Wonderful Service and Friendly Staff
We visited Casale Villarena in late October this year. We are very well traveled and can truly say that the hospitality experienced at Casale Villarena is exceptional. The staff are there at every turn to offer assistance, guidance and advice. The rooms are clean and comfortable with lovely views and the outdoor space is lovely. The highlight was the wonderful restaurant, food and wine. Every evening we were served something fresh and homemade. The pasta and seafood were lovely! Our 4 year old daughter enjoyed every meal and still talks about the lovely spaghetti. The experience as Casale Villarena was an authentic Italian holiday, almost like visiting a very good friend.
Tuesday 06 January 2015Kim, Taps & Anna
The best of the best!!!
I was a flight attendant for over 42 years and have traveled all over the world, staying in hundreds of places. This was a place, very high on my list, a diamond in the ruff. The staff was so warm and helpfull. The place was immaculate. Very, warm and homey. A great location, near Marina del Cantone, for doing any boat trips. Away from the touristy areas, living "with the locals" feel. William, the owner, was the best. He treated us as family, and helped us to enjoy the area, with new suggestions, each day. He organized a boat trip to see the "amafai" coast. It truely was one of the best days of my life, and I have seen much, over the years. He made us a very special "local" dinner after our 8 hr. day tour. He had many other tour to offer, plus wine tasting in his wine cellar. I left feeling I had made new Itailian friends. I would return in a heartbeat. It is not that easy to access, but I'm sure William will help with that.
Friday 31 October 2014Becky
Cet endroit est parfait pour ceux qui veulent sortir des sentiers battus et qui cherchent à éviter les hôtels impersonnels ! L'accueil de Gugliemo, le propriétaire et Maria Teresa, son assistante, ainsi que leur équipe est personnalisé et très professionnel. Le cadre authentique et pittoresque avec des terrasses à l'ombre des citronniers et une piscine permettent de profiter d'un calme absolu (alors que dans la région ce n'est le cas).... Le plus ? un restaurant où l'on a mangé mieux que partout à la ronde et pour des prix tout à fait raisonnables ainsi qu'un espace de jeux pour les enfants (avec table de ping-pong) que l'on peut surveiller via un écran dans le restaurant ! Nous avons aussi l'occasion de participer à une soirée dégustations de vins avec les explications enthousiastes de Gulgiemo, grand connaisseur en vin. Un délice. Pour ma part, je me suis régalée de la parmigiana de melanzane !!! Le wifi était disponible dans une salle commune ou au restaurant, mais pas dans les chambres. Depuis le port de Nerano (5min en voiture en contrebas de l'hôtel) nous avons rejoint Capri pour une journée. Nous avons vraiment apprécié cet endroit et souhaitons le meilleur à Gugliemo et son équipe ! Bravo pour leur travail !
Thursday 23 October 2014Florence Auras
Truly special place to stay
We had a truly wonderful holiday at Casale Villarena in September this year. We stayed in one of the beautiful apartments, La Rotunda. The pictures on the website dont show just how lovely the apartment is -very comfortable with plenty of space, there is a beautiful and recently renovated bathroom. Our own balcony had a beautiful view of the sea and the islands with space for a table and chairs so we could sit and relax there. The apartment was cleaned to sparkling level several times while we were there and our towels changed. We cooked for ourselves a few nights but the restaurant at the Casale is wonderful so we often ate there. The setting is lovely the restaurant is on a terrace below the apartments and overlooking the sea and the headland. The service and the food were excellent we sometimes had a full meal, other times we just felt like pasta or shared one of the amazing antipasti dishes as well. I have to have a gluten free diet and had emailed the Casale beforehand to check this was OK. In fact nothing was too much trouble and I was able to eat the most delicious gluten free food at all times. Breakfast in the terrace restaurant is included in the price of the rental and this was also lovely with a huge range of food and for me, always gluten free bread, toast, crackers available. Friday night is pizza night at the restaurant and I have never had such delicious gluten free pizzas and focaccia nor has my husband ever been asked what he would like for his second pizza we ate there two consecutive Fridays but made sure to eat very little during the day the second time Nerano was an excellent base for our holiday. It took a week to get used to the driving the roads are very winding and quite narrow and the Nastro Azurro sights are spectacular but very, very crowded. We had taken walking boots and enjoyed walking the Sentiero degli Dei above Positano far more than driving there. (We had a delicious lunch in the Trattoria Santa Croce in Nocelle, perched above Positano with spectacular views.) Walking to (and swimming in) the beautiful Bay of Ieranto was also well worth the effort but it is a stiff climb. Pompeii and Vesuvius are only an hours drive away. In our second week we found that we wanted to keep exploring the Nastro Verde the roads to the West of Nerano with fabulous views of Capri and Vesuvius but with unspoilt and uncrowded villages and tiny towns to visit. The little resort of Marina del Cantone directly below Nerano is a lovely place and we spent many happy hours there, either relaxing on the sunbeds, walking round the headland or eating amazing ice creams in a little café next to the jetty. Some days we simply spent lazing around the grounds of the Casale, there is a swimming pool, sunloungers, beautiful and very well kept gardens and the amazing views. We will definitely return to Casale Villarena the wonderful host and all his fabulous staff have made a truly special place to stay.
