Private Bedroom- "The Naturalist"View from the loft with single bed and sitting area
Hillside Stone Cottage By Town,Train&CinqueTerre 3
Hosted by Josh & Heather
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3 guests
1 bedroom
2 beds
1 private bath
3 guests
1 bedroom
2 beds
1 private bath
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Be one of the first to experience this newly renovated 16th century hillside stone cottage with over 1800 sq ft on 2 acres with mountain and river views. Each bedroom has a new private bathroom with a high quality mattress and linens. Includes Breakfast & Aperitivo. Centrally located for day trips to Cinque Terre, Stretti di Giaredo, Parma, Pisa, Lucca, Florence or a rest stop for Francigena hikers. Only 10 minutes to the train station and Pontremoli for shopping, restaurants and sightseeing.

The space

"The Naturalist". This private bedroom features Belgian linen sheets, bedside nightstands with reading lamps, USB ports, hardwood flooring, rustic burlap curtains, shutters for increased privacy, and an en-suite split bathroom featuring separate walk-in shower and water closet with stone sink in main room. This room also has a loft with a single bed and seating area. The Naturalist is a lover of all things in nature.

See our other rooms here:
"The Artist"
"The Traveler"
"The Connoisseur"

Or rent the entire home here:

Guest access

You will have access to the large common room with vaulted wood beam ceiling and wood-burning fireplace, the taverna also with a fireplace, 2 terraces, and 2 acres of open space and fruit trees for your enjoyment.

Interaction with guests

We can be available as often as you wish, and are able to provide recommendations for restaurants, local interests, and excursions.

Other things to note

The Taverna will be open each morning for breakfast with locally sourced and organic options and in the evening we provide a simple apertivo consisting of local meats, cheeses and bread. Wines and beer are available for purchase.


Extra people £23 / night after 2 guests
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed, 1 sofa bed

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for children (2-12 years)
Check in time is 3PM - 8PM
Check out by 12PM (noon)

- Smoking permitted outdoors and away from entrances with proper disposal. We appreciate your assistance in keeping our grounds pristine.
- At The Sanctuary we have a sustainable mindset. Please turn off lights when not in use. In addition, all food, beverage, and cleaning products sold or used on the property are local and/or organic when possible. Fresh linens will be provided every 3 days in an effort to conserve energy and water.
- In order to be considerate of all our guests, please be respectful of quiet hours after 10:30p.m.


Safety features
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher
Lock on bedroom door

1 night minimum stay

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Eva User Profile
October 2017
What a wonderful place! Josh, Todd and Sally were the best host. We had an food tour together in the old town. We really enjoyed our stay, the delicious food and wonderful surrounding. Too bad we only stayed for one night.

Fabio User Profile
August 2017
Thanks to Josh and his family for the extraordinary experience. Nice and cozy house, extremely relaxing. Josh is a great host. Unfortunately we were only one night but will be back...

Bob User Profile
August 2017
Wow! Beautiful location & gracious hosts - the pictures just don't do this place justice. The scenery is stunning & the stay was fabulous. Josh and his family were very welcoming. We loved our stay and only wished we had booked it longer. If you are look for a peaceful retreat during your stay in Italy, this is it!

Laura User Profile
July 2017
This magical place will enchant you the moment you set foot on the property. (Be sure and ONLY use (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) Maps to find it as it is truly "off the beaten path". As I write this neither Airbnb's Apple Maps nor our car's nav system could get us there accurately. Persist. It is more than worth it. ) Imagine sweeping views of the valley, next door to an ancient church on the Via Francigena, the pilgrimage that starts in Rome and finishes in Canterbury. It is an exquisitely remodeled 16th century home, with attention to the most minute of details. Fruits trees and vineyards are all around you, and all designed to let all the guests mingle and get to know each other in a microcosm of an international community. Josh is American and his mom Sally were there to greet us and give us food and wine even when we arrived late. They are so very gracious and ready to answer any and all questions we had, any time of any day. We extended our stay another day to three because it was just so lovely. Pontremoli is an easy drive down the hill, and be sure to bring your Italian phrase book as we personally encountered very little English. We hiked to a waterfall, and it was so easy to drive to Cinque Terre to catch the ferry and explore that area for the day. Thank you Josh and Sally (and Heather!) for the fabulous Sanctuary. It is perfectly named!

George User Profile
June 2017
We booked for one night and stayed for two on our way to Firenze. Would have stayed longer time permitting. Sally was such a gracious and welcoming host. Josh and Heather have rejuvinated an original farmhouse attuned to the travellers needs for a memorable experience - tranquility and rustic luxury. Highly recommended. George and Lucy

Pat User Profile
June 2017
The Sanctuary in Pontremoli, Italy was a picture perfect setting for a relaxing get-away! It's remote location offers a lovely view of mountains and vineyards, both from the front and back terraces. My room (The Loft) offered all the comforts of home (and a memory foam bed!) along with a beautifully remodeled bath with very unique features.....all fitting the time period of the building. A great experience with great hosts!

Simone User Profile
July 2017
Posto incantevole, panorama mozzafiato, stanze bellissime e caratteristiche. Josh e sua madre Sally sono ospiti perfetti, molto cordiali. Colazione buonissima con tanti prodotti fresh Made. Torneremo sicuramente .:)

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Pontremoli, ItalyJoined in April 2017
Josh & Heather User ProfileJosh & Heather is a superhost.

Welcome! Benvenuti!

We are Josh & Heather- lovers of travel, art and nature. Thank you for considering our 4 bed/4 bath stone cottage for rent in Northern Tuscany.

Our home away from home is a hillside destination situated on 2 acres in pristine orchards and vineyards near medieval towns, hilltop castles, the Via Francigena, the slot canyon Stretti di Giaredo (accessible via footpaths from our property), and the world renowned Cinque Terre.

We are a 3 mile (4.7 km) drive or 2.5 mile (4 km) walk from the Medieval town, Pontremoli, which hosts the largest Medieval Festival- Medievalis- every August. Our location is also convenient to the Parco Nazionale dell'Appennino Tosco-Emiliano. We welcome you to pick and enjoy fresh fruit from our trees, enjoy a glass of wine on our beautiful terrazza by a wood fire, or take in the stunning mountain vistas at sunset.

We are accessible by foot, bicycle, car, taxi, and train, and closest to the Milan and Pisa airports. We can also arrange for your pick-up from the train station in Pontremoli and we have 2 bicycles available for your use.

We look forward to meeting you and hope you enjoy your stay at The Sanctuary.

Languages: English, Italiano
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

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