Villa Melinda

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Sleeps: 8 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3

Overview

Recommended Pool Ideal for Kids Pets Welcome Walk to Village

Offering an idyllic getaway with glorious views of both the Gulf of Poets and the lush, Ligurian countryside is Villa Melinda. This renovated country farmhouse sits in an elevated position on an olive grove-dotted hillside, close to the famous Cinque Terre and just outside the town of La Spezia. Pathways near the villa make for long, peaceful walks through the hills.

Villa Melinda’s original features have been lovingly restored, creating a romantic, almost fairytale-like feel. Beautifully brought back to life are the wood beams, stone walls and brick archways that make this villa such a warm and restful place to stay. Just as magical is the rambling outside space that offers panoramic views of the sea and surrounding countryside.

The living room is a cosy place to relax and spend quality time with family and friends. Comfortable sofas sit alongside antique pieces of furniture and a flat screen television. There’s more antique charm in the form of the wood table and seats in the dining room, which also features a staircase to the first floor. The country-style kitchen is equipped with every amenity you could need and offers picturesque views over the terrace.

On the first floor is a double bedroom and one with two single beds. Both are peaceful and offer stunning sea views. The lovely family bathroom features a spacious shower for waking you up first thing in the morning or unwinding before bed. The remaining two double bedrooms are found on the second floor. They also have sea views and an en-suite bathroom each.

The most charming area outside is the terrace with a partially-covered area for enjoying al fresco meals. By the large dining table is a stone banquette area that’s perfect for pre-dinner drinks. Set within the immaculate lawns is a large, private swimming pool that’s surrounded by sun loungers. Found throughout are peaceful spots for appreciating the complete seclusion and the intoxicating scent from the garden’s beautiful plants and flowers.

Villa Melinda is ideally located for visiting the Cinque Terre, a string of five coastal villages that are full of authentic, fishing-community atmosphere. They are immediately recognisable by the pastel-coloured houses that nestle on rugged hillsides and cliff edges. The closest village, Riomaggiore, is a 30-minute drive away.

The port town of La Spezia is even closer, with its train station being 10 minutes away by car. Here you can catch services that take you to all of the Cinque Terre villages. Spend some time in the town to explore its historical attractions and lovely waterfront area.

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What you should know…

  • The staircase leading to the first floor is open and thus not suitable for small children or guests with mobility issues
  • The villa has two entrances from the outside, so both floors can be easily accessed
  • Some areas around the garden are elevated and uneven, so take extra care

Property Features

Private Pool Internet BBQ Ground Floor Bed & Bath Satellite TV Heating

The Villa

Ground Floor

- Living room with LED TV, DVD player and IPod docking station
- Fully-equipped kitchen with dishwasher and coffee machine 
- Dining Room for up to eight guests

First Floor

- Double bedroom
- Twin bedroom
- Bathroom with double wash basin, shower and bidet

Second Floor

- Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower and bidet
- Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with Victorian-style bath tub and bidet

Outside Grounds

- Private infinity pool 
- Sun loungers and deck chairs
- Covered terrace with comfortable stone banquette seating area
- Outdoor dining table 
- Utility Room
- Parking

Facilities

- Wi-Fi
- Stereo
- Air-conditioning (bedrooms only)
- Fans
- Heating
- Hairdryer in each bathroom
- Iron and ironing board
- Cot
- BBQ
- Board games
- Books

Location

About the surrounding area of Villa Melinda
Walk to Village Walk to Restaurant Walking/Hiking Paths Golf Nearby Cycling Fishing Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages Historical Sites
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Villa Melinda is set on a hillside just outside La Spezia and there are plenty of long walks to enjoy via nearby pathways. After you’ve built up an appetite by taking in the fresh, country air, head out for an evening meal close by. The nearest restaurant is just 500m away, so you can easily walk there within 10 minutes.

If you’re feeling particularly active, you can decend along a nearby path that leads down into the town of La Spezia (6km), with the journey taking just under 90 minutes. Otherwise, it’s a short 15-minute drive into the town centre. La Spezia is a great place for a family day out. There are centuries of history to discover by exploring its various landmarks and buildings, including 13th century San Giorgio Castle. The waterfront is a lovely place to enjoy a stroll before having an evening meal at one of the many restaurants found here.

