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CLIFF HOUSE - Capo Vaticano

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms5
Space 1,829 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

About the property

Villa, 4 Bedrooms, 5 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

Perched on a high cliff at the tip of Capo Vaticano, this unique property is located in a gated compound where nature has been preserved from the over-construction that plagues much of the Italian coast. Years of care and meticulous landscape design have transformed this cliff into a green haven, from which to enjoy breath-taking views of the Mediterranean, and the Aeolian Islands. The volcano of Stromboli, directly west on the horizon, is the protagonist of some of the most spectacular sunsets you will ever see.

The compound enjoys a private access to the beach below, but the addition of a nine-foot/ten-inch by 50-foot/ten-inch (three metres by 15.5 metres) pool has greatly enhanced the enjoyability of this very exclusive villa.

The property consists of a main house with kichen and living areas, master bedroom and second bedroom, each with en-suite bathroom, and two guest houses, separate from the main house, each with a bedroom and a bathroom.

Keywords: Villa

More Details

Owner
Owner
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english, spanish, italian
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
October 15, 2017

Why The Owner chose Calabria

My husband started vacationing in this area in the early 1970's and grew attached to its breath-taking beauty, rich history, and unspoiled nature. Much has changed in the area since then, but within our enclave we were able to maintain the original character of the landscape, making this spot a truly special place on the Italian coast. Being so far South, the house is very enjoyable throughout the year. We don't consider this just a beach house- it's a wonderful getaway where in mid-January you can already enjoy seeing blooming almond trees and wild flowers.

What makes this villa unique

The most unique aspect of this house is certainly its dramatic siting. On the Mediterranean, usually when you see buildings sited like ours, they are either lighthouses, Moorish towers, or religious buildings. A private residence perched on a cliff, and in a place that still offers it complete privacy and seclusion is not easy to find. Our closest neighbors are two families of hawks, and they are extremely discerning creatures...

Amenities

Ricadi Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1829 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Village ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 18 people
Bathrooms:
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 5 -
  • Bathroom 5 has no roof: it's one of the joys of this house to take a hot shower under the stars
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , The beds can be either 1 queen or 2 separate twins
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , This is a small room. Beds can be 1 queen or 2 twins
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , Not attached to main house. Beds can be 1 queen or 2 twins
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , Not attached to main house. Beds can be 1 queen or 2 twins
  • Queen size Beds (4) OR Twin or Single Beds (8), Baby Cribs (2)
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

Reviews

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CLIFF HOUSE - Capo Vaticano
average rating of 4.96875 based on 32 reviews
5

Wonderful house on a cliff with fantastic view!

  • 5 of 5

The week we enjoyed at the Cliff House in Capo Vaticano surpassed all our expectations.

The serene architecture complements the luxurious landscape. This arid, rural setting could not be more beautiful, with the house perched on a granite massif 80 meters above the Mediterranean Sea. We were absolutely astonished at the lush, glorious landscaping of the entire property, which contrasts with the dry, agricultural character of Calabria.

The houses are lovingly constructed in a very sympathetic manner and one finds beautiful details throughout the house, from nautically-inspired door handles to lovely tiles bordering the both the indoor and outdoor kitchens. The houses have a rustic feel without resorting to imitation of historic devices, and because of their gracious proportions and robust construction, one can immediate relax in every room without exception.

Despite the allure of these architectural charms, we found ourselves spending most our time at the Cliff House outdoors. The grounds are lovely, and there has been an enormous amount of thought put into how one could, in small or large groups, enjoy the natural splendor of the place. Furnishings are comfortable and grouped in ways that follow the path of the ever-present sun. Tables and seating are positioned in and around the building in a manner that allowed us to decide if we wanted to bask in the sunshine or lounge comfortably in the shade without ever having to move a chair. The pool is integrated into the landscape in a manner that allows a frolicking swim without disturbing others who may wish to relax in undisturbed quiet. Every table, chair, door and window feel as though they must always have been there, and this timeless character is due to the remarkable skills of the architect.

Alessandra has anticipated nearly every question a visitor could ask, and sent pre-emptive answers to us in a very enjoyable document that helped us to understand and enjoy everything the house and the location has to offer. She is very organized and made sure that we were taken care of by Cesare and Anna.

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Capo Vaticano Cliff House

  • 5 of 5

Our family found the Cliff House to be just perfect for our week of vacation. It was a great place to refresh and reconnect with the family. We spent time at the beach and in the pool - mesmerized by the sunsets and views. The house was wonderful and provided a great place for the family to gather - inside or outside- - whether it was for eating, playing games or cards, or just talking - it was a perfect setting. The two cottages along with the main house provided a great balance of privacy and community space for each family. The kitchen was well equipped for the dinners that we prepared.

The markets, local bakeries and restaurants all provided a taste of rural Italy... along with excellent wine. .

I think what we appreciated most is that this was a home not just a house and the wonderful privilege of being able to stay in such a wonderful setting

Thank you

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Wow!!!

  • 5 of 5

This house is rigt on the cliffedge with amazing wiews.

We stayd 4 adults with 4 kids and the house worked perfect.

The steps down and upp to the Beach is a challenge but well worth it. The area aroud Capo Vaticano is what you can expect of south Italy. I will recommend this house to all my friends.

