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Luca Agostini

Member since: 2011
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Speaks English, Italian

Stunning stone-house in unspoiled Cinque Terre with breath-taking sea views

Bedrooms 3
Separate WC's1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday cottage in La Spezia - Casa del Gelso

Enjoy spectacular sea views and sunsets from the terrace of this 3 bedroom house

The house is suited for real “amateurs” only which are looking for a unique holiday within a totally private and natural surrounding. The property is 150 meters above sea level, extends over 500 squared meters of terraced land and is comprised of a 2-bedroom house and a 1-bedroom cottage. The main house is arranged over 2 floors. Kitchen and dining area are on the ground floor while two bedrooms and a bathroom are located on the first floor. The first double-bedroom extends onto its own private terrace with breathtaking sea views. The second double-bedroom is extremely spacious (an additional inflatable single bed can be fitted) and includes a large chimney and lounge area. The cottage has his own small bathroom, kitchen and a full double bed. The property enjoys great outside living space including a large terrace, wooden floor solarium, BBQ and an external shower. Crystal-clear waters are only 15 min away at the bottom of a magnificent stone path perched on the ridge of the hill.

Driving directions: The village of Monesteroli is reachable by a 20 min walk after leaving your car at the bottom of Via Tramonti, a private road which takes you from Località Colle del Telegrafo into a beautiful bush slowly down towards the sea. From La Spezia you take the coastal road that leads to the Cinque Terre and just before the first tunnel take a right at the junction towards Biassa. Go through this picturesque village and keep going up the road for approx. 5 km till you reach the top of the hill. Take the first road on the left (Via Tramonti) just before the restaurant Colle del Telegrafo and keep going down till the road ends where you will park on the road side. The track way which leads to Monesteroli starts on the right-hand side of the last sharp bend of the road (track way n. 4b). GPS: 44° 04' 45" N 09° 47' 07" E

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  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Luca Agostini (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Call Owner
Speaks English, Italian

About Luca Agostini

My wife and I live in Milan and have two young daughters. We both work in banking and this place is our refuge from it all! At the beginning there was no mobile reception, no running water and no electricity! It took us nearly 10 yrs to make it livable and we enjoy letting our guests share this unique experience.

Luca Agostini purchased this cottage in 1996

Why Luca Agostini chose La Spezia

We bought this cottage 20 yrs ago when we were young and crazy and fell in love with this place which is incredibly unique. We did not realize at the time what it meant to rebuild the cottage which was then simply a bouch of stones! Every piece of furniture you see has been brought down the steep steps on our back!

What makes this cottage unique

Away from it all, even in mid august!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Desoles d'utiliser notre langue naturelle mais les mots choisis seront plus justes: donc, sejour agreable avec une vue splendide, site apaisant avec pour seul bruit les vagues qui tapent sur les roches. Spartiate evidemment, mais ou s'habitue a ce chemin tranquille au debut avec un final tres raide (ou inversement!). Nous avons visite les 5 villages des "Cinque Terre", tous plus beaux les uns que les autres. Nous repartons vers notre quotidien la tete remplie de souvenirs qui resteront....Arrivederci
Aug 2012
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based on 12 holidaymaker reviews

Stunning stone-house in unspoiled Cinque Terre with breath-taking sea views
average rating of 4.5 based on 15 reviews

Breathtaking view, away from it all, private

  • 5 of 5

So close to the famous Cinque Terre and at the same time even in July totally 'away from it all'. We loved this house. Beautiful location, amazing vista's (it's even better than the pictures, every night we were treated to the most gorgeous sunsets) and ... a bit adventurous. Loved to hike the old stone roads to the house, even when it was hot. The place is very quiet (the house is set high above the sea and above the little village of Monesteroli) and totally private. So you get unbelievable vista's, wildlife (wild boar and martens!) and a free workout. We left our car at the designated parking spot for the whole week and did everything by foot. There is much to explore and hike. For groceries we went to Biassa or Campiglia (the little store in Campiglia is sometimes closed when you don't expect it, but there's great pasta at PiccoloBlu which we also recommend, lovely hike down to the sea from Campiglia, but the way back is pretty heavy when it's hot). We even hiked with our children to Rio Maggiore, took a swim there and had a nice lunch at 'Enoteca dau cila', great location for watching people. Closer by, the food at 'Colle di Telegrafo' was really, really wonderful! We hope to come back to your lovely and very special house Luca! It was a wonderful experience. It really is... an experience!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 14, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
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Wonderful rest on this balcony on the sea,

