Elegant Cinque Terre period villa with pool and sea views — Surrounded by large, private parkland comprising a lemon orchard and a unique rare plant and tropical botanic garden, this splendid period property sits proudly on a hilltop overlooking the 'Bay of Poets' and the quaint coastal village of Lerici, a stone's throw away from Le Cinque Terre and within walking distance of the village of San Terenzo and its beach.
Originally built around the XIII century tower, throughout its long and eventful life this fascinating property has evolved into an elegant mansion exuding incredible charm and timeless beauty. A wealth of antiques and period furniture as well as ornate chandeliers adorn the spacious halls and rooms which once welcomed famous poets and writers amonst their most distinguished guests, including Lord Byron, P. B. Shelley, D. H. Lawrence and Virginia Wolf. To fully appreciate the appeal of this magical place just take a stroll along the azalea and hydrangea lined paths through the freshly scented lemon orchard, or among the palm trees and rare tropical plants and marvel at the beautiful views across the sea, the Bay of Poets and the splendid Ligurian coastline.
Just a couple of miles from this villa, Lerici is a cheerful seaside town with distinctive terracotta-coloured houses clustered around the harbour. Ideal for an evening meal and a leisurely walk along its promenade, it boasts many shops and excellent restaurants as well as an ancient castle towering over the bay. Most ‘gems’ of the Levante coastline – which stretches eastward of Genoa — are within a short drive (or sail), including the fabulous Cinque Terre, Portovenere and Isola Palmaria. For a dramatic change of scenery, north Tuscany and Versilia’s long sandy beaches are equally within easy reach of Villa dei Poeti. Sarzana, on the hills between Tuscany and Liguria, is well worth a visit, especially during the antique and cultural fair hosted along its lanes towards the end of August.
Walk to San Terenzo & beach under 1 mile. Lerici 2 miles. Sarzana & La Spezia 5 miles. Portovenere 14 miles. Riomaggiore (Cinque Terre) 15 miles. Monterosso (Cinque Terre) 25 miles. Levanto 30 miles. Lucca 35 miles. Pisa airport 45 miles. Genova airport 55 miles. Pisa 95 miles. Small 9-hole golf course 300 metres. Tennis in village.