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Mountain village house with spectacular views



Updated: 07-Jun-2017
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

About the property

2 bedrooms 2 bathrooms, sleeps 4

Located in the old part of the medieval mountain village of Triora, this house has been completely renovated and refurnished to a very high standard, with no expense spared.

There are two balconies, one from the bedroom and the other from the living area. Both have breathtaking, uninterrupted views of the valley and Maritime Alps.

In 2004, Triora was rightfully included in the list of most beautiful Italian villages (Club dei Borghi Pui Belli d'Italia). There are only about 100 members. Located in the Maritime Alps, Triora is perfectly placed for those who enjoy walking or hiking. There are several well marked walks from the village itself. It is only a 40 minute drive to the seaside resort of Arma di Taggia on the Riviera dei Fiori (Riviera of Flowers). A further 10 to 15 minutes drive you can be in Monaco on the Cote d'Azur.

Special interest holidays: Triora is famous for being the home of witchcraft. In the 15th century some 30 witches were arrested, convicted of causing a local famine and burnt. There is a museum dedicated to the subject in the village. The village and surrounding area is extremely picturesque and is a haven for artists. There are several mountain walks in all directions, where you will find rare birds and fauna and mushrooms. (In September there is an annual Mushroom Festival.) It has several churches, all full of historically interesting paintings and other items. There are also many neighbouring villages with histories of their own to explore.

Getting there: There are two airports, the nearest Nice, about 1hr 30mins drive and Genoa about a 2hr drive away. Both airports are serviced by the budget airlines Easyjet and Ryanair. There is a regular train service from both Nice and Genoa to Arma di Taggia and a frequent bus service from Arma di Taggia to Triora. However, to explore and get the best from the area it is recommended that a car is required.

The house is in the centre of the village of Triora which is pedestrian as the medieval streets are too narrow for cars. Parking is free just outside the village and it is possible to unload things in a nearby market square. Please book on about owner to see guest reviews prior to 2016

Triora: There are three bars in Triora one trattoria providing excellent Italian and local cuisine. In addition there are several good restaurants within easy driving distance. The village also has a grocery store, fruit and vegetable shop, a bakery, baking its famous Triora bread, hairdressers, hardware and electrical shop, an excellent delicatessen and various gift shops. In the next village down the Argentine valley, Molini di Triora there is a pharmacy, cash point and several other shops. In the surrounding towns and villages you will find daily markets and various festivals throughout the summer.

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About the Owner

Mike & Pat Smith
Member since: 2006
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Guestbook comments from the owner

We have had an absolutely brilliant week, we loved the beautiful views, the amazing walks and the friendliness of the locals. we needed to chill as we have had a busy summer and we certainly did in this lovely old house. we ate at the restaurant L'Erba la Gatta 4 times and loved it
Sep 2015
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Guestbook comments from the owner

We have had an absolutely brilliant week, we loved the beautiful views, the amazing walks and the friendliness of the locals. we needed to chill as we have had a busy summer and we certainly did in this lovely old house. we ate at the restaurant L'Erba la Gatta 4 times and loved it
Sep 2015
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6 Reviews

Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(6 traveller reviews)


A taste of Italy

  • 5 of 5

This is our favourite place to stay in such a charming property with every detail thought through. Where else can you step onto a balcony and feel as if you are stepping into the mountains , the views are unbeatable.

Having an expresso at Nina's listening to the church bells & taking a pastry back for later , eating at L'erba gatta and drinking at Bruno's each has its own delightful character.

We rarely leave Triora all week just because we can relax and enjoy the friendliness of everyone. We sleep so well here.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Stunning views from a well-stocked, lovely house

  • 5 of 5

This is simply a wonderful house in a small mountain village that comes complete with everything you will ever need, don't worry about bringing tin openers or extra coat hangers...this house everything and more.

The real winner about this superb accommodation is of course the magnificent views from the 2 balconies, I promise you will never stay anywhere ever again with a view like this.

The panorama comes at a price though as the 45 minute drive up the mountain takes some adjusting to and will test your driving skills! However, you DO get used to it ( I went up and down 5 times during our week-long stay). The village is served by only one restaurant plus a further 2 small bars which also serves lighter meals, plus a 3rd at the entrance to the village. The restaurant has a limited menu (written only on a blackboard) but they will make subtle changes on request. Triora is worth exploring on foot as it is mostly pedestrianised and we enjoyed the steep climb up to the elevated cemetery from where you can actually LOOK DOWN on your holiday house and enjoy spectacular views. Explore too all the narrow, cobbled streets and try to spot the old bread ovens built into the walls. A 15 minute drive down the mountain to the next village, Molini di Triora, and you can relax by a lake with its cobbled stream. Take a picnic.

From our base in Triora, we took day trips to some lovely places in our hired car. We recommend day excursions to Dolceaqua and Apricale, two fabulous medieval villages close to each other but be mindful places of interest may not open (after siesta) until 3pm. Pieve di Teco is also worth a visit and a motorway drive to Monaco is a must. Allow an hour and a half to get anywhere though, its the price you pay for that mountain view!

The house owners, Mike and Pat were holidaying in Triora while we were there and it was fabulous chatting and picking their brains on local knowledge. We are so glad we chose this home (especially after the dated, rather unclean accommodation we were to stay in the following week, what a come down!),

In summary, I could quite happily live in this house. The town is quaint and welcoming and your holiday is one where you can either do little or run around a lot, like us, taking everything in. There is a small shop here which serves your basic needs, but for a larger shop you will need to drive down the mountain where we found a Lidl's. Overall, we loved it here and thoroughly recommend it. 5/5 rating.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Characterful, well equipped, comfortable.

