23 November, 2011

An Italian villa in the hills

If you haven't experienced a villa holiday, then I have to say you're missing out! There's nothing better than having the freedom to go out when you want; stay in when you want, and relax as you would in your own home. However if you're going away as a couple rather than a family, it can often be difficult to find villas that sleep two, but I may have found the perfect pad on the Italian riviera.

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Ameglia is an ancient village in the Italian region of Liguria, about ninety kilometres southeast of Genoa, and Casa Guelfi is in a quiet hillside position opposite the village. It has beautiful views, and a swimming pool and patio from which to marvel at the scenery.

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On the ground floor, there is a sitting room; kitchen (which leads to a furnished pergola); and a bathroom with separate shower. Upstairs is a double bedroom with upper terrace, complete with sunbeds and umbrella - perfect for afternoon snoozes!

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The owners live in a pink house below the pool which can be handy if you have any questions about the surrounding area. Speaking of which, the house is situated on the edge of woods. A five minute walk takes you to the village of Ameglia; a ten minute drive takes you to Bocca di Magra, where the owner's restaurant sits on the estuary overlooking the sailing boats in the small port.

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In terms of getting there, Sarzana is about 15 minutes from the villa, while Genova, Pisa and Lucca are all about 40 minutes away. With so many airports nearby; this villa is in a quiet location but is also very accessible. It's sometimes hard to find villas with villages within walking distance; but here, you can either hide yourself away in this beautiful spot, or explore the local area - the choice is yours.

If you want more information on the Casa Guelfi, visit: http://www.invitationtotuscany.com/

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