Villa in Positano
Villa | 8 bedrooms | sleeps 13
Torre Positano is a unique seaside residence enjoying a splendid location at the edge of Positano, one of the most picturesque beach resorts on the Amalfi Coast. The Torre is doubtless one of the most prestigious homes in the whole Amalfi coast; this due to its unique position, architecture and history. A master piece framed by the charming village of Positano on one side and a real breathtaking view east to west on to the open sea on the other. It sleeps 13, in five double bedrooms and three single bedrooms, seven bathrooms. A private descent leads to public beach partially used by others. This spacious accommodation is an excellent choice for a group which wants some privacy and also the chance to be together in one place.
Torre Positano sits on a rocky outcrop jutting into the turquoise sea and is accessible only by boat or on a footpath from one of Positano s main beaches. From the terrace one can look seaward toward the isles of Capri and I Galli, or turn to Positano. Positano offers no shortage of cafZs, shops and restaurants for whiling away an afternoon or evening. Visitors are also sure to enjoy a scenic drive along the coastal road, the SS145, stopping at Praiano and Amalfi and the renowned hilltop town of Ravello with its incomparable view from the famous garden of Villa Rufolo. Excursions in the other direction might include a boat trip to the island of Capri, a visit to Naples, or an exploration of Pompeii and Herculaneum, the fascinating ruins of ancient cities destroyed by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in the 1st century AD.
HISTORY OF THE HOUSE
Its history dates back to the early 13th century, when the Normans, built over this stunning promontory a guardian tower, to protect the coast from the attack of the Saracens army. It had been largely destroyed when the renowned artist, futurist architect and writer Gilbert Clavel, restored the old Norman tower at the beginning of the last century in 1927 and made it his home. The artistic sensibility of Gilbert Clavel, overwhelmed by the beauty of the site and its surroundings, encouraged him to begin the renewal, under the guidance of his artistic taste, which took form into a unique architectural structure and a specially designed interior. He custom-designed and built the wooden furniture, with the help of his personal artisan Enrico Lietz. Gilbert Clavel entertained many famous guests in his house, such as Cocteau, Depero and Pablo Picasso, who met his future wife Olga Kaklowa here.
The result is an awe-inspiring, four-level pentagonal residence, with a subterranean level built right into the rock. La Torre s interiors are characterised by a fascinating variety of shapes and furnished with a delightful simplicity. The structure in fact spreads over a number of levels and separated areas all connected by different pathways, passages, corridors and hallways in a perfect balance with the natural environment which hosts the house. This allows a large group of people to enjoy both secluded and shared spaces, leaving to its guests the choice to use their own private spaces (kitchen, lounge room etc.) or gather to embrace together that typically Dolce Vita lifestyle perfect incarnated by this sensational property.
The complete symbiosis between the architectural structure and its environment, where each one enhance the other, is not only expressed in the layout of this unique property, but as well in the choice of materials, colors and light where every detail is essential to this harmony. This results in interior and exterior being just a matter of definition! The appealing decor and unique layout, with its many corridors, stairs and terraces, is most suitable for those looking for an authentic Italian holiday without pretense or affectation. The picture is completed by an exceptional staff whose love and dedication to this property will make them an essential part to your perfect holiday.
You can arrive at the Torre by water taxi directly from the main beach, or on foot, crossing the beach at Fornillo and taking the staircase to the private entrance gate and path. There are three principal terraces and furthermore a private descent on a characteristic narrow staircase to the sunny beach. Torre Positano is one of the most particular and elegant residence in the whole Amalfi coast as it truly represents the definition of class: elegance without ostentation.
Torre Positano is made up of three different parts: La Torre, Le Sirene, Porticato. In such a way three groups can each reap the benefits of three different living areas - each with its own kitchen, living room and bedrooms.
Lower level: Modern kitchen (fridge, separate freezer, dishwasher/no gas stove for cooking, for cooking is used the Porticato kitchen).
First level: The Blue Bedroom. Cozy double bedroom (beds can be separated) with charming window overlooking towards the sea. Beautiful new en-suite bath (tub with hand-held shower) with a lovely window overlooking Positano.
Second level: Spacious living room, with views towards Positano, ocean and seacoast, with fireplace with antique glass tiles; there are also a small fridge for keeping cold drinks, TV, CD/tape player. On this level there is a charming single bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower. This bedroom has the access to a little balcony overlooking the sea and the islands of I Galli.
