The Lemon Grove is a 3 bedroom holiday villa with stunning views of the Amalfi coast from its hill-top setting above Sorrento, close to Pompeii, Capri and Mount Vesuvius.
How would you describe Torre Amalfi in a nutshell?
Torre Amalfi is a Saracen tower, turned villa rental, on the Amalfi Coast in southern Italy. It is located in a national park, the estate stretches over 50 hectares, which is composed of stunning woodland, olive groves, and lemon trees, extraordinary fauna and beautiful views of Capri.
What is so special about Torre Amalfi?
Both the property itself as well as its location are unique and truly special. We are located right on the Amalfi Coast, a UNESCO site of legendary natural beauty, next to glittering coastal towns. Many are drawn to this area to partake in the glamour, excellent culinary offerings and stunning scenery.
The tower itself is part of an extensive portfolio of luxury properties where each piece is a successful blend of Italian history, design, and culture, mixed together with Scandinavian design and aesthetics. The tower is truly one of a kind. Its structure is fascinating and unpretentious, as it was stripped down to the bare essentials. The intricate stonework and tiles are now the ideal backdrop for some cool vintage pieces and décor.
Please tell us about the interior design/architecture. How would you describe it?
Built in the Middle Ages, the tower obviously had a completely different purpose compared to how we are using it today. It was a great challenge to refurbish, as there are very strict rules for such a protected historic site and our choices regarding the materials used were predetermined. The walls are natural local whitewash, which contrasts nicely with the rustic stonewall. Smooth local cotto stone was used on the floors to blend well with the overall structure. Actually, the biggest challenge during the tower’s renovation was the vaulted ceilings and arched walls.
The tower’s interior is ever evolving, but always keeping in line with its rustic structure. To create a cosy and beautiful interior we like to mix it up with kelim carpets and fabrics. Our décor philosophy is simple, as we realize that there are not many furniture pieces that would fit into such a rustic atmosphere. We do however like to create a bit of a contrast by adding some modern design pieces and artwork.
Please tell us about the food.
The tower is self-catering, but we can arrange for a private chef to come and prepare seasonal dishes on-site. Our guests really like having that option, as it is a great way to be introduced to local culture and cuisine. We also really recommend trying Limoncello (a lemon liqueur), which is used as a digestive after meals or as an aperitif. It’s often homemade using the juicy lemons that grow in the area. For those of our guests wanting to venture out, there are also several good restaurants in the area. We can of course give recommendations of our favourite places to guests.