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Review 5479: Owner, Mansion - Procida House with Garden (#451032d)
3bed/1bath house in Procida, Campania
October 2012, 3 nights
The house is located about a 20 minute walk to the port, and walkable to many beaches. There were shops close by, and the area is developed insomuch as Procida is, of the islands in the bay of Naples, the most densely populated, but the house felt removed because of the garden.
There is a grocery store about a five-minute walk away. I know there were shops in several directions, but our stay was so short, we mostly walked to the marina. There was a fabulous bakery close by (Panettiere) that also sold fresh gnocchi, a great cafe in the marina (Bar Rome) for coffee and pastries, restaurants, seafood markets. Part of our regret at so short a stay was that we didn't get to market for supplies.
The building felt like old Procida. It was unbelievable. Excellent condition, but it is very old and therefore quirky. If you are looking for a pristine, predictable room, this probably isn't for you. But if you want a place that actually gives you a feeling for the history of the people who have lived on the island for generations, you couldn't do better.
The kitchen is outfitted with old glassware, there are old photographs on the walls, and the bookshelf is full of old books (even an old cookbook, the handwritten recipes between the pages). How is it not pristine and predictable? Well, there is no shower drain-pan, so it works like it did in old Europe, there is a drain in the middle of the bathroom floor. And the towels and linens aren't all plush and matching. Quirky and totally charming. It was really quiet, and there were several terraces to catch the breezes and look out to the blue waters. The only other people there are the owners, who live in an addition to the old building.
The garden was the best part. Every kind of citrus tree imaginable, kiwis, a garden. It is, of course, used by the owners, but they welcome guests to take what they like.
Some of the furniture was on the elderly side and too squishy for our tastes, but the beds were firm. It took us a while to be able to navigate the apartment, as its layout was unusual, but we loved this. It was very clean.
The beds were firm, which was great for me. My daughter complained a little about my bed, but found hers to be fine. There is one bathroom, it was spotless. The shower was great - note above about no shower-pan, but the temperature and pressure were perfect.
I loved the kitchen. It was clean and bright, with two terraces leading off of it. The table had enough seating for our five, but there was an outdoor table that my younger ones always chose instead. I only wish I'd been able to cook there more.
Problems or Bonuses
Huge bonus was the garden. And the owners stocked the kitchen with kiwis, oranges (and laid out the orange juice maker), limes. They even put out three beautiful bottles of their homemade jarred tomatoes. They were lovely people, gave us eggs if they saw us after collecting eggs, offered us espresso. Very friendly. A long term stay would be so rewarded here.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
I worked with the owner who does speak English. The price was lower than I would have expected (about €200 for three nights, plus a clean-up fee), given how graciously we were received and the extreme loveliness of the place.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Absolutely. If I were to stay in Procida again, I would seek this place out and even adjust my visit if they were booked. I can't imagine staying elsewhere on the island than in this beautiful house with these lovely people. It fit well with how we travel, which is that we look for experiences, not just a bed.
Things to do in this area
Just what I've said above. With such a short visit, and we spent most of our days on Naples or Ischia so we didn't get to explore Procida as much as I would have liked. Also, we went in late October, so what many consider the best restaurants were closed for the season, which is something to keep in mind.
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