Terrace view (on clear days, the island of Corsica can be spotted on the horizon)Entrance
Medieval House Italian Riviera

Entire home/apt

6 guests

3 bedrooms

6 beds
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Ages 2 - 12
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6 guests maximum. Infants don’t count toward the number of guests.
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Restored 13th century house in unique artist village with 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, large terrace and sea view. Ten minutes (by bike or car) to the best beaches in Liguria. Superb restaurants nearby. Only 50 minutes to Nice airport. Limited availability.

The space

There are few places on earth where you can experience the Middle Ages. This excellently preserved medieval town was abandoned after an earthquake in 1887 and has been restored in the 1960's and 70's by an international artist community. Live in a medieval house with all of today's amenities and explore the wonderful regions of Liguria, Piemonte, and the French Rivièra. Touch and sit on old stone walls that museums would not even let you come close to.
The house is comfortable for two couples with up to two kids and/or guests, total six persons (plus a baby crib).

Guest access

The house is fully available to the guests, including stereo, books, maps, linen, beach/bath towels. Access via a medieval stairway so not available for handicapped persons. Elderly people can access the house via a back entrance with short & straight stairway (to be asked at booking).

Interaction with guests

Guests will be completely private and have their own entrance. Check-in/out, supervision, and support is done by English/Italian speaking neighbor. Her support is greatly appreciated by our guests. Check the reviews! You may arrive as guest, but you will likely leave as a friend.

Other things to note

Fee includes cleaning, linen, towels etc. (once per booking/ week). House contains private properties of owner (clothes, children toys, stereo, food supplies) that may be used if needed provided they are repaired/replaced/cleaned by guests after use.
This area has micro-climate with 300 sunny days a year. Temperature typically slightly warmer than nearby San Remo/ Imperia due to protection by Alps. Heating (fireplace) will be needed in period November - March. Seawater is pleasant for swimming from mid-April to late October.
Wifi is not available, but there are two nearby places with free wifi. House website provides details to get local smartphone card allowing you internet anywhere in Italy (price range €10-15 for 2GB). From June 15, 2017, European internet roaming charges is same as in your (EU) home country.

Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 king bed
Bedroom 2
1 king bed
Bedroom 3
2 single beds

The space
Bathrooms: 2
Bedrooms: 3
Beds: 6
Check In: Anytime after 2PM
Check Out: 11AM
Room type: Entire home/apt

Free parking on premises

Extra people $33 SGD / night after 2 guests
Cleaning Fee $66 SGD
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House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
Check in is anytime after 2PM

No smoking, no pets, please replenish any food or other supplies that you've used or timely let us know so a next guest can be supported as well; conserve water - use it wisely; please help to preserve the medieval area, enjoy Liguria and Piemonte :-)
Note: Bussana Vecchia is an original 13th century medieval town so does not offer guard rails, slopes for handicapped, or the many safety warning signs you might be used to in attraction parks. Its small cobblestone streets are for pedestrians only and offer, together with the grassy 'campagnetta' field at the entrance of town, a perfect and safe play area for children. It is your responsibility, however, to make them aware of the risks associated with climbing medieval walls, railings and unequal steps and/or supervise them to make sure they understand and can enjoy the town as much as the many young local children.

You must also acknowledge
Must climb stairs


Safety features
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit

2 nights minimum stay

26 Reviews

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Dmitriy User Profile
July 2017
Amazing place, great views, the town is awesome.

