An ideal base for exploring the Cilento National Park, the largest in Italy, visiting the historic sites at Paestum, Veglia, Pompeii and Herculeum, enjoying a visit by boat or car to the Amalfi Coast, or simply meandering down the coast from Agropoli via Castellabate to Palinuro and beyond. This large family house offers ample accommodation for 8 people to enjoy inside and outside living. The attention to detail shows the care taken to restore this house to its former glory with tiled floors, high ceilings, beams, wood doors, open fireplaces in the kitchen and sitting room, wood windows and french doors. The house combines character with modern living to offer a welcoming ambiance for anyone wishing to relax and explore this fascinating area. There is plenty of outside space with a terrace offering stunning sea views on the first floor with stone patio leading onto the lawned garden with trees on the lower terrace. The house is located in a medieval village in a quiet position just off the small piazza where there is are two restaurants offering local cuisine. The area is surrounded by the Cilento National Park offering all year round natural beauty. Close to sandy beaches and restaurants.
- Villa1614 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Min Stay3 - 7 nights
3 bedroom 2 bathroom, terrace & garden, extensive restoration new bathroom, kitchen etc, comfortable light & airy, in centre of conveniently situated historic village
- english, french, italian
- Calendar last updated:
- Aug 23, 2018
About Richard Watson
I am a solicitor in private practice living in Hertfordshire. I first began letting a holiday home in the Lake District in 2001. Armed with that experience, we set about achieving a similar four star standard in Italy. It was important to make sure there were new, comfortable beds and a well-equipped kitchen such as we would want for ourselves. I am interested in old properties and enjoy travelling within Europe. It is always a pleasure to arrive at Naples Airport and drive down to Laureana. In the summer there may be people enjoying live music in the little piazza. Outside the summer months the area has a character of its own. I have swum in the sea in October. In winter we can enjoy a meal in front of an open fire in a local pizzeria, or see the sights when they are quiet.
Richard Watson purchased this Villa in 2006
Why Richard Watson chose Laureana Cilento
Friends had bought and restored a villa in the next village. When we visited for the first time we were struck by the views across the Bay of Salerno and the friendliness of the locals. The narrow street on which the property stands is traffic-free meaning that you can have the French doors open onto the balconies. Cliento is not overwhelmed by tourists. The local food and wine, together with the climate, are exceptional. There is something about enjoying a leisurely Sunday lunch sitting at long tables outside in the sunshine that is the essence of an Italian holiday. On our second visit we began to look at properties, not knowing exactly what we were looking for. On the last day a local cafe owner enthused about a house for sale Laureana. Within minutes of arriving and walking through the huge front doors up to the first floor, to be met with the stunning views across to Amalfi and Capri, the search was over.
What makes this Villa unique
It is fascinating to think of the events that have taken place in and around this and the other historic houses and palazzi in Laureana. We love the large airy rooms with high ceilings and the ease with which the terrace can be accessed from the kitchen and sitting room. We have spent a small fortune on restoring and updating the house over the years so that it combines modern amenities with character. Although Laureana is in a quiet location it is within easy reach of Agropoli with its old harbour and Saracen castle, and excellent beaches. The Cilento National Park is the largest in Italy and is dotted with historic villages. It is also a comfortable drive or train journey to Pompeii and Herculaneum, and the remarkable early Greco-Roman site at Paestum is less than half an hour away
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Beautifully appointed home with views to die for
A wonderful experience to raise the spirits during the winter blues at home. This holiday helped us recharge our batteries. The weather in October was warm and sunny. An excellent centre for walks with exceptional views. Only an hour half’s drive to Naples with opportunities to visit Pompeii, Herculaneum and Paestum with its stupendous Greek temple
Beautiful Holiday that I would recommend to anyone who wants to get away from it all and relax
We were fortunate enough to stay at this beautiful property in September. I would highly recommend it for a number of reasons. Anyone who is lucky enough to stay here will see how much thought has gone into making it the beautiful, practical and tasteful accomodation that it is. The rooms are very comfortable and it is very evident that this accommodation can cater for bigger parties aswel as for a couple of people as wasthe case when my boyfriend and I stayed there. It has a wonderful spacious and relaxed feel with the high timber ceilings and yet is very homely and comfortable aswell.
