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Villa | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8

Key Info
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car advised
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden

Looking down upon the captivating town of Positano and its bay, this refined and interesting private palazzo of the 18th century is now a sumptuous luxury vacation villa.

Built as an Episcopal monastery in 1716, during the baroque era, Villa Baroque stands on a rock directly above the bay. Thanks to Positano's location along the main trading route for spices, silk, and other eastern imports to the continent, many merchants stopped here. They left behind not only works of art but a mix of cultures and traditions, and the villa was enriched by many precious objects from these foreign lands. Its painted ceiling, lacquered doors, inlaid-wood furniture, and stucco work resembling lace were hand-made by the master craftsmen of that time.

Beginning in1900, Positano became an enclave of artists and writers who were inspired by the charm of the place to come back again and again. Even when the 2nd world war brought privation and poverty to Positano, the Villa retained its magnificence. Edward Ghillausen, a Jewish member of the Bauhaus movement, found refuge in Rome from the growing Nazi menace. In 1926 Mr. Ghillausen bought this villa, where he lived until he died in 2000 at nearly one hundred years old. He and his wife Eva Maria Vivaldi hosted many famous artists here, including Picasso, John Steibeck, and Alberto Moravia. From 1939 to 1945 they gave refuge to other exiled artists and authors, like the German writer Stefan Andres, whose name was given to the road that leads to the palace. Armin Wegner, Martin Wolf and the Russian painter Ivan Zagaruiko were also their friends. Each of these guests left some part of their hearts and souls in this remarkable abode.

Today, VILLA BAROQUE weaves its same enchanting spell to create a very special holiday experience. Today's owners, Giacomo, an artist, and Riccardo, an antique dealer, were themselves Ghillausen's guests. Feeling the powerful magic of the place and its history, they wanted to preserve it. Today they share its timeless beauty and extraordinary peace with a few privileged guests.

Size Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms
Access Car advised
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Sauna
Utilities Cooker, Fridge, Freezer
Rooms 4 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 4 En suites
Furniture Double beds (4)
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden
Access Parking
Further details indoors



Gate from village opens to private terrace furnished as living/dining room

Upper terrace with expansive views of the village and sea

Private spa terrace, tiled pool for hydro massage, attractive fountain

Shaded private garden with trees and flower beds


Central entrance with double staircase

Double size living room and dining room

Professional kitchen with separate dining area


Two double bedroom suites (queen sized bed), each with private sitting area and en suite bath


Two double bedrooms (queen sized bed),each with en suite bath

Full bath


Private exit to garden


Private chapel

Heated, jet stream pool with fountain

Turkish Bath


Three spa showers

Sitting room with plasma TV, Satellite

Further details outdoors


Among the outdoor areas is a garden paved with typical Vesuvian stone, with flower beds containing the old citrus, fig, and pomegranate trees, and a gazebo.

The Campania region

Italy is a wonderful country that combines stunningly landscape with unique culture. From it's modern cities to its classic

countryside there is such a variety of wondrous things to see and do. Italy's unique culture stems from its history of being many individual states/provinces.

The countries shape means that the coast is easily accessible from practically anywhere in the country.


There are many fantastic things to do in the

local area. As well as all the normal tourist activities available there is a plethora of historical churches/monasteries that are well worth a visit. A trip here

would not be complete without sampling some of the delicious local food and, of course, the wine.

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Jessica Sartoretti (Property Manager Luxury Villa Rentals France)

  • 2 Years listed

Calendar last updated:13 Apr 2014

Based in Italy

Languages spoken
  • English
  • French
  • Italian

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