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Location and Surrounding Area. Magnificent Villa Lubrense sits in a coveted location overlooking the Bay of Naples, Mt. Vesuvius and the islands of Capri, Ischia and Procida. The nearby village of Massa Lubrense is a fabled beauty spot nestled at the far end of the Sorrento peninsular, a hidden gem only frequented by locals and the occasional savvy traveller. It is a quirky little town that boasts plenty to do in the summer months.
Sorrento is a picturesque seaside town, surrounded by dramatic cliffs and overlooking the twinkling lights of the Bay of Naples. Mount Vesuvius can be seen towering over the city of Naples on the other side of the water. The town itself is a full of fun and offers a labyrinth of pretty streets selling speciality lace, leatherwork, inlaid wood and delicious local limoncello.
Among the countless enchanting places to visit in the area, perhaps Ravello, Positano and Amalfi stand out for the first time visitor. Ravello, at 350 metres above sea level, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and offers both unforgettable architecture and scenic beauty. The 11th century Cathedral and Villa Cimbrone are magnificent and a summer music festival is held each in the year in the gardens of the 13th century Villa Rufolo. D.H. Lawrence wrote Lady Chatterley's Lover here and the town has been frequented over the years by the likes of Escher, Greta Garbo and Winston Churchill.
The delights of Positano, Sorrento and Amalfi have inspired artists, writers and lovers for centuries. The higgledy-piggledy, white-washed houses clustered up and down the winding steps and sophisticated shops and restaurants all combine to create an exceptionally chic atmosphere.
Villa Lubrense is a five minute walk from Massa Lubrense and a 20 minute drive to Sorrento. Naples international airport is only 60 km away, the island of Capri is half an hour by boat from Sorrento and the world famous archaeological site of Pompeii is 35 km away. Positano is less than 25 km away along the breathtaking drive of the celebrated Amalfi Coast road. Amalfi is situated a little further on at 40 km and Ravello is 10 km up the hill from Amalfi. The nearest railway station is ten minutes away in Sorrento.
The Property. Villa Lubrense sleeps up to 11 guests and for larger groups, there is a pretty annexe available which sleeps a further four guests. The house features far-reaching sea views from the terraces, balconies and enormous arched windows. The property is laid out over three floors, with two double bedrooms with en suite bathrooms on the ground floor, two double bedrooms (one with an extra single bed) and two en suite bathrooms on the first floor and a delightful attic with a double bedroom, en suite bathroom and kitchen on the second floor. The attic features its own spacious balcony with sunbeds and an outdoor shower. The ground floor and first floor each have a living room, a dining room and a fully equipped, modern kitchen. The rooms feature 18th century terracotta flooring and decorative faience tiling by the artists Giustiniani, Del Vecchio and Delle Donne. The annex is a delightful, old, converted mill and has a bedroom, a bathroom and a kitchen.
The large terrace on the ground floor is fully furnished and has a barbecue if you feel inspired to grill up some local delicacies to be eaten al fresco under the stars as you gaze out over the water. There is also an original water well that fed water to the house up until 2008.
The immaculate gardens are terraced and the swimming pool is offers plenty of space for everyone. The poolside area is furnished with sun loungers, umbrellas, chairs and tables. The grounds have been designed to offer bountiful fruit trees, lots of comfortable seating areas, shady nooks and sunny benches to suit everybody's taste.