In this "Guestbook" you will find the reactions of our guests, uncensored and genuine.
To all (future) guests,
Hereafter you'll find references/reviews from our guests.
You will also find many actual references/reviews from intermediaries such as HomeAway, AirBNB, Micazu, etc. .
Dear greetings from Karin and Hans Vorstenbosch.
Note: In 2020 we only rented out from 1 August to 25 September due to the Covid-19 virus. And of course we do and did this with the right care.
2020 August (F)
Spent a week and a half in "Tra Mare e Monti". We had heard of it, nevertheless it was even more pleasant and our stay - afterwards - could have been longer.
The holiday home is very complete and fully equipped to spend a relaxing time. Many restaurants in the entire valley, where you can eat. In Montregrosso itself, both "il Rododendro" and the agriturismo "Cioi Longhi" are highly recommended. The price / quality is excellent. In short, good sleep, eat and relax
The Riviera is relatively within reach and the hiking possibilities - from the house - are enormous.
Thanks to working from home we were able to do that very well at "Tra Mare e Monti". The internet connection is excellent.
Thank you for the wonderful period we could spend with you.
2020 August (NL) - source HomeAway/VRBO
The stay and accommodation exceeded our expectations
Not a word is exaggerated on the website, the description of the stay and all those positive reviews. A truly fantastic fully equipped apartment, beautiful views, wonderful silence, in short, an ideal place and surrounded by a hostess and host who will assist you with advice and sometimes even action without imposing. In summary: highly recommended, a very good price-quality ratio and beautiful surroundings.
2019 July (D)
Your well-equipped and lovingly furnished apartment has always surprised us. Whatever we needed, nothing was missing here. Good tips and helpfulness made us feel right at home here.
We felt great here and enjoyed the original mountain village of Montegrosso for 2 weeks. Glad that this still exists and is possible.
Rolf and Eva
2019 July (NL) - Source: Tripadvisor
"A wonderful, quiet place from where you can take beautiful walks and the beach is also within easy reach"
We have already told you extensively about the wonderful holiday with beautiful walks, views, tranquility, beach towns, Genoa, Alassio, Albenga, the cycle route from Sanremo, Imperia, the workshop of Ineke with Karin. The nice restaurants - especially those of Barbara and Marco - with shops and terraces, the special Montegrosso, the BBQ and the pleasant and informative contacts with you.
In the picturesque, medieval village of Montegrosso Pian Latte you can relax by the wonderful location of the apartment with beautiful views. The inhabitants of the village are friendly and you can enjoy delicious food in Osteria del Rodedendro. The owners (Karin and Hans) are very friendly and help you where needed without imposing themselves. We made beautiful walks through the mountains, went to nice towns, did a stone-working workshop, sat on our terrace, barbecued, read. The nearest beach is Imperia, a 40-minute drive away. But places like Albenga and Sanremo are also easily accessible. Of course we went to Genoa for a day by train from Imperia. From Sanremo we cycled the cycle path along the coastline, built on a former railroad (you can rent bicycles in all kinds of places). Magnificent. And the weather is wonderful.
Your age group 50-64
Can you recommend this hotel to friends? Yes.
Thanks and maybe see you soon! Dick and Ineke.
2019 AirBNB (F)
Our stay at ”Tra Mare e Monti” was simply amazing. They are very nice, helpful and amazing. We had a pleasant stay at the village, we hiked to the waterfall, we bought cheese, tons of honey and delicious bread!!! I highly recommend to go there and stay for a couple of days, waking up in the morning in the bed with the sun on your face and take a good breakfast on the balcony = perfect!
2019 AirBNB (F)
”Tra Mare e Monti”, this place is a wonderful gem, nestled in the Ligurian mountains but close to Imperia. Perfect view over the valley, charming private balcony, all is new and renovated with a tasty touch. Kitchen complete and convenient. No noise around, very quiet! Nice trails around. Hans and Karin make their best to insure you a perfect staying. Local products available. I highly do recommend!
