House with shady garden and large sunny terrace overlooking the sea in the old town of Ventimiglia which is across the river from the main town, a short walk to beaches, shops and restaurants. The house has gas central heating. The garden has a large table and chairs and is ideal for dining; it is sheltered behind high walls with a canopy of bougainvillea growing over it. The terrace also has a table, chairs, sunbeds, an umbrella and has spectacular sea views.
Ventimiglia is famous for its huge Friday market but nearby are the Alpes Maritime for hiking and cycling or Monaco and the Cote d'Azur for glamour and sophistication as well as San Remo in the other direction. Shopping opportunities are endless. The ski resort at Limone is 1 hour's distance by train or car in the mountains of Piemonte.
Ventimiglia Alta is an old town which still has a thriving local community. There is an 11th Century cathedral, 4 other historic churches and many other fascinating old buildings.
Utilities & final cleaning: The house is so near the sea that you can hear the waves even in the winter from inside with the windows closed. You can get down to the nearest beaches on foot in 5 minutes. These are pebble beaches but around the headland there is a sandy beach that is only accessible on foot or by boat though even at this beach there is a restaurant and sunbed hire. It is also especially popular with surfers and is very safe for children as it stays shallow a long way.
Gas and electricity costs are not included in the rent as these are charged at a higher tariff for 2nd home owners in Italy and are significantly more expensive than these cost in the UK. Although during the summer months this is unlikely to cost a great deal, during the winter with the central heating on it could add an extra £30-£40 (approx) per week.
There is a charge for a final clean of the house at the end of the stay at 14 euros per hour. Average time taken is 2-3 hours but obviously everyone is different.
Deposit: There is a returnable deposit for the keys and against damage of between £100 to £250 depending on number and ages of guests to be paid in advance.