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Charming Villa Near Portofino



Updated: 02-Jun-2016
Villa in Santa Margherita, Liguria, Italy - Natural Oasis, 2 Minutes Walk To The Sea

Situated on the hill of San Michele di Pagana, just inland from the popular fishing village of Santa Margherita, this charming villa is set in a two acres park, near some of the most beautiful sights in Liguria. The property (with air conditioning) has its own grounds, private garden and swimming pool, and it is surrounded by a beautiful olive grove from which, with great care and attention, the owners-Paola and Carlo- produce an excellent quality extra virgin olive oil. From the garden you can enjoy a breathtaking view over the sea and the impressive coast, where the pine trees and the typical fishermen’s houses on the beaches, paint the perfect picture. The villa blends beautifully in with the typical Ligurian terraced landscape, dry-stone walls enclosing the olive trees and rich Mediterranean vegetation. The interiors have been recently carefully restored and tastefully furnished and with its beautiful terraced garden and private pool, the property provides a peaceful oasis where to relax and enjoy the delights of a restful holiday.

  • Sleeps 8
  • 6 Bedrooms
  • 4 Bathrooms, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

We live in Genoa but take every opportunity to enjoy the tranquillity our villa has to offer. We’ll be very happy to welcome you and make sure that your holiday can turn into a truly unique experience. We love nature, trekking and horse riding as much as music, good dining and of course extra virgin olive oil, which we have been producing for more than 10 years, winning numerous Leivi awards, and will be very happy for you to try. During your stay we can organize golf and tennis courses on request, and recommend the best restaurants in the area.

Speaks English, French, Italian

2 Reviews

2 holidaymaker reviews

Los Angeles, CA

Amazing Holiday Villa

  • 5 of 5

My family just stayed in Carlo and Paola's villa for a week and we couldn't have been happier. Both the location and the villa were perfect for us. The views were beautiful and the villa was stunning, even better than the pictures. We loved walking to the nearby towns for shopping and to the beach. It was also convenient for the train station and water taxi to Portofino. The outdoor area of the house was amazing, we ate all our meals at the outdoor table which was almost like an extension of the kitchen.

Carlo and Paola were very welcoming and Ricky the house manager could not have been more helpful! I would definitely recommend this villa to anyone traveling to the area! Just a note, there are the 4 main bedrooms upstairs on the 2nd floor and the two additional bedrooms are in the basement so they are separate and would be good for teenagers or older kids needing their own space. Overall this was one of the best VRBOs I have ever rented and I would definitely stay here again! We loved it :)

  • Review Submitted: Oct 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful setting in an excellent location

  • 4 of 5

My wife and I organised the rental of the villa in San Michele to facilitate a family get-together. Our requirements were for a property that would accommodate 3 sets of couples, with a pool, but where the location afforded us the ability to easily visit local places of interest, of which there are many.

The villa is set within an olive grove, terraced to accommodate the steep gradient. It is located above the towns of Santa Margherita Ligure and Rapallo. From this elevated position it overlooks Rapallo bay and affords extensive views of the surrounding hillsides. It has a welcome sense of privacy and seclusion, with the decor and style, the pool and the large verandah helping to create a very relaxing atmosphere. The bedrooms on the top floor are beautifully decorated with views across the olive grove and the bay. The sleeping arrangements are best suited to two adult couples with two singles/children. Whilst there is a further sitting-room and bedroom in, what is effectively the basement but with views through folding doors to the front of the property, this space obviously doesn’t have the same feel as the other bedrooms. We did find the noise of the trains passing on the local line a little disturbing, especially at night, with the bedroom windows open. With 6 adults, we did find the kitchen a little small for preparing meals, with relatively little bench space.

We would recommend the walk winding up Monte di Portofino, along paths with breathtaking views of the area. The tracks are well maintained and the villages along the way are stunning. Once you arrive at Portofino, you can walk back along the road or catch a bus. Think carefully about taking children or people with reduced mobility as the gradients are steep in places. There is a restaurant, serving meals and drinks at Mulino, which, again, we would recommend. We used a combination of the local train service to Levanto, then the hop-on/hop-off boat to visit the Cinque Terra region. The return was train from La Spezia. This was a trip worth making with amazing views.

