Our home- a restored farmhouse- is just 3km from the beach (2km from the Levanto train station) yet away from the crowds. Our spacious independent apartment has everything (including fresh eggs!) to make your vacation stay as pleasant as possible.
Great apartment between Levanto and Monterosso offers easy access to the Cinque Terre. Great place for hikers and nature lovers. The apartment is located on the bottom floor of our home, a typical Ligurian farmhouse that was originally built as a mill in the 1700s. A bubbling stream runs outside the apartment - wonderful for sleeping!
Our 2 room apartment features an independent entrance, fully equipped kitchen (new for 2017 - a large refrigerator! Perfect for longer staying guests who like to cook at home), 4 comfortable beds, outdoor space and fresh veggies from our garden and organic eggs from our chickens! We live onsite so we are available for advice or help when needed.
The apartment has high-speed (for rural Italy) wi-fi internet connection and a collection of English language books and games.
We are located in the township of Levanto, a charming village with an awesome beach and great restaurants. Monterosso (and the rest of the Cinque Terre) is located 6 minutes away on the train. OR you can get there by an hour and a half hike straight from the apartment.
It's best to bring a car as the road into the village is narrow and dark. We provide our guests with a parking pass which allows you to park free at the Levanto train station and in the center of town and at a discounted rate at the beach parking area.
We are a working Ligurian farm during the summer and our house is very old. The charm of our location is that it is 'real'- that can sometimes include spiders (the spindly nice ones, though we remove them when we clean!) sharing your space, fireflies coming through your windows (in the late spring/early summer) as well as the occasional mini-scorpion. Our chickens sometimes escape and one of our dogs is very friendly and curious (and is a little bit of a beggar). Please do not expect luxury- we have a very comfortable apartment that has a very high price/quality ratio but, in the end, we are a rustic Ligurian farm. The great majority of our clients come just for this reason and we do everything we can to make everyone as happy and comfortable as possible. We are not on the beach and we are not a new construction however and we prefer that our potential guests have expectations that meet what we offer.
If you prefer a more central location in the Cinque Terre, or if you do not have a car, check out our other property in the heart of Monterosso! https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/679979
You'll have full access to our organic vegetable garden and eggs from our happy chickens. Ample private outdoor space. You have an independent entrance and we will not be entering your private space. We will be moving around the garden-
Interaction with guests
We live upstairs but have our own entrance so we are always available to answer questions or help out.
Other things to note
We do live in a rural-ish area and so there are lizards, spiders, fireflies, mini-scorpions, dragonflies, frogs around (not in!) the house. Luckily where we live, there are NO MOSQUITOS! The apartment has air conditioning but it is naturally cool thanks to the thick, old walls so you will most likely not need it!
Our family does share the villa with our guests. Therefore we ask that you please keep your voices and music down after 11 pm.
As per Italian law, we are required to register our guests with the local police within the 2nd day of your stay with your passport or identity card.
We are extremely energy conscious and expect all guests to be respectful of water, electricity and natural gas consumption and to make sure that all lights are out when not being used.
We have strict recycling rules in our township so guests are asked to separate their trash according to type and to either utilize the bins near the house or inform us if their trash is ready to be disposed of.
Our home is over 300 years old and has a very sensitive septic system. Please do not throw anything except for toilet paper in the toilet.
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I'm originally from Texas but have lived in Europe since 1987. I moved to Italy in 1989 and never left. I lived in Monterosso al Mare (Cinque Terre) for 18 years before moving to Levanto in 2007 with my husband and son.
I am passionate about making, eating and sharing good food. I love the sea and the woods and am frequently either hiking or out on a boat.
Even though I've spent nearly two-thirds of my life living in Europe, I have yet to lose my Texas accent. If you hear a 'y'all' thrown in here and there, don't be surprised.
Travel is essential for me- that's one reason I love Italy and Europe and how easy it to move around. Be it hiking on the islands off Sardinia, discovering spices in Turkey or exploring museums in Florence, I love new experiences and meeting new people. When I am home, I feed my imagination by reading.
We have a relaxed style of hosting our guests. For the guests staying in our house we often run into each other in the vegetable garden or chicken coop. Both our Levanto and Monterosso apartments have extensive updated house books that explain how to best enjoy the area. Even so, we are always available for information about our favorite beaches, restaurants, off the beaten path hiking trails and even recipes.