This is not one of our typical Secretplaces, but we had to include the location (in the fishing village of Nerano, on the tip of the peninsula) and the charm and friendliness of the owner, Guglielmo.
Villarena Relais is located in the more exclusive and more relaxing section of the Sorrento Coast that is rarely seen by visitors and guests. Although it is only a few kilometers from Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast, Nerano is worlds away from the hustle and bustle of neighboring tourist spots. Nerano is a small fishing village that provides privacy, tranquility, and exclusivity that surrounding towns simply cannot offer.
The best memories of your Italian vacation will be the ones that just happen. When it comes to planning your Italian get away, it is best to have an amazing place to stay. Then, let spontaneity and freedom take over. Villarena Relais is just that amazing place. With the owner personally welcoming each guest and the entire staff being at your complete disposal, Villarena is a full-service, village resort that offers you an experience unparallel to any other hotel in Italy.
Guglielmo took the old building of 1700 with its terraces of lemon and olive (now all certified organic) and restored the property to make four apartments, in fact a simple but comfortable. A swimming pool, large garden with children's play area, gazebo and lots of terraces hidden here and there, say this is a great place to come if you have young ones. The village is quite traditional and not as glamorous as Amalfi or Positano, but we found this was actually a nice surprise as it is less frequented by tourists. The Restaurant (joy of doing nothing) procedure of the place are its young chef, and rightly so - try the seafood pasta and zucchini!
So how are the apartments? They have all the necessary equipment to try your hand at cooking local specialties, as well as satellite TV, music systems and DVD players or VHS upon request. The courtyards are available for all to relax in the evening, enjoy an aperitif or just to relax around the house when you do not want to go to venture too far.
The Brigante (3) is the smallest of the four of 50 square meters, consisting of a bathroom, a dining room, kitchen, 1 double and 1 small room, both overlooking the sea and islands, where the apartments take their names.
Il Gallo Lungo (4) is a bit larger, 60 square meters and has a large living room / kitchen, bathroom, small terrace, 1 double and 1 twin room.
La Rotonda (2 +2) is on the first floor and similar in size to the Gallo Lungo. The entrance opens onto a small sitting area with sofa bed leading to the bathroom, kitchen and small dining room and a private balcony with sea view. A double bedroom leads off the living room.
La Vetara suite apartment (4) is the largest of the apartments at 90 square meters and is located on the first floor. The entrance opens onto the living room / dining room with fireplace and kitchenette. The double room has a bathroom with shower, double that of a bathroom. What really distinguishes this apartment is off even if the terrace overlooking the gardens to the sea.
The apartments are not on sophistication, trend, design or style chic. They are all superbly clean and inviting spaces, perfect for a break to explore the rich history and beautiful nature area. William was one of the best guests we met on this journey and his love for review Nerano and the Amalfi Coast, in general, really shows. He is enthusiastic and knowledgeable and always ready to lend a hand with planning boat trips to Capri in whole or picnic in the hills. Great job Guglielmo !
The longer I stayed at Casale Villarena the more I fell in love with it and the staff. We were well looked after by everyone at Villarena and would definitely return. We did not arrive until 10.30pm on our first night but we were welcomed warmly and were still given a lovely meal. Our room was very spacious and comfortable with a lovely balcony to sit and enjoy the view. The location is great - you can escape the crowds of the Amalfi coast and Capri (although they are within easy to reach by boat) and also do a day trip to Pompeii. I just regret I had to leave Villarena before pizza night!
Date of stay 05/09/2019
Wir waren zu dritt 1 Woche im Villarena. Sehr schön gelegen im nicht turistischen Nerano, schön renovierte Zimmer im Gebäude aus dem 16. Jahrhundert, sehr freundliches Personal, hilfsbereiter Besitzer und super Küche.
Kann man nur empfehlen!
A wonderful stay
Date of stay 28/04/2018
We enjoyed our stay in Casale Villarena. Our apartment was imaculate, spacious, full of light, and had a wonderful view over the Sorrento Gulf and Li Galli islands. We arrived on a sunny day and the scent of lemon blossom filled the air. The garden is beautifully kept and both the owner and staff are very kind, attentive, and professional throughout. We recommend their little restaurant too.
We would certainly return.
Date of stay 27/05/2017
This has been the best place in Italy that we have been ever. The hospitality, the quality of the food and the friendship that Guglielmo and his staff gave us has been outstanding.
We will come back.
Thank you for this location.
