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Covering an entire hillside just outside the center of Positano, Tre Ville offers a
complete escape from the pressures of the outside world and an opportunity to step
into an environment of sybaritic pleasures. The extended season from May to
October encourages living almost exclusively out-of-doors and the property is
extensive enough to enable a group of 18 to find plenty of space for privacy or
socializing as preferred. Illumination of pathways, terraces and pool help you enjoy
your surroundings late into the evening. There are numerous terraces for dining al
fresco. The bedrooms are nearly all ensuite, many with private balconies or terrace.
The staff of four, plus gardeners and caretakers, is well-prepared for ensuring your
relaxation. An exceptional and storied estate, with a famous guest list all its own,
Tre Ville encourages you to indulge in appreciating the stunning, dramatic
landscape and the charm and relaxed hospitality of the Positanesi.
The exclusive enclave of Arienzo is home to the finest villas in Positano,
removed from the immediate reach of the village but very much a part of the
town. A water taxi can arrive in just 10 minutes for a lift into town for dinner
or shopping. Small boats can be hired for independent explorations of the
intimate and nearly deserted coves along the coast. Larger vessels with
skipper, enable traffic-free excursions to Capri, Ravello and Amalfi, Ischia or
Procida. Through arrangements with a local firm, excursions can also be
planned via chauffered Mercedez-Benz sedan or mini-van.
Tre Ville is an exhuberant reflection of the owners' life-long involvement in
the arts, as well as their delight in entertaining, affection for worldwide
travel and adoration for the absolute drama and beauty of this sun-drenched
coast. True to its name, the estate comprises three distinct villas, linked by
garden paths and stairways so that it feels rather like a large rambling home.
The oldest of the three, Casa Rossa, was built in the 1500's. Casa Azzure
was built in the 1600's with some renovations into the late 18th century,
and Casa Bianca is early 20th century. The current owner has been
enjoying the property most of his life, having first discovered it some 60
years ago. Acquiring it for his own use in 1968, the house underwent a
significant restoration maintaining the high vaulted ceilings, tall French
doors and multiple terraces so typical of the local architecture. A notable
addition was an incredible variety of largely Neopolitan 18th century
handpainted tiles, now very hard to find. Each floor and wall is an artistic
composition, which perfectly enriches the extensive personal collection of
objects d'art, antiques and collectibles on display throughout the estate.
Especially interesting are the various drawings and paintings by the owners'
own hand, animating walls throughout. Each room and terrace is distinctly
its own space, making the whole effect of the property much more than the
sum of its parts. The paved drive, itself a rarity, descends from the street to
the garage and parking. From here, stairs continue to the main Villa
entrance on a public walking path, popular only in July and August when
the local beach, Arienzo, is busy serving day-trippers from Naples.
The gate opens to an entrance terrace planted with beds of vibrant flowering
annuals. A short curved flight of stairs brings you to the uppermost
principal terrace, with wisteria-shaded pergola along the house and a
spacious sun-soaked terrace jutting out towards the undulating blue-green
sea. Most of the windows and terraces at Tre Ville are southwest-facing,
providing an exceptional and unusual view of Positano and the receding
peninsulas of the Amalfi Coast into the distance, with the the Isole dei Galli
accenting an otherwise pristine expanse of sea. Beyond the terrace is a
spacious dining pavilion, centred with a simple fountain and partially
shaded by broad pine trees and bougainvillea. Travertine tables may be
used separately or reconfigured into a round table accommodating 12. The
view is south-east towards other Arienzo villas hugging the coastline and the
Stairs lead down past the Casa Rossa tucking into the shade of 70 year old
tropical trees. Along the edge of the stairs, narrow, ruffle-edged trough-shaped pools pour a stream of water into the goldfish pond which marks your arrival at the principal terrace for the Casa Bianca. To the right, also enjoying the shade of
tall trees, is the ping-pong table, lit for night play. A broad double staircase
leads up to two additional terraces, one set as an outdoor living room, the other
for casual outdoor dining. Both are under wisteria pergolas providing a deep
cooling shade. Below the staircase is a charming dining terrace, distinguished by
a deep stone-lined grotto, accommodating 20 for lunch or dinner. Up to 30
could be easily accommodated buffet-style, with ample additional seating at the
cushioned banquettes lining the edge of the terrace.
