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Villa With Lots Of Sunny Outside Space And Amazing Views

Bedrooms 2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights


About the property

Villa in Pigna, Liguria, Imperia Province, Italy - Very Stylish Villa In Medieval Part Of This Vibrant Village

Medieval villa to rent in picturesque mountain village in Liguria. Close to the French Riviera. Experience staying in a vibrant historic Italian village as well as enjoy days out to the French coast towns of Monaco, Menton, Monte Carlo-the perfect holiday combination! Come and stay at our charming holiday Villa in the Ligurian village of Pigna. Renovated large historic 2 bedroom house* with garden and 35sqm2 terrace to rent within the medieval walls of Pigna's old centre. A fantastic 1 in 3 of our guests book a return visit! Pigna is an Italian medieval village just over the border from the French Riviera. It is located within the foothills below the mountains and set in breathtaking countryside. It is only a 20 minute drive from the coastline of both the French and Italian Rivieras. Within the village of Pigna there are many amenities including several local grocery shops (one of which is a hundred metres from the house).

* bedrooms are accessed via an outdoor staircase - which is completely private within the gated walled garden.

Parking for drop off on arrival and shopping is in a nearby square 200 meters from the house.

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Ian Semple
Member since: 2011
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
29 April, 2017

About Ian Semple

We are an English family from the North East of England now living in Ireland. We love Italy and all things Italian. Before stumbling upon the is beautiful area and amazing village, we holidayed all over Italy.

We always had the dream to own a property in Italy and started looking in 2007, It became apparent that flying to France, Nice, opened up the reality of regular easy flights from all over the UK and we visited this area for the first time. As soon as we drove into Pigna we were smitten!

The villa is our second property in Pigna, we had a smaller apartment but in 2010 literally stumbled upon the house, and fell in love again with this new property, the character of the house, beautiful gardens and amazing views.

We love this area , the people, the food . the history, the local customs.

Ian Semple purchased this villa in 2011

Why Ian Semple chose Imperia

We are very passionate about this area and the village, for us its our paradise. We feel instantly relaxed when we arrive and start to slow down and live as Italians do, enjoying the beautiful things in life, the nearby rivers and rock pools, mountain walks, a hot frothy cappuccino in the local bar, piping hot wood fired oven pizza's, pasta's and wine.

Everyone is so friendly and will offer help and advice without hesitation, we have made some great friends!

This is the second property we've owned in the village and we feel very lucky to have found such a beautiful place.

To ask why we love this area of Italy? the answer is, for us it provides the perfect mix of stunning landscapes contrasted by the exciting hustle and bustle of the coastline running from France along to Italy.

What makes this villa unique

The villa is recently renovated and situated just within the medieval walls of Pingas old centre but with good access to nearby parking. We also now have Wifi.

The house is full of character with original tiled floors, stone vaulted ceilings and a large open fire, as well a large areas of private outside space and gardens.

Idyllic gated private patio and garden including fruit trees, herb garden and vines with a large outdoor eating area including dining table and chairs and gas BBQ. Children can play safely between the lower and upper garden's as the villa's garden's are totally secure.

Upstairs from the first garden level leads to the upper level of the house which has a large terrace (35sqm) complete with sun loungers and outdoor seating with stunning views of nearby village, Castel Vittorio

Guestbook comments from the owner

We have lots of great guest comments: Look on our own web site and find us on trip advisor under pigna accommodation..“Italy at it's best...Pigna is truly stunning!!!” All in all this is probably one of the best holidays we've had. The villa in Pigna made it extra special. We will be definitely be returning!

We had the most wonderful week! Thank you so much. It really is a little piece of heaven! Georgia was lovely, really helpful. So many highlights ... rockpools behind Pigna ... Castel Vittoria ... the food ... Monaco ... it was wonderful The Taylors 2012

Thanks so much for letting us stay in your beautiful home in Italy. We had the most fabulous holiday and with Pigna just being over the border from France it felt like two holidays in one.The villa had in everything you could possibly want for a comfortable stay The Cobbs Durham 2012.

