Just outside Spigno Monferrato, in the beautiful hills of Piedmont, Cascina Bertolotto is a charming Italian farmstay set in a working vineyard which produces its own quality wine. Accommodation is in an traditional Italian 19th Century stone farmhouse with beautifully rustic rooms, all with terracotta floors and old stone walls, and some with lovely views on to the surrounding hills. They serve a great, continental style breakfast which during summer, is served up in their large, well kept, garden Read more [...]
If you came to enjoy Liguria’s magnificent Cinque Terre coastline but want those amazing sea views to be just between yourself and Mother Nature, then Il Nettare Agriturismo is the place you really want to stay.
The scenery right outside your door is absolutely incredible and enhanced by the natural wild feeling of the immediate surroundings, where the host family grows grapes, olives and lemons and makes their own organic limoncino, extra virgin olive oil and honey products, which include some very lovely sweet liqueurs.
The accommodation is in the form of very quaint and rustic cottage studios. They have one double bed in an upstairs mezzanine area and a single sofa bed downstairs so can sleep up to three people in total.
The studios could never be described as spacious but they have a cosy charm, and very much give you the feeling of living in a traditional, and quite remote, Italian farmhouse. This feeling will be supported by the lack of WiFi (the nearest WiFi is in a bar/restaurant a short walk away), but you do have modernities too in the form of satellite TV, air con and central heating.
There is a kitchenette with a hot plate, sink, fridge and various bits and pieces including a capsule coffee maker. There is a small lounge area too with table and chairs and a sofa, which, as mentioned, can also double up as a spare bed.
The space is small but the beds are super comfortable and the bathrooms are very nice indeed. The agriturismo owners are super helpful and friendly and though not strictly a B&B they are generous enough to leave your fridge stocked with basic foodstuffs as well as some homemade treats for breakfast and snacks, and in an especially nice touch they leave fresh bread outside your door every morning. So for that we put it in both the Farm B&B and the Self Catering categories.
The main thing about any stay at Il Nettare Agriturismo though is the outside space which includes your own private patio with table and chairs and from where you can watch the sun go down over the sea with a glass of wine in hand, or, why not, maybe some of the family’s own limoncino or honey liqueur.
The small family farm is right outside where they grow quite a few different fruit and veg, but with their main business being in the production of extra virgin olive oil and honey. You’ll find the owners love to show their guests around and are always happy to let them sample some of their produce.
In all of Italy it might be hard to find an agriturismo with such a tremendous setting and if you have ever toured the immensely popular Cinque Terre area you might certainly appreciate the isolation of the farm.
It is incredibly peaceful and quiet, and a place from where you can really imagine what the Cinque Terre coastline must have looked, and felt, like before mass tourism came rolling in. The rustic nature of the property and the immediate surrounds too only add to the sense of enchantment.
The friendly owners of Il Nettare will have good tips about the local area including some secret little pathways and trails down to the coast. Bring good shoes though, and try to leave any acrophobia at home; the views are jaw dropping. The nearest of the Five Villages is Rio Maggiore, which is about 5km away, but there is a bus stop near the farm, or the farm owners can also arrange a taxi for you.
Rio Maggiore is the most southerly of the five and from where you can move up the coast to visit the other four, by train, by car or by private tour, or you can also go by sea with one of the many boat trips on offer.
WHAT OTHER GUESTS SAY:
“Fantastic place, lovely apartment, perfect service and host Augusta – wonderful woman! I recommend everyone to stay there. It was my best holiday ever!..”
“Just the perfect place. House/Studio is fantastic en very clean. The view is amazing. Augusta is very nice, helpful and gives all the information you need about the Cinque Terre. Just one great experience! Loved it! Hope to come back someday!..”
Address: Via Litoranea - Località Campi,
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