All you read is true. For those who enjoy something off the beaten track, a little worn around the edges but filled with warmth, eccentricity and a love of life I'd recommend this as a delightful place to stay.
Ask for a room on the top floor overlooking the valley. It is a little more expensive but certainly worth the money.
Franca, was a wonderful host, welcoming us with a carafe of wine and figs from the tree that grows in over the terrace of restaurant downstairs. Later that evening she cooked for us. An extraordinary meal, which included fettucine covered in a sauce made from mushrooms picked from the forest, "the first of the season" as she said.
The town itself is the picture book medieval, hill top Italian villa. A labyrinth of tiny lanes and steps that tumbles down the hill to the extraordinary Cilento coast. Make sure you have dinner in the restaurant just below the town's fort. Touristico certainly, but with views to die for, and very very good food (as is all the food in the area).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Here in the heart of Castellabate (south Italy, Cilento National Park, ) you will find our 17th century family run hotel offering peace, tranquillity and delightful views.We have 12 rooms which are simply furnished in period style with white cotton curtains and original majolica tiles, giving a cool, light and airy feel. Some have generously sized terraces and some have balconies.In the morning you can take breakfast on the bougainvillea covered terraces overlooking the valley and in the evening you can choose from a good selection of restaurants offering quality fresh, local food (or, if you prefer, we can cook to order for you). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Albergo Il Castello Castellabate