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Pietrabruna from aboveTerrace
Townhouse on the Italian Riviera
Townhouse on the Italian Riviera
5 guests
3 bedrooms
5 beds
1.5 baths
5 guests
3 bedrooms
5 beds
1.5 baths

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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.

The space

The area
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.

The village
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.

The house
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.

Guest access

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.

Wireless Internet
Hair dryer
Extra people No Charge
Cleaning Fee $97 NZD
Security Deposit $264 NZD
Weekly Discount: 14%
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 double bed
Bedroom 2
1 single bed
Bedroom 3
1 double bed
House Rules
Check-in is anytime after 5PM
Check out by 11AM

Casa Maria is very precious to us and needs specific care. We kindly ask you to pay attention to the house instructions.

4 nights minimum stay

16 Reviews

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Dominic User Profile
August 2017
ONE WORD : WOW ! The house is much better live than on the pictures. Very big and the view from the terrasse is great. The village is beautiful and really calm. The perfect place to relax after a day at the crowdy beach. The Bar Columbriera is great for breakfast, lunch or just to have a good Craft Italian Beer. Do not go to the Tabacci Trattoria (terrasse in the parking), the price is very very expansive for what you get and the service is not really good.

Phil User Profile
August 2017
Lovely quiet location great house stunning views Well equipped with everything you need

Margrit User Profile
July 2017
We had wonderful days in this peaceful and beautiful place. All were very friendly and Pietrabruna is the perfect place to relax, drinking a cappuccino in the bar, hiking, reading... The house was very good and stylishly equipped, the view from the terrace breathtaking. We also liked the beach of San Lorenzo, which you can reach in twenty minutes by car. My daughter and her friend took several times the bus, which was uncomplicated. Great was also the lovingly prepared dinner in the small reastaurant near the house. I hope we'll come back again.

Robert User Profile
May 2017
Ivar was a perfect host, the communication with him was very very pleasant. The cozy apartment was perfect for a relaxing holiday. The view from the roof terrace is breathtaking. You have to see this small and unique mountain village, it's amazing. Thanks Ivar for everthing!
Ivar User Profile
Response from Ivar:
Thanks! You are so very welcome!
May 2017

Stefan User Profile
August 2016
It was a great stay. The house is so lovely, the view from the terrace stunning. The house is fully equipped except of TV (but you don't need it there). And the village of Pietrabruna is so nice. Highly recommended.

Rolando User Profile
August 2016
We - my wife, my tow daughters and myself - liked very much our stay in Pietrabruna! The apartment was perfect, the contact with Ivar was very pleasant and easy, and Pietrabruna is small village with nice people and a lot of local activities. And because the weather was also like we hopped it would be... (sunny, warm, but not too hot)... we will keep our vacations in Liguria in very pleasant memories.
Ivar User Profile
Response from Ivar:
We are very happy to hear about your pleasant experiences of Casa Maria and Pietrabruna and so pleased to share it with you! Welcome back!
August 2016

Casey User Profile
June 2016
We could not have asked for a better stay in Pietrabruna. Ivar's home is even better than it looks in the photos! It is so well designed and beautiful in the interiors and it has panoramic views on the balcony. The town is charming and Ivar provided detailed lists for walks in the area which we highly recommend. The home is nestled on the edge of the town and feels very private. There was nothing better than sitting out on the balcony throughout the day and looking over the picturesque land below. Our only regret is that we couldn't stay longer! thank you so much, we hope to come back soon!

Stockholm, SwedenJoined in February 2013
Ivar User Profile

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.

Languages: English, Français, Svenska
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within a day

About the home

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Maria helps host.

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