Villa Furba / Torricella is a stunning renovated Watch Tower. Once you know the location of the villa, you can catch glimpses of it from many of the surrounding roads. We flew a pirate flag for our week there making it even easier to spot on the road down to Vico Equense. The drive to the villa is something to be experienced - but ONLY in a small car. We had 4 cars in our party - a Fiat Panda, 2 Renault Clio and a Skoda Yeti - the Skoda JUST made it through the surrounding tracks which in places are channelled with high walls either side and JUST enough room for 1 car to pass. Nervous drivers, AVOID !
We were a party of 15 - 4 couples, 3 children and 2 single adults. The villa is advertised to be able to sleep 16 and in fact we think you could squeeze in 17 - however, the quality of sleeping accommodation varies hugely. There was a double bed in the very top tower of the villa which we found unusable due to the slightly wobbly metal spiral staircase which had to be scaled in order to access the closest bathroom. There was a good single bedroom, then a double sofa bed (not comfortable). Then a HUGE double bedroom with a HUGE bathroom and access to the middle and lower terraces. Then another room with a sofa bed - but this was a walk-through landing so we didn't use it. On the ground level were 2 double bedrooms that shared 2 bathrooms and we used another of the double sofa beds, which was adequate. On the lower level was a separate double room with its own gym and wine cellar. Excellent outdoor eating facilities with 2 huge dinner tables. Huge sofa / seating area at the front of the villa where we ended up most nights.
The pool size was perfect - we thought that an infinity pool would have been perfect here - but would not have fitted in with the spirit of the villa at all. The pool cleanliness was obviously not a priority for the pool man - we only saw him twice during the week - once when we complained that the pool was dirty and was not being cleaned each day and then on the day we checked out. I must say that as soon as we complained, Marco did get 4 people up to clean the pool immediately - but we ended up cleaning the pool ourselves with the help of the pool hoover for the rest of the week.
Our maid found it difficult to communicate and was a little sporadic in her attendance to start with but then excelled herself clearing up from dinner and breakfast for 13 on a day where we had had a water cut for the previous 12 hours and had been unable to do any clearing up ourselves. She brought us a supply of home grown tomatoes, pears, home made liqueurs and hand made doughnuts during the rest of the week.
Overall, we were pleased with Villa Furba - it is a spacious property with some stunning furniture and views - a good size and as expected. In Italy you always get a relaxed approach in out of town places. Things like power and water are out of the control of the locals. The staff did try to put right any problems once we highlighted them and we all had a good time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set on a hilltop in the middle of a large olive grove, our guesthouse has spectacular views over the countryside to the sea. The exterior of the tower is built with rough, natural stone, blending in with the natural countryside. The interior is decorated and furnished in a tasteful country style, with original terracotta floor tiles, antique wooden furniture, paintings and oriental carpets. To reach the Villa we suggest to get a little cad, because the access streets are very narrow. ... more less
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