Kelly User ProfileKelly is a superhost.
June 2017
One word: Magical! Gert's house is simply magical. If you have a chance to stay here, STAY HERE! You will NOT regret it, I promise. We did a tour of 10 countries and out of those, this was our favorite house to stay in. The pictures and description do no justice when trying to convey how wonderful this place truly is. It's not able to be described, it must be seen, felt, heard, smelt and lived. Let me try and explain the basics. The beds are so comfortable along with the sheets, you will get a wonderful nights sleep. Two bathrooms makes it easy for our family of 4 to get ready in the morning without fighting over who gets in first. The house is huge, so you have plenty of room for your stay, we never felt cramped or crowded. The balcony, oh the balcony. I spent as much waking time as possible here, sipping wine, drinking coffee, listening to the sounds. Its huge, the view is breathtaking and its one of the best parts of the house, by far. When booking a house, I wanted one with a view, I succeeded with this one!! The rooms are very spacious and everything you could think of is provided, the washer was a huge plus for us to wash clothes before heading to the next stay. The master bedroom is something out of a movie, double glass doors overlooking the balcony (again this balcony holds wonders!) and the ONLY place we stayed that had a fan. Something so small but made our nights so much more comfortable! The house itself is very large, our family of 4 fit very well. The suggestions Gert provided were wonderful, her attention to detail is spot on. I loved reading the history of the house, city and areas around us from her website. Gert and Ivana were dolls, Gert was so helpful to make reservations for us, suggest places to go, check on us...everything a host should do. Ivana is so very sweet, she made sure we needed nothing and every time we saw her we were greeted with a hug and smile. So welcoming!! The town is amazing, we loved exploring it and meeting local residents. There are many small restaurants within walking distance and all of them were amazing. Friendly and delicious! If you do venture outside of Bussana Vecchia, there are many places within a short drive to visit that are nice as well. None that compare to Bussana Vecchia but still just as nice. I was honestly heartbroken to leave and wish we could have stayed longer. You hear people stay "A trip of a lifetime" Gert's wonderful house is one of those. You must stay here, you will be talking and dreaming of it for many years to come! Thank you Gert and Ivana for giving my family a dream trip!!!

Michael User Profile
June 2017
Gert's home is a stunning flat in the middle of a medieval village. Lots of arts, space and views. Everything was perfect. Highly recommended!

Rune User Profile
July 2016
This was fantastic place,we had a wonderful stay in this appartment, and village. Ivana met us and gave us a introduction to how thing worked.

Grace User Profile
July 2016
This is a magical place. We could not believe that such a special place still exists in the Europe of today. Wandering through the village it is not hard to imagine what life must have been like for the villagers prior to the earthquake. Night time without the usual trappings of modern society - lights, noise etc is positively spiritual. The community of people living here are generous with their time and the whole effect is welcoming in the true sense of the word.
Gert User Profile
Response from Gert:
Appreciate your nice words, Grace. It is exciting to stay at this medieval village and history is never far away. I'm currently doing a historic study of this region, and found that this area was frequently raided by North-African pirates up to middle ofthe 19th century. No wonder that the fishermen built lookout towers along the coast (there's a well-preserved one near Imperia) and built this town high up on the hill near the old castle to make sure their families were safe. With clear skies you can see the part of Corsica (which, together with Liguria, belonged to the kingdom of Genova) where an Italian family was captured by pirates and sold to the bey of Tunis as slaves. After several years they managed to get released but on their journey home their ship was captured again by pirates. This time they were sold on a slave market in Morocco. Their young and pretty daughter (Davia Franceschini) was taken from her parents at the age of thirteen and ended up at the harem of the sultan. She eventually became the sultan's first wife and empress of Morocco!
July 2016

Stefano User Profile
June 2016
We spent really nice time in Gert's house. We received a beautiful welcome with wine and biscuits, and especially the kindness of Ivana. The house is wonderful with too much space, very clean and with a breathtaking sea view. I am sure that we will return to this lovely place. Thank you so much. Stefano and Lisa

Fanny User Profile
May 2016
We loved staying in Gert's wonderful house - everything was perfect. We particularly loved the terrace with its sea view - it is a wonderful place to sunbathe, or just sit and watch the view while having a drink! Living in Bussana Vecchia - even for a couple of nights - was completely magical. Thank you Gert!

Amsterdam, NetherlandsJoined in February 2014
Gert User Profile

Global business executive and traveler, art historian, architecture and music lover. Currently enjoying a sabbatical leave. I have redesigned and constructed my Italian medieval houses from a hole-in-the-ground to a home with all modern amenities. I love traveling the world with my wife and eight year old son, but our 'dolce far niente' Italian place is where we become completely unrushed.

Languages: Deutsch, English, Français, Italiano, Nederlands

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