Two levels of carefully tended beds of tomatoes, eggplant, basil and other
staples of the Italian garden are cut through with walking paths shaded by
grapevines. One flight of stairs brings you to the pool, set on a further
promontory and defined by a keyhole shaped terrace shaded with an
enormous umbrella pine. The pool is oval, and set into a high domed
alcove with a rough stone ceiling. Guests have the option of enjoying the
pool as is, or heated with or without the whirlpool. Two curving staircases
give easy access, with two built-in Carrara benches for sitting and standing.
Simple bath with hot and cold shower is adjacent. The vegetable garden
then continues from the pool to the final set of stairs, which descends
through a gate to the delicious ocean. Here, broad terraces have been
fashioned on top of the rocks, providing ample room in the sun. Two straw
pergolas have been installed for shade. There is furniture for 16, tanning on
sun beds or sitting with a book.
- - Multiple terraced gardens leading from public path to the sea. Plantings
include trees. Shrubs, perennials and flowerbeds.
- - Vegetable garden.
- - Pool Terrace: Heated oval, tile-lined pool with hydro-massage set in grotto. Open terrace for sunning, shaded pergola.
- - Waterfront: Multiple terraces open to the sea for swimming and private boat service.
- - Casa Bianca: Dining pavilion shaded by pergola opens from the dining room and primary kitchen. Goldfish pond with fountain. Shady sideterrace for ping-pong.
- - Theatre fully restored with a beautiful wood floor is a flexible space for weddings,
performances and the like.
- - Casa Azzure: Open terraces furnished for living and dining al fresco reached through double doors from the villa. Expansive outdoor living room with pergola.
- - Casa Rosa: Open terrace for dining and lounging.
- ENTRANCE LEVEL
- - Very spacious sitting room reached through two sets of double doors off the main terrace, with stairs leading to both upper and lower levels. Seating for 18 people at various upholstered couches and chairs set before working fireplace and display of 18th century 'coltagirone' bottles from Sicily, each one set into a back-lit, tile-framed alcove. The excellent Kawai grand piano is kept tuned. TV with VCR (compatible with US tapes). Ceiling fan.
- - Delightful 'winter' kitchen (4 gas-, 2 electric-burner stove plus griddle, two
ovens, separate stove with 4-gas burners, 1-electric burner and two ovens, fridge
with separate freezer, dishwasher, double sinks) with separate eat-in area for eight
that opens directly to the dining pavilion. Second set of double doors to dining
terrace. Spiral stairs to service quarters. May be used by guests as desired - staff use
the principal kitchen in the Casa Bianca.
- - Guest bathroom.
- UPPER LEVEL
- - Mexican bedroom (single), reached up short flight of stairs to mezzanine,
decorated with appropriate art and objects collected during travels through Central
America. West-facing window towards Casa Rossa. En suite bath (enclosed shower
stall) with Carrara counter and west-facing window over sink.
- - Spacious master bedroom suite includes dressing room with fabric-covered
walls and west-facing window. Single bed set into alcove. Separate large double
bedroom (king) with antique bed and double doors opening to small balcony
with iron railing. Ceiling fan. En suite bath (shower stall) also with window
facing the trees to the west.
- - Elegant double bedroom (twins can combine to form king) with stunning
antique tile floor and suite of matching antique furniture including dressing
table, armoire and dresser. The antique beds are inlaid with mother-of-pearl.
Double doors open to a small balcony with iron railing. En suite bath
(shower stall) with Carrara marble counter and window over sink framing
wonderful view of coastline to the west.
- - Charming single bedroom (twin) also with double doors opening to balcony overlooking the sea. One of many antiques filling this room, a desk is placed before a window, suitable for writers of all stripe.
