Villa Aragona is the ultimate luxury escape; steeped in history, with breathtaking views and wonderful gardens. Sleeps 18.
8 km from Sorrento
2 km from Massa Lubrense
15 km from Positano
25 km from Amalfi
50 km from Naples
30 km from Pompeii
8 double bedrooms, 1 single bedroom, 1 double sofa bed, 7 bathrooms, 1 cloakroom toilet
Minimum stay: 3 nights
With its warren of rooms, almost ecclesiastic feel, sumptuous furniture and magnificent grounds, Villa Aragona is the perfect spot for a relaxing holiday with family and friends, or for a bigger event like a wedding or baptism.
Standing proudly on the rugged hillside, midway between the Gulf of Naples and the Gulf of Salerno, Villa Aragona has occupied this glorious landscape since 1600, when it began life as a manor farm named after the Spanish royal family said to have settled an encampment on the land in the 16th century. The buildings are still surrounded by around two acres of land, rich with citrus and fruit trees; and a large olive grove, which yields a crop of extra virgin oil to this day.
Although the building itself has undergone several transformations, the atmosphere of peace and the sense of belonging to the land remains.
The living space
The property itself comprises a substantial main villa over three floors and cellar, and a separate annexe in the gardens, next to a yoga studio.
Renovated throughout, the villa retains the atmosphere of the past, with wooden-beamed ceilings, tall shuttered windows, antique fireplaces and fine furnishings, carefully selected to complement each room. Air conditioning is available in the annexe; the thick, ancient walls keep the air cool throughout the year in the main villa, so air conditioning is not necessary.
Three ground-floor living rooms give you a choice where to sit, relax and chat over a cup of tea; each is individually decorated and offers a different view of the villa’s sumptuous gardens. The splendid ‘cigar room’ has a mobile bar, well-stocked with a selection of rums and liqueurs and a double sofa bed, another of the living rooms has two singles that can be made double on request. There is access to a patio area outside, with tables, chairs and parasols; just one of many charming places to eat al fresco within the extensive gardens (ideal for Pizza party).
The two sitting rooms on the first floor have comfortable sofas, satellite TV and panoramic views of the hillsides sweeping down to the blue sea beyond.
There is a small kitchen downstairs which is charmingly equipped with an authentic bread oven – perfect for making pizzas. From the kitchen, stairs lead down to a small cellar, where wines and liqueurs are stored.
The kitchen on the second floor is very well equipped with oven, hob, fridge-freezer and the smaller appliances you would expect. Tucked away on a balcony is the washing machine, and the terrace off of this kitchen has a gorgeous view over the Gulf of Naples dotted with the islands of Capri, Procida and Ischia. It is hard to conceive a more amazing spot for breakfast or for delighting in the sunset with an Aperol Spritz or a glass of prosecco. Why not enjoy a dinner here cooked by the villa’s Nonna chef?
The bedrooms and bathrooms
Of the eight bedrooms, two are downstairs in the main building; one double and one single, along with one bathroom. On the first floor are three double bedrooms – two of them en suite – and a further bathroom.
On the second floor is the beautiful master bedroom with en suite shower room. With exposed wood beams and breathtaking views on two sides, this is a truly special place to wake up in the morning.
On the first floor: There are three bedrooms, two bathrooms are en suite with a third off the corridor. Each comfortable bedroom is unique, but all have white walls, dark furniture and charming, clever details. The bathrooms are gorgeously done out with spa-style modern fittings. All have bidets, and spacious showers – three in total – and some with double sinks.
From the garden, you can explore the enchanting annexe, accessed via the olive grove. On the ground floor, there is a double bedroom and bathroom with a shower, washbasin, bidet and toilet. Moving upstairs, there is a double bedroom with wonderful views and an en suite shower room.
The annexe is air-conditioned throughout.
Next door is the yoga studio; with high ceilings, wooden floors and bathed in light, this indulgent space is perfect for yoga, Pilates or meditation. There is an attached cloakroom toilet for convenience.
Please note that there is also a further separate building, with a private entrance. This is used on occasion by the owners when they are tending to the gardens.
The Mediterranean garden is simply beautiful, encircling and protecting the house as it has done for centuries. Each season offers something to admire, from the flowers of the magnolia tree in spring to the scent of jasmine and ripening fruits in summer; from the acorns and falling leaves of the oak trees in autumn to the structured boughs of the cypress and pine trees in winter.
Guests are welcome to help themselves to organically grown produce, including many fresh herbs. The huge variety of fruit trees within the gardens include passion fruit, kiwi, apple, pear, cherry, apricots, plums, mulberries, cherries, elderberries, pomegranates, oranges, tangerines, lemons and figs – and there is a pergola of grapes, delicious in the autumn!
There are so many places to sit and admire the glorious views that you need not visit the same spot twice. Favourites include the upstairs corner terrace where there is room to eat and enjoy the sunset over the bay; the shady forecourt, enclosed in trees and vines and the relaxed benches outside the living rooms.
Surrounded by wooden decking, the 5 by 5 metre swimming pool is a blissful place to relax in the sunshine, with the views stretching out before you. Next to the pool is a loo and shower for your convenience.
The heated Jacuzzi is for up to eight people. It is filled with spring water from a well in the grounds and purified with chlorine-free products. Measuring approximately 2.5m square, it is the perfect place to unwind. Afterwards, soak up the sunshine on a sun lounger, or chill out beneath the shade of one of the ancient trees.
The local area
Villa Aragona is within easy reach of Sorrento, a windy 8 km drive away with its narrow, cobbled streets, splendid piazzas and beautiful views over the water to Naples and Mt Vesuvius. It is also the perfect base for exploring the many attractions of the Sorrento Peninsula and beyond.
The hilltop village of Sant’Agata sui Due Golfi is a 20-minute walk away and has spectacular views over the Bay of Naples on one side and the Bay of Salerno on the other. It is home to a supermarket and several good restaurants, including the two-Michelin-starred Don Alfonso.
The rugged hills above Massa Lubrense offer amazing views of this unspoilt peninsula at every turn and are criss-crossed with paths and tracks through lemon and olive groves, making this fantastic walking country.
This villa is truly one of a kind. Come to relax with family and friends, come to retreat and replenish, come to mark one of life’s big events, or come to explore this beautiful part of the world.