|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
The House was built in 1875 near the old Convent of Santa Maria dei Martiri. In 1400 a small village started to grow around the convent and became famous as a market where local products were sold every Saturday. Being Saturday the market–day, the village was named ‘Forum Sabati’ – "Mercato del Sabato" (Saturday Market) - later simply renamed ‘Mercato’. Our family villa looks out over the sloping coast and is surrounded by a beautiful and big garden with secular trees and colourful varieties of flowers together with terraced olive and vine cultivations viewing the Isle of Capri and the Amalfi Coast. An extension of 110 hectares of woods and a large green area densely planted with olive groves which gives a delicious extra-virgin olive-oil produced according to old traditional procedures complete the magnificent scenery.
The Estate Il Pilaccio nel Cilento is located at about 600 meters (2000 feet) above sea level in a position dominating the ancient village of Castellabate and the sea of the mermaid Leucosia.
Its privileged location among olive and green chestnut trees allows its guests to shelter from the heat of the summer months, offering complete privacy and tranquillity. It is perfect for families: there are large outdoor spaces available for children to play while adults relax inside or outside the house, cheered by the sound of the cicadas.
The Villa Il Pilaccio nel Cilento is a 500 square meters (5400 square feet) - stone house with three floors and two terraces, and is arranged to accommodate up to 12 people. In some of the rooms, additional two beds or cots for children -up to 6 years old- can be provided (additional cost applies - see Rental terms). Most of the rooms are paved with terracotta tiles, and the furnishings include some antique pieces.
A big kitchen and a large dining room are located on the ground floor. The airy kitchen is equipped with four-burner gas cooker, gas oven, refrigerator with freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, iron and ironing board, microwave, Italian-style coffee-maker, kettle, toaster, and other small appliances. A complete kitchen pack is also available for all guests.
The dining room has an authentic Italian style fireplace made of stone and a large wood dining table where guests can enjoy their meals, with a great view of the garden.
On the first floor, we have 3 double bedrooms and a bedroom with two single beds, 1 lounge, 1 TV room and 1 dining room. The furnishings of the rooms are warm, welcoming and comfortable and also include some antique pieces; views of the garden, the countryside and sea can be enjoyed through the Juliet balconies.
On the first floor there are 2 bathrooms: the master bathroom is very spacious and equipped with a washbasin, a toilet, a shower and a hairdryer; the second one has a washbasin and a toilet.
On the second floor there is one double bedroom and a bedroom with two single beds, 1 lounge and 1 TV room. The rooms are furnished in a similar style and all enjoy great views. Two bathrooms are available with a similar arrangement. Two terraces with a top view of the surrounding countryside and the sea will leave you breathless and give a great vantage point to enjoy the sunrise and sunset.
The huge garden extends for about 3000 square meters (32000 square feet) and is full of flowers, trees, planted terraces with olive trees, fruit trees such as kakis, walnuts, hazelnuts, chestnuts, mulberries, plums, figs, apples, pomegranates. You are welcome to pick you own ripe season fruit straight from the trees!
In the garden there are various relaxation areas and wide patios paved in stone from which you will enjoy a breathtaking view of the valley and of the sea. The area is equipped with pavilions, brickwork barbecue and many other facilities for adults and games for children. Under the pavilions, you will find tables and chairs, perfect for an outdoor breakfast or meal.
By the garden you will also find a bathroom which equipped with three washbasins, and one toilet.
In the garden there is a splendid private infinity pool which provides a magnificent view of Capri, Ischia, the Amalfi Coast and a broad view of the whole arch-shaped Gulf of Salerno and of the greenery. The pool is approximately 45 square meters (500 square feet), and the area equipped with deck chairs and an external shower.
After dusk, far from the city lights, it is a pleasure to look up to the sky and witness the emotional stars show, sipping a glass of wine. There is no better way to overcome stress after a busy and tiring year at work! The villa will give you unforgettable moments and create enduring inner peace!
You will find markets, butcher, baker and many other stores less than 500 meters away from the villa. Great restaurants are located within 3 km (about 1.8 miles). In Castellabate, 12 km (about 7.4 miles) from our villa, there is a very nice seafood restaurant with a beautiful terrace overlooking the sea. A special price for our guests is guaranteed!
Less than 5 km (about 3.1 miles) from the villa there is a literary cafe, with antiques and picture gallery, where you can admire many works and meet the artist and his Australian wife. Here you can taste amazing traditional food or just have a few drinks.
