Italian coastal gem
Prepare to be amazed when you experience the incredible view from this unique gay owned villa on the Amalfi coast. Picturesque gardens, the sparkling Mediterranean and craggy coastal paths on the doorstep make this an idyllic romantic getaway. A uniquely designed villa that sleeps two – with a ceiling made of glass bricks – this is an architectural gem to be treasured.
In the hamlet of Nocelle, 400 meters above sea-level and just 5km away (or 1700 steps) from Positano on Italy’s most famous shoreline, the Amalfi coast, Secret Garden is ideally located for everything this celebrated area has to offer. Nocelle itself, surrounded by a natural park reserve and on the ‘Walk Of The Gods’ hiking trail, has two restaurants and a shop, but once you’ve walked down the private stone staircase surrounded by olive, lemon and fig trees, to the villa, you’ll feel miles away from anywhere.
The Amalfi coast, a legendary chosen destination of artists, poets, musicians and film stars since the 1950s, encompasses the towns of Positano, Praiano, Amalfi, Sorrento and Ravello, where you’ll discover Michelin-starred restaurants, designer shops, art galleries and wonderful bars in which to sit, drink and watch the world go by.
For day trips, Sorrento is 18.5km away and Pompei, 36km. There’s a taxi service and a Sita bus service too. The closest international airport is Naples, which is approx 60km away, from which Richard can arrange transfers for a car free holiday in Italy.
- Having such an amazing view of the sea and the coastline makes this property magical
- The flowing design and the thoughtful interiors, compliment the environment perfectly; stunning, calming and romantic
- Waking up to the sound of birdsong and having a morning coffee on the terrace watching the birds swoop and dive along the coastal paths and out to sea, is a memory to store up for rainy days back home
- The fact that you feel completely secluded from the rest of the world is ideal, yet you’re close to the bustling town of Positano if you crave an evening out
- Richard, the charming owner who lives nearby, has boundless local knowledge and is also generous with fruit and vegetables picked from his garden, which you can we use to cook your dinner. Fresh and fabulous!
- The interesting glass bricked ceilings make the property light, airy and cheerful
- The house comprises an open living space which includes a living area with open fire, sleeping area and kitchen, all under a spectacular glass roof
- If you wish to write or work, there’s a study with desk and bookcase and views overlooking the sea. The house has Wifi
- Also with sea-views, the kitchen is equipped with dishwasher, oven, fridge-freezer
- Large outdoor living area with a hammock, table, chairs and loungers
- Separate bathroom with shower
- Laundry area with washing machine
- Available to rent between May 1 and October 30
The eminently charming, multi-lingual, owner, Richard Fowler, came to Nocelle in the early 1980s, when he was working as an artistic director in Denmark. He fell in love with the area and moved to Nocelle permanently. He designed and built, The Secret Garden, with local craftsmen, and rents it out for part of the year. Richard lives nearby when the villa is rented out so he is on hand if you need him.
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Positano, Amalfi Coast, Italy
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Positano, Amalfi Coast, Italy