Villa Annunziata - Amalfi Coast - Sorrento

Accommodates 9+1 - 5 Bedrooms - 4 Baths - Swimming Pool - Wi-Fi

Villa Annunziata is an elegant historic villa perched in an unforgettable position dramatically overlooking the island of Capri at the very tip of the Sorrentine Peninsula. It is what in Britain would definitely be called a “stately home”. In this case, the villa served as the occasional residence of one of Napoleon’s brothers-in-law, who happened to be the King of Naples. Inside, frescoed ceilings and period decoration evoke the genuine atmosphere of centuries past, and yet Villa Annunziata has many modern conveniences as well. All rooms enjoy spectacular sea and garden views, with Ischia and Vesuvius plainly visible as well as Capri. And speaking of gardens, those at this property are just gorgeous, with beautiful Mediterranean plantings. The gardens are terraced, and it is thus full of steps here and there, making the property not suitable for children under 7 or 8 years old.

The villa is serviced by a full-time dedicated staff, including a house manager who acts, among other things, as a concierge. Buffet breakfast is served every morning, and it is possible to arrange other meals as well; indeed, most guests avail themselves of meal preparation almost every day. The staff don’t even give you the keys, as they are always there to let you in, even at 4am if you’ve had a late night out at a local nightclub or discotheque.

You are actually right in a little hamlet, and you can walk to basic shops and services, as well as coffee bars and restaurants. Unbelievably for an area so sophisticated and world-renowned as a first-class destination, you can still find the most authentic little family-owned trattorie where the owners’ smiles are not entirely related to their desire to take your money! Of course, you can also find some of Italy’s few Michelin-starred gastronomic temples as well (where the smiles may be less sincere).

Daytrips from the Villa Annunziata include some of the most famous cultural sites and beauty spots in all Italy: Pompeii, Herculaneum, Naples, Positano, Paestum, and Amalfi, plus the already-mentioned Capri, Ischia, and Vesuvius. The staff will help organize private excursions by boat, as well as hiking excursions along some of Italy’s most spectacular coastal trails.

    • Limestone entrance leading to a paved stone foyer
    • Double living room
    • Panoramic covered terrace
    • Full bathroom
    • Staff quarters
    • Bedroom with indivisible matrimonial bed, plus an extra twin bed, and independent access to marvelous panoramic terrace
    • En-suite shower room
    • Kitchen with adjoining terrace, table and chairs
    • Large terrace spanning the facade of the building
    • Bedroom with indivisible matrimonial bed
    • Two bedrooms, each with non-unifiable twin beds
    • Single bedroom
    • Two bathrooms

    All bedrooms are frescoed and enjoy magnificent unforgettable views over the sea.

    • Wonderful views in every direction
    • Magnificent terraced gardens with many cozy spots for conversation, lounging, cocktails, etc
    • Swimming pool – 3×9 meters
    • Massa Lubrense – 4 km
    • Sorrento – 7 km
    • Amalfi – 36 km
    • Ravello – 43 km
    • Paestum – 111 km – for the ruins
    • Vietri – 60 km – for ceramics
    • Naples – 60 km
    • Pompeii – 35 km
    • Herculaneum – 47 km
    • Rome – 275 km

    Here’s the thing: Is Villa Annunziata a “luxury” villa or isn’t it? This is not an easy question to answer. In certain respects, especially services, the villa meets the “luxury” definition. You have a person at your disposal, 24 hours per day, to propose and/or to help you organize your daily excursions down to the last detail. This is a real rarity. On the other hand, if you prefer a more “private” experience, you may find staff presence to be a bother, however unobtrusive. This is strictly your decision, but be aware that the kitchen is most definitely for those used to an old-fashioned Italian kitchen rather than a more “modernized” version. Bedrooms are all generously sized, and the views cannot be surpassed, anywhere.

    On the other hand, the historic nature of Villa Annunziata means that certain aspects of the house simply cannot be altered. In particular, the villa has no air-conditioning. And while it is true that thick walls, as well as shutters designed for the purpose, will keep the place relatively cool in the summer months, there’s no getting round it: hot is hot, and the availability of fans just means that you can blow the hot air around. If this is a big deal for you, and you simply must rent this house, then consider coming in April, May, September, or October. Don’t ask me about June. June of late has been just as hot as July and August.

    Moreover, there is only one bedroom with its own bathroom en-suite, namely, the bedroom on the ground floor. Otherwise, the occupants of the four bedrooms on the upper level must share the use of the two full baths on that level, plus the third, “extra” bathroom downstairs. Either you get over it, or you don’t rent the house.

    And finally, those upstairs bedrooms are arranged in two “pairs”; the bedrooms in each of the pairs are divided by simple doors which are most definitely not sound-proofed, meaning that privacy between these bedrooms is not, in our opinion, complete. The beds in the twin bedrooms cannot be unified, nor the beds in the matrimonial bedrooms divided. Moreover, all the beds have “frames”; personally, being rather tall, this drives me crazy, as I cannot extend my legs beyond the foot of the mattress. This may be of no interest to you whatsoever. But then again, it may.

    So then, after all that: What’s the ideal group for Villa Annunziata? To me, the perfect group is 3 couples, with one couple amenable to twin beds. That way, each couple has its own bathroom, either en-suite or nearby. Another ideal group is an extended family, with grandparents, perhaps two adult children with spouses, and three children over 7 years of age. Another good configuration: three unrelated couples, one of which is OK with twin beds, with 3 children over 7 years of age. What kind of group doesn’t work? We aren’t excited about the Villa Annunziata for more than 6 adults, and most definitely not 4 or 5 couples.

    But it’s a decision entirely up to you, now that you know absolutely everything – and perhaps too much! Just take a look at those pictures, and see whether you might not be able to overcome any reluctance you may feel due to our candid comments!

     

     

    • Full-time house manager
    • Housekeeping daily for 6 hours
    • Italian buffet breakfast included daily on the terrace in fine weather
    • English-speaking chef available for other meals – almost everyone utilizes this service
    • Bath linens changed daily
    • Bed linens changed mid-week
    • Welcome dinner
    • Panoramic swimming pool, 3×9 meters
    • Gorgeous gardens
    • Solarium and two panoramic terraces
    • Wi-fi
    • Telephone
    • FAX
    • Washing machine (for staff use)
    • Dishwasher (for staff use)
    • Microwave
    • Fans
    • Cooking lessons
    • Customized transportation, excursions and events
    • Hairdressers/beauticians well-known in the area
    • Transfers by sea or by land
    • Drivers
    • Boat rentals, with or without captain
    • Pre-arranged parking at difficult-to-access tourist sites
    • Organized hiking, diving, and snorkeling excursions
    • Gastronomic itineraries, including visits to wineries and mozzarella producers
    • 4 Jun - 3 Sep

      €13900/week
    • 16 Apr - 4 Jun
      3 Sep - 8 Oct

      €10350/Week
    • Other Periods

      €7250/Week

    Minimum Stay: 1 week
    Arrival: Saturday, but flexible in low season
    Extras: Tourist tax
    Pool open: 14 May - 24 Sep

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