You can explore the many sandy beaches that are within a 15 minute drive from the villa, enjoying the beauty of the Cilento coast with its smooth hills and charming green rocky shores.
If you are interested in history, you will have the opportunity to visit the archaeological areas of Paestum and Velia, the ancient monastery of Padula, and the many medieval towns such as Castellabate, Agropoli, Vatolla, San Severino di Centola, etc..
For those who love nature, the marine reserve of Punta Licosa is a must sea. For an amazing day out, you can take the ferry Sea-Metro and easily reach Capri, Amalfi, Positano and Ravello.
Walking, cycling or horse riding, cooking classes and boat trips are just some of the activities that we will be glad to arrange for you. If you want more info, please visit our website - www.ilpilaccionelcilento.it (travel section) - there are 2 pages - cultural tourism and Cilento activities – where you can find all additional details.
You will also find pictures and information in the travel section.
Francesca is an archaeologist with a passion for nature and culture of the Cilento. Her work has enabled her to discover the charm of this land, rich in history and ancient culture. For several years she has been working as a farmer other than an archaeologist. She produces excellent extra virgin olive oil, wine, chestnuts and many other products, typical of the Mediterranean diet, that she loves her guests to enjoy.
I love to spend long and relaxing periods in Cilento, Unesco world heritage. My estate is located in a small hillside village, away from the stress and bustle of the city. It is surrounded by a large private garden where you can experience unforgettable moments by the pool, the scent of the flowers and the beautiful sunset on Capri and the Amalfi Coast. I also enjoy preparing traditional and tasty recipes utilising the products of this land accompaining with local wine.
It is perfect for families: there are large outdoor spaces available for children to play and its privileged location allows its guests to shelter from the heat of the summer months, offering complete privacy and tranquillity.
You can reach beautiful beaches, such as Agropoli, Acciaroli and the Punta Licosa marine reserve. Walking, biking and horseback riding along many paths that lead from the sea to the surrounding hills is also possible. You can easily reach the archaeological sites of Paestum and Velia, visit places rich in history such as the Padula’s Charterhouse and many medieval villages such as Agropoli and Castellabate.
Some of the most famous places in the world: Pompeii, Naples, Sorrento, Capri, Ischia, Positano and the Amalfi coast are all reachable on a day trip.
"Dear Francesca, thank you for a wonderful time! We had a lovely holiday and we feel privileged to have experienced your castle. It is really special to be surrounded by such a strong feeling of atmosphere and sense of history. We will always remember our time in the castle. Thank you very much! The Veldmeijer family - Johannesburg, South Africa"
"Thank you for sharing your beautiful Pilaccio with us. We have thoroughly enjoyed the gardens, the pool, the beautiful views and the spacious grandeur of the house itself. We have relaxed, laughed and climbed trees! The website doesn't do the Pilaccio justice, it is even more beautiful than we had imagined and extremely well located too. We have enjoyed the sites, Paestum, Velia and the beaches. However, nothing compares to this amazing house and gardens. Best wishes... Matt, Sophie and family"
"Dear Francesca, searching for paradise on this earth is finished as here we have got even more! Lovingly...from Lithuania"
Staying at Pilaccio was a wonderful experience. The Palace is large and bright and looks like a Castel more than a villa. The garden is really well kept and we had a great time there having fun by doing barbecues, playing on the grass, reading in the shadow of the patio and the big trees. A nice pool looking at the valle and the sea complete the bucolic scenary.
The sorroundings were very pleasant too: we met a lot of nice people, visited several beatiful beaches as well as small typical villages in the area and had lot of great food!
Francesca was always kind and helpful.
Thank you Francesca for this amazing holiday, we will come back for sure!
We stayed in the house in October 2016 as a party of 12. There was more than enough room for us all, with plenty of living rooms to gather together of an evening to play cards or to hide away to read a book.
The gardens and the pool are beautiful, with a covered area running half the length of the garden under which to seek some shade or rain cover. In late October we were able to eat outside and have a barbeque beneath the pergola. A great evening.
Furnishings are quite basic, but if you are looking for lots of space for family members to run around without having to worry about the odd spillage (stone and tilled floors) then this a great place to stay.
Make sure you visit Paestum which is 30 minutes away, and go south to the coast around Agnome Cilineto coast for great beaches.
