A delightful residence of times past
So you`d like to go on a trip with your friends? And you're looking for a house with a garden and a pool? You want infinite space and privacy as well? You're looking for a house with great flair and authentic atmosphere? You want to walk to a village? The famous Campanian cities such as Naples and the ancient Pompei should be within easy reach? And, above all, excursions to the seaside and the scenic Amalfi coast should be possible too? Villa della Marchesa offers all of this and much more!
The exceptionally big villa sits on a fenced property, in a dominant position just underneath a medieval castle, in the centre of the historical village of Lauro, 34 km from Naples.
The imposing house, whose halls echo the decadence of times past, was originally a convent transformed in the XVIII century into a residential country house and enlarged in the XIX century. If not rented to holiday guests it is the summer residence of the present owners, two countesses, belonging to a family past with an important role in the historic events of the Italian history.
The interiour of Villa della Marchesa has been completely renovated down to the last detail while maintaining its original charm and character. Every stone was picked up, dusted off and put back where it belonged.
This is a place to start a voyage back to past epochs, into other worlds. You will find a shimmering century-old marble floor in the reception hall, ancient (handmade!) maiolica tile floors or traditional Neapolitan "cotto" in the living rooms, one spacious room leads to the next..., halls and drawings rooms follow each other..., fine round arches decorate the ceilings, vases decorate the marble fireplaces, Murrina glass shines above the long table in the dining room, paintings adorn many a room and a concert grand piano awaits gifted hands in the large drawing room... The villa is completely and consistently furnished with antiques, and relaxing in one of the many sofas you wish to drift back to the past...
You may know that comparable houses have, almost without exception, all been converted into residences or hotels, which are now presented in an anonymous style; the flair of the old palaces has often vanished in the course of modernisation. Unlike this trend, the property offered here has always been owned by the family, it is privately run and has retained its authentic atmosphere: Villa della Marchesa remains unchanged, from tip to toe the furnishing is original, a place where you can experience how life might have been in the 18th century. The villa and its gardens have been classified by the Italian Ministry of Fine Arts.
On nearly 1000 sqm floor area! Villa della Marchesa comfortably sleeps 10 people. On special request upon booking a 6th bedroom with en suite bathroom might be opened at an extra charge.
The large, panoramic terrace is equipped with two tables and chairs to seat 16 people. It is a wonderful place to enjoy al fresco dining in the morning or after sunset.
The garden is not large but botanically interesting with palms, yuccas and lemon trees. On the rear of the villa there is a fountain shaped swimming pool with a small changing cubicle, an outdoor shower and a sun resting area with some sunloungers for the private use of the guests.
A housekeeper couple lives on the premises (separate living area with separate entrance) and is available to give you assistance in case of need. Here you´ll enjoy the friendly atmosphere of a private family residence with all the comforts which make it agreeable for a larger group to stay together. There are two cappuccino bars just below the house (approx. 100 m distant) where you can have breakfast as the locals do.
Our Guests Reviews
Sehr geehrte Frau Röhrig,
wir möchten Ihnen noch eine Rückmeldung/Bewertung zukommen lassen. Die Villa war wirklich einmalig schön und einzigartig in den Räumlichkeiten und in der Ausstattung und entsprach genau Ihrer Beschreibung und unseren Erwartungen.
Der Ort ist klein und übersichtlich und abends und nachts süditalienisch laut. Gefühlt waren wir die einzigen Touristen. Ganz besonders genossen haben wir den abendlichen Blick auf den Sonnenuntergang von der Terrasse aus (häufig mit einem Feuerwerk in der Ferne).
Die Betreuung durch Rosa und Tomaso war herzlich und ganz hervorragend.
Insgesamt eine gelungene Urlaubswoche. (5 Sterne). Wir können das Objekt uneingeschränkt weiterempfehlen.
Mit freundlichen Grüßen
G. Fölster, August 2015
Left on Aug 6, 2013 for a stay in Jul 2013
Villa della Marchese is a lovely and beautiful villa next to a medieval castle lying in an small friendly town around 50 minutes drive from Naples. We have been welcomed by the one of the owners herself and serviced during our stay by a friendly family living in the villa. They took very good care of us. The villa had a lot of space for everone with five bed- and bathrooms. Also the booking service through Hidden Italy went very well.
