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Dolceacqua: centre old village - recently renovated 100m2 House/Flat: Sleeps 5

Bedrooms 3
Space 100 m²
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

Large and beautifully renovated property; very well furnished & equipped.

This split-level property is L shaped with a large central dining room/American style kitchen (all modern amenities) forming the core of the property with, at one end two bedrooms and a bathroom and at the other one single bedroom, bathroom and sitting room. This gives practical independence to each half of the apartment. Fully equipped kitchen with all new appliances: dishwasher, fridge, 4 burner hob and oven etc. One main bedroom with double bed + a single bed in alcove, leading to small patio overlooking part of the piazza and the walkway up to the top of the village and the castle; One small bedroom with bunk beds for children next to small shower room with lavatory and washbasin; one single room with large bathroom opposite. Utility room with new washing machine. Our delightful neighbour will be there to hand over the key and help with any potential problem. Parking is easy and free. A grocery shop is next door for essentials and there's a good choice of restaurants on the piazza or just over either bridge the other side of the river (see review)

Many historic places to visit nearby: Apricale, Pigna, Castel Vittorio etc. Bussana Vecchia near St Remo.

Beaches: St Remo has sandy beaches as does Menton, a short 25 km drive from the village along the coast with masses of beachside restaurants that are very child friendly; otherwise the closest beaches 7 km from Dolceacqua (Bordigherra, Ventimiglia) are mostly pebble beaches.

Do visit the aquarium in Monte-Carlo (children especially love it), St Remo is wonderful for high quality shopping. The nearest airport is Nice airport, roughly 40 km away.

Heating used during the colder months will be checked before and after to show the amount of heating used for the rental period. (meter) as gas heating is very expensive in Italy.

We have decided not to include linen as many French and Italian guests prefer to bring their own. (We have adjusted our tariffs accordingly).

Our charming neighbour looks after the house/flat, keys and we trust her implicitly to keep any outstanding rental fees on arrival.

No air-conditioning needed, the walls are very thick, keeping the house wonderfully cool in the hot season!

More Details

Carolyn Jordan or Renato Sorgato
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, French, German, Italian
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
10 October, 2016

About Carolyn Jordan or Renato Sorgato

Schooled at the French Lycée in London, I am a professional painter living in a beautiful Provencal village. My husband (who was born and brought up in Dolceacqua) is a musicologist and currently writing a book on medieval and renaissance music + a book on Verdi that was published earlier this year.

Carolyn Jordan or Renato Sorgato purchased this house in 1935

Why Carolyn Jordan or Renato Sorgato chose Imperia

We love it! It's a happy place to be, with a wonderful atmosphere one finds in so many Italian villages and towns.

Menton is very close (beaches and shopping) as too is Monte-Carlo (casinos, Oceanographic Museum) so there are no boring moments. St. Remo is very close too, again for shopping and it's beaches + the casino.

What makes this house unique

Dolceacqua has the advantage of being close to the seafront in Italy or France (we prefer the sandy beaches of Menton just the other side of the border) while retaining the charm of an ancient Italian village.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Dolceacqua in Dolceacqua

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 100 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 5
  • smoking allowed
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Spa
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , big washbasin with vanity mirror
  • 1) big bathroom with shower, big washbasin, bidet and loo. Cupboard space and shelving for bathroom items, large towel holders, vanity lights over mirror. 2) small shower room with washbasin and loo.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Single Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Child Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Single Bed
  • 1) Well appointed master bedroom with steps to a small terrace overlooking the cobbled pedestrian walkway close to the main piazza. (See photos) Lots of hanging space for clothes with walk in recess. 2) Single bedroom with 2 blocks of built in shelving and hanging space for clothes. 3) children's den with 2 bunk beds and shelving.
  • Television ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Sauna ...
  • caves
  • churches
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
The annual fireworks display in August is one of the best I have ever seen. Children will love the freedom to wander around safely and have fun roaming the little nooks and crannies, hidden passageways and games on the main piazza. Dolceacqua was the Prince of Monaco's (Prince Rainier) favourite village and one of its restaurants was booked regularly for his (discreet) arrival.


4/5 -
(1 traveller reviews)

Dolceacqua: centre old village - recently renovated 100m2 House/Flat: Sleeps 5
average rating of 4.0 based on 1 reviews
Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Perfect for our first visit to Dolceacqua

  • 4 of 5

We found everything in this property to be excellent. It had all the facilities/equipment described and was very clean. The owners and neighbours could not have been more friendly and helpful.

The flat has a great location, very close to the town centre and an easy walk to the nearby piazza. It was relatively easy to find a (free) parking spot not far away so use of the car was limited to out-of-town trips.

Dolceacqua itself is delightful. Under the castle which dominates the town you find a myriad of passageways little changed from medieval days. The town has several good restaurants, including some which offer agriturismo fare. The California bar in the main street is one of the most welcoming I have ever come across.

Dolceacqua is also a great starting point for trips into the mountains to explore towns like Pigna and Apricale. Heading in the other direction takes you to the coast; San Remo for example has some nice beaches.

I thoroughly recommend this property. DON'T be put off by the nearby church clock which seemed to strike more than most clocks I know. You quickly get used to it.

One point to note: the owners request quite a substantial cash deposit as security against major damage. Our deposit was refunded in full immediately without any fuss.

Nigel Adam

  • Review Submitted: Jul 27, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Dolceacqua, Liguria

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5 night minimum stay
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Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £390
Cleaning £43

Security deposit 450€ paid cash on arrival, automatically refunded after inspection at check-out.
Linen optional:12€ per person for bed linen, towels, bathmats etc. (Some guests prefer to bring their own linen)
A 25% booking deposit may be sent through the HomeAway booking service, the balance is always given cash on arrival to our neighbour who looks after the house and guests. Please contact us if you need bank details (French or Italian)
The security deposit is returned on departure after checkout inspection.
Our lovely neighbours will greet you and give you the keys. They only speak Italian but are able to understand with hand gestures!

La caution de 450 euros est rendue en fin de séjour par notre voisin sauf dégâts importants.
Le linge est optionnel car certains locataires préfèrent amener leur propres draps et serviettes (12€ par personne)
Les arrhes d'un montant de 25% de la somme totale de la location peuvent être payés par transfert bancaire, soit à notre banque en Italie ou en France, soit par carte avec HomeAway, le complément est toujours donné en espèces à notre adorable voisine qui s'occupe de l'appartement.
Nos voisins et amis sont à côté — ils vous donneront la clé et vous montreront la maison et répondront si vous avez des questions. Ils ne parlent que l'italien mais vous arriverez à vous faire comprendre quand-même!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Nearest Airport
35 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
A few steps away
Nearest Ferry
10 Kilometres
Nearest Train
7 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
9 Kilometres
Autoroute du sud
Nearest Restaurant
A few steps away
Nearest Beach
7 Kilometres
Ventimiglia or Bordigherra
Car: recommended

Dolceacqua is a hilltop medieval village 7 kilometres up the valley from Ventimiglia and the sea is only a short drive away. It's famous Roman bridge was painted by Monet and the Castello Doria perched at the top of the village is visible from afar.

There are many medieval perched villages to visit in the area and Dolceacqua is a dream for children where they can roam free from the danger of traffic and discover all the nooks and crannies of a very ancient village. There are many good and cheap restaurants in the area and an excellent local wine.


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