We Were 11 persons and the House was Perfect for us! We all like old Buildings and so we enjoyed the athmosphere of the old Palazzo!
There are some small Shops nearby- so you Fan buy everything for breakfast! Best of all is the beautiful Garden! Bit the children were unhappy, behause you were Not Almosen Go Jump into the water!😟
I had a lovely stay at pilaccio with my family. The villa was perfectly cleaned and fully furnished with all the items expected and even more. I loved the outside too! We spent many hours in the garden decorated with plently of colourful flowers, around the beautiful pool as well as under the patio where we had several delicious barbecue!
The wi-fi connection was working both inside and outside till the pool area despite the huge extension of the garden.
The house and the garden are stunning and the view is spectacular from the hills to the sea until the island of Capri.
The beaches and sea are very easy to reach after some driving through very nice tree-lined streets; one of the best things was coming back to the castle (pilaccio appeared like that to us!) after a full day down to the sea discovering such a nice temperature back home was just wonderful!
Francesca and all her staff were ready to satisfy of all our requests at anytime. I would recommend anyone looking for a peaceful and relaxing heaven to spend at least one week at pilaccio!
Il pilaccio is a great place to stay if you're looking for somewhere special, away from the tourist mecca of Amalfi, but still within a day trip travelling distance.
In fact all our family, having visited the Amalfi area for a day agreed that the Cilento area was far nicer. Better beaches, less touristy and expensive, and still absolutely stunning scenery.
The House is as described - 'Ancient' - the furnishings and kitchen are probably all antiques, but nevertheless comfortable and functional. And it is huge, be prepared to get lost several times before you get your bearings! It is situated in the village itself, within walking distance of various shops and I would say all the locals were very friendly and helpful, which makes a huge difference to the overall experience.
It is the pool and garden which really make this property something special. The views over the village and countryside down to the sea and out to Capri are truly unforgettable and memories of afternoons sitting in the sun by the pool with a cold beer, or glass of prosecco, will stay with us for a long time to come.
We had a fabulous time staying at the Pilaccio. Francesca was lovely and always helpful. The surrounding area and views are stunning but it is quite a windy drive to get to either Castelabate or Sante Maria (beach). If you want to be surrounded by beauty I would thoroughly recommend this holiday. There is a local shop and small supermarket and small cafebar/restaurant within walking distance. But anything else is quite a drive away, but in some ways this is part of it's charm.
Special interest holidays:
Francesca, upon request, can organize cookery courses based on the recipes of Mediterranean diet, archaeological excursions with specialized guides, boat trips and nature walks.
You can explore many sandy beaches that are within a 15 minutes drive from the villa, enjoying the beauty of the Cilento coast with its smooth hills and charming green rocky shores.
Use of car is recommended.
The name of nearest airport is Capodichino, in Naples. It is 125 km far from Il Pilaccio nel Cilento.
You will find markets, butcher, baker and many other stores less than 500 meters away from the villa. Great restaurants are located within 3 km (about 1.8 miles). In Castellabate, 12 km (about 7.4 miles) from our villa, there is a very nice seafood restaurant with a beautiful terrace overlooking the sea.
Less than 5 km (about 3.1 miles) from the villa there is a literary cafe, with antiques and picture gallery, where you can admire many works and meet the artist and his Australian wife.
Besides the visits to archaeological sites and other historical and artistic wonders of the Cilento, there are many things to do: walks, bike or horse rides in over 180.000 hectares of National Park of Cilento and Vallo di Diano to discover pristine environments and a rich natural heritage.
Boat trips to Punta Licosa and the Marine Reserve in Castellabate, discovering numerous rocky coves and small beaches overlooked by majestic pine forests and large areas of Mediterranean scrub. The two concerts held at sunset on the water at Punta Licosa and dedicated to the mythical Leucosia after whom the island is named, are a must see.
Guided tours of the dairy farms of the plain of Paestum, knowing about the various stages in the processing and production of mozzarella di Bufala, with tasting of dairy products. You can also see the processing of leather, tanned with natural methods and buy accessories made by local craftsmen.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable damage deposit||$537|
Booking by email. 30% of the cost will be required at the time of booking by way of deposit. The deposits are non refundable. The payments can be made direct into a bank account in euros.
The property is rented weekly from Saturday/Sunday 4 p.m. to Saturday/Sunday 10.30 a.m. It is possible having same flexibility during low season or in case of guest's needs.