Holiday for mind and body!
A great place to get away from "the maddening crowd", maybe somewhat hard to find the first time but once you get there it is just lovely. Very welcoming and helpful staff, great food and excellent wines. The grounds are very pretty and make you want to stay and relax instead of rushing off to all the sites one feels obliged to see in that area. But Casale Villarena is also a good starting point for excursions to Sorrento, Capri, Amalfi, Pompeji and for a great walk to a beautiful little beach. The only thing you will not get is a sunset but the smile on Guglielmo's, Mariateresa's and Antonio's faces will make up for that! This is a marvellous place for a stay with family or friends, as a couple or solo.Monika
Zeer mooie Agriturismo
Prima ontvangst (flesje wijn mee naar de kamer) en hulp met bagage (97 treden). Onze appartement was zeer ruim met een (klein) balkon met schitterend uitzicht. Maaltijden zijn van uitstekende kwaliteit met dito wijnen. Wijnprijs zit iets boven het gemiddelde van de tot nu toe bezichte Agriturismo. Appartement ligt naast kerk, dus ieder half uur de klok. De wegen naar Nerano en omgeving zijn erg bochtig en smal. Denk hieraan bij de autokeuze.Trip Advisor Member
Excellent rooms, friendly staff, good food & amenities
We stayed here in May (that's either low or mid-season, depending on who you ask) and had a good experience. The grounds are unquestionably beautiful and the exterior of the place is very pretty day or night. The terraced sitting/pool areas are great, though the sun dips below the mountainside early, at around 4pm, so the sea breeze can turn things chilly fast...at least, in May. A modest, well-maintained pool is no doubt a requirement for the hot months. We stayed in the Grand Vetara apartment on the top floor. It was very comfortable for four people (a cot was added for our little one) though we weren't around long enough to make any use of the kitchen, which looked well appointed. One nice, big bathroom, one smaller--and those tiny Italian shower stalls! Simple but effective. As with any old building, it's very dark inside so you must open every shutter and tie back every curtain to see anything (the photos on their website seem overexposed IMO). The outside terrace/balcony is lovely. But be warned: Nerano is on a hillside and, thus, everything is stairs, stairs, stairs. Trust me when I say that walking from the gate or restaurant to the top floor is a workout. They of course don't mention this on the website. We were traveling with a 75-year old and he routinely had to rest halfway up; so needless to say, I would have considered this carefully had I known about it. The food is quite good; there is a slant towards fish/seafood but I found their pastas to be best (gnocchi with anchovies--yum!). Breakfasts, while plentiful, are a little ho-hum in that European-buffet-style-cold-breakfast mode...you won't easily find eggs here, and forget about cheeses or ham, let alone bacon! That being said, the breakfast cook bent over backwards for our senior member's very American palate (grazie mille!). Evidently I am not a fan of automatic coffee machine coffee; we ended up ordering cappuccinos each morning :) Location: The area was more built up than I had expected, regular beach traffic etc but in the evenings it was calm. Caution: it was a chore driving here; I had driven in Rome and found that to be the most difficult in all my travels, but the drive from the mainland via Sorrento to Villarena was a close second. It takes about 90 minutes of white-knuckle-fast-as-hell-tiny-road-driving. Bear in mind, then, that a trip to Pompeii requires a full day. And we found kids here; lots of kids. German, Dutch, French, British, you name it. Our 5-year-old obviously loved it, but we hadn't expected a veritable schoolyard! Plan accordingly ;) All in all this was a good find; a short walk down to the beach (and the walk back UP which might as well be Everest!), nice area hikes, good nearby restaurants (Taverna del Capitano--pricey but top notch) and a very friendly, attentive staff. Grazie.Addison
As Arnold Schwarzenegger said, "I'll be back"
We booked a week's family holiday at the Casale Villarena on the strength of a Lonely Planet recommendation, as well as numerous positive reviews on tripadvisor, and we were not disappointed. The first thing to say is that the staff are extraordinarily helpful and welcoming. Guglielmo, Mariateresa, and Antonio were on top of things at the accommodation, knew the area well, were always helpful, able to communicate well in English (and, I gather, a number of other languages), and went the extra mile - for example, Guglielmo took a number of us guests on a day outing to Vesuvius and Herculaneum, sparing me the effort of driving in unfamiliar conditions, after which he took us to a couple of local eating spots, and all of this at no cost to us whatsoever. In fact it was typical of the Villarena staff that there were no extra unpleasant surprises with regard to costs - quite the opposite. And that's just the staff. The location is gorgeous, with fabulous views across the Bay of Salerno, and a quick, albeit steep, walk down to the little Marina del Cantone beach. Sorrento and Capri, and a number of interesting smaller villages such as Termini and beaches such as Mitigliano are within easy striking distance. And of course Naples and Ischia, which are ferry rides away from Sorrento. And yet the village of Nerano, where the Casale is, is quiet quiet quiet. It's hard to imagine a better location. The rooms were spotless, attractive, and comfortable, and the entire Casale was interestingly and attractively laid out. Wi-fi was available, albeit only in one location in the complex (which, for me, was a positive). There was a playground for the kids, as well as a clean and bright swimming pool, and the food was excellent, much of it typical of the Sorrentine Peninsula. One warning, for those who don't know the area: driving is very challenging. Roads are narrower and more twisty than 99% of people will be used to, and oncoming cars and buses are many and, by the standards of many countries, reckless. I wouldn't hire a car next time around, as public transport is perfectly adequate and can spare you a lot of stress. This negative comment is, of course, no reflection on the Casale Villarena, and shouldn't discourage anyone from visiting this wonderful place. We certainly will do so again.Ian Jennings
