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Summer bedroomView from  bedroom window onto valley below
Cosy sunny cottage, hilltop village
Cosy sunny cottage, hilltop village
3 hostes
1 dormitori
1 llit
1 bany
3 hostes
1 dormitori
1 llit
1 bany

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My self-restored stone cottage is located in the pedestrian historical centre of popular Apricale with stunning views over a steep river valley. South facing with a small covered terrace to relax on summer evenings, couples will adore the peaceful location close to the main piazza.

L'allotjament

Cottage in the popular hilltop village of Apricale, voted one of the most beautiful in Italy and whose name comes from the Latin ‘apricus’, meaning ‘open to the sun.’ Apricale is situated in the foothills of the proposed UNESCO World Heritage Maritime Ligurian Alps and is an ideal base for a spring walking holiday, due to the mild climate or summer beach holiday with easy access to Nice (60 kms), Monaco and San Remo (35kms).

The cottage is ideally suited , with its rustic restoration- wood and tiled floors, stone walls and wood stove- for a self catering weeks holiday.

The many beautiful paths that start from the village were old mule trails connecting village to village and your host can give you detailed information on short or longer walks with pdf maps and descriptions. It is one of the 10 most important areas for biodiversity in the Mediterranean, so a paradise for lovers of flowers, butterflies and birdlife. There is a folder of info on things to do, including the location of fresh mountain rivers for wild swimming, which is not always easy to come by here, especially in English.

Apricale is a labyrinth of narrow cobblestone, partly covered walkways for pedestrians only, including its stunning central piazza. The cottage is situated on the most sunny ‘carrugi’ (walkways) in the village, with garden terraces, open views down to river below and south facing position. It is a only a few minutes walk from the traditional village shop, where you can mix with locals, while buying reasonably priced local products.. A couple of minutes more takes you to the central piazza, with its open air cafes and restaurants, museum and gardens. The other benefit of the location that is very important due to the long pathways of the village, as it makes bringing your luggage and shopping easier, is the proximity to the main road with bus stop and parking, a couple of minutes down a newly restored cobblestone ramp.

There are several good restaurants in the village, 2 café/bars with free wi-fi access, post office, library, Atm machine, a grocery shop and a museum/gallery, with year round art exhibitions. Wi-fi is also free in the main piazza.

The downstairs room has fully fitted kitchen, including a gas hob, electric oven and washing machine, dining and sitting area, which is compact but very cosy! The upstairs bedroom has a large double bed, Tv and large windows, with shutters with views down to the valley and across to Perinaldo. There is a good quality stereo that can be connected to your i phone, as well as many Cds, Dvds and books, mostly in English.There is now a small flat screen TV that can be used to watch movies on a usb that has about 30 movies of various genres. The stylish bathroom has a corner shower with glass doors. For taking your breakfast or other meals there is a small covered terrace that receives sun most of the day in spring, autumn and winter and in summer gives some welcome shade! Internet access with WiFi modem or ethernet for laptop.

Your host will meet you or send detailed instructions. Friends can provide local seasonal vegetables for you at a reasonable price.

Recommended for Apricale are a good pair of trainers to allow you to get around more comfortably, a day backpack to carry your things and not to bring too much luggage!

Whilst a car is generally recommended for Apricale to have access more places, it would be possible to enjoy a short or even longer stay using the bus, which runs 5 or 6 times a day to the coast and train station at Ventimiglia, depending on when the schools are open. Tickets are only 1.50 and last 90mins, so it is possible to even reach San Remo, with one change.

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I can give all the information for an enjoyable stay. If you want short or long hikes, popular or quiet beaches. Wild river swimming. Village visits or trips to the French Riviera.

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Perfil de l'usuari Marc
setembre de 2017
Nice place in a quiet mountain village. Perfect for two. Very friendly contact to the owner.

