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OLD MILL - UNIQUE haven in paradise with natural swimming pool

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,506 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

2 large double bedrooms, living room, kitchen, bathroom, garden, swimming pool,

You will never experience anything like our mill anywhere else, steeped in the country side but just 1 hour from Nice airport, on the river, totally private, just get back to nature and shed the weight of work, ill health, stress, problems just seem so far away in our corner of heaven. Listen to the birds, paddle in the brooke that forms in the garden on its way down to the river, swim in the pool and just chill.

Children just love it, teenagers love it and parents love it, bonding with the whole family is just natural

Imagine long, lazy summer days lounging by the pool, splashing in the river, sitting under the shade of the weeping willow keeping cool with your feet in the babbling brook that flows through the garden reading your favourite book, sipping a glass of local red wine or an ice cold prosecco. The children running free searching for frogs, fishing for little river fish and seeing who is the first in the pool every day. Finish the day with a bbq and a walk into the village for an ice-cream or to listen to the local band playing or even join the locals at the village dance. You will not experience anything like it anywhere else. The old mill can be found a few hundred metres along a country lane, steeped in the countryside yet 15 minute walk from the village or 5 minutes by car. Silent and peaceful set in its own gardens surrounded by trees and the sound of the brook gently babbling by providing the mill with it's own private rock pools big enough for bathing. The river also feed the swimming pool at the mill free flowing in and out, no products are used in our natural pool.

You can buy an internet key for your laptop if you need to keep in touch.

There is a large private garden.

We have a proper pizza oven and gas BBQ.

The mill has various terraces with seating arrangements for quiet reading or an alfresco aperitif overlooking the river before lunch or dinner in the garden or by the river or even around the pool, the choice is yours.

There are loungers around the pool and also by the river for a change of venue if necessary.

The living room has a huge open fire for autumn or winter evenings and

the living room has a comfortable sofa bed for extra guest

Perfect wedding venue.

Local produce cookery lessons: Including visiting the local produce markets to source fresh produce to cook and serve,

Trips can be arranged: With a guide to Monte Carlo, whale watching, Cinque Terre, Ventimiglia market or wherever you would like to go.

Although we have had many guests with babies and infants, we do advise that the most suitable age for this type of property is from the age of 6 years.

More Details

Member since: 2010
Speaks English, French, Italian, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
28 April, 2017

About Allavena

I am 31 years old and the Communications and Marketing Manager for HEAD. I was brought up in Pigna, my father is from the village and my mother is British. I love the area and the life.

Allavena purchased this villa in 2008

Why Allavena chose Imperia

It is magical

What makes this villa unique

Just the peace and the feeling of being in a different world.

Guestbook comments from the owner

What a great Easter break, the weather was glorious and the scenery so peaceful, we walked and walked and even had a dip in the pool. Well done Sandro for creating a piece of heaven
Apr 2011
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Pigna in Isolabona

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1506 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Backpack
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Kitchenette
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 2 - Outdoor Shower
  • The outdoor shower is for the pool and soap cannot be used here.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , in living room
  • The master bedroom with a double bed is a very large bedroom. The living room has a brand new double sofa bed. An extra bed can be added in the twin bedroom.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Terrace
  • Deck Furniture
  • Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Veranda
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
The old mill has a wood fired pizza oven. We have a new Weber gas BBQ

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website:


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(36 traveller reviews)

OLD MILL - UNIQUE haven in paradise with natural swimming pool
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 39 reviews

An oasis of calm and relaxation

  • 5 of 5

A wonderful place to relax, unwind and recharge the batteries. The Old Mill is wonderful in location - lots of wild life to observe including some of the prettiest butterflies. The facilities are excellent and the accommodation very comfortable. The pizza oven makes great pizzas and the local eateries particularly in Pigna and Apricale are superb. A trip to the beach is a great day out although you feel relieved to get back and shut the gates immersing yourself back into your own little world. We loved our two weeks at the Old Mill and would recommend it to anyone looking for some time to get away from the rat race.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Magical, perfect, and I cried when we left

  • 5 of 5

The Old Mill is simply a magical place. We quickly felt like it was our own, and loved every minute. The pictures really don't do it justice - it's all it The rooms are comfortable (our big bed in the master room was the most comfortable mattress ever!!) and we loved cooking in the tiny but beautiful kitchen. Sandro's olive oil is delicious, by the way. It's very clean and for the 4 of us there was plenty of room. We spent every day relaxing in the yard, braving dips in the chilly pool, and hiking down the river - if you go far down enough you can find some amazing natural swimming holes. We fired up the pizza oven and had fun making our own pizzas from scratch using herbs from the garden!

Sandro met us and was so kind and accomodating, he returned again to bring us some supplies for the heater and the pizza oven, and also took us up into the old town to show us a hike - it was STEEP, but the hike was incredible with valley views and wild strawberries included. By the way, take Sandro's advice about food shopping at Maxi Sconto in Campo Rosso - an incredible selection of really great food and low prices.

