Villa Beatrice - Ischia
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Accommodates 11 6 Bedrooms
5 Baths — Swimming Pool — Internet
When youre on the island
of Ischia, you hardly realize its an island. It isnt
Capri in that sense. Its a significant size, with many
separate villages. When we were last there, women were still
carrying things on their heads. So theres an charmingly
ethnic quality to Ischia that to me was totally unexpected.
You reach Ischia easily by hydrofoil
or boat from Naples. In fact, you need a car on Ischia to
be able best to explore the island as well as for onshore
excurions. What can you do on Ischia. Well, for one thing,
explore everything about island itself, from the coastal villages
and resorts to the interior hills and mountains. Views and
vegetation are everywhere delightful, as is the food. Ischia
also makes an excellent base for visiting Naples, Pompeii,
Herculaneum, and Vesuvius, and there are boats which will
take you to Sorrento, Positano, and beyond.
Villa Beatrice was constructed
in the traditional Mediterranean style: thick stone walls
and red terra cotta tiled roof. It was designed, built, and
furnished by a career diplomat whose various posts and extensive
travels enabled him to gather a delightfully eclectic collection
of statues, tapestries, rugs, furniture and ornamentals. The
paintings are largely European, with a well- rounded collection
of Mediterranean gouaches forming the nucleus. Many are of
Vesuvius, destroyer and preserver of Pompeii and Herculaneum.
The villa combines the beauty of antiquity with modern convenience.
The villa is uniquely built
into the side of a hill, so that all three floors have access
to sun drenched terraces, shaded areas and the surrounding
land. The 4,500-square-meter gardens afford privacy, freedom
of movement and views of the Mediterranean, including the
island of Procida (setting of the beautiful film Il Postino);
the Aragonese castle guarding the port of Ischia (as seen
in the film The Talented Mr. Ripley); and the great volcano
Vesuvius, dominating the bay of Naples.
The library of approximately
2,800 volumes is on the third floor, and has an extensive
assortment of books on art, history, exploration, literature,
religion, and philosophy, and also includes political periodicals.
There are also guides to Ischia, the sister islands of Capri
and Procida, and such nearby mainland attractions as Pompeii,
Herculaneum, Naples, the Amalfi Coast and Paestum. The library
at Villa Beatrice is an excellent center from which to study
Italian culture from north to south, in all its variety. Most
volumes are in English, with many in Italian, German, and
French. There is a study area at one end with a view of islands
in the ever-present Mediterranean.
The living room is the largest
room, with antique tiles, two circles of chairs and couches,
a desk at one end, other antiques dispersed throughout, and
an open marble fireplace. There are also a CD stereo and a
television. The living room exits onto the central terrace
and outdoor dining area by way of a jasmine-covered loggia.
The adjoining dining room also exits onto the central terrace
where the temperate climate and garden enhance the pleasure
of outdoor dining.
The kitchen, separated from
the dining room by a service alcove, was completely renovated
and refurbished at the end of 1999 and beginning of 2000.
It is equipped with a modern refrigerator- freezer, five-burner
grill, oven and broiler stove, dishwasher, and two sinks,
all recessed in or arranged around a black granite counter
top with wall tiles and cherry wood cabinets. Everything needed
to prepare and serve sumptuous Italian repasts is provided
in an efficient and pleasant environment.
The third-floor bedroom, with
adjoining bathroom and study, was completely renovated in
2000- 2001 and has a private loggia with views of the garden
below. There is another small terrace outside an independent
exterior door that leads directly to the gardens and then
to the pool. The bed is queen-sized. The en-suite bathroom
has separate shower and two person tub. One of the second-floor
bedrooms has a queen-sized bed, en-suite bathroom with separate
shower and bathtub, and its own outdoor garden loggia. The
other second-floor bedroom has a double bed, private arched
porch overlooking gardens, and an en-suite bathroom with combined
tub and shower. The three ground-floor bedrooms are configured
as follows: one with two single joinable beds which has an
en-suite bathroom with tub and shower, and one with two single
joinable beds that shares a shower bathroom with another smaller
bedroom that has a single bed. All six bedrooms are elegantly
decorated with tapestries, paintings and furniture. All have
bedside reading lights, ample closet space, and new orthopedic
mattresses. The five bathrooms were all completely renovated
and refurbished from 1998-2001.
In the gardens, a stone walkway leads to a brand-new 6 x 12 meter swimming pool enjoying panoramic views of the sea. The same walkway meanders amidst secluded stone benches, flower beds, a shaded
hammock area, four terraces conveniently dispersed at different
altitudes (with sit-down and lie- down chairs, tables, and
a three-meter-by-two-meter canvas and wood umbrella on the
pool terrace), large stone barbecue and hundreds
of evergreens, (including ten or so Redwood potted saplings,
both semper virens and gigantium varieties) oak, orange, lemon,
grapefruit, cherry, apple, palm, mimosa, magnolia
and olive trees. Roses, camellia, bougainvillea, geranium,
iris, pansies, begonia, plumbago, dahlia, crocus beds, lavender
and numerous other flowers are spread throughout the garden,
highlighted with ivy beds, herbs, bamboo groves, hedges and
grapes. The sea, a five-minute car or short bus drive away,
is visible from most parts of the property.
With its many beautiful beaches,
Ischia provides swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, windsurfing,
boating, water-skiing, and tours of the island. It is famous
for its natural hot spring spas. Tennis, soccer, health club
facilities and excellent walks are also available. Despite
its tranquility, the island also has many excellent cafes,
bars, restaurants and a few nightclubs. At least two restaurants are at walking distance from the property.
The rental fee includes all
utilities except heating and phone, which is monitored by
an in-house meter. A computer is provided for guests’ use, and there is also a high-speed internet connection via ethernet cable available. There is a washing machine, and weekly
change of linen is provided. Guests have full use of the library.
Garden and pool maintenance and immaculate daily housekeeping
are also provided at no additional charge. A cook, baby-sitter
and driver with or without car are made available for an additional
charge on an as-needed basis. The villa is available year-round
as it is equipped with central heating and three wood burning
terra cotta heaters along with the open central fireplace.
The minimum stay is one week.
Jun 18-Aug 27
May 28-Jun 18
May 7-28; Aug 27-Sep 17; Dec 17-Jan 2, 2012
April 2-May 7; Sept 17-Oct 8
||Feb 19-Apr 2; Oct 8-22
||Jan 1-Feb 19; Oct 22-Dec 17
Saturday April-October; otherwise