We were spoilt with the views, they are second to none as one can see for miles across the stunning Amalfi coast. What a wonderful way to start the day having breakfast on the terrace or even in the garden looking out over the views.
I really would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a suitable place to get away from it all and just relax for a break.
Fantastic, authentic, southern Italy getaway
I stayed in the villa last summer with my husband and three small children.
The villa is very well located, though a car is essential to make the most of all the area has to offer. The surrounding neighbours were incredibly friendly and inviting as you would expect in Southern Italy. The owner was very knowledgeable about the area so was able to highlight events happening during our stay. Among other things, we enjoyed ballet by moonlight in the breathtaking setting of 2000 year old Greek ruins, many trips to food markets, jazz musical festival etc etc etc.
Fantastic beaches are all reachable within a short drive, from the secluded coves to the more established tourist beaches with shower facilities and restaurants. Beaches were not crowded (despite it being mid-August) and were impressively clean and well organised. The port is also nearby and from here you can catch a ferry to nearby Amalfi or Capri for a pleasant day trip.
There are also many wonderful restaurants nearby from the cheap, but amazing pizzeria to the more fine dining on freshly caught seafood. Also within a stone's throw were much visited cafes and ice-cream parlours and nearby towns offering cultural experiences.
The villa itself was spacious and very well presented. The rooms were very comfortable and a fully equiped kitchen and laundry made it that much easier travelling as a family. High speed Wifi, now a holiday essential, was reliable. A particular highlight was the rear balcony which provided the most spectacular views during mealtimes.
I highly recommend this area and this villa - whether as a couple looking for a bit of Southern romance or a family looking for a covers all bases stay!
The beach at the Bay of Trentova on the outskirts of Agropoli is about 15 mins by car. The sandy beaches at Santa Maria di Castellabate are approx 20 mins drive, San Marco approx 25 mins, and the stunning coastal drive to Acciaroli is approx 45 mins. There are boats from Agropoli in the summer months to Amalfi, Positano and the island of Capri. It is possible to hire motor boats from Agropoli marina for a half or whole day. Boat trips are also organised around the area.
The house is approx 110 km from Naples airport. Car hire is essential. Flights are available throughout the UK with Easyjet and British Airways and in the summer months with Thomson Fly and BMI. There is a small airport at Pontecagnano where flights go to Barcelona, Paris, Milan and Venice. There is a mainline railway station at Agropoli where trains run direct to Herculaneum, Pompeii, Mount Vesuvius and Naples. There are also connections to Rome.
The village of Laureana Cilento offers a small grocery shop, post office and two restaurants. San Martino is 2 mins drive and has a grocery shop, pharmacy, 2 cafes and a butcher. The famous Greek temples at Paestum are 25 mins drive and well worth a visit. Pompeii, Herculaneum and Mount Vesuvius are but a train/90 min drive away. It is surrounded by many medieval villages to explore such as Vatolla where the Philosophy College is situated. Rocca Cilento with its own castle.
The closest local shop is a few minutes walk. San Martino village offer a small grocery shop and is only a few minutes drive. Torchiara/Sant Antuono is 5km away and offers all manner of small shops plus several restaurants in the old town and a take-away pizzeria in Sant Antuono (new part of town). Agropoli has many more shops, restaurants and cafes, there is also a castle in the old town and two restaurants overlooking the marina and the Amalfi coast.
For those who like to paint there are classes available next door at the Blu di Prussia cafe/restaurant by the acclaimed artist and owner, Mimmo Palombo. Paintings can also be bought. Furniture restoration courses are also available there. If its relaxing and unwinding you are in need of there are holistic treatments available with a UK qualified practitioner who practices from her farmhouse only 5 mins drive away. Cooking classes are also available locally on request. There are plenty of activities available such as scuba diving, snorkling, boat trips, pony trekking, quad biking, tennis courts, hiking, hiring of motor boats.
Booking Notes: Discount We offer a 15% discount when only two guests are staying. 25% deposit required on reservation and balance payable 28 days before commencement of holiday. Changeover Day: Changeover day is flexible although Saturday preferred. Arrival is after 16.00 and departure by 10.00.