Third level: The Yellow Bedroom. Stairs lead up to a spacious double bedroom (queen size) finished in lemon yellow and turquoise blue tones with en-suite bathroom with double sink and bathtub (with hand-held shower). Internal staircase leads on the top of the Torre, a roof terrace with a 360¡ view over the sea and the coast.
A balcony circles the tower on three sides, and includes a south-facing open terrace, with a painted tile floor by the famous ceramicist, Ernestine.
First level: The Sirene Bedroom. Bright and spacious double bedroom (beds can be separated) with all west-facing windows. Bookcases and desk designed by Clavel. A small corridor leads to en-suite bathroom with bathtub and separate shower.
Second level: The Diamond Bedroom. In this part of the house there is also a single bedroom nicknamed Diamante for the diamond shape of the ceiling, designed by Clavel when he laid the parquet floor. A charming and distinctive room with a window onto Positano. TV with satellite, fan. Unique open space small bathroom with shower and only drapes for privacy.
Third level: Living - dining room with bamboo couches and chairs for five, round dining table for four. TV with VCR (PAL) and satellite. Portable CD/tape player/tuner. New corner kitchen (microwave, fridge, separate freezer, small electric grill, double sink/no gas stove for cooking, for cooking is used the Porticato kitchen) with granite counter.
Le Sirene has also a fantastic, spacious, terrace with breathtaking views of the Isole dei Galli and the Amalfi Coast. Teak dining table with director chairs for eight, BBQ.
Lower level: One finds long, tiled dining terrace furnished with large wood table large enough to accommodate everyone for long lunch or al fresco dinner. The view, stupendous through an open stone arch framing Positano, is comfortable and delightful by day and night. On this level one finds also a sitting room, furnished with red and white cushions on wicker couches, accommodates six comfortably. CD/tape player. Double doors and windows open to the dining terrace. A small corridor leads to the main fully equipped kitchen (5-burner gas stove, oven, large fridge, separate freezer, dishwasher), recently redone with ceramics of Vietri and a charming window facing Positano. This is also the kitchen where Angela, the wonderful chef, prepares delicious meals! Spacious adjacent room, generally used by the staff for laundry, casual meals, etc. Arched glass doors lead to covered terrace and washing machine/dryer.
This floor also accommodates the custodian s apartment which has its own and independent access. Please ask the custodian if you have any questions during your stay.
First level: The Green Bedroom. Lovely double bedroom (beds can be separated) screened, opening onto the principal terrace. Ceiling fan. Breathtaking view of Positano. This bedroom shares, with a single bedroom, a beautiful full bathroom (tub with hand held shower) with bright yellow tiles, double sink and small window facing Positano. The single bedroom is also called The Library, recently restored, but respecting the typical style of the house, antique parquet floor and original desk designed by Clavel. Window and double doors open to the principal terrace. On this floor there is also a new guest half bathroom. The New Bedroom, recently restored double bedroom (beds can be separated) and a bathroom with shower.
Monday and Saturday arrivals preferred but other weekdays possible, please inquire. Arrival must be by 6 pm. Full staff includes caretaker, housekeeper (6 hrs/day, 7 days/week), fantastic cook (she used to cook for the famous San Pietro Hotel in Positano) and waiter/waitress for meals are available. Some English spoken by caretaker and cook. Linens changed twice weekly.
You arrive at the Torre only by boat directly from the main beach, or on foot, crossing the stone beach at Fornillo and taking the staircase to the private entrance gate and path. Taxi-boat service available 24/7 from main beach, please inquire. IT IS NOT POSSIBLE TO REACH THE HOUSE BY CAR. Parking at public car park in Positano only, approx. 15 minutes from house.
There are numerous staircases, corridors and walkways linking the various rooms, making this hazardous for anyone unsteady on their feet. Because of the staircases, terraces, corridors, protrusions and slopes, this house is unsuitable for very active children. Children have to be under adults supervision.
Linens changed twice weekly.
Two cribs available for children up to 3 yrs old.
Transfers and excursions available.
All the bathrooms, except the half one, are provided with hairdryer.
Fans available for all bedrooms.
Air-conditioning in the following rooms:
La Torre: in the 2 bedrooms and in the living room.
Le Sirene: in the 2 bedrooms and in the living room.
Porticato: in the 3 bedrooms.
Air-conditioning is included in the price.
The cook: 6 hours per day (from 10 am to 4 pm). She works 7/7 days except for rentals longer than a week when Saturday is her day off.