The Brookes - June 2013 " A beautiful spot tucked away in the mountains. Very relaxing in a stunning area, loved the villa and the villag
Sep 2011
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Pigna in Liguria

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • village
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • One downstairs bathroom with large shower, bidet and WC. One upstairs bathroom with separate WC and shower. Both bathrooms are tastefully decorated and have lots of towels etc.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4/8 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Master bedroom with double bed and balcony, stunning views Bedroom 2 with double bunk bed. Flat screen TV and DVD player. Double sofa bed in the historic lounge. In addition we have a single bed that can be put up. Bedrooms are accessed via an outdoor staircase - which is completely private within the gated walled garden.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: Combining historic features with modern facilities. The villa has lots of historic charm, vaulted ceilings, open fireplace.The villa is over 500 years old and combines traditional features with modern facilities as well as large areas of private outside space and gardens.The street is car free and very charming.The house is very near to the medieval centre of Pigna with its churches , squares , historic buildings etc. Our Guests always comment on how charming the house is and its garden and large terrace. There is lots of extras in the house , games ,books . DVD`s etc as well as lots of kitchen equipment.There is even your own herbs fresh from the garden , rosemary , Mint etc.The terrace has sun loungers and a large parasol. Outside: Idyllic gated private patio and garden including fruit trees, herb garden and vines with a large outdoor eating area including rattan dining table and chairs and BBQ. Secure for children to play. Upstairs from the first garden level leads to the upper level of the house which has a large terrace (35sqm) complete with sun loungers and further outdoor sofa seating area with stunning views of nearby village, Castel Vittorio.In addition there is a lovely balcony off the main bedroom. Step out from the kitchen into the large lower eating area with gas BBQ and dining table. Explore the lower garden, with it's fruit trees, grape vines and pick your own herbs for cooking. Children can play safely between the lower and upper garden's as the villa's garden's are totally secure. The upper terrace captures the sun and has loungers for sun bathing and a further outdoor sofa seating area. Relax and enjoy the view! (our guests tell us that it is spectacular). Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Weekly rental includes all cleaning and linen and towels.In addition you will be met by a local lady who speaks English and Italian who will help you during your stay with any information/in an emergency. All our guests comment how useful this service is.

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website:


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(7 traveller reviews)


Unique and Beautiful place

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic stay in this lovely medieval villa in a picturesque town in the mountains.

The villa had everything needed for a comfortable and relaxing holiday.

We liked that there was so much to do in the area; visiting other lovely medieval towns such as Dolceacqua. Pigna itself was only a short 25 minute drive to the coast. Visiting Monaco is another must see!

The recommended restaurants only added to the amazing experience we had in this area.

Thank you so much Ian and Sue, we will definitely recommend a stay here to our family and friends.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Helen for your kind comments. We are so glad you enjoyed your holiday and you would be welcome back any time. We also appreciate any recommendations you can give and we'd be happy to welcome your family and friends to stay in Pigna. Best wishes, Ian & Sue
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Picture perfect Pigna!

  • 5 of 5

Thank you so much Ian and Sue for allowing us to stay in your beautiful holiday home in the delightful medieval village of Pigna. We fell in love with the place the moment we arrived, the tranquility, the views, the weather, the rock pools, the pizza, the coffee.... and the pastries in the local coffee shop, were some of the best I've ever tasted - delicious! The locals are so friendly and welcoming and all the villages around have their own unique feel it really is a magical area to explore. The property has a wonderful outlook and is clean and has everything you need. Unfortunately sky wasn't available during our stay but there are so many DVD's to choose from it wasn't an issue at all. Would we stay again? Most definitely, we'd love to explore some more during the summer months, there is so much to see and do we couldn't fit it all in! Thanks again.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 30, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the lovely review. Very glad you enjoyed everything about the village of Pigna that we enjoy and that the villa met your expectations as a great place to stay. We would love to welcome you and family back to Pigna anytime, keep in touch. Take care, Ian & Sue
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Perfect Peace and Quiet

  • 5 of 5

What a beautiful part of Italy. Pigna is really a lovely mountain village, lovely restaurants great ice cream and amazing coffee. Ian and Sue place was great the view from the bedroom was amazing. We loved the bells and the chatter of daily life. Georgia was great and the house was lovely and clean. Would we re-visit oh yes

  • Review Submitted: Sep 29, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the review, we are very pleased you enjoyed Pigna, we are exactly the same in regard to enjoying its peace and tranquility - 8 years later after discovering this gem, it still feels the same. You are welcome again anytime:-) Kind regards Ian and Sue Semple.
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  • 5 of 5

Truly lovely part of Italy, and Ian & Sue's house is just gorgeous. Well maintained with everything you need for a lovely holiday. Restaurants, coffee bars, Rock pools, beach, food, people are all amazing.