The train station (a five-minute drive away) at La Spezia offers services to all of the Cinque Terre villages. This means you don’t have to drive all the way there if you’d prefer a more leisurely route. It’s also a great way of mingling with both locals and other visitors - and it only takes 40 minutes to reach the final and northernmost village of Monterosso al Mare.

If you do want to drive to the Cinque Terre straight from the villa, the closest village is Riomaggiore. This village is most known for The Path of Love, which is a flat, clifftop trail that runs north towards Manarola. Monterosso al Mare is the place to go to enjoy a sandy beach, with Vernazza being considered the most beautiful village of all. All of the five villages feature pretty pastel-coloured houses that perch on dramatic hillsides and cliff edges, with a traditional fishing-community atmosphere to soak up.

The town of Sarzana is a 35-minute drive east of the villa and offers plenty of history and culture. It’s also very Tuscan in style, which isn’t surprising as it’s so close to the Ligurian border with Tuscany. Visit the old town to marvel at its medieval walls and defence towers.

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Pisa Airport

(85 km)

Nearest Airport 2 Genova Airport

(100 km)

Nearest Town/City La Spezia

(6 km)

Nearest Restaurant

(500 m)

Nearest Bar/Pub

(500 km)

Nearest Supermarket

(500 km)

Kids

Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Kids

Keeping children active and entertained is easy when you stay at Villa Melinda, with walking trails right on the doorstep. Drive into La Spezia and then take a ferry ride to the Cinque Terre. It’s the most scenic way to travel to this famous string of seaside villages and is definitely an unforgettable experience. You can also go on a boat trip out to Palmaria Island and explore its pebble beaches and hidden caves during the summer months.

The Cinque Terre village of Riomaggiore is home to a bird-watching centre and botanical garden, which are both very family-friendly spots. Monterosso al Mare boasts a lovely sandy beach that’s lapped by waters that are ideal for swimming.

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Walk to Village
  • Walk to Restaurant
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages
  • Historical Sites

Onsite Facilities

  • Board games

Services Available

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available

Extras

Oliver's Extras

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available

At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to babysitters we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:

- Maid service/extra cleaning 
- Private chef/cook/catering
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off
- Babysitting / childcare services
- Bike hire

Extras included at this property:

- Gardener

Extras available at this property (payable locally):

- Sailing Tours
- Wine-tasting
- Boat/Yacht charter
- Massage Therapist
- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Private chauffeur

Please note that all extras are subject to availability and must be requested in advance of the holiday (prices on request). Due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. However, we will always do our best to fulfil your requests!

Oliver's Travels Chef Service: A Gourmet Dining Experience
Make hosting a memorable dinner party at your villa an absolute breeze with our superb Chef Service. Our chefs will take care of everything for you from start to finish so you can just sit back and enjoy the gastronomic experience. They will bring all the necessary ingredients, cook and serve the food and even clean up afterwards. To find out more visit www.oliverstravels.com/chefs

Terms & Conditions

These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

Security deposit €500 paid in cash to the owner upon arrival and refunded upon departure, subject to full inspection.
Arrival time 4.00 p.m.
Departure time 10.00 a.m.
End of stay cleaning included? Extra €180, paid locally upon arrival. However, guests are required to leave the accommodation clean, tidy and in the same condition as on their arrival. Any extra cleaning, laundry, maintenance and/or garbage disposal required will be charged against the security deposit.
Linen & towels included? Yes, including pool towels.
Energy costs included? Yes.
Heating costs included? Extra €180 per week (or €25 per day), paid locally.
Minimum stay Four/five nights during low and mid seasons, five nights during high season and 7 nights during top season.
Changeover day Saturday during top season, otherwise flexible.
Smoking Allowed? Outside only.
Tax Italian Visitors Tax payable locally in cash (typically costs €1-€3 per adult per night- please enquire if exact amount is required).
Insurance Guests are required to be in possession of a valid insurance policy, which covers them for cancellations, personal belongings, public liability and any accidental damage caused during their stay.
Other Ts and Cs Weddings, stag/hen parties and any special events are on request only and subject to prior arrangement with the owner and additional charges.
Pets welcome? Small pets welcome on request only and with prior agreement with the owner. If accepted, a pet supplement of €5 per pet per day will apply (paid locally).

