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Villa Gioacchino – Massa Lubrense – Sorrento Coast
5 Bedrooms (1 triple, 3 double, 1 single)- Pool
Villa Gioacchino was built in the 17th century. Situated in the village of Annunziata, it belonged originally to the gentlmen Della Noce who bought various farms in Massa Lubrense. At the end of the ‘700’s, it was bought by the Rossi Family, originally from Amalfi, and as a result it was known as Villa Rossi for a long time. Today, Villa Gioacchino has been restored under the caring eye of local entrepreneur, Raffaele Esposito, who ensured the particular character of the villa was maintained.
A setting fit for a king, Villa Gioacchino, The Residence overlooking Capri, combines elegance and class with tranquillity and harmony. Its use has been inspired by a deep respect for the history and natural surroundings in which it is found. With these characteristics it provides the ultimate setting for luxury vacations, unforgettable for its natural position at the furthermost point of the peninsula and the deep emotion one feels in this environment. Whether inside or out, it is the ideal setting for concerts, fashion shows, party glamour, gala evenings, eno-gastronomic presentations, special birthdays, meetings and anniversaries.
With its almost practically intact 19th century architecture, both in its structure and furnishings, it is an ideal location for film and fiction of a historical nature.
For those looking for an extraordinary setting, Villa Gioacchino is it! Intimate English weddings are welcomed too. Furthermore, to maintain the ancient culture and the historic memory of the area, the villa organises guided visits with tastings of the local typical products. Villa Gioacchino is a fabulous place for luxury weekly stays, events and weddings.
The villa has 5 bedrooms available, bathrooms and lounges complete with antique furniture guaranteeing a stay of maximum relaxation. All rooms have large windows or balconies with sea views and are characterized by the wealth of furniture and vintage items and painted ceilings. One of the rooms is conserved intact and in fact it is supposed that this is where Gioacchino Murat slept in 1808. A keeper and housekeeper, who reside in the villa, are always available to assist with whatever need you may have. The villa is replete with: pool, telephone, internet connection, heating, parking, quality bed and bath linen, and an external barbeque.
Built on two levels, the ground floor and first floor both have sea-view terraces. The solarium, at the most extreme point, is equipped with a modern kitchen. A sumptuous and historical staircase connects the ground and first floors and the solarium with its fantastic view; the stone was excavated from the coast near the beach of Marina della Lobra, and the staircase enriched with 18th century mosaics.
Ground floor. From past to present, beauty and elegance are constant in all environs of the villa. From the limestone entrance, one enters through the simple and sober 16th century doorway into a paved stone hall, the room enriched with vases, objects d’arts and antique moulds tastefully chosen to maintain the living memory of this place.
To the left one reaches the first hall, adapted for small receptions, for reunions or classy events; it can also be used as an area to sit back and enjoy some peace and quiet.
On entering, one’s glance is immediately captured by Capri, which through the window seems to be a something of a living painting, with its resplendent sea a-sparkle around it. Above the antique fireplace are three objects of singular historical value: the first, particularly fascinating, is the white gun discovered and attributed to Gioacchino Murat, that was left to the owner of the villa; the other two objects, two bricks discovered in the ancient stall, with the names of two horses, Alfano and Ali`, who were part of the King of Naple’s cavalcade whilst staying here in Massa Lubrense.The splendid beauty of this landscape completes the hall: from the terrace one can admire the Gulf of Naples and the Sorrentine Peninsula from different angles. From the hall you can reach one (the triple one) of the bedrooms with furniture and bathroom of the period. The hall to the right of the doorway is reserved for the staff of the villa.
First floor. Solemn and enchanting, the first floor of Villa Gioacchino. On this floor one finds the most glorious and spacious terraces of the villa, with a breath-taking view over the entire Gulf of Naples and the Island of Capri.Each room is steeped in history: the four bedrooms, the two comfortable bathrooms, one can alternate between the two very intimate and cosy rooms and three living area’s with period furnishings. All the area’s have windows or balconies which give a sense of being suspended above the sea.The ‘suite’ has been conserved intact and in fact one supposes that this is where Gioacchino Murat slept in 1808. Between these frescoed walls, English Commander Hudson Lowe agreed to surrender the Island of Capri to Gioacchino. The beautiful and the most spacious villa’s terrace is on this floor.The kitchen is built using typical glazed ceramics from the 19th century, primarily in azure blue and decorated with charming motifs typical of the Sorrentine Peninsula. The period wood fireplaces leave an unforgettable sensation of stepping back in time. The kitchen has been adapted to include all modern fittings.
The Garden. In an ideal atmosphere, where the blue of the sea and the sky merge and Capri and Ischia lie somewhere between, the gardens of Villa Gioacchino offer many enchanting opportunities where one feels in complete harmony with Nature and Life.
In an open area, furnished with wrought-iron tables and chairs, hammocks and rocking-chairs, the garden is the perfect place to relax and revive oneself with walks amongst the age-old arbour and rare botanic, typical of the Mediterranean region. Amongst this, one can admire a centuries-old Mastic, or discover the Strawberry Trees), which Pliny the Elder said of it: “ I can’t only eat one”, referring to the flavour of its fruit. Unfailing are the pines, cypresses, and acorn trees. Lest one not forget the hibiscus and variety of other typical Mediterranean flowers.
At the entrance to the residence is a 100 year old olive tree, famous for its shape which resembles a volcano.
The Villa’s garden is further enriched with paths which provide incredible views of the hills and the village of Annunziata, in particular one can spy the ancient Tower of Toledo (a fortified defensive against the Saracen invasions), which dominates the entrance to Marina della Lobra.
An exceptional setting for memorable events, English weddings and classical concerts, the villa garden provides the magic to render unforgettable every aspect of an occasion.
Terraces and solarium. Enchanting, marvellous, magical, breath-taking. These adjectives are not enough to describe the beauty of the views that the terraces and the solarium of Villa Gioacchino offer. It seems as if one steps into a postcard, or a watercolour-painting, what with the pleasures of Capri, Ischia, Marina della Lobra and the Gulf of Naples all visible from different angles of the garden. In this enchanting place there are two terraces, both furnished in wrought-iron tables and chairs where one can sit back and enjoy moments of sublime pleasure.
The first is on the ground floor, with access from the hall: its intimate location is especially perfect for moments of relaxation. The second, on the first floor, lies across one end of the building to the other. The large area provides ample space to host open-air events and it is furnished with tables embellished with 19th century with majolica tiles.
The solarium, which one accesses via the stone staircase from the first floor, is thoughtfully furnished with sun beds, showers and towels to provide a perfect place for sunbathing.
For the night, appropriately illuminated, is the ideal setting to host receptions, refreshments and of particular fascination. The roof with its two slopes, maintains its original tiles, which have bee restored. At night one can admire the stupendous night-view of Capri with a telescope.