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.
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).
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.
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.
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.