“Old and new fuse with heart and soul at this charming 4-room hotel in the hills above Paestum”
The simple, chunky stone walls outside and the peaceful white, blue and brown palette inside lend a feeling of monastic chic to the 4 rooms. The bold wall art is by a family friend (lovingly described as a ‘crazy artist’), who also helped to create the eclectic yet unfussy interior design.
All the rooms are immaculately clean and come with firm kingsize beds, free-standing wooden wardrobes, silk cone lampshades and soft cottons. Each also has a wall-mounted LCD TV, a desk, a minibar, air-con and snug underfloor heating. Big windows, full-length mirrors and ravishing hillside views all enhance the feeling of calm, lofty and uncluttered space.
The largest rooms, Sole and Terra, sit beneath the main house and are reached via a winding flight of shallow wooden steps, prettily lit up at night. They share a furnished stone terrace encircling an ancient oak tree; Sole also has a private sundeck with loungers - we stayed here and loved it. If you’re feeling lazy or have rickety knees, opt for one of the 2 slightly smaller rooms, Mare and Luna, which are in the main house above the dining room.
The ensuite bathrooms in 3 of the rooms are dominated by state-of-the-art hydrosonic Jacuzzi bathtubs, which are said to assist lymphatic drainage and cell renewal. These reduce you to a puddle of bliss but, naturally, take a while to fill up. Luna’s bathroom has a shower with hydrosonic jets instead of a tub. All have hairdryers, fluffy towels, slippers and complimentary toiletries, adding to the luxury feel.
Matriarch Anna Maria, a self-taught cook with 30 years' experience and a passion for regional cuisine, acts as the head chef. She uses secret family recipes and tends to avoid using wine or flour in order to bring out the subtle flavours of the meat or fish. All the seasonal ingredients are freshly bought daily or harvested from the family’s organic garden; they also make their own jams, compotes and fruit liqueurs.
The set menus change every day, with fish, vegetarian and meat options, and are served on the terrace or in the white-washed dining room with its contemporary glass tables and eye-popping lime-green chairs. In our opinion they’re worth every Euro - our dinner of clam spaghetti with chilli, garlic and organic parsley, sea bream with piquant salad and tender baby artichokes, and feather-light chocolate cake with a gooey heart couldn't have been more delicious. Our alfresco lunch of breadcrumbed chicken strips with sweet balsamic vinegar and traditional chips, accompanied by a crisp, local white wine, was a delight, too.
Breakfast, included in the rates, is a generous spread of freshly-squeezed juice, yoghurts, fruit, cereals, mozzarella and pancetta toasties, and eggs and bacon (it's worth specifying just how crispy you want your bacon as many Italians eat theirs almost raw!). You also get melt-in-the-mouth vanilla and chocolate cupcakes, freshly baked that morning.
If you want to eat out there’s an excellent pizza restaurant and 2 agro-tourism farms serving lunch in Capaccio, a 4km drive away. There are also several beach restaurants down on the coast.
Children of all ages are welcome. Cots, extra beds and babysitting are available on request. Those past toddler age will love spending hours in the chemical-free infinity pool and playing hide-and-seek in the surrounding hillside gardens.
Children (4-12 years)
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available
Babysitting can be arranged on request.
Baby cots are available on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Very young children will require careful supervision in the gardens, which have lots of steps.