Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 5375: Summer in Italy, Villa Greta
1bed/1.5bath apartment in Positano, Campania
May 12, 2012- May 18, 2012, one week
Villa Greta was on the edge of Positano, about a mile walking distance from the edge of town along the main road. The road was busy with cars and trucks but many people walked it so cars and trucks expected to find people walking. The area for walking was narrow but not dangerous. It was also a lovely walk looking out to sea and up and down the road at beautiful villas and homes. Towns people sitting out along the way began to greet us as we walked it day after day.
In Positano houses each list by the number of steps up to the door. Ours said 50 steps total but really only 20 steps to the front door. Everything was very secure with a lock on our gate leading to the front door. The sea was just across the street from us and every window had a view of it. There were three patios, two small ones on the main level and a large patio on the top of the house. We never used that one but preferred to sit just outside the front door and eat lunch watching the ships and fishing boats in the harbor. The house is built into the cliff so the property goes up the cliff in a casual incline until you reach the steps and garden to the roof. These are steep and as I said the views were beautiful below so we never bothered with this area. The small patio at the front entrance had shade from an awning, hanging vines along a trellis and trees above so to was lovely with its many flowers planted everywhere.
We walked to town often twice a day. There is room for a car to park but really it's too difficult to find a parking place in town if you drive. We didn't have a car and were quite happy without.
There was a small grocery on the edge of town and they were very friendly and helpful and also if you wanted to walk farther there was a larger grocery with a larger selection and they were also very friendly and helpful. The foods from these groceries were fantastic, everything fresh is from the local farmers so it is unbelievable ... fresh cherries, wonderful sweet tomatoes, delicious fresh cheeses and meats.
We also walked down to the main harbor area many times. There are many restaurants along the way and the streets are lined with shops, and the waters edge is busy with restaurants and seaside activities. We continued on to Capri after our stay here and this is where we caught our ferry.
The house was small but charming, an old historic one built into the side of the cliff. It had all of the amenities Americans like, free WiFi, washer, dryer, nice, newer kitchen with great stove top, a microwave, a dishwasher (we never used it) and a large(by Italian standards) refrigerator.
There was a little traffic noise from the street but it was more like white noise. If you are from the city you won't notice.
The bedroom was a loft with charming porthole windows to the view of the sea.
The house is small but perfect for two people, a little crowded with four I think. The only negative was the bathtub upstairs. It is very deep, 24 inches at least, so you must be agile to climb in and out.
I included the outside area above ... although the outside area was small it was very beautiful and as you went up the side of the cliff the areas got larger but there really is no area for children to play, only for sitting and relaxing and enjoying the view.
This is a small house and ideal for two people. It was comfortably furnished, very clean and if anything wasn't working they immediately fixed it. The owner took great care in seeing that any of our needs were met.
The bed was very comfortable and the size of the room was very nice with the full bath on that floor and the half bath on the main floor.
The kitchen was newer with nice detail in the wood cabinets, a wonderful gas stove top and hood and a large refrigerator. There were ample pans for basic cooking.
Problems or Bonuses
Our instructions were to meet the owner at the small hotel near the house and staff members from the hotel took to us to the house and made us feel very welcome. All of the staff at the hotel were wonderful to us as we came with questions almost daily about buses or a ferry to Capri or where to eat ... so our stay in Positano went very smoothly with their help.
We also had one small problem with the dining room light not working and within half an hour an electrician and someone from the hotel arrived to fix it. The hotel garden was on our property and a gardener came every day to take care of the garden; he was never intrusive and we wouldn't even have known he was there but for his car.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The agency Summer in Italy was wonderful! I highly recommend them. They try to, in a humorous way, prepare you for cultural difference with their detailed information. You also have a direct phone number to contact them if something goes wrong or you can't understand your contact for the rental. We had no such problem as everyone at the hotel spoke perfect English but it was wonderful to know that there was someone right there who could help us should we need it and not somebody sitting in California for example.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I highly recommend this villa, for two people it is perfect. You must be agile to use the bathtub and climb the stairs and well just to be in Positano you should be in good health. The views are very beautiful, the staff at the hotel couldn't have been more gracious or more helpful with whatever we asked. The villa was close to restaurants, buses and the harbor with its shops and ferries to Capri. And at the end of the day there weren't many stairs to climb to be home.
Things to do in this area
Because we didn't have a car we hired a driver the second day to take us through the Amalfi area. He was wonderful. It was not inexpensive but we were gone from 8:00 to 4:00 and saw things it would have taken us days to see on our own, including San Marco Villa. After that we really spent the rest of our time in Positano; we felt like we borrowed someone else's life for a week. I would certainly do it again.
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