Tuesday 21 October 2014Jill Sharp
The best so far
Tastefully modernised old building and our room was fantastic. Quiet location in pretty fishing village. The staff went out of their way to cater for my dietary needs - gluten free food - and every meal was superb. Can't praise Casale Villarena or its wonderful friendly & helpful staff enough. A truly memorable holiday.
Tuesday 30 September 2014Janice H.
We stayed the first night at their apartment at the beach as there was no room at the main house (this was pre-arranged), which was nice, went to the house for breakfast and were able to move into our room straight away. This is an amazing place, beautiful, charming, old building, with rooms sympathetically modernised. Mariateresa is extremely helpful, speaks excellent English, seems to manage to be everywhere all the time and sorts out your queries almost before you have asked them! Guglielmo (the owner) is a good host and one night gave a few of us a tour of his wine cellar, which is directly underneath the village church. The food in the restaurant is fantastic (we regretted eating one night at the beach), and much of it comes from their own farm. Home made limoncello divine. We were only there for two days (sadly), did a day trip one day to Positano (car) and got a boat to Amalfi and back. Glad we did it, but equally glad to get back to the tranquillity of Casale Villarena and Nerano. The second day we just stayed by the pool and relaxed in the gardens. How sweet it is to do nothing! (this is the name of the restaurant, Dolce Far Niente). There is a wifi in the bar/restaurant and in a special room laid out for the purpose, which we found very useful. We spent 2 weeks touring around Italy, but this was the only place we felt really sorry to leave.
Saturday 27 September 2014Julia
This must be "heaven"
The Amalfi coast, excursions to Capri, Positano, Pompeii ,Vesuvius. Forget the car, waste of money. This was holiday! Even our children learnt to speak German and English with new friends from Norway and Germany! Don't be afraid, ask Guglielmo , the great boss , from day 1, to arrange everything. You will enjoy trips with the boat, and privat busses . They care to please you . The boss and lovely Mariateresa, and friendly Antonio, make everybody happy. You'll find new friends at BBQ , pizza eve's and test winery meal. best place to be. We used restaurant facility more than we thought. I disagree with remarks from crkLondon: remarks about breakfast? They forget to tell you about best kitchen and excellent wines(Tauri and Lachrima de Christ). Maybe the contra's had exaggerated to stay to long in the sun. Thank you Staff!
Sunday 17 August 2014Paul Vuylsteke
Gastvrij en lekker eten, ligging minder
Genoten van ons verblijf in Villarena, ze doen er alles aan om het naar je zin te maken. Het eten is ongelofelijk lekker en gezellig zitten op de vele terrassen. Het personeel is supervriendelijk en de appartementen goed ingericht en mooi. Enig minpunt voor ons was de ligging in de schaduw van een grote berg waardoor je vanaf de namiddag en de avond in de schaduw ligt. Daardoor mis je ook de mooie zonsondergang langs de andere kant van het schiereiland.
Sunday 27 July 2014Stefan
un' eccellente vacanza al Casale, buonissimo cibo, accoglienza e tranquillita'! altamente raccomandato...ottime cene e molte attivita' da fare intorno a Nerano ma con l'aggiunta di un ambiente calmo e rilassato. Guglielmo e Mariateresa sono the best!!
Tuesday 22 July 2014Fiamma Montezemolo
Lovely place - great hospitality
Relaxed place with comfortable accommodation and an excellent restaurant. We ate out a couple of times but the best meals by far were at Villarena. Guglielmo organises welcome nights, BBQs and pizza nights - fantastic views over the Bay of Salerno from the terrace. Also boat trips and trips to Vesuvius and Pompeii - these were a real highlight. Bit of a trek down to the beach but good exercise. Excellent hospitality from Guglielmo and his team including Mariateresa and Antonio. A great place to go back to.
Saturday 19 July 2014Michael Roe