Villa Astra is a bright and sunny two-story independent house with the fascination of the typical and ancient mediterranean houses. It sleeps eight people. From Villa Astra you will enjoy a splendid view of the sea, of Praiano and the coast of Amalfi . Villa Astra is 150 square meters (1615 square feet). It features a shared swimming pool, spacious private terraces with a view of the sea and a private garden.
You will be at a short distance from the center of Praiano, where you will find restaurants, shops and public transportation. You will find the closest restaurant at 500 meters (550 yards), a grocery store a few meters (feet) away,... the stop for the Flavio Gioia bus Positano - Praiano line at 20 meters (65 feet) and the closest beach ( Marina di Praia Beach ) at 1.5 km (roughly 1 mile). You will reach Villa Astra from the parking area going down a short walkway that includes approximately 35 stairway steps.
You will not need a car to stay at Villa Astra. If you do have one, you will be able to park it nearby, free of charge in a private parking lot. The parking space is suitable for at most one car.
Villa Astra is part of the historical center of Praiano, which consists of a cluster of white houses on the highest area of a steep slope of a hill overlooking the sea. The houses are nestled around the beautiful bell-tower and the eighteenth-century church of San Luca.
In this area of Praiano, almost all the houses date back to the eighteenth century. They feature white façades often decorated with stuccoes, patios below masonry arches sustaining terraces facing the sea, and sloping gardens filled with flowers and citrus trees around. To walk through such extraordinary village, declared World Heritage site by UNESCO, means climbing narrow stairways and pedestrian streets. The whole area is made for pedestrians, except for the only access street to the main square. Here you will not find streets packed with tourists; all you will see are the kind inhabitants of the place. And you will be able to experience the fascination and authentic beauty of the Amalfi Coast : one not changed by the actions of tourism!
Villa Astra is a few steps away from the main square, and it also features a private garage at the end of the pedestrian area. In order to arrive at the villa from the garage area, all you have to do is walk 30 meters (about 98 feet) along a footpath with no steps to climb.
The main square is a large terrace overlooking the coastal scenery. Next to the square you will find some shops.
Villa Astra is on the top floor of an age-old eighteenth-century building which comprises several floors built according to the sloping rocky terrain of the place. The house is two-storey high. From the road, once through a small gate, you will enter a little white courtyard embellished by ogres and red Bougainvillea facing the entrance of the house. Next to the courtyard you will find a private garden. It is airy, fresh, and shaded by the presence of tall trees. It is rich in flowers, and it overlooks the sea. From the entrance courtyard, an indoor staircase of about 10 steps will enable you to reach the living-room of the house. The kitchen is separated from the living-room by a large masonry arch.
Villa Astra features very high vaulted ceilings, characteristic of buildings dating back to the eighteenth century in the Amalfi Coast. Such way of building houses, along with thick walls in stone, keeps the indoors naturally cool and fresh even when it is hot outside.
The most spacious and panoramic terrace of the villa is situated on the top floor, above the bedrooms. You can reach it by climbing a small outdoor staircase. The terrace is very spacious and sun-drenched from sunrise to sunset.
You will feast your eyes on a 360º panorama consisting of a vast sea skyline, the picturesque outline of the coast, and the top of the Lattari Mountains framing the landscape in the background of the little town of Praiano. You will find this terrace perfect for sunbaths and sunset watching.
As guests of Villa Astra you will have access to a swimming-pool located in a garden consisting of terraces facing the sea and beautiful scenery. To reach the swimming-pool, you have to climb down 39 steps. Once through a small wrought-iron gate, you will enter a large garden with a breathtaking view of the sea and the coast. Here the green of the lemons and the red of the Bougainvillea frame the blue of the sea. Large ogres filled with flowers and tables and chairs in white wrought-iron render the place joyful, elegant, and cozy.
It is the Mediterranean garden you have seen in your dreams, and where you will feel joy for spending pleasant hours of your vacation!
The swimming-pool is situated in a delightful angle of the garden overlooking the sea. The swimming-pool and the surrounding garden are shared with the proprietor, who has reserved part of the villa for his family to spend their vacation.
The swimming pool is 4 meters (13 feet) large by 6 meters (20 feet) long. The swimming pool area is equipped with sun loungers. From the swimming pool you will enjoy a wonderful view of the sea, of Praiano and the coast of Amalfi. You will share the pool with the owners. It is open from mid-April until mid-October.