Soggiorno da favola
Location paradisiaca tra il verde della montagna e il blu del mare. Il personale è qualificato e molto disponibile e attento ad ogni esigenza. L'ambiente è accogliente e il ristorante,con vista mare, è rustico e raffinato allo stesso tempo. Ci siamo stati a settembre e abbiamo pranzato a bordo piscina, con un menù giornaliero con prezzi dettagliati e cibo sempre fresco cucinato secondo tradizione...mi ha ricordato la cucina della nonna!!! Ottimi anche i dolci fatti in casa, in particolare le crostatine calde a colazione. Ciò che abbiamo preferito è stata la zuppa di pesce del golfo servita a tavola nella pentola, spaghetti con le zucchine, ravioli ripieni fatti a mano; ma non da meno il ricco antipasto, davvero buono, con verdure dell'azienda agricola e sottaceti preparati da loro. Ottimi anche i liquori e i dolci fatti in casa, in particolare le crostatine calde a colazione. Ci ritorneremo in primavera!Susy
un'altra fantastica visita
A simply beautiful place to stay again, to relax in, and to tour the Sorrentino peninsula from. Guglielmo is such a fabulous host, the best, and goes out of his way to try to ensure you make the most of and enjoy your holiday at Casale Villarena. We enjoyed so many different days including a relaxing start on arrival with a drink before a splash in the pool; a day to a meander down Via Cantone to the beach at Marina Cantone; a fabulous private boat trip to Capri arranged by Guglielmo and with Guglielmo at the helm, swimming in the clear blue sea off the Amalfi coast, dining on the boat, then pottering round Capri. Another day we shared a private tour of the Amalfi coastline taking in Amalfi, Positano and the wonderful more tranquil Ravello, including taking an extended traditional Italian lunch at a family restaurant in a smaller hillside village. Alternatively for a more strenuous day take a tour of Pompeii then Vesuvius or Ercolano. We even went shopping for those who need to take home a little of the Italian style. At the end of each day you can relax by the pool, savour a fine wine, then later enjoy a delicious, leisurely dinner in the restaurant, washed down with the homemade Limoncello, unless of course it's party night then dance the night away. You can even cook your own dinner if you take up the cooking class...fantastic fun Thoroughly recommended staying in this historic Casale Villarena with its beautiful traditional rooms/apartments and fabulous views set in a traditional small village. A place to escape from all the stress of your everyday life and soak up the warm Italian hospitality.Sally
One word sums up Casale Villarena, fantastic! The accommodations, the views, Guglielmo and his staff , the wine and meals were all just amazing. The grounds and villas are beautifully maintained and impeccable. I have never stayed in a place where the host was so amazingly accommodating. Guglielmo even arranged a boat outing to Capri which was a fabulous 30 minute trip from the beach in Nerano. He treated us like royalty and my only complaint is that our stay was too short! Thank you for our amazing stay. We will be back!!Saitta
Another successful visit
Our 4th visit and every bit as good as the last. The proprietor and staff are quite splendid and there is no stone unturned in their efforts to make sure you enjoy their hospitality. The location is quite stunning with lemon trees and well kept gardens with views over the sea and mountains. Access to Sorrento, Capri and the Amalfi coast can be attained by sea from the local seaside village or by road. There are three Michelin Star restaurants within driving distance but the food in the restaurant at the Casale Villarena should not be missed and to be honest the dining experience on the terrace restaurant is quite perfect. Like most people who come here we too will keep coming back.Ian Drummond
A true taste of Italy, fantastic staff, fantastic location, fantastic food. The perfect holiday retreat.
This was our third stay at Casale Vilarena. We chose it for our wedding in October 2013 and our party of 24 were treated like royalty for the entire stay. Guglielmo was the perfect host and his staff are excellent. When they say nothing is too much trouble, they mean it. So we went back for our first anniversary and nothing has changed. It's a great location and you will not find better food and wine anywhere on the Sorrentine Peninsula. We will be back again and again as the whole place is just beautiful. Thanks Casale Vilarena. See you soon.Daniel
The situation of this beautiful villa is excellent for visiting the city of Sorrento and the isle of Capri and the Amalfi coast. The service is excellent, the staff exceptionally accomodating. The gardens are beautifully kept and it is a perfect place just to come to rest. We arrived late in the evening, very hungary and Guilliamo went out of his way to prepare a delicious meal for us. The breakfast was also lovely with quite a variety of foods. The apartment we had was large, the beds were comfortable and the area is very quiet. Even the church bells did not disturb our sleep. The kitchen is fully equipped making it very easy to prepare your own meal if you don't want to eat in the villla's restaurant. There is a swimming pool on the premises but for those who prefer swimming in the sea, the beach is very close by.Trip Advisor Member