2019 HomeAway/FeWoDirekt (D)
Small, but very well equipped apartment, everything completely available, yet no apartment with such facilities experienced. It is very quiet in the village, this is a bit out of the way, but very suitable for a hiking holiday. Hans and Karin are very hospitable, helpful and always with a Selle advice, if desired.
2018 augustus (NL)
Dear Hans & Karin,
Our weeks are already over. We had a great time in your luxury holiday home that is fully equipped with all modern conveniences. We would like to thank you for your enormous hospitality: the welcome drink on Sunday afternoon and again immediately before departure.
What we found to be an absolute highlight was eating outside with the Italian villagers from the street (the so-called "cena nel caruggio" - Hans) What was a celebration that with incredibly tasty dishes and naturally all the tasty we, grappa and liqueurs that go with it. .What nice that you have invited us to this !!
What else have we done:
* We have visited the Hanbury garden at Ventimiglia, really beautifully laid out and with so much history. This will probably be much nicer in the spring.
* We are also beach people and have visited many beaches. Just outside of SanRemo, just outside of Imperia, but the most beautiful was - as Karin said - at Alassio.
* Alassio was also very worthwhile to walk around in the shopping streets and Alassio also has a lot of terraces where you can drink coffee. We went to Monaco for a day - parking is a crime by the way - after which we drove back to Italy via Menton.
* We are not such walkers, but you probably understood that. Nevertheless, we have seen a lot from the mountains with very beautiful views.
* Furthermore, much rested and much eating out, nice read on the terrace and lots of internet.
Finally enjoyed the beautiful weather: no long pants!
Thanks again for everything,
Matthias and Mariet.
2018 juli/augustus (NL)
We have had wonderful weeks here!
After a long 10-day car trip with many traffic jams, we were welcomed with a delicious pizza meal.
What we have done here: Forest walks, Adventure park in Mendatica, trout fishing in Colle di Nava, visit to San Remo, been to the beach, visit to Monaco, shopped in Imperia, eat pizza in Ormea,. . .
We also spent a super cozy evening with and with you where we kneaded and turned our own fresh pasta and learned to make fresh pesto. It was delicious! Especially Renske thought the pasta was great!
In short: we had a very nice holiday with you - with the whole family.
Robert & Corine, Jelle, Renske and Menno.
2018 juli (NL)
Hans and Karin, Relaxing was our goal and we certainly succeeded in your wonderful holiday home. Beautiful nature, tranquility and beautiful pictures along the coast made the holiday feeling complete. The walks were wonderful and doable, each with its own level. The people in the village: so sweet and helpful. Even Erik's Italian attempts were appreciated. Good luck in the future with all that beautiful.
We enjoyed. Lots of love, Erik and Angela. See you soon in the future.
2018 juni (NL)
We enjoyed it very much. Lots of love, Erik and Angela. See you soon in the future.
2018 juni (NL)
We have had a perfect holiday with you for the second time. Such a beautiful and complete holiday home with beautiful views!
The silence and tranquility in this oh-so-friendly village. wed have again made beautiful trips in the mountains, but also along the coast. What a variety of colorful flowers and wonderful scents.
Thank you and longing for the next time!
Monique and René.
2018 juni (D)
Dear Karin, Dear Hans,
We thank you once again for a wonderful week. As always you are the perfect hosts. We look forward to the next time.