  • 4 of 5

We spent a marvelous time at Minesterolli ; first I was worried that our teenage kids would have been bored.. . .But not at all ! They told me how astonishing and beautiful was the place. They really enjoyed to be there. It is the way I like to spend my holidays: family, silence, sea, swim, visit, no clock, sun, view and sunset… I forgot sport ;). Everything was as described on the site , clean and comfortable . Luca is a very nice and accomodating owner. Maintain this unique place is an incredible challenge !

  • Review Submitted: Sep 15, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
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A unique place indeed !!!

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful place! The location and the view is absolutely unique - in the middle of nature! The house is well equipped for a comfortable stay. We hiked a lot, swam in the sea or just sat at the terasse with its breathtaking views of Cinque Terre. We visited La Spezia, Portovenere and Pisa. The owner was very helpful and stayed in contact with during our stay, aswered all our questions and provided all information. If you are interested in relaxation, hiking, scenery it is the the perfect choice for you! A little bit of paradise in Monesteroli!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 14, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
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A nice and restful place in an exceptional spot

  • 4 of 5

A very nice, clean and with good taste restored stone house.

Full equipped; there is nothing missing, that could be needed. The terrace was really appreciated; large, quiet and with this superb view on the sea. It is there we spent the most time.

If you are not afraid of walking down, then up again, about 1000 steps, it is really worth going to the seaside to take a bath. We really enjoyed it, because this steep track to the seaside is a unique experience.

It belongs to this stay, that i would call a stay in the wild.

As it takes about 20 minutes walking to reach the car, it doesn't make sense, having a lot of activities needing to take the car (like shopping, night clubs, restaurants, a.s.o). But the very most interesting sites to be seen around, especially the Cinque Terre, are reachable by foot, via absolute unforgettable tracks with permanent view on the seaside.

It is the right and dreamed place to have a quiet and restful stay, if you like a natural life in the wild, sea bathing, sunset from the terrace and unforgettable walks.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 2, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2013
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Highlight of our vacation in Italy!!!

  • 5 of 5

We rented this property to celebrate our combined 50th birthdays and were not disappointed. Not only are the views fabulous, but the house is equally amazing!! Luca, the owner, has done a truly incredible job renovating this historic house. We were very impressed!! He was also very helpful and accomodating while we were planning our trip. We ate our meals on the stone porch marveling at the scenery from our high perspective on the mountain. Then we fell asleep to the sounds of the sea. Our stay was incredibly relaxing and rejeuvenating. The stone house was very clean and the kitchen was stocked with all the ammenities we needed. We would recommend this house to anyone who would like to make memories that will last a lifetime!! Simply Amazing!!!!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 25, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2013
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Summertime and sun sun sun...

  • 4 of 5

We loved it to eat at the terasse with this beautiful view to the cost of cinque terre. Children loved to shower outside and to have their own room.

Last year we lived at Fossola an had a long way to the swimming place. So we enjoyed it, to climb only ca. 1000 steps down and up. It is a wonderful place to swim.

We missed some bowls in the kitchen to put in food we cocked. And we were very astonished not to find a parmesan rub in an Italien kitchen!

It was good, that christina showed us the way. Your description was perfect, but if someone personaly shows the way, it is easier.

One point we were not happy. We arrived after a long trip, carried the luggage in the hot sun. Then we had to wait till the house was cleaned. You arrive in the smell and the dirt of people that left. That was not nice. And I was not content how Christina cleaned the house. She cleaned only the very nessecery places. The bath rooms and the kitchen. In the kitchen their hung dust under the steps. She did not clean the floors in the beed rooms. She was stressed because the power did not work and 6 person wear sitting their and waiting. Maybe therefor she cleaned bad.

