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Our main terrace offers views of the mountains. Perfect for private sunbathing.

House | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6

Key Info
  • Beach or lakeside relaxation
  • Great for children of all ages
  • No pets allowed
  • Car not necessary

A 400 year old house in the centro storico of the delightful hill village of Santa Domenica Talao in Calabria, around 2+ hours from Naples. It has been fully restored in traditional style. There is a laundry on the lower ground floor. Entered from the lane, is a kitchen diner which is well equipped with a gas hob, electric oven and a large fridge freezer. There is also a twin bedded room with an en suite bathroom/shower on this floor. Upstairs is a double bedroom and en suite shower room. This room has its own small balcony with a view of the sea. Next door is the large sitting room with a Juliet balcony looking onto a lane. The sitting room has books and CDs for the CD player. Upstairs again is a further twin bedded room and a beautiful sunny and private roof terrace with table, chairs and loungers. This offers lovely views of the mountains and the surrounding hills.

The mountains are only 15 minutes from the village (which is an information point for the Pollino) and the main seaside town Scalea is only a short bus or car ride away giving you the best of both beach and countryside. There is a limited bus service into the mountain villages and Scalea so it is possible if desired for visitors to do different things.

You can get most things in the village. There are three cafe/bars, a trattoria and a ristorante along with 4 grocery stores two of which sell butcher meat. Most of the produce is grown locally or comes from Sicily. The main cafe in the piazza, Chiazza, has a wonderful roof terrace offering views of mountains and sea and additionally has WiFi. Many concerts take place in the piazza during the summer.

Size Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms
Nearest beach 6 miles
Will consider Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car not necessary, Wheelchair users
Nearest Amenities 10 m
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Edinburgh (EasyJet), Glasgow (Thomsons) to Naples , Nearest railway: Naples to Scalea in just over 2 hours. Lamezia aro
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Sea view
General CD player
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 En suites, Solarium or roof terrace
Furniture Single beds (4), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace
Access Parking, Wheelchair users

Southern Italy region

Calabria is less well known than the more popular Tuscany and the Lakes. It is however a wonderful place in which to holiday. It has miles and miles of beaches and truly magnificent mountain areas. It is very unspoiled except in the most popular of resorts such as Scalea (10 minutes from my house) and Tropea an hour or so down the coast. There are Greek and Roman sites, the 'Bronzes' in Reggio Emilio and the beautiful Aolian Islands to visit. Given that it is less popular than Tuscany means that it is 'more foreign' and a lot cheaper in terms of meals out and drinks. In my village a beautiful coffee Americano is a mere one euro.

My visits to my village are generally preceded by the likes of a visit to Salerno (where you can take a boat to Amalfi) or the ruins at Paestum; I sometimes return to the UK by going further south and visiting Stromboli or the Aolian Islands and from there a boat to Naples or merely driving or taking the train back to Naples for a feast of visits to museums or historical sites.

Santa Domenica Talao

Santa Domenica Talao and the surrounding area remains traditional. There are still the old widows in black, the shepherds looking after either goats or sheep and the old men sitting in the main piazza for most of the day, disappearing only to go home for lunch.

Life in the village starts around 7am and stops at 1 pm. Nothing happens thereafter until around 4.30-5 pm when life starts again. A death in the village results in the tolling of the church bell and following the church service, the whole village follows the cortege to the cemetery on the hill. Nearly everyone you meet is the cousin of someone else.

The village market is rather poor but both the clothes and household goods market in Scalea and their food market are large and wonderful. The cheeses in the latter, the plant stalls and the vegetable stalls with produce from the surrounding areas are a spectacle. A real treat for me is to have a glass of chilled Prosecco in one of the up market cafes. This is always accompanied by a selection of little savoury bits and pieces yet only costs 3 euros.

However there are those of us who prefer a day on the beach and the nearby town of Scalea has miles of them. Only 10 minutes by bus or car it is a great way to spend the day. In the other direction there are magnificent mountains to climb.

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11 Feb 2014

5/5

"Ideal way to discover the hidden Italy!"

This beautifully appointed house sits in an unspoilt little village in Calabria - a short bus ride from Scalea, the nearest town, which has a sandy beach, a good market, shops, and plenty of places to eat and drink..The furnishings and fittings are very tasteful and comfortable, and the roof terrace is ideal for sun-bathing, or drinks in the evening. The kitchen is fully equipped and has a genuine Italian character. The bars and restaurants in the village are superb value, and offer good simple food, with breath-taking views over the mountains. It's a perfect place to chill out, and offers lots of places to visit within easy driving distance. Local buses are erratic, but that's part of the charm!

15 Jul 2013

5/5

"Stay in a beautifully restored house in an authentic and pretty village bounded by a national park and the sea."

My family stayed for two weeks in this lovely house in a typical Calabrian hilltop village. The tasteful interior design and a high standard of equipment marks this spacious house out from the majority of other villas that I've stayed in Italy. The rooftop terrace with its views over the mountains of the national park and the coast is wonderful for sunbathing and al fresco dining.

There is lots to do in the surrounding area; there are numerous hilltop villages to visit and the nearest beach is ten minutes away. We really like Maratea and the road-trip through the mountains to Altomonte is well worth it. The highlights were white water rafting in the nearby national park: absolutely stunning scenery and great fun and hiring a boat for the day at the marina in Maratea, The coastline to the north is dotted with exquisite bays where you can swim with no-one else around....heaven!

The village has a couple of nice restaurants (try the papardelle with boar sauce) as well as a nice bar in the main piazza and we also ate out well in both Scalea and Maratea, which are within easy reach of the village.

En route home we also spent some time in Paestum with its fantastic Greek temples and on the Amalfi coast.

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