Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 2176: Monti e Mare, Apartment (D)
apartments on an estate near Albenga/Alassio, Liguria
April 2005, 1 week
The apartments are set on an Alassio hillside, among eight hectares and all have a view of the Gallinara Island as well as a private garden, terrace or balcony. It’s very calming to look out at the island (that looks like Kirren Island out of the Famous Five books) which is now an uninhabited bird sanctuary and watch the yachts drift lazily by.
Nearby towns include Albenga (one kilometer), Alassio (three kilometers), Laigueglia, Capo Mele, Cervo (my personal favorite) and Andora.
It's a beautiful, quiet location.
The onsite restaurants weren’t open at the time we stayed there (although they look very good on the website) and the tiny kiosk which sold brioche, bread rolls and cappuccino was only open half the time.
The best grocery store is the Standa (parking one euro) at Alassio. You must have a car as there is really nothing within walking distance in case the onsite eateries are closed.
This is a new complex in excellent condition. Everything about the furnishings is very modern. There are a few different apartments in different sizes. We rented a two bedroom, one bath apartment. There is heating, ceiling fans and air conditioning. Parking is outside the apartment within the locked gate.
There are sliding glass doors that open on to a large, private balcony with patio furniture for sitting and gazing at the sea view and the glorious Ligurian sunsets. There isn't a pool but you can pay extra to go to the private beach across the road.
Everything is new and pristine. The atmosphere is uncluttered and spacious. There is a large walk in wardrobe area with plenty of shelf and cupboard space. There is a television and plenty of chairs to sit in throughout the apartment. We found it very spacious for three people. We all had our own areas that closed off for privacy. There are plenty of lamps and everything about the apartment is comfortable. The living room and one of the two bedrooms face the sea.
Apartment D has two bedrooms and a living room with a sofa bed. All the beds were comfortable, clean and new.
The bathroom is very large and modern with a skylight.
There is a good sized kitchen with a table and four chairs. It is well set up for making light meals with a microwave and hot plates but you need to have your own dish washing detergent and soap. There is a good selection of cooking utensils.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The onsite person we dealt with was very pleasant. English was spoken. We booked Apartment D for seven nights in April 2005 at 96 euros a night.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
If you are after seclusion and a bit of a get away from the bustle of city lights then this would be a great place to relax in. I recommend the apartments to lovers of peace and quiet and travelers with a car.
We actually left early to head down to the bright lights of San Gimignano with cafés, restaurants, shops and art galleries right outside the hotel’s doors.
Things to do in this area
All of Liguria is enchanting. We made two day trips while staying here. The first was to the old borgo of Taggia and then on to Apricale. Another day we made the trip along the coastline to Monte Carlo, where my sister and her husband celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary. We also spent time each day shopping and sightseeing in the nearby towns mentioned earlier in the review.
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