The Lemon Grove

  • Location: Beach / Coast
    Restaurants: In walking distance and a short drive away
    The sunny island of Capri: 30 mins ferry crossing
    UNESCO World Heritage site of Pompeii: 35km (45 mins by car)
    Picture-perfect Positano: 19km (30 mins by car)
  • Naples Airport (NAP): 60km (1h 15 mins by car)
    Sorrento harbour: 6km (15 mins by car)
    Airport transfer available on request
    Car recommended
    Free parking

You should rent a ‘Gozzo’, a traditional fishing boat, enjoy the sun and take a swim in the ocean.
Sorrento is a great base to discover the Amalfi Coast, visit Capri, Pompeii and even Naples.
You'll love the beautiful sea views from the terrace and their newly built pool.
You should hire the private chef for at least one night! Rosalia's cooking is becoming a hit with guests!

Priora is on a hill 10 mins above Sorrento and has no grocery shops and only two easy-going restaurants.
We recommend to rent a small car as the roads are sometimes narrow and parking is easier.
The pool is unattended so be careful with your children.
Sorrento is a world-famous location and can get very crowded during summer.
There is no parking at the villa, but it is very easy (and totally safe) to find parking very close to the villa.

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An introduction to The Lemon Grove

How would you describe The Lemon Grove in a nutshell?

The Lemon Grove is a 3 bedroom villa rental nestled in a peaceful lemon grove with beautiful views over the Amalfi coast. The house was built in the 19th century and has been in the family for generations. It has been entirely refurbished mixing the original, antique flair with modern touches.

Please tell us more about the villa garden, the Lemon Grove.

We have been spending summers here for generations. When we were refurbishing the property my mother was very focused on not altering the nature of the garden. She wanted to maintain the nature of the lemon grove which is very traditional of this area — the Sorrento lemons are world famous. In order to protect the lemons, they would grow grapes on top of them. It is a very typical local technique.

Our garden is very characteristic of the area where the lemon orchard surrounds the courtyard. Our courtyard is like a little enclave because you have the villa on one side, a rough rock wall on the other and the stables where the animals were kept all enclosing the courtyard, making it very cozy.

What was your inspiration to rent out the villa to holiday guests?

We wanted to share our house with guests and provide modern accommodations with an authentic, local flair. This is in contrast to the many other places on the Amalfi coast which are often either cheap with a lot of kitsch, or 5 star hotels.

And there are restaurants and shops nearby?

The Amalfi coast is not only a beautiful place to be, but it’s also one of the best gourmet destinations in Italy, offering many amazing Michelin-star restaurants. And even the very simple trattorias provide really excellent food. Some of the restaurants are very famous and you need to have advanced reservations, so guests should plan ahead. The distance to good restaurants depends on how picky you are. There’s a very good trattoria only two mins away from us and there are a number of other restaurants on the way to Sorrento or the other villages around us.

Is there a highlight that you think you just have to do or see?

It would be strange to come to the Amalfi coast and not see Capri or Pompeii. There’s nothing like Pompeii anywhere else.

Closer to the villa, it would be a pity to be in the area and not walk up to the top of Monte San Costanzo (a quick half an hour climb from the parking lot) from where you may enjoy commanding views of Capri and the Amalfi coast. Taking advantage from the drive there, it would be crazy to miss a lunch or a dinner at ‘Maria Grazia’, a historical trattoria right on the water with one of the most memorable antipasto anywhere in the world. Maria Grazia is only few mins away by car from Termini where the road up to Monte San Costanzo starts.

Please tell us a bit about the beaches on the Amalfi coast.

The beaches are small and pebbled. During the spring they are lovely, but during the summer they are really crowded. Still, many tourists love the little coves and enjoy dining at the restaurants that are at sea level.

Particularly during the summer and on weekends when it’s crowded, I recommend renting a boat. It is very easy to rent a ‘Gozzo’, a traditional fishing boat in Amalfi. They have a deck to enjoy the sun and swim in the ocean. You don’t need a license but many guests rent a boat with a conductor. A very nice Gozzo for up to 8 people costs around €150-200 per day.

You can rent a Gozzo in Marina della Lobra or in Marina del Cantone, the fishing village just below Nerano, no need to go to Amalfi. You can easily sail to Capri, Li Galli (fabulous small islands formerly owned by Rudolf Nureyev, a famous ballet dancer), Positano or even Amalfi. The sail is wonderful because a large part of the coast is a marine preserve.

