Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 5745: Summer in Italy, Villa Barbara C
2bed/1bath apartment in Santa Maria di Casellabate, Campania
June 2014, 1 week
The Villa Barbara apartments are in a cluster of three buildings perched just above the beach at Santa maria di Castellabate. It's just far enough away from the village to be quiet, but still an easy walk or drive into town. Beautiful views, and a lovely, quiet beach.
There is an informal beach bar in the complex where you can get simple meals and drinks. There are three small grocery stores in Santa Maria, and several bakeries, fruit/veg shops, many restaurants in the village. Parking can be a challenge in summer, but we always found spaces in the lots at the far end of town.
The building was in excellent shape, and very quiet. You enter to a large patio, with a nice view. Inside is a room with kitchen, table/chairs, and a comfortable futon sofa. A small bathroom, and two small bedrooms (one with double bed, one with twin bunk beds). Also a small terrace off the kitchen.
You can view the property directly: Villa Barbara C.
The patio is lovely, with table,large umbrella, and chairs. Sweeping view of the water and to the Amalfi coastline on clear days.
The gorgeous sandy beach is down a steep driveway, and then about 25-30 stone steps down. The complex has a lido area where you get two chairs and umbrella assigned to you. There is a "free" beach area right next door if you want to spread out a bit more on towels. We were the only Americans, the beaches were mostly populated by Italian families and some vacationing Germans and Swiss.
Furnishings were Ikea-type, comfortable and simple. Very clean.
Standard Italian bed, somewhat on the hard side. The bathroom was fine, with a good shower.
Kitchen had fridge, cook-top, enough materials for simple meal preparation. No oven or microwave.
Problems or Bonuses
As the complex is built into a hillside, you need to be prepared for the very steep driveway down, once you clear the slow-moving electric gate at the top. (with cars whizzing at you, it's a bit of an adventure). Parking for the units is tight, but this particular unit has one of the best parking spaces, alongside the unit's entrance and not crammed with the others.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Summer in Italy was fantastic - one of the best agencies I've dealt with in 14 years of renting in Italy. Prompt, helpful, factual.
The people working at the complex were helpful and friendly.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I'd love to stay here again, it was so relaxing and beautiful. Away from the craziness of the Amalfi, with natural hillsides and small towns leaning down to the water. Great place for people looking for an Italian beach experience.
Things to do in this area
We spent mornings and late afternoons on the beach, and in between explored Paestum, Pompeii (1.5 hour drive), the interior towns, and down the very windy coast. Sadly, the premier restaurant in the area, Taverna de Pescatore, has closed. See my blog, Destination Anywhere, for details of our time in the area.
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