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Review 2567: Casa Lauridsen, Apartment Josefine
1bed/1bath apartment in Camogli, Liguria
November 2006, one week
Casa Lauridsen is located in the Boschetto section of Camogli, which is a fishing village approximately 30 minutes south of Genova. The house is about 10 minute walk (or 3 minute bus ride) from the center of Camogli, in the quiet hills above the town. The quicket route from our apartment to the town was via a series of connected staircases whose steps are well-spaced and gradual. However, the bus stop is a few steps from the house and free parking for tenants directly in front of the stairs leading to the apartment.
There is a small convenience shop selling basic staples about a five minute walk from Casa Laurisden (which I did not use). The many restaurants and bars of Camogli are within a 10 minute walk downhill. (Coming back up hill after a large dinner can be slower!) There is a market every week on Camogli's mainstreet, plus a variety of food stores in town. Within a five-minute drive along the via Aurelia is a major supermarket in the town of Recco.
The apartment we rented was the upper floor of a house. It is a brand new renovation with a completely modern, spacious eat-in kitchen and bathroom (shower only). There is one large bedroom (with a king-sized bed) and generous dresser and closet space. The entryway alcove to the apartment is fitted out with a bunk bed, excellent for children but also long enough to accommodate adults as well.
There is a small balcony attached to the apartment that overlooks a garden and a residential street. The garden is part of the downstairs rental, but during the time we were there we were given full use of the garden, since the downstairs apartment was vacant.
The beds and furniture in Casa Lauridsen are new and in excellent shape. Because the owners are Danish, the furnishings and bedding are light and airy, crisp and clean. Although there is no living room, there is a comfortable sofa in the kitchen. There are stools and foldable chairs available for meal seating.
The bed was very comfortable, and bedding is available to guests for a small fee. The large bathroom was spacious, spotless and with all new fixtures, including a towel warmer.
The kitchen is exceptionally large, with modern appliances, including a dishwasher and a washing machine. Although we did not cook in the apartment, there were more than enough pots, pans, utensils had we wished to cook three full meals a day, and plenty of refrigerator space. We enjoyed eating breakfast in the kitchen and there was an easy to use press coffee maker. The owners presented us with local olive oil and pasta sauces, plus a bottle of wine, on our arrival.
Problems or Bonuses
Finding an apartment to rent in Camogli is extremely difficult for non-Italians, especially in off-season, so we were delighted to discover Casa Lauridsen, which is so affordable. The best surprise was meeting Tine and Ulrik, the owners, who live in an adjacent house and could not have been more gracious and friendly. They spoke very good English, explained everything we needed to know about the apartment and its appliances, and went out of their way more than once to make sure we were happy with our stay.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
In November, we paid €475 for the week
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would gladly stay in Casa Lauridsen again, and highly recommend it to anyone looking for a very affordable and outstandingly clean and comfortable rental in Camogli. While first time visitors might wish to have accommodations with a seaview or right in the center of town, hotel rooms at the seaside are generally quite pricey in Camogli, and it is rare to find any with kitchen facilities. Casa Lauridsen is a very enjoyable refuge in Liguria, with easy access to the town, its beach and the train station for day trips elsewhere. The easy, free car parking is another plus for slow travelers, since in Camogli it is next to impossible to find free parking otherwise.
Things to do in this area
The best reason to go to Camogli is to relax, eat the seafood, and not leave Camogli at all! However, there are several spectacular hikes that begin in Camogli, plus boat rides to neighboring secluded San Fruttuoso (with an historic abbey) and legendary Portofino. Camogli's neighboring town of Recco is considered one of the gastronomic capitals of Liguria, and of course the port city of Genova is just 30 minutes away by train (or an hour by boat). The Cinque Terre is 90 minutes away by train, and other charming Ligurian towns such as Sestri Levante or Santa Margherita Ligure are even closer. A car is not necessary, but with one it is possible to make even deeper excursions into Northern Italy. Camogli is about 15 minutes from the autostrade.
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