Andrea, Thomas and Dominik
mei 2018 (NL)
12 augustus 2017 - 19 augustus 2017 (D)
"Dominik, Andrea und der Thomas"
Fantastic apartment, fantastic place and super nice hosts - what more could you want
First of all, I would like to thank Karin and Hans, who not only helped us to a great holiday, but also made a decisive contribution to making us feel at home. Our 8 year old son adopted the two almost immediately. The apartment leaves nothing to be desired. The kitchen is extremely well equipped. There was really nothing we could have missed, on the contrary we were always surprised what everything is available. The whole apartment is kept very clean and very modern and stylish. What's great is the movable mosquito screens on all windows and the balcony door. Hans may have exaggerated a bit with the light, but when the 8-year-old explains which light switch is for what works, it also works 🙂 The most beautiful time of the day for me personally was to sit on the terrace in the morning and enjoy the view and the To enjoy peace and quiet while my husbands are still sleeping. Rarely has such hospitality, warmth and helpfulness found us as in Montegrosso. Whether the neighbors, in the restaurant or strangers villagers. Everyone is just friendly and helps. Even if it works only with hands and feet, because my Italian is horrible 🙂 For a pure beach holiday I would recommend Montegrosso only if it does not matter to drive on (about half an hour). But then I can recommend the beach in Porto Maurizio. There is a parking lot where we have always found a free space. (We now know why Italians prefer to drive small cars) Hiking, cycling or just enjoying country and people in an originality that is hard to find, Montegrosso is perfect for that. I can only recommend at least once in the restaurant to go to Barbara and there in my opinion star cuisine served. (My men were so enthusiastic that after each walk it was always saying, "Do you think there's another plate?" That was sooo good! 🙂 You must have tasted the wine, Hans helped us buy some bottles of it - Only old he will not ...;) In the village shop, there is pretty much everything you need, I can especially recommend the Parma ham (crudo) was extremely good and extremely cheap Karin and Hans again thanks for this exceptional holiday. If you take us again we will definitely come back !!!
Andrea, Thomas and Dominik, Germany
22 juli 2017 - 05 augustus 2017 (NL)
Hey Hans and Karin,
It was a fantastic holiday in MPL!
Advantages: enormous hospitality and commitment, wonderfully clean holiday home, beautiful view, the friendly residents of the charming village of MPL, beautiful walks in the neighborhood, nice bike rides (with "nice tire service"), the peace and quiet,. . .
Negatives, well ahead, one thing: for us, sea lovers, MPL is just a bit too far from the coast.
Thanks for everything!
Greetings from Jeroen and Mira
15 juli 2017 - 22 juli 2017 (NL)
Hello Hans and Karin,
Had a wonderful week!
Beautiful weather, cycled, walked, shopped, read, etc. . .
Delicious eaten in the restaurant "Rhododendro"; really tasty! Enjoyed the surroundings, tranquility, nature and your lovely holiday home, furnished with great attention and care and very complete.
Thank you for your good care and kind regards!
Wim and Wilma.
8 juli 2017 - 15 juli 2017 (NL)
Hello Hans and Karin,
A spontaneous promotion that was very successful. Walked for a week, sailed by boat along Cinque Terre. Huge walk, but the shepherd village not met.
Lovely visited all the villages and even drove us with Panda 'shocking clamp' and released again. Nice spot at Deez'aardkloot. Even though the puzzle tour here was just as clear as the right-hand bend in the walk to the church of San Lorenzo, no sign or red-and-white ribbon, breathtakingly beautiful, even literally.
Delicious food - in and around the village - and in the beach club Baiasalata. And of course fitness in the village with all stairs. Will probably come back again (otherwise stuck with Rob).
Happy greetings, Heike and Nicole.
3 juni 2017 - 10 juni 2017 (NL)
After a beautiful and somewhat exciting drive (and search) to MPL, we were warmly welcomed. Just recovering from the trip and enjoying a drink, we immediately felt at home at this beautiful location.
"Tra Mare e Monti" is really cozy and fully equipped and nice to stay in. Since we did not have a really tight schedule in mind, we could organize the week 'free'.
Wonderful walks in the beautiful and inviting environments, getting groceries daily from Barbara, enjoying the beautiful weather on the balcony with a nice wine or in the garden on the sunny terrace, cooking in the fully equipped kitchen, with culinary highlight the pizza evening.
In short .... we have had a more than wonderful stay and want to compliment Karin and Hans with the enormous hospitality and we will definitely be back.
Ciao Maaike and Bert
22 april 2017 - 6 mei 2017 (NL)
Hi Hans & Karin,
T-E-R-R-I-F-I-C here! After a long drive we arrived in the dark. Exciting and very beautiful. A lot of shopping: Eurospin, Bennet, local shops, the specialty shop in Ponte di Nava, the beautiful shopping street in Pieve di Teco and the flea market on the last Sunday of May, also in Pieve di Teco.