There is a boat available: Aprea Mare model, length 8.5 m, 120 PS, 20 knots. The boat is comfortably equipped and you can enjoy the sun lying on large cushions. Capri can be reached by boat within 30 minutes. There is also a small shower aboard. The boat will be steered by a professional skipper. Get on board!
Amalfi Coast, on edge of Positano.
600 m2 in the house.
200 m2 terraces, loggia, corridors.
3 living rooms, 3 kitchens, 8 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms & more rooms.
See bottom right for details.
An outstanding ancient tower with adjoining buildings, built on a promontory on the edge of Positano, on the sea.
Private descent leads to a public beach.
Boat access from the property to Positano town, Capri island or other excursions.
Full staff: maid service, cook, custodian, transfer service.
Positano: 15 minutes on foot, 5 minutes by boat
Sorrento: 30 minutes by car, 20 minutes by boat
Amalfi/Ravello: 45 minutes - 1 hour by car, 40 minutes by boat
Naples airport: 1 hour
Rome airport: 3 hours
Bed, bath and kitchen linens changed twice a week (Saturday and Wednesday).
Water, electricity, gas, air-conditioning in LA TORRE, LE SIRENE and PORTICATO, WIFI Internet connection included and available in the 75% of the property, final cleaning.
House cleaning servive 6 hours per day (9 am - 3 pm/6 days per week).
Chef 6 hours per day (10 am - 4 pm/6 days per week).
Custodian during day time for general service.
Transfer service with luggage from Positano to the property on the arrival day and back to Positano on the departure day.
Rent Does Not Include
Telephone, personal laundry, extra staff hours, security deposit.
Food, wine and consumables.
Boot with skipper, gas for the boat.
A group (or three groups) of friends travelling together.
Yes. WIFI Internet access and fax available.
Special prices if renting the house more than a week:
2 weeks: Euro 39900
3 weeks: Euro 56900
1 month: Euro 73900
Rental periods from Friday to Friday or Saturday to Saturday are preferred (other days possible, please inquire).
Availability only during the above mentioned dates.
For this property the check-in is possible between 4 and 6 pm.
For bookings long time in advance and for the next season usually only minimum two-week-rentals are accepted - only beginning March each year one-week-rentals can be accepted. But if you are interested in one week only, please contact us anyway - we are pleased to ask whether exceptions are possible.
For bookings with more than 3 children please inquire.
Two baby beds available for children up to 3 years.
Pets not allowed.
Refundable security deposit to be paid in euros when booking:
Security deposit: EUR 4000 for one week (plus EUR 1000 for each extra week).
From this amount EUR 2000 will be wired to the owner by HIDDEN ITALY. Eventual damages or extra expenses (such as telephone, food, beverages etc.) will be deducted from the security deposit. The difference will be returned to the customer by the owner in cash upon departure.
The other EUR 2000 will be kept by HIDDEN ITALY and will be wired to the customer by the agency after departure.
Telephone, fax, personal laundry, extra staff hours, groceries, driver, skipper, boat, gas for the boat to be paid in euros on the premises:
Telephone, fax: metered.
Personal laundry: EUR 15 per hour.
Extra staff hours: EUR 15 per hour.
Food, beverages, wine and consumables.
Driver, skipper, boat and gas for the boat: please check price on the premises.
Included in the price:
Bed, bath and kitchen linens changed twice a week (Saturday and Wednesday).
WIFI Internet connection included and available in the 75% of the property.
One baby bed for children up to 2 years.
House cleaning service 6 hours per day (9 am - 3 pm): 7 days per week for one week rentals; 6 days per week (except Saturday) if the villa is rented for more than one week. (Extra service - for example personal laundry service - if required: EUR 15 per hour).
Chef Angela 6 hours per day (10 am - 4 pm): 7 days per week for one week rentals; 6 days per week (except Saturday) if the villa is rented for more than one week. In this time frame Angela will prepare lunch; she is also available to prepare dinner, but she will not serve dinner. (Extra service - for example preparation of dinner - if required: EUR 20 per hour).
Custodian during day time available for general service.
Transfer service with luggage: from Positano to the property on the arrival day and back to Positano on the departure day. Any other transfer from/to Positano is not included and will be charged.
Private access to public beach, which is accessable from Torre Positano or the sea only.
|Size||Sleeps up to 13, 8 bedrooms|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Rooms||8 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms of which 7 Family bathrooms|
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