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Romantic and Charming Cottage With Stunning Sea Views in rural location

Bedrooms 1
Space 699 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


About the property

Detached Sea View Cottage near Laureana Cilento, Campania - All Year Round, Countryside Location, 15 Min Drive To Beaches, Great Walks.

Villa Nerola is unique. It is a detached homely cottage for two set in stunning countryside with spectacular sea views (guests tell us the photos don't do the property or the view justice) together with peace and tranquility. You instantly have a sense of being on top of the world in the little piece of paradise. Open all year round. It is only 15 minutes drive to the sandy beach at Baia di Trentova just outside Agropoli. There are sea views (and sunsets) from the patio, garden, sitting room and bedroom. It has a galleried bedroom, spacious open plan living and is well equipped for a self catering holiday. It has a private patio to the front and private garden to the side and patio surrounded by shrubs and plants with a plunge pool from the end of May to September. In the autumn and winter the lower terrace provides another area from which to sit and marvel at the sea view. It is in a rural location and offers spectacular sea views, stunning sunsets across to the Amalfi coast, countryside and wildlife although only a short drive to all amenities. Together with the owners' house it is set in 5 acres of land and countryside bordering the Cilento National Park. The quiet and secluded cottage makes a perfect place to relax and enjoy the sense of calm and tranquility that is so hard to find these days. We offer a 4x4 car to hire to our guests as our private track is steep, winding and uneven. We can either collect from Naples airport (100 euros each way) or from Agropoli-Castellabate railway station (no charge). The cottage is warm and cosy in the winter as it has a wood burning stove - light and airy in the summer with a plunge pool to cool down. A great location from which to explore the many medieval hilltop villages, a choice of sandy beaches and pretty coastal towns. The Greek temples at Paestum are only 25 mins away. The Amalfi coast, Pompeii, Herculaneum, Mount Vesuvius are only 90 mins away. The grotto at Castelcivita is 1hr drive. Buffalo farms to try out the creamy mozzarella and other produce are 20 mins drive with the only organic farm in southern Italy located near Paestum called Vannulo. Boat trips. Plenty of local countryside/sea walks, endless wildlife, peace, tranquillity, views that change during the day, sunsets to marvel at. There is plenty to do in the area at any time of year or just relax and watch the landscape change before your eyes from the sitting room or gardens. We provide books, cds and dvds for lazy days together with maps and local information for venturing out.

The Thalasso Spa at San Marco di Castellabate is only 25 mins drive and they offer a tantalising range of massages and beauty treatments, a 3 hour 'Sea Path' to try out all the different pools, steam rooms etc.

Ferries run from Salerno port to Capri and the Amalfi coast from April to October. In July and August the smaller ferries run to Capri and south to Acciaroli and Palinuro.

More Details

Vanessa Hawes
Member since: 2009
Speaks English, Italian, a little German
Calendar last updated:
20 June, 2017

About Vanessa Hawes

Richard and I found the property under a pile of brambles in 2006 and after 2 years of hard labour restored it back to its former glory. Together with the stunning views across to the Amalfi coast it really is a little piece of heaven up here on the hill. The surrounding countryside is very attractive with rollings hills, mountains in the distance and the sea being only 15 mins drive away. What more could you ask for! This part of the Cilento is still very much unknown and therefore unspoilt so let's just keep it between us....

Vanessa Hawes purchased this cottage in 2006

Why Vanessa Hawes chose Cilento

In a nutshell, the stunning sea view, the closeness to the sea and a sense of peace. This is a very unspoilt area and surrounded by the Cilento National Park where there is all manner of wildlife and beautiful countryside. It offers the best of both worlds - quietness and peace but there is life out there if you want it and all amenities are within a short drive or a long walk. The 2 local villages of San Martino and Laureana Cilento are very traditional, friendly and a taste of the 'real' Italy.

What makes this cottage unique

The location is unique. The cottage is detached and private. The stunning sea views with a countryside position offer the perfect place to unwind and just relax. The changing views from the patio are captivating.