The first terrace is 50 square meters (540 square feet) large. You will be able to enter it from the along an external stairway, climbing 12 steps. It is equipped with a table, chairs and deck chairs. From the terrace you will enjoy an unobstructed view of the sea, of Praiano and the coast of Amalfi.
The garden is 100 square meters (1076 square feet) large. It is partly shaded by perfumed olive and lemon trees. You will be able to reach it from the main entrance hall. It is equipped with tables, chairs, two sun umbrellas and four deck chairs. Here you will also find a brickwork barbecue. From the garden you will enjoy an enchanting view of the sea and of the coast of Amalfi.
The second terrace is 25 square meters (270 square feet) large. It is equipped with a table and chairs. From the terrace you will enjoy an enchanting view of the sea, of Praiano and the coast of Amalfi.
The living room is paved with ancient terracotta tiles. The furnishings are warm and welcoming, and include some antique pieces. The furnishings include two sofas and two armchairs. In this room you will find a television. From the living room you will be able to enter the second terrace with a view of the sea and of the coast of Amalfi through two French doors.
You will be able to enter the kitchen from the living room through an arched opening. It is spacious and comfortable, equipped with a five-burner gas cooker, an electric oven, a refrigerator with freezer, a dishwasher, a microwave oven and an Italian-style coffee-maker. There is a big fireplace made of bricks. There is a table to seat eight guests. The kitchen has a Juliet balcony with a view of the greenery and of the hills.
You will be able to enter the first bedroom from the living room through a corridor. The ceiling is high and vaulted. The furnishings are cozy and comfortable, and include some antique pieces. The room has a matrimonial bed (160 cm/62 inches, wider than a queen-size bed). The furnishings include a desk. The room has a window with a view of the garden and of the sea at a distance. The bedroom is equipped with an air conditioning/heating unit.
The bathroom is equipped with a washbasin, a toilet and a fully enclosed shower. You will be able to enter the bathroom from the living room through a corridor.
Important notice: members of your party will need to walk through this bedroom to reach the third bedroom. The ceiling of the second bedroom is high and vaulted. The furnishings are cozy and comfortable, and include some antique pieces. The room has a matrimonial bed (160 cm/62 inches, wider than a queen-size bed). The furnishings include a divan that unfolds into a double bed. In this room you will find a satellite television. From the bedroom you will be able to enter a small terrace with a view of the sea and of the coastline through a French door. The room has two small high arched window s. The bedroom is equipped with an air conditioning/heating unit. This bedroom has an en-suite bathroom, made of lucid majolica tiles and marble and equipped with a washbasin, a toilet and a bathtub with shower wand.
You will be able to enter the third bedroom from the second bedroom. The ceiling is high and vaulted. The furnishings are cozy and comfortable, and include some antique pieces. It has two twin beds (80 cm/32 inches), that can be pushed together into a matrimonial bed if requested. The bedroom is equipped with an air conditioning/heating unit.
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Additional amenities include: charming surroundings, winter heating, view on the valley.
Left on 06/26/2009 for a stay in September 2008 | smacknmo
LOCATION: Praiano is a lovely town. We had a rental car which in many
ways made it easy for us to get around. The villa had a garage in which we
could put our car so parking was not an issue there. The villa is located
quite high up the hillside from the commercial area of town. There is a bus
that stops right outside the villa which makes it convenient and we did use
the bus if we were staying in Praiano for dinner. The roads are extremely
narrow which makes navigating through town a challenge. We did have to
back down the road on occasion to let someone get by that was coming
downhill. The villa is on the south side of town so you do not have a view of
Positano from the villa but we all thought the view was magnificent, both
day and night. The villa was located near a piazza and church which was
my favorite part of our trip. We were there over the feast of St. Gennero
and there was a lot of activity in the piazza. We would open the doors and
enjoy the ambience of the residents just going on with life.
VILLA: The villa was very clean which is my top priority in any place that I
The furnishings were serviceable. Upon entering the villa there are several
steps up to the lounge area. The lounge has 3 sets of doors that open out
to a patio area. With the double doors open the breeze is lovely. Off of the
lounge there is a bathroom with shower, bedroom, and kitchen. On the
floor above there is a large bedroom with a queen sized bed, large
bathroom with tub/shower. There is another bedroom with twin beds next
to the bedroom but you must go through the other bedroom to get to it. I
have back problems and prefer a mattress to be a little on the soft side. I
really thought that I would have a problem because the mattresses were
firm but I slept very well there.
There is a laundry room which is very well equipped. There is an iron and
an ironing board. You must, of course, have your own soap. Took awhile to
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