Set in hills of ancient chestnut woods overlooking a Romanesque church, let the gentle babble of the nearby river cleanse your mind. This beautifully restored Canonry is the perfect place to relax. It's an easy ten minute walk to the local village, the mediaeval hamlet of Crespiano with it’s excellent family-run trattoria, bar and local shop with daily fresh bread and all the local produce you might wish for.
Supermarkets are a twenty minute drive away but many of the local villages have great butchers and little family-run shops selling seasonal fruit and veg, whilst there's a very good local market on Saturdays in the main town. Village parties are a huge summer feature in this area – all are welcome and encouraged to join in with the local dancing and feasting.
Make sure you head to the nearby coast – Lerici and Porto Venere are beautiful fishing villages in the 'Bay of Poets' and wonderful places to visit. The Cinque Terra World Heritage site is also an easy train trip; known for its extraordinary beauty, it is walked by people from all over the world. If you don't fancy taking these well trodden paths, boat trips leave daily from La Spezia, stopping in all the tiny, brightly coloured fishing villages lined with great fish restaurants. If all that sounds too exhausting why not amble through the small area of olive trees at the house to the beautiful pool, and enjoy a relaxed glass of wine as you watch the sun set.
The house is perfectly equipped for summer or winter stays. There are three ensuite double rooms, a family kitchen with a wood-fuelled oven, electric oven and a large gas hob, wireless internet and a comfortable sitting room with a large TV and well stocked DVD library. Underfloor heating, woodturning stoves and open fires in the sitting room and kitchen make this house wonderfully cosy when it's chilly outside.
The house has traditional, hand made terracotta tiles throughout.
Which keep the house cool in the hot summer months and warm, with the additional underfloor heating, in the cold winter months.
The house is built into a hillside, like so many properties in this area, so the accommodation is on many levels. which means stairs!
Out by the pool a huge stone table with seating for eight is a great place to hang out during the heat of the day. The outside areas have large day beds and wooden tables for eating and relaxing, while the pool house has a small outside kitchen with a fridge for chilling wine. The property has it's own beautiful little chapel, a perfect place to sit in the cool and enjoy the tranquility of this unique place.
A local cook and cleaner can be organised upon request.