- Villa2475 sq. ft.
- Separate WCs1
- Minimum Stay5 - 7 nights
- Response rate:
- Response time:
- within a few hours
- English, French, Italian
- Calendar last updated:
- 24 Jun 2018
I'm Teresa the wife of one of the two owners. I look after bookings and I'm the one you'll address to for any enquiry. It will be my pleasure assisting you and I'll do my very best to help you.
teresa purchased this Villa in 1950
What makes this Villa unique
It has been a much beloved family property since 1950. It is an evident example of the italian style. The elegant interiors, the ever changing sea view, the garden and the unique swimming pool make this villa really special and UNIQUE.
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100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Outstanding Seaside Italian Villa
Absolutely amazing experience! This is a true Italian Villa, meticulously and lovingly maintained with every amenity, located in Portovenere (which in our opinion was hands down the best choice we made). I'm not sure you can find a better town if you are planning day trips to Cinque Terre, Portofino, Santa Margherita and other local areas. There is so much to see. The ferry leaves from the town center and we used local taxi's for other excursions. The property takes your breath away as it's located on a hillside overlooking the sea. The property is much bigger than we expected and the kids loved walking down the stairs to the local pier to dive in the water. They also walked on their own to get food and gelato and enjoyed the freedom of the town. We felt safe and by the end felt like locals :) The town is amazing with grocery stores, an abundance of cafes, restaurants, and shops. Teresa went above and beyond to make sure our stay was incredible. The communication before and during our stay was so appreciated. She also helped us plan local day trips. It's hard to convey just how amazing this property is. The photos don't capture the magnificence of the home or the area. We were two families travelling together and we all agreed this was the most spectacular property we have ever rented in every regard.
Extraordinary in Every Way
We fell in love with this villa the moment that we arrived. The photos do not convey the beauty of this house or the surrounding area. It felt like home from the moment we went through the front door till the time that we left.
The property is a prominent local landmark, lovingly cared for by the family who have owned it for over 60 years. The building dates to the 19th century and is surrounded on one side by a terraced olive grove. The pool is simply spectacular and will inspire envy amongst your friends when they see the pictures. It made for a truly unique and memorable vacation!
Teresa was extremely helpful during the entire process, from booking inquiries to setting up local reservations. She was a very gracious host and I am thankful for all that she did to make our visit very special.
The central piazza of Portovenere is about a ten minute walk from the villa. There are a number of excellent restaurants nearby, as well as amenities such as markets and pharmacies. This location is not the isolated rural villa of Tuscan fantasy, so be prepared for the reality of modern life (street noise, etc). If you are curious about the surrounding area then I would recommend using Google Earth to view it,.
In short, I was very happy with my experience here and I plan on returning again. It was superb and, in my opinion, very reasonably priced for such a unique experience. 5 Stars.
FABULOUS week at Villa Argia - a dream come true!
We enjoyed a WONDERFUL week at this beautiful house from June 3-10. I chose this property AND the town of Portovenere based on other traveler's great reviews, so I will take the time to elaborate on our experience.
1)The property/house: amazing! The pictures don't do it justice. The main house is beautiful, colonial and renovated in the 90's. Cool marble floors, airy and light-filled bedrooms- each with their own bathroom. Also a half-bath downstairs off the living room. There are 3 bedrooms in the main house, then a 4th bedroom and bathroom with it's own little living area in the 'pool house' which is a few steps away. We were a group of 8 - two couples in their 30's and 2 couples in their 60's. Everyone was comfortable. Note: there is NO A/C which was not an issue for us at the beginning of June (highs in the mid-70's) but maybe would be later in the summer. Kitchen is very functional. The pool is incredible and the entire property has stunning views! We enjoyed prosecco on the balcony every evening.
2) Location: Portovenere is the hidden gem of this region. The scenery is breath-taking - green terraced hillsides ending into the blue mediterranean - all the beauty of Cinque terre without the crowds. It is definitely a resort town, but in a much more laid back way than the hectic little towns of Cinque Terre. On two separate days we took the boat to Cinque Terre (around 20-30 min to the first town). *Note: the boats run multiple times per day to most of the towns of Cinque Terre but DEPENDING ON THE SEAS/WEATHER, so there were a couple days that no boats were running. (don't leave a trip to Cinque Terre to the last day). The house is a 1 minute walk to the beach/oceanfront, a 2 minute walk to get coffee/gelato and a 10-12 minute easy, flat walk along the promenade to the main center of town with many wonderful restaurants.
3) Communicating with owners - 5 stars! Teresa was incredibly responsive and helpful in every way. She answered questions via email immediately, and was at the house for our arrival and departure. She also helped us arrange activities such as visiting a local wine tasting room (Ca Lunae, a must!), and making dinner reservations.
Overall, the entire week was a mediterranean dream come true- and staying in this house was the best part! FYI First week of June was great weather:) Ocean warm enough to swim.
We would recommend this property to family and friends. It would also make a STUNNING small wedding venue. Hope to return!
The villa is not rent in the hottest months.
It dates back to the begining of 1900 so it has thick walls which prevent it from being too hot in summer and too cold in winter, however, every room is provided with a fan, just in case....
Furthermore, due to its location, the "elderly pink lady" is kissed by the sun until 4/5 pm and being just above the sea it benefits of a very pleseant and mild breeze at night.
May all your dreams come true so.....we'll have the pleasure of welcoming you again:).
luxury villa in stunning surroundings
The Villa is beautiful, amazing grounds, fab pool, and all overlooking the sea. Its actually closer to the town than we expected, just a short walk to restaurants and shops, everything within easy reach including boats to Cinque Terra and the islands. Our host had also left a welcome pack including fruit bowl, wine and prosecco, all of which was appreciated while relaxing in the sun by the pool! A really fabulous property, clean, well equipped, everything you need for a great holiday. We loved it!
It was our pleasure to host you especially because we knew you were coming for an important occasion. We are pleased you have enjoyed it so much.
My sister, son, 10 year old granddaughter and myself had the privilege of staying in the BEAUTIFUL Villa Argia for a week in June!! The pictures really do not do it justice. We were greeted by the owners wonderful daughter-in-law, Teresa, who welcomed us with food and champagne. The house is quite large and elegant, yet cozy. The rooms are large and the grounds are truly spectacular. We swam in the pool, went to the beach, which is across the street from the villa, and walked through the town of Portovenere to shop, sight see and eat at the many restaurants. The tour of the Cinque Terre's was spectacular as well.
If you truly want to stay have a vacation to remember, Villa Argia is the place to stay. I look forward to many more trips and will take a lot more of my family.
How nice to know you are not only planning to return but also to share the villa with other members of your family!
A chilly bottle of the italian Prosecco will be ready for them too!
It will be our pleasure to meet again very kind people as you.
We had an amazing time in your home! Clean rooms with everything we needed for a fabulous holiday. The ocean was great to swim in along with the wonderful pool. The town was perfect very close walking to everything you would want to go. We could not have picked a better place. Thank you Teresa for your great hospitality.
Thanks for having trusted us!
We are not responsible for its amazing location but we feel responsible for welcoming guests in an ever perfect place, or at least we try to!
The closest airports: Pisa, Genoa and Florence. Once arrived to La Spezia follow directions to Portovenere then to loc. Olivo, you have arrived! Park your car inside the property and .......hurry up go swimming, where? It is up to you!
Don't hesitate adressing us for anything you may need or wish, we'll do our outmost to satisfy your requirements.