The cottage caters for all your needs - even a sea view from the bed. It provides a home from home feel.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We spent 4 lovely weeks pottering here. Lovely lazy times soaking up the views and exploring this delightful area. Thank you for your help when needed and for all the little added touches.
Oct 2015
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Laureana Cilento in Campania

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 699 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • rural
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Spacious shower room with wc, bidet, glass washbasin, heated towel rail. Large walk-in shower with glass panel. Large overhead shower head and also hand held shower spray. Plenty of towels - changed weekly.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom) Galleried bedroom on first floor with sea views from the double bed. French windows overlooking the side garden. Spacious wardbrobe, chest of drawers, side tables with lamps, centre light. Overlooks the sitting room so you can see the woodburner glowing in the winter. Hairdryer and magnifying mirror as well as wall mirror.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • diving
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Notes on accommodation: The cottage oozes rustic charm. It has been sympathetically built and furnished to provide comfort and that feeling of a home from home. Open plan living with a galleried bedroom overlooking the sitting room. The kitchen is fully equipped and modern as is the spacious shower room. From the patio you can enjoy the views and sunsets and to feel a sense of being 'on top of the world'. The cottage is ideal for two people who enjoy country life and want to get away from it all and yet is close enough to find some life if you wish by a short car drive. There is a BBQ for outside cooking. There are plenty of restaurants, cafes and shops in the villages and larger towns which are all within 5-15 mins away. Outside of the summer months (May-Sept) the local hilltop restaurants are open at weekends. In Agropoli the restaurants are open all year round. In the colder months you can have a meal sitting at the arched window and still enjoy the view in the warmth in front of the woodburner. Wifi. Outside: There is a garden to the front of the cottage with rockery, olive trees and shrubs. There is a further garden area to the side of the cottage. There is also a plunge pool for the sole use of guests (from mid May - end of September) and is heated by a solar panel. The patio is directly outside the sitting room and there is a covered pergola outside the kitchen both offering uninterrupted views of the sea and countryside. A barbecue is provided as are sunloungers, garden table and chairs. When the pool is taken down the area provides a sunny eating area with sea view. The above mentioned areas are private and secluded. There are herbs in the garden which can be used for cooking with. There are celebrations throughout the year of various foods such as artichokes, chestnuts, figs, and more. Cleaning / Towels / Linen: Included are bath and beach towels, bed linen, hairdryer, iron, ironing board. The cottage is cleaned after each guest leaves. Both linen and towels are changed weekly.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(13 traveller reviews)


The lost paradise

  • 5 of 5

The lost paradise ......... we have found it again here at Villa Nerola!

It is such a peaceful place to be, looking at butterflies

and bees dancing around the trees and shrubs in the garden.

Villa Nerola really is the most beautiful and relaxing place we´ve ever been to on our holidays.

Thank you so much Vanessa and Richard for your kind hospitality and to be able to enjoy the paradise you have created. We will miss it very much..... so why not come again soon!

Ciba & Markus from Vienna, Austria

  • Review Submitted: Jun 25, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful location with stunning views

  • 5 of 5

This cottage is a home away from home. It's fabulous! Beautiful location with stunning views. It's ideal for couples who seek some much needed peace and quiet. Richard and Vanessa are the perfect hosts who really do make your stay a very welcome one. The welcome hamper was absolutely perfect and the information packs within the cottage (along with the maps) really make it easy for you to get about and decide where to go. They really have thought of everything to make your stay very pleasant. The hire of their 4x4 is definitely worth while so that the near by villages can be explored and you can travel to some of the stunning points of interest at your leisure. We've come home feeling relaxed after having enjoyed a lovely week here and a view to definitely returning!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 21, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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'A Hidden Gem'

  • 5 of 5

We booked the Villa Nerola on the recommendation of a very dear friend who has stayed there several times. We were looking for a quiet, peaceful and secluded holiday location and this was absolutely perfect!

Richard collected us from the airport and we immediately took to him. He was very chatty and friendly and made us feel very welcome. The 4x4 we used for the week was absolutely ideal and I even had a little go of driving up the track as I hadn't driven in Europe before! We visited Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii which was amazing and would highly recommend.

On the day we arrived there were some lovely bits waiting for us including some Mozzarella Balls! Well, this seemed to be the food of the week for us and after visiting a nearby Mozzarella Farm, we ended up buying a 1kg bag of it!!

The villa was very clean and we didn't want for anything. Sunbathing in the garden was wonderful, so quiet and the views really are something else. We were actually very happy to just stay in the villa for most of the week and relax and fully intend to spend another week there next year!

Oh and I have to mention the bed - wow!!!!