Furthermore, many drove around by car to Mendatica - via the Bosweg -, San Bernardo.di Mendatica - beautiful view - to Nava, Pornassio, Villa and via Ponti back. Then - exciting - Montegrosso through up. Unfortunately not arrived to go to Case Fascei by car. (nice and quiet).
I (Bennie) have cycled a lot with the MTB. Via the Bosweg to Mendatica, Cosio d'Arroscia, Pornassio, Ottano, Villa, Ponti back to Montegrosso. Ca. 700 meters made, 100 meters higher than Case Fascei: beautiful! Another time I went to Nava via San Bernardo. Fantastic cycling here with the mountain bike.
"Tra Mare e Monti" was provided with everything and that with 2 children aged 6 and 9 years - Matthew and Grace. Walking, sports, playground and also went to the beaches of Imperia and Albenga.
The children also enjoyed the workshop!
Karin and Hans, thanks for everything,
Greetings from the Van Dijk family.
P.S .: I bought honey for the whole of 2017!
22 oktober 2016 - 29 oktober 2016 (NL)
Ciao Hans & Karin,
We had a FAN-TAS-TIC stay in your beautiful and well-kept holiday home. Everything we needed was available. It is absolutely completely furnished and very clean! The bed was fine too, while on vacation we often suffer from our back (s): not in this bed at all, great!
Of course we didn't spend much time in "Tra Mare e Monti", because we also really enjoyed the beautiful view from the terrace and balcony, the beautiful surroundings, especially during the walks that you described well.
Finally, we want to conclude with the sculpture workshop that we have attended with you: highly recommended. Karin guides calmly and no more than necessary or desirable and is patient. All this made the workshop a very enjoyable activity.
Karin and Hans, thanks for everything & we would love to come back!
Greetings from the Kooi family.
1 oktober 2016 - 15 oktober 2016 (NL)
"Nostra seconda visita di MPL!"
When we enter the village, it immediately feels familiar. We are warmly welcomed and feel very much at home in the nicely furnished holiday home. The fourteen days that we are here, we enjoy the beautiful long walks: the visit to cheese farmer "Manuele" on top of the mountain is a special experience. Not only are we warmly welcomed, we are also offered wine, bread, cheese, coffee and grappa. The cheese is so delicious that we decide to buy a whole one and take it home.
We visit Imperia and Albenga. In the weekend from Friday 7 to Sunday 9 October, the "Festa della Castagnata" is in Montegrosso. Great to experience. Saturday evening a musical performance by local orchestras ("i Monelli" from Montegrosso and "i Tre Munti" from Moano - ed.) And on Sunday the big Chestnut festival.
We also follow a sculpture workshop, highly recommended, delicious!
The last evening we were surprised because we were given a film of about 20 minutes about ourselves during the workshop. TOP!
We can recommend to anyone who likes cycling, walking, a quiet environment, a nice holiday home and an extremely friendly population to book a few weeks.
Karin and Hans, thanks for the wonderful time we have spent here again. We love to come back to this beautiful place. Thanks again!
Tineke and Frans.
17 september 2016 - 24 september 2016 (NL)
Dear Hans and Karin,
How delightful! We enjoyed this week with you. The beautiful late season with - unexpectedly - wonderful weather, the silence and the peace. Thank you for your advice and tips. It was a gift to be here in your cozy holiday home with the beautiful view. We had a wonderful dinner with Marco and Barbara from restaurant "il Rododendro" and also enjoyed our evening at the "Home-Restaurant".
The Transumanza was a spectacle (in which small villages can also be large)!
We would like to come back to this beautiful place, to this village, which has now also become a little OUR village. Thanks again!
Hans and Lilian.
3 september 2016 - 10 september 2016 (NL)
Dear Hans and Karin,
We had a wonderful week here. Enjoyed the beautiful "Tra Mare e Monti", super!