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cliff House- Capo Vaticano

  • 5 of 5

Our family stayed at the Cliff house in July of 2015 and had a wonderful time. We celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary while we stayed, and the local priest Don Pasquale came and delivered a memorable ceremony for us and our friends and family. The dinner on the patio was incredible and Anna, the housekeeper we hired to prepare the meal, was fabulous. The owner of the property Alessandra was a huge help in making our holiday and 10 year moment magical. Our children 4, 6 and 8 years of age loved the grounds, pool and the private beach was unbelievable. We would highly recommend this property for your vacation- the views second to none, the grounds and staff impeccable and the beach was absolutely breathtaking. We will definitely be back. Thank you Alessandra and all the staff for making our family vacation and 10 year anniversary unforgettable.

  • Submitted: Apr 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Perfection on the Calabrian Coast

  • 5 of 5

We recently had the privilege of spending two wonderful weeks at Cliff House. As its name suggests, the house is literally on the edge of a cliff. As such, the views are beyond spectacular. Sunsets over Stromboli and the Aeolian islands never got old. When not at the beach or pool, spending time on the terrace enjoying the view was everyone's favorite activity.

As noted by other guests, the house is not over-the-top, but it has everything (amenities, cooking utensils, dishwasher, laundry, A/C, etc.) one needs. At its heart it is a beach house; it is there to help you relax, which is exactly what it does. Staying at Cliff House helps you reconnect with nature, and the chaos and bustle of the world simply disappears.

The beach below the house is beautiful, and well worth the trek down (and up) the 400+ stairs. Given it's remote location, on most days the beach was deserted. We spent hours snorkeling and exploring the various coves and rock formations in the area. On the rare day we didn't go to the beach, we spent the day floating in the fantastic pool, enjoying its sea views.

Alessandra, our incredibly helpful and accommodating host, provided a very thorough overview of the area in the rental materials. Of her recommendations, we frequented the fish store, butcher (delicious rotisserie chickens), and market. We found that the fish store had the best selection of fresh fish at 7pm. We had a nice dinner at Donna Orsola, got coffees from Shaker Bar, and pizza from La Campagnola just down the street. La Porziuncola, a small market and ceramics store (also just down the street), has wonderful pottery and two delightful owners. Also, having Anna, the warm and lovely housekeeper, come by every few days was such a treat.

  • Submitted: Nov 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Big Fans of the Cliff House

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I enjoyed the Cliff House so much the first time that we went back this past summer for a second time. Two years later it was just as we remembered it. The accommodations are perfect. The kitchen and outdoor barbecue are great for homemade meals. The view with the Tyrrhenian Sea's breeze is both amazing and relaxing. The first year we went in late May, so the water was a bit too cool to enjoy, so we spent a lot of time at the house enjoying the view. I usually never read on vacation but that year I read two books, which spoke to the time we spent just enjoying the calming effects of the sea from an unbeatable view. This year we went in August, and it was hot, so we enjoyed the private beach daily, followed by the pool, as a dip in it was quite necessary after the hike back from the beach. Don't let the steps intimidate you, the cove is so worth it. By the second day my husband and I had the plan down. We went to the local store and bought a cooler, snorkel gear, umbrella, beach mats, water booties and took it all with us the following days. Under an umbrella we enjoyed wine and sandwiches on the beach, and when we got hot, we snorkeled. From the cove there are so many colorful fish, snorkeling is a must. The first visit we totally missed that aspect of the home, but am glad we were able to fully enjoy it this last time.

As far as the owner I have all praise for Alessandra!! She is the perfect host. I feel like I have known her for years, and I guess I have, since we first inquired about the property and area in 2012. Seriously, though, even then, she felt like an old friend. We are e-mail pals! Alessandra quickly responds and always provides great insight, advice, and whether it is prior to your arrival or while you are there, she is available and willing to help in any way she can. This past visit to accommodate our family we had to rent another property, and she happily provided recommendations and made the introductions.

This home is a must! If you want to see a beautiful part of Calabria, then this is the place to stay. It is clean, chic, comfortable, private, and have I mentioned the view?! We loved going to the local markets and picking up fresh produce, local cheeses and meats, and the fish market is outstanding. I could have gone there every day. Coming from the U.S. we enjoy Italy's fresh food, and when you have a great place to cook and enjoy it, the vacation is that much nicer.

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Lamezia Terme (SUF)
Nearest Barpub
500 Metres
Chalet del Capo
Nearest Ferry
10 Kilometres
Tropea Ferry to the Aeolian Islands
Nearest Train
1.5 Kilometres
Ricadi Station
Nearest Motorway
35 Kilometres
A3/E45
Nearest Restaurant
550 Metres
Trattoria Campagnola
Nearest Beach
100 Metres
Praia o'Foco
Car: recommended

ARRIVAL POLICY: Since this house is not a hotel, we unfortunately do not have flexibility for your arrival time. YOU MUST MAKE YOUR TRAVEL PLANS TO ENSURE THAT YOU ARRIVE AT THE HOUSE BETWEEN 4PM AND 7PM. You cannot arrive earlier, because we need time to prepare the house for you. You cannot arrive later, because a person who does not live on the premises will be sent specifically to meet you, and this person is not available after hours. If there is a chance that you might arrive late, you should make plans to stay at a hotel and arrive the following day. You will not be reimbursed for the cost of the hotel. This applies also in case of a delay that is beyond your control, such as a flight cancellation, or a train strike. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we cannot accommodate late arrival under any circumstances.

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Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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