“A cool and contemporary 3-suite guesthouse with sweeping sea views, high in the hills on the Liguria-Tuscany border”
The 3 suites are super-stylish with contemporary Italian furniture, yet also comfortable and welcoming. Their sleek white walls and tiled floors are warmed by pops of colour (burnt orange, lime green) in cushions, rugs and artwork, and all feature floor-to-ceiling glass doors leading to private outdoor sitting areas. The ensuite bathrooms are swish affairs with rain showers and separate tubs.
We stayed in Fico d’India, which sits on the ground floor, and loved its direct access to the pool; the Neroli Suite on the floor above is a like-for-like copy with a balcony offering sweeping views. Both feature double bedrooms and living spaces with huge, comfy sofas. Biggest of all is the Melograno Suite, back on the ground floor, which has a vast terrace accessible from both the bedroom and the separate sitting room.
Food is central to the Casa Colleverde experience, and Simon and Carmelo’s passion for all things local is evident in every bite. Breakfast (8.30-11am) is a continental affair taken on the terrace whenever the weather allows, with all the usual suspects plus eggs made to order. Standouts for us were the olive and fruit breads from the local bakery, and the homemade fig jam. Simple poolside lunches are served on request - perhaps a bowl of pasta or a focaccia sandwich - and you can help yourself to tea and coffee in the kitchen; a selection of wines and spirits are available on an honesty basis, too.
A few times a week (days vary according to demand) Simon and Carmelo host dinner-party style evening meals, which start with sunset cocktails. They often take the form of pizzas from the wood-fired oven or BBQs by the pool; during our stay we were treated to a delicious feast of veal and bacon - home-cooking at its very best. On other evenings you’ll need to drive out to eat; just ask for restaurant recommendations.
This is a peaceful, sophisticated sort of place, and no kids under 12 are allowed unless you book the whole house on an exclusive basis.
If you’re coming with a child over 12, all suites have sofabeds; the best option is Melograno, as the sofabed sits in a separate living room.
Teens (over 12)