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Our house is an independent home with three independent entrances in a building with 3 other homes. It is the representation of who we are: you'll find lots of books, paintings, objects from our travels, records, cds, and plants. The house is spacious, bright, and has a lot of color and character. There are many private garden spaces around it, which are the real reason we moved to this house in the first place. There's a covered gazebo and an outdoor shower in one of the yards, and an orchard with lemon trees and olive trees in another. Kids love it here, and adults love the shade during the hot season! The building is about 100 years old and has really thick stone walls, which means that even in the hottest summer months we sleep with the windows closed and no A/C. We usually heat the home with a wood-burning stove during the mild winters, but there's a normal heating system if you don't feel like lighting a romantic fire.
We live in the tiny, quiet hamlet of Le Ghiare just outside of the small town of Levanto. Our little hamlet has about 20 families and is definitely quaint. All around us are hills covered with olive trees. You can be in the center of Levanto in 5 minutes by car or 10 minutes by bike. Levanto is a great seaside town, and while it's not big, it does have most of the amenities you could ever need, and between the beach, the outdoors, and the safe environment, it's a great place for kids. Our house is 2.5 kilometers from the beach, and Levanto itself is only a 5-minute train ride from the world-famous Cinque Terre. The area around us has amazing hikes with views of the Mediterranean ... more than one of them leaves from quite nearby our house. You can even hike directly into the Cinque Terre from Levanto in about 2 hours.
We love plants, and they are all over our house, indoors and outdoors. Depending on the season of your stay, there might be a bit of watering to do!
Even though the area around Levanto is quite hilly, our location is still totally accessible by bike, with only a moderate uphill from the beach.
We have no television in the house, but the wifi is good for any internet connections or online viewing you need.
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