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:

Rental period 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Jun 24th 2019 - Aug 31st 2019 - - £4,479
Aug 31st 2019 - Sep 14th 2019 - £2,909 £4,072
Sep 14th 2019 - Sep 28th 2019 - £2,698 £3,777
Sep 28th 2019 - Dec 21st 2019 £1,862 £2,286 £3,258
Dec 21st 2019 - Jan 4th 2020 £2,158 £2,650 £3,777
Jan 4th 2020 - Mar 7th 2020 £1,349 £1,656 £2,361
Mar 7th 2020 - Apr 11th 2020 £1,493 £1,833 £2,612
Apr 11th 2020 - May 30th 2020 £1,862 £2,286 £3,258
May 30th 2020 - Jun 20th 2020 - £2,951 £4,131
Jun 20th 2020 - Aug 29th 2020 - - £4,479
Aug 29th 2020 - Sep 12th 2020 - £2,909 £4,072
Sep 12th 2020 - Sep 26th 2020 - £2,698 £3,777
Sep 26th 2020 - Dec 19th 2020 £1,862 £1,862 £3,258
Dec 19th 2020 - Dec 25th 2020 £2,158 £2,158 £3,777

Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:

Rental period 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Jun 24th 2019 - Aug 31st 2019 - - €4,800
Aug 31st 2019 - Sep 14th 2019 - €3,117 €4,364
Sep 14th 2019 - Sep 28th 2019 - €2,891 €4,048
Sep 28th 2019 - Dec 21st 2019 €1,995 €2,419 €3,491
Dec 21st 2019 - Jan 4th 2020 €2,313 €2,805 €4,048
Jan 4th 2020 - Mar 7th 2020 €1,446 €1,753 €2,530
Mar 7th 2020 - Apr 11th 2020 €1,600 €1,940 €2,799
Apr 11th 2020 - May 30th 2020 €1,995 €2,419 €3,491
May 30th 2020 - Jun 20th 2020 - €3,162 €4,427
Jun 20th 2020 - Aug 29th 2020 - - €4,800
Aug 29th 2020 - Sep 12th 2020 - €3,117 €4,364
Sep 12th 2020 - Sep 26th 2020 - €2,891 €4,048
Sep 26th 2020 - Dec 19th 2020 €1,995 €1,995 €3,491
Dec 19th 2020 - Dec 25th 2020 €2,313 €2,313 €4,048

Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:

Rental period 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Jun 24th 2019 - Aug 31st 2019 - - $5,463
Aug 31st 2019 - Sep 14th 2019 - $3,548 $4,967
Sep 14th 2019 - Sep 28th 2019 - $3,291 $4,607
Sep 28th 2019 - Dec 21st 2019 $2,271 $2,695 $3,973
Dec 21st 2019 - Jan 4th 2020 $2,633 $3,124 $4,607
Jan 4th 2020 - Mar 7th 2020 $1,646 $1,953 $2,879
Mar 7th 2020 - Apr 11th 2020 $1,821 $2,161 $3,186
Apr 11th 2020 - May 30th 2020 $2,271 $2,695 $3,973
May 30th 2020 - Jun 20th 2020 - $3,599 $5,039
Jun 20th 2020 - Aug 29th 2020 - - $5,463
Aug 29th 2020 - Sep 12th 2020 - $3,548 $4,967
Sep 12th 2020 - Sep 26th 2020 - $3,291 $4,607
Sep 26th 2020 - Dec 19th 2020 $2,271 $2,271 $3,973
Dec 19th 2020 - Dec 25th 2020 $2,633 $2,633 $4,607

Please note that prices may not be 100% accurate for dates outside of the current calendar year. For an accurate quote, please enquire.

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