It has taken me an entire year to write this review because each time I have tried, I have been unable to find the words to describe the beauty of this villa which is also known to me as La Rupe Pensatore. My husband and I are Canadians who rented the villa with two friends, one who is from England and another from Australia. They had both been to the Amalfi coast before and knew the villa was in a perfect location to get around the Amalfi coast from.
I recall when inquiring about the villa, we had a concern about the number of steps it would take to get from the entrance to the property to the villa itself. I was informed by the agent I booked with that she'd been there and it wasn't a problem. And it wasn't. It was the photos and description of the villa that drew us to it but in all honesty, we never expected to find the haven of uniqueness and serenity that we did.
Built by the same three men at the direction of the owner over the course of a 30 year period, basically carved into the face of a cliff overlooking the sea, the villa is like nothing you will find anywhere else. And staying at the villa is truly a once in a lifetime experience unless you are lucky enough to visit it again which I hope we can do again some day.
As you walk from one end of the property then through the villa then to the other end of the property along the stone pathway that separates the "cliff" on one side and the gardens overlooking the sea on the other side, you feel like you are in paradise. And you are. You truly are. As you exit the villa and continue walking along the stone path, you'll come to an outdoor bar, a swimming pool, a wine cellar, and various sitting areas to pause and take in the beautiful view. And that view! You see it from every room in the house. Magnificent! And although the weather was unseasonably cool the week we stayed there (3rd week of April 2012) and not suitable weather for swimming, it was still nice to sit at the pool and take in the view.
What also makes the property so special is the beautiful flowering plants you find growing it seems in every nook and cranny as you travel along the pathway that leads to the villa and to the outdoor "rooms" beyond the pool area.
The villa has all the amenities of home - plus more, including both an indoor kitchen and outdoor kitchen, complete with a charcoal grill and a wood burning pizza oven.
Although the villa is private and in a secluded area but not far off the main road, it is only a short drive away to a near by grocery store and some neighbouring restaurants. It is also a great home base to explore the beautiful cities of Amalfi, Positano, Sorrento and Ravello. We also took an easy hour long train ride into Naples for a day of sightseeing there.
We cooked and ate in some nights and other nights ate out. And after busy days of sightseeing, the villa was always a treasure to come "home" to. It was fun to go down the steps and past the lemon grove to the chicken coop each morning to pluck freshly laid eggs from the chicken coop for our breakfast! The fresh mozzarella from the near by mozzarella factory was to die for!
I am so grateful that we happened upon the website for this villa and that we had the opportunity to stay here. Thank you Vincenzo to you and your family for that opportunity, especially to your father who had the vision many years ago to create such a heaven on earth.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Exclusive villa rental (sleeps up to 8 people) located on the Amalfi Coast, in a unique position carved from the cliff wall which falls sheer down to the sea. Its location, halfway between Sorrento and Positano (each less than 4 miles away),gives you immediate access to all the Coast’s major attractions. You will enjoy stunning sea views, a private pool, gym, sauna, vegetable garden, sundeck, grotto-bar, pizza oven, concierge service, Wine & Food Experiences. ... more less