|Minimum Stay||5 nights|
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£386|
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!
* Approximate monthly price. Actual pricing will depend on the days of the month you stay.