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To find this place you need to have a sharp eye to see the narrow road that takes you down towards the gates of this Sorrento secret garden. OK it’s not quite a garden but it is full of lemon and olive trees and for our April visit the lemons were in abundance.
We found our rustic haven searching on the internet – we were totally captivated so once we had planned our first visit trip out to Sorrento this year – we knew exactly where we wished to stay.
We arranged to arrive after 3pm as we had planned our morning in Positano to tick off some of the items on our wedding admin to do list.
The entrance gates are at the bottom of a very narrow road – to gain access press the buzzer for reception on the right hand side pillar – if you are traveling with a companion this is can be a team operation one can announce your arrival and one can drive through as the gates slowly open.
The main building is home to the reception, shop, restaurant and 12 rooms.
We chose to stay in the very spacious self catering apartment 200m from the main building. The road to our apartment is through both olive groves and lemon trees. There are rosemary bushes, cacti and succulents at the side of this little country track, arriving at our apartment we were to be greeted by Campania famous mount Vesuvius across the bay. It looks spectacular both day and night, the twinkling city lights trimming the coastline.
Day time view
Night time view
And we were treated to a fabulous sunset.
On our first night we chose to eat in the restaurant. We asked to dine outside in the courtyard – which we had to ourselves.
Martin’s starter – bean velouté with parmesan
My starter hummus, olives and fennel
We forgot to take photos of the main course – Martin – ossobuco, I kept the vegetarian theme going with pasta and home grown broccoli.
There is a lovely little shop which sells colourful ceramics (our hand luggage would not allow on this particular trip but next time), olive oil products very in keeping with the chic and natural style of this prestigious private and quiet residence.
In the morning we were able to see to get a teaser of the fantastic private beach below. Unfortunately it was not yet ready for the season so we were not allowed to go but it promises to be something very special and only one of the reasons to go back.
This is truly for those who enjoy nature, if you are someone who likes to get away and work their way through a stack of books, a write, a painter or a wedding planner who enjoys the comforts of home abroad this is heaven.
Wearing my wedding planner hat I can see so much potential for rustic coastal wedding receptions. The owners are doing a few weddings this year but this is not the main purpose of the property. I think it is going to be something that evolves naturally – for me this is part of the charm – this venue has its own character and pace. They have at their disposal a very large outdoor event space which can be transformed for receptions and dancing but all in good time.
The location is away from the buzz of the centre of Sorrento, hotels are replaced with trees and the colour of the sea from above is an ombra of green/blue or blue/green, clear and sparkling. I seriously cannot wait to get down to that private jewel of a beach with its little beach side bar for refreshements, if there was a place I could stay then this is possibly it.
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“From the off, Gio impressed us. Of the handful of suitable venues that she put forward, we found just the location we were looking for. On a visit to Tuscany to see it and meet Gio, it was even better everything about the Villa was magical and we fell in love it instantly.”
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