Gorgeous house in small medieval village 20 min above the Italian Riviera. 160 sqm, five beds. A space beautifully furnished by two artist-friends in a peaceful and genuine village. The terrace offers astounding view over the valley.
In Liguria where the Alps join the Mediterranean Sea, small medieval villages are scattered along the valleys and are often hardly visible from the sea. This part of Italy is still relatively unexploited. The coastline is of course busy like everywhere but you do not have to travel far from the waterfront to experience a rural tranquility.
This part of Liguria in Northwest Italy is called "Riviera dei Fiori" because of its mild climate around the year and favorable for cultivation of flowers and olives.
In close proximity there are the mountains with many opportunities for trekking. Skiing is two hours away, wintertime. The Riviera offers possibilities to discover new beaches and bays every day (all is small scale in this part of the coast), exploring local markets, restaurants, golf and excursions nearby.
Pietrabruna is situated 95 km from Nice Airport, approx. 1,5 hours on the highway. The closest larger city is San Remo, 45 min drive, Imperia approx. 30 min drive.
350 meters above sea level at the top of a valley, 20 min from the sea with car which is recommended to have as there is a bus only three times a day.
In Pietrabruna we are all fortunate to be guests and in minority as opposed to in more touristic areas. Villagers have been living here for centuries working mainly with flower and olive farming and the small village still is vital with a school, a post office, a small grocery store, two restaurants, one with bar.
It is a peaceful place, particularly suitable for the quiet life, walks in the hills, food&cooking, relaxation and contemplation. And yet so close to everything the Riviera has to offer, the Italian and the French.
Near the village there are also natural sweet water ponds and waterfalls as a cooling alternative to the sea.
Is furnished by me and my artist friend Maria, hopefully you will find it both tasteful and very practical, both aspects are as important to us.
The basement dates from the 16:th century and the house has been gently restored through the years.
160 sqm. four floors, three bedrooms with two double beds and one single bed.
In the living room there is a fireplace for use cooler days.
The bathroom has a shower, bathtub, toilet and a bidet. There is a small bathroom with toilet in connection with one of the bedrooms.
There is a laundry room with washing machine.
The top floor has a kitchen, dining space and a terrace. The kitchen is well equipped for everybody like ourselves who enjoy Italian cuisine. Dishwasher.
There are windows in three directions and from the terrace you have an amazing view over the valley with the hillsides and olive plantations. Clear days you see the Mediterranean Sea.
The whole house including four floors and a terrace is at the guest’s disposal with the exception of some small private areas.
Interaction with guests
Our contact person in Pietrabruna speaks Italian, English and German, takes care of the house, cleans and is helpful with questions.
Me and Maria also provide any information you would ask for the best we possibly can.
Other things to note
The stairs joining the two upper floors have no railing. It is a beautiful piece of architecture but we cannot recommend the house to families with small kids.
No smoking indoors.
No pets allowed.
The rent includes cleaning, bedlinen and towels.
Casa Maria is very precious to us and needs specific care. We kindly ask you to pay attention to the house instructions.
I live in Stockholm on a very small island, Reimersholme with my wife Britt.
I work as photographer/artist. Very young I was captivated by the magic of light and shadow and this passion eventually became my profession.
The motives can be anything from architecture to earrings, art, design, contemporary dance and portraits.
I teach and lecture photography and engage in art projects and exhibitions.
I love to travel and learn about people, different cultures and other parts of the world. I have a special affection for Italy, the people, language (although I don’t speak Italian), food, climate, landscapes, and innumerable cities, most of them yet to visit.
Since 15 years I am fortunate to share a wonderful house in Liguria with my artist-friend Maria. For 14 years we have had guests there. The house ”likes” company and when our guests share experiences and pleasures it always move me much.