“A cool and contemporary 3-suite guesthouse with sweeping sea views, high in the hills on the Liguria-Tuscany border”
Perched outside the tiny village of Castelnuovo Magra in the wooded Colline del Sole, this 1950s house has been completely redesigned to take full advantage of its setting. The building is dominated by glass walls and twin-aspect balconies looking out over the hills to the sea, and on a clear day you can see as far as Corsica. The feel is tranquil and intimate - there are only 3 suites, each large and stylish with sleek Italian furniture and a private terrace. You’ll also be treated to knockout breakfasts from welcoming host Lisa, and an outdoor chill-out zone where you can sprawl out with a glass of local wine. As for the location, it’s perfect for exploring: head north to Portofino and the famous Unesco-listed villages of the Cinque Terre, or south to Pisa, Lucca and the rolling hills of Tuscany.
- A handy base for Liguria and northern Tuscany, yet well away from the crowds who flock to both regions in summer
- Good value for the area, particularly given the high level of style and service and the spacious suites
- A gorgeous infinity pool flanked by a chill-out zone with bean bags and loungers
- Lisa is a wonderful host, with a mine of knowledge about the area
- Did we mention the view?
- No children under 12 unless you take the whole place; this is a peaceful, grown-up retreat
- No daily lunches or dinners, though light meals can be arranged on request
- You’ll need a car to explore, and to venture out for food in the evenings
- The road up is steep, bumpy and very twisty
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Our top tips
- Boutique guesthouse
- Breakfast (+ other meals on request)
- Over 12s only
- Open all year
- Outdoor Pool
- Spa Treatments
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
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.
- Air conditioning
- Central heating
- Ipod dock
- Satellite TV
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.
Lisa can provide simple lunches and dinners on request - perhaps pizza or barbecue food - 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. Generally though, you'll need to drive out to eat in the evenings; just ask for restaurant recommendations.
- Dinner by arrangement
- Lunch by arrangement
- Strike out into the wooded hills which surround Casa Colleverde. Several walks lead straight out from the house - Lisa can point you in the right direction
- Explore the Cinque Terre - a must-see string of pastel-coloured harbour villages (Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, Riomaggiore and Monterosso) linked by rail, ferry and spectacular coastal footpath. You can’t take cars into their centres, so park in La Spezia (40 minutes away) and catch the train or boat from there
- Venture further along the Ligurian coast and you’ll come to the pretty fishing town of Camogli, the glittering resort of Portofino (where you can catch a boat round to the picturesque beachside abbey of San Fruttuoso), and the historic regional capital of Genoa
- Head in the other direction to the beautiful Tuscan cities of Pisa and Lucca, both within an easy drive
- Or just laze by the pool and lap up that view
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Boat trips
- Historical sites
- Museums / galleries
- Plantlife / flora
- Shopping / markets
- Wine tasting
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)