"An excellent experience"
The villa is absolutely breathtaking... we just wanted to stay "at home" so we could savour it. Our welcome by the owner was warm and we felt special that she had come all the way from Rome for it. The attention and care by the live-in staff was excellent. It's a wow!
A. Simoes, June 2011
HOLIDAY HOME AMENITIES
- Pool: 2.30 x 6.50m, depth 1.50m
- Air conditioning in the bedrooms and in one living room (air split system for cold or warm air)
- Internet WIFI connection
- Central heating only on the upper floor
- Several marble fireplaces
- Concert grand piano
- Telephone, fax
- Satellite TV
- Two refrigerators with freezer
- Two 5 ring gas hobs
- Two ovens
- Two dishwashers
- Washing machine and dryer
- Hair dryers in the bathrooms
- Panoramic terrasse on the first floor 90 m2
- Private garden 2400 m2
- Pool in shape of a fountain at the rear of the villa
- 6 sunloungers for the small lawn
- Some sun resting areas under arches with tables and chairs
- Parking for 2 or 3 cars inside the fenced property
- Electronic entrance gate
An elevator suitable for wheelchair brings from the ground floor of the villa into the upper floor. No other disabled facilities are provided. Please note that the main entrance has some outdoor steps leading from the street level to the garden level and from there into the ground floor of the villa. (Only a secondary rear entrance can be reached without steps).
Please note that the lift is not available for normal use or for people without wheelchair. It must be requested when booking.
Vesuvio volcan 20 km
Royal Palace of Caserta 31 km
Naples (ferries to Capri and Ischia) 34 km
Archeological site of Pompei 30 km
Archeological site of Herculaneum 38 km
Roman monuments of Santa Maria Capua Vetere 39 km
Salerno (ferries to Amalfi and Positano) 40 km
Abbey of Sant'Angelo in Formis 42 km
Celebrated holiday resorts Ischia, Capri, Positano, Amalfi and Vietri sul Mare
The small town of Lauro (approx. 3500 inhabitants) has several cappuccino bars, a bank, a grocery shop, a small supermarket, a butcher, two pizzerias, two restaurants, and a few agritouristic restaurants just outside the town, a hairdresser (also available a hairdressing service at home), a chemistry and a post office. There is a fruit, vegetable and houseware market once a week.
The location of the villa in the centre of Lauro allows easy day trips to many well-known destinations such as the city of Naples (34 km) and surroundings, the Vesuvio volcan (20 km), the Royal Palace of Caserta (31 km), the archeological sites of Pompei (30 km) and Herculaneum (38 km), the ancient Roman monuments of Santa Maria Capua Vetere (39 km), the Abbey of Sant`Angelo in Formis (42 km), or celebrated holiday resorts like Ischia, Capri, Positano, Amalfi.
Although a car is necessary in the region there are some public transports: a bus stop is at walking distance, and the bus will take you to the centre of Naples (approx. 4 times per day during July and August, approx. 10 times per day during other months/no bus service on Sundays). From there you get the ferry to the islands of Ischia and Capri.
The most beautiful beaches on the Amalfi Coast can be reached by car in less than one hour. Several beach resorts can be reached also by train: take the bus to Nola (11 km), and from there get the Circumvesuviana train with several stops at the Sorrento peninsula and the celebrated Costa Amalfitana. The Circumvesuviana train connects Nola also to the railway station of Naples. The train leaves every 30 minutes from Nola, and it takes 30 minutes to reach Naples.
Or you can explore the Amalfi Coast by boat. A boat tour is a must. From Salerno (easily reachable by motorway from Nola) you can reach by ferry Positano, Capri, Amalfi and further south Agropoli.
SITES NEAR LAURO WORTH A VISIT
Naples (45 km) The city offers its visitors the widest choice of magnificent churches, extraordinary monuments and mighty palazzi that made it a compulsory and privileged stop-over during the Grand Tour by cultured European gentlemen.Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Normans, Swabians, Angevins, Aragonese, Spaniards, Austrian, French, all have left indelible traces of their culture. You can reach Naples form Lauro taking the Bari-Napoli highway at Nola.