Beautiful and authentic village, tranquility and the beautiful surroundings of MPL. We have received a very warm welcome and Elda and Nico have helped us immensely, sometimes with "hands and feet" for us. . , but we understood each other perfectly.
We walked, lazied, visited the coast and many nice mountain villages and drove the car route of Hans (Monesì, Upega, Viozene, Ponte di Nava - ed.) And enjoyed the scenery. Unfortunately "Il Rhododendro" was closed, but also the other restaurants were great!
Thank you for all information in advance and on the spot (too much to remember).
Jan and Alda.
20 augustus 2016 - 3 september 2016 (NL)
Dear Hans and Karin,
What we enjoyed here!
"Tra Mare e Monti" is fully equipped and what a warm welcome we have!
The area is super beautiful and for us the ideal base for all kinds of trips: Sanremo, Nice, Turin, the beach at Cervo and Spigno Monferrato, where we visited family. I (Erna) also enjoyed the sculpture workshop and I proudly take home my 'gatto bianco'.
Also enjoyed the moments together.
And . . . what can you eat here delicious everywhere; We have visited several restaurants, pizzerias in the area, but everything is just as tasty. That will take it easy at home to be able to close the pants normally again. . .; <)).
Well, I will continue packing again; it's a wrap . . . unfortunately.
Maybe until next year!?!?
Love, Paul and Erna.
13 augustus 2016 - 20 augustus 2016 (NL)
Dear Hans and Karin,
After a long drive we arrived late in MPL on Saturday evening. Immediately there was the warm welcome with a lot of information about the holiday home and the surroundings. Our bellies rattled well and we decided to go to the pizzeria in Mendatica. After all, you couldn't have been to Italy without eating pizza or pasta. We decided to walk to the pizzeria, a 35-minute walk in the dark. With full tummies we returned - of course walking again - to MPL. We already understood that there are a lot of pigs in the forests around MPL. Walking in the silence of the evening, until we were startled by the sounds of footsteps in the forest. That was the fear for a moment. . . but with a lot of noise, the pigs disappeared and we were relieved to continue walking to MPL. Immediately such an adventure in the first few hours!
This is just one example of the special and fun experiences we have had in MPL, Italy. You can also walk very nicely throughout the area and there are plenty of restaurants where you can lick your fingers.
Thank you for your enthusiasm, passion and hospitality! We enjoyed it very much and maybe we will see you soon!
Greetings, Rowan and Michiel.
30 juli 2016 - 13 augustus 2016 (NL)
An original and creative reference from the Helder family.
On August 17 we received another nice, spontaneous response by mail:
"Dear Hans and Karin,
Just a short response: we really enjoy our holiday with you after !!!
And that in many ways. The Italian music blares through our living room ... the sun is shining on our faces ... the taste of the pizza remains endlessly good ... the images of the super movie keep on ... unique activities that make us smile ... the workshops continue to inspire us ... and so much more .... "
23 juli 2016 - 30 juli 2016 (NL)
"The Sculpture workshop is an absolute must.
Knowledge, experience and enthusiasm are conveyed in a pleasant way, in a casual way: it made me very happy! "
Dear Hans and Karin,
* "Tra Mare e Monti"
* the view,
* Montegrosso Pian Latte (MPL),
* the educational and fun workshop,
* the villages,
* Mediterranean Sea,
* Italian food and wine
* the rest,
* the hospitality and attention.
We'll be back soon,
Kees and Els van der Kooij.
16 juli 2016 - 23 juli 2016 (NL)
Dear Hans and Karin,
Thank you for a fantastic week in your holiday home "Tra Mare e Monti"!
We enjoyed nature and the environment: apart from cycling to Case Fascei, cooled down during canyoning in the local river near Ponti, feasted at restaurant "Il Rhododendro", relaxing during our - flat - bike ride from San Lorenzo al Mare to Sanremo and back, our eyes were bored during the "Spice Festival" (Festa delle Erbe) in Cosio di Arroscia, in short a very nice week!
Listening to your stories, there is much more to experience. Who knows, you might see us again.