But otherwise I have no idea how to manage it. It is not possible first to clean the house and then come to La Spezia to pick up the people.

But we had a good time. My husband allways looked at the house nearer the village Monesteroli. There is one house for "vendere".

But I can imagine, what a hard work it is, to rebild this houses.

Thank you for the possibility of this famose place.

Catherine Langenbach Heusel

  • Review Submitted: Aug 27, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Catherine, thanks for your helpful review! Missing bowls and parmisan rub will be added immediately(reason for not being there is that I do not eat parmisan...so I've never cared about it enough!). Regarding the cleaning of the house, I agree with your comments and sincerely apologise for that but you have very been unlucky on your check-in day: 1. Cristina normally cleans the house in the morning before new guests come in but that day she was not available in the morning 2. The solar system had a fault that day and I was trying to help her fix it over the phone to allow you to have electricity etc. She did prioritise that and was definitely stressed of leaving you without light 3. I was abroad and could not intervene myself on the day. All of the above happened on the same day which was a real pain! If you come back to Cinque Terre you'll be my guest for a week-end! Regards Luca
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Nearest Airport
100 Kilometres
Pisa & Genoa
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Colle del Telegrafo, Località Colle
Nearest Ferry
10 Kilometres
La Spezia
Nearest Golf
20 Kilometres
Nearest Train
10 Kilometres
La Spezia
Nearest Motorway
15 Kilometres
La Spezia
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Colle del Telegrafo, Località Colle
Nearest Ski
75 Kilometres
Passo del Cerreto
Nearest Beach
1 Kilometres
Nacchè Beach
Car: recommended

The house can only be reached by a 20 minutes walk along a beautiful track way across terraced vineyards which terminates in a steep path of stone steps leading to the sea. It is located 150 meters above the sea on the edge of a terraced cliff between Riomaggiore and Portovenere, close to a group of houses known as Monesteroli village, in the most unspoiled part of the Cinque Terre National Park.

Monesteroli was built through the centuries by the inhabitants of Biassa, an ancient village on the Northwestern hills surrounding the gulf of La Spezia. Biassa is the main doorway to the Cinque Terre and to the several pathways crossing the hillside some of which are accessible directly from the property. Together with the small villages of Schiara and Fossola, Monesteroli is part of Tramonti ('Sunsets'), the coastal area left of Riomaggiore.

Biassa is 5 km away from the house and is reachable by a 20 min walk plus 10 min by car. It can be reached from either La Spezia or Riomaggiore (both 10 km away) by car or bus.

The village of Campiglia can also be reached by a 30 minutes walk from the house and enjoys various restaurants.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre

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Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £191
Cleaning Fee £61

For up to 5 guests, you can choose to rent only the main house at the reduced weekly rate of €1250 (a €250 saving). In such instance, the separate cottage will not be accessible and maybe rented out to other guests at the same time.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in La Spezia in Liguria

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 80 m²
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Parking ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Sunbed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet
    Bathroom 3 - Outdoor Shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
  • The main bedroom on the first floor can accommodate an additional inflatable single bed.
  • Radio
  • Stereo ...
  • Terrace
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Veranda
  • Terrace
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Decking
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 4 deck chairs
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome ...
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • churches
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Electricity within the property is provided by solar panels connected to batteries. Cooking facilities and hot water are gas operated. Emergency power is supplied by a power-generator operated with petrol in case of reduced battery voltage. Any appliance of 150 Watts or more can only be operated through the power generator. The closest groceries are in Campiglia (30 minutes walk) or Biassa (20 minutes walk + 10 minutes by car). It is recommended to minimize the luggage and use backpacks. Some luggage can be left in the car and eventually be taken down during your stay. Before arrival it is possible to book for the use of a monorail rack to carry the luggage and groceries further down closer to the house (and back-up upon check-out). The monorail is operated by a local association and carries a charge of €40 each way.

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