Amalfi (56 km) The naval republic of Amalfi was well known in the Mediterranean Sea for his merchant ships in Medieval Europe. Remarkable cathedral. Famous productions: ceramics of Vietri, and the Paper of Amalfi. From Lauro to Nola, then with the auto route to Salerno, and on SS to Amalfi.
Avella (17 km) Small city of about 7000 inhabitants with remarkable ancient roman monuments and a very attractive medieval castle, a few km north of Nola.
Baia (59 km) Remarkable Aragonese castle on the sea with beautiful museum overlooking the bay of Pozzuoli, a good diving center and guided visits to the underwater archaeological park. The underwater city was the site of villas of Julius Caesar, Nero and Hadrian (who died there).
Benevento (62 km) Provincial capital conquered by the Romans in 298 B.C. soon became an important strategic and economical centre enriched by the Romans with remarkable monuments such as the Traian Arch and several bridges. A dukedom and later a principality during the Long bard period in 1077, the city went under the papal domination which lasted until the Italian Unity.
Boscoreale (23 km) (via Settermi 15) Antiquarium containing interesting exhibits on rural and farming background of Roman Pompei.
Campi Flegrei (60 km) A large volcanic area to the west of Naples, partly underwater, comprising 24 craters and effusive gaseous manifestations. The Monte Nuovo is considered the youngest mountain in Europe. A WWF oasis lies beside the Astroni crater.
Capua (51 km) 25 km north of Naples. Has the second largest Roman amphitheatre after the Coliseum in Rome.
Capri (80 km) The world-famous island in the Tyrrhenian Sea has been a privileged resort since the ancient Roman times. Emperor Tiberius lived here from 26 to 31 B.C.
Carditello (38 km) Royal Palace near San Tammaro (Caserta) built by Charles III as a hunting lodge and a farm. Recently restored it belongs now to the Ministry of Cultural Heritage.
Caserta Vecchia (51 km) Medieval village north east of the city of Caserta, dating back from the Longobard times, an important centre during the Norman and the Swabian domination.
Certosa di Padula (157 km) The second largest charterhouse in Italy after the one in Pavia, founded in 1306, has the biggest cloister in the world covering 12.000 m3 with several chapels decorated with fine inlaid marble works
Cimitile (13 km) Small town of about 7000 inhabitants with a remarkable group of paleo-christian basilicas erected in the year 395.
Costiera Amalfitana (55 km) A mixture of history and nature with a lot to discover: Many ancient roman aristocrats built their villas along the coast and some of these sites were recently discovered in Minori, Positano, Tramonti. Remarkable the marine park of Punta Campanella.
Cuma (65 km) The first Greek colony on mainland Italy and seat of the famous Sibyl it is now a large archaeological park.
Hercolaneum (47 km) This Roman city of about 4000 inhabitants was covered in 79 B.C. by a 20-meters flood of mud which allowed the perfect preservation of organic materials such as plants, textiles, wood.
Ischia (85 km) Large island at the northern end of the gulf of Naples famous for its thermal spas, hot springs and volcanic mud.
Lago del Fusaro (62 km) A hunting reserve of the kings of Naples. King Ferdinand IV charged the famous architect Vanvitelli with the construction of a small lodge in the middle of the lake, connected to the mainland by a wooden bridge.
Lago di Averno (58 km) Believed to be the entrance to the underworld is portrayed as such in Virgil’s Aeneid.
Oplonti (30 km) A Roman town near Pompei covered by a deep layer of ash during the eruption of the Vesuvio on 24 August 79. Remarkable visit to the excavations of the Villa of Poppea, second wife of Emperor Nero.
Parco Naturale del Cilento (100 km) 215 hectars of park with beautiful woods.
Parco Naturale del Vesuvio (55 km) A national park of great geological and historical interest around the famous volcano which consists of an external truncated cone, the extinct Monte Somma, where there is still some volcanic activity.
Paestum (97 km) One of the most well preserved ancient Greek temples in the world, dating from 600 B.C.