Thank you for everything and continue to enjoy your beautiful home.
Greetings, Tim and Floor.
16 juli 2016 (NL)
Elly & Thijs
Hans and Karin,
Thank you for the wonderfully hospitable welcome and for the nice stay with you. We have been able to "taste" your carefully constructed stay in a PERFECT place!
"Tasting" tastes like more, because in your holiday home "Tra Mare e Monti" everything is carefully and completely furnished for a relaxing stay. Compliments!
The trip to Case Fascei yesterday: seeing the mountain flowers, the beautiful views and even the sea at Albenga. We are lucky that you have chosen this place for yourself and the experience of this - through your entrepreneurs "meaning" / "shelf" - also makes it possible for others to get to know this unique region in all its facets. Thijs mentions: the rustling of the stream, the silence, the swallows in the air, ... well, with a longer stay, a book is just completely filled up ...
Thanks again and love from Elly and Thijs.
25 juni 2016 - 9 juli 2016 (NL)
Johan & Anne-Marie
Dear Karin and Hans,
"Active in Liguria", that IS and WAS it certainly for us! Almost every day cycled in an overwhelmingly beautiful environment. The capstone for the women visited at the Colle Caprauna: a small sports party with only a few dozen other spectators. Nice!
Our holiday began fourteen days ago with a warm welcome from Elda and Nico. Beautiful holiday home with BEAUTIFUL view! After unpacking, proceed directly to the restaurant "Il Rododendro": What a festive meal and a village atmosphere! With our 'trekking' bicycles we were also able to brave the roads on unpaved roads, ie gravel or larger 'stones'. The entire round "Monte Fronté" done, the round via Monesì to Upega and via Viozene and Ponte di Nava back. The golden rain still flourished high in the mountains, along with many other flowers. Wonderful to see and experience. With the necessary 'uphill' effort, we certainly enjoyed this holiday to the fullest!
Thanks Hans and Karin, with warm regards!
Johan and Anne-Marie.
28 mei 2016 - 4 juni 2016 (NL)
I stayed in "Tra Mare e Monti" for a week. I have received a warm welcome and had a good time.
Made a nice walk to the Redentore (Italian - French border at 2240 meters). A nice trip and you can determine how long ours was. Plus minus 10 kilometers: 5 kilometers up and 5 kilometers down. Magnificent! Highly recommended. Also a day at the coast: was also very nice!
Had dinner at the pizzeria in Mendatica (really a tip) and walked by Pieve di Teco and had coffee at "Bar Sport". Barbara and Marco's wine is also highly recommended here.
Thank you for the good care!
21 mei 2016 - 28 mei 2016
What a wonderful week we had here. The beautiful holiday home, your hospitality and the tranquility that the village radiates.
Went to the large market in Imperia on Wednesday. The beautiful impressive route via Monesì, Upega (eaten with the boys) and then via Ponte di Nava back.
Riding amidst the gigantic mountains makes an unforgettable impression. Delicious eaten in both restaurants and of course a few bottles of "vino rosso locale" brought.
Karin and Hans, thanks and see you next time!
Monique and René, Sellingen (Gr).
14 mei 2016 - 21 mei 2016 (NL)
"Narrow paths, deep valleys".
What an Art Market can bring about!
It was a full week of enjoyment: the tranquility, the space, food and drink, hospitable reception and the cozy holiday home, holiday on top!
The next vacation here in MPL is already in full swing.
Greetings, Frans and Tineke.
30 april 2016 - 07 mei 2016 (NL)
Caro Hans, cara Karin,
È stato un piacere! “Pure and real!” The reception by Elda, later followed by Nico, and their stories about 'their' village and their dog ... Barbara's first sandwiches - with chef's hat on - busy preparing our first ten-course meal - dinner in the Rhododendro on the Saturday of arrival: "pure and real", ten courses "pure and real". Barbara’s husband Marco who tirelessly listed every ingredient and we are fantastic - own! - poured wine, of which we brought a box for home during our second incredible ten-course dinner yesterday.
