Villa Rachele is an old fascinating house of 270 square meters (2900 square
feet) that is suitable to accommodate seven people. There is a terrace and a
garden, which has a small swimming pool 4 m x 3 m x 1 m (13 feet x 9 feet x 3
feet). It has splendid sea and coast views.
The villa is air-conditioned and there is a parking space.
There are three bedrooms, an open plan living area divided into a kitchen,
dining room and sitting room, two bathrooms and a toilet. One of the bedrooms is
actually a suite as it has its own large lounge and a fantastic terrace with sea
Villa Rachele is part of a three-storey house built on a slope and clings to the rocky
coast. Villa Rachele itself covers the bottom and middle level. A totally separate apartment, with an independent entrance, is on the top level (it has a terrace overlooking the garden of Villa Rachele) and is occupied by locals. All the rooms face towards the sun and the sea. The terraced garden is
planted with trees and also faces the sea. An outside stairway link the
different garden levels.
The main entrance is at a higher level than the rest of the house. At ground
level there is a pretty doorway with an antique marble column beside it and two
gates, which lead, one to the garden and the other to the parking space.
All the habitable parts of the house have been built on a slope lower than the
road; therefore, even though the villa is in the centre of Praiano, it is well protected from outside noise.
As soon as you enter the house there is a nice, wide curved stairway built in
the '700s style By going down this stair you arrive in the upper storey of the
Villa, where there are two double beds, a bathroom with jet shower and a toilet.
The bedroom suite is really large and quite fascinating. At the entrance of the
room there is a two-seater settee placed in front of an antique grey stone
fireplace. Just the thing for a moment of relaxing. There are two long, old
steps also made of grey stone, which divides this part of the room from the
sleeping area. There you will find a double bed. The floors are magnificent
because they are tiled in '700s ceramic in colourful green, yellow and blue.
There is a large arched glass door on the sea-facing wall, which allows you to
see the sky and sea from inside the room.
This door leads out onto a magnificent terrace of roughly 20 square meters (215
square feet), which is overlooked by a porch closed on three sides. The terrace
is furnished with two sun loungers and a remarkable iron wrought table and two
chairs. The terrace is enclosed by iron railings on two sides and by a low wall
at the front. This wall is covered in flowers and colourful geraniums and frames
the splendid panorama of the sea, the sky and the coast.
The other double bedroom on this floor is decorated in white and blue ceramic
tiles. It has two large luminous windows, which give sea views.
The third bedroom along with a living area and a large bathroom with shower is
on the lower floor set apart from the rest of the house.
This bedroom has two single beds. There is a glass door which leads directly out
into a pretty corner of the garden.
The sitting room is open plan with the kitchen area separated from the rest of
the room by a small wall. The dining area is furnished with a table and some
chairs. The area nearest the garden is the actual sitting room and is furnished
with settees, armchairs, a television and a single sofa bed.
There is a lovely stone fireplace in the middle of the kitchen area and the
kitchen itself is well equipped. There is a cooker, an electric oven, a microwave,
a large fridge/freezer, a dishwasher and other small electrical appliances. The
washing machine is in a small utility room, which leads out into the garden.
The sitting area with its settees and armchairs is in front of arched French
windows that are nearly as high as the walls and faces the sea and garden. One
the sidewalls there are other arched windows, which allow you to enjoy the
beauty of the garden from inside the room.
The sitting room leads out onto a terrace filled with flowering Bougainvillea.
There are characteristic stone benches and is enclosed by an antique balustrade.
This terrace leads out to both a pretty part of the garden full of flowerbeds
and to a garden below that you reach by going down ten steps.
This is a big, square garden and is situated at the lowest level. It is cool and
shady due to the many trees that grow with extraordinary luxuriance, which is
typical of the Amalfitan Coast. There are citrus, peach and ornamental exotic
Under the trees there is a large table made of stone and wrought iron, chairs
and sun loungers. The swimming pool of roughly 12 square meters (130 square
feet) is in the sunniest part of the garden and is 1 meter (3 feet) deep.
