Our family of 9 stayed here over the winter break end of 2013. I agree with all the other reviews that rave about the lovely feast of food ready for us when we arrived, the fantastic location in the middle of beautiful Sorrento, and the great accommodations. All true - it was an amazing stay!
The rooms, bathrooms, and small guest house were all in perfect clean condition and we had everything we could possibly need or want in a home. We ate citrus fruit from the trees in the beautiful garden everyday, and prepared great meals in the well appointed kitchen, and enjoyed family time in the comfortable great room on the main floor. And of course we took advantage of all the great restaurants and shopping just outside the front gate!
A few things to note - the hostess may ask for some of the final payment in cash, so you may need to hit a few ATMs near the end of your trip to do that for her, and parking for more than one car is an issue. There are parking lots in Sorrento, about a 10-15 min walk from the villa.
We did use the heat in the house most evenings when we got home as it did get quite chilly. We turned the heat on in some but not all the bedrooms at night. The water was always hot in the showers. We all slept really well while we were there, but you can definitely hear the t.v. through the walls if someone has one on. We ended up using the elevator all the time, instead of the outside staircase, as the outside steps were quite slippery from rain or frost - that did impact our electricity usage a bit, of course.
We used the villa as a base for trips all around the area - Amalfi Coast, Vesuvius, Capri - all easily accessible from Sorrento for the day. We arrived by train from Rome, but then did rent two cars while we were in Sorrento. Note that traffic (when we were there in December/Jan) was pretty awful almost all the time, I can't imagine what it is like in summer!! So just add in extra time to your planning to get in and out of Sorrento if you are driving. Also they close down parts of Sorrento to just pedestrian traffic some evenings, which was nice for walking around, but sometimes made getting back to the villa a challenge and certainly didn't help the traffic jams.
The electricity tripped off for us at the villa on Christmas eve (of course!) - we eventually figured out that the breaker we needed to reset was in the small guest house panel, not in the main house.
We would stay here again in a heartbeat, and highly, highly recommend this gorgeous villa, rented out by a lovely family, in the core of a beautiful city.
Don't miss the New Year's celebration out in the streets of Sorrento!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Looking for the get-away of your dreams? Then Villa La Contessina is the ideal vacation spot for you! The Villa is nestled within an ancient park in the heart of the historical sights of center city Sorrento. In the Villa’s luxuriant gardens, you can breathe the heady perfume of nature which envelopes you there during every season of the year. You will savor the smells of citrus and olive trees and of the centuries’ old regional flora.Ideally located, The Villa is just a short walk away from the center of Sorrento. As you take a pleasant and quiet jaunt through the city’s quaint back alleys, you can pop in and out of the specialty shops and eateries to hunt for good buys and enjoy the city’s distinctive culinary delights.Nearby, you’ll find the port of Marina Piccola, from which hydroplanes leave every day of the week. Like many before you, you will be captivated by Sorrento’s charm and enraptured by the city’s uniquely evocative atmosphere.You may reserve the whole villa or for regular bed and breakfast accommodations.Check in from 4.00 PM to 7.00 PM - check out until 10.00 AM. ... more less
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