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NOW ACCEPTING PAYPAL !! Our beautifully restored sixteenth century stone villa, Le Moggie, ( the mill ) is very privately situated on a mountainside in a national park, the Alta Val di Vara, in the Cinque Terre region of Liguria, Italy´s most mountainous and forested region. 'Le Moggie' is a rare place where you can find true privacy and tranquility in an unspoiled setting. The Alta Val di Vara received the first ever European Community award in 1998 for the highest environmental quality of life in all of Europe. Our surroundings are dotted with small villages, organic farms producing everything from delicious cheeses to organic beef, forests full of porcini mushrooms and blueberries, and wonderful gastronomic experiences at our local restaurants. Today, the Alta Val di Vara continues to receive many international awards as well as discerning visitors who come for the scenery, hiking, exquisite gastronomy, picturesque villages, archaeological treasures and proximity to many art-and architecture-filled cities and glamorous beaches of note. Local residents are very hospitable and honest and can point you in the right direction on your walks and hikes.
Le Moggie has been completely restored and is furnished throughout with local antiques, and beautiful textiles and rugs. Some of the amenities the house offers are fireplaces, excellent acoustics for your musical pleasure, many books and board games for relaxation, a very well-equipped kitchen, baths with beautiful handmade tiles, spring water, a separate laundry room, and a new central heating system for colder months. Hiking paths and wonderful views abound near the villa, which is located on a semi-private road. No other houses are visible nearby, only across the valley, in the distance. The air is refreshing and pure and a government-certified mineral water spring feeds the house.The stars, seen from the terraces on a moonless night, are breathtaking.
The area capital town, Varese Ligure, is just 8 km. or 5 mi. from Le Moggie, and has been named a 'patrimony of mankind' by UNESCO due to its marvellous and carefully preserved typical Ligurian architecture. Varese offers fine gastronomy, gourmet shopping, wonderful bakeries, delicious regional specialties, hand made leather goods and many outdoor cafes. Varese is just 27 km. or 16 mi. from the elegant seaside resorts of the Ligurian Riviera: the Cinque Terre, Portofino, La Spezia etc.. and is also an excellent base for day trips to Pisa, Genoa, Tuscany, Parma and other attractions.
Please be aware that Liguria is Italy´s most mountainous region with very narrow, winding roads nearly everywhere and therefore, driving in Liguria can be a challenge for those unused to these kinds of roads.
If you are staying for a long visit, our housekeeper can be hired on an individual basis, according to your needs.
Internet service is not available at our villa, although cell phones will work there and those with international smart phones will of course be able to connect. Many of our guests report that this lack of internet makes for some lovely family experiences as well as a much needed break from connectivity. For those with laptops who need a wifi connection, Varese Ligure has many options.
To learn more about our property and see more guest comments: Please visit our website at http://www.liguriavillarental.com/
2nd mid season Sep 1 - Sep 30, 2015 3 night min stay
2nd Low season Oct 1 - Oct 31, 2015 3 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
Final Cleaning fee€100
Refundable Damage Deposit€100
Long stay discounts available. 100 euros final cleaning fee. Pet fee additional. 100 euro damage fee.. Ask re cancellation policy.
ONLINE PAYMENTS ACCEPTED THROUGH PAYPAL... Also accepted: wire transfers to Italy and USA and US checks. 50% of rental fee is due at the time of booking. Balance is due two weeks prior to arrival. Contact owner for cancellation policy.
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Villa le Moggie is 8 kilometres from the town of Varese Ligure, which is 27 kilometers, or 16 miles from the sea in the nature preserve Alta Val di Vara. We are on a semi private road about 1 kilometer off the asphalted, narrow and winding main road leading up our mountain. Please be aware that Liguria is Italy´s most mountainous region and is characterized by these very winding and very narrow roads.
Other Activities: gourmet restaurants, wild porcini hunting, beaches, hiking, shopping, gournet food stores, art
Year Purchased: 1985
About the owner: My husband and I began renting Le Moggie to our guests in 1989, after a major renovation of this 16th century jewel. At the time, we told ourselves that one day, this unspoiled, peaceful and rare corner of the world would become a true refuge from stressful modern life, and so it has come to pass. We invite you to take a real break and enjoy the peace and quiet Le Moggie offers..
Why the Owner Chose Varese Ligure: Amazing comfort and luxury in a rural setting of unparalleled natural beauty.
The Unique Benefits at this Villa: Peace, quiet, tranquility. Friendly people, delicious food, a unique opportunity for your children to experience life at slower pace. Gorgeous hiking trails and proximity to beaches, and art filled cities. At night, see the stars again !!!!