  • Review Submitted: May 30, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Most relaxing & private holiday & stunning views

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Villa Nerola for 7 weeks in July and August 2016 and had the most relaxing holiday we have ever had in Italy. Vanessa and Richard are very friendly and accommodating with great respect for privacy and, as such, supplied us with a mobile phone in case we needed help and also to check before they visited us for whatever reason. They live only about 60 metres away. They gave us a hamper of food and drink to start us off. The bottle of wine was a very good one and the best we had on our holiday.

We were met at Naples airport by Vanessa and driven back to Villa Nerola, which is a great way to start a holiday. On the way, as we got closer to ‘home’, Vanessa kindly deviated a little to point out places that could be of interest, like where to shop, eat and drink, etc. This was very useful and her advice to also stock up at the Maxi Futura supermarket in Agropoli was a sound one as with 7 weeks to cater for we needed a lot to start with and a place from which to replenish stocks as the weeks passed. Maxi Futura is also just down the road from a fuel station.

It is worth noting that the drive up to the house is steep so it is essential that you use the car that is on offer, with it being a small 4x4.

Both inside and out, Villa Nerola is well maintained. Outside has sunbeds, chairs and tables and, of course, the hammock which was used most days. The view is stunning and every evening was spent sitting on the terrace with a glass of wine enjoying the sunsets. All meals were taken on the terrace. Indoors is very comfortable with 2 settees to stretch out on, TV and DVD player and a plentiful supply of books and DVDs. As recommended by Vanessa, we watched ‘Benvenuti Al Sud’, a must watch film even with English subtitles. The kitchen is good with a LPG gas cooker, large fridge and plenty of cutlery and crockery. The bathroom is spacious and modern. The bedroom is on a mezzanine level and has a real double bed that is very comfortable. Some places we have stayed in claim the bed is a double, but we found they were just 2 singles pushed together.

We are returning to stay again this October simply because of the niceness of Vanessa and Richard and because this is a great place in which to relax.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This is our 2nd time in this wonderful place, its so quiet you can hear a pin drop. A real find, with a kind of tranquility that reaches you soul. Stunning views. once you find a gem like this you do not need to look elsewhere. Vanessa and Richard are wonderful hosts providing everything you need, even down to a welcome hamper. Being able to hire their 4x4 was an added bonus, they really have thought of everything. First class in every way.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful compact rustic cottage

  • 5 of 5

We booked the cottage for a four day stay to celebrate my birthday and relax a little and this is exactly what we got.

Richard and Vanessa are the perfect hosts, down to earth and very accommodating. The cottage is perfect for couples and with this being a winter visit, the wood burning stove is a very homely touch. As mentioned before, you will need the 4x4 for the 'driveway' although driving is not a problem.

There is less open during the winter, so don't expect to choose restaurants to eat at, you eat where you can find them open.

But the area is very quiet and peaceful at this time of the year and therefor is perfect for exploring the coast and villages and just taking it easy. A visit to Paestum and the temples at this time of year is fantastic as we were the only ones there...

I am giving a 5 star rating to the whole experience and will definitely be visiting again.... well done Richard and Vanessa, its hard to find such good and friendly service these days...

  • Review Submitted: Dec 6, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2015
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
1 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Summer
1 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
3 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Summer
1 Oct 2017 - 14 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
early autumn
15 Oct 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
1 Nov 2017 - 18 Dec 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Christmas/new year
19 Dec 2017 - 3 Jan 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
To make a booking please email or telephone. I will always reply within 24 hours so if you don't get a reply please try again in case the email didn't arrive (and check your 'spam/junk' folder as often the emails end up there). You can send an sms on my UK number if you prefer. A 50% deposit will be required to reserve any dates and the balance to be paid 6 weeks before arrival. Deposits are non refundable but if cancellation is required we do attempt to rebook and refund but there are no guarantees. The payments are made direct into a UK bank account in pounds. I accept Paypal or Bank transfer payments for sterling payments. For the equivalent in euros payment can be made into my Italian bank account.

Changeover Day:
Please enquire regarding changeover days as we are flexible (with the dates of existing bookings)
Arrival after 4pm and departure by 10am but we are flexible depending on your flight arrival/departure times etc. and whether we have same day changeover. If we are collecting you from the airport or station we can discuss arrival times.

Notes on prices:
A welcome food/wine hamper on arrival. Vegetarians and vegans catered for.
Please always recheck availability before booking any flights.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.

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