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3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Zambrone, Province of Vibo Valentia, Calabria

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CFarman
Hereford, United Kingdom
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“Breathtaking views and a lovely villa. Fabulous fortnight.”
Reviewed 20 August 2015 for a stay in August 2015
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From the minute we found the villa, we were bowled over by the stunning views. The panorama was spectacular: the sea, Stromboli and other islands, the coastline and Tropea. The balcony around the villa was wonderful and a decent sized space from which to take it all in and the sunsets were worth watching as well.

Inside was equally lovely. The whole place was well equipped and the bedrooms spacious, as were the bathrooms. The three of us didn't get under each others' feet at all and I would think that a larger group wouldn't either. Upon arrival, everywhere was very clean and well prepared and, with a number of windows and patio doors (again,that view!) it was light, breezy and airy. During our second week, we had two nights in Sicily and we all thought that Degli Dei was great to come back to after time away. We ate out some nights and used the bbq on others - another great facility.

There are many places to visit. We spent our first week going in to Tropea (where there are loads of restaurants for lunch/dinner), Pizzo, the Stromboli trip and so on. Tropea and Pizza are beautiful old towns and worth a visit. We did the longest of the Stromboli trips that lasted all day and to be honest, we spent a lot of time hanging about, so I'd recommend one of the shorter ones. Although, when the sellers of the trip talk about the explosions from the volcano, it's more of a splutter, which you can occasionally see from the villa. When we were knackered after all the exploring, we spent a day by the pool and the villa was just perfect for this. Although there are beaches at the bottom of the hill from where the villa is situated, our favourite was on the way to Tropea by the harbour wall; it was not so crowded and seemed to be used more by locals.

The road network around is good. It's less than an hour to Lamezia airport and we also spent a day on the coast on the other side of Calabria. There's a supermarket on the road that runs along the bottom of the hill, as well as a green grocer's that sells amazing fruit and veg. In short, everything you need is there.

You'd need to hire a car for this holiday but, of course, having one makes exploring much easier. Another thing to note is that we were struck by how cheap everything was. This area is not massively touristy and that in itself is a holiday draw. Things just did not cost that many euros and with the exchange rate being the best it's been in a long time, we didn't spend much money.

Finally - the owner is always on hand via email and his daughter greeted us upon arrival. Both were absolutely terrific, answering any questions straight away and incredibly helpful. Nothing seemed too much trouble for them. I would, without any hesitation, recommend this villa as a holiday. We had an amazing fortnight and would definitely return in the future.

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Liked best: The views, the outside area, the coast and nearby towns.
Travelling group: Extended Family
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RaySheeri...
Dublin, Ireland
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“Spectacular views and a really lovely villa”
Reviewed 26 July 2015 for a stay in July 2015
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With this villa, it's all about the views. The full length of the beach in Zambrone, down to Tropea and, when it's not hazy over the Tyrrhenian Sea, the outline of the volcanic island of Stromboli...all on display from floor-to-ceiling windows in the living area, kitchen and master bedroom. The sunsets are truly spectacular: we spent our first couple of evenings in the villa just watching the sun go down.

The villa itself is just a couple of years old so everything is new and it's well equipped. It's also generously proportioned so even with 5 of us, there was ample room. Plenty of crockery, cutlery, glassware and cooking ware too so we had breakfast and lunch on the balcony most days and, with the aforementioned sunsets plus a decent barbeque, we also had many dinners at the villa. There is also a gym room with weights and a cross-trainer but I have to confess that we didn't trouble them at all.

The town of Tropea, only 10 or 15 minutes drive away, is visually stunning with its narrow cobbled streets steeped in history and its abundance of great value restaurants. Our regular routine was an early morning walk along the harbour, seafront and up the steep steps into Tropea to reward ourselves, usually at the Bar Royale, run by a very welcoming mother and daughter, and where my wife developed an addiction to 'aragosta', a layered flaky pastry filled filled with a lemon chantilly cream, named because it is said to resemble a lobster tail.

A trip to Stromboli is highly recommended. Leaving at 1430, it's a 90 minute boat ride and, on arrival, passengers are encouraged to 'make a bath' (they mean 'bathe') from the volcanic rock and sand beach, followed by a bite to eat in one of the many restaurants then back on the boat to see the volcano. Although the volcano didn't erupt on our trip, preferring to smoke heavily instead, all of us really enjoyed the trip. We travelled with Commerci on a very clean, well-equipped boat with very friendly staff.

Andrey, the owner of the villa, is very helpful and obliging, responding very quickly to emails - although nothing went wrong for us. He even offered us the use of yacht in Tropea. We highly recommend this villa.

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Liked best: The views, the quality of the villa itself and the town of Tropea
Liked least: Italian drivers!
Travelling group: Young Children
Your age range 50-64
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Reviewed 19 June 2017 for a stay in June 2017
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20 Jun 2017
Dear Barbara!
I'm glad that you liked it! Undoubtedly we will wait for you next year. Come and enjoy!
Sincerely yours,
Andrey and Claudio
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Reviewed 29 May 2017 for a stay in May 2017
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Reviewed 1 August 2016 for a stay in July 2016
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Travelling group: En famille avec adolescent(s)
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Management Response
1 Aug 2016
Cher Fabrice!
Merci pour ce commentaire! Très heureux que vous avez apprécié en Calabre! Nous sommes toujours heureux de vous revoir! Et l'Internet, nous allons faire mieux!
Veuillez agréer,
Andrey
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