ANTICA LIMONAIA – Lemon Gardens and Superb Ocean Views
Surrounded by lemon groves with views of Mount Vesuvius and the blue waters of the Mediterranean, Antica Limonaio is your perfect holiday retreat on the Sorrento and Amalfi Coast
Termini, Massa Lubrense
5 double bedrooms, 5 bathrooms
Sleeps 10 to 11 people
Nestled in hillside of Massa Lubrense and surrounded by an abundance of lemon groves, lies the beautiful holiday villa Antica Limonaia. Located less than 10km from the centre of Sorrento, this classical countrystyle villa sits on 2,000 sqms of Mediterranean gardens atop a hill that affords sweeping views of Mount Vesuvius on one side and the deep blue waters of the Mediterranean on the other.
Offering an abundance of space and privacy, Antica Limonaia consists of a main villa and separate annex/entertainment and living space, comfortably accommodating up to 10 guests in five bedrooms. The elegant vintage furnishings give this hillside retreat a timeless, one-of-a-kind ambience.
The Main Villa
The Main Villa boasts four bedrooms and four bathrooms accommodating 8 guests, an impressive sunroom with bright and airy living and dining area, separate dine-in kitchen, formal lounge room and furnished outdoor terrace with spectacular views of the Gulf of Naples and Mount Vesuvius.
The ground floor of the two-level Villa hosts a spacious living and dining room complete with floor to ceiling windows, comfortable sofa lounges, an antique wooden dining corner and beautiful homely furnishings and paintings making this space a delightful area for rest and relaxation. The living and dining room opens onto an extensive outdoor terrace with sweeping coastal views and is outfitted with dining table, outdoor sofas and teak and rattan patio furniture.
Returning to the light-filled living and dining room and through a small doorway, you reach the villas quaint marble-topped kitchen, a room lovingly created to inspire and motivate guests to use their gastronomical creativity for unforgettable Mediterranean holiday feasts. The kitchen boasts all the modern day comforts including: a six hob gas cooktop, oven, dishwasher, double sink, fridge/freezer, kettle and toaster. A washing machine and ironing board is available.
From the kitchen and up two stairs you enter the formal lounge room of the Villa endowed with an open fire place and two comfortable three seater sofa lounges offering a warm and welcoming bolthole for the cooler months.
The main villa contains four bedrooms, with the fifth located in lower level annex/recreation/living space. All bedrooms are decorated in a warm, Mediterranean country style with real attention to detail. Large bedroom windows look out to the picturesque gardens and surrounding countryside.
The stairway from the formal lounge takes you to the Villa’s master bedroom which is set on the eastern chamber of the Villa. The oversized master bedroom is quaintly furnished with wooden Mediterranean finishes and floral décor. The room boasts a queen-sized double bed, desk and reading corner, walk-in robe and ensuite bathroom with shower over bath, wash basin, bidet and WC.
The other three bedrooms of the main Villa are located on the western chamber, accessed via a separate stairwell from the main living and dining room. One of the bedrooms is on the ground floor and consists of a double or optional twin bed, flat screen TV, wardrobe and reading chair. The main guest bathroom is located across from this bedroom and is equipped with bath tub, sink, bidet and WC.
Up a flight of stairs and you enter a small foyer which opens onto a panoramic balcony that affords views of the entire Sorrento coastline with picturesque Mount Vesuvius as its back drop. Two double bedrooms are located off this foyer. They are ample in size and enjoy ensuite bathrooms, reading chairs, spacious wardrobes and flat screen TVs. One of the bedrooms opens out onto the same panoramic balcony accessible from the foyer.
The property enjoys central heating and WiFi throughout.
