Six of us stayed in this villa for a week during August 2018. Our party included an 8 year old boy and 3 older kids. We had a great week and thoroughly enjoyed the villa, it's garden and pool, the locality, the weather and the local food.
The villa itself was really stunning - beautifully kitted out and in a superb location, with amazing views across the valley and down to the sea in the distance.
The pool is superb - a really decent size, with plenty of space for lounging around it, and perched on a terrace above and behind the villa with unspoilt views down the valley.
The local village of Dolcedo is incredibly quaint and feels like a tiny slice of rural, mountainside Italy. We ate out at 3 local restaurants all of which were good - in particular the pizzas. The village is walkable and we walked there most days. However, the walk back whilst beautiful - up through a cobbled, hillside path winding between idyllic looking properties - is no easy trek and a degree of fitness is required!
Whilst we loved the location, it may not be perfect for someone who fears heights. The drive up from the main mountain road is pretty hairy - up a narrow, winding and in places incredibly steep single-carriageway road.
We would point out that the property is spread out over several floors with each bedroom being on a separate floor. This is worth bearing in mind for any family with a young child, wanting to have a proximate bedroom.
Our only criticisms are that there was no air-con (which would have made our stay more comfortable) and the retro game player wasn't in working order. However, these did not detract from the overall enjoyment of our stay which was fabulous.
We did not find that there was an enormous amount to do in the area but we had a few pleasant excursions, including to the beach and a local natural pool. This property is perhaps not ideal for a group wanting lots of varied excursions but it was ideal for us - seeking a peaceful and relaxed holiday in a luxury villa in a beautiful setting.
Finally, but by no means least, we found the owner Rob very helpful and quick to respond to any queries we had. Silvia , the housekeeper, was lovely and went above and beyond to help us out - especially when we accidently drove off on our final day without the hire car parcel shelf! She drove half an hour to meet us by the side of the motorway with it. We're still very grateful, Silvia, thank you!