An ecologically sensitive hillside house with sea views…

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Bernardino, Campiglia Marittima, Livorno

In a house that climbs the hillside it rests on, Bernardino is situated to savour the views of the wide Maremma plain that stretches below the medieval town of Campiglia Marittima and finishes on the horizon at the Mediterranean Sea. An excellent family house and certainly one in which to invite friends, it has terraces off each bedroom, which offer private retreat, yet spacious rooms and outdoor areas in which to gather. Though newly renovated, the house easily harmonizes with its surroundings, thanks to the careful use of local building materials and native vegetation that encircle the house in a varied palette of green. The owners have decided that their house should leave a light footprint on the land and with water and solar collectors and wind generated electricity have rendered it self-sufficient. While modern technology accomplishes these invisible marvels, what remains visible and delightful are the many spots in which one can relax into a memorable holiday.

Beach near villa rentalProperty summary

  • Sleeps 10 to 12
  • 3 double bedrooms, 2 twin/double bedrooms, 2 double sofa beds. 3 shower room and 1 bathroom with separate shower.
  • Location: The Coast
  • Rentals run: Saturday to Saturday

Surrounding region

  • Bar, shopping and restaurant at Campiglia Marittima 5 min.
  • Spa and Venturina, with fast train connections 10 min.
  • Bay of Baratti seacoast and Etruscan archeological site 15 min
  • Ferry to island of Elba at Piombino 20 min
  • Pisa and Lucca 1 hr.


Villa KitchenThe ‘front door’ is actually a side one that brings you directly into a large country kitchen, the origins from which this large house grew. Here modern appliances blend well with terracotta counters, beamed ceilings, an open fireplace and a large table for 12 under a wide brick arch. To one side of the kitchen a few steps lead down to a large living area with comfortable sofas; off the other, a short stairway leads up to a floor with three bedrooms, a shower room and a bathroom with separate shower. Also on this floor is a study with a sofa-bed and access to a covered terrace whose well-positioned hammock offers both slumber and a sea view. Of the bedrooms, two share the wide front terrace and the third has a terrace that leads to the green lawn and zen rock garden behind the house.

Villa BedroomAt Bernardino there is practically a house within a house, for stairs from the ground floor living room lead down to a second living area with kitchen equipment concealed in a large cupboard, a furnished terrace, a shower room and stairs leading up to two additional bedrooms, both with terraces and one with an ensuite shower room. This arrangement makes the house ideal for two families vacationing together or situations in which children’s dinner time might make an extra kitchen useful. The house has lovely artwork, an eclectic mix of antique and simple country furnishings and a generous use of terracotta and local travertine stone.

Villa Hammock

Around Bernardino

When tired of gazing at the landscape from his terrace, a guest can join the others under the simple pergola at the front and keep an eye on whoever is barbecuing his dinner, be it friend, family or local cook come to share the secrets of Tuscan cooking. To work up an appetite for that dinner there are many things to set out to discover in this area – a picturesque town in walking distance, a sandy beach and fascinating Etruscan ruins a short drive away and, of course, the island of Elba, an easy daytrip. Wineries, thermal baths and golf courses are all nearby and even Pisa’s tower and the famed shops of Lucca are but an hour away. Naturally, the reward of all that effort is having a restful house on a hillside to return to where, with a glass of local red, you can consider it all from a distance.


Prices are in British Pounds Sterling or Euro per property per week. Dollar prices shown are indicative only and will vary with the exchange rate.

Prices shown are for Saturday – Saturday bookings
Low season 1st Jan – 15th Apr / 30th Apr – 6th May / 1st Oct – 16th Dec £1909.00 / €2100.00
Approx US $2730.00 


Mid season 16th Apr – 29th Apr / 7th May – 1st Jul / 3rd Sep – 30th Sep / 17th Dec – 30th Dec / 31st Dec – 6th Jan £2182.00 / €2400.00
Approx US $3120.00 


High season 2nd Jul – 2nd Sep £2500.00 / €2750.00
Approx US $3575.00

* This property rents at Mid Season prices for Christmas, New Year and Easter.

Contact me to book this property!


  • Arrival groceries on request
  • Baby bed and high chair available
  • Barbecue
  • Catering available on request
  • CD Player
  • Central heating (Included)
  • Dishwasher
  • Excellent walking country
  • Extra cleaning on request
  • Fireplace
  • Firewoood available
  • Furnished pergola
  • Furnished terrace
  • Hair dryer
  • Home produced olive oil for sale
  • iPod reader
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Italian coffee maker
  • Kettle
  • Mosquito nets
  • Oven
  • Panoramic views
  • Pets permitted on request
  • Pisa airport transport can be arranged
  • Portable fan
  • Radio
  • Riding nearby
  • Telephone
  • Toaster
  • Washing machine
  • Wi-fi fast internet
  • Wood provided

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