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Italy Vacation Rentals - Certified Luxury Villas, & Apartments
Luxury villa near Ravello
Casa Ulysses, a private home set among a lushly terraced hillside is found off of the winding approach road leading up to Ravello in just under a mile. A terraced footpath behind the villa leads uphill to one of the Amalfi coast's most quaint villages. The walk is for those who enjoy a brisk hike.
From 900 feet above sea level, heavenly views over the sapphire blue Mediterranean are enjoyed from several perfectly placed outdoor patios and most of the rooms inside. With its own little lemon grove, flower filled paths and exquisitely manicured garden areas, this is a tropical oasis.
From the local parking area, a 150 yard pedestrian lane ends at Casa Ulysses' gated entry which leads down to this home's three terraced levels. They are reached from outdoor stairways set along both sides of the home with about 30 steps between each level - agility is necessary for this seaside retreat.
Casa Ulysses is made up of three separate suites entered from the outside only. The largest suite is on the upper level with three bedrooms, a living/dining area and a kitchen. Two suites occupy the middle level with each having one bedroom and a kitchenette. Each bedroom has with its own private bath richly decorated with locally painted ceramic tiles.
The lowest level referred to as the garden level is where everyone flocks to spend together time whether it's in the professionally equipped kitchen with an adjoining dining room, the covered dining patio with a barbecue grill or the inviting outdoor living room where at the touch of a button, transparent wall panels retract into a wood beamed ceiling transforming it into a breezy garden oasis.
A plunge pool set on a level above the villa is open from May through mid-October. There is also a hot tub on the grounds.
The entire property is air conditioned and fully screened. The owner provides built-in hair dryers and complimentary toiletries. A hearty continental breakfast buffet is served every morning, and refresh cleanings with a towel change take place every other day.
On the upper level of the villa, there is a reception office open daily from 8 am to 6 pm for guest assistance. They are available to organize restaurant reservations, arrange car service and answer questions about the location. A complimentary tasting of olive oil, wine and limoncello is offered at the owner's boutique in Ravello where she sells ceramics and gourmet foods from all over Italy. The tasting lasts 45 minutes and is scheduled upon arrival.
Heating, air conditioning and luggage porter service are included in the price. At additional cost, guests may order home cooked meals served at the villa. Parking is available in a paid lot near the pedestrian walkway, and the amount is paid to the owner on-site who organizes a parking pass for the stay.
Ravello, the most charming of the Amalfi coast villages offers unsurpassed sweeping sea views, fragrant cloistered gardens, an 11th century Duomo and a variety of dining and shopping choices. The town's bus stop has frequent service to Amalfi with connections to Positano and Sorrento. A ten minute drive leads to the coastal village of Minori and the ruins of Villa Romana, a 1st century Roman villa. Pretty Maiori with a small sandy beach or Amalfi with ferry service from June through October heading to Positano and Capri are 15 minutes away; Praiano and its hidden little beach coves: 25; Positano: 45; Sorrento or Pompeii: 60; Naples: 90.
A tourist tax collected by the town is paid separately on the first seven nights. Children under age 16 are exempt.
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Upper level: From the parking, a 150 yard pedestrian walkway and 33 steps lead down to the upper level. Suite A: Entrance into living/dining room for four with sofabed. Kitchen area with stove top, oven, fridge, US-Style coffee maker, and toaster. One sea view bedroom with an adjacent bathroom with shower. Two bedrooms each with an en suite bathroom; one has a furnished sea view balcony and the other has a door leading to a furnished patio with sea views. A second living/dining room for four with a hideaway kitchen with a sink, two burners, microwave and minifridge. Reception office.
Middle level: From the entry gate, there are 64 steps to reach Suite B: Independent entrance into a living room for two and hideaway kitchen. One sea view bedroom with an adjacent shower. Suite C: Independent entrance into a small foyer with a hideaway kitchen. One sea view bedroom. One bathroom. Outside the entrance is a small, sea view furnished patio and the walkway to the hot tub and outdoor shower area.
Lower level: From the entry gate, there are 90 steps to reach the lower level: Main dining room. One bathroom with washing machine. Main kitchen with five burner stove top, oven, second convection oven, double sink, fridge, dishwasher, ice maker, commercial espresso machine and doors to a covered, sea view patio furnished for outdoor dining. Barbecue area with grill and double sink. There is a permanently covered outdoor living room overlooking the sea with evening lighting and retractable Plexiglas walls.