The Lemon Grove roof terrace
Kitchen
Dining area
Kitchen
Bedroom
Bedroom
Bathroom
Bathroom
Living area
Upstairs living area
Work desk
TV area
Villa terrace
Dining area
Pool area
Pool area
Pool area
Entrance
View of the Amalfi coast

The Lemon Grove rooms & rates

The villa is an authentic, old building. We still have the antique ‘palmento’ in what is now the living room, where people used to crush the grapes with their feet and squeeze the juice into a barrel. We wanted to maintain some of the antique features but have added modern touches creating a contemporary, cosmopolitan feeling.

We tried to put together a kitchen that was close to what an antique kitchen might have looked like in the local style, but there’s modern lighting and other modern amenities and furnishings. The beds are part modern and part antique in terms of the iron bed frame. We chose the furnishings very carefully and used pieces that we have collected over the years to retain the unique flair of the house.

We have 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, air-conditioning and a brand new heating system, The kitchen with all the necessary appliances opening up into the courtyard, which is perfect for al fresco dinners. A separate dining room also opens out to the courtyard. The living room — split into two separate areas — makes up the ground floor. And of course the terrace with the beautiful sea views.

The loft from which you access the terrace has two sofas that may (and often are) turned into two additional beds.

The property has a nice pool among the lemon trees which is open normally from May until late September (the Pool is shared with the Owners during the limited period when they are in Sorrento.

  • The Lemon Grove for 6-8 people / 150 m²
    700 / night
    • 1 Twin bedroom
    • 2 Double bedroom
    • 3 Bathroom
    • 1 Living room
    • 1 Dining room
    • 1 Kitchen
    • 1 Other rooms
    • 2 Extra bed (on req.)
    • 2 Baby cot (on req.)
Included in the rates
Rates include a weekly change of linen and towels.
Optional extras
Maid service: EUR 20 per hour, personal laundry & ironing service: EUR 20 per hour, pre-stocking grocery service: EUR 30 + cost of groceries; EUR 50 if the pre-stocking is particularly large. Services like massages, baby-sitters, guided tours, boat rentals, a chauffeured car, grocery shopping can be organized on request.
Extra charges payable at the property
There is an extra charge of EUR 20 for check-outs before 8am and after 8pm. There is a ‘Tourist Tax’ of EUR 3 per adult (18+ years) and per day (for a max. of 7 days) payable on arrival.
Children & Extra beds
Children are welcome. A baby cot is available free of charge.
Minimum stay
3 nights
Check in time
after 17:00
Check out time
before 10:00

Facilities & services

  • Children welcome
  • Swimming pool
  • WiFi
  • Air conditioning
  • Terrace
  • Concierge service
  • Babysitting on request
  • TV
  • Garden
  • Washing machine
  • Music system
  • Central heating
  • Courtyard
  • BBQ area
  • Iron & Board
  • Hair dryer

Rita and Luca, exceptional caretakers and close friends of mine, will be available to the guests. They know the area around Sorrento very well and speak a number of languages so they can offer suggestions for what to see and do in the area. We have long-standing relationships with the locals here so can easily make arrangements for a variety of activities, but it is always a good idea to plan some activities before your stay to ensure availability.

We also have two people who take care of the house and offer cooking and cleaning services. This allows guests to better enjoy the property without having to take care of the housekeeping or organise meals themselves. It’s more relaxing. We can also organize babysitters known to our family.

Our idea is to provide our holiday guests an insider’s view of the Amalfi coast, telling them about the restaurants where not many tourists go, the special little shops in area etc.

Most of our guests have made use of the additional services and bring back memories of the fantastic food cooked by Rosalia and served in the courtyard among the lemon trees.

Things to do in Amalfi Coast & Priora

  • Art / Culture
  • Shopping / Markets
  • Night life
  • Wine tastings
  • Massages / Treatments
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Hiking
  • Scuba diving
  • Sailing
  • Boat trips
  • Fishing

Many of our guests often use Sorrento as a base to not only visit the beach or spend a day on the boat, but also to discover the many sights in the area.

You can, for example, spend one day in Naples and enjoy the museums, the incredible number of churches and the beautiful shops. Another day you can go up to Mount Vesuvius and visit Pompeii. Then there are of course Positano and Amalfi. You can even visit the temple in Pestum and visit a producer of real buffalo mozzarella on your way back. You can go to Capri, which is 30 mins away by hydrofoil or even visit the islands of Ischia and Procida.