We did a few day trips into Dolceaqua (the little castle is actually worth exploring), Villefranche-sur-mer (great little beach), and Cannes (for an incredible catamaran sail on the bay). We cooked a lot but also had a meal at the Ristorante Terme which we really enjoyed - typical Ligurian cuisine and fairly heavy but lovely. Mostly we just wanted to relax at home - which is how we came to see this beautiful place. We truly loved our time at the Mill, and want to return one day - hopefullly sooner rather than later! Thank you Sandro for everything!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A true gem

  • 5 of 5

I stayed at the Mill with my wife, we wanted to escape a cold winter and have some peace and tranquillity somewhere not to far to drive from. Well the Old Mill is truly an amazing place, the weather was just perfect and the property is a gem. Spring had arrived and all the flowers and trees were blooming, the scent in the air was just magical, everything we were hoping it would be.

The website describes the property well and Pigna is a very charming village. We recommend the gelateria for the ice creams and the famous Cappuccini which are huge!!

After relaxing the first week, we adventured around the valley and there are some very pretty places, Dolceacqua and Apricale are definitely worth a trip.

We would recommend staying in the Mill, especially if you are looking to escape the dark weather at home!!

Looking forward to coming back,


Jerry and Wilma

  • Review Submitted: Apr 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Thank you so much for a fabulous stay

  • 5 of 5

Thank you so much for a fabulous stay at the Old Mill in Pigna. Our week here in the sunshine has surpassed our expectations. We loved the remoteness of the mill which gave us some much needed relaxation (it is possible with a 10 month old baby!!) We will most definitely be returning to the Old Mill and this pretty part of Italy and hope to discover more of what Pigna and the surrounding area has to offer.

Thank you again for a perfect week!

Mara, Matteo and Amelia

  • Review Submitted: Sep 27, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Thanks for sharing your piece of Paradise

  • 5 of 5

Thanks a lot Sandro for sharing your piece of paradise! The hosting was just perfect and we got a very nice family gathering and we will for sure be back!

There are some moments with a big "M" which cannot be described and this holiday was one of them, thank you again!

The Wood family

  • Review Submitted: Sep 27, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely, rustic hillside holiday accommodation

  • 4 of 5

We (4 adults) arrived in late May at this converted stone mill, having driven from Nice (about 90 minutes). We loved the location and the accommodation: the bedrooms are a good size and their is plenty of space downstairs in the lounge, However, when we weren't out exploring we spent most of our time outside in the garden area next to the spring pools. It was delightful

There is plenty to see and do in the surrounding areas, and if you like getting out there are some absolutely stunning walks in some of the neighbouring villages.

If you arrive in late May (as we did) or September it can be quite cool, especially in the evenings, and the mill can get quite cold (there is a boiler to heat the rooms that Sandro turned on for us). However, that did not spoil our enjoyment of the holiday at all.

A very memorable vacation.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 1, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your review and staying with us! We believe it was unusually cold this May and we will make sure the heating system is prepared earlier in the future in case needed in the early spring evenings. Thank you once again, and please always feel warmly welcome back!
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Nearest Airport
70 Kilometres
Nice, France
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
25 Kilometres
Nearest Train
20 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
20 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
70 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
20 Kilometres
Car: recommended

Pigna is a medieval village steeped in countryside with small rivers and rock pools, hiking tracks and trekking trails, cycle paths and some of the most beautiful nature trails changing with the seasons. Pigna is strategically placed 1 hour from Nice international airport, 1 hour from Monte Carlo and 3 hours from Milan.

The famous Italian Riviera is just 20 minutes away and you can choose between the stony beaches of Bordighera and Ventimiglia or the sandy beaches of Sanremo and Ospedaletti.

Pigna boasts the famous church of St Michele, full of the paintings of Canavesio from the 15th century including the priceless politico which hangs behind the alter.

The chapel of San Bernado's frescos depicting biblical scenes by Canavesio, have been painstakingly restored over a 10 year period.

The mountain of Torraggion dominated the village and can be reached by a 5 hour hike from the 'refugio Allavena' in the Melosa area just 20 mins from the village by car or 2 hours by foot

Other Activities: MONACO GRAND PRIX just 1 hour away


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Pigna, Liguria

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
April - May 2017
1 Apr 2017 - 27 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
June 2017
28 May 2017 - 1 Jul 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
July 2017
2 Jul 2017 - 29 Jul 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
August 2017
30 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
September 2017
3 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
October - November 2017
1 Oct 2017 - 2 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
February - March 2018
3 Feb 2018 - 31 Mar 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
April - May 2018
1 Apr 2018 - 1 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
June 2018
2 Jun 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
July - August
1 Jul 2018 - 1 Sep 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
September 2018
2 Sep 2018 - 29 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
October - November 2018
30 Sep 2018 - 1 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £168.44
Pet Fee £0.84
Final cleaning £84.22

Please note that 100 euros will be added on the final price and includes:

- Final cleaning
- normal towels and beach towels,
- pool maintenance,
- bed linen,
- water and electricity
- gas for the BBQ

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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