"Worth a detour" would say the Michelin guide. "Pure and genuine", your enthusiasm about MPL and the region during the Art Market of Oud-Beijerland, but also your involvement in all subsequent communication.
"Pure and real", the better cornering during our discovery of the "wide" environment: the coast of course, from San Remo to Varazze, but also Genoa ("Non toccare le esche": it really is ...) and a huge surprise: Turin. Wine tasted in the Barolo area and enjoyed the mountain and sea air, the peace in MPL and the chaos in Genoa and San Remo. ... it was a week to remember! We wish you a lot of beautiful and pure, real experiences here and good luck: “felicità - un bicchiere di vino con un pannino”.
Ronald and José
26 maart 2016 - 02 april 2016 (NL)
While the church bell is ringing we sit on the balcony, on our last afternoon here, enjoying the beautiful view. After meeting you at the art market in De Bilt, we have enthusiastically come this way and our enthusiasm has only increased this week.
The warm welcome, the great hospitality, the beautiful and super complete holiday home, nature, tranquility and the beautiful medieval village have given us a great holiday week.
The diversity of possibilities is great: we have not only walked and lazed, but also visited various villages in the area (such as Mendatica and Pieve di Teco), we have been to the coast (Albenga, Alassio, Imperia and San Remo) and have we ate delicious here.
We go back satisfied and rested tomorrow.
Dear greetings, Karin and Jan.
19 december 2015 - 29 januari 2016 (NL)
Even before "Tra Mare e Monti" was completed, we had already booked it. We would therefore be the first guests and immediately stay 6 weeks in an area that we did not know. Exciting for us, but also exciting for our landlords.
On Saturday December 19, 2015 we arrived in MPL. We were warmly welcomed by Elda and Nico. They only spoke Italian and we didn't. With the dictionary in hand, it was an amusing and fun reception. Because the car could not be parked in front of the holiday home, Elda and Nico offered to help us lug the luggage. We didn't need that. Afterwards we could have accepted their offer better. It is about 75 meters from the car to the cottage. Not .... as we are used to in the Netherlands, but immediately with a vicious climb, short descent, then steps and the last 10 meters of false flat .......
What to say about "Tra Mare e Monti": you rent exactly what can be seen and offered on the site. No big holiday. However for 2 people ideal. We would have found it too tight for 3 people, certainly in a winter period. After all, in the summer you are outside more often ......
"Tra Mare e Monti" looks cozy and tasteful, with beautiful wooden ceilings and beams in sight, among other things. It has a neat finish level, and is equipped with many conveniences. There is a well-equipped kitchen and a nice bathroom. From the cottage you have a magnificent view over the valley of the Arroscia, with beautiful sunrises and beautiful views. Moreover, the symbolism of the region is incorporated in the beautiful forged balustrade (next to the raised seat), designed by Karin.
We find the shed / storage room very practical, where we could store our bikes etc.
On beautiful sunny days we thoroughly enjoyed the slightly lower terrace garden, the real holiday feeling !!
The village itself is quiet, medieval, tight winding streets with stairs and slopes and here and there a ruined house. Time seems to have stood still here. The entire appearance of the village is very authentic and has a friendly population. They are often busy with their vegetable gardens on the terraces or with arranging the wood supplies for the stoves.
The area around MPL is ideal for mountain walks. A somewhat experienced cyclist / mountain biker can indulge themselves here. The nature and the landscape are rugged and impressive. As a human being you realize once again how insignificant you are in such an environment. Our 6 weeks flew here! We have never regretted that we have chosen "Tra Mare e Monti" and this environment.
We would also like to say something about our landlords Hans and Karin. Very cordial people. They really do their best to make you happy on all fronts. And that goes in a fun, relaxed and friendly way. The four of us spent a few nice evenings. Ao we ate at "il Rhododendro" (one of the local restaurants). That alone is worth a visit to MPL !! Hans and Karin, our thanks for the nice stay in your cozy, comfortable holiday home. Good luck with the further rental, the workshops and all your future plans.
Love, Henk Rijsterborgh and Marga Matthijsen.