We had difficulty finding this Villa. It looked quite simple to get to but when we got near the Main Street which seemed to lead directly to the Villa there was a no access sign, so our sat nav directed us around the back of the town, up very windy streets that were then too narrow for us to drive our Golf through. Getting back down was an experience!
Local people ponted us in the general direction but still difficult to find and eventually had to get out on foot to search the very narrow streets.
Once we did eventually find it, we then had some difficulty getting access. We rang the bell several times at the courtyard door which was closed, called both numbers on the plaque at the door and eventually after a few attempts managed to get through to the lady cleaner who came to open the gates. She was a very lovely lady but spoke no English so there was initially a lot of pointing and nodding, we managed though and she was very charming.
The owner then arrived and invited us through, showed us to our room and gave us the breakfast instructions. We were asked if we wanted dinner that evening as they would need to arrange staff.
The villa itself is an amazing building, 17th century with many original features and a wealth of fascinating history. The rooms are furnished in old but charming furniture. We were offered a tour of the cellars below the villa but due to our visit being just 1 night declined as we wanted to explore the town.
If you do stay here make sure you go up to the terraces on the roof, they are shared by all the rooms so don't be put off by the gate on the stairs which leads to a higher patio and a tower which has stunning views over the roof tops of this medieval city.
Unfortunately, I think we were the only guests during our 1 night stay, we would have liked to have had a meal here but the dining room was huge and would have lacked atmosphere with just the 2 of us. Breakfast was basic.
The owner was charming but we only saw her on our arrival. We were left a half bottle of wine n the room which was produced from their own vine yards, it was lovely. On leaving Maria the cleaner lady who had let us in the day before also gave us a jar of jam which was kind.
Despite the beautiful house and the nice touches of wine and jam, we did feel like we were unexpected and it's a big house to be alone in.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mustilli’s agriturismo is situated in a quiet square in the old centre of Sant’Agata dei Goti, next to an old convent. An ideal location for travellers who love friendly family hospitality and strong traditional flavours. In a warm, welcoming, homely atmosphere, visitors sleep between ancient walls and awaken to the aroma of freshly-baked cakes. The countryside is nearby and in autumn the town’s streets are filled with the aromas of the harvest, blending with warm bread, the flavour of local cheeses and the famous house wines, creating a pleasant and relaxing atmosphere. The cuisine is the feather in Mustilli’s cap, supervised directly by Marilì, expert cook and perfect hostess. The traditional flavours of Campania are given a touch of creativity and passion: homemade pasta with seasonal sauces, wild mushrooms and asparagus, local meat, cheese and the famous annurca apples of S. Agata dei Goti to be enjoyed fresh, baked or in delicious cakes. There are six rooms, on the second floor of the 18th century Palazzo Rainone, all different and all carefully furnished with the family’s own antiques. The balconies have a magnificent view of the town of Sant’Agata dei Goti, against a backdrop of hills and countryside. ... more less
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