Casa Rosa is in a very quiet and traditional village surrounded by countryside and only 15 mins drive to the nearest sandy beach at Baia di Trentova just outside Agropoli. The cottage is over 300 years old and was once part of a large palazzo. It has been sympathetically restored to provide both character and modern living with outside sitting/sunlounge space. It is warm and cosy in the colder months whilst being bright and airy in the warmer months. It sleeps 4 people offering 2 double bedrooms (one on each floor), 2 shower rooms, spacious open plan sitting room/kitchen/dining area open to the rafters with white painted wood ceilings, terracotta brick floors and open log fire. It is an 'upside down' house so the living room and kitchen are on the first floor to make the most of the sea view from the balcony. One of the double bedrooms with ensuite shower room is also on this floor. Through the kitchen arched windows is the wood and glass balcony seating 4 people for al fresco eating with a lovely sea view across to the Amalfi coast. There is a courtyard garden which catches the midday sun with table and chairs on the first floor. There is a private stone walled, fenced garden on the ground floor with pot plants and sunloungers. There is a further double bedroom on the ground floor with french doors leading into the walled garden. It has rustic charm with a twist of shabby chicness. The cottage is a perfect base to explore the local area and further afield or just to relax and enjoy the location of this traditional and friendly village in this beautiful part of Italy. It is on a very quiet lane which leads to the historic hamlet of San Cono and up to the village of Laureana and around the corner onto another lane which leads down to Agropoli which is only a 15 mins drive with its beaches, marina, castle and town. There is a good restaurant in the upper village (less than 10 mins walk or a few mins drive). The village of San Martino has 2 cafes, grocery shops, butchers, pharmacy and pizzeria. The next village of Rocca Cilento is 600m above sea level and offers the most stunning views as far as the eye can see. Here is the convent of San Francesco not long ago restored where there is a pizzeria in the summer months and they often have concerts throughout the year. Around this area are several footpaths across the olive groves and through the Cilento National Park. You may be lucky enough to see a family of wild boar crossing the lane, falcons, owls, frogs and so much more. The array of wild flowers in the spring is spectacular including rare orchids. Each season offers something special. Take a drive deep into the mountainous Cilento National Park and see the Calore gorge region which is quite spectacular.
There are plenty of historic sites to visit such as the 3 magnificent Greek temples at Paestum which is only 20 mins away. The Roman sites at Pompei and Herculaneum are 75 mins drive or train. The active volcano of Mount Vesuvius is 90 mins drive. The Roman city of Velia is 40 mins by car. The grotte at Castel Civita.
The beautiful Amalfi coast drive begins at Salerno which is 60 mins drive and continues to the bustling Amalfi town with its mosaic fronted cathedral, Positano with it's winding lanes and Ravello with a stunning view high above the sea and classical concerts at Villa Rufolo from March to Dec. Small ferries run from Salerno to Amalfi from April to Oct. In July and August they run from Agropoli to the Amalfi coast and Palinuro in the south. Buses also run from Salerno railway station to the Amalfi coast.
The Cilento has it's own stunning coastline and from Santa Maria di Castellabate to Acciaroli is well worth a drive. The beaches have been awarded the Blue Flag for clean and safe waters. From Paestum heading south there are stretches of beaches, bays and coastal villages galore.
There is a Thalassa Spa in San Marco di Castellabate which is 25 mins drive where you can enjoy a choice of massage and beautfy treatments or enjoy 3 hours on 'the sea path' through the various pools, saunas and steamrooms. Bliss!