Camogli is a fabulous holiday destination, and Il Rustico was a great place to stay while enjoying all that the area has to offer. It is a detached property which has two large paved terraces - a large one on the ground floor which has sun-loungers, a table and chairs and possibilities of shade or sun when you sit out, and a slightly smaller one upstairs.
The house itself feels smallish downstairs as it is just one room, but the kitchen area has absolutely everything needed, down to condiments and oils etc., and the dining table and four fold up chairs are fine. Another area of the room has a sofa and a TV, and there are open marble stairs going up to two bedrooms - one good size double to the left (and where the cushions for the upstairs terrace are kept) and one double bedroom next to the bathroom .... and this bedroom has double doors out onto the upper terrace. Both terraces are nicely kept, have pots with flowers etc., and the upstairs one has a table and four relaxer chairs. It is the view, however, which is the star of the show. You can see the curve of Camogli, where it goes out to the small marina, and the towns and villages on the coast beyond. It really is something to sit there and watch the sunlight on the water, and in the evening see all the lights of the town twinkle.
Stefano is a fun and friendly host. He took time to give us a map and show us where the main areas of interest were, including info about local places to eat and buses etc. On the second day he came with some heavenly focaccia which was freshly baked at the local bakery, and still warm. He always smiles and waves when he sees you, but is not in any way intrusive.
The property is reached by a long drive from the upper level, and it leads down past Stefano's house to Il Rustico, then travels further down to two other holiday properties. All the properties are a good way away from each other, so privacy is assured. You are given a set of keys which open the electric gates to the property (you will often see people on the road, as you go out through the gates, gathering to take photos of the view from there .... that's how good it is!) and if you turn right you can go down over a mile to a car park - a dead end at that point - which is where some fabulous walks start; if you are an experienced walker you might go right down to the shore, but lots stay at a higher level and still take advantage of the beautiful nature walks there.
If you turn left out the driveway you will come to Ruta just up the road - we absolutely loved the bar/restaurant there. Friendly people, seriously good drinks list including every wine you could think of (you'll see why when you go inside) and with your drinks you will receive a fabulous plate of little food-bites, Italian style. Fabulous.
Parking in Camogli - and everywhere else on the Italian coast - can be tricky and use up some of your holiday spending money. Rules are: white spaces are free (most of them are gone by 0930), blue spaces can be parked in but you must pay (EU2 per hour is the norm) and yellow spaces are just for residents of the area. However, if you walk up to Ruta you can catch a bus to Camogli and several other places.
We would recommend Il Rustico. Everything you need is there, including comfortable beds, good quality windows with semi-opening shutters, fridge/small freezer, good hob and oven etc., ..... and, of course, the terraces with the fabulous views, which also offer opportunities for sunbathing without being overlooked by neighbours.