- GARDEN LEVEL
- - Cool double bedroom (full) with independent entrance through double doors from garden. Rustic, antique wood bed, partially set in alcove. En suite bath with enclosed shower stall and west-facing window over sink.
- - Independent entrance into spacious double bedroom suite (twins can
combine to form king).
- - Two rooms, each with a high barrel-vaulted ceiling,
are casually divided by a floor-to-ceiling curtain.
- - Sitting room with couch and armchairs for four before working fireplace. Separate writing desk framed by two large bookshelves filled with American and English titles.
- - Wonderful views through west-facing windows in both sitting room and bedroom to the public beach at Arienzo.
- - Tree house-like en suite bath (tub with wall-mounted shower, partition) with three small windows facing south and west.
- ENTRANCE LEVEL
- - Inviting entrance hall reached through arched glass doorway, dominated by wall-sized contemporary canvas and a long antique table holding various 18th century figurines. The walls and ceiling are colour-rubbed in gold and turquoise blue. Stairs to both upper and lower levels.
- - Relaxing cool-toned double bedroom (twin can combine to form king) with double doors leading to garden path and neighbouring bedroom. En suite bath (open shower stall with curtain; 180 cm. clearance) with Carrara countertop and east-facing window.
- - Silvery-blue toned double bedroom suite (queen) with independent access
up stairs from garden level or through adjacent bedroom. Antique chrome
bed, set into alcove opposite working fireplace. Double doors open to the east onto
private balcony. Charming dressing area serves as pass-through to en suite
bath (large, enclosed shower stall).)
- UPPER LEVEL
- - Luminous double bedroom (queen) with striking, south-facing view over white
domed roof of lower level, to sea. Ceiling fan. Large glass, arched doorway, draped
floor-to-ceiling for privacy, opens to small private balcony facing west. Antique
desk, dressing table and brass bed. En suite bath (open shower stall with curtain;
187 cm. clearance) with south-facing window.
- - Simpler small double bedroom (twins cannot combine) with south-facing window. Cheerful en suite bath (tub with wall-mounted shower and curtain) and east-facing window onto lush tropical plant.
- GARDEN LEVEL
- - Large living room, with the floors and parts of the walls tiled, and the furniture all white. Crushed velvet and mirrored Indian
cotton upholstery, mother-of-pearl inlaid mirrors and chests, wicker armchairs
and tables, set under a high barrel-valuted ceiling with fans. Tall palm trees and dramatic deco chandeliers accent the space. Inset couches brimming with cushions and pillows provide ample seating for 29. TV with VCR. Three double doors open to the terraces for a seamless flow of relaxed living - indoors and out. Vestibule with guest bath.
- - Very large dining room with new floor, dominated by a large, arched, westfacing
window filling one wall. Accommodates 20 at the table. A casual space, comfortable for large gatherings 'a la famiglia'. Door leads to terrace.
- - Professional kitchen, for use by staff. Includes walk-in for cold-storage
and separate dish-washing area with two dishwashers.
Points of interest
- - Positano (stores, restaurants): 5 - 20 mins.
- - Sorrento: 25 mins.
- - Naples: 1 hr.
- - Rome: 2 1/2 - 3 hrs.
- - Rome Airport: 4 hrs.
- - Telephone/fax/internet
- - Food, beverages and consumables
- - Extras deposit $2,700/week
- - Refundable security deposit ($10,000)
- - Monday - Saturday arrivals.
- - Full staff comprised of caretakers, cook,
gardener and maids. Cooking services included for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Monday - Saturday.
- - Screens on 'persiane' (traditional wood shutters)throughout.
- - Access to the ocean is from rocks into deep water; confident swimmers only.
- - Children over 5 welcome, but must be supervised at all times.
- - Unprotected drops from terraces and platforms are dangerous to anyone not steady on their feet.
- - Staff quarters (twin bedroom/sitting room, simple bath with tub, hand-held shower) also available; please inquire.
- - Friendly elderly couple, caretakers, live in apartment on upper level of Casa Azzure.
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