Villa Syrene

Sorrento, Italy

6 Bedrooms, 6 Bathrooms, Sleeps 12

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The villa, with own private descent to the sea, is built in an elegant and luxurious neoclassical style on four levels and is adorned by tens of archaeological objects of inestimable value. The property enjoys 270 degree sea views, while the entire Western, Eastern, and Southern sides are surrounded by a large, private garden with more than 700 species of plants, flowers, and trees up to 60 feet high. A walk through the property, its garden, open spaces, and internal rooms is a truly emotional experience: elegance and classicism, all with a very strong relationship to local southern Italian traditions, can be found through the property's decor, paintings, and various artifacts. Marble columns and fragments complete its style, while it is difficult to verbalize what Villa Syrene truly represents. Guests will surely be overwhelmed by its history, as well as its gardens, style, detail, and stunning sea views. At the end of your first trek and journey you will surely be filled with the desire to begin your tour all over again.

At the beginning of the twentieth century, William Waldorf Astor bought the house and, where the convent once stood, designed its gardens, encircled by walls and balustrades, to protect his private and exotic oasis of palms, oranges, cycas, cypresses, eucalyptus, and pine trees. Secret paths and alleyways run through the lush vegetation revealing statues, urns, fountains, and glimpses of sea and sky through the windows cut out in the high wall along the seaward side. Villa Syrene's spectacular garden was designed and built following the dictates of three different landscaping schools: The Italian Renaissance School, English style, and Gothic revival. The garden faces the northern, southern and the western sides of Sorrento, and each part of it is designed according to its own spirit: The northern side has symmetric terraces and straight paths and is lined with classical statues, sarcophagi, urns, fountains, capitals, and wine skins, while housing the oldest fragment found in the garden, which dates back to more than 600 BC. The southwestern side is inspired towards the classical English garden concept as one views, upon entrance to the property, majestic palms, Chamerops and Cycas, which welcome its visitors, and Ilexes and Araucariae which stand over sixty feet tall. A sarcophagus, situated to the right of the entrance, stands next to two Medusa heads of rare beauty and several renaissance benches made of Siena yellow marble. Across the entrance a hidden amphitheater invites the visitors to follow the tile steps leading to the secret garden.

Ecstasy takes charge as the deep blue sea and Mount Vesuvius appear though a three arch stone window, where a stone siren lives. Mullioned windows, situated along the East side, separate the visitor from an open view, due to its antique Japanese technique, shakkei, meaning borrowed landscape. Beautiful marble busts showing Mercury, Dionius, Juno, and Mars appear as you walk through the garden. Roman and Punic amphora testify how the Mediterranean has always been filled with good exchanges. Other important fragments and elements in the garden include a Paleochristian sarcophagus.

On your way through the gardens delights, a small greenhouse suddenly appears from behind the hidden greenery, opening its doors to an ensemble of orchids, bromelie, hoya, and diverse flowers. The Zen wall lines an area with huge Eucapultus trees while, unexpectedly, the small port of Sorrento, Marina Grande, a delightful mini-harbour crowded by colourful houses, boats, fishermen can be seen from above. The garden is lit by garden candles and lights and it doted by stereo system playing Mozart's witty and joyful music throughout.

The garden features a marble topped table with ten iron chairs, which can be used for enjoying a garden picnic, while nearby lounge chairs line the irregularly shaped swimming pool (two to four meters wide by eight meters long). A vegetable garden, also part of the property, lies on opposite side of the street from the villa, providing guests with fresh fruit and vegetables varying during the different seasons.

The entrance to the neo-classical residence is very soft. A private driveway leads through the garden right down to the entrance door. The elegant hall, lined entirely in marble and white columns, is adorned with important marble fragments and Roman statues. This hall offers a half bath. Access into an elegant lounge facing the sea has three French doors, which lead out onto a terrace. The lounge has tiled floors, comfortable sofas and glass topped table, with capitals from Roman villas; television and DVD player; antique statues and sculptures, wall paintings, as well as special lighting, adds to the elegance and intimacy of the property. Access from the lounge is into study and French doors leading out onto a terrace.