  • 5 of 5

This property was an excellent base for exploring the Maritime alps and also the western Italian riviera. The house was comfortable, clean and very well equipped for cooking. Lots of home comforts, cosy lamps, books, games etc. The local walking guide was especially useful. The views from the balcony were stunning but need a head for heights. Carla was very welcoming and helpful on arrival. We loved our stay in Triora and enjoyed the walking, the beaches on the coast and visiting the mountain villages and trying the traditional food such as pasta made from chestnut flour, cheeses and bread. It was like going back in time. We would love to come back sometime and explore more of this beautiful region. Thank you to Mike and Pat for sharing this lovely property.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic place to stay

  • 5 of 5

We had a great holiday staying in this unique village. The house was very clean and had everything you could want. The views from the balcony are absolutely beautiful and we loved our evening walks around the village. The helicopter delivering roof timbers to a neighbouring house on our last morning was an unusual and exciting experience. Overall we would recommend this house and Triora to anyone. Thanks very much.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Superb House, Wonderful Village - Simply Perfect

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay in the House and in Triora. We came back because both are so special. So much so, that Abi and I got engaged here this time.

We walked in and around Triora, we drove and enjoyed the coast (Imperia and Ospidaletti) and also had a cultural visit to Dolceacqua.

The restaurant L'Erba Gatta was excellent and we ate there 4 times.

The whole place is a proper Italian cultural experience in a House that is stunning with incredible views for the times you want to just chill and relax

I cannot recommend highly enough!!!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Incredible views!

  • 4 of 5

Triora is a hilltop village, a maze of winding passageways and tunnels that has to be seen to be believed! The house itself sits almost at the top, and has the most amazing views - we spent most evenings on the balcony ( you need a head for heights) just watching, and listening to the church bells from the villages across the valley. The house has been well-designed, and Mike and Pat have given a lot of thought into what their guests will need to self-cater so far into the hills. Travel light though, because as the village is pedestrianised it's a fair walk with your luggage through the passageways - we were much fitter by the end of the week! Truly worth it for the incredible views.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Nice Airport at 60 Miles Nearest Barpub : Ricci at 500 Metres Nearest Golf : Castellaro Golf Resort at 37 Kilometres Nearest Train : Arma di Taggia at 17 Miles Nearest Motorway : Taggia at 18 Miles Nearest Restaurant : L'Erba Gatta at 800 Metres Nearest Beach : Arma di Taggia at 18 Miles Car: recommended

Nestling in an exceptionally beautiful corner of Italy, bordered by the Mediterranean, the Maritime and Ligurian Alps, Western Liguria - and more specifically the province of Imperia - stretching along and inland of the Riviera dei Fiori (Riviera of Flowers) offers a magical and breathtaking landscape with olive and vine-clad hillsides, densely wooded valleys interlaced with rivers and spectacular mountains rising to 2000 meters, beautiful and unspoiled countryside as well as the blue Mediterranean and award-winning clean beaches and coastline, this is an area of outstanding natural beauty. The countryside is dotted with fascinating medieval villages, some perched in stunning hillside locations - veritable mazes of narrow cobbled streets and small shady squares - a world where the pace of life is relaxed and traditions have changed little.

Golf: There are three golf courses within easy reach.

Castellaro Golf Resort, Circolo Golf degli Ulivi at San Remo approx 45 min drive.

Garlenda Golf Club. Between Alassio & Albenga approx 1hr 30min drive.

Ski: There two ski resorts about 1hr 30mins drive by car.

Limone Piemonte which combines three different ski areas and although offering skiing for all levels, is a paradise for intermediates. Monesi, a smaller resort offering challenging skiing just over the mountains behind Triora.

Prices and Availability

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7 night minimum stay
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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

Booking notes;A deposit of 25% is required to confirm the booking. Full payment is required 8 weeks prior to departure. A breakage deposit of 200 euros is required upon arrival, cash only, returned on the last day of hire less a cleaning charge of 50 euros .

Travel cot - £20 per rental period.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 07-Jun-2017


Property Type

  • house


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic


  • Alarm Clock
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • mountain
  • village


  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • swimming
  • tennis


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Bidet
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • The main bathroom is on the same floor as the living area, has a bath with integral shower, Toilet, Bidet, Wash basin & washing machine. The en-suite has a shower, Toilet, Bidet, & Wash basin. There is also a separate Toilet & Wash basin situated on the same floor as the bedrooms.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • There are two double bedrooms the first having two single beds which can be placed together and made as a double and door to the balcony, the second has a double bed. The second also has an en-suite shower room. Each bedroom is equipped with a hairdryer.


  • Balcony
  • Terrace


  • Self-catering

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only


  • The kitchenette is fitted with, hob, extractor fan, fan oven, microwave, large fridge/freezer. It comes complete with Coffee maker, toaster, china, glassware, cutlery, pots, pans and cooking implements to cook for 6. There is even a butcher’s block. The main living area has a sofa, two armchairs, Satellite TV, DVD player & CD/radio mini HI-FI system. There is also a wood burning stove for use in the low season. There are large double doors leading to a full length balcony with breathtaking views of the valley and mountains. The balcony has a table and chairs for alfresco eating and drinking. The dinning area has a dining table with four comfortable covered dinning chairs. The house is fitted with a gas fired central heating system and is available for renting throughout the whole year. There is also a picnic hamper/rucksack and four folding picnic chairs available for hire by the guests. All bed linen, bath and towels are provided within the price.