sea and has its own private access to the water. Staying at this villa does mean bringing a comfortable pair of walking shoes – the villa is only reachable by foot from the road to the property, and there are several levels within the property. The charming village of Portofino is within reach by foot (only), and you must be ready for some physical exercise!
Location Description

This villa is located within walking distance of Portofino, a charming village in the region of Liguria (the Italian Riviera) along the Mediterranean coast of Italy. This villa is located on the pedestrian road leading to the lighthouse - near the harbor of Portofino. A 15 minute walk from the villa takes you to its harbor of chic yachts, colorful boats, seafood restaurants and fashionable shops. Portofino is well connected with ferries, bus and train stations making for convenient day trips to Santa Margherita Ligure, Rapallo, Genova and the Cinque Terre. A bus can take you from Portofino into Santa Margherita (with a train station that goes to the Cinque Terre) or Rapallo. The coastal town of Rapallo has been a well known resort since the 19th century. There are many restaurants, cafes, bars, and nightlife activities nearby. The Rapallo train station can take you to Genoa, Milan, Pisa and Rome. Ferries depart from Rapallo for Portofino, Santa Margherita and the Cinque Terre. Ideal for a day trip, Genoa, purported birthplace of Christopher Columbus, is recently experiencing a revival in popularity. UNESCO has added the city to its list of World Heritage Sites because of its numerous palazzi. There is also a cathedral, the second-largest aquarium in the world, and an opera house. Genoa is the closest city with an airport.

Nearby Attractions: Portofino (harbor, restaurants, shops, ferry, bus, train), Santa Margherita (train), Repallo (restaurants, cafes, bars, ferry), Genoa (Christopher Columbus, palazzo, cathedral, aquarium, opera house), Cinque Terre.

Florence: 216 km/134 mi
Cinque Terre (Train): 159 km/99 mi
La Spezia: 87 km/54 mi
Genova (Airport, Train): 42 km/26 mi
Sestri Levante: 33 km/20.5 mi
Chiavari: 22 km/14 mi
Rapallo (Train, bus): 9 km/5.5 mi
Santa Margherita Ligure (Bus): 4 km/2 mi
Portofino: 800 m/2625 ft
Exterior Description
(2000 m2) Nestled into the face of a cliff, this unique villa has stunning sea vistas. Because of its location, the villa is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties. In order to get to the villa, guests must walk down 32 steps from the entrance gate. Beginning at the highest point of the property (the solarium) to the private swimming platform on the sea, there are 180 steps. Guests are sure to enjoy the large patio, shaded by a century-old wisteria, a garden area and the several terraced outlooks. From the villa to the panoramic solarium there are 23 steps. A private elevator (for the residents of the area) is located 300 meters away on a pedestrian road which connects the villa to a light house and the Portofino harbor. Please do not bring a car. There is no parking at or near the house.
Interior Description

Upper Level: After walking down the 32 steps from the entrance gate, the front door of the villa opens into a living room with several white sofas and sliding French doors that open onto the patio. There is an elegant formal dining room with seating for 10 and a kitchen with a stove with burners and oven, dishwasher, Italian coffee maker and a washing machine.
There is one double bedroom (160 cm queen bed - cannot be separated) with an ensuite bathroom with bathtub. There are two twin/double bedrooms (90 cm twin-beds, connected on request). There are two separate bathrooms - one with shower and one with bathtub and shower. There is also a single bedroom on this floor. Three of the bedrooms feature views of the sea while one bedroom features views of the garden.

Lower Level: There are two twin-bedrooms (90 cm twin-beds which can be connected on request) each with ensuite bathrooms with a sink, WC and shower. These bedrooms are most appropriate for young people.

Features Description

Extra Services: The following are listed as an aid for trip planning; the services and prices are approximate and cannot be guaranteed by Rentvillas. All extra services are payable locally in cash.

  • Cook Service: Upon request
  • Extra Housekeeping: Upon request
  • Transfer Service: Upon request

Please Note:

  • This property usually includes basic grocery shopping for the first 2 days, a welcome dinner, breakfast and dinner on Sunday, and breakfast on Monday.
  • Please do not bring a car. The villa is only reachable by foot. This villa is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties. Access from the airport to the villa is possible by van or by taxi from a railroad station. There is bus or ferry transportation available in Portofino.
  • There are no bug screens on the windows.
  • Air Conditioning is available only in the bedrooms.
  • This property accepts a maximum of 10 people, including babies. The price is based on 10 people, but on request, one extra person (for a total of 11) can be accommodated for an extra 400 Euros. You must request this in advance, before your arrival.
  • Housekeeping is provided from Saturday - Sunday, except on Wednesday. Additional Housekeeping can be arranged for an additional fee.