Pompei (26 km) The most famous archaeological site in the world with approximately 2, 5 million visitors every year. The Roman city of about 20.000 inhabitants was destroyed and buried under 4-6 meters of volcanic ash in the Vesuvius eruption of 79 B.C.
Positano (64 km) The most fashionable resort on the Amalfi Coast.
Pozzuoli (58 km) Originally a Greek colony, then in Roman times an important emporium for ships coming from the whole Mediterranean Sea, and the harbour for the largest fleet of the ancient world. The apostle Paul landed here on his way to Rome. It is the home for the Italian Air Force Academy. It hosts the Flavian Amphitheatre and several Roman buildings in the “Rione Terra”.
Ravello (60 km) Famous for its gardens and villas overlooking the sea. Richard Wagner lived and composed “Parsifal”there.
Reggia di Caserta (44 km) Impressive Royal Palace built by King Charles III to emulate Versailles.
Sant’Agata dei Goti (47 km) About 35 km. North of Naples an attractive village with a X century cathedral.
Sant’Angelo in Formis (58 km) Beautiful abbey built on the XI Century on the remains of a Roman temple, with frescoes mingling Byzantine and Latin style.
Sorrento (55 km) A town of Roman origin with some 16.500 inhabitants which is a popular touristic destination overlooking the bay of Naples. Sorrento is also the birthplace of “Limoncello” and the favourite residence of the famous tenor Enrico Caruso.
Stabia (35 km) Archaeological site of a Roman city destroyed by the eruption of the Vesuvius on 24 August 79 B.C.
The distance in km indicates the shortest route; it is, however, advisable to go by highway whenever possible, thus avoiding local, and sometimes crowded, roads.
Please note: the Google Maps are only approximative, the exact address will be given after finalized booking.
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Villa della Marchesa
- 1 reception hall
- 2 large drawing rooms
- 1 large fully equipped old country style kitchen
- 3 powder rooms with WC, washbasin, bidet
- 1 laundry with washing and dryer
- 1 small private chapel
- 2 living rooms
- 1 music room
- 1 formal dining room
- 1 library
- 1 fully equipped kitchen with access to a large panoramic terrace
- 5 bedrooms (3 doubles and 2 twin-bedded rooms) each with writing desk by the window
- 5 bathrooms, 4 of which en suite (3 with shower, 2 with bathtub)
- Panoramic terrace for al fresco dining
- Pool with a small changing cubicle
- Outdoor shower and a sun resting area with some sunloungers
- Parking for 2 or 3 cars inside the fenced property
- Electronic entrance gate
27 Aug 2022 - 22 Oct 2022
4620 EUR €
4990 EUR €
Weekly rates in €
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- Bed, bath and kitchen linens changed on Saturday
- Internet WIFI connection
- Daily house cleaning of bedrooms and bathrooms (2 hours per day from Monday to Friday)
- Final cleaning
- Pool cleaning
- Garden maintenance
- Heating (if required): metered. Please be aware that central heating is expensive in Italy and that it is available only on the very large upper floor: in the bedrooms and in one living room there are split heat pumps.
- Wood for fireplace: please check prices on the premises, fireplace can be lightened only by the staff.
- Air conditioning (if required): set price EUR 100 per week
- Telephone: metered
- Additional bed perhaps available: please check price upon booking.
- Additional double bedroom (6th bedroom) with en suite bathroom might be available: please check price upon booking, to be requested upon booking.
- Baby bed if maximum capacity PAX is exceeded: EUR 50 per week
- Dog may be allowed on special request (only small breeds and well behaved): please enquire upon booking.
EUR 1000 cash deposit are due on arrival.
SERVICE ON REQUEST (please enquire with us when booking)
- Information on guided tours of an English speaking guide (Hidden Italy will provide you the contact details of the guide).
- Information on private bus services for excursions in the region (Hidden Italy will provide you the contact details of the transfer agency).
- Reservations from Saturday to Saturday
- Availability only during the above mentioned dates
- Pool opening dates: mid May - end of October, depending on weather conditions
- For more than 3 children, please enquire.