Let us tell you about Angiolina and her generous heart.
Before describing the house, we want to tell you about Angiolina, and her generous heart and her philosophy of life, which we have made ours.
Her house for almost a century was the center of the village, with her small tavern, and wine cellar always opened and where everyone big and small always found a smile and a good glass of homemade wine and traditional “Leventese” biscuits.
On the porch in the shade and protected from the summer heat, or north winds that wildly blow during the clear winter days, people stopped to talk or moan, or just to say hello, she was always there ready to serve a bit gruffly at times but always with smiling eyes and a light heart.
Her house is again opened with nine rooms each one different and completely renovated and furnished with today’s modern luxuries, where the original antique stone walls and the chestnut ceilings with its big beams maintain the magical atmosphere of past times.
The antique tavern with high arched stone walls is where you will find the reception area and the big hall where all guests can meet at breakfast, or sip a fine glass of wine from the local wineries of Levanto and the Cinque Terre
accompanied with flavorful local products of the valley and inlands of the “Val di Vara”, and the “Val di Magra – Lunigiana”.
Walking up the street from the porch you will arrive at the panoramic terrace where the Jacuzzis are and the garden, here you can relax after a long day at the beach, or after trekking the paths of the Cinque Terre or Portifino.
On the vast estate you can find barbeque areas for our guests who would like to prepare a mixed grill, a small playground for children, nature trails, and a corner where you can enjoy reading a good book that you might have found in the book crossing area of our house.
For the sporty types there is a fitness trail among the olive groves to regenerate your body and open all your senses to the aromas and colors of the surrounding nature.
For our four-legged friends there is an area furnished with dog bowls, and a shaded area where they can run around freely. For those that are tired the building has an elevator so you can reach the terrace and the garden and the top floor without difficulty.
Working the land in Liguria is a challenge but what satisfaction to see the vineyard saplings germinate, the scented orange and lemon blossoms flourish in the citrus grove, the red tomatoes and the yellow zucchini flowers transform the vegetable garden in a palette of dazzling colours in the terracings salvaged with labour and passion. A thousand aromas fill the air and it will be an experience of rural lifestyle that you will live fully.
You will find a stroll among the olive trees that surround the house essential, accompanied by the stories about how the golden and fragrant oil of our farm is produced, of how the pruning of the ancient olive trees is done, of the harvesting of the olives in the orange nets and of their pressing in the social oil mill.We will tell you about how we produce honey, you will see the area dedicated to our apiary where swarms of industrious bees are constantly active.
For those who want to know the hinterland of Cinque Terre and the most genuine rural Liguria you can take a field trip with us in our estate in Val di Vara (The Vara Valley) the valley of organic farming where you will be able to visit our nursery of ornamental plants, our orchard and the large olive grove. If we will be lucky we may be able to introduce you to our grumpy yet beautiful wild horse.
Climbing from the sea to the mountains you’ll encounter pine groves, chestnut groves and Mediterranean scrubland formed by heather, broom and arbutus right up to the pastures of the Alta Via dei Monti Liguri (High Road of Ligurian Mountains) from where you can enjoy a unique view on the green valley and the sea. On clear days, when the Tramontana wind blows, it is possible to see, far out on the horizon, the island of Corsica and the Tuscan Islands.