Features and Amenities

  • Independent Villa
  • Balcony/Terrace
  • Outside Area - Private
  • TV - English Channels Available
  • Internet - Wireless
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing Machine
  • Air Conditioning
  • Cook Service Available - Extra Cost
  • Housekeeping - Included

Property Seasons & Rates (USD)

Date Range Weekly         Min
Sep-23-2023 - Oct-07-2023 $15,427
1 wk

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  • 4.5 Star Rating Overall
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Based on 4 Reviews

Customer Reviews

We enjoyed our stay and were happy that we did it.
Enjoyed Most:
Proximity to Portofino.
Surrounding Area:
Natural beauty and beauty of Portofino.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Portofino is right there.
Tips or Restaurants:
Be prepared to deal with mosquitoes. Close up bedrooms and use air conditioning to create sanctuary.

Craig, August

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Great trip, wonderful location. Theresa provided great service.
Enjoyed Most:
Spectacular views.
Enjoyed Least:
Noisy at night.
Surrounding Area:
Hiking, shopping, boating.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Santa Margherita was about 5km - nice walk.
Tips or Restaurants:
Hotel Splendido dining was excellent.
Location makes it difficult with luggage.

Jim, June

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In a nutshell, my family (me, my husband, our two teenagers, my mother-in-law, my father-in-law, my sister-in-law, and her two teenagers) ADORED Villa San Fruttuoso. It was heaven on earth. It's location is nothing short of stunning. While your web description is 100% accurate, it just isn't possible to express in words the spirit and beauty of such a magnificent place. If we were to go again (and I'd LOVE to), I would spend more time just relaxing at the villa or on the water. It is just a very, very special place.
Enjoyed Most:
It is tucked into a cliffside overlooking the Ligurian Sea. It is absolutely private, with access only being by a gorgeously kept, winding walking path that leads from the Portofino piazzetta to the lighthouse. The other alternative is by boat. The villa and its grounds are completely surrounded by lush plantings, vibrant flowers and lemon and olive trees. While it is true that the villa requires lots of walking and negotiating many steps, that is part of the beauty and privacy. The swim platform is magnificent, and we put it to great use -- leaping off of it daily to bask in the salty and blue, blue sea. The solarium is another incredible asset -- with a view to die for. And, speaking of views, most of the villa bedrooms look to the east, over the sea and towards the Cinque Terre coastline which means that the sunrises are BREATHTAKING from either the bedrooms or the solarium. You can also walk onto the roof of the villa and view them from there. Wow. And, of course, the natural beauty is just one part of the allure of this location because it is also a destination for some of the most magnificent privately owned yachts in the world. We were agog time and again as the world's largest yachts (both motor and sail) glided by or moored out in the bay. It is so much fun to sit in the piazzetta in the evening and people watch! When speaking of the villa itself -- it is charming and very comfortable. The owner has a taste for art (I believe she is an artist), and the villa is filled with interesting art and arty decor which was a big hit with our teenagers. The living room is very comfortable and welcoming. The bedrooms are great, and there are plenty of bathrooms. The real treasure, though, is Teresa -- the housekeeper and cook. She adopted us, and we adopted her right back! She is a gifted cook -- making us wonderful pesto and pasta carbonara along with other local delicacies such as squid and anchovies (which I never thought I'd eat but, trust me, they were delicious!). My son got ill on our second day in Italy -- fever, sore throat, etc. etc. She calmly found us a local doctor and arranged for an appointment. (We don't speak Italian.) And, she took wonderful care of him, making sure he had something soft and bland to eat until he got better. One day, there were dramatic thunder storms -- she made sure we had umbrellas and plans for the day. The list goes on and on -- she was just a total love.
Nearby Events or Locales:
When speaking of some of the things we did in the area, here is a short list: 1. Shopping, dining and people watching in the Portofino piazzetta. Wonderful! We also toured the churches, etc. in Portofino and took a hike (very short) to the lighthouse. 2. Snorkeling to see the underwater statue of the Christo at San Fruttuoso -- we took a boat from the Portofino harbor. It is also accessible by a two-hour hike. 3. Day trip to the Cinque Terre. We used Benvenuto Limos as the tour company. We used them for many things throughout the week -- they were absolutely professional and reliable. I recommend them wholeheartedly. 4. Day trip to my father-in-law's ancestor's villages in the hill country south of Piacenza. Again, we used Benvenuto Limos. 5. Day trip to Genoa. We took the train from Santa Marguerita.
Tips or Restaurants:
Interestingly, the villa (and the other villas on the promontory) were apparently built as military buildings during one of the world wars. For the private residents of the promontory, there is an elevator that shortens the walk up from the piazzetta which is accessible by walking down a misty, rocky tunnel into the inside of the cliff from the piazzetta -- this was apparently excavated during the war. Villa San Fruttuoso's swim platform and solarium both date from this period -- I understand that the solarium was intended as a lookout and perhaps a gun/cannon platform. Its expansive view over the entrance of the harbor would certainly support this potential explanation.

Laura, August

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