We loved it so much we can't wait to go again. Donna & Harvey

  • Review Submitted: Sep 9, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Donna & Harvey for your kind review. Very glad you enjoyed it and we are really pleased you've decided to book again for next summer already!! Looking forward to welcoming your lovely family back in August 2016 :)
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  • 5 of 5

Can't rave about this place enough. In the italian hills of Pigna - stunning views. Close enough to the French Riveria to have the best of both, peace and tourist. Fab hills for walking, running and cycling.

Beautiful property. Highly Recomend.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 28, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Prepare to be enamoured !!

  • 5 of 5

"Prepare to be enamoured!"We stayed in Ian's place from Sunday to Thursday (end of September – beginning of October). We chose not to get a car rental and instead have a real adventure on public transport – this is so easy! We flew in to Nice Airport (flights were £111 each return) and we got the train from Nice to Ventimiglia (€7 each, one way). Then we were supposed to take a bus from Ventimiglia to Pigna, however, there weren't any buses on a Sunday – so I recommend planning for a cab (€45) or travelling on a weekday. We did take the bus back and it only costs €1.50. When we arrived, Georgia, Ian's friend and housekeeper, met us in the village and took us to the villa. Pigna is very hilly, steep in some places, I'd recommend it to keen walkers or those who are generally fit and well.

When we arrived at the villa, we were just blown away. The kitchen looks like it should be in a farmhouse, huge wood burning fire, nice sturdy kitchen table with bench seating, pretty brick work and a real warm, welcoming feel. There was a bottle of wine on the table to welcome us, which was such a nice touch! The feel continued throughout the villa, warmth, cleanliness, everything we needed including hairdryers, a dishwasher, even a couple of paracetamol in the cupboard when I was nursing a sore (red wine) head… we really felt like it was our home.

Outside, we were lucky enough to have two private areas, one with seating, a chiminea, a BBQ, and the cutest fairy lights. The other boasts sun loungers and cushions – I didn't expect to be sunbathing in October, but on one day it was 37C in the sun! Scorching! The beds in the upstairs bedrooms were so comfortable and on an evening we spoilt ourselves with total relaxation, watching movies and eating snacks – because we just don't get to do that at home… There was also an abundance of leaflets, travel guides, business cards and even an Italian dictionary in the villa, which, along with Ian's great handwritten guide book, helped us to make the most of our visit.

Pigna itself is absolutely beautiful. The views are incredible. I wanted to do so much more than we did (visit Dolceaqua a nearby village for instance), but for those taking a short break, try to do the following as an absolute minimum:

1. Go to a local festival. There is one on pretty much every weekend (we went to the Festival of San Michele, the following week was the Festival of Mushrooms….) if not in Pigna, then in the surrounding villages. We were up dancing t

  • Review Submitted: Oct 17, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you katy - we hope to see you again. regards Ian & Susan.
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 1
1 Sep 2016 - 30 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
1 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
3 Sep 2017 - 30 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
1 Jul 2018 - 1 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
2 Sep 2018 - 30 Jun 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
We try to be flexible re the first day of your holiday to allow for the best rates for low cost airlines. We require a deposit of £100 to secure your booking and the remainder 8 weeks before your stay. We recommend you take out travel insurance to ensure any cancellations are covered on your travel insurance.

Changeover Day:
We are flexible re changeover day with access to the villa from 3pm on arrival and departure of the villa by 10am. We can offer to store luggage etc by arrangement with Georgia locally.

Notes on prices:
Euro rates available.
Discounts for long stay.
We include cleaning in our overall cost - what you see is what you pay.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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