There are a also number of very beautiful hikes around Sorrento. There is a very famous path that goes all along the Amalfi coast called the ‘Path of the Gods’. It offers an incredible view from beginning to end.

There’s an incredible variety of well known places to visit other than just going to the beaches.

Upon reservation our property managers will provide you with a catalog of possibilities and help you with any additional requests you may have.

The Lemon Grove reviews

5 of 5 stars
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We'd rate our stay a 5! Excellent experience. Will definitely book again! Thanks.
Kate T.
stayed at The Lemon Grove in April 2018
5 of 5 stars
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5 out of 5! We had a very good (5) time at the lemon Grove. Thank you or the recommendation!!
Carla D.
stayed at The Lemon Grove in July 2018
5 of 5 stars
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I would rate our stay a 5! The home was perfect for me and my 4 friends. Luca was very welcoming and helpful. Everything was clean and comfortable. We had Rosalia prepare a meal for us our first evening there. It was one the best meals we had on our trip. I would highly recommend that service to anyone staying there.
Lisa R.
stayed at The Lemon Grove in October 2017
5 of 5 stars
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A perfect respite from a busy day of touring along the Amalfi coast! My husband, two adult daughters and I just returned from a fabulous week at the Lemon Grove villa. Located in the small, hillside village of Priora above Sorrento, the villa was a perfect respite from a busy day of touring along the Amalfi coast. Upon entering the gated property, a courtyard surrounded by a lemon grove greeted us. The courtyard, beautiful during the day, became truly magical at night with lovely landscape lighting. Several mornings we received a friendly wave from the caretaker of the grove perched high on a ladder among the lemon trees. The interior of the villa has been beautifully renovated blending old and new. Sleek furnishings, stylish kitchen and bath design along with bright, white rooms give the centuries old home a fresh look. Morning coffee on the roof top terrace offered spectacular views of Naples Bay. Special touches such as towels bundled in yellow ribbons and simple flower arrangements added to the villa's charm. We appreciated the assistance of Rita, the property manager. She patiently answered our questions (in English!), assisted with transportation and arranged for Rosalia to cook a delicious dinner for us. Other evenings, we climbed the stone stairs right outside the villa to Il Borgo trattoria. It offered good food, a warm atmosphere and amazing views of the coast. Perhaps the most memorable evening was watching the stunning fireworks display over Sorrento in celebration of Italy's May Day holiday!
Ann C. (USA)
stayed at The Lemon Grove in May 2016
5 of 5 stars
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A clear 5 out of 5. I spent a fantastic week at the Lemon Grove with my parents, 89 and 82 – it was my gift to them on their 60th wedding anniversary as they met in Italy 63 years ago. It could not have been nicer: The house is as beautiful as the pictures indicate, the lemon grove surrounding it much larger than expected; you can really stroll around in it.
Meike W. (Germany)
stayed at The Lemon Grove in July 2015
5 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
Perfect support in every respect. A marvelous area to stay. A remarkably beautiful and elegant renovated estate. Perfect support in every respect. The ideal place to have magnificent holidays. Try it!
Gottfried F. (Germany)
stayed at The Lemon Grove in September 2015

The location of The Lemon Grove

Our villa is located in a very small village called Priora sitting on a cliff top about 250m above sea level. We are surrounded by three villages, Sant’Agata which is uphill from Priora, Massa Lubrense and of course Sorrento, which is down on the coast.

You can take a very nice stroll to Sorrento without having to use the main roads. There are small cobblestone streets taking you to there. It goes without saying that going down is a little easier than coming up the hill. That’s why we recommend walking down around 25 mins and taking the bus back up.

You may also walk down to Massa Lubrense and take the bus up again. The road has less views but is more secluded and actually quite beautiful.

When is the best time to visit Amalfi Coast?

It all depends on what you want to do. April, May, June and September tend to be the best months. Outside the weekends, July is also beautiful. August is a bit crowded but the summer season is at its peak, the weather is generally glorious and Sorrento and the other villages offer a number of festivals and other attractions, some of which are of excellent quality. In October the weather can be a bit difficult to predict.

Sorrento is not the typical holiday resort alive in the summer but empty and almost dead during the rest of the year. Most hotels, shops and restaurants are open 10 months every year, so even in the deep of the winter it is a perfect destination to enjoy the many attractions nearby.