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N° 042 | Ancient Townhouse Reborn

users 6 bed 3 bath 2

Sandra and Simon, an art director and an architect took on the challenge to renovate a beautiful, but dilapidated house in the charming town of Montegrazie, Liguria. Simon was born and raised in Liguria and Sandra comes from Germany but used to holiday with her family for many years in Montegrazie. Eventually, they met and fell in love, with each other and with Montegrazie. 

There was one house in particular in the village that always intrigued them. This old, abandoned ruin was practically falling apart and they were really the only ones that saw its unique charm and had the desire to take on this renovation project. But sometimes you just have to take risks, even if everyone else thinks it is crazy. 

Sandra and Simon have done an amazing job, the result is absolutely stunning! They used reclaimed and traditional materials, old Ligurian patterns, and fabrics. Local artisans helped and everything is handcrafted and custom-made, It had to be as simple as possible. The main source of inspiration was the findings of everyday life in Liguria, the house itself, and especially its surroundings. The end result is a traditional Ligurian home that retains its soul and has stayed true to its essence.

The Space

The house is located in the peaceful medieval village of Montegrazie, surrounded by centuries-old olive trees and with a breathtaking sea view. The ground floor of this stunning property boasts ancient vaulted interiors made of beautiful stone and polished concrete. The kitchen is well-equipped and the open dining area is spacious and inviting, offering guests the opportunity to enjoy wonderful dinners while enjoying the beautiful Mediterranean gardens. A free-standing staircase leads to the modern living room with vaulted ceilings, and two double bedrooms that are flooded with natural light and offer enchanting sea views.

Located towards the back of the property are another double bedroom and a single room, which can also function as a study. Both rooms provide direct access to the sunroof terrace and a shaded loggia, where guests can indulge in the pleasure of dining or sipping an aperitif in the sun. Through the back exit of the house lies a charming small piazza that immediately immerses guests in authentic village life. This sanctuary of rural simplicity perfectly blends warm earth tones and cool natural style with a minimalist modern aesthetic, creating a harmonious atmosphere

*It is important to note that due to its central location, the house cannot be directly accessed by car. Guests will need to walk approximately 100m uphill from the parking lot to the property, adding to the allure of this exclusive retreat.

The Location

Montegrazie is located in the Liguria region along the Mediterranean, the small village of Montegrazie is a quiet town of just a few hundred where the narrow streets and local shops are surrounded by olive groves and mountains. It is just an eight-minute drive to the coast and San Lorenzo beach, there are many nearby hiking trails that lead throughout the Ligurian Alps.

The beautiful Imperia beaches of Porto Maurizio, Prino, and Spiaggia D'oro are within a short drive. The Italian Riviera resort of San Remo is just a half hour’s drive and the French Riviera towns of Nice and Monaco are just over an hour away. The interior regions of Piedmont and Turin are a two-hour drive as are the winter playground of Alpes Maritime.

Plinius Loves

The Design: Renovating an ancient building requires striking the perfect balance between preserving its soul and character while creating the comforts and luxuries of the 21st century. This has been done to perfection.

The Interior Design: I absolutely love this style; rural simplicity perfectly blends warm earth tones and cool natural style with a minimalist modern aesthetic, creating a harmonious atmosphere

The Village: Montegrazia is a charming, authentic village surrounded by centuries-old olive trees and breathtaking sea views. Far away from tourism, and yet, only 20min from the beach.

Nearest airport 

Nice Côte d’Azur Airport [1:25hr]  | Genova [1:45hr] 

Prices & availability


After the booking request is received we will confirm the availability and total price with the owner. You will then receive a confirmation and the total amount of your booking by email. A deposit of 30% of the reservation sum is requested upon confirmation (within 48 hours). The remainder must be paid no later than 60 days before the start of your stay. When booking within 60 days, the total reservation sum must be paid immediately. In case of cancellation more than 60 days before the start of the stay, 50% of the deposit will be returned*. In case of cancellation within 60 days, no refund will take place. *Applies to most properties, but not all. We therefore recommend cancellation insurance.

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Prices 2023 | Price transparency: Plinius is completely transparent about the prices, we do not charge a booking fee or add any additional charges. 

High season: 01/06/2023 - 30/09/2023 | Min. stay 7 nights | €2.880  per week

Low season 01/01/2023 – 31/05/2023 | Min. stay 7 nights | €2.380 per week


Included in the price: 

Gas | Electricity | Water (October - April standard consumption only included)

Additional costs:

Security Deposit: € 500 payable upon arrival [Cash/PayPal] The deposit will be fully refunded upon departure when there is no damage/other issues)

End-of-stay cleaning €150

Tourist Tax €10 p.p.p.w. 

Extra Information: 

 It is important to note that due to its central location, the house cannot be directly accessed by car. Guests will need to walk approximately 100m uphill 


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