Unique villa with pool close to the Cinque Terre
|Per week||€1,300 - €2,970|
Comfortably sleeping 5 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!
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 sofa 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.
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 Old 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; and Genoa.
Francesca,owner -Sea and Country Villas Exclusive Manager
|May 25 2016||Sep 07 2016||-||-||€2,970||-||1 Week|
|Sep 08 2016||Oct 06 2016||-||-||€2,380||-||1 Week|
|Oct 05 2016||Oct 31 2016||-||-||€1,700||-||1 Week|
|Oct 31 2016||Dec 21 2016||-||-||€1,300||-||1 Week|
|Jan 08 2017||Mar 30 2017||-||-||€1,300||-||1 Week|
|Mar 31 2017||Apr 26 2017||-||-||€1,900||-||3 Nights|
|Apr 27 2017||May 24 2017||-||-||€2,380||-||1 Week|
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|Check In: 4 p.m. Check Out: 8 p.m.|
|Deposits: Prices include All linen and utilities Internet Access WI-FI Water, gas,electricity Gardener|
|Payment Options: American Express, Mastercard, Money Order, PayPal, Visa|
|Other Fees: Prices do not include Security Deposit € 700,00 Final cleaning € 180,00 Heating during winter months|
July 7, 2012
Then we drove to Francesca's beautiful Villa Ortensia. We made a couple of stops along the way in Viareggio and Marina di Massa. Her personal welcome was actually overwhelming. She is THE NICEST Italian person we met during our trip. We felt welcome and special to be staying in her house. Everything was there for laundry, dishes etc. We are very surprised that she prepared a few goodies in the fridge and offered a bottle of wine. We didn't even have to leave that evening to get more food. The villa is very well equipped and so peaceful that we ended up spending more time at the house than going touring. We were really sad to be leaving her villa and her too. She took so much pride and it sure made us feel special and like we wanted to be extra careful not to damage anything. She really is a one of a kind! The first villa was excellent but if we had stayed at Ortensia first and at Maria after, we would have been disappointed because Francesca made us feel so welcome. Ah, now we are back for almost one week already. The kids are almost adjusted back to Canadian time though we still get up before 6am. We disconnected to so much in Italy that it is difficult to get back into our Canadian reality. I would like to thank you for your recommendations, especially of Villa Ortensia. Our trip was awesome.
11 August. 2012
We had two superb weeks in the villa with high temperatures and clear blue cloudless skies. We were met by Francesca on arrival as arranged and she left us some food and drink for our first night which was very kind. The villa had every amenity that we required, very good sized rooms, a large kitchen and outdoor dining area as well as indoor dining areas and a large sitting room. As the weather was so good we made great use of the pool altjough we did travel to do some sightseeing visiting Pisa and Cinque Terre both less than an hour's drive away. We also visited the beach at Carrara. The villa was spotlessly clean with good quality furniture and plenty of amusments with Sky tv, wi-fi etc. The villa is reached via a winding, single track hillside road but as villa is near the top of a large hill the views are worth the drive being spectacular, with far views accross the nearby villages to the sea. This results in wonderful sunsets and the view to the lights of the town of Sarzana below. Families with very small children would need to be careful of the pool and take care with the furniture, especially any glass fronted units
London, United Kingdom
4 August, 2012
Dear Francesca, Thank you for hosting us on a wonderful week in "Villa Ortensia". This is a beautiful, quiet, and relaxing place to spend quality vacation time. Wonderful bright blue skies, vibrant green trees, pungent perfumes and radiant red sunsets. We wish you well and all the best in your future endeavors.
Arthur, Hazel & family
10th August 2012
Francesca, Thank you for a wonderful week at Villa Ortensia. We have had wonderful hot weather and thank goodness for the lovely swimming pool. The kids haven't really wanted to go anywhere, be we have ventured to the Cinque Terre (avoid the famous 20-minute walk that everyone does and walk another part of it -- also best seen from the sea!), the beach, Pisa and Sarzana's lovely market of narrow streets. Feeling very relaxed and sun kissed. All the best,
Susie, Tom, Harry, Fred, Barney and Alice and Beth Coupe (from Luxembourg)
24th August 2012
Dear Francesca, The Boulton family has had a wonderful stay at Villa Ortensia. We have felt at home and enjoyed this sunny and hot weather--such a lovely change from grey and rainy England! We have taken photographs of the beautiful views, red sunsets and twinkling lights of the night scenes across Sarzana and beyond. They will be happy memories of the good time we have had here. Thank you for making us welcome and comfortable in your gorgeous house. Grazie!
Steve and Jacqui
1 Settembre 2012
Cara Francesca, Villa Ortensia è per noi un pezzo di Paradiso. Con quanto buon gusto ad amore per il dettaglio hai arredato la tua casa! Il soffermarsi in questi ambienti ed il paesaggio circostante, sono un regalo del cielo. Dopo faticosi e tristi mesi, siamo riusciti, qui da te, a ritrovare noi stessi. Nella speranza di tornare con la famiglia al completo, auguriamo a te e ai tuoi cari tutto il Meglio di questo mondo. Un forte abbraccio e grazie...