Lower Level Annex/Recreation/Living Space
If you are looking for a private retreat or space for your young kids to have some time out from the rest of the group, then the lower level recreation space is the perfect solution. From the main terrace of the upper level and down approx. 20 steps, you will reach the lower level garden and lemon orchards. Here, you can find a spacious 120 sqm open plan recreation and lounge room beautifully furnished with light and period décor. This space offers a private retreat for adults and young children alike, with its spacious lounge and reading corner (with additional sofa bed option) and a separate double bedroom fitted with a premium double sofabed, wall to ceiling wardrobes and a Juliette balcony that overlooks the gardens of the villa. In addition, the lower level annex houses a guest wash room and separate bathroom with shower, wash basin, WC and bidet.
The Gardens/Outdoor Dining and Kitchen
The highlight of Antica Limonaia are its expansive gardens resulting from the villa owners’ passion for a balanced rural holiday retreat that combines the best of the local Mediterranean landscape, hillside setting and scenic deep blue waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea.
Upon entry to the property, your sight will be arrested by the picturesque private gardens of the Villa – lemon orchards, Mediterranean vegetation and plants surround the villa in a natural amphitheatre, seducing you with their unique perfume.
The Villa offers a professional outdoor kitchen and enclosed dining terrace making it the perfect choice for a special celebration or simple alfresco dining, as it is spectacularly positioned to enjoy the views of Mount Vesuvius and the surrounding villages of Massa Lubrense.
The outdoor kitchen is complete with woodfired pizza oven, BBQ area, double sink, professional gas burners and cooling space making it the perfect location to organize a private home chef, pizza party or gourmet Italian cooking class.
The area is comfortably furnished with lounge chairs and a superb single piece handmade Mediterranean-tiled table top which seats10 people.
Hosting a Wedding / Formal Reception
Antica Limonaia makes the perfect location to host an exclusive event such as an Amalfi coast wedding. The two terraces of the Villa set amongst the lemon groves can comfortably seat approx. 250 guests and a complete wedding planner with gourmet catering service can be arranged on request.
Antica Limonaia is located in a fraction of Massa Lubrense and is only a twenty minute drive to the historical township of Sorrento.
The village of Termini is less than one kilometre away and offers the basic essentials including a general food store, butcher, chemist, bar and restaurant. The small town of Sant' Agata sui Due Golfi is 4km away, and hosts some of the area’s best eateries including Michelin starred Don Alfonso as well as a greater selection of family-run restaurants, gelaterias, fresh pasta shops, fruit and vegetable stores, mini-markets, bakeries, butchers and fishmongers, cafes and pubs.
For beach lovers, the quaint pebbled beach in the harbour of Marina del Cantone is only 3km from the villa. Here you can find some of the best seafood restaurants, or perhaps you would prefer to hire a sunbed and beach umbrella, lay back and soak up the warm Mediterranean sun.
For the avid hiker, the start of various hiking trails including, Punta Campanella, Mont San Costanzo and the Bay of Ieranto, are within close proximity to the villa. In addition, day trips to Positano, the Amalfi coast and Capri Island are easily accessible by either car or boat from Marina del Cantone.
The Villa boasts parking for up to four medium sized vehicles with adequate room to manoeuvre. There is a steep descent to reach the Villa from the main road, however the large space in the carpark allows for ease of entry and exit.
Interaction with Guests
While staying at Antica Limonaia, you will have full access to the Gocce Concierge Desk. Our concierge team has extensive local knowledge and experience living and working in Sorrento and on the Amalfi Coast, and are available anytime to assist in preparing your tour and travel itinerary. Some of our popular experiences include a private home chef, private boat trip to Capri Island, farm visit, wine tastings and more. View our website for concierge activities or contact us direct for further information.
Other things to note
1) Guests have complimentary access to the pool, cafe/bar and restaurant at Gocce di Capri - Hotel & Serviced Residence located just 500metres from the Villa.
2) From 1 April to 31 October the Municipal Council of Massa Lubrense has instituted a mandatory tourist tax on all temporary residents. A tourist tax of € 2,00 per person per night (for guests 18 years and over) for a maximum stay of 7 nights must be added to the total amount of the stay and must be paid in cash on arrival.