Villa White – Praiano – Amalfi Coast
7 + 1 Double bedrooms(on request) – Pool – SPA (on request)
This spectacular property went through a very recent and arduous renovation period after being purchased, in 2006, by its present owner. After a full year of renovation, this property now offers vacationers a small piece of paradise along the Amalfi Coast. Located in Praiano, the property was owned by a noble Neapolitan Princess, who built the first structure of the villa at the beginning of the 1900’s. After being sold to a Chilean consulate, it then changed hands into a pair of famous designers, who owned the property from the 1980’s through recent. It was at this time that the villa underwent a conformation to elite destination, hosting many international figures, such as Racquel Welch, Donna Karan, Julia Roberts, and Michael Keaton, to name a few. The property still enjoys some of the original décor pieces from ancestors of its first proprietor.
The Villa (780 Sq. M.), a nice mixture between modern and rare, is situated approximately two minute walk from town’s main Dom, right along the coastline, and enjoys a private entrance by sea, up a flight of 202 steps that take you from the beach to the villa’s pool deck. In fact, to get to the villa, via the Duomo of Praiano and the main Amalfi Coast road, all you need to do is follow signs to the beach.
The entrance into the property is through a portion of the private garden into a small study where a laptop lay at guests’ disposal (WI-FI Internet throughout). The format of the property allows for guests to flow from the rooms out onto the large, panoramic terraces that surround the property. The entrance study leads, straight ahead, into the large kitchen, where two, large wooden dining tables for 12 guests sit below large chandeliers. The new kitchen is fully equipped with a 6-range stovetop, oven, microwave, American coffee pot, and many more accessories all at guests’ disposal. The living room, also situated off of the entrance study, is a large, modern double living room with white décor, 17-foot high ceilings, and access directly onto the large, panoramic terrace. The terrace enjoys large, white sofas, a day bed, fireplace, and décor pieces (silver candelabra, small vases, etc.) are situated throughout. The living room also has air conditioning.
The living room leads you down a corridor, which takes you to the first two bedrooms. The bedroom at the end of the corridor is a large, double bedroom with air conditioning, a fireplace, and direct access out onto the terrace. The second bedroom off of this corridor is not usually used during rentals. It is a double bedroom with access out onto the large, panoramic terrace, however, as we tend not to rent this property to more than 10 people at a time (enquire during reservation), we leave this bedroom locked, allowing guests to choose between the remaining 6. The large bathroom down the corridor enjoys a shower.
The second floor of the house, found up a two flights of steps (in all 30 steps) off of the entrance study, consists of two master bedrooms, each with en-suite bathroom, and a large, triple panoramic living room, all enjoying vast amounts of natural light. The first bedroom suite has modern, white décor and large, panoramic windows looking out over the Mediterranean and the Island of Capri. The queen size double bedroom enjoys a small, internal sitting room with several chairs and a small breakfast table, fireplace, flat screen TV, dresser, closet, and several bedside lamp tables, while fresh flowers perfume throughout. The en-suite bathroom enjoys a panoramic bathtub overlooking the coastline, with showerhead and separate bidet and toilet area. The bathroom enjoys white, ceramic tile floors and lots of light. The second master bedroom, also found on the second floor, boasts a separate sitting room with day bed (which can be used as a single bed) and access to a small terrace. It flows into the master bedroom with large double bed, 42 inch TV, fireplace, electric curtains, and large, panoramic windows overlooking the Mediterranean. The large, en-suite bathroom enjoys an ancillary make-up room, and bathroom with shower.
The large living room found on the second floor also enjoys a large fireplace, an L-shaped sofa with coffee table, large, panoramic windows with views out to the Island of Capri and the town of Positano. The living room also enjoys entrance out to a small breakfast terrace with a ceramic table and chairs.
The remaining three bedrooms are all annexes, from the guesthouse found on the pool deck, to the ‘beach front’ apartment, to the tower annex, housed in a tower over 1,000 years old. The pool suite has entrance through its small kitchen (with small refrigerator, sink, and two range stovetop) into the double bedroom with dresser. The pool suite also enjoys a panoramic en-suite bathroom with shower. The tower dependance is located off of the pool deck, and entrance is either directly from the garden or up a flight of 20 steps to the tower. The tower dependance is located on two floors. The bottom floor houses the full bathroom with shower, while the top floor enjoys a double bed, sofa, and a working fireplace, as well as panoramic views. The dependance does not have air conditioning, but a portable unit is available, upon request. The beachfront apartment is found down the long path of steps that leads from the villa’s pool deck down to the beach. It is necessary to walk 164 steps from the pool deck to get to the beach apartment; however, it could very well be worth the walk. Although the unit has a couch, which pulls out to the double bed, it enjoys a fireplace, a lovely, beachside terrace and en-suite bathroom with shower. The unit is located 38 steps up from the beach, where there is a public bathing facility and a nice, seaside restaurant. Guests can rent umbrellas and beach lounge chairs and food can also be delivered from the restaurant and brought up to the villa.
The gardens of the property cover about 3,000 square meter and boast a large, panoramic terrace at the front of the house, with a large, glass dining table and seating for 8, overlooking the Amalfi Coast and Positano. This terrace bleeds onto a second, panoramic terrace with large lounge chairs, small sofas, and coffee tables. The gardens and terraces, filled with various species of floral and plants, thread all over the property and include the pool deck, with light-bulb shaped pool and 6 chaise lounge chairs with umbrellas covering for shade and small coffee tables flanked by another round, ceramic table and cast-iron chairs for six. The pool deck leads into the tower dependance, which enjoys a large terrace area to its side. Moreover, the villa encompasses a full spa of 1600 square feet including a four person Jacuzzi, a small gym, a Turkish bath, sauna, and a massage table (please ask about the Spa when enquiring; renovations may not yet be finished). The gardens finish behind the house with a large pizza oven and wine cellar.
Staff (gardener, cook, 2 cleaning staff) house located off premises, 20 feet from the main entrance of the villa. Villa staff house connected by intercom & telephone with the main house. Staff hours decided with client. Spa Manager present when spa is open (please enquire).
6 Double bedrooms (3 annexes)
1 Further double bedrooms available on request
All bedrooms have working fireplace (except for pool suite), air conditioning (except for Tower apartment where portable unit is available), stereo with CD player, SAT TV
3.000 Sq. m. garden
Pool area with 6 chaise lounge chairs with umbrellas and tables
Equipped kitchen with a 6-range stovetop, oven, microwave, American coffee pot, and many more accessories
WI-FI internet and Satellite TV throughout
DVD and laptop
A Turkish bath, sauna, and a massage table
Closed circuit video surveillance in house
Included in the rental: big continental breakfast, porter service, full staff (gardener, 2 cleaning staff), daily linen changes, all utilities, laundry; Cook (on request)
Full menu can be brought by beachside restaurant
Arrival by land or sea (sea arrival extra; enquire about costs when reserving)
Phone and fax calls to be paid on site