It was a very nice journey in a nice house with nice hosts. We enjoyed the town proximity and the calm of the garden and the private parking! It is perfect with a dog, which can safely enjoy the closed garden.
This cute little house is just perfect for a couple with a dog. Makes you feel like you are way out in the country while the city, shops and restaurants, the train station and harbor are all within walking distance (with some down and uphill). We didn't use our car at all during the 10 days we spent there.
The owners, Alessandra and Pino, are the best hosts we ever had in a vacation home. They made us feel very welcome, like visiting family. We will certainly come back!
This rental is a great private space with, friendly owners, it’s own yard and a parking spot. It is also a great location for hiking in the Portofino Natural Park. It is about a 10-15 minute walk to the ferry, which we took to the San Fruttuoso stop and made a fun day of hiking back. There are also a lot of nearby restaurants on the way into the harbor area. Our dog also enjoyed having a yard.
Altogether a delightful stay:
- The owners, Alessandra and Pino, make a remarkable effort to be welcoming and hospitable. Charming people.
- Excellent location on the outskirts of the town (the edge of the residential area) but only a few minutes from the nearest amenities (stores, restaurants....)
- small but well equipped house, outfitted even with kitchen and personal care items
- Well placed for touring, hiking (in fact the trails start adjacent to the rear garden)
- great for dogs (totally fenced-in)
Two small qualifications: there is a parking space allocated (thank goodness given the parking congestion) but not the easiest to manoeuvre out of, for a larger vehicle, and the road down to the town is steep, for those with weak knees....!
Myself, my wife and my brother stayed at "il rifugio tra gli ulivi" during our holiday in Italy in September 2015. We hardly ever seem to find the time to write a review for places, but we have been meaning to write a review for this place for ages as we enjoyed our stay so much.
We wanted to be near Portofino and Cinque Terre and came across this place on TripAdvisor. We had never used TripAdvisor to book a rental, so we was not sure what to expect. When we arrived we was amazed that we had managed to find such a wonderful little gem! Alessandra made the booking process very simple and made us feel very welcome with their very friendly/attentive manner when we arrived.
This place is a little heaven, a self contained apartment with large garden and parking. The apartment has everything you could need. It is in a very quiet area with a rural feel, but it is still walking distance from local shops and restaurants (we also walked to the station, port and beaches around Santa Margherita Ligure). From the station you can get to Cinque Terre by train (I think it took about an hour). The coastal road to Portofino has some incredibly beautiful scenery and Camogli is also worth a visit. The apartment was great for 3 adults, but may of been a little snug if there had been 4 adults, so just keep this in mind if you are a group of 4 adults. We will definitely come back here to stay and cannot recommend it enough!!
Thank you Alessandra for making our stay so wonderful, sorry for taking so long to write our review!