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Villa Portofino
Property # 8443

Villa Portofino

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Listing Type: Vacation Rental

Bedrooms: 6

Bathrooms: 5

Sleeps: up to 11 guests

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Property Description
The steep and narrow rocky ledge near Portofino harbor is one of the jewels in Europe’s crown and is among the most exclusive residential areas throughout Italy. On a grassy rock, we find the Villa Portofino (see photo on the left, white arrow). Despite the breathtaking location, our Portofino villa is affordable and sleeps 9+1 people.

Both the location and house are first class, through and through. Everything contained in the offer is worth every cent and more. A walk brings you to the famous harbor of Portofino (20 minutes on foot, 10 minutes with a lift) - this fine harbor where grand yachts lie at anchor; where VIPs stroll along the promenade; where exquisite fish restaurants and elegant designer shops decorate the picturesque bay (the panoramic picture of the bay below is NOT the view from the house).

Despite the proximity of the colorful and lively harbor, the villa is tucked away and protected from the crowds: the house has private access to the sea and can hardly be seen from the road.

This gigantic rock, towering up from the water, is shared with a couple of other villas, the Castello Brown, a lighthouse and the famous church above Portofino.

A private lift connects the harbor below with the upper footpath, leading to the lighthouse. This path is flanked by highly exclusive villas - including our house, which is about 300 m from the lift and is reached along a narrow path with archway and shady greenery (see photos of the exterior in vertical format).

Portofino has a small grocery store; the Santa Margherita grocery store can deliver goods to the villa (service at a charge). Although the house is situated high above the sea (20 m), the water is within walking distance: a private flight of 112 steep stone and wood steps leads down to a rocky platform. Just the place for sliding into the water to cool off after a sunbathe.

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Main floor: 1 living room with large glass sliding doors leading to the pergola, 1 formal dining room, 1 kitchen (stove with oven, fridge, dishwasher, washing machine), 1 study, 2 double rooms, 1 twin-bed room, 1 single room, 2 bathrooms (one with bath, the other with shower), cloakroom. The furnished pergola is a wonderful place for enjoying an outdoor meal.

Lower floor: 1 twin-bed room, 1 bathroom (bath) and the bedroom + bathroom belonging to the housemaid, 1 utility room. (An additional bed can be added in the twin-bed room, but the room becomes less comfortable then/please specify when booking). The lower floor is generally used for children, the main floor for adults, since the latter has the more attractive rooms.

Ocean View
Garden View
Deck or Patio
CD Player
Hi-Speed Internet
Ceiling Fans
Bath Tub
Air-conditioning in all bedrooms
TV (regional channels)
Lift from harbour to the hill-top
Activities & Attractions
This area is a fascinating natural attraction and a protected nature and marine reserve.

The countryside is lush and full of tropical flora; the seaside climate is mild. Silvery-gray rocks rise up magnificently from the cobalt blue water.

Narrow paths wind their way along the coast, up hills and down into valleys - this is really an outstanding area which has hardly changed over the centuries.

The houses are painted in warm, faded colors with red or green shutters to contrast. The local towns include Santa Margherita Ligure, Paraggi, Rapallo and Portofino.

The coastline is dotted with former fishing villages which have long changed to suit the times and clientele. French sailors once discovered these tiny, picturesque bays - in the fifties and sixties this was the meeting place for Hollywood divas - which are now known as a gathering point for the noblesse: you will find a range of very smart restaurants, boutiques, a public shingle beach in Paraggi (15 minutes on foot), a railway station in Santa Maria Ligure (with connections to Milan, Genoa and La Spezia) and busses which shuttle from Portofino to Rapallo, via S. Maria Ligure. Water taxis will also take you in the direction of Rapallo or westwards to the other coastal towns along the Cinque Terre - and these water trips are much more fun. Also ferry boats are available and connect Portofino with S. Margherita and Paraggi and it is possible to reach S. Fruttuoso, Camogli and also the Cinque Terre.

The picturesque promenade, the graceful piazzetta and the villas hidden behind olive trees make Portofino a successful mix of both private and sophisticated abodes. Villa Portofino is a wonderful place to relax, walk, enjoy water sports and to visit the romantic Cinque Terre, all near enough for a day excursion.

As always with Portofino, it is best to arrive with a large yacht. If this is not possible, take the train to Santa Margherita and then a taxi to Portofino. There is also a bus service between Santa Margherita and Portofino (travels in both directions, which runs every 20 minutes, depending on the season): Portofino can be reached from S. Margherita by bus in 10 minutes. There is a ferry from Portofino to S. Margherita/Rapallo/5 Terre/Camogli/S. Fruttuoso. Water taxis are 100 Euros per hour. Pick up service at Genova airport can be arranged (about 100 Euros, reservation at least 10 days before arrival is required).

Seasons Daily Weekly Monthly Minimum Stay
High season 10900
Mid season 9900
Low season 7800

Additional Rate Information

Prices include use of the lift and 8 hours cleaning per day. A cook can be organised.
From the end of September until the end of May special prices on request for smaller groups.

Reservations from Saturday to Saturday only.
Maximum 3 children under 15 years allowed (babies under 1 year not included).
Baby bed available.

Extra services available on request, to be specified when booking and to be paid in euros on the premises at the end of each working day:

Advanced grocery shopping.
Cook service for dinners during your stay.
Transfer service.
Porter service (to be requested directly by the custumer to the owner - please see below).

Security deposit, utility deposit, air-conditioning, heating, mobile phone, telephone, Internet, additional bed to be paid in euros on the premises:

Security deposit: EUR 1000.
Utility deposit (unused portion of the utility deposit will be refunded in cash on departure): EUR 300 per week for air-conditioning or heating.
Air-conditioning and heating (if required): metered.
Mobile phone: pre-paid cards available at your own expense.
Telephone: only local calls possible.
Internet dial-up line: metered.
Additional bed if maximum capacity PAX 10 is exceeded: EUR 400 per week.
Baby bed if maximum capacity PAX is exceeded: EUR 100 per week.
Pets allowed: EUR 60 domestic pet supplement per week. If you plan to bring your dog, please fax us the completed and signed form Declaration Of Accepting Responsibility For Your Pet together with your registration form.
Upon request and approval of the owner a late arrival is possible between 7.00 pm and 9.00 pm at an extra fee: EUR 50.

Bed, bath and kitchen linens, linen changed twice a week (Wednesday and Saturday),water, electricity, gas, maid service 8 hours per day 6 days per week, final cleaning all included in the price.

Included in the price is a standard first dinner:
Standard dinner on your first evening, after a long trip. It consists in a dinner that the guests will find ready in the kitchen and which will be served to the guests. The menu can fit vegetarian guests too. No changes are possible for the first dinner. Basically it consists in a pasta al forno, a vegetable tarte, salad, and fruit. Bread, water and wine are included.

Porter service available on Saturdays from 4.00 to 6.00 pm for the check-in and from 9.00 to 10.00 am for the check-out. This service must be requested previously by the customer directly to the property owner/key holder and is bounded to a time agreement.

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