Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 1424: Amalfi Coast Rental (Primula), Villa Dimane
3bed/3bath house, Amalfi, Campania
May 5 - 11, 2005, 6 days
We rented Villa Dimane on the Amalfi Coast for 5 nights/6 days. The pictures of the house on the website did it no justice, it was absolutely beautiful! It was everything we could have possibly wanted in a home for the time we were there. ...close to 3000 sq. ft, beautiful terraces on both levels with views that took our breaths away of both the vast Mediterranian sea and the most charming village (in our opinion) on the coast, Amalfi, below us. The house had gorgeous lemon trees, and olive trees all over the property and beautiful well kept landscaping.
We had a great grocer up the hill (in 5 minute walking distance) that provided everything you could have needed from fantastic local wines and cheeses to basic necessaties for the house. The walk to town was about 20 minutes down wonderful paths along the mountain. We had a car, so we used that more often to discover the coast. In Amalfi, there was everything you could have possibily wanted or needed, from gelateria, caffes, shopping, and great restaurants.
The house was sooo peaceful and serene. The sunrises... amazing! The home was in impeccable condition, gorgeous teal blue ceramic tile throughout the entire house, tastefully decorated with local pottery, African art on the walls, and primitive furniture. All 4 of us are artists so we greatly appreciated the design and decor of the home and the peacefulness we endured while we stayed there. We WILL be back! We had the pleasure of having a path to the house that took us past a absolutely beautiful church that we were also able to view from the house that added so much charm to our view.
The terraces on both levels (upper and lower) were incredible! Clean, beautiful outdoor furniture to relax on, and the upper deck (off all 3 bedrooms) cascaded with miniture yellow roses that perfumed the air every morning, and views that were just amazing of the sea, the village, and the mountains. We could not have asked for anything more.
The house was in impeccable condition, with all the furniture comfortable and clean. The living area was huge with fireplace, overstuffed sofas, and TV. The living room connected to the lower terrace we had our caffe every morning, as well as a fantastic dining room with shuttered windows that opened to the view of the sea.
The bedrooms were great, huge beds, ample closet space, and large. 3 bathrooms, 1 downstairs and 2 upstairs. One which had huge bathtub and shower, duel sinks, and plenty of towels. One with a shower stall, sink and toilet and the other with just sink and toilet. It was perfect for the 4 of us.
The kitchen was everything you could have needed even away from your own house. Modern kitchen with great stove, refrigerator, and dishwasher. Plenty of plates, coffee mugs, and glasses made locally. Coffee maker, kettle, etc... you name it, this house has it.
Problems or Bonuses
No problems what so ever!
Agency and Representatives (and price)
We were treated so great by our reps at Tecnocasa. Luisa and Antonietta were wonderful from the first time I emailed them to the time we left. I cannot speak highley enough about either, gracious, warm, professional and very accommodating, making sure our stay was great... and they did just that. Antonietta met us at the house at the time specified and gave us a thorough tour of the house explaining everything. The pictures and discription of the house on the website did this house no justice... but it's hard to capture such a wonderful place in 3x5 pictures.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I have been back from the Amalfi Coast now 1 week and have already recommended this house and website to 2 people who are planning trips.
Things to do in this area
Outside of relaxing at the house, there are great things to see and do on the Amalfi Coast. My first suggestion is explore each of the towns you can, each have completely different charm and feel to them. We loved Amalfi, Ravello (the views are great!), Maori, Vietre (for ceramics) and taking the boats to Positano and Capri. If you are looking for fantastic shopping, Capri is out of control!, but more on a designer level. While on Capri, do not miss the Blue Grotto!
Like I said before, we all LOVED the town of Amalfi. It had the charm and less tourist feel we were looking for in our trip. As for restaurants not to miss... Trattoria Gemma. We had the best meal we could have only imagined on a beautiful setting on the upper terrace over looking the main street. We were treated like kings from the owner Franco and our server Antonio. Try the eggplant rigatoni, the best Caprese salad on earth, and be adventurous with dessert with the chocolate eggplant(an old Italian specialty). Oh, and Savoia Pasticceria for gelato and sweets!
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