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Review 1884: Rentvillas, Villa Bella Sera 3
3bed/2bath apartment in villa, Massa Lubrense, Campania
April 2005, 1 week
The property was located outside of Sorrento in Massa Lubrense. Not exactly countryside, but there were lots of olive and lemon groves nearby. The house was close to other homes, but very private. We never saw anyone although we could hear them coming up the stairs if we were outside. The area was fantastic a part of Italy we had never seen before. We were able to drive to Vesuvius, drive to Sorrento and take a ferry to Capri, take a bus from the town to Positano. My son wanted to walk to town every night and get a gelato, and didn't mind the walk.
We drove to the grocery store in Massa Lubrense, but you could walk - we drove mostly for the convenience and because we didn't want to waste a precious minute. We often walked to town in the evening for gelato, but at this time the grocery stores would be closed. The walks were beautiful.
The house was much prettier than the pictures showed. The floors have been updated. There are two apartments in the building, each has 3 bedrooms. We didn't realize this; we were in the upper of the two - no one was staying in the lower. It was very well kept up and there was a cleaning service.
The sitting area was gorgeous outside. Our patio was private, but there was a pool area above the house that was shared. We were there in the early spring so the pool was not open. This may pose a problem in the summer with the shared area. The views from all patios were beautiful.
The furniture was in good shape, and very comfortable, nothing fancy. The apartment was spotless. There was plenty of seating for everyone and I felt at home right away. Like I said the pictures really don't do it justice. The linens were fresh and everything was very well maintained. I was really pleasantly surprised at the condition of everything.
The master bedroom was very large with a great view and a large bed, a little hard. The second bedroom with a double bed was a pretty good size. The room with the twin beds was on the small size, but I would call it cozy. There were two bathrooms each with a shower, very modern and well kept. I think the bathrooms were new.
The kitchen had a view of Mt. Vesuvius! There were plenty of pots and pans, but the knives were dull and hard to work with. The fridge was larger than any I have seen in Europe! The stove was adequate by American standards. You have to watch what appliances you use because you could short the breaker.
Problems or Bonuses
I was only surprised by how lovely the property and area were. I don't think I have ever been to a more beautiful place. I am originally from Monterey CA and this is the only other place that compares to me!
Agency and Representatives (and price)
I think the agency was very easy to work with. I was sad to learn this year that the price had gone up, because we would like to go again. The keyholder was very helpful and even helped my husband rent a car, she is British and really went above and beyond in my opinion. The owners whom I think we met, or maybe it was the caretaker? anyway, whoever it was they were also very friendly, spoke no English, but gave us a fabulous bottle of homemade wine and showed us the property. I don't know if they would always be there. They were very kind.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would absolutely stay here again if we had the money. This was quite a splurge because my husband had just returned from being in Iraq for a year. I would recommend it to anyone without reservations.
Things to do in this area
What isn't there to do? We spent a day at Vesuvius, hiking, went to Pompeii, Sorrento, Positano, and Capri and spent a day at each. I wish we could have made it to Ravello, and Amalfi and and and ... So much to do and see. My kids loved it we all loved it!
We ate mostly at home because we decided we had a better view from our terraces than in any restaurant. There is a green grocer in the town of Massa Lubrense that will set you up with veggies, homemade olive oil and jams. He wants to open a cooking school so you can really rely on his instructions. We loved everything he suggested! He is the last left before you take the hard right in M.L.(on way to Sorrento from property) on the right hand side. I literally cried when I had to leave this place!
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