Villa Minerva is a gorgeous historical villa situated in a fantastic elevated position with amazing views of the azure Mediterranean sea beyond and Ravello on the hillside. The villa is spacious and welcoming, has air conditioning, and is surrounded by a large terrace as well as boasting its own beautiful garden where there is a lovely private swimming pool enjoying a stunning panorama. Within walking distance of 300m is the lovely little town of Scala.
The villa, which is on three floors, is prettily furnished in fresh Mediterranean style with some antique pieces creating an inviting atmo...sphere. The ground floor of the villa consists of a large living room with comfortable sitting area with settees, lovely stone fireplace, dining area with table and chairs and arched patio doors opening onto the garden. Also on this floor is a fully equipped kitchen, which opens directly onto the villas large terrace. Villa Minerva has five pretty bedrooms, two on the first floor, two on the second mansard floor and one with external access on the ground floor at terrace level. All the bedrooms have en suite shower rooms with shower cubicle, basin and w.c, air conditioning/heating, satellite television, and beautiful sea or garden views. Just off the villas terrace there is also a handy separate shower room with washbasin, w.c. and shower, and a laundry room with washing machine and iron.
The terrace of the villa is a real highlight and perfect for relaxing or dining al fresco. Over 200 sqm large it is partially shaded by a porch and equipped with table, chairs, sun loungers, built in barbecue and enjoys unforgettable sea views and glimpses of the town of Amalfi below. Wonderful panoramas of the azure sea and even Ravello across the valley can also be enjoyed from the villas large beautifully maintained garden which has a lovely private swimming pool (10m x 5m). Ancient archways and stone walls have been left intact within the grounds of the villa depicting the historic origins of this location.
Excellently located within a pedestrian area, Villa Minerva is within walking distance (300m) of the characteristic town of Scala, with its shops, restaurants and local bus service. Public parking is available along nearby town streets from which the villa is reached via a footpath including approx 90 steps. There are many sights to explore in the area. Ravello is just 3km away and gorgeous Amalfi only 10 minutes drive. Positano and Sorrento are within an hours drive.
Ground floor : Living room with sitting area with fireplace, settees, CD player, satellite television, dining area with table and chairs > Kitchen with cooker (4 rings, electric oven), fridge/freezer, dishwasher, table and chairs > Large partially covered terrace.
First floor: 2 double bedrooms (one can convert to a twin on request) both with en suite shower/w.c. One bedroom has a French balcony, one has access to terrace via external steps.
Second floor: 2 double bedrooms (can convert to a twin on request, one has baby cot if required) each with en suite shower/ w.c (One bedroom also has a French balcony and external access)
Ground floor (external access): Double bedroom with French bed, settee (which converts to a bed on request to form a twin if required) and en suite shower/ w.c.
Ground floor terrace level: Separate shower/w.c > Laundry room with washing machine and iron.
General facilities: Air conditioning > Heating* > Private swimming pool > Large terrace (200 sqm) > Large garden (1000 sqm) > Sea views > Valley views > Barbecue > Satellite television in living room and all bedrooms > Washing machine > Internet access > Hairdryers > Walking distance of 300m to the town of Scala with its shops, restaurants and bus stop > 3km to town of Ravello.
Facilities marked* are payable locally> 300kw electricity included extra consumption payable locally.
Additional amenities include: heating, oven: standard, garden: large.Read more
The premises are gorgeous, spacious and the gardens and swimming pool were immaculately maintained. All appliances functioned well, we never ran out of hot water, air conditioning worked well and the landlord supplied toiletries and cleaning supplies which was not done at other villas where we stayed in Italy on previous occasions. The views from the large terraces, and from almost every bedroom, of the coast, Ravello and amalfi, are absolutely breathtaking. I was surprised to learn that one may walk all the way down to amalfi using the ancient stone stairways (vertical distance of 1200 feet), if you are in sufficient physical condition to do so.
We found the landlady to be very accommodating and her assistant, Signora Lydia, speaks perfect English and is always available for help or advice. The Villa is conveniently located for visiting the amalfi Coast, Naples, Sorrento, Ravello, Pompeii and the numerous small towns in the vicinity. There are several local restaurants nearby where one may dine with the locals and sample their cuisine.Villa Minerva is at the top of my list as far as pure beauty and ambiance, and its location on the side of a mountain requires one to get his/her daily exercise by walking up around 80-90 steps to get to the street where you may park your car. If you do not like walking up and down steps, this is not your place; however, I found it exhilarating. Although there is no parking next to the Villa, since it is located on a beautiful mountainside, there is ample parking on the street above for a fee. Carrying your bags up and down the steps will not be a problem as there are locals for hire to do this for you, if desired.
I would highly recommend Villa Minerva to anyone.
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