Villa Arabella is a large dwelling of 400 sq mts (4300 square feet) suitable for twelve people. There is a swimming pool and a heated open-air Jacuzzi. The villas has a wonderful view of the sea and of the Amalfi Coast. The villa is situated on a rocky outcropping near a summit that overlooks the sea and is surrounded by 30,000 sq.mts (325,000 square feet) of rocky land scattered with pine trees. Part of this land has been divided into different sized terraces. From each of the terraces you will enjoy a wonderful sea view and enchanting glimpses of the coast. The villa has six bedrooms, two of which are master suites, each one covering a floor of the villa of its own, five bathrooms, one toilet with hand-basin, a dining room and living room. The villa is tastefully furnished and full of antique objects. The kitchen is equipped with large cooking rings, fridge/ freezer, washing machine and dishwasher. The swimming pool is 3 x 11 meters (10 x 36 feet) and has changing rooms, a shower, a toilet and sun lounges. The heated Jacuzzi is 2 x 2 meters (6.5 x 6.5 feet) and is to be found on a large terrace. The main feature of the villa is an authentic circular tower built more than a thousand years ago, which was used to warn the local people when pirate ships were approaching. The tower was renovated at the beginning of the 1900s to create the villa, and other rooms were added later. Now, there is a magnificent terrace at the top of the tower, linked to a smaller rounded terrace on top of a rocky ledge that juts out towards the sea. From up there you can see, in the distance, a stretch of the coast up to Amalfi and even as far as Capo di Conca dei Marini, which has a similar antique lookout tower. At closer range, you can see a promontory of white limestone covered in thick Mediterranean vegetation, with its steep cliffs overlooking the deep sea. Directly below you lies a little bay, where the shadows cast by the rocky sea bed cause the sea to change colour from deep blue to emerald green, and becoming white and transparent beside the shingled shore. Behind the tower there is a green (though dry) mountainside covered with a very hardy type of pine tree that somehow manages to thrive with its roots well anchored into the cracks between the rocks. The only building visible is an ancient abbey dating back to the 14th century, which has a unique Moorish-Mediterranean style and is sheltered by a rocky outcropping. Even though the villa is near the road and not far from busy tourist centres, the only thing you can see is green vegetation, sky and sea--you are well concealed, with ample privacy. Whoever passes by will see only the main access to the house, which is a large gate with a long driveway ornamented with pots of flowers--who could imagine that up above there is a little paradise of a villa? The land around the tower and the other buildings has been reshaped into large terraces located at different levels and linked to each other by stairs and paths. From all of these terraces you will be able to glimpse different parts of the local scenery which includes brightly-coloured flowers, palms, pergolas covered with bougainvillea, and lemon groves that also fill the air with their perfume. Below there is a large terrace where you will find the Jacuzzi, situated among palms and flowers. In front there is a large shaded terrace with small tables. Below this terrace there is an annex with a large room furnished with lots of settees, satellite TV and a stereo with CD player. Its doors and windows overlook the garden. There are also two bedrooms one is a double bedroom with en suite bathroom, and the other is a twin bedroom. There is a bathroom with shower. A corridor that links the annex to the tower has open white arches through which you can enjoy nice views of the sky, the sea, pines and cliffs. On the tower's top floor there is a large dining room with a sizeable adjoining kitchen, equipped with large cooking rings, a fridge/ freezer, a washing machine and a dishwasher. There is also an antique coal-burning cooker covered in white tiles, which can still be used. From both these rooms you can exit onto a terrace, which is paved with blue, hand-painted majolica (made in Vietri sul Mare), and enclosed by a small white wall. Here, you will find two areas furnished with wicker armchairs and a country-style pergola made of chestnut-wood poles, under which there is a table and chairs made of wrought iron. From the terrace you can see, quite near at hand, a group of white small houses built into a cave and also a large part of the Amalfi Coast. How wonderful to imagine yourself here, having your coffee and breakfast in the morning, or enjoying your evening meal in the reflection of the lights that shimmer off the sea. An inside stair takes you to the lower floor. Here, in the circular part of the tower, there is a large bedroom with a shiny plum-coloured majolica floor. There is a four-poster bed in the centre, and the furniture is made of locally-crafted wrought iron. Two large arched doors hidden by curtains lead you to a vestibule from where you enter into a large bathroom. There is a large arched window, which overlooks the greenery. There are also another two double bedrooms, one of which has a toilet with shower. There is a connecting door between the two rooms which can be left open or closed depending on whether you want to use the rooms separately or as a suite. On the floor below there is another large, circular bedroom with a four-poster bed. This room's bathroom is decorated with marble mosaics and the shower is literally dug out of a rocky wall. The vestibule, with large arched windows, has been made into a little sitting room. From this floor, which is the ground floor of the tower, you pass through an arched French Window to a large terrace covered with pergolas made of lemon trees from here there is a secondary access to the road. There are several parking spaces on the main driveway. Using the villa as a starting point, it is possible to go trekking and hill climbing, discovering antique hamlets and convents. The villa is in an isolated position, ideal for those who want to enjoy a quiet and peaceful holiday, but at the same time be near the tourist areas, for example Amalfi, Positano, Capri, Sorrento, Pompeii, Paestum, the Palace of Caserta and others. The bus stop is at 50 meters (50 yards). Capodorso, where there are restaurants, is only 1 km away, Maiori is 4 (2.5 miles) km, and Amalfi 6 km (3.7 miles).andnbsp
Additional amenities include: cd, close to public transport, walking to a village, heating, satellite connection, view, deckchair....Read more
As featured in USA TODAY and recommended by Travel + Leisure in its annual Villa Guide:
New to FlipKey?
FlipKey is a vacation rental marketplace with more than 300,000 rentals around the world. Find the perfect place to stay for your trip, and get great value along with the space, privacy and amenities of home.
Find the vacation rental perfect for you. Learn how.