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Review 1789: Summer in Italy, Casa Gloria A
2bed/1bath apartment, San Marco di Castellabate, Campania
October 22, 2005, 7 days
Casa Gloria A is on the top floor of a house in the tiny village of San Marco. The ground floor of the house is taken up by a bar/gelateria that belongs to the owners but at the time of my stay was closed because the season had ended. The apartment is towards the end of the small village and the road it is on leads down to the sea and the beach past a few shops and a bar. The area is very attractive.
San Marco is a very small place and everything is within ten minutes walking distance, if that. There are two small supermarkets, a couple of fresh fish shops (fresh from the boats in the harbour), a Tabaccherie and a barber and a few other shops. There are 4 or 5 restaurants/pizzerias and some small bars with great views over the harbour.
Casa Gloria is a three storeyed building. When you enter it it has that typically Italian feel of cool marble because the large hallway and stairs are made of it. There is no lift but that is not a surprise in a 3 storey building like this. When I stayed there were no other residents. The bar on the ground floor (which has a separate entrance and is not linked to the main building door at all) was closed for winter and the other apartments were not let so the apartment was incredibly peaceful and quiet. If the bar was open and the other 3 apartments let then it would obviously change things.
The best part of the apartment was outside. There is a large private terrace of 20 sq meters (200 sq. feet) which gets the sun for a large part of the day and which has views in every direction. There is the sea and the coastline and the sunset one way, mountains and trees and wildlife the other.
The apartment was clean. There were only two of us so there was no problem with having enough chairs. The futon in the living room was not really comfortable for long periods but we coped! The double bed was fine and the rest of the furninshing adequate for our needs.
The main bedroom is a good size and the bed is two singles pushed together which is not unusual. That was fine. There was plenty of storage space for clothes and two bedside lamps for reading. The other bedroom is also big and would be perfect for kids.
The bathroom has everything you would need including a large sink for washing clothes. The shower is a small cubicle which might not suit everybody but there was lots of hot water and the pressure was always good.
The kitchen equipment was plentiful and of good quality. The fridge/freezer is large. The oven is one of those stand alone ones that looks like a microwave and I didn't use it so can't comment. I have used them in the past and they will roast things so would probably be OK. The four ring cooker was fine and as an ex-backpacker who has created meals using one Gaz bottle and one pan the space available was more than enough if somewhat less than what I have at home.
Problems or Bonuses
At the end of October the village of San Marco is really quiet and perfect if you are happy to enjoy the sea and the beach, wander around the harbour or the hills and use your car for excursions. Even for those of us who appreciate these things it is nicer to have an evening drink somewhere where you are not alone with the barman which was what we experienced most of the time. This can only be solved by more people visiting the area later in the season when the temperatures are still over 20 and the sea beautiful and warm.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Summer in Italy was a great find and I can only praise them. Any correspondence I received was clear and accurate and on time. The apartment owner was friendly and my Italian and his English ensured no misunderstandings.
The price with extras for cleaning etc was £300 for the week at the end of October and was well worth it.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would stay in this village again, this area again (Cilento is a really beautiful area and the drives in the mountains equal those around the Sorrento peninsula), and in this apartment. The only reservation is on whether it would be better to stay earlier in the year when it is a bit busier, but not at the height of the season.
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