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We stayed as two families and were stunned by the beauty of the area directly around the villa and further afield in Calabria. The villa itself is very comfortable with three en-suite double bedrooms and a small annex (which is nice but not to the standard of the main property) but the star of the show is the pool area and gardens which is where we spent the majority of our time. The pool is very large with a jacuzzi area and waterfall feature and plenty of loungers and chairs. The bar area was a little disappointing and could do with a tidy in order to be of real value but it really didn't matter to us at all.
The gardens are full of flowers, fruit trees (we enjoyed fresh figs, peaches, blackberries etc while we were there) and within the property boundary there are grape vines and olive trees. It is all maintained beautifully and brought a smile to our faces every time we walked out in the morning.
We ventured out a few times and would recommend a trip to Sicily, Tropea, Scilla and the local village and beaches. We found nice restaurants all over the area and would recommend Casa Rural (just down the hill) for a lovely evening experience as well as a meal. I would just add that a car is essential as the property is up the side of a hill and the walk back up is not easy.
The only thing I would mention is that it isn't clear on the description that Raf and his family have an apartment area downstairs which they stay in occasionally. This didn't actually cause us any issue as they were only there for a couple of days and were lovely, friendly and helpful but it may change the dynamic of your holiday if you were not aware of this fact,
We had a wonderful two weeks and would highly recommend both the villa and the area in general.
Thank-you Raf and family
Sssst don’t tell anyone any further but just book this beautiful spot! Authenthic piece of Italy without any tourists and beautiful small villages (Belvedére hystorical centre looks like a romantic moviesetting). Giuseppe is full of ideas of restaurants and places to visit. National park near Orsomarso is a nice one. Rental car in this area is a must. House has a private pool which makes it very luxuous. Even with a small kid of 1,5 it makes it a wonderful place to visit. So don’t tell anyone, just go there!