The supermarket, Basko, in Rapallo, was very well stocked with car parking facilities conveniently located directly above the supermarket. Santa Margherita has a small supermarket but both towns had excellent food stores. The staff in the Information bureau in Santa Margherita were extremely helpful.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear David, it was real pleasure to have you as our guests. Many thanks for leaving this review, I hope you will come back to Italy (and hopefully Rapallo!) in the future. Best regards
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From the Owner

Carlo, lawyer, and Paola, architect, have bought the wide olive groove ten years ago. This beautiful villa is a complete project of Paola, architect, and has been built in respect of the environment and of the Ligurian landscape, only with local materials. Inside the big property (a 2 acres hill) the owners have another villa, where they actually live.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Genoa at 35 Kilometres Car: not necessary

Special interest holidays:

Rapallo is also close by, and it is the perfect destination if you want to play golf, tennis or go horse riding.

One hour’s drive will take you to the famous Cinque Terre national park, which is part of the Unesco World Heritage.


San Michele di Pagana Beach - 5 minutes walk

Santa Margherita Beach - 5 minutes walk

Although secluded, within minutes, you can walk to the stunning bays of Pomaro, Trelo and Prelo, popular for their beautiful beaches.


How to get there:

Genoa 40 Km- 30 minutes’ drive

Milan Linate airport 174 Km- 2 hours’ drive

Milan Malpensa airport 208 Km – 2 hours 20 minutes’ drive

Pisa 143 Km – 1 hour 30 minutes’ drive

Turin 200 Km – 2 hours’’ drive


Portofino 1.8 Km – 5 minutes

Camogli 9 Km – 17 minutes

Cinque Terre 62 Km – 1 hour

Portovenere 93 Km – 1 hour 20 minutes

Lucca – Tuscany- 135 Km - 1 hour 30 minutes

Forte dei marmi – Tuscany- 107 Km – 1 hour 10 minutes

Florence – Tuscany- 210 Km 2 hours 15 minutes

Montecarlo – France – 208 Km – 2 hours 30 minutes

Costa Azzurra – France- 250 Km – 3 hours

Further Details:

Through walking paths, you could also reach the fishing village of Santa Margherita, where the fresh local fish and the typical dishes such as Focaccia, Pesto sauce, Trofie and Focaccia al formaggio, will help you appreciate the value of these places.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Low Season
1 Oct 2016 - 30 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Season
1 May 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
50% in advance (booking)
50% balance (directly on arrival)

Changeover Day:
Minimum stay: 1 week
Check-in and check-out favourite day: Saturday (Sunday excluded)
Check-in time: 15:00 - 19:00
Check-out time: before 10:00

Notes on prices:
High season: 1st May / 30th September
€ 4.500/week
€ 14.000/month

Low season: 1st October / 30th April
€ 3.500/week
€ 11.000/month

Other quotations/periods on request

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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From the Owner

Our property is an ideal venue for those looking to experience the traditional Italian lifestyle, yet with an air of relaxed sophistication. The fantastic location of this villa means that as well as appreciating the delights of a restful holiday, you will be able to enjoy nights out dining at characteristic restaurants, or indulge in an aperitif, as the locals do.

Property Type

  • villa


  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine


  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob


  • Dining Room


  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • beach
  • waterfront


  • arboretum
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
  • tennis


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • 5 bathrooms, as follows: 2 bathrooms, 1 with shower and tub on the first floor 1 bathroom with shower on the ground floor 2 bathrooms, 1 with shower and 1 with tub and washing machine in the lower ground floor (basement)


  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Bedroom 5
  • Bedroom 6
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 10 (6 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed - 1st floor Bedroom 2 with double bed - 1st floor Bedroom 3 with single bed - 1st floor Bedroom 4 with single bed - 1st floor Bedroom 5 with double bed - lower ground floor Bedroom 6 with double bed - lower ground floor


  • Golf ...
  • Garden


  • Self-catering

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


  • Notes on accommodation: The property includes: 2 double rooms on the first floor 2 single rooms on the first floor 2 double rooms in the lower ground floor Outside: From the beautiful garden you can enjoy a breathtaking view over the sea and the impressive coast, where the pine trees and the typical fishermen’s houses on the beaches, paint the perfect picture. The villa blends beautifully in with the typical Ligurian terraced landscape, dry-stone walls enclosing the olive trees and rich Mediterranean vegetation. The private and sunny swimming pool is surrounded by olive trees. Utility Room: Fully equipped with tableware, table linen, crockery Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen and towels are provided free of charge. The property is cleaned on a weekly basis when guests depart. Other arrangements can be discussed with the owners. Other: Large pergola and dining area Private swimming pool 12 x 6 metres Cloakroom Open poolside shower 8 sun loungers indoor parking

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