Noemi con famiglia
September 14, 2012
Dear Francesca, Thank you! Bellissimo!! We have had a magical time here at Villa Ortensia. The whole experience from you warm and kind greeting, the welcoming food, the views and the clean air. We loved the house and art. The personal touches . We cooked and laughed and danced in the kitchen! We thought we were Italiano! I hope we can return. Soooo relaxing. We are renewed, refreshed and love life. Hugs!
Kimberley & Turner
My family recently spent a week staying in Villa Ortensia. It was one of the loveliest weeks of our vacation because it provided a home to come back to at the end of a day of sightseeing. The completely redone stone house itself was beautifully done, with intense attention to detail. The owner has filled the house with beautiful antiques and it looks authentic to its period. She even filled the house with helpful maps and guides and language dictionaries. The owner was on vacation the week we were there and left her daughter to look after us. She was gracious and fun, and we loved her welcoming and open personality. It was such a delight to come back at the end of the day to a bag of freshly picked cherries that Francesca would leave in a bag by the door. And then there was the sweet dog that my daughter had so much fun playing with. My husband and I had different views about the location. I loved it since the house sits at the top of a hill at the end of the road, giving us complete privacy and a spectacular view. It also felt like being a part of a regular village rather than a touristy location. The neighbors all lived there and would wave to us as we went by. It was a great springing off spot to the Cinque Terra, and the Apuan mountains and the local beaches. It thought it was all perfect. My husband hated driving up the narrow winding road to get there, honking along the way to let the other cars know we were coming. Despite the drive tho, it was hard to disagree that this was a one of a kind place to be.
San Francisco California USA
Thank you, Francesca and Letizia, for making our stay at Villa Ortensia, so welcoming, relaxing and enjoyable. From the moment we arrived to see those wonderful panoramas for the first time to the moment we left embracing Letizia and Kruge, we felt so much part of your wonderful family. Of course, the weather was superb, the food was delicious, the swimming pool was stunning, the countryside was breathtaking, but it was the extra personal touches that made the holiday for us. The basket of apricots, the invitation to dinner, watching together 'gli azzurri' beat Ukraine on TV, driving down the hill afterwards to celebrate the win with the 'contadini', the hushed conversations around the pool, the tour of Letizia's art museum: these are the things that will stay in the memory and will draw us back to this wonderful place and its equally wonderful owners. Much love Peter and Louise
Peter and Louise
Bath, Avon UK
June 8, 2007
Hi Francesca: Just a note to tell you how much we enjoyed our week at Villa Ortensia. We arrived the day after a huge storm had hit the area, damaging electric lines to the TV satellite and the water heater. After our somewhat harrowing drive up that narrow winding country road in our huge van, we were looking forward to a hot shower. However, Francesca and Letizia handled the problem quickly, getting someone up that evening to fix the water heater. And by Monday we had TV! In any case, we settled in to the villa, enjoying the lovely antiques and artwork displayed all around the villa. The furnishings were comfortable as well as being attractive, and the beds were extremely luxurious (we shall miss those wonderful bed linens!). It was perfect having the privacy of the villa in the peaceful Legurian hills to retreat to after each day's explorations of villages and towns nearby. And I enjoyed long walks most every morning, exploring the nearby roads and meeting some of the neighbors. Villa Ortensia is wonderfully located for those day trips to Pisa, Lucca, Carrera, Lerici, Montemarcello, Portovenere, Cinqueterra --and we explored the local village of Sarzana as well, learning where to buy our bread, cheese, and other groceries. Francesca and Letizia were so helpful and gracious---daily gifts of cherries, lettuce from the garden, or fresh eggs from the hens--helped to make our stay very pleasant. And we appreciated having the kitchen so well stocked with supplies, condiments, etc. So nice not to have to buy those essentials when only staying a week. Another amenity that we really appreciated was having our laundry so nicely done and Francesca allowing us occasional use of her computer for communication to our families back home. The views from the villa are amazing; you are truly way up above the town in a wonderful country setting. It is a little piece of heaven! Much as we may have liked to sit all day on the terrace enjoying the views, we did want to get out each day and see as much as possible, and Francesca was an excellent source of information---for places to visit and restaurants. Thank you, Francesca, for recommending this villa to us. It was perfect--we hope to visit again before too long, and next time we will NOT drive a 9 passenger van. They are just too big for the village and country roads of Italy. However, we had six people and their luggage to transport the first week we were in Italy, so we were stuck with that van! Our best wishes and thanks again to Letizia, Francesca, and their friendly guard dog, Kruk (sp?). Sincerely
Pat Magyary and friends