At the foot of the side garden there is a wall from where you can enjoy a
splendid view of the coast below. Above the wall is a romantic colonnade covered
in an abundance of Wisteria. Between each column the wall takes the shape of
stone benches that are shaded by a pergola. This is a perfect place to rest and
contemplate the blueness of the sea and sky. From there you can also enjoy the
coastline from where you can make out an antique tower from the Saracen era at
Praiano and the unmistakeable headland of Conca dei Marini.
It is a place of romantic dreams of which you will take back with you in your
heart at the end of your holiday.
Villa Rachele was originally a beautiful and impressive farmhouse with arched
vaults. As happens many times the Villa was bought and restored by foreigners
who came as tourists and became enchanted by these places which are considered
to be some of the most beautiful in the world.
Whoever ordered the restoration work certainly loved the place. They knew how to
appreciate and put to good use the antique artwork and culture of the place
including the production of hand-painted Majolica.
The floors have been made of richly decorated Majolica of the‘700s, a lot of
which has been salvaged from local antique churches. Each floor is differently
decorated and therefore you can admire a variety of different elegant designs in
rich colours, which makes this Villa seem like a living museum of old ceramic.
The house is richly and completely furnished with antique furniture. It is
welcoming and mirrors the owner’s personality. Villa Rachele will make you feel
as if you are wanted guests at a friend’s house instead of tourists renting any
house for the holiday period.
Although there is a parking space inside a wrought iron gate for the guests’
use, a car is not really necessary.
The Villa is in the centre of Praiano. The local bus that takes you to Positano
is 20 meters (22 yards) from the house while the bus stop for further away towns
is 600 meters (650 yards) away. The grocer is 10 meters (11 yards) away.
In the area where Villa Rachele is situated the local people live their quiet
lives surround by the splendid, natural beauty of the coast, the sea and the
sky. The neighbourhood is not full of tourist and the amenities for them. There
are only a few shops and the friendly faces of the local people passing by. By
the way, do not be surprised if they all greet you when you meet in the street.
It would be nice to be ready to answer their courtesy with a smile....
The lively and happy holiday life of the Amalfitan Coast however, is near at
hand: as near as 600 meters (650 yards) you will find nice restaurants and
marvellous nightclubs situated by the sea. Positano is 6 km (3.5 miles) away
with its colourful streets full of shops and boutiques where you can buy clothes
and local craft ware. All this is around the Spiaggio Grande (Big Beach) along
with lots of other ideas for the pleasure of the tourist.
If you want to go to the beach there is a bus that will take you to either
Positano or Praia. However you can reach Praia on foot by following a fantastic
footpath, which in parts is actually dug out of the rock at a summit shear above
the sea. Another characteristic beach near Praiano is called Gavitella. This can
only be reached by going down 400 steps and is situated in a picturesque natural
setting below the town.
The bars and restaurants near the beaches are open during the summer season.
For those who enjoy walking there are signpost pathways famous for their
extraordinary beauty, such as the “Sentiero degli Dei” (Pathway of the Gods)...
A holiday at Villa Rachele is perfect for those who want to feel the authentic
spell of the Amalfitan Coast in a Villa that has a unique character and who want
to keep away from the frenetic holiday life in overcroded areas.
The most famous tourist centres though, are in easy reach.
The local bus at 600 meters (650 yards) away takes you to the bus stop to catch
the buses to Amalfi, Positano. Sorrento, Naples, Pompei, Paestum and others.
At both Amalfi 8 km (5 miles) and Positano 6 km (3.5 miles) there are ferries to
the coastal towns and also to the Island of Capri.
Region: Amalfi Coast
Accommodations: Semi-detached house
The rental price includes: electricity; heating; linens; towels.
Local Costs: To be paid at the property:final cleaning EUR 130.00;tourist tax.