Trato familiar y entorno de encanto
by MARIA JOSE
Date of stay 31/12/2015
Casale Villarena y todo su equipo encabezado por Guglielmo nos han hecho sentir como en casa.
La belleza del lugar completa un trato cercano y con el objetivo de que te sientas bien.
La comida genial!!!
Sin duda volveremos
Date of stay 19/09/2015
Casale Villarena ist wirklich ein Gemeintip. Ich bin zufällig auf die Homepage gekommen, welch ein Glück. Wir waren sofort begeistert, meine Frau und ich und ein befreundetes Ehepaar. Die Lage und die Umgebung sind traumhaft, die Nähe zur altehrwürdigen Dorfkirche von Nerano einmalig. Der Blick von unserem Balkon auf das Tyrrenische Meer ist sagenhaft, nicht nur durch den Blick auf die durch die griechische Mythologie bekannten Sirenusen "Li Galli" (Odysseus/Orpheus). Der Hausherr Guglielmo ist ein idealer Gastgeber und zusammen mit seinem kompetenten, außerordentich freundlichen Personal ein unschlagbares Team. Man spürt sein Herzblut, was hier "fließt". Auf das allabendliche Dinner haben wir uns immer besonders gefreut. Die Weinprobe mit dem Önologen Guglielmo mit den dargebotenen Käsesorten und Früchten aus Kampanien war herausragend. Jeden Abend haben wir mit einem Limoncello beendet. Casala Villarena ist ein idealer Ausgangspunkt zu den sehenswerten Zielen Capri, Amalfi, Positano und für ausgedehnte und interessante Wanderungen sowie Badetouren.
Wonderful days in Casale Villarena
Date of stay 20/05/2015
Everything was just perfect! There was nothing to complain about, we loved it and will come back for sure!
Date of stay 01/06/2015
We enjoyed our stay at Casale Villarena. Location was first class and the hospitality of the owners was unique.
by Anja and Gerd
Date of stay 06/10/2018
It was all top. We give only 4 stars because otherwise there will be no rise. This could be for example the service at table. When there is a family with a little child which needs a chair. It must be possible the chair comes the next day automatically and not with demand.The sausage at breakfast could change once more:(
The property was very cleaned and cultivated.
We would come again.
Ruhig und schön
Date of stay 26/09/2017
Schönes Hotel in ruhiger Lage, Zimmer teilweise mit Meerblick. Unser Zimmer war etwas klein, die Dusche von der Größe her hart an der Grenze. Doch die gute Lage und die nette Ausstattung können das kompensieren.
Ein authentischer, schöner und entspannter Aufenthalt
by Gertraud Obergruber
Date of stay 19/09/2011
Wir verbrachten 10 Tage in der Casale Villarena in dem versteckten Ort Nerano. Die Lage in dem historischen Gebäude mit vielen Zitronenbäumen ist sehr idyllisch. Die Appartements sind groß, gut ausgestattet und sauber. Der Inhaber des B&B steht einem jederzeit mit Tipps für Ausflüge oder Restaurants zur Verfügung und ist äußerst bemüht seinen Gästen einen schönen Aufenthalt zu bieten. Das Restaurant ist ebenfalls sehr zu empfehlen - die Pasta und auch frischer Fisch mit Tomaten sind ausgezeichnet! Das Meer in der nahen, kleinen Bucht Marina del Cantone war bis Anfang Oktober angenehm warm und das Wasser sehr sauber! Insgesamt war es ein toller Urlaub!
Thank you to Guglielmo and all the staff at Casale Villarena for a wonderfull week, the friend people,beautiful beaches,stunning views,and delicious made for unforgettable experience.
Our Villa was exceptional and we would highly recommend it to others.
The perfect base
Casale Villarena is the perfect place to use as a base to enjoy the Sorrento peninsular. The complex nestles in the village of Nerano. You just have the gentle chiming of the church bells to remind you that time is ticking slowly away.
It is very easy to slip into the village life talking the short walk up to the alamantari each day to purchase the fresh produce that will keep you going through the day. In the evening down to the beach for a hard earned meal over looking the sea. The apartments are very large and well kept being cleaned, and the linen changed, twice a week by the excellent staff.
We stayed in La Baia but all the other guests staying in the other apartments commented on their size and standard. Guglielmo and his staff make you very welcome and contribute to the quality of your holiday.
Thank you Gugielmo for making our holiday so relaxing and enjoyable this year.