Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 4109: Summer in Italy, Villa Eunice
2bed/2.5 bath villa in Positano, Campania
May 2009, 1 week
Villa Eunice is on the upper part of Positano on the first bend of Via Pasitea, the one way street that come off from the main Amalfi Road and wends its way to the lower part of Positano--50 meters from the Chiesa Nuova stop of the SITA bus that ply the Amalfi Road. It is at the very top of the pyramid of houses that you will see when you look towards Sorrento from the South side of the town. Loved the place as there was no stairs to navigate to get in and out of the house, as opposed to most other lodging areas in Positano.
50 meters away was the SITA bus fermata; the Chiesa Nuova stop for the Interno Positano/Nocelle--Montepertuso/Positano--Praiano buses. Within meters of the stop is an alimentari, a tabacchi, a greengrocer, a bar, a restaurant (another one about 20 meters more), and a pharmacy. Taking the Interno Positano bus to the lower part of town takes 15 minutes and passes by lots of restaurants.
Excellent size, very roomy for our party of five -- could have slept four more people but place was advertised for max of six. There was also another one bedroom rental just below the house with its own very large terrace and entrance.
Very nicely maintained Mediterranean villa with quality antiques throughout, very good shape, and clean. A flight of stairs inside to get to the upper bedrooms. You enter the house from a little pathway from the street (about 10 meters), into a large, blue tiled foyer, large powder room, a door leading to storage (iron/ironing table, clothes dryer stand, etc). This foyer has large glass doors that open up to the first of the two terraces for the house -- just a preview of the stupendous views beyond. Then, from the terrace, you can enter the first of the two large living rooms of the house. The first one can be set up with a large sleeper sofa -- comfortable according to my nephew -- it has its own entrance as well as a door to the second living room with vaulted ceiling, a dining table, TV, large picture windows, stairs to upstairs and door to the kitchen. Door from kitchen to access the large terrace with large areas for sunbathing, a large area with a ceramic table for eight covered by a wisteria pergola and well lit at night.
Upstairs, to the left is a mini staircase to a bathroom with a shower. Just immediately beyond is a large double room with three large picture windows with views to die for, a fireplace. Just in front of the staircase is a door to the outside terrace as the first room to the right has a door to the terrace and to the adjoining bathroom shared by the third bedroom of the house; this smaller room (about 12 feet by 11 feet) has a long sofa with a trundle bed underneath and can sleep two more people. Last room is a very large vaulted room (about 20 x 15) with lots of closet space, its own access to the large terrace upstairs complete with table, chairs and lounge chairs. All the walls of the house seem to be about three feet thick and when we close the shutters during the day when we go out, the place remains cool when we return even with the A/C off.
As stated, two very large terraces with a lot of sitting areas, even stone benches lining the sides. No pool.
Good quality furniture. Very clean. Stefania and Lisa (hostess and cleaner) came back midweek for two hour cleaning but was told of this beforehand. Plenty of sitting areas and room to spread out. English news channels on TV, always had reception.
Comfortable large beds, huge bedrooms. Pillows are softer than I prefer but plenty available. Enough linen and towels for everyone. Bathroom enough for everyone with hot water all the time (though water temp fluctuates during the shower) but showers can be used at same time, back to back (along with an outdoor shower in terrace) without losing hot water.
Kitchen is well appointed. Gas stoves, I think five burners. Enough pots/pans/dishes/cutlery. Okay knives. Cooked breakfast everyday, two large pasta meals two nights and always a light dinner on the terrace every night.
Problems or Bonuses
The entire place just left us mouthing superlatives. We didn't want to leave.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Wonderful dealing with Summer in Italy. The price for the unit had gone up from the time I reserved the place last year but they still honored the old price set up. We paid less than €1600 + €190 end of stay cleaning fee for my party of five. Would have paid a lot more and have had less freedom if we stayed in hotels in Positano. Was not a problem asking for some groceries to be made available when we arrived as we arrived on a Saturday afternoon and didn't know the availability of grocery shopping especially over the weekend.
Very good information about the property with very detailed instructions covering all aspects of the rental and other FYI about renting in Positano and of contacts--that we had no problem whatsoever in getting there nor of having any surprises.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Very highly recommend this house -- would definitely stay here again and bring more people along.
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