Perfil de l'usuari Davide
agost de 2017
La casa di Robert è un piccolo alloggio verticale fra i caruggi di Apricale con una bellissima vista verso Perinaldo, Apricale è un paese molto particolare dove si respira un'aria europea in una comunità ricca umanamente e culturalmente. Luogo di passaggio dove far riposare il pensiero, luogo del cuore.
Perfil de l'usuari Robert
Resposta de Robert:
Thanks for you and your partner's visit, Davide and for your thoughtful and genuine review.
agost de 2017

Perfil de l'usuari Jofre
agost de 2017
Clean and cozy small cottage. You'll need to walk a bit from the car in the narrow and steep streets of Apricale, but it's worth it! Robert is an excellent host. Very easy to communicate with. He prepared some guides and recommendations for things to do in the area (there's lots!) and has some great CDs you can listen to :) We definitely recommend it!

Perfil de l'usuari Ivan
agost de 2017
Appartement très agréable conforme aux photos, calme, bien équipé, rénové avec goût, la terrasse est un plus. Le village est un des plus beau de la région tout en étant moins touristique que Dolceaqua (ce qui est un plus à mon avis ...) large choix d'excellents restaurants dans le village. Rocchetta Nervina à proximité est un petit bijou avec de nombreux spots paradisiaques de baignade en rivière. Attention en été arrivez sans le village avant 10h ou après 18h pour se garer facilement. Enfin Roberts à été disponible (par mail) et nous a donné des nombreux conseils.

Perfil de l'usuari Rosanne
agost de 2017
When you think apricale, this is the place you're thinking of. What you see is what you get and we personally loved the place. You get a lot of information from robert and when you need him he'll respond directly. We'll definitely stay here again.

Perfil de l'usuari Sophie
juliol de 2017
Lovely little house in the centre of Apricale with the added benefit of the terrace. Great stay and Robert couldn't have been more helpful. Thank you!
Perfil de l'usuari Robert
Resposta de Robert:
Thanks for your kind review and i'm glad you enjoyed my recommendations on local restaurants. I'm also glad you enjoyed the terrace. I hope you dont mind if I make a further comment on the previous guests, I neglected to do so before, who complained that they had to wash the linen-the sheets instead were brand new and (URL HIDDEN) they also complained, privately, that the terrace had 2 chairs on it no further comment is needed... Thanks again!
juliol de 2017

Perfil de l'usuari Ross
juliol de 2017
We enjoyed our stay in the ancient hill town of Apricale and surrounding area. The ancient towns are fascinating and you could spend a day seeing each one, or relax some more and spend a few days in Apricale. Robert's little apartment served OK for the purpose, after we gave it a good clean and washed the linen. It is in the ancient walkways of the old town and only a few minutes walk from either the road (where you will have to leave your car) and the central piazza (and the one general store). The apartment has a nice outlook over the valley to the hill with the neighbouring town of Perinaldo at the top. Robert was very efficient in communicating directions. The bedroom is upstairs and has a mosquito screen on one of its windows, but this did not allow any airflow and we really wanted to open other windows, but without screens we would have been bitten too much. As the listing says, this is a small and cosy place, but there is also a lot of the owner's belonging cluttering the space too much. Its difficult to prepare food there. There are a couple of good restaurants in the town and its not far to drive to Isolabona or even Dolceaqua to eat. Recommend also a visit to the river gorge at Rochetta Nervina for a swim in summer.
Perfil de l'usuari Robert
Resposta de Robert:
Thanks for the review. To reply to a couple of your points. The kitchen is full size, with gas hobs and electric oven, which is unusual for a small appartment, with all the utensils you would need so I am puzzled how you found it diificult to cook. The only belongings are my book collection that other guests used and even added to so I not sure why that why a problem also. Insects do come in if you keep all the windows open at night but there are 2 fans to keep the bedroom at a pleasant temperature. Enjoy the rest of your trip.
juliol de 2017

Ligúria, ItàliaMembre des de gener 2012
Perfil de l'usuari Robert

I am Robert and I was born in England. I'm a sociable person and I restored over a few years a beautiful stone cottage In Apricale. I have travelled alot and lived in many countries but decided to settle in Italy due to the kindness of the people, their traditions of agriculture and building with stone, and of course the reliable sunny weather and beautiful nature. I love hiking and camping in the area of Apricale and sharing my knowledge of the many fantastic trails that can be walked in most months of the year. See riviera ridgeways .

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