The terrace offers incredible views out over the Gulf of Naples with the majestic volcano, Mount Vesuvius, lying directly in front of you, on the opposite side of the Sea. Views are truly spectacular on days when the sun plays with the colours of the deep blue sea as the sky lines the top of the volcano. The marble floored terrace, adorned with beautiful potted cactus plants, has a glass-topped table with the capital Roman columns as a base. One table seats 8 people and the other two tables each seat six to eight guests (in case of an event or important dinner, the terrace can be arranged to accommodate up to 50 people). The terrace also features an electronic canvas to balance the heat and shade.

Along the other area of the first floor of the villa lies the kitchen and dining rooms. The spectacular and large kitchen is divided into two areas and with vaulted ceilings, is tiled entirely with black and white tiles. It features a large semi-round cooking station with six stove tops and a sink. The kitchen has several facilities, which allow for preparation of everything from snacks and light meals to full meals or gala dinners. It features a double sink, double ovens, large refrigerator with freezer, ice cream and sorbet maker, toaster, microwave oven and meat-slicer. A small marble table with four chairs serves as a spot to drink a morning cup of coffee. The kitchen leads to a terrace, which is an extension of the main kitchen, as it offers external cooking and dining facilities including a brick oven ( ideal for pizzas, homemade bread and meats).

The dining area consists of two, separate dining rooms. The informal dining room leads directly into the kitchen, on one side, and to the external dining terrace, on the other.

The seven bedrooms are located on the first, second, and third floors, all up a large, majestic marble staircase decorated with lovely period paintings. Large windows face both the garden and the sea from the floors above.

The first floor, up 23 steps from the main entrance hall. It boasts one master bedroom with French windows with sea views overlooking the Gulf, a spacious bathroom in precious marble decorated with large mirrors. There is also a living room with three French doors which lead out onto a lovely balcony facing the sea. The second bedroom boasts parquet floor, a double bed, a wooden closet and two French windows facing the garden. Large, marble bathroom with double sink and French windows.

Up 23 steps from the main entrance hall. Four double bedrooms are all located along a corridor. All bedrooms have en suite marble bathrooms.

23 steps lead up to an unfurnished panoramic roof top terrace where you can enjoy wonderful views of Sorrento and a wonderful Gulf of Naples.

Reachable by an external staircase of 21 steps off the main terrace. This floor enjoys one large relax lounge equipped with glass covered portico, just perfect for summer barbecues. This area also serves as a passage way to the direct sea access.

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This property has 6 bedrooms and sleeps 12 people

Bedroom Beds Sleeps Comments
Double Bedroom 1 1 Double 2
Double Bedroom 2 1 Double 2
Double Bedroom 3 1 Double 2
Double Bedroom 4 1 Double 2
Fifth Bedroom 1 Double 2
Sixth Bedroom 1 Double 2


This property has 6 bathrooms

Bathroom Type Features Comments
Double Bathroom 1 full Toilet, Shower
Double Bathroom 2 full Toilet, Shower
Double Bathroom 3 full Toilet, Shower
Double Bathroom 4 full Toilet, Shower
Fifth Bathroom full Toilet, Shower
Sixth Bathroom full Toilet, Shower

More Amenities

Amenity Category Amenities
Activities WalkingSwimming
Attractions ATM/BankFitness CenterGroceriesShoppingRestaurants
Leisure BeachcombingBird WatchingSight Seeing
Nearby Facilities, Attractions, and Services ReefsVolcanoRestaurantsScenic Drives
Kitchen Fully Equipped KitchenStove Top BurnersOvenRefrigeratorCooking UtensilsFreezerToasterMicrowave
Entertainment TelevisionSatellite Or Cable
Internet Wireless Internet
Outside GardenPatio Stone/ConcreteTerrace
Pools Private Pool
General Air ConditioningInternetPool

Additional Information

Bath and beach towels provided.

Property Location

Villa Syrene

1 Via Vittorio Veneto
Sorrento, Campania

Location Type: Waterfront, Town, Near the Ocean, Oceanfront, Oceanview, Waterview

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